Thursday, July 25, 2019

His Choice of a Wife...Heather Moll

It is such a pleasure to have Meryton Press debut author, Heather Moll, visit my blog for the first stop of her blog tour for His Choice of a Wife. Some of you are probably familiar with Heather from her posts at A Happy Assembly. If you have not read any of her work there, then this is your chance to get to know her a bit. Her first book, His Choice of a Wife, was released on July 16th and is already getting positive reviews. Heather is sharing a character interview with us, and I think you will enjoy reading it! It is delightful! First, let's take a look at the blurb and also learn more about Heather. 

Welcome, Heather!

Front cover photograph of Heather Moll’s book courtesy and copyright RegencyCouture, Regency fashion for today's Jane Austenista!



When a man’s honor is at stake, what is he willing to risk for the woman he loves?

After a disastrous marriage proposal and the delivery of an illuminating letter, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet hope never to lay eyes on one another again. When a chance meeting in Hunsford immediately throws them in each other’s way, Darcy realizes his behavior needs correcting, and Elizabeth starts to appreciate his redeeming qualities. But is it enough to forgive the past and overcome their prejudices?

Jane and Bingley’s possible reconciliation and Lydia’s ill-conceived trip to Brighton pose their own challenges for two people struggling to find their way to love. When scandalous news threatens their chance at happiness, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s new bond be shattered, or will their growing affection hold steadfast?

Author Bio:
Heather Moll is an avid reader with a B.A. in European history and a M.A. in library science, so it is astonishing that she did not discover Jane Austen until her late-twenties. Making up for lost time, she devoured all of Austen’s novels, her letters, and unpublished works, joined JASNA, and spent far too much time researching the Regency era. She is thrilled to have found fellow Janeites and the JAFF community, if only to prove that her interests aren’t so strange after all. Heather is a former librarian turned stay-at-home mother who struggles to find time for all of the important things, like reading and writing.


Hello Janet and thank you so much for kickstarting my blog tour for His Choice of a Wife. First, I think your readers need to know that this book’s lovely cover design is your doing, as is organizing this blog tour— they should join me in giving you a round of applause.

I’m sharing an interview with Colonel Fitzwilliam. He’s a lively character and more than just a plot device in His Choice of a Wife. He’s loyal, he draws Darcy out, and, unlike his reserved cousin, the colonel had no problem sitting down with a gossip columnist three quarters of the way through the story.

An Interview with Mr. Darcy of Pemberley Colonel Fitzwilliam of the Household Cavalry

This morning I had an appointment in Berkeley Square at the home of Mr. Darcy. I intended to speak with him about Miss Elizabeth Bennet on behalf of the loyal readers of the “Mirror of Fashion” society column of the Morning Post. I was shown in to the drawing room and, to my great surprise, was greeted not by that gentleman, but by his cousin. When I asked that man where was Mr. Darcy, he said:

CF: Darcy left London on Monday for Bath. He asked me to meet with you and answer any questions you have.

That was kind of him, but I hoped—

CF: Truth be told, Darcy told me to cancel this appointment, take the knocker off the door, and refuse to engage in what he called “a frivolous waste of the valuable time of any man with good sense”. Fortunately for your readers, I had nothing else to do this morning.

I assure you that knowing about Miss Bennet is not frivolous! Mr. Darcy is rumored to be engaged to a Hertfordshire woman of no fortune and no consequence. Our readers wish to know the circumstances of how such a wealthy, well-connected young man—

CF: Why does no one ever want to read about me? Darcy is not so impressive a bachelor. He cannot flirt worth a damn, and I suspect he would spend more on his library than gifts for a woman. I have more charm in my thumb than Darcy has in all of his acres in Derbyshire. Did you know that I am the younger son of an earl? A colonel in the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. I am posted at Windsor! Write it down.

That is impressive, Colonel, but our readers prefer to know about Mr. Darcy.

CF: * he heaved a weary sigh* They always do. Very well, let us get on with it.

