tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-30602371145719918622021-04-16T17:31:47.611+01:00Babblings of a Bookworm A book blog which mostly features books about or inspired by Jane Austen.Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.comBlogger593125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-86308044519920899492021-03-29T15:45:00.000+01:002021-03-29T15:45:06.179+01:00Five Daughers Out at Once by Jayne Bamber - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">I’m really pleased to welcome <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Jayne%20Bamber" target="_blank">Jayne Bamber</a> back to Babblings of a Bookworm with her new <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation, <b><i>Five Daughters Out at Once</i></b>. I love that Jayne comes up with ideas that I haven’t seen anywhere else before and this book is no exception. Let’s look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Jayne for a guest post.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-56Ee33ENajs/YGHh9uMsPcI/AAAAAAAAFTI/RDwxdjQaoVcGoZ7-_EyuFd_gNtReczFXQCNcBGAsYHQ/s1726/5%2BDaughters%2BCover.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Five Daughters Out at Once by Jayne Bamber" border="0" data-original-height="1726" data-original-width="1148" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-56Ee33ENajs/YGHh9uMsPcI/AAAAAAAAFTI/RDwxdjQaoVcGoZ7-_EyuFd_gNtReczFXQCNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/5%2BDaughters%2BCover.JPG" title="Book Cover: Five Daughters Out at Once by Jayne Bamber" width="213"></a></div><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description<o:p></o:p></span></b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound and plans go awry as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/03/five-daughers-out-at-once-by-jayne.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-17718101744216830462021-03-26T07:00:00.001+00:002021-03-26T07:00:02.697+00:00Dangerous Magic: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming author <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Monica%20Fairview" target="_blank">Monica Fairview</a></b> back to the blog with her latest release, </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><b><i>Dangerous Magic: A Pride and Prejudice Variation</i></b>, </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">which mixes </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> with some magic! First I’ll share the blurb with you, and then hand over to Monica for a guest post and excerpt from the novel.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6A08pB2yUVE/YF0uNYH_9mI/AAAAAAAAFSg/FMKRMvFZX7wlRXEFUMyTfnymOOBOvSS8QCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Dangerous%2BMagic%2BBook%2BCover%2Bjpg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Dangerous Magic: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1283" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6A08pB2yUVE/YF0uNYH_9mI/AAAAAAAAFSg/FMKRMvFZX7wlRXEFUMyTfnymOOBOvSS8QCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h320/Dangerous%2BMagic%2BBook%2BCover%2Bjpg.jpg" title="Book Cover: Dangerous Magic: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview" width="200"></a></b></div><b>Book Description<o:p></o:p></b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">A sparkling tale of Regency England, a forced marriage, and two magicians who must work together to save the Kingdom.</span></i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when the Royal Mages come to her peaceful country home of Longbourn to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful mage by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if the Kingdom is to defeat Napoleon’s mages. They may dislike each other on sight, but Darcy and Elizabeth have to overcome their differences and find common ground before it is too late. Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Join the author of ‘Fortune and Felicity’ in this Jane Austen Fantasy Variation, an enchanting story of determination, love, and hope against all odds.<span></span></span></i></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/03/dangerous-magic-pride-and-prejudice.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com28tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-48028588822775462742021-03-09T07:00:00.002+00:002021-03-09T08:52:59.062+00:00Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress – Blog Tour, Author Interview and Giveaway<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XupL9P2BVU/YEamoRS_gwI/AAAAAAAAFRQ/PlE6TOt2tJEYT4eVPW1Ahmvpb2rHgfoPgCNcBGAsYHQ/s1191/Fearful%2BSymmetry%2BCover.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Book cover: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" border="0" data-original-height="1191" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XupL9P2BVU/YEamoRS_gwI/AAAAAAAAFRQ/PlE6TOt2tJEYT4eVPW1Ahmvpb2rHgfoPgCNcBGAsYHQ/w215-h320/Fearful%2BSymmetry%2BCover.jpg" title="Book cover: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" width="215" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: arial;">I’m very happy to be welcoming a new visitor to the blog today. <b>Gailie Ruth Caress</b><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> has published a book</span><span face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;called </span><b><i>Fearful Symmetry: A Pride &amp; Prejudice Variaion</i></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> with Quills and Quartos, and the blog tour for the book visits here today. Let’s take a look at the blurb and then we’ll move on to an interview with the author. There’s also a giveaway to accompany the blog tour. Read on for details!</span></span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Book Description</span></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><i><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Darcy had never known such a woman, one who could rush into an inferno and emerge as bold and brilliant as burnished brass, bright as any mirror.</span></i></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Fitzwilliam Darcy had planned to leave Netherfield Park and all thoughts of the enchanting Miss Elizabeth Bennet behind him—until one night when he saw smoke rising from Longbourn and realised she was imperiled.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Elizabeth Bennet found Mr Darcy arrogant and insufferable right up until he became her hero, pulling her and her sister from the fire that devastated their home, and could have claimed both of their lives. Seeing how he put his own life at risk to pull her from the fire, how could she help but change her opinion of him?</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Thrown together again in the refuge offered at Netherfield, Darcy and Elizabeth’s unexpected bond gains strength. But disapproval, debts, and doubts all arise when the costs in time and expense involved in rebuilding Longbourn threaten to widen the gulf in standing between Elizabeth and Darcy in the eyes of society. Amidst these perplexities of destruction and decorum, can love’s courage overcome calamity?</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fUmy1n08VuE/YEaoOFr7X6I/AAAAAAAAFRY/gtdhDaQrHzIMYghfTk3CKvCpmHEfjbPLACNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Gailie%2BRuth%2BBio%2Bimage%2Bcrop.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Author Gailie Ruth Caress" border="0" data-original-height="1686" data-original-width="2048" height="263" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fUmy1n08VuE/YEaoOFr7X6I/AAAAAAAAFRY/gtdhDaQrHzIMYghfTk3CKvCpmHEfjbPLACNcBGAsYHQ/w320-h263/Gailie%2BRuth%2BBio%2Bimage%2Bcrop.jpg" title="Author Gailie Ruth Caress" width="320" /></span></a></b></div><b><span style="font-family: arial;">Author Interview with Gailie Ruth Caress</span></b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Thank you for having me here, Ceri! I feel so honored to be invited to come visit for an author interview. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I’ll do my best to be a good guest and behave myself. **Sits and pours some tea** Let me see if I can tackle these good questions on your list!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><i>1. What inspired your Pride and Prejudice variation?</i></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">In 2012 when I began to write <i>Fearful Symmetry</i>, I was still actively processing what felt like the rather abrupt end to my carefree youth. My excellent father had passed away from a long and rough battle with cancer just a few years prior, when I was twenty-one years old—very close to Elizabeth Bennet’s age in <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i>. In the weeks and months after his death, I graduated college and entered the workforce during the 2009 US economic recession. It was a rough year to say the least, and I felt like I’d had to hurry up and finish becoming a fully-fledged adult very quickly, and without a lot of support or stability. In <i>Fearful Symmetry</i>, the housefire that guts Longbourn in its early chapters similarly catapults Elizabeth out of her idyllic, sheltered life as a young country miss, and she must rise to new responsibilities and open her eyes to a deeper understanding of the real challenges of the world she inhabits. It’s ultimately a coming-of-age tale for her, and it served as a bit of “narrative therapy” for me!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">The title of my novel comes from a line in a poem called “<i>The Tyger</i>,” a work pulled from William Blake’s collection called “<i>Songs of Experience</i>,” which he wrote as a counter-themed collection to his “<i>Songs of Innocence</i>.” Fittingly, the journey Elizabeth takes in my novel not only borrows from some of the fiery imagery from “<i>The Tyger</i>” (hello, housefire!), but it also moves her into a brand-new world of experience, and out of the innocence of her halcyon days at Longbourn.