Monthly Archives: September 2021

A Seaside Summer Ebook Winner Announcement

Good Afternoon everyone,

How are you today? I am currently on holidays catching some sun and reading all day long so I couldn’t be better! I was hoping to share some of my joy with one of you today by announcing the winner of the ebook A Seaside Summer whose audiobook I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. 

I was very happy to be a part of the blog tour for this Timeless Regency Collection and lucky to have an opportunity to listen to this audiobook. It is one I certainly recommend. 

Thank you so much for including me in the Blog Tour Laurel Ann!

But it is time to announce the winner of the ebook, so without further ado, the winner is:

A Seaside Summer

*** Buturot ***

Buturot, please send me an email to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com mentioning your book of choice so the prize may be send to you.  

 


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Dragons Beyond the Pale by Maria Grace

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Dragon’s Beyond the Pale is Maria Grace’s latest book in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series, and she was able to once more surprise me with the introductions of new dragons and new plots.

I was expecting a book that would take place mainly in parlors and ball rooms, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that even though the book starts by introducing the preparations for the cotillion, it soon changes the main plot into an adventure where new types of dragons are introduced.

One of the aspects I enjoyed the most about this book was precisely the introduction of new types of dragons. When we think we already know everything about this world and the Blue Order, Maria Grace writes a new book and shows us there is much more to explore in the Dragons Series.

Another aspect I enjoyed in this book is something I hope to find in the next volumes too, the presence of all major and minor Dragons we were introduced to before, as well as the presence of all their keepers. We will have in this book not only Darcy and Elizabeth, but also Anne, Wentworth, Mary, Georgiana and even Lydia. I loved the fact that all these characters were present in the story and that some issues, such as Elizabeth’s relationship with Mr. Bennet, were brought back to give the reader some closure. The continuity that is present in these books makes them all much more appealing, because the reader feels he is completely absorbed by this new world Maria Grace has created and wants to continue to follow the adventures of humans and dragons alike.  

The Jane Austen’s Dragons Series by Maria Grace is one of the most innovative and addictive series I’ve read, and I highly recommend this latest novel. If you haven’t read any of the books yet, I would recommend starting with the first installment, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon because you won’t be able to stop there.

 

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

I must say this once again, but Benjamin Fife is a brilliant narrator! His narration is so good, so versatile, so incredibly captivating that I cannot imagine myself getting immersed in Maria Grace’s Dragons series in any other version than the audiobooks. For me, this series must be listened to and not read, because Benjamin Fife makes these stories come alive and gives them his own stamp which is absolutely amazing. He was able to once more surprise me not only by bringing back almost all the voices we already knew from previous books, but also by introducing new voices and mannerisms for new characters. This is clearly one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to and I highly recommend it.

You can find Dragons Beyond the Pale at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited

and Audible

 

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Blinded by Prejudice by Karalynne Mackrory – Review & Giveaway

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Blinded by Prejudice has one of the most powerful and gripping beginnings I’ve ever seen in a book. Written in the first person, this book immediately transports the reader into an unknown situation and, without even knowing who is narrating the story, all there is left for him is to feel everything the character is feeling. If a book was ever able to make a reader forget he is reading a story, and believe he is actually living it, Blinded by Prejudice is that book.

When Mr. Darcy, the Bingley’s, the Bennet sisters and Mr. Collins are visiting an old ruin site near Longbourn an earthquake strikes the grounds, and the consequences will change everyone’s lives forever.

The first part of the book will see Elizabeth Bennet forced to accept an engagement with Mr. Darcy, while Miss Bingley is also forced to accept Mr. Collins’s hand. However, these two engagements couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship will take the center of the stage in the book, and we see them come closer to one another and discover the real person behind all the prejudices. Their romance is slow and angst free so the reader will witness many endearing moments between them, and after Mr. Darcy’s heroic actions, and his demonstration of strength and calm, he proves to be a patient and romantic man, which I am sure will captivate most readers.

Miss Bingley and Mr. Collins will take a minor part in the story, but their relationship will, as the reader may already have guessed, be a humorous one. Their actions will shock some characters in the book, but make the reader laugh out loud. The old Colonel will also be present in the story, and he will also bring some humor to it.