By most accounts, save for Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s, Mr. Darcy is happily engaged, but to a poor and unconnected woman. Do you approve of his choice?

CF: Certainly. It was not clear to me that he admired her—he was often silent in her presence—but his sister mentioned that Darcy had written to her about Elizabeth Bennet many times since last autumn. Then it all made sense: putting off our departure from Rosings, the walks in the park, calling on her in London, following her into Hertfordshire. I told him to make a choice that would make him happy rather than please his family. Did you write down that were I to be engaged, I would lavish my betrothed with gifts? It is F-I-T-Z—

Yes, sir. If most of his friends and relations support him, and he is happy in his choice of a wife, why has Mr Darcy suddenly gone to Bath?

CF: *he paled and inspected his own watch chain*

Colonel Fitzwilliam? Why did Mr. Darcy come to London, and then hurry away to Bath when he ought to be in Hertfordshire awaiting his wedding day?

CF: Your damn papers rely on scandal and gossip to sell copies! This is why Darcy said tolerating this interview would be an insult to his self-respect. There was a, there was an incident with his betrothed’s family, one that cannot be hushed up…

Then you might as well tell our readers so we can be assured of the truth.

CF: Oh no! It is a terrible scandal, but you shall not hear about it from me.

Is Mr Darcy fleeing in the hopes that he can lessen his betrothed’s attachment by distance and convince Miss Bennet to give him up?

CF: *he rose* Does that sound like Fitzwilliam Darcy? A gentleman with his integrity and sense of honor?

He is a man known to take great pride in his reputation. His attachment might not be strong enough to survive whatever this scandal is. Would you tell our readers what happened with Miss Bennet’s family? A fortune lost in speculation? A sister eloped?

CF: If only that were all! If that was the matter, Darcy’s money and his influence might remedy the evil. No, this is worse and nothing can be done.

Then, sir, what does Mr Darcy hope to accomplish in Bath?

CF: *he paced with hands clasped behind his back* I know not why he insisted on going. Duty, honor, perhaps a misplaced sense of guilt? It was so important to him that he do all that he could for her sake. He was determined to try…

Try what, Colonel Fitzwilliam?

CF: *he turned suddenly* I must draw this interview to a close! I promised to join Darcy in Bath eventually, but if I leave now I might perhaps arrive on Thursday evening.

You would go to Bath? But, but why? You implied that Mr Darcy was wasting his time on whatever this endeavor is.

CF: I said I would join him—when I could—to share the burden of an unpleasant task. Although I doubt anything can be done to remedy this, it matters deeply to Darcy that he try. He is a loyal man, a determined man. This is important to him, and he is important to me. There is nothing I would not do for him. Do not print that! I must leave at once.

But I have learnt nothing about Mr Darcy!

CF: *he turned back at the door* What is there to know? He is wealthy, intelligent, proud with a reason to be, in love with a witty and pretty woman, and now he is alone on a fool’s errand in Bath, a place he hates more than any public assembly room. Oh, and his favorite color is green. Good day!


Thank you, Heather, for the shout-out and the round of applause! It is much appreciated. I enjoyed working with you on the cover. 

Awww, that was a great interview, even if it wasn't Darcy! I love Colonel Fitzwilliam, and he is always entertaining. His last sentence about the color green, made me laugh out loud! Thank you for talking with him and sharing with me and my readers. It was delightful! For a minute or two, I thought he was about to give away what Darcy was doing in Bath! lol 

Readers, what did you think of Colonel Fitzwillam and his interview? Did you feel a bit sorry for him that he never gets quite the attention that Darcy does? I did just a bit! Share your thoughts in the comments.

Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. 

Heather has lots of good posts and excerpts for the tour so we hope all of you will visit each blog. Thanks for stopping by today.

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Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Heather Moll’s His Choice of a Wife.

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Best wishes with your new release, Heather. We hope to see much more from you in the future.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

And the winners are...

I have quite a few winners to announce, the latest and some past. I'll start with the most recent and work back.

