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Sanctuary by Cat Andrews – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that the first days of fall have been kind to you. I am currently on vacations doing a road trip through Portugal so, to be honest, it still feels like summer to me 🙂 I’ve been to many different beaches and I’ve taken the time to read a lot, so many more reviews are coming up 🙂

One of the books that is travelling with me is the first volume of Sanctuary by Cat Andrews and I’ve taken some nice pictures with it, but I haven’t started it yet. I was hoping to start reading it during this road trip but I have now realized I’ve been overly optimistic. 

So instead of bringing you a review of book 1, today I am sharing an excerpt of book 3 which has just been released.  I’ve heard lots of great things about this book, and I find the setting very alluring so I am eager to read it. Anyway, I hope you like the excerpt, and please do not refrain from commenting, not only to apply to the giveaway, but also to share your encouragement to Cat Andrews who I am sure will appreciate it 🙂 

I would like to thank Cat Andrews for visiting. It is her first time at From Pemberley to Milton, but I hope it is not the last. It has been a pleasure working with such a sweet author 🙂


She studied him in the gray, dreary light of the morning, and her heart ached as she wondered how she was going to tell him that once again, the past was forcing its way into the present.

Will Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are deeply in love, and together with Will’s young son Jack, they are looking forward to their happily ever after on the shores of Great Diamond Island.

For Will, the future has never looked brighter: he’s wild about Elizabeth, has found a best friend in Charles Bingley, and his new consulting business is slowly gaining momentum—as is his fledgling relationship with his father. 

Elizabeth, too, is deliriously happy: she’s crazy about Will and is embracing her role as Jack’s “new” mom, she loves her job at the Portland Children’s Library, and is looking forward to having her younger sister Lydia settled close by.

It seems they’ve left their troubled histories behind and are heading into the future as a blissful family of three. But can anyone truly forget—or escape—a past that is determined to reassert itself? Can a new love withstand the forces that seek to destroy it?

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Sanctuary is a contemporary love story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but uses Austen’s characters only as a launching point; it is not a meticulous and faithful retelling of the original. It contains mature content and is intended for adult readers.

You can find Sanctuary at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited


 

INTRODUCTION TO EXCERPT:

Much of Volume 3 focuses on the rebuilding of the relationship between Will Darcy and his father Robert. They haven’t been close for a very long time – since Will was a child – but they’ve slowly started to work to overcome a past full of anger and hurt. This excerpt is a scene from Chapter 3; an olive branch has been offered, and Robert is visiting Will, Elizabeth, and Jack at their home in Maine for the very first time. This is a conversation between Elizabeth and Robert that takes place when they go on a short walk to the beach with Jack—but without Will.

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It was silent for a long moment, the only sounds the waves lapping onto the shore and Jack’s voice as he chattered to himself while playing tag with the waves.

“May I ask you a question, Elizabeth?” Robert asked.

She turned to him, feeling a slight pang of unease. “Of course,” she answered, keeping her expression impassive.

“What are your intentions toward my son?” His voice was calm and matter-of-fact.

“My intentions?” 

“It sounds like a foolish question, but I don’t know you. Not yet.”

She arched an eyebrow. “Your son does.”

“I realize that,” he answered gruffly. “Fitzwilliam is wealthy. A widower with a young son. Smart. Handsome.”

“He’s all of those things, you’re right.” She looked him in the eye, fully understanding what he was alluding to. My son is a prize catch. “But those aren’t the things that drew me to him. Well, I did notice he was handsome.” 

She shook her head, her playful expression turning serious. “As you said, you don’t know me. If you did, if you had any idea of what’s made me into the person I am, you would know it’s not Will’s money I want, it’s Will.” Her eyes turned to Jack as he sat in the damp sand, digging up shells and rocks. 

“I have everything I want, everything I need, right here. I don’t want more, and I don’t need things. I just need Will and Jack. As long as they’re happy…” She shrugged. “I guess that’s my answer. My intention toward your son is to love him and make him happy.”

Robert was studying her closely, and the expression on his face indicated he seemed satisfied.

“Your son is a remarkable man,” she continued, “and a wonderful father.” She paused for a moment, remembering something from their conversation in the house. “When we were talking earlier, you said I was determined. Will is too, you know. He’s overcome so much—I don’t have to tell you what he’s been through. You’ve experienced it as well, experienced the same loss. It’s too bad you had to go through those losses without each other. Going through them together may have made the grief easier to bear for both of you.”

“Has he told you everything?”

She nodded. “Everything. I don’t think there’s anything I don’t know about him. And there isn’t anything he doesn’t know about me. I know about his mother, I know about Anne, I know about Richard…and I know about you.”

He looked at her warily, and she knew she needed to keep talking and say what she wanted to say, as it might be her only chance.

“I’m having a hard time reconciling you, the man I’ve spoken with today, with the man Will has told me so much about. Unflattering things. Terrible things. It makes me wonder, and worry—not for me, but for Will and Jack. And maybe it’s not my place to ask you this, because Will isn’t my husband, and I’m not Jack’s mother.” She took a deep breath, gathering her courage. 

“But now I need to turn your question back to you. I need to know where your heart lies. I need to know that you have the best of intentions where Will and Jack are concerned, because they mean the world to me. They are my world.”

“Elizabeth—”

“Please let me finish.” He nodded. “I want to make sure your motives for this reconciliation are what you say they are, that you just want another chance with your son and grandson and want to be part of their lives. Will is putting his trust in you, but it isn’t easy for him.” Her eyes bore into his, trying to read him. “If–if you’re being deceptive or dishonest, it will hurt him deeply. You know that, don’t you?”

“It is your place to ask me, Elizabeth. You have every right to ask and every right to know. I see how much Fitzwilliam loves you, it’s as plain as day. The way he looks at you, the way he talks to you and about you—his feelings are quite obvious. And I can see that you feel the same way about him and that you care for my grandson a great deal.”

His eyes traveled to Jack. “I told you my son is a different man. You know he’s a different man. But I’m a different man, too. I’m not the person I was six months ago. I know I have a lot to make amends for, and some things…it won’t be possible to fix them. I’ve done things I’m ashamed of, and I have to live with that and with the fact that I’ve caused my son a great deal of pain.”

