Monthly Archives: October 2021

As a Proper Lady Would Winner Announcement

Good Afternoon everyone,

How are you today? I have had a great day relaxing and reading in front of Douro River in Oporto, and I hope I have a chance to repeat the experience soon. I’m not sure if the winter weather will cooperate, but I have hope 😊

To end the day with a happy note I would like to announce the winner of As a Proper Lady Would, Bronwen Chisholm’s latest book. Ms. Chisholm visited From Pemberley to Milton in the beginning of the month, and apart from kindly answering the many questions I placed her, also brought an ebook copy to offer to one reader, so without further ado, the winner is:

As a Proper Lady Would

*** Evamedmonds ***

Evaedmonds, please send me an email to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com telling me the email to which the ebook should be sent to you as well as the amazon store you use.

Happy Reading everyone!

 


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A Longbourn Entanglement by Monica Fairview

Longbourn Entanglement Kindle Cover5 stars

A Longbourn Entanglement was the proof that Monica Fairview is definitely a must-read author. I’ve only came across this author recently, but every single book I’ve read from her has been a 5 star, and A Longbourn Entanglement was the confirmation that I will read anything she publishes from now on.

In this short story you’ll find a premise like no other, a lot of humor and a captivating romance. I loved everything about A Longbourn Entanglement, from the writing, to the humor and ending up in the length, but I would like to highlight the following:

The romance: even though A Longbourn Entanglement is a short story, the reader is able to see Darcy and Elizabeth developing an endearing and profound love for one another. The reduced number of pages does not take away the numerous scenes that allow the development of the romance between these characters. These moments are not only frequent, but also very well written with incredible dialogues and a growing romantic tension between the couple. In few pages Monica Fairview was able to achieve what others are sometimes unable to do in full length novels.

The humor: This book is incredibly funny and I found myself laughing out loud more often than not. What made this story even more special was the fact that not only the reader sees a lot of humor, but also Elizabeth and Darcy partake in it and share romantic glances over the humorous scenes that they see before them.

The male characters: Darcy was definitely a favorite character, but I particularly loved to see both Mr. Bingley and Mr. Bennet reading through him and disconcerting him. I’ve seen Mr. Bennet teasing Mr. Darcy in other books before, but I have never seen Mr. Bingley teasing Darcy is such a tasteful and funny manner as in this one. I loved Mr. Bingley’s remarks 😊

The Longbourn dynamics: It was really fun to witness the interactions between the Bennet family. In the opening of the story I loved seeing Lydia realizing how Mr. Collins could be such a good match, it was super fun to see that jealousy, and a partial view of reality, could make her change her entire focus and decided she should be Mrs. Collins. After that, I was amazed at the rivalry between Lydia and Mary. I never imagined I would see these two sisters competing for the same gentleman. Their interactions, especially Mary’s comments, were very funny.

Miss Bingley’s paltry appearances: Miss Bingley was present in the story because this takes place immediately after the Netherfield Ball, but she is hardly present in the narrative, and I absolutely loved that! Unless Miss Bingley is the true villain in the story, I do not need to read anything about her. In a Longbourn Entanglement the author chose to remove page time from Miss Bingley, and dedicated it to Darcy and Elizabeth, a decision I certainly approved of.

Summing up, A Longbourn Entanglement is an incredibly funny story and I do not believe readers will be able to stop reading it after they start. It is a short novel so it can be read in one sitting and I highly recommend it.

 

You can find A Longbourn Entanglement at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited 


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Nine Ladies by Heather Moll

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Nine Ladies is an epic adventure that readers will hardly forget. It is not the typical time travel story, and you will understand why once you’ve read it, but it is certainly one of the most compelling books of the genre I have read.

In this book the Darcy family has more responsibility then managing an estate, they also need to manage any person arriving in Nine Ladies, a nearby stone circle which allows people to travel through time on specific dates. However, that is not a frequent occurrence, so when Elizabeth Bennet arrives from 2011 to 1811, Mr. Darcy faces a challenge as no other he has encountered before.