Darcy in Hollywood by Victoria Kincaid


Suzan Lauder

Taking Another Chance by Brenda J. Webb


Kelly M
Pam Hunter
Betty Campbell Madden

Nefarious by Nicole Clarkston


Mary Doyle

The Meyersons of Meryton by Mirta Ines Trupp



Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood


Michelle F.

Be More Jane by Sophie Andrews


Elaine Jeremiah

Elizabeth in the New World by Maggie Mooha


Carole in Canada

I thought I had posted some of these winners, but I couldn't find the posts. If any are repeats, I apologize, but would rather post them twice than not at all. 

Congratulations to all and thanks so much for visiting my blog, commenting, and supporting the authors. A special "thank you" to all the authors for sharing your books with us and for your generosity.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Karen M. Cox...Undeceived

Karen Cox is my guest, and I'm happy to have her stop by and share a little about her book, Undeceived. To learn more about the book, the description is below; then we will be treated to Karen's interview of one of her characters! I know all of you will enjoy reading it. Thanks, Karen, for sharing it with me and my readers. Welcome to More Agreeably Engaged.


Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game
Karen M Cox

Second Edition available now for preorder,
releases on 7/23/2019 
Available at Kindle, Kobo, B&N, Apple and other ebook platforms


...if I endeavor to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me?  
-Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 40

Elizabeth Bennet, a rookie counterintelligence officer, lands an intriguing first assignment—investigating the CIA's legendary William Darcy, who is suspected of being a double agent.

Darcy’s charmed existence seems at an end as he fights for his career and struggles against his love for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.

Elizabeth’s confidence dissolves as nothing is like she planned—and the more she discovers about Darcy, the more she finds herself in an ever-tightening web of danger. 

Unexpected twists abound in this suspenseful Cold War era romance inspired by Jane Austen’s classic tale.


Are you ready for the interview? I am! Take it away Karen and William Darcy! 

Undeceived: Darcy Interview

The Darcy Dozen: Twelve Questions with William Darcy, CIA officer and hero of Undeceived: Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game:

Karen: “Thank you for joining me today, Officer Darcy. I’m sure readers will enjoy getting to know a little about you.”
Darcy nods
Karen: “Okay, then. First things first—tell us a little about yourself.”
Darcy: “There isn’t that much to tell. Spy Rule Number 22: Good agents don’t talk about their personal lives.”
Karen: “There must be something you can tell us about yourself.”
Darcy shrugs
Karen: “For example, I know you were born November 15, 1951 in Baltimore, MD. You’re 6’2” and have 20/20 vision and a photographic memory. You did a tour of duty as a pilot in Vietnam before joining the CIA in 1974. You rose quickly through the ranks and have been rumored to be in position for…”
Darcy: “Where did you get that information?” reaches for my folder and we tug it back and forth a couple of times before the contents spill on the floor
Karen picking up the papers and glaring: “It’s right there in your FBI file.”
Darcy: scowls and crosses arms “And why do I have an FBI file?”
Karen: “Oh, um, well…doesn’t everybody in your line of work have an FBI file?”
Darcy: “Next question.”
Karen: “You mentioned your Spy Rules. How many Spy Rules do you have?”
Darcy: “At last count, there were…114.”
Karen: “Wow, that’s a lot to remember.”
Darcy: points to temple “Photographic memory.”
Karen: “Right. Is there any Spy Rule you absolutely know you would never break?
Darcy: “Spy Rule 18: Let the cutouts do their work and you do yours. That means you don’t let personal feelings get in the way of your job. For example, you can’t endanger the other officers and assets in your circle by putting one person’s safety above the others.”
Karen: “Well, that makes sense I guess.”
Darcy: “Next question.”
Karen: “What three items would you want to have with you on a deserted island?”
Darcy: “Mosquito net, a good knife, and one of those new-fangled communication devices.”
Karen: “You mean a smart phone.”
Darcy: “What’s a smart phone?”
Karen: “Never mind. Have you ever been in love?”
Darcy: “Given my current position, female entanglements are not advisable. Don’t get me wrong. I like women—very much so. And unlike some of my male colleagues, I don’t mind working with them. I guess I should say, I enjoy working with accomplished women.”
Karen: “You didn’t answer the question.”
Darcy: “Next question.”
Karen: “So what’s your idea of an accomplished woman?”
Darcy: “She should be intelligent, brave, and capable. Personally, I appreciate when she is pleasing to look at. She should develop her intellect through lifelong education and dedication to learning. And finally, she should have a strong character. In other words, she should have guts.”
Karen: “That’s a tall order. Sounds like your ideal woman is an unrealistic fantasy.”
Darcy: smirks “So I’ve been told.”
Karen: “Any regrets, Darcy?”
Darcy: “If I have them, they’re my burdens to carry.”
Karen: “Okay, okay, no more personal questions, I get it. Let’s see…Commodore 64 or Apple II computer?”
Darcy: “Apple II – it’s the way of the future.”
Karen: “Ludlum or LeCarre?”
Darcy: “I’ve used…um, read them both.”
Karen: “Beer or wine?”
Darcy: grins “Depends on who I’m with.”
Karen: “Sports car or muscle car?”
Darcy: “Anything that isn’t a Trabant.”
Karen: “Favorite author?”
Darcy: “You’re kidding me, right?”
Karen: “And a bonus question: How would you like to have five daughters?”
Darcy: “Sounds like hell on earth.”