He took a deep breath and turned back to her. 

“All I want is a chance to right what I can, to apologize, and to start again. If he gives me that opportunity, I promise you, it will not be wasted, and he will not regret it.” He swallowed roughly. “May I have your trust as well, Elizabeth?”

She looked at him with watery eyes and when she spoke, her voice was soft but firm. 

“As long as Will feels he can trust you, I will too. But please, Robert…don’t give us a reason not to.”


Cat Andrews has always been an avid reader, but didn’t discover Jane Austen until her love of a certain British actor led her to the BBC’s 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, because she just had to know—why all the fuss over this Darcy guy? What followed her viewing of that glorious miniseries was an inhalation of and immediate fixation on all of Austen’s novels, though Pride and Prejudice remains her favorite (and that certain British actor will always be, to her, the quintessential Darcy).

Her discovery of Jane Austen Fan Fiction opened up a whole new world, and thus began her addiction, and months and months of sleep deprivation, as she immersed herself in JAFF. After reading a modern Pride and Prejudice variation that she fell in love with, she was inspired to begin a cautious but earnest foray into the world of writing.

In real life, Cat has spent thirty-plus years working in healthcare. She is a confirmed thalassophile and enjoys life on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she grew up, fell in love with her own Mr. Darcy, and raised a family. More often than not, you can find her at the beach with a book in her hand and her toes in the sand.

Sanctuary is her debut novel and yogu can contact her throught the followinf social media:

Website: www.catandrews.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cat.andrews.583

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/cat_andrews_author


 

Cat Andrews would like to offer one ebook copy of any Sanctuary volume the winner chooses. The giveaway is international and to apply to it all you have to do is comment on this post and let us know what you thought of the excerpt, or your thoughts about the book in general. The giveaway is open until the 5th of October and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Good Luck everyone!

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The Memory House by Jenetta James

Jenetta James has accustomed her readers with wonderfully written books and my expectations towards The Memory House were already very high, but upon reading the prologue I could not believe my eyes. She surpassed everything she ever did before. The prologue is an indication of the writing style the reader will find in the rest of the book and it is simply stunning. It is proof that real talent cannot be practised, either you have it, or you don’t, and Jenetta James certainly does. 

The Memory House has a very similar structure to The Elizabeth Papers as the narrative will move from the Victorian era, where readers will accompany the story of Kitty Cathcart and Alex Faraday, to our current days, where the center stage will be occupied byJosie Minton and James Cavendish.

Each chapter is told from the perspective of one different character which makes us quite familiar and involved with each one of them. The female characters could not be more different, Kitty Cathcart is stubborn, fierceful, resilient and intelligent whereas Josie Minton is  gentle, altruistic and always thinking of others. The male characters had both a level of mystery that I found very interesting and appealing, but their self determination was what captivated me the most. These characters’ approach towards their own lifes was one of the aspects I loved the most about this book. Despite their huge differences all these characters had to fight for their happiness, they all defied what society expected of them, to find their own place, and that kind of character development is always a plus in a book. 

The characters also share a connection to a house in Victoria Gardens where both female characters will live in their respective timelines. This connection is clear for the reader since the beginning of the book but the mystery behind the events that occurred during the Victorian era, and that Josie and James try to uncover, will remain until the end. I must say I was very surprised with the outcome of the story, and it was so perfect I wouldn’t change a thing. The mystery and even some gothic elements about the Victorian era story were also one of the aspects I loved in this book. I did feel connected to Josie and James, especially James whom I loved, but the Victorian characters, their story, and everything involving them definitely won the fight for me, and that was in part due to the mystery concerning them.

This story talks about two love stories, but also about society’s expectations towards individuals, and how self determination can lead you towards happiness. Each one of the characters followed their own path towards what was their idea of happiness and fulfilment, regardless and even despite what society demanded of them, and I particularly liked that fact because I believe in our own way we can all relate to that. 

The Memory House is written in a powerful and gripping writing style and is a poignant story full of mystery and romance that will certainly captivate readers. I cannot recommend this book enough to those who appreciate good literature.

You can find The Memory House at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and at Kindle Unlimited

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Through Each Other’s Eyes by Aleena Ashe

Through Each Other’s Eyes develops a story where during the Netherfield Ball both Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth make a wish upon a shooting star, and wake up the next morning in the others body. 

I’ve read some body swap stories before but never have I read of Darcy and Elizabeth swapping with one another and I found it very amusing and enlightening. By going through each others lives, these characters learn to appreciate one another and leave their prejudice behind them, which also enables them to fall in love with one another much sooner in canon.

I particularly enjoyed seeing how Mr. Darcy adapted to the life at Longbourn and how he managed to deal with Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins and even take the time to help Mary. 

I found the story very entertaining and loved going through it, even if there were a few aspects I wasn’t particularly fond of. First, the characters do not appear too preoccupied with reversing the situation in which they find themselves in, and secondly the details concerning each others physical differences went a little too far for my taste. I understand that being in the body of someone from another sex may be strange, especially if the person doesn’t have a big knowledge of the human anatomy, but there were a few details that could have been avoided in my opinion. I would also have enjoyed the story a little more if the romance started happening after they were back in their original bodies. It felt strange to see them attracted to the other person, when the other person is in their own body. Nevertheless, I liked the story and these small quibbles did not prevent me from having a good time listening to it.

The book is short, with only 181 pages, and it does not possess a lot of depth or much complexity. The main plot is solved very easily without many explanations as to how that happened, so you need to be aware that this is a light and uncomplicated storyline that focuses mainly in the romance between the two characters and their interactions.

Through Each Other’s Eyes does not have a complex plot, nor does it have any angst, so I would recommend it to readers who are looking for a light and entertaining story without much depth into it.

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

It is not easy to do a male voice while portraying a female character and vice versa, but the narrator was perfectly in line with the story and did a wonderful job. Siobhan Waring’s voice is very pleasing and the differences between male and female characters was flawless. I feel inclined to listen to other audiobooks narrated by Siobhan Waring.