I cannot say I loved the female character, but I did love the fact that she wasn’t like any other I’ve seen in time travel stories. She is not knowledgeable about regency manners, she is not an Austen fan, and she is not looking for her own Mr. Darcy. She is just an average 21st century girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and who will see her life change forever because of that. Elizabeth Bennet was a believable character who didn’t act or sounded like a cartoon, and I loved that about her.

I loved to see her growing relationship with Mrs. Reynolds just as I loved the entire Reynolds storyline. In fact, the secondary characters in this book were really interesting, and they all brought something new and crucial to the story. That was something else I absolutely loved. From Reynolds’s background to the Colonel´s support and Georgiana’s growing confidence, I was in awe with how relevant these characters were to guarantee Mr. Darcy’s happily ever after.

Another aspect of this book I thoroughly enjoyed was the different life choices some of the characters made. I always believed there isn’t one simple recipe for happiness, and through the secondary characters Heather Moll demonstrates that everyone can have different life choices and dreams that will make them happy. We will find couples who choose not to have children, women who rather focus on their career then think about getting married, woman who’d rather be single mom’s then wait for a prince charming that may never come, etc. and I absolutely loved seeing how so many people chose different paths towards happiness.

Nine Ladies is an engrossing book which can hardly be put down. I couldn’t stop reading it because there was always something I was curious about, always something I needed to know more about and that made it unputdownable.

I admit I was team 1811 (if you read it, you’ll get it) and I cannot but praise the path Heather Moll had our characters make to get to their HEA. It was cleverly done, and it sold the book to me.

Summing up, Nine Ladies is a very special and unique time travel novel that is well written, entertaining and unputdownable. I wish I could mention a few more things I enjoyed about it, but that would mean spoiling part of the story, so you’ll have to take my word when I say I recommend it to readers looking for a timeless romance.

 

You can find Nine Ladies at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited 


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Twists of Fate by Joana Starnes

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Joana Starnes’s previous books have set the quality bar too high so the expectations towards Twists of Fate were obviously in accordance with that, but if there is one thing Starnes never fails to present is a well written and engrossing book.

The premise of Twists of Fate is somewhat common, however, there are a few twists I particularly liked reading about, and of course, the manner in which Starnes presents the entire story is compelling, which makes the book unique in its own way.

In this forced marriage scenario Mr. Collins doesn’t take no for an answer and to avoid his more aggressive overtures, Elizabeth runs out of the house in search of her father. While she is in a hurry to get to Meryton, she falls and twists an ankle and it is at this point that she is found by Mr. Darcy, who assists her, and takes her to her Aunt Phillip’s house. This scene is observed by a maid and gossip soon spreads over Meryton.

Starnes is known as the Queen of angst, but readers should expect an almost angst free novel. That is not to say that conflict is completely absent from the story, but there aren’t many angsty moments in it, and the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth is quite mature with both sharing and talking over the many different situations they must face…well…they start doing that…eventually. What I want to say is that in this novel there is a moment of misunderstanding, but apart from that, we see the couple getting to know one another and slowly falling in love, which means that readers who love to read scenes between these two characters will be delighted! They will even face adversity as a couple completely in love and in syntony with one another.

What I loved the most in this book was the characterization of Darcy. No matter the adversity, or the setting, Joana Starnes is always able to create a Darcy who is exactly as I imagined he would be. He always reacts as I believe he should react, and he is always passionate, honorable and strong. This Darcy is swoon worthy and I absolutely loved every scene that was told from his point of view. His feelings are always raw, exiting and electrifying. His love for Elizabeth is beautiful and because his character, as well as Elizabeth’s were so well developed, their romance was the second aspect I loved the most in the book. They finish off with a solid relationship and I am sure readers will love to read the story as the characters achieve that.

