Old Boots by Grace Gibson – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone, 

Grace Gibson has become a favorite author ever since I read the magnificent Reckless, Headstrong Girl, so I am very happy to welcome her at From Pemberley to Milton once more.

Today she brings not only a fun excerpt but also an explanation of why she decided to write this story. I hope you enjoy learning more about Old Boots and share with us your opinion, don’t forget, all comments will be entered to the giveaway Meryton Press is offering.

I would like to thank Janet Taylor for inviting me for the tour and for everything she has done for this community 😊 This wouldn’t be the same without you.

And now, I will leave you to enjoy the excerpt. Have fun!


Hi Rita! It is terribly hot where I live and I love nothing more than to stay cool with a class of iced tea and a book about the cold, rainy British countryside. Reading is a favorite summer pastime for many, and I am so happy to be here today to share a little about my latest release.

We are all acquainted with Fitzwilliam Darcy, the brooding, dignified hero who must be humbled in order to fall in love.  And who would not fall for such a serious, unreachable man? 

However, in Old Boots, I began to explore the idea that perhaps the gentleman had not always been so stiff. After all, every grown man has first been a boy. What if Mr. Darcy had started out in life as a bit of a scamp?

As I began to write, I was delighted when a series of unforeseen events resulted in Mr. Darcy finding within himself the youthful prankster he had once been. Put in his own words, he suddenly exclaims, 

I was simply tired of being so damnably well-regulated!” 

This is perhaps the most telling of Darcy’s realizations in this story, and as you may already suspect, Elizabeth Bennet has had something to do with his emerging spirit of mischief. 

But it is not just Elizabeth who brings out the latent mischief-maker in Mr. Darcy. Caroline Bingley, being possessive and determined to have him as her husband, also causes the gentleman to resort to ungentlemanly tactics. 

In this excerpt, Darcy has arrived at Netherfield Park in a clandestine manner. He is soaking wet and not fit to be seen, so he enters through the back door and uses the servants’ stairs to get up to his room. He discretely asks for Bingley to explain the reason for his strange arrival, and since he would rather not have to also explain himself to Bingley’s sisters, suggests they forego the usual formal welcome. Bingley, agreeable as ever, voices no objection and, at the appointed hour, Darcy simply goes down to dinner as if nothing unusual has happened. But…


Miss Bingley gasped as I came into the salon just as the dinner gong sounded. I bowed to her in acknowledgement.

“Mr. Darcy! But—” she spluttered, almost at the volume of a screech. “I—we have been waiting all afternoon to greet you properly! How did I miss your arrival?”

I temporarily ignored her to greet her sister, Mrs. Hurst, and her sister’s husband. I then returned my attention to the horrified countenance of my hostess and said as meekly as I could, “I do not rightly know, madam.”

As the hours of the evening progressed, this mild deception began to strike me as something of a tremendous prank. Miss Bingley must have been glued to her chair, determined to receive me. How I entered the house without her knowing confounded her to a vexatious degree. She could not cease to remark upon it.

I began to suspect that she was no particular favorite of the servants of the house. From the butler to the lowliest maid, I detected a closed rank. No one was the least bit sympathetic to Miss Bingley’s quandary. When questioned as to when I arrived, as they invariably were, they collectively feigned confusion, ignorance, or to have been elsewhere at the precise moment in question.

All manner of excuses were serenely provided as to why no one could tell her the particulars of my arrival: she had requested the butler to look over the wine for dinner, had sent her footmen out to the stables to assure the grooms’ readiness to receive visitors, and had sent Mrs. Nichols upstairs to look over the rooms. Her distress seemed to entertain them almost as much as it did me.

Even Bingley, who is not the sharpest blade in the armory, blandly looked upon his sister’s bewilderment and said, “Pish, Caroline. Give over. The man is here, as you see.”


I hope you enjoyed seeing a different side of a gentleman known more often for his arrogance and reserve. 

One of Darcy’s unlikely allies in this story is Elizabeth’s father. Mr. Bennet, known for his cutting humor, also manages to exert a subtle influence on Mr. Darcy. If you would like to read more about Mr. Bennet’s surprising role in this love story, please join met at Probably at the Library on July 17th. Hope to see you there!

Some form of devilry has come over Mr. Darcy. 

Since his father’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy has endeavored to be reliable, responsible, and restrained. But upon visiting Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire, he finds himself weary of the struggle to be so damnably well regulated and delights in a revival of the carefree mischief that characterized his younger days.

What brings on this sudden reversal? Perhaps it is a shocking incident that takes place upon his first entering the neighborhood when he rescues Miss Elizabeth Bennet from the raging current of a rain-swollen stream. The so-called “lady” does not prefer to be rescued, and Darcy’s subsequent dunking, rather than resulting in the gratitude that is his due, is met with her confounding resentment of his interference.

This tale of Darcy’s entanglement with the mysteriously grief-stricken Bennet family is interwoven with a love story—a most delicious exchange of looks, barbs, pranks, and innuendos as Miss Elizabeth, the “lightning bolt of Longbourn,” regularly singes, frustrates, and humbles the man from Derbyshire.