You can find Through Each Other’s Eyes at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Audible

and on Kindle Unlimited

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Accusing Mr. Darcy By Kelly Miller – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

After having received Kelly Miller at From Pemberley to Milton in the beginning of the month with the cover reveal of her latest book, Accusing Mr. Darcy, I am very happy to welcome her once more today with an excerpt and a giveaway. I am currently listening to the audiobook of Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match which has some interesting twists (never seen a Wickham behave like that), but I am very curious about both Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley (which by the way is currently on sale for 0,99$), and Accusing Mr. Darcy. I believe these two books will differ from canon in a very interesting way, and they got me curious. The excerpt we are sharing today, however, is as closest to canon as you can get, and  is everything one wants to read in JAFF, I hope you like it as much as I did 🙂

Thank you for visiting again Kelly, and thank you for organizing the tour Janet 🙂


Could Fitzwilliam Darcy harbour a shocking, sinister secret?

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet count themselves among the many guests of the Kendall family, whose estate lies amidst the picturesque hills, gorges, and rocky slopes of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Elizabeth’s cousin Rose Kendall believes her dashing brother-in-law, Captain James Kendall, is Elizabeth’s ideal match. Rose’s husband, Nicholas, hopes his good friend Darcy—a rich, proud, and taciturn gentleman with a spotless reputation—will fancy one of the other eligible lady guests.

News of a brutal killing at a neighbouring estate sends a wave of shock through the genial group of friends and family. When one of the Kendalls’ guests is attacked, all of the gentlemen become suspects, but the former Bow Street runner tasked with investigating the crime finds the evidence against Mr. Darcy particularly compelling.

In this romantic mystery, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice cross paths with a ruthless killer. When faced with dire warnings against Mr. Darcy, will Elizabeth heed them or follow the dictates of her heart?

You can find Accusing Mr. Darcy at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


This excerpt takes place the morning after Elizabeth Bennet’s arrival to her cousin Rose Kendall’s estate and is in Elizabeth’s point of view.

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The footman who opened the door for Elizabeth received a greeting and a cheery smile as she passed over the threshold. She took the stone steps two at a time and veered left when she reached the bottom. She had a particular destination in mind: Rose had described a path that followed the river for half a mile before diverting through a forest of oaks and winding up the crest of a hill. On her morning jaunts in Hertfordshire, she tended to walk at a swift rate; for this reason she went unaccompanied whenever possible. While walking with a companion had its advantages, it invariably required a more moderate speed than she preferred.

As she assumed her usual rapid pace, an immediate rise of her spirits followed. The exhausting monotony and confinement of the three-day journey had been a trial, so she welcomed the opportunity to stretch her legs at last.

“Miss Bennet!”

Elizabeth froze, and her contented smile evaporated. The voice was unmistakable. Of all people, of all times—why did he interfere with her walk? As his footsteps drew nearer, her promise to Rose came to the forefront of her mind. Damn! She would be polite and make her escape as soon as possible. With a controlled breath, she spun around and spoke with affected cheer. “Good morning, Mr. Darcy.”

The gentleman reached her with a few extended strides of his long legs. He had not been visible when she walked by. He must have been hidden by one of the trees along the river. “Good morning, Miss Bennet. It seems you formed the same notion as myself. I thought to walk before breakfast. Shall we proceed together?”

She floundered. Her usual adroitness at producing plausible excuses or witty repartee at a moment’s notice failed her. In the absence of a polite way to decline his offer, her jaw stiffened. “I must warn you that most people who agree to accompany me on my morning walk end by bowing out. Despite my slight stature, I prefer to move at a quick pace and can maintain it for a long time.”

Mr. Darcy’s lips edged up. “I shall take my chances. I believe I shall manage to keep up.”

She blinked at the gentleman whose smile transformed his countenance. He had never smiled so in her presence before. Despite his unpleasant disposition, his appeal could not be denied, and a contented expression rendered him remarkably handsome—the handsomest man of her acquaintance. Well, she would make the best of the situation. At least she would not be required to slow her pace, and Mr. Darcy was not apt to talk overmuch.

“Very well.”

Precluding any further discourse that might delay the activity, Elizabeth resumed walking. Mr. Darcy’s visage revealed surprise, but he required no more than a few steps to reach her and match her velocity. While it did not surprise her that a man of his height could maintain her stride with ease, in her experience most gentlemen would much rather ride a horse.

True to form, Mr. Darcy did not engage her in much conversation although he pointed out several objects of note as they progressed. When they strode past the river, he informed her of the animal life therein and indicated several spots ideal for fishing. He even persuaded her to stop and view a group of turtles sunning themselves on a log. At her exclamation that she had never seen turtles before, he explained how they came to be there: an uncle of Mr. Duncan Kendall had been a Navy Admiral and had brought a group of them back from a trip to Spain, presenting them to the then ten-year-old Duncan Kendall as a gift. Thus, Elizabeth benefitted from Mr. Darcy’s knowledge of the estate, attained during his many previous visits.

The path took a circuitous course up a hill, and Elizabeth exerted herself to maintain her previous speed. Walks from her house at Longbourn to the top of Oakham Mount each morning had inured her to such activity. Although her breathing accelerated, she maintained an unruffled presence. More than once, Mr. Darcy directed glances at her with his eyes flared in either alarm or disbelief. Although the gentleman maintained his position at her side, the heaving of his breath became audible and a sheen of sweat appeared upon his temple.

By the time they reached the top of the hill, Elizabeth, too, perspired a bit, but she had energy to spare, having been invigorated from the exercise. She continued to a clearing that provided a prospect of the house, the gardens she had walked through with Miss Darcy the day before, and the River Wye. Although she anticipated exploring other areas of the estate in the days and weeks to come, she would return to this spot during her stay. The summit was a similar distance and elevation to Oakham Mount and provided stunning views.

Elizabeth’s gaze landed upon Mr. Darcy, standing at her side. His breathing, though still audible, had slowed. He wiped his forehead and temples with a handkerchief.

Her lips formed a wry smile. “I hope I did not tire you overmuch. Near my estate in Hertfordshire, I take a path similar to this each morning. It is an exhilarating way to start the day.”

Mr. Darcy laughed.

The euphonic sound—unexpected from such a man—made her start and set off a peculiar agitation in her empty stomach.


