Monday, July 24, 2017

My share in the conversation...When We Are Married

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams. I'm so happy to be posting about Caitlin's book. I have written my review of it but will post the blurb for it first. I do hope you get a chance to read this awesome book soon. There is a giveaway too, so be sure you check it out as well.

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Blurb:  

Two sisters, one man. Someone’s heart is about to get broken.
Elizabeth Bennet quickly realises she has misjudged Mr Darcy. In Kent, she learns first impressions are not always accurate. His proposal is disastrous, insulting even, but when she reads his letter her heart begins to thaw, and her objections and prejudices start to melt away. Elizabeth decides to offer Mr Darcy a sliver of hope, an apology, and a second chance.
Yet when he begins to call at Gracechurch Street, determined to become a better man and humbled by Elizabeth’s reproofs, he unwittingly stirs the romantic hopes of another lady altogether.
Jane Bennet is bereft and confused, rejected by Charles Bingley. She is fearful of becoming an old maid and eager to fall in love with the very first gentleman who takes notice of her. Mr Darcy just happens to be everything her mother has wanted for her; rich and handsome, the perfect suitor.

Through crowded, industrious Cheapside, to the elegant ballrooms of Mayfair, Mr Darcy chases Elizabeth Bennet, unaware that the quiet unassuming girl who smiles too much, is fully intent on chasing him.

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When We Get Married by Caitlin Williams

Anyone familiar with Pride & Prejudice knows the behavior of Mrs. Bennet and her deep obsession with marrying off her daughters to rich husbands. We are also aware of the heartache, embarrassment and abandonment that beautiful Jane Bennet felt when Charles Bingley left Netherfield without a goodbye or even taking proper leave of the Bennet family. Caitlin Williams based the premise of her newest release on the ‘what-if’ factor. What if Jane Bennet responds differently to her feelings of betrayal, looming spinsterhood and the strong wishes of her mother? What if she decides to seriously consider the first man that paid her attention? What if Darcy, wanting to show Elizabeth that he had taken her words to heart, pays a visit to Jane in Cheapside, delivering a letter from Lizzy? What if Jane mistakes his attempts to gain Lizzy’s favor as attempts to gain her own favor? After all, she thinks Lizzy despises Mr. Darcy. Oh, what a mixed-up mess these what-ifs create and Ms. Williams handles them brilliantly!

What if Lizzy sees Darcy at Hunsford when she returns after reading his letter? That is exactly what happens and starts the novel with a ‘bang’. The scene that unfolds is quite fun and wonderful. I could visualize it playing out in my mind as I read. Lizzy’s efforts to let Darcy know she has wrongly judged him, were bold and clever. His response, discreet, and just as clever. The observations by Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam, who could tell something was going on between the two, just not sure what, were a delight to read. The first chapter had me hooked and I couldn’t wait for more. (And ohhh, I do love how the title of the book plays into the storyline! Awesome!)

When Lizzy and Jane finally realize what the true feelings of each sister are for Darcy, they have a problem. Can they overcome it? Both think they are in love with the same man and it hurt me for both and Darcy too. Poor man! He is clueless, but very true to character. In canon, Darcy didn’t have an inkling how Elizabeth truly felt about him and misconstrued everything. He does the same with Jane. He completely misreads her and is oblivious to her interest in him. The good Colonel can see so much more than his cousin which often happens when one’s feelings are not engaged. He does try to warn Darcy but those warnings fall on deaf ears. Even so, Darcy is swoon-worthy and I fell in love with him all over again. The story that unfolds is as delicious as it is ‘angsty’.


I had read the first two books by Ms. Williams and greatly enjoyed both books. I had been looking forward to this one and Caitlin Williams did not disappoint. This book was all I had hoped for and more. The writing style of Ms. Williams is lovely. Her story flows, she uses the British spelling of words, which I love, and she writes beautifully in a style like books I’ve read that were written during the Regency era. It is a book I highly recommend and especially so, to anyone willing to accept ‘what-if’ and then discover the delightful outcome! Well done, Caitlin Williams.



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Author Bio:

Caitlin Williams is the author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both based on the characters from Pride and Prejudice. She’s a lifelong Austen devotee and lover of all things regency.

Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write.


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Blog Tour Schedule:

July 21 Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post Launch & Giveaway
July 22 Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
July 23 Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway
July 24 More Agreeably Engaged /  Book Review & Giveaway
July 25 My Vices & Weaknesses / Excerpt Post & Giveaway
July 26 Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway
July 27 From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

Giveaway:

Thank you, Dear Readers, for stopping by and sharing my review. Let me know your thoughts. I always love your share in the conversation.  It was such a pleasure reading and reviewing this book and I hope each of you will get a chance to read it soon. One of you will win it here so...for the giveaway...1 eBook of When We Are Married is up for grabs. The giveaway is international and will end at 11:59 PM on the 30th of July. Good luck to all. If you are in doubt as to whether I have your contact info, be sure and leave it.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely review! So glad you enjoyed it too!