Another aspect I really loved, and something I wasn’t certainly expecting, was to be privy to how the gossip spreads. Usually in this type of books we are told that rumors occur, but in this case, we see how the rumor is spreading and who is taking part in it. We follow the characters as they discuss the events and have a good laugh through it all. These humorous sections are something else that Starnes has started using in her most recent books, and a characteristic I particularly liked in the first part of Twists of Fate. She certainly knows how to make me smile 😊

Towards the end of the book, I must confess I was also pleasantly surprised by Lydia and astonishingly interested in Jane’s love life! If you think Elizabeth and Darcy are the only interesting couple in this book, be assured they are not! Jane was the one who made me read nonstop until the end!

I didn’t have any quibble with this book, but I would prefer if it was a little shorter, even if I couldn’t stop reading it from the moment I started.

Twists of Fate is another fantastic book that will not disappoint any reader. It is beautifully written, engrossing and passionate. The characters are true to themselves, and the path they take to find their happiness is thrilling. I highly recommend this book to all readers.

 

You can find Twists of Fate at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited 


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In Essentials by Helen Williams – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I am very happy to be opening the Blog Tour for In Essentials, a new JAFF book which was released yesterday and whose premise I find very intriguing. I believe the author can use this premise to work on some interesting character developments, and I imagine Darcy’s relationship with Elizabeth will be very close and intimate based on the excerpt we are sharing today. Plus, this book’s cover is simply enchanting, isn’t it? My paperback is already on its way so I may add this to my shelves 😊

I would like not only to welcome Ms. Williams at From Pemberley to Milton, especially as this is her first visit, but also to thank Meryton Press for publishing new authors, and Janet Taylor for allowing me to spread the word about these books 😊

I hope you all like this excerpt, and don’t forget to apply to the giveaway 😊


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Hi Rita! Thank you very much for hosting me here at From Pemberley to Milton today.  

In this excerpt from In Essentials the reader will see Elizabeth having a rare moment of weakness, lamenting her altered state and wanting to indulge in what we today would probably call an entirely justifiable “pity party”! But Darcy is there for her, quietly offering support – though whether she is brave enough to accept it is still to be seen…

 

Excerpt

It was here that Mr Darcy, coming to call, found her one day. She mustered a smile when she saw his approach, and her eyes were dancing with mischief when he finally reached her.

“And what is your excuse for avoiding my mother’s very crowded parlour, sir?”

“I might ask you the same question, Miss Elizabeth.”

“Me?” she repeated, the picture of innocence. “Why, everyone knows that I am overly fatigued by too much company.”

“Rather certain company, I dare say,” he replied pointedly, which made Elizabeth flush and laugh. “And fatigued is a relative term.”

“Alas, I am found out! I can only hope that I may rely on your discretion. It is really shameful of me, after all, to exploit my difficulties.”

“It does put one in mind of the boy who cried wolf,” Mr Darcy observed.

“I see that you do not intend to let me off lightly! Very well, I own that it is badly done. But please do not scold me further. I have not the heart for it today.”

“I should never presume to scold you. I have not that right. But I am sorry to find you out of spirits.”

“I find that even my spirits, on occasion, are a little overwhelmed by my recent frailty. But this spleen will pass. It always does.”

“Might it help to confide your troubles to someone?” he asked gently.

“I daresay I might as well be speaking another language for all anyone could possibly comprehend my feelings. Empathy in such a situation is quite impossible. I would not wish to waste my breath nor my listener’s time.”

“Do you really think so?” Mr Darcy pressed, apparently undeterred by her dismissive response.

His look of calm and his patient but determined solicitude deflated her pique. Elizabeth sighed and lowered her eyes.

“Mr Darcy, have you ever suffered a broken bone?”

“Why, no.”

“Neither have I. And so were I to meet someone with a broken leg, whilst I should certainly pity them and imagine that it was very painful and inconvenient, I would not know how it felt, having never experienced such a thing myself. Do you take my point?”

“I understand your meaning well enough, but I must say that I think you are too quick to dismiss the value of empathy and compassion.”