Kelly Miller is a native Californian and Anglophile, who made her first visit to England in 2019. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she can be found playing the piano (although like Elizabeth Bennet, she is errant when it comes to practicing), singing, and walking her dogs. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

Accusing Mr. Darcy is her third novel published by Meryton Press. Her previous books are: Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice Regency romantic sequel with a touch of fantasy; and Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match, a Pride and Prejudice Regency romantic variation.

Kelly’s blog page is found at www.kellymiller.merytonpress.com, her Twitter handle is @kellyrei007, Instagram: kelly.miller.author, and she is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kelly.Miller

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Want to know more about this book? There is still time 🙂


Meryton Press would like to offer 8 ebook copies of Accusing Mr. Darcy to readers following the blog tour. The giveaway is international and to apply all you have to do is click on this Raffle link.

Good Luck everyone!

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Taken by Mary Anne Mushatt

Taken is a daring story where Elizabeth is abducted from her family as a small child and is found and brought up by the Bennet’s as their own. This premise is very different from canon and even if I don’t usually like stories where Elizabeth is not a Bennet, I decided to read it because Taken appeared to be an adventurous book with a lot of character growth.

I was not wrong as Ms. Muschatt cleverly created a complex family background that I really liked in the beginning of the book. There is more to the story then Elizabeth not being a Bennet, and those additional layers to the story were very interesting to read. 

However, as the story progressed, I felt that too much attention was dedicated to other family members and their own storylines, which diverted the attention from Elizabeth and Darcy’s story. I did like to read more about some other characters, and some twists were interesting, such as Mary’s close connection to Elizabeth, but I would have liked to see more developments in Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship, especially because I found Darcy’s love to be too deep and sudden, he barely knew Elizabeth and he couldn’t think of anything else except her. I believe that if more attention would have been given to them, instead of extensively developing the other characters’ storylines, the story would have been more to my taste. 

Another quibble I had with this story was Darcy and Elizabeth’s characters. Once more, I really enjoyed the character growth and even the storyline of some minor characters such as Caroline Bingley, whose storyline was incredibly interesting, but Darcy and Elizabeth felt too different from cannon for my taste. Darcy was very easily persuaded and influenced by some of his family members, and even made an offer to Elizabeth I don’t believe he would ever do, and Elizabeth seemed perfect in everyone’s eyes, which is not something I associate with her. She had as many faults as Darcy in P&P, and that is the beauty of the book and their relationship in my perspective. I undertsand this Elizabeth went through different circunstances that shaped her character, but by changing her so much, Ms. Muschatt made me feel disconnected with this Elizabeth.

Nevertheless, this book has engrossing original characters that will be in the center of some family dynamics that will make the reader question what is really important in life and where loyalties truly lie, so this is an appealing aspect of the book.

Taken is a very well written and complex story full of original and interesting characters, so if you like to read family sagas, this might be for you.

You can find Taken at:

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The Giveaway Winners are…

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was not bad, but I confess I am eager for the next one because that will mean I will finally be on holidays 🙂 With this whole Covid situation, I really just want to pick up the RV and get off grid for a couple of weeks! But we’ll get there.

Today I would like the announce the winners of the two giveaways we had here this month. I’ve hosted Don Jacobson with an exclusive vignette and a review of The Longbourn Quarantine and Kelly Miller with the cover reveal of Accusing Mr. Darcy in the first half of this month, and it was a true pleasure to have these talented authors here. I would like to thank them for the time they spent here at From Pemberley to Milton, and to Meryton Press for offering of ebook of each novel to my readers 🙂

As for you, I am always grateful for all your comments 🙂 It makes me really happy to know some of you spend precious moments of your like reading and commenting on this blog 🙂 Thank you all!!!

And now, the winners are:

The Longbourn Quarantine

*** Glynis***

Accusing Mr. Darcy

*** Xena Anne***

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 books may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account.

Happy Reading everyone!

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Tempt Me by Julie Cooper – Deleted Scene

Good Afternoon everyone, 

How are you today? Have you wished Colin a happy birthday yet? I can’t believe he is turning 60 today! I’m not sure if he is your Mr. Darcy, but he is always the one I imagine when I am reading a book, even when he is a vampyre like in Julie Cooper’s new book, Tempt Me

Have you heard about this book yet? It was just released this week, but it is next in line on my TBR. I expect to start reading it next week and have a review ready near Halloween. 

I know not many of you have such a great interest in the paranormal like I do, but I still hope you give this book a chance. I’ve never read anything from Julie Cooper but her previous book, The Perfect Gentleman was a huge success and Tempt Me is already receiving incredible reviews so my expectation is really high. I love vampyre stories, and I believe she is a very good writer, so I imagine this will become a favourite 🙂 

Today she is visiting with a deleted scene of Tempt Me and I hope you all enjoy it 🙂

I would like to thank Mrs. Cooper for visiting, and Quills & Quartos for inviting me to be a part of the tour 🙂

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single vampyre must be in want of a wife. Someone biddable, her memories easily expunged to allow for strange, inexplicable deeds and baffling circumstances. A tractable creature, of average intelligence, willing to attend to the business of producing heirs and keep out of all else. A girl easily moulded, incurious, indifferent, and demanding nothing beyond access to his fortune.

Fitzwilliam Darcy knows exactly who he needs. He can fix on the hour, the spot, the look, and the words which laid the foundation for an obsession he rejected. But ten years later, at an assembly in an obscure village in Hertfordshire, he finds himself in the middle once more.

His needs are unalterable. But can he resist the one woman he truly wants?

 

 

 

 

You can find Tempt Me at:

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Alone with Elizabeth in the carriage once again, Darcy gazed moodily out the window. He

had extended himself with unusual effort to his wife’s relations in a bid to win her approval; as things stood, he wished he could determine the success of his efforts with a tad more accuracy. 

He had been trying to gauge her frame of mind since signing the registry this morning, meeting very little success. The journey from Hertfordshire to London with the broken-hearted Jane might have been torturous, except that nearly the whole of his attention was fixed upon his wife—cataloguing her every smile and frown, tallying which attitude prevailed. Towards the end of the journey, he’d been certain she was growing upset, and could not determine if the pending separation from Jane or the coming night with him was more to blame.