Karen: “Well, I guess that about wraps up our interview today. Hopefully, you’ll let our readers get to know you a little better as they spend some time with you in Undeceived: Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game.”
Darcy: “I would by no means suspend any pleasure of theirs.”


First Edition Reviews: 

“Just when you think you figured it out, you’re wrong!!” – Amazon Review

“One of the slickest Pride & Prejudice variations I have ever had the pleasure of reading.” – Just Jane 1813

“…a who-done-it page turner…” – Amazon Review

“It’s dexterous writing, with a smart premise. Undeceived is unique…” – Amazon Review

“…an incredibly unique and riveting tale.” – Austenesque Reviews

Author Bio: 

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, I Could Write a Book, and Son of a Preacher Man, and a novella, The Journey Home, a companion piece to 1932.  She also loves writing short stories and has contributed to four Austen-inspired anthologies: “Northanger Revisited 2015” appears in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy” in The Darcy Monologues, “An Honest Man” in Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and “A Nominal Mistress” in Rational Creatures.

Karen was born in Everett WA, which was the result of coming into the world as 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 the age of eleven. She lives in a quiet little Central Kentucky town with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter.
Channeling Jane Austen’s Emma, Karen has let a plethora of interests lead her to begin many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker—like Elizabeth Bennet.

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Readers, what did you think of the interview? It made me laugh, especially the bonus question! Aww, Darcy, Darcy! You do not like those personal questions! I wish he would have told us if he had ever been in love. Karen, did you get any sense of that one when talking with him? Thank you so much for bringing your interview to us. It was quite enjoyable and he certainly was nice to look a...uh, see! :)

Thank you again, for dropping by. It was a pleasure having you. We wish you the best with Undeceived

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Darcy in Hollywood...Victoria Kincaid

It's always good to have Victoria Kincaid visit and she's back this time with her latest release, Darcy in Hollywood. I'm glad we were finally able to get a date to work out for both of us, Victoria. :) 

The blurb and excerpt have piqued my interest. It sounds like Darcy as an actor might have as much to learn as Darcy as a gentleman. Then there is George Wickham, always at the ready to stir things up a bit. Oh, I do need to find some time to read this one. Thank you, Victoria, for stopping by and sharing with my readers, plus having a giveaway. 


Hi Janet and thank you for welcoming me back for a visit!  The scene below takes place early in Darcy in Hollywood after Darcy has nearly hit Elizabeth with his Ferrari (it’s their first meeting, not auspicious).  While dodging the car, she falls and hits her head.  He calls an ambulance so she can be evaluated for a concussion at the ER. I hope you enjoy it!

