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Strong Objections to the Lady – Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello everyone,

It is my pleasure to welcome once more Jayne Bamber to From Pemberley Milton with a very dynamic and interesting post about Strong Objections to the Lady, her latest release.

Ms Bamber choose her favorite moments in the story and brought to you a glimpse of each one of them, which will give you all a very good perspective of what you’ll find in it. I hope you enjoy this guest post and share with us the one moment that made you more curious about the book 🙂

And this is the last post of the blog tour, so if you haven’t tried your luck with the giveaway, this is your last chance!


It’s great to be back at From Pemberley to Milton! This is the last stop on my blog tour for my new release, Strong Objections to the Lady. I have shared a lot of excerpts along the way, but today in addition to today’s excerpt, I’d like to share a few more snippets of my favorite moments in the story.

For those of you who have missed the other blogs, Strong Objections to the Lady features a very different Anne de Bourgh, and this light-hearted romp in Kent is not short on laughs. I had a wonderful time writing this tale and getting to know the characters better along the way, and so today I would like to share my top ten favorite moments in the story….

#10 – Anne throws shade at her mother’s garish taste….

Anne was speaking with the local upholsterer in the north-facing parlor, which had been much neglected, when Lady Matlock entered the room. One look from the countess was enough to prompt the man to take his leave and fairly skitter from the house, and when he had gone the countess accosted her niece directly. “For Heaven’s sake, child, do you know what today is?”

Anne made a great show of looking about her. “Forgive me, Aunt Susan, but I do not see any children in the room – nor calendars, either.”

“Insolent girl!” Lady Susan crossed her arms and glared at Anne, who maintained a cheerful expression. “Do not smirk at me, young lady!”

“I do not smirk, Aunt.”

“You must think it very amusing, sacking your companion and threatening to burn pianos, but your mother has not been remiss in putting it about that you are mad. You hardly do yourself any favors, consulting with an upholsterer at the hour of your mother’s funeral! It is most unseemly! What were you thinking?”

Anne waved her hand dismissively at the garish décor she had long despised. “I was thinking perhaps a bright, warm blue with hints of lilac and pale yellow – something that suggests spring, renewal. All this red and gold everywhere is most unseemly, and I shall be glad to be rid of it.”

#9 – Colonel Fitzwilliam finds a kindred spirit in Mr. Bennet….

“You see, Lizzy,” her father teased her. “Your mother would be extremely vexed to learn that we dined with an earl and countess without her, and therefore I am greatly looking forward to it.”

Colonel Fitzwilliam broke into a wide smile. “There, now, Miss Elizabeth, I will not be deprived of such charming dinner company, at a time when it would be such a great comfort.” He placed a hand on his heart dramatically.

“Splendid, splendid,” Mr. Bennet chortled.

“And you may tell your wife, sir, that the viscount will also be in attendance.”

“She may require her smelling salts,” Mr. Bennet drawled.

#8 – Anne also comes to appreciate Mr. Bennet’s wry wit….

Suddenly, another notion struck Jane. “The countess asked about Longbourn – was the entail much talked of?”

Elizabeth rolled her eyes and smiled. “Oh yes – Papa informed the countess that Mr. Collins’ younger brother had gone on some missionary work in Timbuktu, and subsequently defected into a tribe of natives, therefore leaving you, his beloved eldest, as the undisputed heiress.”

“He did not say that!”

“He absolutely did. At least Mr. Darcy did not hear any of his nonsense, and have occasion to lower his opinion of our family even further. And in some ways, I think it tempered Anne’s proclivity to say shocking things herself – she and Papa are quite in league together.”

#7 – Colonel Fitzwilliam takes a jab at his mother, the Countess….

There was a lull in conversation after the second course was served, and Colonel Fitzwilliam seized the opportunity to address the entire table. “I have something I would like to say,” he began, turning to exchange a sly look with Anne. “I am very happy to say that I have spoken with Cousin Anne this afternoon, and she has agreed to put me – and many others, I think – out of our misery. She has decided….”

At the far end of the table, the Countess gave a premature whimper of delight. The colonel smiled at her, then turned and gave Elizabeth, or perhaps her sister, a quick wink. Finally, he looked back at Anne, and completed his speech by saying, “…to take a more active role in the running of the estate!”

Jane’s shaky breath was audible only to Elizabeth, for the countess’ reaction was much louder. “Richard, you wicked boy!”

“I thought you would be pleased, Mother – I am sure it is your advice that Anne has heeded.”

#6 – Mr. Collins’ appreciation for shelves in the closet transcends the grave….

While her sister was occupied, Elizabeth sought to pass the time in the library, and unwittingly stumbled upon Mr. Percy Fitzwilliam in some distress. The young cleric was seated near the windows at a table entirely covered in books and bits of paper, and he looked thoroughly perturbed. He hastily stood and bowed when she entered the room. “Good day, Miss Eliza – forgive me, I am quite at my wit’s end.”

Elizbeth hesitated, but her curiosity won out as she entered the room. “Whatever is the matter, sir?”

“I have but three days to prepare my first sermon for the parish – my first sermon ever, in fact. I had hoped to find some wisdom in all of Mr. Collins’ notes, but….”

“Oh dear.” Elizbeth approached the table and he gestured with frustration at the nearly illegible papers. The Bible was marked on in many places, though the passages that appeared to have been of particular interest to Mr. Collins were not likely to be of much edification for his parish.

“I cannot make sense of his methods,” Mr. Fitzwilliam sighed. “I started here, with some notes I found – at first it appeared to be a sermon half–written, which I might work from. It starts out strong, quoting Proverbs 31:10-31, and I thought it might be a fine thing for Anne that I extol upon the virtues of a godly and industrious woman. ‘She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness,’ and so on. But then, you see, what follows is… not entirely biblical. This note here in the margins, Ezekiel 43:17 – I looked up the passage and it is just about shelves.”

Elizabeth suppressed her laughter with little success, though she was heartily sorry for Mr. Fitzwilliam’s evident distress. “I wish I could help you, sir, but I am not at all familiar with my cousin’s… methods.”

#5 – Anne claps back at the Countess of Matlock….