He wanted her. Profoundly. Every smile was a fist to his gut, her every touch a prelude to an ache of desire. Without being certain how much intimacy would be required to initiate bonding, a ruthless part of him speculated on just how far he might be able to go before triggering it. Not only the beast within calculated. Elizabeth expected to be a wife, and he did not want to leave her a ‘widow’ believing herself unattractive to him, feeling his rejection. The urge to cherish and adore her was from the deepest and best part of his fractured heart.

At least Mr and Mrs Gardiner’s fears on her behalf had eased. Now, if only he could erase his own, he might begin to fathom hers.

The carriage pulled up in front of his townhouse. He watched Elizabeth peer out at his home, her mouth dropping open.

“Mr Darcy…this is…I am overwhelmed.”

He could not tell if she thought it grandiose and overblown or if she were impressed. It irritated him that he cared about such an insignificant detail; it was only a building. He said as much.

Elizabeth gave him a look. “Yes. And Saint James is only a house.”

He smiled. “I do not want you to be awed. Perhaps a bit pleased. It is your home.”

She smiled back. “Our home,” she corrected.

Darcy knew he had no right to the ridiculous pleasure he took in her words. The housekeeper, butler, and most of the permanent staff were lined up to greet them, and he used the distraction to divert his thoughts. Still, it was with great enjoyment that he introduced Elizabeth as Mrs. Darcy, again and again murmuring the treasured appellation. He allowed himself to escort her to the Mistress’s chambers so that she might rest after their lengthy journey…and also so that he might see her reaction to her new rooms, as he had dreamed of doing for so long. He was glad, after all, that they had made time to come to London; he would always be able to picture her here in the lonely years ahead.

She did not disappoint. “It is lovely!” she gasped, wandering through to lightly touch and admire.

“I hoped you would like it,” he admitted. “But if you desire any changes, you need only say the word. I will leave you to rest now, and have Mrs Ashford send a girl to help you.”

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Mr Darcy was gone before Elizabeth could protest that she was not the slightest bit tired and needed no assistance. She did not wish to be left alone in a room so elegant, so strange and new, so unfamiliar. How long would it be before this felt like her home? she wondered. The entrance of the lady’s maid recalled her to the present. Mrs Darcy, she repeated to herself. You are Mrs Darcy. Remember!

The servant who presented herself, however, appeared even more nervous than Elizabeth. It had the effect of reassuring her, as her natural confidence rose to the fore in the face of the girl’s uneasiness.

“I’ve been in service as a lady’s maid, ma’am,” Maggie said diffidently, “but none of my former mistresses had such hair as wilful, um, I mean…as splendid as yours.”

Elizabeth laughed. “My hair refuses to cooperate at the best of times, Maggie. For now, I will settle happily for the removal of the pins. There are so many today, my head aches.”

Once her hair was released from its confinement and braided into a loose plait, she allowed Maggie to help her disrobe and change into a plain white nightdress before excusing her. It felt odd to rest midday, but her nearly sleepless night and the stresses of the day suddenly overwhelmed her. She would lie down for a short while, she decided, sighing with pleasure as the soft mattress gave beneath her. Luxurious. In moments, she was asleep.


Julie Cooper, a California native, lives with her Mr Darcy (without the arrogance or the Pemberley) of nearly forty years, two dogs (one intelligent, one goofball), and Kevin the Cat (smarter than all of them.)  They have four children and three grandchildren, all of whom are brilliant and adorable, with the pictures to prove it. She works as an executive at a gift basket company and her tombstone will read, “Have your Christmas gifts delivered at least four days before the 25th.”  Her hobbies are reading, giving other people good advice, and wondering why no one follows it.


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Chasing Elizabeth by Jennifer Joy

Jennifer Joy is a talented storyteller and in Chasing Elizabeth she did what she does best, she created a thrilling romance in the middle of an exciting mystery.

In this story Mr. Darcy was recruited by Col. Richard Fitzwilliam to work as a spy, and after a few years spying for the crown, he wants to retire. He is therefore focused on one last mission, to finally catch  the Four Horsemen. This last endeavour takes Mr. Darcy to Hertfordshire where one of the characters appears to have a connection with the traitors. It is there that he will meet the women who will change his life forever.

Seeing Mr. Darcy’s work as a spy was charming even if he wasn’t very good at his job. I think Elizabeth would be a much better spy then him 😉 But one cannot blame him, after all, disguise of every sort is his abhorrence 🙂

I did love all the Darcy/Elizabeth moments because as always Jennifer Joy created very romantic scenes between them with dialogues that were witty and swoon worthy. The reader watches these characters fall in love with one another instead of being told that is happening, and that is the best a writer can do in my opinion.

But what I loved the most in this book was Elizabeth’s character; she was super observant, always looking for adventure and with a huge passion for travel. She also loves horses and is a very accomplished horsewoman, which was an interesting take. Usually authors portray her with an irrational fear of horses, so I really like this refreshing twist. It wasn’t the only major difference Jennifer Joy added to the book. There are many more differences, namely in the Lucas and Bennet family offspring, and this was an aspect I really liked. The first part of the book was very engaging and this was one of the reasons why I felt so much joy in reading it. I had to adjust to these new characters and circumstances, and even though I was reading a JAFF book, I felt it was somehow new, which is a great feature in a genre that always focuses on the same stories and characters. 

As in all her books, Jennifer Joy’s writing style is simple and therefore pleasant to read and engaging, and I only felt that this story was a little more obvious then her previous ones, ending with a scene that wasn’t as plausible as I would have liked. 

Despite this quibble with the book, I did like it very much and I do recommend it to readers who are looking for a page turner that will algo bring them a beautiful love story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. 

Chasing Elizabeth is an engaging book that readers will read in a blink of an eye because due to Jennifer Joy’s excellent writing style, it is very easy to get immersed in the story. If you’re looking for adventure in JAFF, this book is for you 🙂

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Freebies & Books on sale

Good Afternoon everyone, 

Today I was doing my daily amazon check when I noticed many books were on sale with the Kindle Countdown deals, so I thought you’d like to know about all these price drops. 