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">This was a story I would compose in spurts and then set aside—sometimes for years at a time. But there was something healing for me in the experience of writing this new path for Elizabeth. The worlds and characters of Jane Austen feel “safe” to us since they are known and familiar, and I think that sense of safety helped me to gather courage as a writer to explore some of the more difficult parts of my own life within these fictional confines. Because I know, in Elizabeth’s world, I can count on making my way towards a resolution with a happy ending even when my own might be far more uncertain. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I think this form of narrative “therapy” worked; finishing the manuscript for this novel under pandemic lockdown definitely helped me retain some hope for the days to come!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><i>2. Besides Jane Austen, what other books are your favorites and why?</i></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I should start off by saying I’m a long-time fan of Elizabeth Gaskell’s <i><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2014/09/north-and-south-by-mrs-gaskell.html" target="_blank">North &amp; South</a></i>. I also survived my angst in middle school reading <i>Jane Eyre</i>; and then in high school, when I wasn’t working my way through <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, I was diving into postmodern gothic-inspired works like Anne Rice (<i>Interview with the Vampire</i>) and Thomas Harris’s (<i>Silence of the Lambs</i>) novels. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I really loved Gaskell and Brontë’s narrative voices, which convey their leading characters’ keen emotional self-awareness without being cloying. I was fascinated by Tolkien’s world-building. And I was constantly in awe of Rice and Harris’s story craft. Each of their books’ plotlines feel like a rollercoaster! They launch the reader out of their seat with some kind of revelation or action sequence in the very first chapter, then the middle-plot develops a steep and unstable arc of conflict and growth, and finally the whole tale just rolls downhill at a gathering pace towards a breathless ending each time. It’s mesmerizing. Harris in particular knows how to pace his pages, and he never wastes a word.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><i>3. What do you do when you are not reading or writing?</i></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Right now, I am taking care of my two wild little boys, ages five and two, which is my main daily challenge as a mom. You might also find me trying not to fall on my face at Jazzercise class (yes, Jazzercise! I’m a former show-choir kid and musical theatre geek, so I fit right in). Sometimes I sew, bake, help people build websites, and sing. My husband is a pastor in a rural church, so I help organize church events and children’s ministry, gather community resources for folks in the margins, and sometimes lead Bible studies for adults that let me be nerdy in my hermeneutics by pulling in socio-historic and linguistic context for scripture. And that last bit involves me researching, which I also love to do. I’ll be looking to return to the work force in some form or other in 2021, but I’m grateful I could stay home during this terrible pandemic so my whole family could literally survive the virus (since we all had it in November, and it was awful!).</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><i>4. Do you have any plans for a second book?</i></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Oh yes, but it’s not a sequel, if that’s what you mean. I’m trying to be secretive about it. I suppose I could tell you that it’s a “crossover” between two of Austen’s works—but I won’t give away which ones! I’m also working on a short story woven out of some side-plot threads I had cut away from Fearful Symmetry. I admit I have a soft spot for gothic tropes, and they’ll appear in this shorter tale featuring a bit of the paranormal. Doesn’t that sound fun?</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Thank you so much for having me by to chat today! I really enjoyed this interview!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><o:p>* * *&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I hope you enjoyed this interview, because I certainly did!&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I think all our experiences shape us but some big experiences are like a milestone in our lives that we can see as life changing when we look back, there is us before the event and a different us afterwards. It's amazing to me that Gailie Ruth has weaved her loss into something as creative and lasting as a book.</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif">I am so glad Gailie Ruth told us about her reading habits, too, because that’s something I always find interesting. I have actually read all the books she mentioned, most of them more than once! Big thanks to Kristi from Quills and Quartos for her input to this post </span><span face="&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;, sans-serif">😊</span></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">If you are wondering about the poem, I am sure you will recognise it. Here is the first stanza:</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"></p><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Tyger Tyger burning bright,</span></i></div><i><span style="font-family: arial;"><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span face="Arial, sans-serif">In the forests of the night:</span></i></div><span face="Arial, sans-serif"><div style="text-align: center;"><i>What immortal hand or eye,</i></div></span><span face="Arial, sans-serif"><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?</i></div></span></span></i><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I am not a big one for poetry, but I love this one, it’s very dramatic! I know it's written by Englishman William Blake but if I read it aloud I go full on Welsh sounding. I think it's something we learn at school here, if we read poetry we all sound like Dylan Thomas!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Author Bio</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Gailie Ruth Caress, author of <b><i>Fearful Symmetry</i></b>, never dreamed of writing a debut novel in her own pleasure-reading genre when she was a no-nonsense, 4.0-chasing English major who won prizes for her academic essays at Hanover College in her home state of Indiana. Forced to readily adapt after a pivotal loss in early adulthood, she became a dabbler in many forms of expression and relationship-building—from opera and ballroom dance to nonprofit education and mentoring. And yet, she committed mid-Pandemic to the challenge of completing the manuscript of the story that kept her up at night, driven by a need to borrow from the courageous vulnerability of her favorite Jane Austen couple in a landscape transformed by disaster.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Her everyday life continues to hold unexpected adventures. Her two small boys and a duo of sassy tabby cats run wild on the Illinois prairie around a parsonage, where they keep her busy alongside rural community and ministry work with her pastor-husband. Learn more about Gailie Ruth at <a href="http://gailieruthwrites.com">gailieruthwrites.com</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><b></b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XupL9P2BVU/YEamoRS_gwI/AAAAAAAAFRU/l-Xwdo1EYGIS-W0U6QFRuW7TB0FPweSdACPcBGAYYCw/s1191/Fearful%2BSymmetry%2BCover.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Book cover: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" border="0" data-original-height="1191" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XupL9P2BVU/YEamoRS_gwI/AAAAAAAAFRU/l-Xwdo1EYGIS-W0U6QFRuW7TB0FPweSdACPcBGAYYCw/w215-h320/Fearful%2BSymmetry%2BCover.jpg" title="Book cover: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" width="215" /></span></a></b></div><b><span style="font-family: arial;">Buy Links</span></b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><b><i><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Fearful Symmetry</span></i></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> is available to buy now in Paperback, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. It’s also available in audio!</span></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">• <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fearful-Symmetry-Pride-Prejudice-Variation-ebook/dp/B08T6BLN8T/" target="_blank">Amazon US</a></span></b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"> • <b><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearful-Symmetry-Pride-Prejudice-Variation-ebook/dp/B08T6BLN8T/" target="_blank">Amazon UK</a></b> • <b><a href="https://www.amazon.ca/Fearful-Symmetry-Pride-Prejudice-Variation-ebook/dp/B08T6BLN8T/" target="_blank">Amazon CA</a></b> • Add to <b><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56828671-fearful-symmetry?" target="_blank">Goodreads</a></b> shelf<br /><br /></span></span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Giveaway Time</b></span></span><span face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Quills and Quartos are giving away an ebook of <i><b>Fearful Symmetry</b></i> to a commenter on this post. They will choose the winner on <b>19 March.</b></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif">If you have <span style="background: white;">any problems adding your comment please </span><a href="http://psikologlarburda.com/p/about-me.html" target="_blank">contact me</a>&nbsp;</span><span face="Arial, sans-serif">and I will add your comment for you :)</span></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><br /></span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><b>Blog Tour Schedule</b></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><o:p>Visit the other stops on the blog tour to learn more about <i style="font-weight: bold;">Fearful Symmetry</i>.