“I have had enough of both, I assure you!” Elizabeth disclaimed with a gesture of frustration. “But as I said, empathy is impossible. I have quite lost count of the number of times I have been told how terrible it is to be tired, how very dispiriting it is to feel not quite the thing. Tired! If only it were so! If only a good night’s sleep could cure me of my ills. But I know very well it will not, and I am heartily sick of their empathy! They have no notion how much it pains me.”

“I am sure they mean well…”

Elizabeth scoffed and turned away. “Please leave me. I do not care to listen to sense or be made to feel charitably towards my well-wishers. I had much rather sulk and complain and despise them. I have been very good-natured these past months. Everyone says so! Therefore, I am allowed a moment or two of bitterness and anger.”

“More than a moment or two,” Mr Darcy replied softly.

Elizabeth laughed in spite of herself. “Am I to trust you to be the judge? When you yourself have confessed to having a resentful temper?”

“Indeed, but I do not stand in judgement of you. And if I did, I would find you quite blameless, I assure you.”

“You are very kind,” Elizabeth replied but did not turn back to him. “I thank you. But I would rather be alone if you do not mind.”

“As you wish. But know this: I promise that I shall not offend you with empty words of sympathy, and you will not offend me with any honest expression of your feelings.”

“You are very kind,” Elizabeth reiterated but did not relent.

He wished her a good day, and Elizabeth waited a moment before looking to see that he had gone before returning to her melancholy. It had been on the tip of her tongue to remind him of their prior exchange of honest feelings, but at the last moment she had refrained. They had neither of them addressed the awkward episode at Hunsford since his return into Hertfordshire, and Elizabeth was wise enough to know that this was not the moment to do so. Her bitterness regarding her future coloured her perceptions of the past, and what would have been only natural regret caused her further frustration and resentment. There were moments when she almost wished that he had stayed away, for it would have saved her the pain of knowing precisely what she now could never have.


Five months after Darcy’s disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet,

he discovers that the woman he ardently loves is suffering from a grave illness.

Despite an affliction that has left her altered, Elizabeth Bennet is still the same person in essentials: witty, sanguine, and obstinate. However, her future is uncertain, and she struggles to maintain her equanimity—especially when Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to Netherfield and seems determined to improve her opinion of him. Now she must decide whether she is brave enough to trust him and embrace happiness, however fleeting it might prove to be.

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You can find In Essentials at: 

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited


Helen lives in Cambridge, UK where she works for the University of Cambridge. She has been writing as a hobby for around 15 years and has written several novel length stories based on the work of Jane Austen. Helen has Welsh roots so her stories will often include a couple of references to the land of her fathers, in addition to her two other loves – dogs and rugby. In addition to writing, Helen’s hobbies include cooking, hiking, cycling and campaigning for green initiatives. Having been diagnosed with pituitary growths in 2015 and 2020, Helen is also an active member of the Pituitary Foundation and her experiences with chronic illness inspired her latest story.

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NEW blog tour

The Blog Tour for In Essentials is just starting, so don’t forget to check the other stops for more info on this brand new book 🙂

October 11 From Pemberley to Milton

October 12 Savvy Verse & Wit

October 13 My Jane Austen Book Club

October 14 My Vices and Weaknesses

October 15 Babblings of a Bookworm

October 16 Donadee’s Corner

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NEW giveaaway time

Meryton Press would like to offer 6 ebook copies of In Essentials to readers following the blog tour. To apply to the giveaway all you need to do is click on the this Raffle Link

Good Luck Everyone!

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A Longbourn Entanglement by Monica Fairview – Excerpt

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today Monica Fairview is visiting From Pemberley to Milton with an excerpt of her recently released A Longbourn Entanglement, a short story I want to read as soon as I get my hands on the paperback. I was eagerly waiting for her to release the sequel to Dangerous Magic, one of my favorite reads this year, when I realized that she had been working on another project and would be releasing this new book before the sequel. I was surprised by this news but also very happy because this means I will have more stories penned by her to read 😊 Now I just need to wait for the sequel to come out, right?