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You can find Old Boots at: 



and on Kindle Unlimited


In addition to mosaic art, which I create at Studio Luminaria, my home-based glass shop in El Paso, Texas, I enjoy writing regency romance and Pride and Prejudice variations for pleasure.   

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NEW blog tour

Don’t forget to check the other blog tour stops for more information on Old Boots:

07-12 Austenesque Reviews 

07-14 Donadee’s Corner

07-15 From Pemberley to Milton

07-17 Probably at the Library

07-19 Jane Austen State of Mind 

Meryton Press is giving away 6 eBooks of Old Boots. To apply to it, click on the following Raffle link.

Good Luck!

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Filed under JAFF, North and South, Pride and Prejudice

27 responses to “Old Boots by Grace Gibson – Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. Thank you for hosting, Rita! Entertaining excerpt, Grace; I love seeing Miss Bingley taken off-balance! 🙂

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  2. gracegibson4970

    Hi Kelly! Jane Austen certainly knew a thing or two about mean girls didn’t she? Hope you are staying cool this summer – thanks for commenting today!

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  3. gracegibson4970

    Rita, this is such a lovely blog and such a privilege to be featured today – thank you again! And, I could not agree more about our marvelous, amazing Janet Taylor!

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  4. Robin G.

    Darcy rediscovering his playful side? How wonderful! Good luck with the new release!

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  5. Sophia Rose

    Haha, great excerpt. Love a mischievous Darcy.

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  6. gracegibson4970

    I am so glad you enjoyed it, Sophia! Happy reading and stay cool this summer!


  7. TC

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I like the cover pictures, too. It’s too bad the back cover isn’t visible on Kindle books, as that’s a great picture. I like the country imagery.

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    • gracegibson4970

      I’m so happy you like that cover. Janet Taylor out did herself! I too love country imagery – I’m not much of a drawing-room girl I guess? Thanks for stopping by today!


  8. Glynis

    This is definitely a favourite book Rita. I absolutely loved this Darcy, I loved his mischief making, especially its effect on Miss Bingley! Bandit was a perfect foil for his subtle flirting with Elizabeth (a bit too subtle at times!) it was a nice change to have a light hearted story so thank you Grace (although I did love Silver Buckles and Headstrong Girl!)

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    • gracegibson4970

      Hi Glynis! So fun to read your comments. I worried I was too hard on Caroline Bingley – but I am starting to hear from people like you that perhaps it was time she got what she deserved. Poor girl. I wonder what Bingley did with her? Take care and thank you for stopping by!


  9. caroleincanada

    This book is AMAZING! From the the book jacket by Janet to the wonderful story within by Grace! Congratulations!

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  10. J. W. Garrett

    Thanks, Rita for hosting. You have the best job. You get to meet and greet all the best authors. And then introduce covers and the stories. This one… OMG! Just let me say Oh-My-Gosh!!! I have never laughed so hard. I think I hurt myself. I loved, Loved, LOVED this dog. Oh, I bet you thought I was going to say Darcy and Elizabeth. OK, they are included in that too. This was a scream. I never thought I would say this but… poor Caroline. LOL! Grace Gibson is wicked… even though Caroline deserved it. Still, what a hoot. There were so many nuances to this story. Some were very subtle while others slapped you-up-side the head. Those sent me in fits of laughter. This is in my top 10 for sure and maybe top 5 if not higher. I have got to read this again before the year is out. All I can say [like I haven’t said enough] is Well Done Grace Gibson, well done. Y’all stay cool if you can. Whew! it’s hot as blazes.

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    • gracegibson4970

      Oh no! You have outed me! I felt truly wicked when some of those pranks happened to poor Miss Bingley and yet I could not stop myself! Maybe I have PTSD from being on the outside of the cool-girl cliques in high school? So grateful for your comments, JW Garrett – hope you are sitting in the shade somewhere with an iced lemonade…


  11. Janet Taylor

    Loved, loved this post, Rita and Grace! It was nice to read why you decided to write Old Boots, Grace. The excerpt was delicious. I think many of us enjoy seeing Caroline get a bit of what she dishes out, and this was such a delightful way to see it done!

    Rita, you are welcome and thank you for the making me feel special. This community wouldn’t be the same without you either. I appreciate you, too Grace! Thank you!

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  12. Grace, you have outdone yourself with this Darcy. I look forward to reading more. Best of luck with the new release. Obrigada, Rita, for hosting.

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  13. Gill Murgatroyd

    So looking forward to reading this.

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  14. buturot

    Thank you for the excerpt. Like the tandem Mr B and Darcy

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    • gracegibson4970

      I am happy to hear you liked this dynamic duo – Mr. B is a source of great entertainment to me personally and I hope you enjoy this version of him.


  15. Heard so many good things about this book. Look forward to reading myself.

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  16. Linda Gonschior

    Hmm… seems like you may have gently drawn him out in this tale. Very nice! And I particularly liked Bingley’s ‘pish’ comments. 😀 Congratulations on the new release, Grace!

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  17. Ginna

    This looks like it’s going to be a fun read. I love when anyone gets one over on Caroline!


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