I cannot say I had a quibble with this book, but I did feel the first half of the book was much more engrossing than the last part and, because of that, it felt a little anticlimactic. Nevertheless, I do believe most readers will love this book. The first part has some angst to it, while the second part is full of romance as our characters get to spend more time together. Because of these two conditions, the book has enough diversity to appeal to a wide range of readers.  

Blinded by Prejudice is one of those books the reader will hardly forget. The story is very interesting, and it slowly develops a relationship between the main characters that is endearing and passionate. Some secondary characters bring some humour to the story, which is a refreshing pause from the more serious tone we find in the main plot, and all these factors combined make it a remarkable book. I also enjoyed the writing style in Blinded by Prejudice and I highly recommend this book.

You can find Blinded by Prejudice at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


NEW book blurb

Into what kind of hell had I emerged from under those ruins?

Elizabeth Bennet anticipated nothing more than a pleasant day among friends and relations when the pleasure trip to the ruins of Bodden chapel commenced. But what began as mere diversion turns frightening when the walls of the ancient church tumble down around them, endangering lives, demolishing pride and propriety, and bringing a hero into focus. 

As the earth begins to tremble, Fitzwilliam Darcy sees Elizabeth Bennet is in mortal danger and acts on instinct to save her. But when the dust settles, there are unforeseen consequences to his actions, including a serious injury to his eyesight.

I could not be married to a man who could need me the rest of his life, but never love me.

Bound together under the most strained circumstances, Darcy and Elizabeth embark on a future neither one of them saw coming. Time can heal all wounds but will time allow them to see through hearts made clear and eyes no longer blinded by prejudice?


NEW author bio

KaraLynne began writing horrible poetry as an angst filled youth. It was a means to express the exhilaration and devastation she felt every time her adolescent heart was newly in love with “the one” and then broken every other week. As her frontal lobe developed, she grew more discerning of both men and writing. She has been married to her own dreamboat of a best friend, Andrew, almost 20 years. Together they have the migraine inducing responsibility of raising five children to not be dirt bags (fingers crossed), pick of up their socks (still a work in progress), not fight with each other (impossible task) and become generally good people (there’s hope). She loves escaping into a book, her feather babies (the regal hens of Cluckingham Palace), and laughter.

KaraLynne
She has written five books, a novella and participated in many anthologies. Her works include: Falling For Mr. Darcy; Bluebells in the Mourning; Haunting Mr. Darcy: A Spirited Courtship; Yours Forevermore, Darcy; BeSwitched; The Darcy Monologues; Rational Creatures; & Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer.


 

NEW giveaaway time

Quills and Quartos is offering one of my readers one ebook copy of Blinded by Prejudice. The giveaway is international, and to apply, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

Winners will be announced at the Quills and Quartos Facebook and Instagram pages a week after the blog tour is over. 

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Only Sofia-Elisabete by Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi

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Only Sofia-Elisabete is the third book in the Sofia-Elisabete Stories, a series that focuses on Sofia-Elisabete, Col. Fitzwilliam’s love child with a Portuguese bolero dancer he met while fighting on the continent. In the first book, I, Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Col. Fitzwilliam, we are introduced to little Sofia and accompany her adventures through the magical interpretation only a child can have of live. The second book, Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost is a novella that takes Sofia Elizabete and Col. Fitzwilliam to Rosings Park where they spend Christmas and try to solve the mysteries of the past, still with a magical view that is quite appropriate for a seasonal story. And finally on this third installment we see Sofia as a grown young lady of 15 living in Spain with her mother and discovering what it means to fall in love.

Sofia-Elisabete will once more travel across several European countries meeting many different people and finding herself in many difficult situations. The author brought some interesting details into the story, namely bringing well-known characters such as Goya into the plot. I was entertained by Sofia’s adventures, but I confess that the moments I loved the most were the ones where she was living with a loving family member. Tito was a very pleasant surprise and Col. Fitzwilliam’s company, while sad at times was also endearing.

My favorite aspect of this book was the entire storyline of Col. Fitzwilliam. Even if I was a little sad and disappointed with his character in the beginning of the book, I realized there was a valid reason behind his actions, and I loved seeing the struggles his character had to go through, and the strength he had to have to return to his loving family. His relationship with Sofia-Elisabete was as endearing as in the previous books, and I was only sorry it came only at a later stage in the book.