</o:p></span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1M9BEFgoPaQ/YEc3GqyDYUI/AAAAAAAAFRs/uhIeh0hyyngY-B2ZDHu4Ku5jd9lnBLFnACNcBGAsYHQ/s1080/FS%2BBlog%2BTour%2Bupdated%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Blog Tour: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1M9BEFgoPaQ/YEc3GqyDYUI/AAAAAAAAFRs/uhIeh0hyyngY-B2ZDHu4Ku5jd9lnBLFnACNcBGAsYHQ/w400-h400/FS%2BBlog%2BTour%2Bupdated%2B3.jpg" title="Blog Tour: Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial;">* * *</span></div><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><p></p></span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">If you don’t want to miss any of my future posts, please subscribe</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=BabblingsOfABookworm" target="_blank">Subscribe to Babblings of a Bookworm</a></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif">If you'd like to be friends on Goodreads then please <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14329971-ceri" target="_blank">invite me</a></span><span face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;- just say that you visit my blog when it asks why you'd like to be friends with me.</span></span></p>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com33tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-20644104476013364002021-03-01T17:41:00.004+00:002021-03-01T20:18:51.876+00:00Jane Austen's Best Friend: The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd by Zoe Wheddon - My Review<p><span style="font-family: arial;">Happy St David’s Day to you all! St David is the patron saint of Wales, in case you don’t know. Traditionally the children would dress up in traditional Welsh costume, or otherwise wear Welsh rugby shirts. Most schools would hold an ‘Eisteddfod’ and the children would sing, dance, and compete in the arts such as singing, painting/collage, and most importantly, poetry, as the author of the winning poem gets crowned bard. The youngest school children in Wales are now back in school so I am pleased to think that at least there will be children dressing up today on our route back to normality!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13M36dTaV0w/YDzj4B_wD5I/AAAAAAAAFQA/Q2vfDzj3dJUN7b1IwNBAkqEN-jRYEB9KwCNcBGAsYHQ/s700/Jane%2BAustens%2BBest%2BFriend.png" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Blog Tour: Jane Austen&#39;s Best Friend by Zoe Wheddon" border="0" data-original-height="275" data-original-width="700" height="126" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13M36dTaV0w/YDzj4B_wD5I/AAAAAAAAFQA/Q2vfDzj3dJUN7b1IwNBAkqEN-jRYEB9KwCNcBGAsYHQ/w320-h126/Jane%2BAustens%2BBest%2BFriend.png" title="Blog Tour: Jane Austen&#39;s Best Friend by Zoe Wheddon" width="320"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today, I’m bringing you my review of a book about an important person in Jane Austen’s life. <b><i>Jane Austen&#39;s Best Friend: The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd</i></b> by <b>Zoe Wheddon</b> looks at the life and influence of Martha Lloyd on Jane. Let’s look at the blurb and then we’ll move on to what I thought of the book.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: arial;"></span></span></b></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/03/jane-austens-best-friend-life-and.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-26785307421206988172021-02-15T16:58:00.005+00:002021-02-15T16:58:49.527+00:00Death in Highbury by Riana Everly - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DQtfXOS3GTA/YCqduJiRj9I/AAAAAAAAFOQ/pla5douDBSQeLqI_X9tTJYj8w_CSL__KwCNcBGAsYHQ/s600/Highbury%2BCover%2B400x600.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Death in Highbury by Riana Everly" border="0" data-original-height="600" data-original-width="400" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DQtfXOS3GTA/YCqduJiRj9I/AAAAAAAAFOQ/pla5douDBSQeLqI_X9tTJYj8w_CSL__KwCNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/Highbury%2BCover%2B400x600.jpg" title="Book cover: Death in Highbury by Riana Everly" width="213"></a></div>I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Riana%20Everly" target="_blank">Riana Everly</a></b> back to the blog with her latest <i><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Miss%20Mary%20Investigates" target="_blank">Miss Mary Investigates</a></i>book, <b><i>Death in Highbury</i></b>. As the name suggests, Mary Bennet goes to pay Emma Woodhouse a visit. We have a guest post from Riana, and an excerpt of <b><i>Death in Highbury</i></b>. There’s a giveaway too! Read on for details.<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">When political chaos in London forces Mary Bennet to take refuge in the picturesque town of Highbury, Surrey, she quickly finds herself safe among friends. Emma Woodhouse welcomes her as a guest at Hartfield, Jane Fairfax is delighted by her love of music, and Frank Churchill can’t stop flirting with her. But it is not long before Mary starts to suspect that beneath the charming surface, Highbury hides some dark secrets.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Alexander Lyons is sent to Surrey on an investigation, and at his friend Darcy’s request, heads to Highbury to make certain Mary is comfortable and safe. But no sooner does he arrive than one local man dies, and then another!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Soon Alexander and Mary are thrust into the middle of a baffling series of deaths. Are they accidents? Or is there a very clever murderer hiding in their midst? And can they put their personal differences aside in time to prevent yet another death in Highbury?<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/02/death-in-highbury-by-riana-everly-guest.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-24589014432526839272021-02-09T07:00:00.001+00:002021-02-09T07:00:00.571+00:00The Year in Between by Christina Morland - Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Christina%20Morland" target="_blank">Christina Morland</a></b> to the blog, and I am particularly happy about this for two reasons. Firstly, although I’ve reviewed two books that she has contributed to, the Quill Ink anthologies, <b><i><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/02/elizabeth-obstinate-headstrong-girl.html" target="_blank">Elizabeth: Obstinate, HeadstrongGirl</a></i></b> and <b><i><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2019/11/dangerous-to-know-jane-austens-rakes.html" target="_blank">Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen&#39;s Rakes &amp; Gentleman Rogues</a></i></b>, I haven’t had the pleasure of welcoming her to Babblings of Bookworm until now.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">The other reason that I’m pleased to be welcoming Christina is that although her latest book is Austenesque, it’s not based on <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i>, but <i>Sense &amp; Sensibility</i>, which is exciting, as there are so few stories based on S&amp;S. This story, <b><i>The Year in Between</i></b>, takes a look at a period right at the end of S&amp;S, where Elinor has married and before Marianne does. For those of you who like to immerse yourself in a nice long book I have the good news that this over 700 pages :)</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Let’s look at the blurb and then hand over to Christina for an excerpt, which I think you will really enjoy. She’s also offering a giveaway to a commenter on this blog post.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjbQqFqpOPo/YCHb51Cz3NI/AAAAAAAAFNc/0hK013ih9y8VONl_XScp5ISsiQtckjNHgCNcBGAsYHQ/s1250/Year%2Bin%2BBetween%2BCover%2BEdited.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: The Year in Between by Christina Morland" border="0" data-original-height="1250" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjbQqFqpOPo/YCHb51Cz3NI/AAAAAAAAFNc/0hK013ih9y8VONl_XScp5ISsiQtckjNHgCNcBGAsYHQ/w205-h320/Year%2Bin%2BBetween%2BCover%2BEdited.jpg" title="Book Cover: The Year in Between by Christina Morland" width="205"></a></b></div><b>Book Description</b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Marianne Dashwood was &quot;born to an extraordinary fate...to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favorite maxims&quot; (Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility</i>). After Willoughby&#39;s betrayal, how did Marianne learn to see Colonel Brandon—and herself—in a new light? And how did Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars fare during their first year of marriage?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">The Year in Between</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"> explores the untold year in the last chapter of <i>Sense and Sensibility</i>. Whether you know Austen&#39;s novel well, or this is your first introduction to Elinor, Marianne, Edward, and Brandon, I invite you to visit Delaford, where friendship, love, and all the challenges that come with these gifts abound.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Please note: <i>The Year in Between </i>is a novel that I hope affirms the beauty of love, community, friendship, and family. However, there is at least one storyline that may cause distress in readers who have experienced loss. (There are no graphic descriptions of violence or sex in this novel, if those are areas of concern for you.) If you would like specific details before continuing to read, please visit my author biography on Amazon or the Author&#39;s Note in the opening pages of the book. <a href="https://christinamorland.wordpress.com/books-books-never-enough-books/for-readers-of-the-year-in-between/" target="_blank">A link to more information</a> is included in both locations.<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/02/the-year-in-between-by-christina.