After another unfortunate sneeze, the countess fixed Jane with a withering glare. “Miss Bennet, are you sure you are quite well? It was foolhardy enough to go chasing after the gentlemen, and in the rain, but to insist you are well when you are not is another kind of folly entirely, and I must remind you of the dire consequences should you think to conceal an illness for your own selfish purposes, and recklessly expose my family and your own sister.”

The colonel slipped his hand into Jane’s beneath the table, and Jane found herself too flustered to reply to Lady Susan; indeed, she could do nothing at all save for relishing the feel of his strong, warm hand around hers.

“Mother,” said he, “I appreciate your concern for dear Miss Bennet, but she is looking very well to me.”

Anne began to cough very loudly. “My goodness, I was not in the rain at all – I believe it grows drafty in here.”

Elizabeth looked up at Jane with eyes full of mirth, and she gave a little sneeze of her own. “Yes, I find I quite agree.”

Even Mr. Mason caught the scent of their mischief, and grinned as he looked back at Anne. “Achoo,” he deadpanned.

Anne chortled with laughter, and then stood and tossed aside her napkin. “The fireplace in the parlor beckons, I believe. A good blaze should be just the thing.”

#4 – I couldn’t resist….

Henry grinned at Anne as he addressed Charlotte. “Tell me, Mrs. Collins, did you not hear your friend’s manners toward Miss Bingley last evening? I must know, Anne; what is the manner of your disapproval of her?”

Every manner,” Anne giggled. “I find her far too self-important, and I have a violent aversion to every shade of orange.”

#3 – The time Anne spiked an entire dinner….

Before Anne could concoct any other superior schemes, Mr. Bingley had approached her with a knowing smile. “What an excellent dinner you ordered, Miss de Bourgh.”

“Thank you, sir – I hope I have not trespassed on your sister at all.”

“She appears far from offended at present,” he drawled. “Tell me, was everything soaked in alcohol?”

Anne laughed at having been found out, and swatted playfully at him, hoping she could charm her way out of any real trouble. “Not everything. The coq au vin and beef bourguignon, obviously, and I believe the roasted pheasant was glazed with brandy – the sherry trifle, of course….” She counted off on her fingers, wondering if she had missed anything.

“What can you mean by it? Everyone is quite in their cups!”

“In their plates,” she quipped.

Mr. Bingley chortled with laughter. “In their plates! But really, Miss de Bourgh, we may all come to some mischief. Surely there is excitement enough already.”

#2 – Inebriated Lizzy can still throw shade, too….

Darcy bit back a smile at Elizabeth’s delightful impertinence, and addressed Miss Bingley as calmly as he could. “Miss Elizabeth is unwell, and I have been urging her to retire early. She had an exerting walk about the grounds this morning, and I am sure she must need some rest.”

“Oh yes,” Miss Bingley said eagerly. “With Jane being ill so recently, perhaps Miss Eliza has caught some last remainder of the sickness. We must take every precaution, I am sure.”

Darcy stood and helped Elizabeth to her feet. “I shall walk you to your room,” he said. “Truly, you are not well, Miss Elizabeth.”

“I already told you that,” she whispered before turning to nod at Miss Bingley with perfect courtesy. “I expected no less than such exemplary compassion from you, Miss Bingley. Indeed, I was quite sure you would be willing to part with me early, for the sake of my own well-being – so entirely gracious….”

Darcy took Elizabeth by the arm and hastened her from the room at once.

#1 – Anne speaks her mind, and Darcy hurts his own feelings….

Anne groaned and stomped her feet, turning her back so that Darcy might not see her displeasure. She found herself wishing Elizabeth were there, with her wide eyes and soothing words of assurance. “Damn and blast, Darcy,” she sighed. “I am frightened and angry, and I do not wish to explain myself to anyone else.”

Darcy’s stern demeanor softened. “I do not mean to suggest that you have not the right to some sadness, but you must act with consistency and decorum. You cannot claim to be so stricken with grief that you cannot fulfill your responsibilities, and then crow over your delight, your determination to indulge yourself, regardless of the feelings of others.”

“The feelings of others?” Anne shook her head, hugging herself nervously. “It seems as though that is all that matters to you. What of my thoughts and wishes? The Fitzwilliams are here to manipulate me for their own purposes – I absolutely mean to indulge my own feelings, not theirs.”

“They want what is best for you, we all do. You are of age now, Anne, and you cannot be forced into anything that you do not desire. But neither can you make your own feelings known, in the right way, if you do not even come down to dinner.”

Anne looked at him thoughtfully, and then nodded her assent. “Very well, dinner. Tomorrow I will be there.”

“You will behave?”

She shrugged her shoulders. “I will try, so long as it does not interfere with making my sentiments known. By the by, we ought to go to the parsonage tomorrow, and pay a condolence call – I trust you heard about Mr. Collins?”

“I did. I was shocked, and very sorry for Mrs. Collins.”

“I sent the upholsterer to them, and I suppose I will need to ask Percy if he might assist with the funeral arrangements… I had – that is, the curate resigned abruptly.”

Darcy raised his eyebrows at her. “Yes, Richard told me.”

“Oh.”

“Percy has been made aware of the situation, and he will do his best to be of assistance, despite Richard’s frustration at how easily it might have been avoided. Percy can accompany us tomorrow, when we call at the parsonage. He will no doubt wish to speak with Mrs. Collins about parish matters, and her husband, of course.”

“Of course.”

“Richard also mentioned… I understand there was a particular disagreement….” He crossed his arms in front of his chest, radiating disapproval.

Anne sighed heavily, and turned away to pace along the windows that overlooked the garden. “Yes, I spoke candidly with him, with the best of intentions, but he did not appreciate the effort.”

“The best of intentions?”

“I will not marry him, Darcy,” Anne insisted. “Nor will I allow him to treat me like I am blind, backwards, and stupid. The ruse is over, finished. Now that I am mistress of Rosings, I think it is high time that everybody understands what I want, and accepts that I will have it – and nothing else.”

“Well, Anne, I sincerely hope that what you want so badly is help with running this estate, because that is what you need, and a lot of it,” Darcy burst with great energy. “Do not be so quick to flaunt your new independence in the face of those who would help you.”

“Is that it, then? Assistance is conditional on an engagement? Tell me I am wrong.”

Darcy flinched, and fell silent. “The countess is stubborn, but she cannot force you. Perhaps if you did not protest so vehemently, it would go easier for you.”