Have you read any of her books before? Which one is your favorite? I also have Steampunk Darcy on my TBR, but I never seem to control the TBR in order to have time to start it.

I hope you enjoy the excerpt of A Longbourn Entanglement Monica decided to share with us today, and if by any chance you’ve read this book already, please share with you us what you thought of it.

Thank you for visiting Monica, it is always a pleasure to have you at From Pemberley to Milton.

 


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It’s a pleasure to visit Rita’s blog and introduce my latest creation: A Longbourn Entanglement. Thank you for having me here, Rita.

If you’ve read the novel I published earlier in the year (Dangerous Magic), you’ll wonder what on earth I’m doing, writing a comedy at this point. If you know some of my earlier books, though, you probably know I can be quirky. Over the years, my writing has moved away from quirkiness into more serious territory. All three of my most recent novels are very earnest: Dangerous Magic, Fortune and Felicity and Mysterious Mr. Darcy. They do have a hint of humor here and there (except for Mysterious Mr. Darcy, possibly, which is as grim as any angsty novel can be), but that’s only because I can’t stop myself from cracking a joke now and then.

A Longbourn Entanglement is quite different from anything I’ve written before. It isn’t quirky, but it doesn’t take itself seriously, either. I would describe it as a light comedy of manners with a romantic core. It does have a few moments of angst, which is inevitable if Darcy and Elizabeth are going to work out their differences. Mostly, it’s a bit ridiculous and silly. Writing it was a perfect escape for me during the last year and a half. 

I hope it will be a short escape for you as well, on one of those days when you want to curl up on a sofa and forget the outside world for a couple of hours.

Here’s short sample to give you a taste of what to expect.  

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Darcy awoke the next morning in a state of anxiety. Elizabeth had been dismissive, but what if the apothecary was wrong? What if something had happened during the night? 

He did not like sitting around twiddling his thumbs when Elizabeth could be in intense distress. Even waiting for Evans to shave him had him squirming with impatience.

When he did finally make it downstairs, he found Bingley already in the breakfast room, chewing desolately on a piece of buttered toast. 

“I was thinking of riding to Longbourn,” he said, by way of greeting. 

Bingley looked shocked. “We cannot call on them at eight o’clock in the morning.”

They both looked at the clock on the mantle-piece, where the time was a few minutes past eight.

The irony did not escape Darcy. That Bingley should be urging control showed how far-gone Darcy was. 

“Though I must admit I have been thinking the same thing myself this past half-hour.” Bingley sighed. “If only society did not have quite so many rules!”

“Without those rules,” said Darcy blandly, “we would be little more than savages.”

Bingley sighed, his gaze flicking once again to the clock. “I suppose so.” 

“It is no use staring at the clock. You know what they say. A watched kettle never boils,” said Darcy.

Bingley gave a lopsided grin. “I have never had the privilege of watching a kettle boil.”

“Neither have I,” said Darcy. 

The two gentlemen fell into silence. Just for something to do, Darcy went to the side-table and helped himself. He was not in the least hungry, and he did not care what he ate. 

“I thought you disliked kippers,” remarked Bingley, when Darcy came back to the table.

Darcy looked down at his plate. He had indeed served himself a pile of kippers.

“Well spotted, Bingley. Clearly I was too preoccupied.”

He pushed the kippers to the side of the plate and picked up the buttered toast. He did not know what the day would bring, and it would be good to be fortified, just in case.

The food turned to sawdust on his tongue. He tossed down the rest of the toast in disgust.

Darcy awoke the next morning in a state of anxiety. Elizabeth had been dismissive, but what if the apothecary was wrong? What if something had happened during the night? 

He did not like sitting around twiddling his thumbs when Elizabeth could be in intense distress. Even waiting for Evans to shave him had him squirming with impatience.

When he did finally make it downstairs, he found Bingley already in the breakfast room, chewing desolately on a piece of buttered toast. 