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  2. Thanks for the review. The book sounds great and I look forward to reading. jadseah4 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome and I hope you get to read it soon.

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  3. I took little convincing, Janet, as I adored her Coming of Age... Loved your review thoughts.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the review. I think you will adore this one, too, Sophia. Good luck.

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  4. Dear Janet,

    I loved your review of this angsty and intriguing story!

    This book sounds delightful,just what us readers need!

    A grateful pinch of 'thank goodness',when Elizabeth's heart thaws in her attitude to Darcy,followed by a spoon of 'oh,no', when misunderstandings and misconceptions abound,all whisked together for that happy sigh of relief,the audible 'aaaw' when we achieve the HEA and the world,as we know it,has been set to rights!!

    How that HEA is to be achieved,how our couples' hopes and dreams are to be realised and their differences reconciled to everybody's mutual satisfaction are facets to the story that compel us to continue to turn the pages until story's end.

    Yes,the angstometer is turned up to the nth degree in this tale,but we must remember,as a result,that the ending will be all the sweeter!

    So looking forward to reading this.

    Cheers for such a lovely post,Janet! 😌

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    1. Thank you, Mary. What a delightful comment you left!

      The ending was all the sweeter and left me a good feeling. :)

      I hope you get to read it soon.

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  5. Carole in CanadaJuly 24, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Loved your review Janet! I too absolutely adored this book! Please do not enter me in the giveaway as I have the e-book!

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    1. Thank you, Carole. I'm happy to hear that you adored the book too. Thanks for stopping by and telling me.

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  6. Thanks for your awesome review, Janet. The premise of the book is so good, and I too love Charlotte and colonel Fitzwilliam observing D&E. Congratulation on the release of this book and on the stunning cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you Kate! Yes, that was such an excellent chapter! The premise is different and Caitlin brings it all together. I hope you get to read the book soon.

      I'm happy to hear you think the cover stunning! :)

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  7. Wonder if Jane marries Bingley as her second pick

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    1. As Vesper, will you will have to read to find out. Don't want to spoil the story for you. Thanks for coming to read the review. I hope you get to read this soon and will enjoy it.

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  8. I'm not sure how to feel about Lizzy and Jane both in love with Darcy but the premise sounds intriguing.

    tgruy at netscape dot net.

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    1. Jane has more of a 'fancy' for Darcy, rather than a true love for him, but I don't want to give too much away. Thanks and good luck in the giveaway

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  9. A lovely review! This is going onto my "Sooner Rather Than Later" list. I'm looking forward to your newest, Caitlin.

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    1. Thanks Katherine, I hope you like it. And thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Thanks for hosting me on the blog today Janet and for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Poor, poor Darcy can never catch a break!

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  12. This story sounds very intriguing! Lizzy and Jane interested in the same man! Can't wait to read it!

    newyorkgirl82(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Great review! I loved this book, Caitlin has such a wonderful way of storytelling that draws you in!

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  14. I am around half way through the book! Jane, however, does NOT come over well in my opinion of her character. She is a second Mrs. Bennet, reading things into Mr. Darcy that are not there. Why cannot she accept the easy explanation of things, that he really was only delivering the note from Lizzy? She has totally bought into her Mother's myth of her as the one and only savior of her family because of her looks. She creates love out of thin air, a Mlle. Candide, a Pollyanna. She truly needs a gentleman who is more than head over heels in love with her because he will be the oak which will foster a happy marriage for her because she will literally fall in love with ANYONE who is pointed out to her.

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  15. Thanks once more for a fantastic review, Janet. I'm so intrigued by the premise for Caitlin's latest book. There aren't many JAFF works that portray Jane Bennet as a, shall we say, less sympathetic character than is usual, but this sounds as though it may be one of them. Great source of angst there, and Imlove me some angst on the way to the HEA,

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  16. Wonderful review. I an enjoying following this blog tour. Thank you for the giveaway. Cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot net

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  17. The premise for this book sounds so fun! I can't wait to read this tale. Thanks Janet for featuring Caitlin.

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  18. Oh, this book has my full attention. I cannot wait to find out how this situation is resolved and hope that the pairings are back to those in canon. Darcy and Lizzy are meant to be together. And I wish Bingley would find his courage to be with Jane again.

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  19. sounds like such a fun twist on the story!

    denise

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  20. Looks like a great book. I've read Ardently so I'd love to get this one. Catbooks72@gmail.com

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