Rich and arrogant movie star, William Darcy, was a Hollywood heartthrob until a scandalous incident derailed his career.  Now he can only hope that Tom Bennet’s prestigious but low budget indie film will restore his reputation.  However, on the first day of filming, he nearly hits Bennet’s daughter, Elizabeth, with his Ferrari, and life will never be the same.  Okay, she’s a little sarcastic, but he’s certain she’s concealing a massive crush on him—and it’s growing harder to fight his own attraction….

Elizabeth Bennet has a lot on her plate.  She’s applying to medical school and running the studio’s charity project—while hoping her family won’t embarrass her too much.  Being Darcy’s on-set personal assistant is infuriating; he’s rude, proud, and difficult.  If there’s one thing she dislikes, it’s people who only think about themselves.  But then Elizabeth discovers Darcy has been doing a lot of thinking about her.

She might be willing to concede a mutual attraction, but events are conspiring against them and Darcy subject to constant public scrutiny.  Do Darcy and Elizabeth have any hope of achieving Hollywood’s elusive happy ending?

The minute the ambulance pulled up at the curb, two EMTs jumped out.  A short Hispanic woman immediately hooked Elizabeth up to a blood pressure monitor.  The other EMT, a tall man with wavy brown hair who could have been a model, gave her a smile straight out of a toothpaste ad.  “Can you tell me what happened?”
As she recounted the incident, not mentioning Darcy’s name, he took her pulse, shined a light into her eyes, and examined the bump on the back of her head. 
“That’s a nasty bump you’ve got back there,” he commented.  “I think we’ll need to take you to the hospital for a workup.”
Elizabeth nodded and then winced at the pain.  “I don’t think I lost consciousness and I’m not disoriented, so if it’s a concussion it’s a mild one.  But I should probably have a head CT to be sure.”
He blinked.  “Are you a doctor?”
“No, but I was pre-med in college. I’m applying to med schools now.”
“Ah.” He grinned at her as he and his partner pulled the gurney out of the back of the ambulance.  “I considered med school myself but decided I liked acting more.”
“Please don’t tell me you only play an EMT on TV,” she teased.
He laughed with big hearty guffaws.  Wow, a real, down-to-earth human being despite his acting ambitions.  Well, they didn’t usually turn into Darcy-sized bastards until they made the big time.  “I am a real EMT.  This is my day job until I get my big break.  What better place for an aspiring actor than on a movie studio?”  He helped her onto the gurney and strapped her down before offering his hand.  “George Wickham, EMT to the stars.”
She shook his hand.  “Nice to meet you, George.  I’m Elizabeth.”
George and his partner wheeled her toward the ambulance.  “Don’t worry, Elizabeth, we’ll take great care of you.” 
William Darcy had cared more about his Ferrari and his career than Elizabeth—and her own family had cared more about Darcy.  It was nice that someone cared about her—even if it was his job. 
The EMTs slid the gurney into the ambulance and locked it into place.  George’s partner jumped out and closed the doors; presumably she would drive.  After hooking her up to a heart monitor, George strapped himself into an adjacent seat with a clipboard in his lap.  “So I’m going to need to fill out a detailed report.  What was the name of the person driving that fancy ride back there?”
The ambulance lurched into motion.  “I’d rather not say.”
George frowned.
“He didn’t actually hit me.  I fell down and struck my head.  And, um, I’d like to keep his name out of the papers.”
George tapped his pen against the clipboard.  “Was it William Darcy?”
She gaped at him.
He gave her a knowing grin.  “I knew he was starting to film a new movie at the studio this week.  Who else would drive such an ostentatious red Ferrari?”
Had she already put the film in danger?  “Please don’t tell anyone.  I don’t care about Darcy, but my dad is producing the movie.  They don’t need bad publicity.”
He made a locking motion at his mouth.  “My lips are sealed.  This wouldn’t be the first time the studio had a car accident with ‘John Smith’ driving.” Elizabeth exhaled her relief.  “But between you and me, Darcy’s a bit of a dick, isn’t he?”
Finally, someone who understood!  “Hell to the yeah!  I guess he expected me to fall at his feet, but honestly it’s hard to be starstruck when your body gets a shot of adrenaline that will last until Christmas.”
George leaned closer.  “How did he hit you?”
Elizabeth started to shake her head before realizing that made it hurt.  “He didn’t hit me.  He almost hit me.  I was on the sidewalk, and his car was heading toward me.  When I tried to run away, I fell and hit my head.  His car hit the streetlamp instead of me.”
George chuckled.  “The man really is a menace behind the wheel of a car.”
Elizabeth’s thoughts were more than a little muddled.  But it occurred to her that George’s reaction was rather…gleeful. 
“Do you know Darcy?” 
George’s mouth twisted into a bitter smile.  “You could say that.  Our families were friendly when I was a kid.  We went on vacation together.  I played with both Darcy and his sister, although I was closer to his sister’s age.”
Now Elizabeth’s curiosity was piqued.  “But you’re not friends anymore?”
“Apparently there were limits to the friendship.  You know the Darcys are real blue bloods.  Hollywood royalty descended from a branch of the Vanderbilt family.”
Elizabeth nodded.  Everyone knew that Darcy’s mother was a famous movie star and that his father had been an award-winning director before he retired. 
“I made the fatal mistake of dating Darcy’s sister, Georgiana.  We went out for two months in high school, no problem.  But then her family found out.  They cut off all ties with my parents and threatened legal action if I ever went near Georgiana again.  Darcy even punched me.”   George rubbed his jaw as if remembering the pain.
“That’s terrible!  Just because you loved his sister?”
George shrugged.  “I guess I wasn’t what his parents had in mind for her.”
“How did she take it?”
His mouth twisted.  “I don’t really know.  I never saw her again.  I called her, emailed, texted, but she never responded.  I realized later that her parents probably made her change all her accounts.  And they took her out of the country; they really wanted to get her away from me.  All of this was years ago, though.  She’s an adult now.  I figure she can get in touch with me, but they must have convinced her that I’m the scum of the earth.”
“That’s terrible!”
“Yeah.” He sighed. “Although, it made me a stronger person.  And who knows?  If they hadn’t done that, I might not have become an EMT, and then I wouldn’t have met you.”  He gave her a coy smile.
She raised an eyebrow.  “Are medical personnel supposed to flirt with their patients?”
“Not usually, but it’s acceptable if they’re exceptionally pretty.” His smile could have coaxed anyone into mischief.
Elizabeth laughed.  “You’re incorrigible!”