“I was thinking of riding to Longbourn,” he said, by way of greeting. 

Bingley looked shocked. “We cannot call on them at eight o’clock in the morning.”

They both looked at the clock on the mantle-piece, where the time was a few minutes past eight.

The irony did not escape Darcy. That Bingley should be urging control showed how far-gone Darcy was. 

“Though I must admit I have been thinking the same thing myself this past half-hour.” Bingley sighed. “If only society did not have quite so many rules!”

“Without those rules,” said Darcy blandly, “we would be little more than savages.”

Bingley sighed, his gaze flicking once again to the clock. “I suppose so.” 

“It is no use staring at the clock. You know what they say. A watched kettle never boils,” said Darcy.

Bingley gave a lopsided grin. “I have never had the privilege of watching a kettle boil.”

“Neither have I,” said Darcy. 

The two gentlemen fell into silence. Just for something to do, Darcy went to the side-table and helped himself. He was not in the least hungry, and he did not care what he ate. 

“I thought you disliked kippers,” remarked Bingley, when Darcy came back to the table.

Darcy looked down at his plate. He had indeed served himself a pile of kippers.

“Well spotted, Bingley. Clearly I was too preoccupied.”

He pushed the kippers to the side of the plate and picked up the buttered toast. He did not know what the day would bring, and it would be good to be fortified, just in case.

The food turned to sawdust on his tongue. He tossed down the rest of the toast in disgust.

“I have been meaning to talk to you, Bingley. What the devil did you mean yesterday by offering to have another ball?”

Bingley looked shamefaced. “I was carried away, Darcy. I felt that it would be a good distraction, under the circumstances, something for everyone to look forward to.”

“And how do you imagine Miss Bennet will feel when you do not follow up on your promise because you have left for London?”

“It was not a promise, Darcy, just a possibility.”

Darcy shook his head, but today he was more understanding of Bingley’s impulse. Darcy would have done anything if he could help Elizabeth feel better, but he was not the kind of person that sugar-coated anything. He could never promise anything he could not fulfill, as Bingley had done. It seemed too much like a lie, and he had a horror of lies. Disguise of every sort was his abhorrence.

Still, strictly speaking, Bingley was not lying, and he meant no harm.

“Do you think Mrs. Bennet is likely to improve?”

It was a question Darcy had asked himself multiple times. 

“I have no idea. I have not seen her, so I cannot make any judgement.” He could only hope that nothing worse had happened since yesterday.

The two gentlemen fell into silence, contemplating the possibilities. For several minutes, the only sound in the room was the clink of silverware against China, interspersed with the sound of coffee being sipped, and the monotonous ticking of the clock. 

Darcy’s mind drifted to Elizabeth and the way she had looked when he was there. She was always so pert, so sure of herself, always with a ready answer on those bold lips. It shook him to find her so agitated and distracted. In normal circumstances, she always met his gaze directly, her fine eyes vivacious, bright with laughter or defiance. Yesterday her expression had been restrained, as if she had drawn a curtain to conceal her feelings.

The image of Elizabeth sitting anxiously at her mother’s bedside was imprinted on his mind. Darcy wished he could be there, holding her hand and consoling her, but it was not in his power to do so. 


 

Elizabeth Bennet has a secret. If Fitzwilliam Darcy discovers it, will it spell the end of their fledgling romance?

When Mrs. Bennet falls ill after the Netherfield Ball, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley postpone their trip to London to offer their assistance.

But things are never what they seem. Before long, Darcy is entangled in a chaotic situation at Longbourn, and Elizabeth is faced with a thorny dilemma that could drive Darcy away from her forever.

Will Elizabeth and Darcy muddle their way through the mayhem, or is everything just too tangled for them to discover their feelings?

If you are looking for a warm, sweet, and short Jane Austen variation, this romantic comedy is just what you need. 