“Protest so vehemently? I have not yet begun to fight you on this, Cousin Darcy! I will not be bullied any longer.” Anne reached for a vase and hurled it across the room.

Darcy glowered at her, his appearance terribly imposingly, and she actually trembled as he approached her. He picked up another vase, plucked the flowers out, tossing them forcefully aside, and thrust the empty vase at her. Without breaking eye contact, Anne tossed this one, too. She reached toward the mantle, grasping for some other breakable object, and threw it as hard as she could, and then he handed her another one. She lifted her arm to throw it, but then hesitated, and put it back in its place. “Well, I feel silly now. I am sorry, Cousin – and please know, I mean that very sincerely, for I fully intend never to say I am sorry for anything I do not truly regret, as much as I have been made these last five years to apologize for things that did not merit it.”

“I can understand the sentiment, being pressed to apologize for a circumstance that you do not regret can be a bitter pill to swallow – one’s instinct is to resist. But you must endeavor to amend your behavior before any more damage is done. Your mother hurt you, but you can be the better person. I think it is what you truly wish, though you have not the clarity to see it.”

Anne felt her temper deflate at her cousin’s gentle advice, as if the anger was flushed from her entirely. “There is truth in that, I think.”

Darcy looked suddenly distressed, though Anne was trying to make amends. “I beg your pardon,” said he. “Have you ever given voice to some sudden thought, and in doing so, wounded your own sensibilities?”

“I cannot say that I have,” Anne stammered, astonished to see Darcy so perturbed now, more so than he had been even at the height of their argument.

He shook his head, as if to dislodge whatever thought had troubled him. “Forgive me. I am grown tired from my journey, and I ought to retire.”

Anne called out to him as he stalked wearily from the room. “Shall we walk to the parsonage at, say, eleven o’clock?”

“Yes – yes,” Darcy said with a strange groan.

Anne shook her head, bewildered that she had discomposed her stoic cousin, but mused that he was certainly right about one thing – she might accomplish a great deal more by attending a family dinner or two.

Strong Objections to the Lady is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited now, as well as in paperback format.

There is an e-book giveaway you can enter by clicking here .

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Thaw – Guest Post & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to host a new author at From Pemberley to Milton today, her name is Anniina Sjöblom and she is here today to share an excerpt of her debut novel Thaw.

Approaching a forced marriage scenario, Thaw is definitely on my TBR list and I loved the excerpt Anniina Sjöblom brought us here today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and you share your opinion about it with us 🙂 Also, if you’ve already read this book, please do share your thoughts, I would love to know more about it.

I would only like to wish Anniina Sjöblom all the best with this new release, and hope this is only the first of many visits to From Pemberley to Milton 🙂

 


 

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Thank you, Rita, for inviting me to post an excerpt from Thaw at From Pemberley to Milton as a part of the blog tour! The following is a letter Elizabeth writes to her Aunt Gardiner early on in the story, when everything is still well and she has no idea that only a month later, she will be standing at the altar with the rather discourteous man she has encountered in Netherfield’s library.

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Netherfield, November 15, 1811

My dearest Aunt,

I am writing to you from the confines of one of the guest bedrooms in Netherfield. Jane has fallen ill during a visit to Miss Bingley and her sister, and we are under orders from the apothecary not to move her until she is feeling better. Do not be alarmed—it is a rather violent cold, but Mr Jones has assured us that there is no great cause for worry.

I arrived here two days ago after Jane sent us a note explaining that she was unwell. I found her weak and feverish, but quite well cared for. Mr Bingley’s sisters are remarkably adept at forgetting all about her when they are not in her immediate presence but, when they do attend to her, they do so with at least the appearance of affection and solicitude. The only thing the sisters lack in their efforts is sincerity; thankfully, their brother has an ample supply of it to make up for this deficiency.

The more I see of Mr Bingley, the better I like him. His might not be the most intricate of characters, but there is something quite beguiling about the transparent manner in which he expresses himself. When he says that he is full of concern for Jane’s wellbeing, there can be no doubt of his meaning exactly what he says. In his eagerness to please her, he encouraged me to choose any book from his library to read aloud to Jane during her waking hours. You know well my fondness for spying on other people’s libraries, so you can imagine how pleased I was with the prospect!

I admit, however, that my enthusiasm was dampened somewhat as I entered the library. Not because the collection of books was quite meagre—which it was (but Mr Bingley is such an amiable man that I find it difficult to hold against him the fact that he is clearly not a great reader)—rather, it was because his odious friend Mr Darcy had chosen that exact same moment to occupy the library. He barely noted my arrival, so I determined to ignore him to the best of my ability. Oh, Aunt. It has only been a short acquaintance, but I cannot tell you how much I detest the man!

While he did not say a word, I could easily detect that he was staring at me whenever he thought I would not notice. It has been his exasperating habit of late to hover about, staring at me with a satirical eye but not uttering a word if he can help it. I do not understand what he means by it. He has already declared me tolerable—surely there is no need to always be investigating the matter for further proof of my faults!

My vanity told me to choose the most serious, tedious tome available to assure that I would offer him no further cause for reproof to add to my undoubtedly long list of deficiencies. But, as I am sure you can guess, my impertinence led me in another direction entirely. With some pride, I confess that I chose the most shocking novel I could find (from Miss Bingley’s personal collection, I have no doubt!) and, as innocently as I could muster, asked whether he had perchance read it. Oh, how I wish that you could have seen his reaction! His eyes widened in shock at my presumption, and the corners of his mouth turned down in such contempt that I found it very, very hard not to laugh. I must say, I have never heard anyone say ‘Most certainly not’ with such a great emphasis!

Of course, the episode cannot but make me sink further in his estimation. But I do not much care—let him despise me to bide his time in the country!

I shall close now, for Jane has awakened and requires my attention. I much expect to entice a smile out of her with a description of my encounter in the library.

We both send all our love and impatient wishes of seeing you, Uncle, and the children. I shall write to you again in a few days to let you know how Jane’s condition has improved.

Yours in affection,

E.B.


 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one false step can involve a lady in endless ruin. On a rainy November day in 1811, Miss Elizabeth Bennet finds herself wondering why no one ever bothered to tell her about this.

A few blithe steps on a morning walk, taken after a succession of rain, lead to unexpected events that irrevocably change the course of Elizabeth’s life, placing her fate in the hands of the haughty and conceited Mr. Darcy – the last man in the world she had ever thought to marry.