As always, these are not all books that are on sale, nor are they personal recommendations, just the sales I found on my daily research, so if you know of any other book that is on sale, please feel free to comment and let the other readers know about that sale 🙂

Also, please note these were the prices when I publish this post, so make sure you look at the price once more because it may have changed.

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Book Blurb:
When Elizabeth Bennet travels with her sister Jane from Mississippi to the middle of Texas, a good marriage is all she dreams of. Now she knows it is the one thing she can never have.
Far from home and almost alone in the strange and alien landscape of Texas, Elizabeth finds herself compelled to marry a man whom she finds entirely unsuitable. A marriage for sweet love had been her secret dream, but in the 1880s, it seems an unlikely prospect for a young lady of slender means.
All her hopes are dashed by the man she is compelled to marry. Too arrogant, too opinionated, and altogether too handsome, Mr. Darcy is not at all what she was expecting when she and her sister traveled west.
Will Jane be more fortunate? Or will Miss Caroline Bingley drive the couple farther apart?
Perhaps romance can bloom in 1880s Texas. But first, it must overcome pride, presumption, prejudice, and misunderstanding. Oh, and the endless, scheming interference of certain others.
Is there any hope for these two pair of lovers?
The Secret Mrs. Darcy is a 62,000-word novel of sweet, clean, and wholesome delight.
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“It is a truth universally acknowledged,” the bustling lady guardian told her young charges, over the clatter of the stagecoach and the thunder of the horses’ hooves, “that a young man in possession of a good parcel of land must be in want of a fresh young bride.”
As the weekly stagecoach heads into Pemberdale, Wyoming, it carries on board the hopes of the men of Meryton. All the way from Saint Louis, shaken and weary from many days of travel, the five Bennet sisters are about to embark on a tumultuous sequence of adventure and mishap that will take their reputations and their futures into perils that no-one would have predicted.
From a ridge, high on his gray Arabian, Fitzwilliam Darcy watches the arrival of the stage with mixed feelings. He wishes the best for the fortunes of the townsfolk, and for his friend Charles Bingley, but he holds no such optimistic hope of the stage bringing a suitable bride for himself.
But as a tall and slender, dark-haired young woman descends from the coach and glances up, Mr. Darcy’s heart pounds and he feels the hand of fate touch his shoulder.
Romance and love beckon, and in many guises, but who will answer the call?
This Mail Order Brides and Prejudice novella is a clean and wholesome Pride and Prejudice variation. Vividly conjuring the ways that the characters from Jane Austen’s classic novel might fare, transplanted into the pioneering West of 1870, this re-imagining is a fast read. Thirty-six thousand words have been lovingly crafted to delight enthusiasts of the romantic canon and newcomers alike.
This complete, standalone story is a romantic refreshment like no other. Read it today!
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Book Blurb: 
She needs a rescue. He’s her only hope.
When Lucy Tolson’s father dies, she must either marry quickly or go to live with her uncle. For Lucy, there is only one choice, and his name is Philip Dobney.
To be presented with an offer of marriage from a long time friend is shocking to be sure! But the thought is not unwelcome. After all, Philip, who has recently received the living at Kympton, is in need of a wife, and Lucy is more than qualified to be a parson’s wife.
However, what seems to be a simple solution soon becomes complicated when Lucy’s uncle and Wickham show up with plans to gain enough money to cover debts and secure the living that Wickham, at one time, refused. Events from the past combined with threats in the present threaten to tear Lucy and Philip apart unless Darcy can help his friends save their blossoming love and rid Lucy of her uncle once and for all.
And Then Love, set in the spring before Darcy goes to Hertfordshire, is a Pride and Prejudice variation prequel and the first book in Leenie Brown’s Willow Hall Romance Series. If you like well-written sweet romance that features ruthless, scheming villains and characters who capture your heart and become your friends, then you’ll love this story about good triumphing over evil and a marriage of convenience that is so much more.
So put the kettle on, grab your copy of And Then Love, and make your first visit to Willow Hall, a place where love is bound to surprise you and which you will wish to visit over and over again.
Book Blurb:
Separated for Years ~ Reunited at Last
When Fitzwilliam Darcy does not return to Netherfield with his friend, Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes of ever finding happiness with the man to whom she has lost her heart are crushed.
Having confessed to playing a part in separating his friend from the woman he loved, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself cast off and ostracized. Uncertain of Elizabeth Bennet’s feeling for him, he chooses to bide his time and hope that his friend will one day forgive him.
As months stretch into years, hope fades and both Elizabeth and Darcy settle into life without each other, expecting that their paths will never cross again ─ until one night at a ball when fate in the form of a new uncle reunites them.
However, as old sparks burst into flames and the truth behind their separation comes to light, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s reunion be perfectly happy or will is always be tainted by betrayal?
Finally Mrs. Darcy is part of Leenie Brown’s Dash of Darcy collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired novellas. If you like well-written, fast-paced, sweet romance, then you will love this story of forgiveness, restoration, and reclaiming of true love by Leenie Brown.
So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Finally Mrs. Darcy, and slip into a world of sweet romantic indulgence today.
Book Blurb:
When Elizabeth Bennet learns that Mr. Darcy has saved the reputations of the Bennet family by arranging the marriage of Mr. Wickham to her sister Lydia, she is overwhelmed with gratitude. When he visits and invites her to accompany him for a walk in the countryside, both are overwhelmed by something else.
There will be passion.
There will be love.
There will be temptations.
“The First Temptation of Mr. Darcy” is a Pride & Prejudice variation story featuring characters from Jane Austen’s beloved classic novel in very steamy situations, and should be enjoyed responsibly by readers of a certain age. This is the first of a three-part series.

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Mr. Darcy’s Clan – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

The upper echelon of English society—comprised of vampires, or Firstborn Sons—is a world Elizabeth Bennet has no desire to join. She has little exposure to Firstborn Sons until Mr. Bingley arrives in the neighborhood and falls in love with her sister Jane. His mysterious friend, Mr. Darcy, attracts Elizabeth’s attention but she is convinced he is hiding a dark secret. In spite of this, powerful feelings draw her to him. She learns a shocking truth when Mr. Wickham appears and disaster strikes at Netherfield. Forced into Mr. Darcy’s supernatural realm, a confusing new world of danger threatens their deepening love. How can they find eternal happiness when members of his illustrious clan are plotting her demise? Can Mr. Darcy rise beyond his past to save her or will he lose her for all eternity?