 

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You can find A Longbourn Entanglement at: 

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

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Monica Fairview writes Jane Austen sequels and variations as well as Regencies. Her latest novel is a Pride and Prejudice fantasy variation, Dangerous Magic. Her biggest claim to fame is living in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester, long before the house was restored. After studying in the USA, she taught literature, then became an acupuncturist. She now lives near London.

Monica loves anything to do with the nineteenth century, and obsessively follows every period drama she can find. Some of her favorites are ‘North and South’, ‘Bright Star’ and ‘War and Peace’, and a dozen others that she couldn’t possibly list here. Of course, she has watched Pride and Prejudice (1995 and 2005) more times than she could count on her hands and toes.

Monica enjoys reading fantasy and post-apocalyptic novels but avoids zombies like the plague. She loves to laugh, drink tea, and visit National Trust historic properties [those were the days!], and she is convinced that her two cats can understand everything she says.

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As a Proper Lady Would – An Interview with Bronwen Chisholm & Giveaway

Good Morning everyone,

I am pleased to welcome Bronwen Chisholm at From Pemberley to Milton today. Bronwen has just released a new book called As a Proper Lady Would, which is the first book in the Defying Propriety Series, and has agreed to answer a few of my questions about it. If there is anything else you’d like to know about this book, please do not hesitate to comment and ask Bronwen. I am sure she will love replying to all your questions, and all comments will be eligible for the e-book copy of As a Proper Lady Would she is giving away 😊


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Hi Rita! I am so pleased to be back at From Pemberley to Milton and that we get a chance to chat this time.

Welcome Bronwen, it is a pleasure to welcome you here at From Pemberley to Milton. I always like to know more about the authors who are visiting, so I am very curious to know how you discovered JAFF, and how you decided to start writing in the genre.

Well, unlike many of your readers, Jane Austen was not required reading when I was in school. Around my 40th birthday, I was working with a younger woman who talked about the 1995 Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. She was shocked that 1) I had not seen it and 2) I had never read the book or seen any of the movies. The next day the VHS tapes were on my desk (yes, I just dated myself). I watched it that weekend and was hooked. On Monday, she and I walked down to the library––which happened to be on the first floor of our office building––and I borrowed the book. Within two weeks, I had read all six books and purchased those that were not available at the library. When I was done with those, I wanted more. I did a search and found the JAFF sites.

I was already writing at that time but had not published anything. I had a suspense romance that had a lot of issues, and I was teaching myself different writing styles. My JAFF stories were originally done to improve my writing and not meant to be shared. When I did share them on one of the sites, I was shocked by the response, and it gave me the courage to publish.

That is a really interesting story, do you feel any difference in your writing now that you know your work is going to be published?

I take my readers into consideration when I pick the stories I want to write, and I listen to their suggestions and work them in where I can. My family will tell you I am a grammar nut. (My kids hated when I proofed their homework, but they still send me things to read before they submit them.) I am even more critical on my own writing when I plan on publishing it.

And if I understood correctly, you have another job apart from writing, how do you combine both?

I have an amazing boss. There is a lot of down time at my job, and he lets me write when he doesn’t have anything for me to do. His name is Fitz, so there will always be a Fitz in my stories. Luckily, I have more than one to choose from with the P&P characters.

 

Your latest book, As a Proper Lady Would is part of a series, why did you decide to move from stand alones into novels which are integrated in a series?

I fought doing a series for a long time. We have all had that series that we loved when it started, but you have to wait for the next book to be released and eventually you start getting bored with the characters. I didn’t want to be one of those authors. That is why I say the characters made me do it. I got to what I thought would be the end of the book and discovered one of my side characters had a secret that couldn’t be addressed in one chapter or an epilogue. I had to write a second book. Then I realized he wasn’t the only one, so I became more comfortable with the idea.

Does this mean we should expect to have different main characters in each of the series books?

Yes. And they will be a mix of Austen’s characters and my own.

 

And what can you tell us about this As a Proper Lady Would?