As long winter days slowly pass, she writes letters to her loved ones, trying to come to terms with her new role as a wife and the Mistress of Pemberley. But can she ever learn to love her husband? Will he overcome his arrogant notions of rank and circumstance?

And most importantly – will the shades of Pemberley ever recover from being thus polluted?

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You can find Thaw at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


Anniina Sjöblom lives in the beautiful but cold Finland and works in university administration. She has an MA in History and enjoys a long-standing love affair with the works of Jane Austen.

Her previous works include titles such as Thirteen Days, Fix You and When He Comes Back, published in various online Austenesque forums under the pen name boogima. The new novella Thaw, expanded from the original version of the story first published online in 2011, is her first commercially published work.

When not writing, Anniina spends her time hanging out with friends, binge-watching TV dramas and re-reading her favourite books while the stack of new ones still waiting to be read piles higher on her nightstand. She can ride a unicycle, and once, after losing an unfortunate bet, ate a bowl of ice cream with green dish soap as dressing. She does not recommend attempting it to anyone.


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There are only 3 days left in the blog tour of Thaw but you can still go back and read the other posts. Here is the schedule if you are interested :

 


 

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Quills & Quartos Publishing is giving away one ebook of THAW per blog tour stop. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this blog post, and Quills & Quartos will randomly choose winners for the entire blog tour on January 22. So, make sure you join in the conversation!

Good Luck everyone!

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Find Wonder in All Things by Karen M Cox & Giveaway

Find Wonder in All Things is a beautifully written modernization of Persuasion that will appeal to readers who enjoy a tender story with a small town feeling to it.

I’ve always been afraid to read modernizations of Persuasion because I believe it is incredibly difficult to bring this story to modern times in a realistic manner, however, Karen M Cox excelled at this, and Laurel and James’ story fit perfectly in the 90’s. The secondary characters, along with the plot and the reasons for their separation, were well thought of and the story was crafted carefully so everything is perfectly plausible.

The book has a feeling of southern small town that captivated me from the first pages and, unlike Persuasion, it depicts the characters stories during their youth, which was necessary for the reader to understand them better and feel connected to them.

I have always been team Wentworth, and I’ve always considered him to be superior to Anne, however in Find Wonder in All Things my feelings are reversed. I believe James was too impulsive and Laurel was the one with the good sense, revealing a maturity that was not easily found in someone so young. I have also enjoyed their older versions, but once more Laurel was my favourite. I did like James, who was an attractive man, but I was expecting him to be more resentful and cold. He was actually a nice guy, and I think most readers who are not so fond of Persuasion because they dislike Wentworth, will love this trait in James Marshal.

One of my favourite parts of the book was the modernization of the letter scene, which was incredibly romantic and swoon worthy. Never have I seen music enter a story so well as it did in Find Wonder in All Things, and this particular act made me love James Marshall, who was the epitome of a romantic hero. The scene that followed it was equally perfect, and once more I was reminded of why I prefer Laurel to Anne, she is kind and with a sweet temper, but she always has a backbone when it comes to James, not refraining from telling him what he needs to hear.

The clear connection to both nature and arts were two aspects that made me enjoy this book even more and that made me feel engrossed with it. The descriptions made by Karen M Cox made me feel I was at the cabin in the mountains with the characters, or at the lake looking at the stars, and the music created a warm feeling that was very pleasing.

Find Wonder in All Things is a book that should not be missed by any Janeite as it brings an original and interesting take on Persuasion while keeping it in line with characters, and just as romantic as the original. I highly recommend it.

You can find Find Wonder in All Things at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


The blog tour is just beginning; please do not forget to follow it 🙂

Jan. 4 – Karen M Cox

Jan. 7 – So Little Time…

Jan. 9 – From Pemberley to Milton

Jan. 10 – Babblings of a Bookworm

Jan. 11 – My Love for Jane Austen

Jan. 12 – Austenesque Reviews

Jan. 13 – Delighted Reader

Jan. 17 – Margie’s Must Reads

Jan. 20 – From Pemberley to Milton

Feb. 3 – Diary of an Eccentric

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Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance, a novella, and several short stories.

Karen was born in Everett WA, the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee, and New York State before settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at age eleven. She lives in a quiet town with her husband and works as a pediatric speech pathologist.

If you would like periodic bits of authorly goodness delivered to your inbox, be sure to get Karen’s News and Muse Letter. Updates, sales, book recommendations, etc. are yours for the asking.

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It’s giveaway time! To celebrate the second edition of Find Wonder in All Things, Karen is giving away a signed copy of the book and some Jane Austen swag: fun notecards from The Quill Ink, What Would Jane Do? book of quotes, and Austen coffee mug (if US winner), or an ebook copy of the book and 25$ Amazon Gift Card (if International Winner 🙂

Each comment left on a Find Wonder in All Things blog tour post will serve as an entry.

Winner will be chosen by 11:59 pm EDT on 2.6.20 and announced on Karen’s website and social media (Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram).

Good Luck everyone!

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Speechless by Jessie Lewis

Speechless was the first book I’ve read from Jesse Lewis and when I finished it I wondered why I had never read her previous book, Mistaken. Speechless is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters are enchanting, the story gripping, and the writing style irresistible!

The story opens with Mr. Darcy seriously wounded and trapped at a country inn with no one but Elizabeth to take care of him. As the narrative progresses, we learn that he was injured while trying to help Elizabeth who had had a carriage accident on her way to London. He is immediately taken to the nearest inn but with the level of snow still very high, they are trapped with the inn owner and few other guests, leaving Darcy’s care to Elizabeth alone. Because Mr. Darcy got injured helping her, and she is the only one who knows him at the inn, she feels compelled to help Mr. Darcy and everyone assumes they are married, a fact that Elizabeth does not contradict to secure her reputation.

As you can imagine a big part of the story will occur on a very confined environment and that, in my opinion, the first ingredient for a magnificent story. I’m partial for this type of premise, and when the author is naturally talented, the book comes to live and transports me right into it. That’s what happened with Speechless and I could not stop reading it!