Only Sofia-Elisabete is written in the same magical realism style the first two books were written and even though I do like the uniqueness of this writing style, which I had only encountered in Latin American authors before, I found it more appealing when the narrative was presented to the reader by the eyes of a small child. As this story portrays a young lady who is old enough to fall in love and marry, I sometimes felt that her magical view of the world was a little incoherent with her life and responsibilities. Nevertheless, the blur between fantasy and reality is a characteristic of this writing style and it was very well done, so readers who are particularly fond of magical realism will certainly love this story.

Summing up, Only Sofia-Elisabete continues the story of a dear character that readers will find hard not to love, and whose journey the reader will want to continue to follow up. It’s magical realism writing style brings a uniqueness to the story that most will find innovative and captivating, and that admirers of the genre will certainly love. I recommend this book particularly to readers who enjoy this writing style.

You can find Only Sofia-Elizabete at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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August Book Mail Winner Announcement

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. After a few complicated weeks I am starting to feel much more relaxed, and I expect to have some time this month to finally get a hold on my TBR, so fingers crossed!

Which type of books would you like me to read and review once I control my TBR? Would you rather having me read and review well knowm authors, or those who are not so known in the community? Maybe you can tell me which of the below books I should read first 😉 These are the ones I received over the mail in August, and it is time I announce the winner of my August Book Mail Giveaway.

The winner will be able to choose one of the below books to be received in ebook format through amazon.com. Unfortunetely I don’t know how to offer ebooks in other stores, so only those with a US account can apply to these giveaways. But now, without further ado, the winner is: 

 

August Book Mail Giveaway

*** Kirsten ***

 

Find you in Paris by Alix Nichols – Source: Purchased

The Olive Branch by Sarah Courtney – Source: Gift from Author

Twists of Fate by Joana Starnes – Source: Gift from Author

The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid – Source: Purchased

Elizabeth Abroad: France by Sophia Grey – Source: Purchased

 

august bookmail giveaway

 

Kirsten can you please contact me throught e-mail ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so your prize may be sent to you? Please provide me with the email address to which the book may be sent to you.

Happy Reading everyone!


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The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is a Victorian romance which will delight readers with its fascinating characters and action-packed storyline.

The heroine in this book is Amelie Hampton, a naïve girl who is focused on being an independent woman and therefore works as a columnist for the Marriage Gazette. The story starts when she decides to secretly observe a blind date between two people who are meeting due to the Gazettes matchmaking adds and discovers one of them is none other than Harold Radcliffe, a gentleman she has been pining over at her book club. It is when she is spying the couple that she meets Michael Baker, a strong and dashing detective who is investigating the suspicious death of Mr. Radcliffe’s late wife.

The narrative will explore the investigation that will see Michael Baker and Amelie Hampton join forces to solve the mystery behind Mr. Radcliffe’s character, but it is not the unknown that will keep the reader glued to the book’s pages. This book is unputdownable due to the electrifying dialogues and scenes between Michael and Amelie. Their romance captivated me from the very first scene until the last one and it was the main reason why I couldn’t put this book down.

In this story, there is much more happening then a romance between two characters, so its pace is quite fast, but also extremely satisfying due to the banters between Michael and Amelie. Their dialogues and reactions to one another made me laugh, sigh and even cheer out loud for their happiness. I loved their arguments as much as I loved their romantic gestures, and I couldn’t wait to read the next scene as soon as the one I was reading was over.

As mentioned before, for me the mystery was secondary in the sense that it existed to allow the romance to be built, but I also liked the way it was written. Even if there was no surprise in the end, I enjoyed every step taken by these characters to solve the mystery because every scene was beautifully written, entertaining and surprising. The reader may know who did it, but he never knows what will come next in the investigation.

The writing in The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is excellent as it made me visualize every scene and every character. This was the first time I read anything from Nancy Cambell Allen but it will certainly not be the last.

Summing up, The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is an entertaining mystery where the romance takes a predominant role and will captivate most readers. The main characters are enticing, and the secondary make the reader want to see a sequel. I highly recommend this book.

 

You can find The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible


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A Seaside Summer Review & Giveaway

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A Seaside Summer is the perfect historical romance to read during a vacation in the summer. This anthology puts together 3 wonderful novellas that have in common a seaside storyline, and therefore give the book a sense of connection, but that differ in everything else, so the reader is faced with a diversity of characters that keep pulling his attention into the book.