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com55tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-79264223377859146942021-02-04T07:00:00.001+00:002021-02-04T07:00:06.702+00:00Lover's Meeting by Catherine Lodge - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ova6g_MUnjM/YBtC1z1_gxI/AAAAAAAAFMc/oWAw8zrxVvQzrGeDbGO4RcfkX1qsOsejwCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Lovers%2BMeeting%2Bcover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Lover&#39;s Meeting by Catherine Lodge" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ova6g_MUnjM/YBtC1z1_gxI/AAAAAAAAFMc/oWAw8zrxVvQzrGeDbGO4RcfkX1qsOsejwCNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/Lovers%2BMeeting%2Bcover.jpg" title="Book Cover: Lover&#39;s Meeting by Catherine Lodge" width="213"></a></div>I’m really happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Catherine%20Lodge" target="_blank">Catherine Lodge</a></b> back to the blog with her new <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation, <b><i>Lover’s Meeting </i></b>.I can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since her last visit, with <i>Fair Stands the Wind</i>, it seems like yesterday!<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Let&#39;s look at the blurb and then I&#39;ll share an excerpt of Lover&#39;s Meeting with you. There&#39;s also an ebook giveaway, so read on for more details.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">‘Journeys end in lovers’ meetings, every wise man’s son doth know.’</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"> — William Shakespeare</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">It is a truth universally acknowledged that the disastrous first meeting of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly provided each with a ready-made set of prejudices to apply to the other. But when a horrific rural accident reveals Darcy to be a man of active, intelligent benevolence, and Elizabeth, in the absence of her appalling family, to be an extraordinary lady of courage and decision—then surely the course of true love will run smoothly.   </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">But alas, the lovers’ meeting is not the end but a new beginning. For though they have found each other, a seeming multitude of complications—a catastrophic flood, the last wishes of a dying friend, Lydia’s misfortunes, a dastardly Member of Parliament, and even their own fears— contrives to come between them and their ‘journey’s end.’</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/02/lovers-meeting-by-catherine-lodge-blog.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com37tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-88522642002350717222021-02-01T07:00:00.001+00:002021-02-01T07:00:04.511+00:00Nine Ladies by Heather Moll - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jiIMND6vgo4/YBdBXZayr8I/AAAAAAAAFL8/2dFK6X8njzw-QP75L7RDGts1KPsbzR_nQCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/NineLadies_EBOOK_FINAL20201111.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Nine Ladies by Heather Moll" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jiIMND6vgo4/YBdBXZayr8I/AAAAAAAAFL8/2dFK6X8njzw-QP75L7RDGts1KPsbzR_nQCNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/NineLadies_EBOOK_FINAL20201111.jpg" title="Book Cover: Nine Ladies by Heather Moll" width="213"></a></div>I’m really happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Heather%20Moll" target="_blank">Heather Moll</a></b> back to the blog. Heather has a new <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation out! <b><i>Nine Ladies</i></b> is a variation featuring time travel. I’ll share the blurb with you and then hand over to Heather for an excerpt from the book. There’s also the opportunity to win an ebook. Read on for more details.<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Body" style="margin-top: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">The Darcy family has grudgingly kept the secret about the power contained within a nearby stone circle called Nine Ladies. Fitzwilliam Darcy is forced to contend with this secret when a young woman from the future appears at Pemberley. Until the opinionated stranger can return to when she belongs, Darcy is responsible not only for her safety, but also for ensuring that nothing she does threatens Pemberley’s well-being.</span></p> <p class="Body" style="margin-top: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Elizabeth Bennet has returned to England to take care of her estranged father, and her life was off track long before she walked into that stone circle at sunset. She quickly discovers that, as a poor and single woman, she’ll have to rely on the arrogant Mr. Darcy. She tries her best to survive in the nineteenth-century until she can return home but, as she and Darcy grow closer, the truth she knows about his and Pemberley</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">s bleak future becomes harder to keep.</span></p> <p class="Body" style="margin-top: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">How can Darcy and Elizabeth overcome 200 years of differences in this era-spanning love story?</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <span></span><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/02/nine-ladies-by-heather-moll-blog-tour.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com54tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-89972949753444583542021-01-25T07:00:00.001+00:002021-01-25T07:00:02.537+00:00Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again by Elaine Jeremiah - Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7J-ZdZcaAL0/YA36wi1LVyI/AAAAAAAAFK8/ukBQpSZivgw0QXu8GthRMEDFBcQwIP8EQCNcBGAsYHQ/s800/Elizabeth%2Band%2BDarcy%2BBeginning%2BAgain%2Bcover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again by Elaine Jeremiah" border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="500" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7J-ZdZcaAL0/YA36wi1LVyI/AAAAAAAAFK8/ukBQpSZivgw0QXu8GthRMEDFBcQwIP8EQCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h320/Elizabeth%2Band%2BDarcy%2BBeginning%2BAgain%2Bcover.jpg" title="Book Cover: Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again by Elaine Jeremiah" width="200"></a></div>I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Elaine%20Jeremiah" target="_blank">Elaine Jeremiah</a></b> back to the blog today. Elaine has joined us with her new <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation, <b><i>Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again</i></b>. She has an excerpt for us to enjoy, plus she’s also offering a giveaway for two lucky commenters on the post. Let’s look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Elaine.<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Little does Elizabeth Bennet think the journey across muddy fields from her home at Longbourn to Netherfield Park will change her life forever.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">But an unexpected encounter with the proud and haughty Mr Darcy leaves her injured and vulnerable. Worse still, she is left alone with him for a significant amount of time. Her reputation at risk, she is forced to make a decision about her future. Now her life will never be the same again.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Can Elizabeth ever be happy? Or will she always loathe Mr Darcy?<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/01/elizabeth-and-darcy-beginning-again-by.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com59tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-53694862201783627242021-01-18T07:00:00.006+00:002021-01-18T07:00:05.113+00:00Determination by C P Odom - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GSyRrNYwsvQ/YAS8KhiG1jI/AAAAAAAAFJk/GWfY0uQ_txAGhOKTDvrd4S8cC-quhoTswCNcBGAsYHQ/s1200/Determination%2BBT%2BBanner%2BHorz%2BM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Blog Tour: Determination by C P Odom" border="0" data-original-height="802" data-original-width="1200" height="134" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GSyRrNYwsvQ/YAS8KhiG1jI/AAAAAAAAFJk/GWfY0uQ_txAGhOKTDvrd4S8cC-quhoTswCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h134/Determination%2BBT%2BBanner%2BHorz%2BM.jpg" title="Blog Tour: Determination by C P Odom" width="200"></a></span></div><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/C%20P%20Odom" target="_blank">C P Odom</a></b> back to Babblings of a Bookworm with his latest book, <b><i>Determination</i></b>. This is a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation with a lot of Colonel Fitzwilliam by the sound of it, which I know will please a lot of people. Meryton Press are also offering a giveaway to accompany the blog tour. Read on for an excerpt of <b><i>Determination</i></b>and details on how to enter to win an ebook.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJXvLnFeu70/YAS8bqdcKrI/AAAAAAAAFJs/wRFiWnxuf_YwJRX8fQ9Flx__6pv4336IwCNcBGAsYHQ/s1125/Determination%2BFinal%2BFC%2Bwobld%2B010921%2BS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Determination by C P Odom" border="0" data-original-height="1125" data-original-width="750" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJXvLnFeu70/YAS8bqdcKrI/AAAAAAAAFJs/wRFiWnxuf_YwJRX8fQ9Flx__6pv4336IwCNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/Determination%2BFinal%2BFC%2Bwobld%2B010921%2BS.jpg" title="Book Cover: Determination by C P Odom" width="213"></a></span></b></div><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif">“Love at first sight” was, in the considered opinion of Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, simply a laughable concept, not one that occurred in real life. Certainly not in the life of an experienced man-of-the-world such as himself.</span><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">This was so patently obvious, based on his own experiences and observations, that he had given it little thought. It was, after all, a fanciful concept emanating from the new romantic literature written exclusively for the diversion of the fairer sex. In fact, until he observed the smitten nature of his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, he would not have been certain that such an emotion as true, fervent love existed at all. Marriage was a matter of money, social standing, and property, an arrangement far too critical to be influenced by transitory emotional attachments.