 

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Five years ago, the Crown Prince of Britannia was murdered by the infamous Captain William Darcy. The notorious pirate captain has spent every year since pillaging the various villages of Britannia. After fleeing the kingdom to escape an arranged marriage, Lady Elizabeth Bennet’s vessel is raided by none other than Captain Darcy himself, and she is taken aboard as captive. While confined on the Georgiana, she suspects that Captain Darcy may not be the man the stories have long portrayed. Along her tumultuous journey, she uncovers secrets about the royal family that may just change her forever. How is Elizabeth to choose what to believe, and what price will she pay, should she make the wrong decision?

 

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In the daring Mr. Darcy’s Kiss, Darcy blatantly ignores all rules of propriety when he boldly kisses Elizabeth Bennet despite her adamant refusal of his initial proposal. Believing she will never see Darcy again, Elizabeth does her best to forget his lips on hers, but a chance encounter in Hyde Park only weeks later brings forth feelings that Elizabeth never knew she had, and is not sure she appreciates. Will the unlikely couple find happiness despite the misdeeds and misunderstandings of the past or is their relationship predestined to end in heartbreak and misery?

 

A Secret Suitor – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

A mysterious suitor. Dashing Mr. Darcy. A secret stalker poised to snatch Elizabeth Bennet from both.
Torn between her secret correspondent and Mr Darcy, Elizabeth must decide if courtship and marriage are even in her future.

She does not have time to wait, for Mr Bennet is gravely ill and it is up to her to save the family from poverty—even if it means accepting a position as a governess.

A position that brings an unexpected cloud of danger.

But Mr Darcy has a secret of his own, and it is time he reveals himself to Elizabeth Bennet—but his revelation may come too late, costing him the only woman he has ever desired to wed.

A Secret Suitor is a standalone Pride and Prejudice sweet variation for readers who enjoy a touch of mystery, warm tension between Elizabeth and Darcy, and a sprinkle of high stakes angst.

 

Inspired Reflections – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

How do you like your Mr. Darcy? There is something for everyone in this collection of short stories.
Dreamy? In ‘Inspired Reflections’, Darcy’s dreams inspire him to forget his pride and pursue Elizabeth Bennet.

 

The Longbourn Conundrum – 0,99$

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An Ancient Curse. A Thunderstorm. An Epidemic.
Jane Bennet’s invitation to tea at Netherfield is interrupted by a strange series of events. Could they be related to the rumours of a generations old curse on Netherfield and Longbourn? When a thunderstorm and epidemic sweep through Meryton people are quarantined in their homes and the long-dismissed curse seems more and more like a reality than an ancient story. Can Jane and Elizabeth’s family survive this crisis or will these unnatural events claim the last generation of Bennets?
WARNING: Contains scenes of domestic/sexual abuse. Please do not read if you are easily triggered or under 18.

 

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Book Blurb:

Thirty-two years after Marrying Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy has decided to write his side of the famous love story. This first of three parts exploring their courtship and marriage explores what was going on Darcy’s mind as we follow him evolving from a lonely man through Georgiana’s near elopement, to his meeting with Elizabeth and struggling to accept her lower status to himself. We all know the reasons Darcy lists as to why he doesn’t ask Elizabeth but what really is driving those reasons? Are they really what holds him back?
How it all began is the first story in The Darcy Legacy Series, which will follow the Darcy’s as each new generation faces new trials and hardships in an ever changing world. Will the family name endure? And what will happen to Pemberley throughout the years? These and many more questions will be asked and answered in the series.

 

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Sick and Heartbroken Mr Darcy is forced to face the truth that he is not the man he thought himself to be. With the very survival of Pemberley itself riding on the changes Mr Darcy makes, can he fix his faults and win the hand of Miss Elizabeth Bennet or will all be eventually lost?
The second book in a three-part retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Mr Darcy. The series will follow the fates of the Darcy children throughout the generations. Can Pemberley survive the changes that successive generations and new advances will bring?

 

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The days and years before Lizzy and Mr Darcy first met were filled with excitement, humour and drama at Longbourn. This anthology, made up of the first six prequel vignettes by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp, spotlights the behaviour of some of the most intriguing Longbourn characters from Jane Austen’s immortal classic.

 

A Quest for Mr. Darcy – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

What if Elizabeth and Darcy had never managed to overcome their pride and prejudice? Find out in this imaginative retelling of the greatest love story of all time.

Convinced he is past his foolish infatuation with Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcyreturns from a year’s travels with a plan: to protect the Pemberley estate and to ensure his sister’s happiness.

But with Charles Bingley and his mischievous twin sisters in residence, mysterious letters from an unknown source, a shadowy figure haunting Pemberley’s grounds, and lingering questions about the Bennets of Longbourn, Darcy’s life is quickly turned upside down.

As the past collides with the present, Darcy feels the rigid defenses he has placed around his heart beginning to crumble…

 

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An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman – 1,99$

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The first installment in Pamela Aidan’s irresistible trilogy, An Assembly Such As This takes us into the world of Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy.
“She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.”
So begins the timeless romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen’s classic novel is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long-standing question. In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy’s hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice. As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley’s persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows—as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.
Setting the story vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Austen but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen’s original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy’s past and present. Austen fans and newcomers alike will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time.

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Part 1 – Mr. Darcy’s Pursuit of Elizabeth Bennet – 2,99$ 

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All Miss Elizabeth has left is her pride…
After Mr. Bennet’s death, Elizabeth Bennet is cast out of Longbourn. Escaping a one way trip to a brothel, Elizabeth finds work at an inn, a new low.