 What do you think of this scene? What about the blurb? What is the scandalous incident that derailed Darcy's career? I want to know. What is the "real" reason Georgiana's parents cut ties with Wickham and his family? So many questions, and so much I want to find out. Reading time better come quickly! 

Thank you, Victoria Kincaid, for thinking of my blog and my readers. We are always honored to have you drop in. Your book is already getting some good reviews and that has to be satisfying. One of you lucky readers will get a chance to read it yourself. Ms. Kincaid is giving away one eBook and the giveaway is international. Leave us your thoughts to be entered in the giveaway. If you want me to know who are and email you should you win, you need to leave me a way to do just that! :) Good luck to all. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on the 22nd of July.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Taking Another Chance...Brenda J. Webb

Brenda J. Webb is back at More Agreeably Engaged today, and is sharing an excerpt with us from her new release, Taking Another Chance. This sounds like such a good book, and it is on my TBR list. Readers, what do you think? Have any of you read Taking Another Chance yet? 

Thanks for stopping by, Brenda, and sharing with us. My readers and I welcome you.


Janet, I am so proud to be visiting More Agreeably Engaged again to share an excerpt of my newest book TAKING ANOTHER CHANCE. I always enjoy visiting with your readers and I am giving away four Kindle E-book copies to those who comment and can accept books from

As to this story, I have always wanted to write a tale where an older Darcy and Elizabeth find each other again and TAKING ANOTHER CHANCE is the result. The blurb which follows sets the stage for the story; however, for those who hate stories where Darcy is married to someone before Elizabeth, allow me to hint that the marriage began with deception and was of short duration.