Because of his injuries, Mr. Darcy cannot speak and needs to either murmur or write what he intends to say, but that does not prevent these characters from having witty and wonderful dialogues, on the contrary. They are forced to spend a lot of time together “talking” and getting to know one another, and this closeness will not only be physical but also emotional as their deepest feelings are shared and discussed. Of course they will have misunderstandings, and arguments, but that is part of the appeal of the book. The characters are exactly as they should be and as Jane Austen described them. They are merely placed under different circumstances, a fact that I absolutely loved. I recognized these characters from Pride and Prejudice and loved them even more! Elizabeth is a strong, courageous, kind, compassioned and selfless character who sacrifices her own comfort to nurse Mr. Darcy, and he is as charming as ever, despite the limitations he is suffering. Once he leaves the inn, he has the chance to come forward as the commanding and honorable man we know him to be, and the way he defended Elizabeth from his family was heartwarming.

During the time they are trapped at the inn Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy develop an intimacy that is compelling and when they finally leave that place, their intimacy will be crucial for some of the most romantic scenes I’ve ever seen. The proposal is adorable, romantic and very different from anything you’ve ever read for sure. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth will become as one and will transport the reader into a magical place.

I loved the dialogues, the characters, their attitudes, their speeches, and the cozy feeling throughout the entire story. Even after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth leave the inn, the cozy feeling remains because even if they were amongst a dozen different people, the reader still feels only the two of them exist. It’s almost as if their love and understanding of one another blocks everyone else outside of their private world. They share a bond that few understand and even fewer will ever experience.

This is a very short book that readers can read over a weekend and I highly recommend it to those who seek a well written, romantic and absorbing story. It is a page turner book that can hardly be forgotten by those who read it, and that will warm everyone’s hearts. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing a pearl. There aren’t many books with this quality out there, so this is definitely a MUST read.

 

You can find Speechless at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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From Pemberley to Milton’s 2019 Favourite Books

Good Afternoon everyone,

A new year has just started and that means I get to publish one of my favourite posts, the one where I can share some stats of the books I read last year, and most importantly, where I can share with you my list of favourite books!

 

In 2019 I wanted to read 35 books and was able to surpass that objective by reading 42, which is not a high number, but it still leaves me proud. In 2020 I’m once again aiming at 35 because by now I can tell that’s very close to my limit. I love reading, but I also love going out, travelling, watching TV, creating manual postcards or bookmarks etc., so 35 seems about right for me and my lifestyle

This year my average of pages read per book was 241 with the shortest book read having 63 pages, and the longest 513. The longest book read was actually a re-read I did of A Heart for Milton, which I decided to read in Portuguese this year 🙂 This book was also the least popular of the 42 I read this year on Goodreads, and I believe that is only because it is the Portuguese version. A Heart For Milton is very popular and definitely a book I recommend to everyone who wants more of John Thornton and Margaret Hale.

Another curiosity is that I only read two books in Portuguese this year and they are both the least popular and the most popular on Goodreads. You may recognise the most popular as The Notebook from Nicholas Sparks, which I enjoyed but didn’t love as much as Message in a Bottle which made me weep for hours!

The highest rated book on Goodreads that I have read was Falling For Mr. Thornton which was the other North and South book I read this year. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!

 

The Goodreads stats this year was very peculiar because it showed books that were not the norm, but the exception.

I only read two books in Portuguese and two North and South books, and they are precisely the ones present in GR stats, so I decided to create a few charts of my own, to better understand my reading habits this year and how they influenced my favourite books.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to see that 50% of the books I read were variations because this is definitely my favourite sub-genre and it has been my trend since 2012, however, this year the percentage of other genres grew exponentially, reaching 26%. I believe this happened because of my need to read something different. I love JAFF, but after so many years reading so many JAFF books, I started to feel that something new was required. I love to read more then I love to read JAFF, so getting immerse in other type of stories this year felt really good. Modernizations came third on my breakdown per genre, and that is very curious because a few years ago I hated modernizations, however, the need for different things took me down this path 🙂

Obviously Pride & Prejudice is the novel I give preference to, 77% of the books I read this year were about P&P, but I also read a few related to Persuasion and Emma. Next year I’ll continue reading Persuasion books because that’s my second favourite novel, but I think I’ll stop reading Emma variations or sequels. I really dislike Emma… I tried, I really did, but it is my least favourite book from Austen.

North & South has a low percentage, but that is simply because there aren’t that many books out there, and I’ve read most of the ones that already exist, so writers, please, please write more!

E-books are still the format I read the most, but Audiobooks are growing and I do expect to change this chart in 2020. I want to listen to more audiobooks and read more paperbacks! E-books are easier to obtain and more practical to read when travelling, but I do love paperbacks, and in 2020 I want to have the pleasure of turning a page more often 🙂

 

After all these pie charts I believe it is time to let you know which were my favourite books this year. I’m only considering for this list the books I read in 2019, regardless of their publication date, which means some were published in previous years but only read this year.

As you saw previously, a big percentage of what I read in 2019 was not JAFF and for the first time I’m including in my list of favourite books some that are not austenesque. If they hadn’t been sooooo good I would not add them, but the trilogy I’m including was truly mind-blowing and it is only fair to include them in my favourites list.

You’ll notice I haven’t reviewed some of my favourites, but rest assured, the reviews will be coming during this month. Now without further ado, here is my list of 2019 favourite reads 🙂

 

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The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey – Don Jacobson

Publication year – 2017

Number of Pages – 354

Sub genre – Secondary Character

What I loved about it –The plot, the complexity of the story and the time travel element. This is a series I am definitely be reading in 2020.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

Nefarious – Nicole Clarkston

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 482

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The writing, the intensity of the character’s feelings and relationship, and the witty dialogues.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – Shannon Winslow

Publication year – 2014

Number of Pages – 266

Sub Genre – Persuasion Inspired

What I loved about it –The writting, the romance, the ability to engage the reader and the hope of an happy ending.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

The Journey Home to Pemberley – Joana Starnes

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 339

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variations

What I loved about it – The writing, the intensity of feelings it generates in the reader and the journey ODC took to happiness…oh, and chapter 16 🙂

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

Falling for Mr. Thornton – Several authors

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 396

Sub Genre – North & South Anthology

What I loved about it – Mr. Thornton; Mr. Thornton and Mr. Thornton… And the diversity that I found in the stories which makes this an incredible tribute to N&S.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Not Yet

 

 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet- Jennifer Joy

 

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 342

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Darcy’s character, the simplicity yet engaging story and the romance.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Not yet

 

 

Speechless – Jesse Lewis

Speechless – Jesse Lewis

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 166

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Can I say I loved everything about it? The cozy feeling of the story, ODC’s relantionship and their dialogues stand out, but trully, everything about it!