 

Part 2 – Mr. Darcy’s Pursuit of Elizabeth Bennet – 2,99$

Book Blurb:

One can only keep a scandal from the ears of society for so long…
Miss Elizabeth Bennet has escaped Mr. Darcy’s grasp. Again.
He should let her go. She’s refused him twice, and that humiliation ought to be enough to cool any man’s ardor. Why, then, has he followed her to London? Is it out of some misguided duty to protect Miss Elizabeth from herself, or is he more desperate to possess her than ever?
After reuniting with Jane and the Gardiners, Lizzy wishes the past few weeks were merely a bad dream. Perhaps if she lies low, the events surrounding the disastrous governess position and Mr. Darcy’s indecent proposal will be nothing more than memories.
But gossip has a way of finding a sympathetic ear, and Elizabeth will find that outrunning disaster isn’t as simple as outwitting a suitor…
Part 2 of a 4 novella series featuring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

 

A Love So Beautiful – 2,99$

Book Blurb:

With a love so beautiful as Darcy and Elizabeth’s, little wonder Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice lovers can never have enough.

FEATURING The Means of Uniting Them, Designed for Each Other, and Gravity: Shades of Mr. Darcy. Check your library! If either of these delightful Pride and Prejudice variations is not there, what better time than now to embark on your next romantic escape.

The Means of Uniting Them

When Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet meet by accident at Pemberley, they fall violently in love with each other. What is the consequence of their hastened understanding? Will the young lovers face it together, or will they be torn apart?

Mr. Darcy has a second chance to court Miss Elizabeth Bennet after his disastrous marriage proposal, thanks largely to Mrs. Collins’s timely intervention. As a result of an incident at Rosings, Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves suddenly engaged to each other.

Praise for The Means of Uniting Them

❝The thoughtful way of how Darcy chose to show his love was a total winner. Great job. Definitely read this.❞

❝A sweet and romantic novella that enters with the visit at Pemberley, jumping right to the good stuff.❞

❝This was just the sort of short novel I needed on a rainy day to lift my spirits.❞

Designed for Each Other

Make room, Mrs. Bennet. It’s Charlotte’s turn to play matchmaker for Mr. Darcy and her intimate friend, Elizabeth.

Mr. Darcy has a second chance to court Miss Elizabeth Bennet after his disastrous marriage proposal, thanks largely to Mrs. Collins’s timely intervention. As a result of an incident at Rosings, Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves suddenly engaged to each other.

Elizabeth respects Mr. Darcy. She likes him very much. But, what if she fears she is not indeed in love with the gentleman? What if Elizabeth is persuaded she does not really know what love is?

Darcy’s heart belongs to Elizabeth. What must he do to convince her that her heart belongs to him?

Praise for Designed for Each Other

❝Another delightful story from Ms Dixon! I was in desperate need of a little P&P pick me up and this story completely fit the bill.❞

❝It was a quick read, one to take to the beach for R & R.❞

Gravity: Shades of Mr. Darcy

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man of a large fortune who stands to gain even more wealth and power with the advent of his marriage to his cousin, the sole heiress of Rosings Park. It is his destiny. His family expects the union. He is determined to let nothing stand in his way.

Upon accepting an offer to spend the summer at Pemberley, Miss Elizabeth Bennet believed she was in no danger from Mr. Darcy. The two of them met in London and barely tolerated each other. But what happens at Pemberley could not possibly have occurred in London, and it does not take long for Elizabeth to discover that she is indeed in grave danger of falling in love with the gentleman.

What about the gentleman’s feelings? Will Mr. Darcy remain steady to his purpose and marry his wealthy cousin, or will his desire for Elizabeth make him realize his true purpose is about to unfold?

Praise for Gravity: Shades of Mr. Darcy

❝Wow! Great Variation – There is no end to all the different ways Darcy and Elizabeth can find each other and this storyline does a great job.❞

❝Excellent, beautifully written book with depth and cleverly written banter.❞

❝I think this might be one of my favorite books from this author. It is well written, with interesting characters and a story that kept my attention throughout.❞

I hope this has been helpfull everyone!

Happy Reading!

 

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Modern Persuasion by Sara Marks

In this modernization of Persuasion we will meet Emma, a renowned editor who  is currently working for an important publishing company that has recently picked up a project to release the first book of a well known screenwriter named Frederick Wentworth. Emma and Frederick are all of a sudden obliged to work with one another in the promotion of his book, but what most people don’t know is that Emma and Frederick used to be in a relationship when they were studying, and that when they finished their degrees Frederick proposed to Emma, and she rejected. At the time, Emma decided to follow her dreams and remain in NYC to work on her career instead of giving that up and move to LA with Frederick, but the question that remains is, was that the right choice? 

Is her career more important than true love? And can she still be happy with the man she refused in her youth?

The dichotomy between dedication to a career and dedication to family was an aspect I really appreciated in this book, and to be honest I was team Emma on this one. I usually team up with Wentworth because I think Anne is too weak and lacking a backbone, but Emma is a little different then Anne. I found her character more strong willed than Anne Elliot and I fully understood and agreed with her reasons to reject Wentworth’s first proposal. In this story, I think she is the one in the rights and I truly loved her character. I also enjoyed Frederick’s character and I only wish we would have seen more scenes of these two in the book. The writing style was very engaging and the story moved along in a quick pace, and though this was also something I appreciated, at times I would have prefered to have slowed down a little and get more Emma/Frederick page time. 

Some of the secondary characters were really annoying, but in my perspective that is a positive aspect about the book because, let’s face it, they are annoying in Persuasion too. Maybe I am being influenced by the wonderful narration I heard, but these secondary characters with all their singularities were in fact one of the aspects I loved the most about the book. They gave life to the story and made the narrative much richer. 

The other aspect I absolutely loved about this book was the setting. The reader is presented with a lot of behind-the-scenes information on the publishing industry, and for a bookworm like me, who loves to know more about the industry (and kind of wishes she worked in it), this was certainly a treat!

Modern Persuasion is an excellent modernization of Persuasion and I think the author was able to develop this story in a believable and relatable fashion. The characters are engaging, the plot is stimulating and the travels around the country to promote the Frederick’s novel gave this book the perfect pace. 

I highly recommend it to those who cannot get enough of Anne and Wentworth 🙂 .

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

This was the first book I ever heard narrated by Diane Lehman, and I absolutely loved her style! She was the perfect narrator for this story because with her vivid and enthusiastic narration she was able to enhance the characteristics of each character, namely the secondary characters. I truly enjoyed listening to this story and that is partly because of her. While listening to this audiobook  I didn’t feel like listening to a book, I felt like living a story. I highly recommend this narrator for modern settings.

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