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">But his cousin had become quite besotted with a lovely but quite penniless daughter of a Hertfordshire gentleman and had determined that he must make her his wife. Unfortunately, due to his emotions overcoming his normal good judgement, he had made an incredible botch of his offer of marriage. It should have been a simple affair to accomplish, given his wealth and position, but he had bungled it badly, and Fitzwilliam had dutifully set about trying to untangle the muddled threads of his affections for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Then his own world became almost as chaotic when he made the accidental acquaintance of Miss Jane Bennet, Elizabeth’s beloved elder sister. Seized by emotions he would have previously deemed impossible for such a level-headed person as himself, he found himself facing a commander of a regiment of His Majesty’s Dragoons, he faced different but equally substantial obstacles as his cousin. Only a man of true determination would be able to find a path through such impassible, thorny undergrowth.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <span style="font-family: arial;"></span><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/01/determination-by-c-p-odom-blog-tour.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com68tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-45058400230368054912021-01-11T07:00:00.001+00:002021-01-11T07:00:00.947+00:00Fallen by Jessie Lewis - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z4lL7m2N0X4/X_uEFgYWnLI/AAAAAAAAFIk/9AosWfIMGQkCblC17747r2qn_zJCjhecwCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Jessie%2BLewis_Fallen_eBook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Fallen by Jessie Lewis" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1280" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z4lL7m2N0X4/X_uEFgYWnLI/AAAAAAAAFIk/9AosWfIMGQkCblC17747r2qn_zJCjhecwCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h320/Jessie%2BLewis_Fallen_eBook.jpg" title="Book cover: Fallen by Jessie Lewis" width="200"></a></div>I’m very happy to be welcoming <b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Jessie%20Lewis" target="_blank">Jessie Lewis</a></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> back to the blog with the blog tour for her latest </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> variation, </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><b>Fallen</b></i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">, which is released today. Let’s take a look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Jessie for an excerpt from the book. Quills and Quartos are also offering a giveaway of an ebook of </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><b>Fallen</b></i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> to a commenter on this blog post. Read on for details.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 10.5pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"><em><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The air was all gone, and coldness overtook her, as though she had fallen into icy water and was sinking into the blackness. Her stomach churned, as it was wont to do these days. He would not marry her. She was ruined.</span></em><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="background: white; margin: 0cm 0cm 10.5pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">THE ARRIVAL OF TWO ELIGIBLE GENTLEMEN at Netherfield Park sends ripples of excitement through nearby Meryton. But Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy are not the only additions to the neighbourhood raising eyebrows. An unremarkable cottage in the woods between Netherfield and Meryton also has new tenants. One of them—a lively little girl with an adventurous spirit, a love of the outdoors, and a past shrouded in mystery—draws the notice of more than one local.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 10.5pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> </p><p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">ELIZABETH BENNET—YOUNG, INTELLIGENT, and UNFASHIONABLY INDEPENDENT—forms a poor first impression of the haughty Mr Darcy. On closer acquaintance, and against her better judgment, her disgust begins to give way to more tender feelings. Yet standing in the way of any potential romance is the closely guarded history of a certain little girl in a cottage in the woods. Elizabeth might be ready to disclose her hidden affections, but she is about to learn that some things are better kept secret, and some hearts are safer left untouched.<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2021/01/fallen-by-jessie-lewis-blog-tour.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com42tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-49117362165925598702021-01-01T20:55:00.001+00:002021-01-01T20:55:58.668+00:00Review of 2020 – My Pick of the Year<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VRLvv67vrqw/X--CbjXC6dI/AAAAAAAAFH8/Um-JlkchH6I5Q9XKT_80I2wNJRB9giWQQCNcBGAsYHQ/s618/4s9bet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Bye bye 2020" border="0" data-original-height="499" data-original-width="618" height="161" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VRLvv67vrqw/X--CbjXC6dI/AAAAAAAAFH8/Um-JlkchH6I5Q9XKT_80I2wNJRB9giWQQCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h161/4s9bet.jpg" title="Buh bye 2020" width="200" /></a></div>Happy New Year to you all! 2020 was really quite a year, wasn’t it! Unprecedented in so many ways. While New Year’s Eve is never an event I look forward to (because deep down I want to go to one of those huge, swanky 1980s parties that you see in films, like the one in <i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">When Harry Met Sally</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">) I actually love the New Year itself, as it’s such a time for reflection and hope for the future.</span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">I found 2020 a mixed bag because on the one hand it was very trying; the stress, the worry about one of us potentially catching Covid and becoming really ill, the home-schooling, the isolation, the worry about the potential effect on my kids’ mental health from being away from school for months, all took a burden on my mental energy. Like many people, I spent the majority of the year feeling like a wrung out dishcloth! I also found working at home while the kids were homeworking really difficult, so hard to concentrate! This meant by the end of the day I was pretty much only good for zombie time in front of the television.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">On the other hand, I don’t think I have ever had a year when I have spent so much time feeling grateful for what I have – mine and my family’s continued good health, our lovely home, the fact that I have a job which continued to employ me right through the pandemic and allowed me to stay at home, meaning that I didn’t have to send my children to the hub schools for keyworkers. I was so grateful for the company of my family too, that I wasn’t living alone. Although I became sick and tired of walking in my local area, I also appreciated that we have green space close to where we live to walk around. So, although I found 2020 taxing I also found it a very rewarding year in some ways.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">However, one way in which 2020 was entirely dreadful was the effect on my reading. If I am stressed I find it difficult to immerse myself in the written word. My audio reading time was cut overnight to pretty much zero as I used to listen on my commute and during solo lunchtime walks in my work lunch hour, and I lost both of those times. I didn’t get anywhere near my modest reading target for 2020. This is something that I need to rectify in 2021, I want to read more this year.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Although I didn’t get anywhere near as much reading done as I wanted, in terms of quality of reading, I was lucky, because the books I did get to read were good ones! So here’s my pick of the year:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWt9R_uz1EA/Xhe3N__1ugI/AAAAAAAAEYw/zVsceiLLDuAomweCsxbINOuMfJjb04RagCPcBGAYYCw/s1280/image3.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Thaw by Anniina Sjöblom" border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="853" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWt9R_uz1EA/Xhe3N__1ugI/AAAAAAAAEYw/zVsceiLLDuAomweCsxbINOuMfJjb04RagCPcBGAYYCw/w133-h200/image3.jpeg" title="Book cover: Thaw by Anniina Sjöblom" width="133" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">First up was </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i>Thaw</i></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> by <b>Anniina Sjöblom</b>. This is a forced marriage scenario which diverges early on from </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. Here, Elizabeth marries Mr Darcy after a compromise, which was entirely innocent. It’s told in the form of letters from the new Mrs Darcy to various people, and we see her icy relationship with her husband begin to ‘thaw’. I thought this was a wonderfully charming story, and you can read <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/01/blog-tour-and-giveaway-thaw-by-anniina.html" target="_blank">my 5 star review of it here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pQ7-SHaUuSg/XlBg8wuBMfI/AAAAAAAAEeE/3jm5BTvlDWM0GSln-ehwyLE3m4jknBOIwCPcBGAYYCw/s2048/1932%2B%25284%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: 1932: Pride &amp; Prejudice Revisited by Karen M Cox" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1282" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pQ7-SHaUuSg/XlBg8wuBMfI/AAAAAAAAEeE/3jm5BTvlDWM0GSln-ehwyLE3m4jknBOIwCPcBGAYYCw/w125-h200/1932%2B%25284%2529.jpg" title="Book