Those who read my books know that I never have ODC in love with anyone but each other. After all, Some Loves Are Meant To Be! 

~The Blurb~

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have suffered profound heartache in the fourteen years since parting in Lambton when word of Lydia’s folly reached her family.
At the age of forty, Darcy is now a widower raising a teenage daughter, whilst Elizabeth, a spinster, has spent the intervening years in service.
Unexpectedly thrown into each other’s company by circumstances not of their making, has time stood still when it comes to matters of the heart?
Can their timeless love survive the newest obstacles to happiness?

~The Excerpt~

To understand this excerpt, be advised that Colonel Fitzwilliam is now Lord Matlock, Isabelle is his wife, Amy is Isabelle’s sister, Marjorie is Lord Matlock’s oldest child and Marianne is Darcy’s (step) daughter.
Lady Matlock’s sitting room

Once they were alone, Isabelle asked Richard about the governess, and he related all that Lady Gordon had said about Elizabeth’s abilities. He also explained that she had asked to begin her employment with them on Monday.

“You forgot to mention her name.”

“I did?”

Richard’s courtship of Isabelle began directly after William’s accident, so she was aware that her husband’s cousin was hurt in the service of a friend, whose sister, Lydia, had eloped with a cad who grew up at Pemberley—thus explaining William’s reason for getting involved in the matter.

Richard hoped against hope she would not recall Lydia’s last name. “Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”

“Bennet? Bennet? Where have I heard that name before?”

“I have met many Bennets in my lifetime, so I could not say. Rest assured, however, that this Bennet has been able to impress your mother in a short period of time, and that is no small feat.”

“Indeed, it is not.”

“According to your mother, Miss Bennet has breathed new life into our girls’ thirst for education.”

“I cannot fathom anything so grand, but I am willing to be proven wrong.”

“All I know is that our girls talked of nothing save their new governess on the way home. So much so, that Marianne asked them to find another subject.”

“Speaking of Marianne, I am pleased she agreed to come. I do not think I could stand another day of watching Marjorie sulk.”

Richard was relieved that Isabelle had changed the subject. “Then you will also be pleased to know that Darcy agreed to let her travel to Derbyshire with us and stay for several weeks.”

“It does please me, but I have to ask—what about the ball? If he does not attend, Amy will be devastated.”

“He agreed to attend the ball, but I feel I must warn you again that my cousin is not interested in your sister.”

“I know that Amy can be a bit giddy, but that can be reined in. Moreover, she is still young enough to give him an heir, and she is wealthy. What else could he ask for?”

“Darcy was never drawn to beauty alone; he values intelligence. Besides, he told me that he is not worried about producing an heir since Georgiana can inherit Pemberley.”

“Nonsense! Darcy is still young enough for children. He may be forty, but he does not look a day over thirty.”

“What about the silver in his hair?”

“It only serves to make him more devastatingly handsome.”

“If I did not know you so well, I believe I would be jealous of my cousin.”

Isabelle grabbed her husband’s hand, pulling him down beside her on the sofa. Framing Richard’s face with her hands, she kissed him soundly.

“I am not blind to Darcy’s attributes, but I only have eyes for you.”

A more passionate kiss followed before Richard pulled back. “You always know just what to say to make me love you even more, my sweet.”

“I am glad, for rest assured you are the love of my life, Richard Fitzwilliam.”

Consequently, the Matlocks were not in communication with the rest of the house until dinner was announced hours later. 

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Thank you, Brenda! It's so good to have you here again. I loved reading your delightful excerpt, and it was intriguing. You definitely have piqued my interest! I can't wait to have a little time so I can dive into Taking Another Chance. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I loved reading your last two sentences in the intro to the post, "Those who read my books know that I never have ODC in love with anyone but each other. After all, Some Loves Are Meant To Be! "

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