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Victoria, I turn it over to you.
Hello, Janet, and thank you for having me to visit! The plot for The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy has been rattling around in my head for years, and I’m so happy I can finally share it with readers. This scene is set shortly after Elizabeth awakens and discovers she has amnesia. I hope you enjoy it.
When she next awakened, William sat in the armchair reading a book. He sprang to his feet the moment she stirred.
“How do you feel? Should I get the doctor? What do you need? Whatever you want, I shall obtain it for you.”
Sitting up in the bed, Elizabeth tapped her lips thoughtfully. “Whatever I want? Hmm…I would like a strawberry and apple tart.”
William took a step toward the door and then stopped, turning to her with a crestfallen expression. “I do not believe strawberries and apples are in season.”
Elizabeth placed her hands on her hips indignantly. “No strawberries?” William’s eyes widened with near panic until Elizabeth ruined the effect by laughing.
A slow smile broke out over William’s face. “I should have known that even a blow to the head and lung fever would not quell your mischievous sense of humor.”
Elizabeth grimaced. “At this moment I would happily trade it for a lifetime’s memories.”
Her husband’s expression darkened. “Do not say so. I would not alter one thing about you.”
She suppressed a shudder. Such sentiments were disconcerting when spoken by someone who essentially was a stranger. Elizabeth cleared her throat. “Would you pour me some water?”
“Of course.” William poured a glass from which she drank greedily. “Have you remembered anything at all?”
“No.” Trying to remember anything was like visiting a house that should be full of people and activity, only to find nothing but empty echoing chambers. Something of what she was feeling must have shown on her face. William took the glass gently from her hand. “It is early yet. You have barely started to recover.”
Elizabeth wished she shared his optimism. William poured more water into the glass. “The doctor wishes you to drink. You have not drunk nearly enough over the past days.”
Finding she was quite thirsty, Elizabeth eagerly drank and then held out her glass for more “Would you like some soup?” William asked. “You have not eaten a proper meal in days.”
At the mention of food, Elizabeth’s stomach rumbled. “I believe that is your answer,” she said with a smile. “Soup would be welcome—and bread if they have it. And tea. Tea would be lovely.” She could focus her attention on food and forget the agitation over her missing memories.
He left the room briefly to speak with the maid. Upon his return he hovered about the bed, observing her intently. “What else do you need?”
“I do not require such scrutiny, sir. I suspect my most interesting activity today will be falling asleep. And I am unlikely to injure myself doing so.”
He shook his head. “You can always make me laugh at myself.”
Was she indeed this sort of person? How strange not to even be aware of her own nature. William knew her better than she knew herself. A tight panicked feeling fluttered in her chest. What would she do if she never recovered those memories?
Thank you for stopping by More Agreeably Engaged and letting me share in your new release. I have been excited and looking forward to today ever since receiving your email. The excerpt was touching and heartrending and I'm eager to get started on the novel. I loved your first book, The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth, that had Darcy and Elizabeth in France. That makes this one all the more intriguing to me.
Another book by Victoria Kincaid, Mr. Darcy to the Rescue, was a MAE 2015 award favorite. To read my review of it, click here. When Mary Met the Colonel, also by Victoria Kincaid, was a MAE 2016 Awards winner.
Victoria Kincaid is offering one eBook or one Paperback, winner's choice of The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy, and the giveaway is international. Isn't that wonderful! Thank you, Victoria. My readers and I appreciate your generosity. To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment. Be sure to include your contact info, unless you know I already have it on file. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Good luck to everyone. The giveaway will end at 11:59 P.M. on the 9th of August.