cover: 1932: Pride &amp; Prejudice Revisited by Karen M Cox" width="125" /></a></div>My next 5 star read was <b><i>1932: Pride &amp; Prejudice Revisited</i></b> by <b>Karen M Cox</b>. This was the second edition of the book, and it’s had a number of improvements to an already excellent story. This is a P&amp;P inspired story set in 1932 in Kentucky. Mr Darcy is a well-to-do farmer, and the Bennets have moved to the same town, having fallen on hard times. The thing I probably enjoyed most about this story is Mr Darcy, who first manages to delude himself as to his feelings, and then lets his pride get in the way. You can read <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/02/1932-pride-prejudice-revisited-2nd.html" target="_blank">my full review of the second edition of<i>1932</i> here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></i></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><i><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rrkm-73cE84/XrbINg3rUII/AAAAAAAAEmQ/2e-AAC6g-XwyEGVtFOYMOsJ-CL5iVWyKQCPcBGAYYCw/s689/MissAustenUKCover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby" border="0" data-original-height="689" data-original-width="440" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rrkm-73cE84/XrbINg3rUII/AAAAAAAAEmQ/2e-AAC6g-XwyEGVtFOYMOsJ-CL5iVWyKQCPcBGAYYCw/w127-h200/MissAustenUKCover.jpg" title="Book cover: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby" width="127" /></a></i></b></div><b><i>Miss Austen</i></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">by <b>Gill Hornby</b> is a story about Jane Austen’s elder sister Cassandra. This lady, as you may know, undertook an editing of the documents left after Austen’s death. In this story we see Cassandra visiting a family connection in order to try and get hold of letters that Jane would have sent some 20 years ago before they are re-discovered. While finding the letters Cassandra looks back at the events laid out in the letters. I absolutely loved this story, and heartily recommend it as a 5 star read. You can <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/05/miss-austen-by-gill-hornby-review.html" target="_blank">read my review of <i>Miss Austen</i>here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YW0r-wkKAiU/X00dibYzCfI/AAAAAAAAE3w/pzGuuefJzwYoM5kqDRZFDLSQNwNtgOZqACPcBGAYYCw/s2048/Sanctuary%2Bvol%2B1%2Bebook%2Bcover%2B.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Sanctuary Part 1 by Cat Andrews" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YW0r-wkKAiU/X00dibYzCfI/AAAAAAAAE3w/pzGuuefJzwYoM5kqDRZFDLSQNwNtgOZqACPcBGAYYCw/w133-h200/Sanctuary%2Bvol%2B1%2Bebook%2Bcover%2B.jpg" title="Book cover: Sanctuary Part 1 by Cat Andrews" width="133" /></a></div>Now for a complete change of scene – modern times in New England! <b><i>Sanctuary</i></b>by <b>Cat Andrews</b> is a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> flavoured modern read rather than adhering closely to the plot of P&amp;P. It tells the story of two people who have been hurt by life in different ways and have moved to an island off the coast of Maine for a fresh start. Elizabeth Bennet moved there to make a new life after the end of an abusive marriage, Will Darcy and his son Jack are making a new start after the death of Jack’s mother. It’s a story in 3 parts. You can see my <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/08/sanctuary-volume-1-by-cat-andrews-guest.html" target="_blank">5 star review of the first part of <i>Sanctuary</i> here</a>. I read all three books but haven’t posted reviews of part 2 and 3 yet.<o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1RlQGhiUQ9E/X3-lbysiUQI/AAAAAAAAE7k/sIzMe5Q0ANIHf4J0YA064plRZICR94hiACPcBGAYYCw/s1280/KDP_Amy%2BDOazio_A%2BWilful%2BMisunderstanding_eBook.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: A Wilful Misunderstanding by Amy D'Orazio" border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="800" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1RlQGhiUQ9E/X3-lbysiUQI/AAAAAAAAE7k/sIzMe5Q0ANIHf4J0YA064plRZICR94hiACPcBGAYYCw/w125-h200/KDP_Amy%2BDOazio_A%2BWilful%2BMisunderstanding_eBook.jpeg" title="Book cover: A Wilful Misunderstanding by Amy D'Orazio" width="125" /></a></div>The last of my 5 star reads in 2020 was <b>Amy D’Orazio</b>’s <b><i>A Wilful Misunderstanding</i></b> which is a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation. Here Elizabeth and Darcy didn’t get off to a bad start, but instead married after a whirlwind romance. When doubts are planted in Darcy’s mind about his wife’s fidelity a rupture is caused between the couple. When they meet again a few years later there is a lot of lost ground to be made up. This is a story with a good pinch of angst which kept me glued to the page! You can read my <a href="https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/3060237114571991862/4911736216592559870#" target="_blank">review of the story here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3_DaXX2q8U/XlcgiIthSFI/AAAAAAAAEfU/U8j4ob8JyqkLU0Op8_SQYOyr9ue8C_GxQCPcBGAYYCw/s2048/Elizabeth_Obstinate%2528ebook1.9%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl anthology edited by Christina Boyd" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3_DaXX2q8U/XlcgiIthSFI/AAAAAAAAEfU/U8j4ob8JyqkLU0Op8_SQYOyr9ue8C_GxQCPcBGAYYCw/w133-h200/Elizabeth_Obstinate%2528ebook1.9%2529.jpg" title="Book cover: Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl anthology edited by Christina Boyd" width="133" /></a></div>Given that my concentration wasn’t up to much in 2020, the anthology <b><i>Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl</i></b> made for nice, small reading chunks. This anthology brought together short stories from some of my favourite Austenesque authors, edited by <b>Christina Boyd</b>. They were all inspired by the heroine of P&amp;P. Some explored variations on Austen’s story, others took Elizabeth to another time. You can read <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/02/elizabeth-obstinate-headstrong-girl.html" target="_blank">my 4½ star review of the anthology here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fA4-Q_1TvDM/XoEsk8XYtBI/AAAAAAAAEhk/kwtQUp4bRXoRloYZNhrd_hsDuT4WsjiVwCPcBGAYYCw/s1280/Lucy%2BMarin_Being%2BMrs%2BDarcy_eBook_KDP.JPEG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Being Mrs Darcy by Lucy Marin" border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="800" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fA4-Q_1TvDM/XoEsk8XYtBI/AAAAAAAAEhk/kwtQUp4bRXoRloYZNhrd_hsDuT4WsjiVwCPcBGAYYCw/w125-h200/Lucy%2BMarin_Being%2BMrs%2BDarcy_eBook_KDP.JPEG" title="Book cover: Being Mrs Darcy by Lucy Marin" width="125" /></a></div>I love a forced marriage scenario, and <b><i>Being Mrs Darcy</i></b> by <b>Lucy Marin</b> is a fresh take on it. So often Mr Darcy is madly in love and Elizabeth hates him. Here, the couple meet earlier, when Georgiana visits Ramsgate. Impulsively intervening in a twilight meeting of Georgiana and Mr Wickham, Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are strangers, forced to marry. You can <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/03/being-mrs-darcy-by-lucy-marin-review.html" target="_blank">read my 4½ star review here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-neUDsrWwaV8/XtC_GOafbNI/AAAAAAAAEoo/nUSGsaXwlgUmmAxk5oSStAZ_cnCFQU11wCPcBGAYYCw/s472/DisenchantedCover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Disenchanted by Kara Pleasants" border="0" data-original-height="472" data-original-width="318" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-neUDsrWwaV8/XtC_GOafbNI/AAAAAAAAEoo/nUSGsaXwlgUmmAxk5oSStAZ_cnCFQU11wCPcBGAYYCw/w135-h200/DisenchantedCover.jpg" title="Book cover: Disenchanted by Kara Pleasants" width="135" /></a></div>With <b>Kara Pleasants’</b> <b><i>Disenchanted</i></b> we find ourselves in a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation set in a world where magic exists! I loved how magic was intertwined with several of the events and characters of P&amp;P, and there are also some mysteries to unravel. This was a 4½ star read for me, and you can <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/05/disenchanted-by-kara-pleasants-review.html" target="_blank">read my review here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TrdtvEshp08/XvBgrsWKG4I/AAAAAAAAEsk/mXjMOt121yMHABPs-v-VX-8a1k2_nS08ACPcBGAYYCw/s2048/Book%2Bcover%2Bof%2BThe%2BJane%2BAusten%2BSociety.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1347" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TrdtvEshp08/XvBgrsWKG4I/AAAAAAAAEsk/mXjMOt121yMHABPs-v-VX-8a1k2_nS08ACPcBGAYYCw/w131-h200/Book%2Bcover%2Bof%2BThe%2BJane%2BAusten%2BSociety.jpg" width="131" /></a></div>In another change of scene, <b><i>The Jane Austen Society</i></b> by<b> Natalie Jenner</b> takes us to Chawton, Jane Austen’s last home, just after WWII. In this story, a group of otherwise disparate people are brought together by their love of Austen in order to save her home for future generations. This was a story that really drew me in. You can <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/06/the-jane-austen-society-by-natalie.html" target="_blank">read my 4½ star review of it here</a>. If you choose to read it and like the audio format, please note that the audio of this book is narrated by Richard Armitage!<o:p></o:p><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vfD4rfv-CJM/Xuah-kAcE9I/AAAAAAAAErE/6P9OLo-tIpAX3E3OLj6YLSQlWKmzdhxnwCPcBGAYYCw/s2048/A%2BTimely%2BElopement_JStarnes_Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: A Timely Elopement by Joana Starnes" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vfD4rfv-CJM/Xuah-kAcE9I/AAAAAAAAErE/6P9OLo-tIpAX3E3OLj6YLSQlWKmzdhxnwCPcBGAYYCw/w133-h200/A%2BTimely%2BElopement_JStarnes_Copy.jpg" title="Book cover: A Timely Elopement by Joana Starnes" width="133" /></a></div>The last of my pick of the year is <b><i>A Timely Elopement</i></b> by <b>Joana Starnes</b>which picks up at Hunsford Parsonage. Mr Darcy is proposing, but just as Elizabeth is about to reply they are interrupted by the news of an elopement and the story takes a turn. This was a lovely story, which took turns that I wasn’t expecting, always refreshing in the a variation of P&amp;P when you have read so many! I rated this as a 4½ star read and <a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/06/a-timely-elopement-by-joana-starnes.html" target="_blank">you can read my review here</a>.