“The New Countess” by Josi S. Kilpack is an interesting story which develops the relationship between Lord and Lady Avery, a couple who has recently entered a marriage of convenience after their respective spouses’ deaths. I liked the fact that this was not their first marriage and that they both needed to concede on some aspects, and to give the other an opportunity to be open about their personal preferences and goals to allow their love to grow. Lady Avery started getting on my nerves at a point, but it was also interesting to see her character grow.

“Mishaps and Memories” by Martha Keyes started in a very Pride and Prejudice like manner and it was quite humorous, so it was a fun story to read between the other two. Judith Jardine and James Carlisle romance was implausible at times but endearing to watch. I particularly liked his reaction when regaining his memory and her insecurity towards his feelings.

“Moonlight Summer” by Heather B. Moore was my favorite story in the book and the perfect ending to a captivating anthology. I adored Dorothea Atkinson’s character and loved even more her romantic hero Mr. Rosewell. They were perfect for each other, and their love story was beautiful. This novella is so well written I could clearly visualize every scene in my mind, and even picture Miss Atkinson’s drawings.

In fact, the writing quality is another aspect the three stories have in common as they are all beautifully written and engaging. They were the first contact I had with Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes and Heather B. Moore and they have convinced me to try their other works.

The length of each novella is simply perfect because they were long enough to allow me to get to know the characters and to feel engaged by them, but short enough to be read (or listened to) during a small break between tasks or chores. The past few weeks have been very hectic for me, so I truly appreciated having these stories waiting for me to relax in the little time I had to spare.  

Summing up, A Seaside Summer is a beautifully written anthology composed by 3 compelling stories that will give readers a good time during their holidays. Even though these stories are novellas, it was astounding to see how much the authors were able to accomplish in each story when it comes to background context, character development and romance intensity. I highly recommend this book.

 

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

This was the first narration by Kim Bretton I have heard, and I am happy to say I have found another narrator who is able to captivate readers with the cadence of her speech and inflexion of her voice. I particularly liked her portrayal of the many children present in the stories, her narration made them sound very sweet, and it was always pleasant to hear their interventions. She has a very agreeable voice and is perfectly able to distinguish the characters with her inflexions, mannerisms etc., so she is definitely a narrator I recommend.

 

You can find A Seaside Summer at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

 


NEW author bio

Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance, Timeless Romance series, and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton’s Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children

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Martha Keyes is a Whitney Award winning author born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.

Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS

 

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She’s lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.

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NEW blog tour

There are still a few more days on the blog tour, so you still have the opportunity to learn more about this book 🙂

Aug 23 Austenprose (Review)

Aug 24 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt) 

Aug 24 Getting Your Read On (Review)

Aug 25 The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Aug 26 Heidi Reads (Review) 

Aug 27 Our Book Confessions (Review) 

Aug 30 The Lit Bitch (Spotlight)

Aug 30 Wishful Endings (Review) 

Sept 01 The Book Diva Reads (Spotlight)

Sept 01 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)

Sept 02 Laura’s Reviews (Review) 

Sept 04 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Excerpt) 

Sept 07 Probably at the Library (Review) 

Sept 08 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review) 

Sept 09 Books and Socks Rock (Spotlight)

Sept 10 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review) 

Sept 11 Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt) 

Sept 13 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

Sept 13 My Bookish Bliss (Review) 

Sept 14 Bookworm Lisa (Review) 

Sept 15 Relz Reviewz (Spotlight)

Sept 15 Reading with Emily (Review) 

Sept 16 Lu Reviews Books (Review) 

Sept 17 Greenish Bookshelf (Spotlight)

Sept 17 Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Sept 17 Bringing Up Books (Review)

Sept 18 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Sept 19 Eli’s Novel Reviews (Review)

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NEW giveaaway time

Mirror Press is pleased to offer one digital copy of any of the 16 previous books in the Timeless Regency Romance Collection to one unique winner at each stop on the tour. 

To qualify, please leave a comment with this blog post before 11:59pm, September 26, 2021. Visit each stop on the tour and leave a comment to increase your chance to win a book. 