The story begins in Derbyshire when 5-year-old Elizabeth Bennet and her family are there for her uncle’s wedding and she has a brief encounter with 12-year-old Fitzwilliam Darcy and his friend. From there, we get glimpses of them as they grow up until we arrive at the point that Mr. Bingley leases Netherfield Park. Because of interactions they have had previously, the story then plays out a bit different from canon.

Is it safe to say the first book in the series is very Lizzy/Darcy centric?

Oh yes, definitely. I got them out of the way up front, so everyone isn’t waiting for them to get their HEA. This way, they can pop in and out of the other stories.

Apart from that, what do you think readers will love the most about it?

I think they will fall in love with our dear couple as children and see them in a slightly different light. (I was amazed at how Lydia-like Lizzy could be when she was younger.)

 

Those scenes must have been very fun to write, and I wonder, which was the hardest scene for you to write? Did you find any roadblocks while writing this book?

Honestly, this book really flowed. The first real hitch was when I realized it was going to be a series. Now emotionally, the second chapter had me in tears. Even when I was editing it, I was sniffling.

And how was your writing process during that time? Do you write the entire story at once or do you write separate scenes and then try to put them together? What can you tell us about that?

Every story I write begins with a scene, then I have to figure out where it goes in the story. If it is the beginning, great! I can just keep writing. If it is the middle, then I have to figure out what comes before. I try not to jump around too much because it can become confusing, and you have to remember what was revealed and when. That said, I am not an author who plots everything out. My outlines look more like a series of scenes with notes between them because when I try to plot, I get sucked into a scene and just write it.

 

I can easily imagine scenes popping in your head, but I’m certain some characters make their way into your imagination more than others, which character would you say inspires you the most?

Ooh. That’s hard. Each of the characters matures as the story progresses. They come to understand what is really important to them. Inspires . . . hmm . . . maybe Darcy. I leaned more into the shy Darcy in this book. You get to see him in different social situations and how his friends try to assist him. He hates it, but he keeps going back because that is what is expected, and he really does want to improve.

 

And do you prefer to write about existing characters, or to create new ones?

Both. Of course, the readers have certain expectations regarding Elizabeth and Darcy which I learned the hard way at the beginning, so you have to be careful what liberties you take there. I love writing about the side characters that Jane Austen didn’t say much about. There is so much more freedom. But I also love creating new characters to come alongside the ones we all know and love.

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Which secondary characters will we find the most in the series?

Well, the second book is called Son of an Earl and revolves around Ashton Fitzwilliam, Viscount Grayson. The lady has not been introduced yet. The third book is A Soldier’s Tale, which comes from the original scene that started this whole project, that I never intended to write. It, of course, follows Colonel Fitzwilliam. His lady will be revealed by the end of the current book. The working title for the fourth is Reforming a Scoundrel and I will let you guess who that one is about. It looks like Lydia will have her own story, and that is all I have at this point.

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It looks like your readers will have a lot to expect from these series Bronwen! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all my questions and giving us more information about the Defying Propriety Series.


We are formed by experiences of our childhood. Family and friends influence our character. Decisions, wise and foolish, direct our path. Through chance encounters and early introductions, our beloved Pride and Prejudice characters come together on a slightly different path which may, to some, defy propriety.

All the books in this series are sweet, clean romances.

In this first book of the Defying Propriety Series, we watch as Elizabeth and Darcy learn what society expects of them, while attempting to achieve what they truly desire in life. The well-known characters, as well as a few new ones, grow from childhood to a marriageable age; some reveal different facets of their personalities, while others are doomed to follow the same paths.

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NEW author bio

Bronwen Chisholm has released seven Pride and Prejudice variations since 2014. She takes great pleasure in searching for potential “plot twists” and finding the way back to a happy ending.

Her love of writing has led her to several writing groups, and she is currently serving as the vice president of the Riverside Writers and organizes the Riverside Young Writers.

For more information, visit her at www.bronwenchisholm.com.

Bronwen Chisholm

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