Review coming soon Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Not yet

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Hostile Ground – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2014

Number of Pages – 298

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it –The surprisingly exciting plot, O’Neill’s character development, how in line the characters were with the original and the pace of the adventure.

 Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Exile – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2015

Number of Pages – 310

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it – The ability to surprise the reader, the mix of SG-1 and Atlantis world and O’Neill and Carter’s relationship! If you are a shipper this is the book for you!

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Not yet available in KU or Audible.

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Exile – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2016

Number of Pages – 241

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it –The conclusion of a perfect trilogy which I could not recommend enough! Apart from everything that made this book perfect, the Carter/O’Neill relationship was taken into a whole new level that I haven’t found in any other book! Seriously, this trilogy was PERFECT in every way!

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Not yet available in KU or Audible.

 

Do you share any favourites with me? Have you read all austenesque books that are on my list? If you haven’t, I really recommend them. I have only read 42 books this year, but those 7 are the ones that truly stand out.

What about the Stargate novels, are they your cup of tea? I imagine they will only interest a very small niche of readers, but they have many characteristics that make them perfect for me, and I don’t seem to get enough of them lately. The 3 I mentioned in this post will have to be re-reads in 2020 🙂

Can you tell me which were your favourite books in 2019? I would love to hear your opinion and maybe get a few suggestions of great books to read this year, especially if they are books published a while ago. I’m really trying to go back and read all the great ones I missed.

This list is a little different from my previous lists, but you can still check my favourites from previous years on the links below, and you’ll see that some authors always find their way into my top 10.

 

2015 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite books

2016 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

2017 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

2018 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

Wishing you all a lovely 2020, full of books and reading hours 🙂


 

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2019 Achievements & 2020 Goals

Hello everyone,

It’s the last day of the year, and even if people usually say time flies by, to be honest, I think 2019 took a long time to come to an end! I don’t feel the year went by very quickly, on the contrary. When I think about what I did in the beginning of the year it feels like it was ages ago!

Professionally speaking it was a great year! I started the year in a new position within the company and so far I’m loving my new role, my new colleagues and my new boss. In 2020 this new position will require I travel quite often to Oporto, so I may be a little more tired and have less time to create content for the blog, but I promise to give my best to maintain the number of posts I’m currently doing. Plus, all those days away from home will probably mean more time to read, which is always good 🙂

Personally speaking the year had a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs, but I guess that all depends on how we look at life, right? After all, I am still here and I am in good health, so I should not be complaining! I wasn’t able to visit my favorite country in the entire world (after Portugal of course), but I did visit some new countries that I have also enjoyed immensely 🙂

I started the year by visiting the UK where I finally travelled to Steventon, re-visited Lyme Park and saw Gilliam Anderson on a theatre play; did a road trip through some of the less known Balkan countries, namely Macedonia, Bulgaria and Kosovo and even went to Asia to relax in Thailand for a week.

Visiting these five countries was an incredible experience and increased my number of countries visited to 27 but they do not replace a visit to the United States (remember I said I didn’t visit my favorite country this year?), so one of my 2020 goals is to go back to the states! I even bought a scratch map of the United States to motivate me.

It’s looking great so far, but in April I hope to increase it by adding Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. I’ll probably drive through Pennsylvania and Ohio but that doesn’t really count, does it? I’m also hoping to return to California to visit a couple of places I missed the last time I was there, making it the first state I’ve visited twice 🙂

I would love to go to Washington, Montana and Wyoming in September but…I’ll need to manage my budget and vacation days very well in order to do that.

Anyway…enough of those personal goals. You’re here because of literary stuff! And Literarily speaking, this was a very different year from my previous, and that’s because I managed to achieve one of my goals! (I know, achieving one is not much of a victory…but well…)

In 2019 I had established 4 goals:

  1. Dedicate more time to the blog and re-design it to have an archive with all my posts always available
  2. Read more non-austenesque books (5 was my goal)
  3. Read more books in Portuguese
  4. Read more paperbacks

Can you guess which one I achieved? I clearly didn’t dedicate as much time to the blog as I should have, on the contrary, I kind of went awaol for a while in the months of April and May. I only read 2 books in portuguese this year, so, I didn’t read much in my native language…and my paperback pile remains pretty much the same. So when I said my year has been very different from my previous years, it’s because in 2019 I was actually able to read several non-austenesque books! I know that’s probably not what you want to hear, but I really needed to read something a little different, and to be honest I got addicted to the Stargate novels from Fandemonium. If they had more good ones, I would probably continue reading them, but unfortunately, I started with the best, and I don’t think they have many more I’ll enjoy.

 

I read a total of 42 books this year, and 11 of them were not Austenesque. The other 31 books were mainly variations of Pride & Prejudice but I also read 2 Emma sequels, 2 Persuasion adaptations and of course, 2 North and South books.

Next year I think I’ll stick to Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion because truly those are my favorite Austen books and I’ve already convinced myself that there is no point in trying to read anything Emma related…I really don’t like Emma (sorry Emma fans).

Taking into consideration I completely failed to achieve most of my 2019 goals, in 2020 I MUST conquer them, so my first reading goals of the decade are:

  1. Re-design the blog and create an archive containing all my posts (in an organized manner)
  2. Read more books in Portuguese (I’m starting to feel I’ll never achieve this one)
  3. Read at least 5 paperbacks

And I’ll add a 4th one to accommodate my latest inclination:

4. Listen to at least 12 Austenesque Audiobooks

Overall, I’ll try to read 35 books. That’s been my goal in the last years and I’ve always been able to achieve that, so I don’t want to get over confident and establish a goal I won’t be able to complete. I will also try to read older books but I’m not making that a goal, I’ll just try to go back and read some of the amazing books I’ve missed over the years. With so many books coming out every month it’s becoming harder to keep up, and that means the TBR piles are never really overcome, so I’ll try to reduce it by reading some of the older books and not adding many of the new releases.