This contest is open internationally. The winner will be drawn randomly from the comments and announced on each blog on September 27, 2021. The winner must claim their prize before October 04, 2021.

Good luck to all!

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Pemberley by Moonlight by Stephen Ord – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to be sharing with you an excerpt of Pemberley by Moonlight by Stephen Ord today. Mr. Ord is a new author at From Pemberley to Milton, but I was very intrigued by his book which has just been published by Quills & Quartos.

It looks like it has a lot of mystery, and I expect to see a very strong and special bond between Eilzabeth and Mr. Darcy. Plus, it is a novella, so it has the perfect length for me at the moment 😊 Mr. Ord has chosen an excerpt of the first chapter of the book to share with you and I hope you like it as much as I did.

Thank you for visiting Mr. Ord! Congratulations and all the success with this new release!

Again, I would like to Q&Q not only for publishing new authors, but also for allowing me to spread the word about these books 😊


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Hi Rita! Thank you very much for hosting me here at From Pemberley to Milton today.  Hopefully I will have an opportunity to interact with your readers and find even more excellent JAFF to add to my ‘to read’ list for the dark nights coming in soon.

In the excerpt from Pemberley by Moonlight the reader will immediately pick up that while the environment of Pemberley is a beautiful as ever, something is not quite right.  Allowing Georgiana, who is my view helps Elizabeth come to terms with Mr Darcy being more than she believed from first impressions in canon, interact with her early, draws you into this strange new situation with a missing Darcy.  I also hope that I’ve conveyed the fact that Elizabeth can be very much herself and has no trepidation about being at Pemberley here.  I like to think that it’s a very Lizzy thing to do when she smiles to herself at her own whimsy.

Pemberley By Moonlight, Chapter One :

“Oh my, Lizzy! Is it not beautiful?” Mrs Gardiner asked admiringly. “Truly, one would put up with much to become mistress of Pemberley.”

“Sadly, Aunt, for someone to become the mistress of Pemberley, one would need to find its master.” 

Owing to recent happy events in their family—the marriage of Miss Jane Bennet to Mr Charles Bingley, intimate friend of said gentleman—Elizabeth had become quite familiar with the mystery of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, absent master of Pemberley, who had not been seen by anyone in the past year. 

Elizabeth returned her gaze to the scene outside of the carriage. Light glinted off the lake and some of the windows of the large handsome manor house, causing her to wince slightly from the reflection of the bright sun.  As part of their northern tour, Elizabeth and her favourite relatives, her aunt and uncle Gardiner, had bent their steps towards Lambton in Derbyshire, where her aunt had passed much of her youth. From there, they had journeyed to Pemberley for a visit. Elizabeth was nearly overwhelmed by the beautiful setting of the great house and wondered at its tragic recent past. 

Having petitioned the housekeeper, Mrs Reynolds, for a tour, the small group entered the grand house. Elizabeth’s footsteps echoed lightly on the marble floor as she followed the housekeeper through the spacious house. The furniture and decorations were tasteful and unassuming to her eye, and she found that she admired the taste of the owner. 

As the tour continued, Elizabeth found still greater sources of admiration for the missing gentleman. Elizabeth listened with interest as Mrs Reynolds waxed eloquent to the Gardiners about her missing master, describing a man who was generous, fair, intelligent, and kind. As the small party toured the public rooms, the housekeeper praised Mr Darcy’s gift of a new pianoforte and refreshed furnishings in the music room ‘just to delight his sister’, his excellent care of the estate and all of the dependents linked to it, and his sense of responsibility compared to other young men. 

There were many paintings and other objects of art which gave clues to the history of this grand place. “The Darcys can trace back to the Normans,” Mrs Reynolds informed them proudly as she led them through the gallery, pointing out this and that illustrious personage. Elizabeth was especially taken with a portrait of Mr Darcy and found herself gazing into his kind eyes. She tilted her head slightly as if to provoke a change in expression in his handsome face, and then smiled to herself at her whimsy. 

Mrs Reynolds had stepped back to allow them to examine the works in the gallery at their leisure but their attention was returned to her, hearing her utter a small cry.

“Madam?” enquired Mr Gardiner. “Are you well?” 

“I…yes…” The housekeeper, so poised only moments before, appeared flustered where she stood over a small cabinet. “There should be ten,” she said, speaking to herself. 

