Happy by Accident…or Not? by Michelle D’arcy – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I am thrilled to welcome Michelle D’arcy for the first time at From Pemberley to Milton. Michelle D’arcy is a reader who had to write her own story so she gained the courage to become a self publishing author. She has just released Happy by Accident…or Not? and today she is bringing you an excerpt of her debut book along with a giveaway of 2 ebook copies of Happy by Accident…or Not?

I am always super happy to welcome at my blog people who are brave enough to go through with this dream, but I am particularly happy to welcome Michelle D’arcy, someone I knew as a reader and am able to introduce as an author to you now.

Thank you so much for visiting Michelle! It is a pleasure to have you here! I wish you all the happiness with this book, and who knows, maybe we will even have more in the future.

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


Excerpt from Chapter 9

“It was a surprise to see that you did not stand up with your cousin for the first set, after all,” Darcy finally dared to say. 

“It was also a surprise to me! Apparently he felt dizzy just prior to the set and I did not wish to put his health in danger.” 

“How very unfortunate for him…” 

“Yes…very unfortunate and quite sudden. I couldn’t help noticing you talking to him and I… I wondered if the conversation might have affected him in some way,” she said, looking at him meaningfully. There was a hint of a smile on both their faces, but neither was comfortable or confident enough to speak openly. 

“It might have; Mr. Collins asked for my advice on a delicate matter…” Darcy seemed hesitant to divulge more. After a few seconds of deliberation, he continued, “He wished to know my opinion regarding his choice of a wife… In fact, he wished to be sure my aunt would approve of the lady.” 

Elizabeth turned pale, then crimson. Surely Mr. Collins did not mean her! He would not dare to speak to Darcy of her she hoped, only to find out the disturbing truth a moment later. 

“And may I ask what you told him?” she enquired. 

“I told him that, while the lady he mentioned to me is worthy of admiration, I doubted she was the right wife for him, or that she would meet Lady Catherine’s requirements of modesty and obedience.” 

Her cheeks burned with mortification as she imagined that conversation. Its effect must have been strong, since Mr. Collins had not approached her again and had been in Sir William Lucas’s company ever since. Was she truly saved from future mortification at the hands of her cousin?

“I am afraid that could have been the reason for his sudden dizziness,” Darcy concluded. 

“Very likely; should I dare to thank you, Mr. Darcy?” 

“I do not see why, Miss Bennet. I have done nothing but be completely honest with Mr. Collins.” 

“And yet, I do thank you,” she smiled. “Your honesty is most valuable to me.” 

“I am glad to hear that,” he said with a frankness she did not miss. “Had I known Mr. Collins had changed his mind, I would have gladly taken his place…for the first set. I assumed you would dance with him and since I promised to dance with my friends’ sisters, it seemed logical to ask Lady Eleanor. I still have to stand up with Miss Bingley and Miss Cranford.” 

“Oh…” she said, surprised by his admission and pleased with the explanation. And relieved, she admitted to herself, hoping her expression would not betray her feelings. “I am glad to see you are a little fond of dancing, Mr. Darcy. And I agree with my father — you do seem to possess excellent dancing skills.” 

“My fondness for dancing depends on my partner. As for my dancing skills, I hope to have the chance to prove them to you during our set,” he said hoarsely. 

“I look forward to it, Mr. Darcy.” 

“Miss Bennet, may I be so bold as to ask you a question? You might find it inappropriate, so I would not mind if you refused to answer it.”

Her cheeks burned again. “Please do, sir. I doubt you could ask anything improper.”

“If I had known that Mr. Collins had withdrawn his request, and I then had asked you for the first set, would you have danced with me twice? The first and the supper set?” 

The question took her completely by surprise and his intense stare discomposed her even further. Before answering she licked her lips, which were suddenly dry. 

“If you had asked me for two sets, Mr. Darcy, I would have gladly accepted.” 

“I am very glad to hear that, Miss Bennet. And since I did not do so earlier, I cannot let such an opportunity pass by now, so I will ask you this very moment. Would you do me the honour of dancing the last set with me too?” 