I’ve been very surprised in the last couple of years to read books that were published in previous years and that were absolutely amazing! When you see the 2019 favorites list I’ll publish in the beginning of the year, you’ll notice that many of those books were not released in 2019, so I’m hoping to continue finding incredibly good books from great authors 🙂

What about you? What will be your 2020 reading goal or goals? Do you have any particular one you would like to achieve? Any particular type of book you want to dedicate more time to? Please let me know, I would love to know what you’re planning to read next year 🙂

Whatever your goals are, I hope you will be able to achieve them and that you have a WONDERFUL 2020!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost: A Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam Tale

After reading I, Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam: A Perfect World in the Moon, I had to read its sequel, Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost: A Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam Tale. The first story was very whimsical and I loved the writing style that was very peculiar and distinctive, plus the main character was Portuguese which is obviously a big allure to me.

On this Christmas sequel Sofia-Elisabete is a little older, and is visiting her father’s family at Rosings Park for the holidays. She will entertain readers by being caught up in a mystery involving a ghost at Lady Catherine’s estate and will challenge the great Lady with her impertinence and imaginative mind.

The writing style is pretty much the same as the first book. It keeps the whimsical essence I was expecting and the story is also narrated by Sofia-Elisabete. She is now 8 years old and continues to find it difficult to behave properly, especially in the eyes of Lady Catherine who does not accept her nationality, skin color and religion. Being Portuguese I found Lady Catherine’s comments absurd and offensive, but she is just being herself and her behavior was not only in character but also crucial for the story. I can’t say she was my favorite character, but she did bring some depth to the story by raising issues like religion and illegitimacy.

I enjoyed knowing about what happened to Sofia-Elisabete after the first book and I particularly loved knowing that our dear Colonel had found happiness once more. He was my favourite character in this short story. He is as lovable as always and a wonderful father! It is impossible to resist him, and I’m only sorry his wife was not present during the events at Rosings.

The story of the Rosings Ghost was a little vague at times, difficult to follow and unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same coziness I felt with the first story. Even if the writing style is still the same, it was not as fascinating or as alluring in this environment, so I didn’t feel as enraptured with this story as I did with the first one. Also, Sofia-Elisabete’s portuguese expressions failed to convince me once more, even if it was amazing to read a few portuguese words in this book 🙂

It is an agreeable story that can easily be read in one afternoon, and even if this is a stand alone, I think readers will enjoyed it more if they read I, Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam first. This was not one of my favourite Christmas stories, but it is certainly unique and charming, so I still recommend it to Pride & Prejudice lovers who do not mind not having Darcy and Elizabeth in the center of the story.

You can find Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost: A Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam Tale at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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An Unexpected Merry Gentleman

An Unexpected Merry Gentleman is the perfect story to read on a winter afternoon, especially around Christmas time. The environment created in it is cozy and the children make it an adorable story!

In this book Mr. Bingley receives a business advise from Mr. Gardiner, who was an old associate of his father, and shortly after that decides he should see for himself if Jane Bennet really loves him. He decides to spend Christmas at Netherfield with his aunt acting has host (no one could convince Caroline to go back), and invites both the Gardiners and the Darcy’s to go with him. Initially Mr. Darcy refuses the invitation but in a turn of events, ends up agreeing to it and so this story progresses with a merry party at Netherfield.

Mr. Gardiner’s daughters are small versions of Elizabeth and Jane and they are absolutely adorable! Their innocence allows them to see people for who they really are and even open Elizabeth’s eyes regarding several of her acquaintances. They can tell when gentleman have hearts in their eyes, or when they look at lady’s in a manner that is not quite proper.

Having the children around will bring a different side of Darcy that Elizabeth had not known, and that starts to open her heart towards him. Slowly she starts questioning her feelings and falling in love with the last man in the world she thought that would happen.

Mr. Darcy is adorable in this story, he is incredible good with children, is loving towards his sister and charming when Elizabeth is present. My only quibble with him, and the book in general was the lack of pride. He was not as proud as in Pride & Prejudice and even it that helped the story progress easily, it still bothered me a little.

This story is a small novella that can be read in one afternoon and is clean, sweet, romantic and funny. I recommend it to readers who want to spend and agreeable time with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

You can find An Unexpected Merry Gentleman at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

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The Giveaway Winners are…

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I am the bearer of good news; two giveaway winners I announced last week already had the books that were being offered, so apart from announcing the giveaway winner of my Christmas Box, I’m also announcing another winner for When Charlotte Became Romantic from Victoria Kincaid and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Guardian from Jennifer Joy.

I hope these will be good news for everyone 🙂

I’m sure you’re all very busy this last weekend before the Christmas holidays, so I won’t take much of your time! The giveaway winners are:

 

Rita’s Christmas Box

*** Glynis ***

When Charlotte Became Romantic

*** Mary A Coble ***

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Guardian

*** Patricia Lima ***

 

Congratulations ladies! As always can you please contact me throught e-mail ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so your prizes may be sent to you? Please provide me with the email address to which the ebooks may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account. Glynis, can you please send me your address to where the gifts can be mailed?

Happy Reading everyone!

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Speechless – Guest Post & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Yesterday I started reading Speechless from Jesse Lewis and I could hardly stop, so I’m very happy to receive the author today with a guest post about what appears to be a very promising book!

Speechless starts with Mr. Darcy stranded at an in, which is a very cozy setting that always captures my attention, and Jessie decided to interview its owner, Mr. Timmins, who will be able to give you a very interesting perspective of the books events 🙂

I enjoyed this interview very much and I am really loving the book so far! Iwill be reviewing it next week, so please don’t forget to visit to know my opinion 🙂 Until then, I’ll leave you with Mr. Timmins 🙂


 

Thank you so much, Rita, for taking part in the blog tour for my new novel, Speechless. It’s a Pride and Prejudice variation that takes place in the winter following Darcy’s initial visit to Meryton. After a terrible accident, Darcy and Elizabeth are stranded together at a remote inn called The Dancing Bear. I hope your readers will enjoy this interview with its proprietor, the lovely Mr Timmins.

 

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Good afternoon, Mr Timmins. Could you begin by telling us about your establishment?

I should be glad to. The Dancing Bear is just outside Spencer’s Cross in Hertfordshire. ‘Tis a little off the beaten track—not your run-of-the-mill coaching inn—but those as wish to drink here always seem to find it.