<o:p></o:p><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">So, this is my pick of 2020! I recommend each and every one of these books to you if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading them already. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">How was your 2020? Please let me know in the comments! If you’d like to recommend one of your 2020 reads to please do! I have a rough idea of some of the books I’d like to read in 2021, but I am always open to suggestions!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="background: white; color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Note about comments:&nbsp;</span></b><span style="background: white; color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">If you have any problems adding your comment please</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://psikologlarburda.com/p/about-me.html" target="_blank">contact me</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">and I will add your comment for you :)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Also, if you're on Goodreads and you'd like to join an Austenesque readers' group, Sophia Rose has set up a group for 2021, the&nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1136418-austen-lovers-tbr-challenge-2021?" target="_blank">Austen Lovers TBR Challenge 2021</a></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. It's a lovely, welcoming group, but you will find your to be read list growing rather than shrinking!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">* * *</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If you don’t want to miss any of my future posts, please subscribe</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><b><a href="https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=BabblingsOfABookworm" target="_blank">Subscribe to Babblings of a Bookworm</a></b><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If you'd like to be friends on Goodreads then please <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14329971-ceri" target="_blank">invite me</a></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;- just say that you visit my blog when it asks why you'd like to be friends with me.</span></p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><p></p>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com42tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-73598557590005373902020-12-16T08:44:00.000+00:002020-12-16T08:44:00.241+00:00Unexpected Gifts by Maria Grace - Guest Post and Excerpt<p><span style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ahgqIE5DdWA/X9nFAD4QoHI/AAAAAAAAFGo/-Vo41CQzpc0-XvSs_mFuK5dhU8hFnE0bgCPcBGAYYCw/s2048/Unexpected%2Bgifts2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Unexpected Gifts by Maria Grace" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1271" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ahgqIE5DdWA/X9nFAD4QoHI/AAAAAAAAFGo/-Vo41CQzpc0-XvSs_mFuK5dhU8hFnE0bgCPcBGAYYCw/w199-h320/Unexpected%2Bgifts2.jpg" title="Book cover: Unexpected Gifts by Maria Grace" width="199"></a></span></div><span style="font-family: arial;">I’m happy to welcome <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Maria%20Grace" target="_blank">Maria Grace</a></b> back to Babblings of a Bookworm with a festive offering. <i><b>Unexpected Gifts</b></i> is a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> sequel set at Christmas time. One thing I love about Christmas and the run up to New Year is the feeling of optimism and hope. I am an unabashed optimist and the New Year always seems to me to be a good chance for a fresh start. </span><p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;">Maria Grace joins us today with an excerpt of <b><i>Unexpected Gifts</i></b>, which she will introduce, but first I will share the blurb with you.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><b>Book Description</b></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;">Yuletide 1814, the Darcys are celebrating their third wedding anniversary and the baby Elizabeth is expecting. Overprotective and perhaps overbearing, Darcy is ready to do anything for Elizabeth’s comfort, including defying the will of his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh who demands their presence to bestow a gift that absolutely cannot wait.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;">What sort of gift is so urgent it cannot wait for a more auspicious time?</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;">Christmastide 1815, the Darcys hope for a particular sort of joy to bring a close to a dark and difficult season. It only seems fitting that an unexpected—and unwelcome—guest disrupts their small family house party. Could the unexpected gift they bring be the key to the fulfillment of the Darcys’ most heartfelt desires?</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/12/unexpected-gifts-by-maria-grace-guest.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-53676288520736566902020-12-11T15:23:00.001+00:002020-12-11T15:23:12.636+00:00Plots, Ploys, and the Art of Matchmaking by Sarah Courtney - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-es2-oq5kzoI/X9K-YfDMINI/AAAAAAAAFFs/jNLfQKGPLpYJJUnu6-cZOZCCySRsMwR8gCNcBGAsYHQ/s475/PPatAoM%2BCover.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Plots, Ploys, and the Art of Matchmaking by Sarah Courtney" border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="291" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-es2-oq5kzoI/X9K-YfDMINI/AAAAAAAAFFs/jNLfQKGPLpYJJUnu6-cZOZCCySRsMwR8gCNcBGAsYHQ/w196-h320/PPatAoM%2BCover.jpg" title="Book cover: Plots, Ploys, and the Art of Matchmaking by Sarah Courtney" width="196"></a></span></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming <b>Sarah Courtney</b> back to the blog with a post about her new book, a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> variation called <b><i>Plots, Ploys, and the Art of Matchmaking</i></b>. Sarah has brought us a guest post, excerpt and giveaway. Let’s look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Sarah.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">When Darcy’s eccentric uncle Lord Matlock arrives in Meryton for a visit with his old friend Mr. Bennet, nobody can escape their mischief. From locked doors to misdirected carriages, Matlock and Bennet wreak havoc on inhabitants of Longbourn and Netherfield alike.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Darcy and Elizabeth fall prey to their relations&#39; schemes more than once, but they firmly resist any matchmaking efforts. Darcy knows his value in the marriage market and has no intention of marrying beneath him. Elizabeth could never marry such a pompous bore. But their pride and prejudice become a lot harder to maintain when they find themselves trapped alone together.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Will Matlock and Bennet succeed in making matches for all of Meryton—except the two stubborn fools they know belong together?</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">This sweet comedic variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is 73,000 words of mischief and matchmaking.</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/12/plots-ploys-and-art-of-matchmaking-by.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com36tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-34309207641590111852020-12-07T07:00:00.001+00:002020-12-07T07:00:07.483+00:00Port and Proposals by Mark Brownlow - Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpfeMAIHT7Y/X81YVbssqGI/AAAAAAAAFEo/gEcGlq8O-CQVDYPH6EdWElAQY3Lv87s2gCNcBGAsYHQ/s507/Option1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Picture of Book: Port &amp; Proposals by Mark Brownlow" border="0" data-original-height="283" data-original-width="507" height="179" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpfeMAIHT7Y/X81YVbssqGI/AAAAAAAAFEo/gEcGlq8O-CQVDYPH6EdWElAQY3Lv87s2gCNcBGAsYHQ/w320-h179/Option1.jpg" title="Picture of Book: Port &amp; Proposals by Mark Brownlow" width="320"></a></div>Today I’m delighted to be welcoming <b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Mark Brownlow </b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">back to the blog with the blog tour for his new book, </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i>Port &amp; Proposals</i></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. This can be read stand-alone but is a sequel to </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i>Cake &amp; Courtship</i></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">, a book that focuses on Mr Bennet from </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Cake &amp; Courtship</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> has the reader accompany Mr Bennet up until Elizabeth goes to Kent, and we spend the rest of the timeline of </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">with him in </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Port &amp; Proposals</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">I’ll share the blurb with you, and then hand over to Mark for a guest post and excerpt from <i style="font-weight: bold;">Port &amp; Proposals</i>.<i style="font-weight: bold;"> </i>He’s also offering an ebook giveaway to a commenter on the post.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">All Mr Bennet wants to do is read books, eat cake, and study butterflies. But life has other plans for him in this Regency tale of love, regret, and second chances.