Elizabeth walked over and found a collection of jewelled boxes, some which appeared to be quite old. “Has something gone missing?” she asked. 

The housekeeper shook her head, seeming to regain her equanimity. “Someone must be cleaning it. If you are finished here, allow me to give you over to Carter, our head gardener. Pemberley boasts some of the greatest gardens…”

Acting on her cue, Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle followed the lady outdoors. Upon exiting the house, Elizabeth passed through the momentary coolness caused by the shadow of the grand building. As they walked beyond the shaded area, Elizabeth was caught by an object in the near distance that appeared almost blindingly white in the sunlight. Going nearer to see what it was, she was shocked to find a life-sized sculpture of what appeared to be Mr Darcy himself in the semi-formal rose garden. 

Unable to help herself, Elizabeth left her relations and proceeded towards the statue. The heady fragrance from the mixed pink, red, and yellow roses surrounded her. Mr Darcy’s statue had been placed on a paved circle within, and was tall, standing around six feet.  Elizabeth had to gaze upward to see his features more closely. Much like his portrait, the statue portrayed a handsome man with unruly, wavy hair, a slightly cleft chin, and an aristocratic nose. 

Unlike the portrait however, Mr Darcy’s statue was placed in a peculiar, almost distressing posture. Whereas Mr Darcy’s portrait showed a more commonly-seen upright stance of strength, the gentleman’s statue stood with his arms stretched towards Pemberley, the expression on his face appearing almost pleading. To Elizabeth, it was as if his whole heart was contained within that beautiful building, and by his will alone, he would protect it and all within. Judging from Charles Bingley’s stories of the man and the high praise given him by the housekeeper, the sense of duty portrayed was probably accurate. “He is a gentleman unlike any I have ever known,” Elizabeth murmured as she continued to regard him. “Indeed, I wish I had the chance to know him.” 

Elizabeth had understood that none of the family were at Pemberley, so she startled when suddenly hearing a lady’s soft voice coming from the other side of the statue.

“Oh, Brother! If you do not return soon, Uncle has said they will petition the courts to have you declared dead. I am so sorry. I cannot face life alone. I am sorry that I hurt you so and you had to go away. I would give anything to do it all over again.” 

The hidden young lady’s voice trembled, as though she was weeping, and Elizabeth’s tender heart moved her to make herself known. “Forgive me, miss,” she called out softly. “I could not help but hear you. May I render any assistance to you?”

There was a brief silence and then a young lady emerged from the other side of the statue. She appeared to be sixteen or seventeen and had fair hair and blue eyes. She was taller than Elizabeth, and her figure was well-formed and womanly. Elizabeth believed her to be Miss Darcy, having seen portraits of the girl, painted when she was younger, during the house tour.

“My apologies for intruding,” Elizabeth said gently. “You are in distress. May I summon someone for you?” 

The girl chuckled darkly. “If I thought anyone cared about anything but forcing a marriage on me, I would send for them at once. But no one does.” 

Elizabeth could hear her aunt and uncle at a distance, speaking with the gardener, but otherwise the ladies were alone. She took a step nearer to the girl. 

“I am sure that is not true,” she soothed. Having sisters of about the same age, she was well accustomed to the ‘no one cares about me’ feeling that beset them all at times. 

“And I assure you that it is quite true,” the girl replied. “I made a dreadful, terrible mistake last summer and it appears I shall pay for it my whole life long.” 

Elizabeth knew not how to reply to this assertion but was spared a reply by the girl’s next question. 

“Who are you?”


 

“I wish I could meet you, Mr Darcy, and tell you to come home.  There seems to be a large gap in the world where you should be.”

WHAT HAS HAPPENED to Fitzwilliam Darcy? 

IT HAS BEEN NEARLY A YEAR since the master of Pemberley disappeared, leaving behind his distraught young sister and a family in turmoil. But clues to his whereabouts are scarce and it soon seems there will be nothing to do but see Georgiana married and have him declared legally dead. 

ELIZABETH BENNET, ON HOLIDAY with her aunt and uncle, visits Pemberley and soon finds herself drawn into the mystery of the missing gentleman. But what secrets are hidden within the gardens of Pemberley? And what is the strange attraction she feels towards the statue of the man she has never met? 