 

Mr Darcy certainly found it, and he was in dire need of your hospitality when he knocked at your door, was he not?

I should say it was Death’s door at which Mr Darcy was knocking when he arrived, but he found his way here, and I took him in. There are few I refuse.

 

Did you have any inkling of his consequence at first?

None at all. The name Darcy was completely unknown to me ’til that day, and there was rather too much urgency to take account of anybody’s airs or graces. Indeed, it would have been mighty tricky for Mr Darcy to present himself as a man of consequence when he was so diligently attending to playing the part of a corpse. It was discovered he was a gentleman in the days following, but such things are not generally accorded much import here at The Bear. If you are thirsty, you are welcome.

 

A very shrewd policy, Mr Timmins, though I had heard Mr Darcy’s consequence enabled him to liberally bestow his gratitude on all those who assisted him in his time of need, is that not the case?

Mr Darcy has been vastly generous to us, that I shall not deny. Though it is his good word that has benefitted us most. We have enjoyed a great deal more business of late on account of his recommendation.

 

Could you tell us what your part in his recovery entailed?

Truth be told, very little. I provided a room; I fed and stabled his horse. And what with my sister being snowed out at her mother’s all week, and me not generally being known for my culinary excellence, I dared not venture to prepare him any food. Fortunately, I was not required to serve him in that capacity.

 

Is it true, then, that Elizabeth prepared Mr Darcy’s meals for him?

Aye, it is. Most of us dined on what my sister had stored away in the kitchen, but Mr Darcy could scarcely swallow his own spittle, let alone cured meat and hard cheese, so he was treated to a special diet of watery broth and my best brandy.

 

What did you make of Elizabeth?

I was singularly impressed by her fortitude. She went to great lengths to secure aid for Mr Darcy despite having been involved in a dreadful accident herself. His injury was gruesome to behold, too, yet she was not frightened by it—or if she was, she kept her head and showed no sign of it. Stayed by his side almost every hour of the day after that. Mr Darcy is very fortunate in his choice of wife.

 

[Interviewer coughs] Did they seem like a happily married couple to you, then?

They seemed like a married couple. Happiness is relative. Though in fairness, they did not have a great deal about which to be happy at the time. They had a bit of a spat on the last day that gave us all a chuckle. Especially Mr and Mrs Stratton, who’ve been married a lot longer, I think, and have had their share of vexations.

 

Can you tell us the nature of their quarrel?

Can’t say as I recall. It was a funny old sort of quarrel in any case, for Mr Darcy was completely mute at the time, and we heard only one side of every conversation they had. His contributions never amounted to more than a few hand gestures and a very limited range of facial expressions, mostly scowls.

 

They understood each other, though?

Seemed to. Which was useful, for it meant she could translate for the rest of us what he was trying to say. Not that we had much need of that, for the very same day Mr Darcy ventured downstairs, his cousin arrived to whisk him away.

 

Could you tell us a little about the night Colonel Fitzwilliam arrived?

Very strange affair, that. Arrived out of the blue with half a dozen soldiers and the sort of urgency typical to all men used to being at war. We all thought it unnecessary at first, for Mr Darcy had been drinking with us only an hour before. He had not looked well, admittedly, but he had been conscious, which is the opposite to what he was when the colonel’s men carried him downstairs ten minutes later. The whole party had departed within quarter of an hour, preventing me from making enquiries—and Mr Darcy is not the sort of man one questions, which is why, to this day, I have no notion of what transpired upstairs. Still, you see all sorts when you run a drinking establishment. I daresay I shall see stranger things before my time is up.

 

A very strange story indeed, Mr Timmins. I should think Mr Darcy and Elizabeth’s version of events would be interesting! Thank you for talking to us. One last question, if you please. Your establishment is named for the large stuffed bear in your taproom. Can you tell us where it came from?

My sister likes to tell the customers it danced all the way across the world and only stopped dancing when it found somewhere it wished to call home, but I do not know about that. All I know is it came with the building. Happen it stopped dancing when someone stuffed it.

 

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Thank you, everyone, for popping in to From Pemberley to Milton today to take part in the Speechless blog tour. Feel free to ask me (Jessie, not Mr Timmins) any other questions in the comments below, or you can interact with me on Twitter (@JessieWriter), FaceBook (@JessieLewisAuthor), or on my blog, (www.lifeinwords.blog). I’d love to hear from you!


 

Could anything be worse than to be trapped in a confined space with the woman you love?Fitzwilliam Darcy knows his duty, and it does not involve succumbing to his fascination for a dark-eyed beauty from an unheard of family in Hertfordshire. He has run away from her once already. Yet fate has a wicked sense of humour and deals him a blow that not only throws him back into her path but quite literally puts him at Elizabeth Bennet’s mercy. Stranded with her at a remote inn and seriously hampered by injury, Darcy very quickly loses the battle to conquer his feelings, but can he win the war to make himself better understood without the ability to speak?

Thus begins an intense journey to love and understanding that is at times harrowing, sometimes hilarious and at all times heartwarming.

You can find Speechless at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 


There are only 3 days left in the blog tour ot Speechless but you can still go back and read the other posts. Here is the schedule if you are interested 🙂

 


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Jessie Lewis, author of Mistaken and The Edification of Lady Susan, enjoys words far too much for her own good and was forced to take up writing them down in order to save her family and friends from having to listen to her saying so many of them. She dabbled in poetry during her teenage years, though it was her studies in Literature and Philosophy at university that firmly established her admiration for the potency of the English language. She has always been particularly in awe of Jane Austen’s literary cunning and has delighted in exploring Austen’s regency world in her own historical fiction writing. It is of no relevance whatsoever to her ability to string words together coherently that she lives in Hertfordshire with two tame cats, two feral children and a pet husband. She is also quite tall, in case you were wondering.

You can check out her musings on the absurdities of language and life on her blog, LifeinWords.blog, or see what she’s reading over at Goodreads. Or you can drop her a line on Twitter, @JessieWriter or on her Facebook page, JessieLewisAuthor.

 


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Quills & Quartos Publishing is giving away one ebook of Speechless per blog tour stop. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this blog post, and Quills & Quartos will randomly choose winners for the entire blog tour on December 19. So, make sure you join in the conversation!

Good Luck everyone!

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