Her eyes were locked with his, ignoring everything and everyone around them. 

“I would be happy to, Mr. Darcy,” she managed to respond. 

The expression of heartfelt delight on his face melted her heart and she knew her own expression was no different. 

“Happy by Accident…or Not?” is a Regency “Pride and Prejudice” novella variation that combines romance, humour, a little bit of angst, original twists and new characters mingling with the well-known and much-loved characters from the original novel.
The story begins the day after the party at Mrs. Phillips’ house and the disturbing conversation during which Wickham reveals to Elizabeth his past misfortunes caused by Darcy.
On a cold autumn morning, Elizabeth takes a long walk to clear her thoughts and to escape Mr. Collins’s annoying attentions.
Her solitary reverie is interrupted by cries for help and she discovers Mr. Bingley, who has fallen from his horse and is lying at the edge of a marsh. While Elizabeth tries to assist him, Darcy appears in search of his friend. With the threat of a storm approaching, Darcy hurries to fetch more help and Elizabeth remains with Bingley — a good opportunity for them to disagree about Darcy’s character.
Mr. Bingley’s wounds are not severe, but serious enough to affect his plans for the ball. Also, the disclosure of his argument with Miss Elizabeth will trouble Darcy, contradicting all his previous beliefs about the woman he secretly admires.
Therefore, the two gentlemen must decide how they want to proceed with the ladies of their hearts.
With several surprise visitors attending the Netherfield Ball, with opinions and feelings changed, with secrets unveiled and the truth finally exposed, our beloved couples will interact, argue, reconcile, bear some misunderstandings and suffer from a little bit of jealousy before they reach their well-deserved ‘Happily Ever After’.

happy by accident or not





You can find Happy By Accident…or Not? at: 



and on Kindle Unlimited






Drawing on her background in the drug industry, Michelle knows that the best tonic for the mind is a good book and a healthy imagination. 

Michelle discovered Jane Austen through the Hollywood adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Lawrence Olivier, when she was 14. She has never looked for her own Mr Darcy because she thinks she shares too many similarities of character with him . And perhaps more than she would like to admit with Lady Catherine too!

A greedy reader and a meagre sleeper, Michelle fell into the JAFF universe in early 2000 and happily witnessed some great stories coming to life! A steadfast cheerleader, prolific commenter and opinion-giver, sometimes headstrong and obstinate — especially when defending Darcy, who in her eyes can do no wrong — she has made a lot of friends among JAFF authors and keeps in contact with many of them. 

Encouragement from a dear friend, help from another with a magical red pen, and a sudden increase in courage, persuaded her to finally put on paper some ideas that had been dancing in her mind for some time.

NEW giveaaway time

Michelle D’arcy would like to offer 2 ebook copies of Happy By Accident…or Not? to two lucky readers who stop by at From Pemberley to Milton to read the excerpt of her book. You know the drill, to apply to this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment with either your opinion or a question. I’m sure Michelle will be happy to answer to all of you 🙂 The giveaway is international and is open until the 3rd of December.

Good Luck Everyone!


Filed under JAFF, North and South, Pride and Prejudice

36 responses to “Happy by Accident…or Not? by Michelle D’arcy – Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. Lory Lilian

    Congratulations on your debut book, Mihaela!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. What a sweet moment between them.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Robin G.

    Congratulations and best wishes on your debut novel! Thank you for the excerpt. The blurb shows a premise I have not seen before – Bingley has an accident and requires help. I am looking forward to reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. TC

    Congratulations on your new book! I haven’t seen a lot of Elizabeth and Bingley talking about much besides Jane and especially not disagreeing, so this is an interesting idea.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mihaela, I am so excited for you – your debut as an author is a wonderful moment and I hope you take some time to catch your breath and enjoy it! Like Robin, I haven’t seen this premise before either, and I look forward to reading it. Congratulations and best wishes – you deserve it, lady!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. editingzeal