Powerful forces want to keep them apart, but true love will overcome even the most fearsome evil.

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You can find Pemberley by Moonlight at: 

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

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Stephen Ord discovered Jane Austen during his teens, and then found the treasure trove of works inspired by her as he reached forty. Becoming part of the JAFF community inspired him to contribute his own stories, and now he doesn’t believe he can stop writing (and indeed, does not want to).

Stephen reads a lot of everything and has done so from early childhood. When he was around eight years old, he bought a book on unsolved mysteries. One of the mysteries was around the life and times of Lord Byron, and several of the others were around Ancient Egypt. This was the seed that grew into an ongoing fascination with Regency times, ancient cultures and mythology.  

Stephen has read a lot on the cultures and histories of Britain, Rome, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt (amongst others). These histories have joined works from Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and books of just about every other genre, inside his rather active imagination. He knows it is time to write more when his ears begin to whistle.

Stephen lives and works in Bonny Scotland, where his lovely wife and two kids keep his feet on the ground, while supporting him to have his head in the clouds on occasion too.

Stephen Ord

 


NEW giveaaway time

Quills & Quartos would like to offer one ebook copy of Pemberley by Moonlight to one reader commenting on this post. The winner will be choosen and announced on the Q&Q Facebook and Instagram pages shortly after the blog tour is over. 

Blog Tour PBM

Good Luck Everyone!

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Winners Announcement & August Bookmail Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

How are you today? I know I’ve been absent for the past week, and I must apologize for that. I took some vacation time and spent the last week in Ireland where I had hoped to have some time to read and blog, but then…Ireland happened! I mean, what was I thinking? It was kind of obvious I wouldn’t have time for anything else apart from enjoying that beautiful country, right? I should have planned everything a little better, but I confess that spending the entire week visiting the country without anything else on my mind was wonderful!

Unlike many people, I never had a huge curiosity towards Ireland, so I was pleasantly surprised by it and ended up loving the country. The landscapes are stunning and much more diverse than I was expecting, the people are super nice and funny and I even found some incredible literary places! (ok, on this end, I confess I could have done better, but I was mainly thinking about the hikes I would do when I planned the trip and didn’t leave much time to explore Dublin where most of these places would be).

I should have visited MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland) and researched other literary related places like the house where Oscar Wilde lived (my hotel was on that street, so I passed by it few times but didn’t give it much attention). Nevertheless, I was able to visit the Book of Kell and the Long Room at Trinity College Library.

Long Room

It is wonderful, isn’t it? I hope that these books are perused from time to time, it would be a pity if they were only on the shelves for people to look at.

I also discovered a wonderful room dedicated to Irish literary works in the EPIC museum (by the way, this was the best museum I’ve ever visited, if you ever decide to visit Dublin I highly recommend it).

Isn’t this an interesting idea? I felt like a child removing the books from the shelves just so I could hear its narration for a while.

But anyway, this post is not supposed to be a blog travel one, so I’ll go directly to the point. Because I didn’t blog last week, I have to announce the giveaway winner of Spies of Our Acquaintance by Brigit Huey who visited last month with an excerpt, and I still need to show you the book mail I got in August so we may have the usual monthly giveaway, so without further ado, the giveaway winner of Spies of Our Acquaintance is:

Spies of Our Acquaintance

*** Jen D ***

As for the book mail, I received quite a few books, which means the TBR is once more out of control, the good thing is I will have a few more weeks off this month, and I plan to use them to read! Ireland was great, but now I need vacations where I will only eat, read, sleep and repeat, do you know what I mean?

But I digress, the books I received on the mail during August were:

Find you in Paris by Alix Nichols – Source: Purchased

The Olive Branch by Sarah Courtney – Source: Gift from Author

Twists of Fate by Joana Starnes – Source: Gift from Author

The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid – Source: Purchased

Elizabeth Abroad: France by Sophia Grey – Source: Purchased

august bookmail giveaway

You know the drill, just leave a comment on this post to apply to the giveaway until the 16th of September, I will announce the winner shortly after that.

I will also post this giveaway on From Pemberley to Milton’s Facebook and Instagram page’s so that participants from all platforms are eligible for this giveaway 🙂

Good Luck everyone!


Good Luck Everyone!

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