    I like your stories and have it on my list to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. evamedmonds

    Congratulations on your novella! I think it is wonderful that you have been an JAFF fan and now a new author. I definitely sensed the humor in the excerpt and could visualize both Elizabeth and Darcy literally talking with their tongues in their cheeks. I must confess that Darcy was quite forward sharing his thoughts with Mr. Collins. Oh, and asking Elizabeth for two sets – quite daring as you know what that will mean to Mrs. Bennett. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mihaelahercaud

      Oh, yes! This could set Mrs. Bennet on, couldn’t it? 😉

      A bit of change: a rather straightforward Darcy! Thank you for noticing; yes, tongues were firmly in the cheeks 😘

      Thank you for stopping by…

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Joy

    This excerpt leaves me wanting more. I loved the interplay between D&E and thank goodness Darcy put Collins off her trail! Congrats on your first book!

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  9. Congratulations on your debut! The excerpt is delightful and I am really intrigued and interested to read the rest.

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  10. I loved the somewhat veiled conversation here between Darcy and Elizabeth! This sounds like a wonderful reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing this fun excerpt with us. And for the giveaway chance!

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  11. ForeverHis

    Congrats on publishing your first story. I loved the excerpt, most especially since it was well written and showed an amusing interplay between ODC. This will be a book well worth the time to read.

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  12. mihaelahercaud

    Oh I hope so and thank you for saying it!
    I wish you luck with the giveaway!


  13. mihaelahercaud

    I thank you all for stopping and commenting! I hope you had as much fun reading as I had writing it!

    Thank you, Rita, for having me! I am honoured!

    Good luck to everyone !


  14. Glynis

    Thank you for sharing this excerpt! It seems Elizabeth already knows the truth between Darcy and Wickham as she is happy to dance with Darcy! Love it! This was already on my list and now I’m even more determined to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. mihaelahercaud

    Dear Glynis, Thank you!
    I think I know you enough to safely say that you might enjoy it 🙂

    Good luck with the giveaway


  16. caroleincanada

    Congratulations!! I think you may be like Elizabeth…your courage rises by publishing your first book baby! The excerpt was delightful and looking forward to reading how the two gentlemen win their ladies!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mihaelahercaud

      Haha, you are absolutely right, Carole!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!
      I wish you luck and hope you enjoy the whole book!


  17. Lois

    Lovely excerpt. I’m guessing Bingley convinced Elizabeth that Darcy isn’t such a bad guy after all!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mihaelahercaud

      Thank you for joining me 🙂
      I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt – it would seem like this, wouldn’t it?
      Certainly he did plant a seed….
      Good luck in winning of the two ebooks!!


  18. This is a great excerpt, Michelle. And congratulations on the release of your debut novel! I love the premise of this story where I think Darcy and Elizabeth get together quickly than in canon.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. buturot

    Congratulations on your book. Thank you for sharing an excerpt. This is a bold move (declaration) from Mr. Darcy. Love it. Looking forward to what happens next. Thank you for this chance to win a copy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mihaelahercaud

      It is a rather bold Darcy, indeed! And you’ll find that Elizabeth is too – oh, this is not quite a surprise though, is it? 😉
      I am happy that you liked it and I wish you luck for the giveaway!
      Don’t forget it is a double chance!

      Thank you for commenting


  20. editingzeal

    I enjoyed the story, but then. I think I have enjoyed all your storie.:)


  21. J. W. Garrett

    That was an amazing excerpt. Goodness. I may need my fan. Whew! That was good chemistry between ODC. How fortunate that Darcy was available for Mr. Collins in regard to his choice of wife. Heaven help him if he chose incorrectly. Lady Catherine would be displeased if he chose incorrectly. HA! That was hilarious. Thanks for sharing. Thanks to Rita for hosting and special thanks for the generous giveaway from our author. Blessings and good luck to all in the drawing. Happy New Year to all.


  22. editingzeal

    Welcome! I wish you success and look forward to many delightful P&P variations from you.


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