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Family troubles and a promise to his middle daughter, Mary, force our father of five out of his library to deal with reticent bachelors, stubborn curates, and glib officers. Though his greatest challenge may be to face up to a past he cannot seem to forget.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Mark Brownlow presents a <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> variation full of Mr Bennet&#39;s wit and wisdom that plays out against the backdrop of Vols II and III of Jane Austen’s famous novel.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Although a standalone story, <b><i>Port and Proposals</i></b> is also the sequel to Brownlow&#39;s <b><i>Cake and Courtship</i></b>.</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/12/port-and-proposals-by-mark-brownlow.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com34tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-58279467342833207872020-11-30T23:55:00.001+00:002020-11-30T23:55:20.142+00:00Back to the Bonnet by Jennifer Duke - Excerpt and UK Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WUaWPT_oq0A/X8WFBEId02I/AAAAAAAAFDs/USD9W7Ucnl4SA6X4IleKioynD4aPDjmIwCNcBGAsYHQ/s1701/Back%2Bto%2Bthe%2BBonnet%2Bposter%2Bimage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Book promo picture: Back to the Bonnet by Jennifer Duke" border="0" data-original-height="1701" data-original-width="1129" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WUaWPT_oq0A/X8WFBEId02I/AAAAAAAAFDs/USD9W7Ucnl4SA6X4IleKioynD4aPDjmIwCNcBGAsYHQ/w212-h320/Back%2Bto%2Bthe%2BBonnet%2Bposter%2Bimage.jpg" title="Book promo picture: Back to the Bonnet by Jennifer Duke" width="212" /></a></div>Today I’m happy to be welcoming a new visitor to the blog, <b>Jennifer Duke</b>. Jennifer has written a <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i>-inspired book, called <b><i>Back to the Bonnet</i></b>.<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">This book is a Mary Bennet-focussed book which gives her a secret life, including time travel. Sounds pretty wild! Let’s take a look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Jennifer for an excerpt from <b><i>Back to the Bonnet</i></b>. Jennifer is also offering a UK ebook giveaway.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">“Oh really, Miss Mary!” He lowered his voice and leant closer. “Does convention hold you back? You who deny all conventions of time, twisting it from its proper course?”</span></i></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Matrimony is not a destiny that attracts plain but clever Miss Mary Bennet.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">With her family’s fortunes threatened by their own foolish mistakes, deceptive rogues and the inconvenience of male heirs to her family home, the future looks unstable, even bleak. But Mary possesses a secret weapon . . . a bonnet that allows her to travel in time.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">In orchestrating events according to her own inclinations, Mary takes an unconventional route to protect her family from ruin. However, she is unprepared for the dark path down which duty and power will lead her.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><b>Excerpt from Volume One, Chapter Twelve - ‘Sermons &amp; Scandals’</b><o:p></o:p></span></u></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ww9PGqSpMMc/X8WFVhEectI/AAAAAAAAFD0/r84ziKWWrEQ2GVEc3TMFJqdgs32kef1iACNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Back%2Bto%2Bthe%2BBonnet%2Bfront%2Bcover%2Bimage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Back to the Bonnet by Jennifer Duke" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1327" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ww9PGqSpMMc/X8WFVhEectI/AAAAAAAAFD0/r84ziKWWrEQ2GVEc3TMFJqdgs32kef1iACNcBGAsYHQ/w207-h320/Back%2Bto%2Bthe%2BBonnet%2Bfront%2Bcover%2Bimage.jpg" title="Book cover: Back to the Bonnet by Jennifer Duke" width="207" /></a></div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Mr Chamberlayne bowed. <span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;">Will you do me the honour?”</span><p></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Thank you,” I whispered, placing my hand in his. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">It is most kind of you to ask me when there are so many other women to chuse from.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">But, my dear, there is no other Miss Mary Bennet.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As he led me down the dance, I made a small squeak, unable to hide my surprise.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">What is it? Did I tread on your toe?” he asked, before taking the hands of the lady next to me and turning about with her.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">My sister Lizzy,” I said, when he was opposite me once more. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">She</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">s dancing with Mr Darcy.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>He squinted over at them. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">What of it?”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To me, the look shared by Lizzy and Mr Darcy might either betray a mutual desire to partake in a duel or to make straight for Gretna Green. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">She always said she would never dance with him.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Women are always changing their minds about one thing or another,” he said, rolling his eyes. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Not at all like men.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I glared at him. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Lack of obstinacy is hardly a flaw. However, you won</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">t find me being so changeable.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Of course not,” he said, smile lines creasing at his eyes. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">You never change anything, do you?”</span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">I continued in conversation with him at supper and Charlotte came to sit opposite us.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">You surprise me, Miss Mary,” said Chamberlayne. He made to pour me wine but I placed my hand over the glass. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">I thought you would be an advocate of Mary Wollstonecraft</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="PT" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: PT;">s ideas.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">What I mean is that there are certain roles we adopt in society and certain boundaries within which we navigate that have been established for our own good and to ensure stability.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">You just want to be careful that a boundary does not become a noose,” he said.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Whatever do you . . .” my words trailed off as my attention was drawn to Mama who was toasting Jane</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">s good fortune with anyone who would clink glasses with her. Her boasts rang out across the room that Jane would soon be engaged to Mr Bingley and that this piece of good fortune would throw the rest of us into the way of other men of wealth. I clutched my cutlery, feeling the heat rise in my cheeks.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Chamberlayne glanced at her. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Can I serve you some chicken, Miss Mary?” he said, spearing a slice from the dish in front of him.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I ventured to look at Mr Bingley who, thankfully, appeared not to have heard Mama. Mr Darcy, on the other hand, was regarding her with an expression of unconcealed alarm. Lizzy, too, had gone quite red and even whispered to Mama in an attempt to prevent further inappropriate speeches of unfortunate volume. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I assumed that Lydia</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">s cheeks were merely rosy from the amount she had had to drink, rather than from any kind of embarrassment, for she chattered away merrily, holding out her glass to be refilled by an obliging officer.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">It is a most elegant room,” said Charlotte, taking in the high ceilings and fine windows. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Mr Bingley has found himself a most charming residence, do not you think?”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="NL" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: NL;">Indeed,</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">” said Chamberlayne, grasping the subject with enthusiasm. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Though I admire older buildings. Your house is Elizabethan, is it not, Mary?”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As I looked up from my plate, I realised that my friends were trying to draw me out of my mortification. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">It is.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">A manor built in the traditional E shape, for the queen,” said Charlotte.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="NL" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: NL;">Indeed,</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">” I said, </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">though I like to think of it as an M. It could be an M you know, if seen from another perspective.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">How whimsical! Is that because of your own name?” asked Chamberlayne.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">No. You see, at the age of six, when a historical book taught me that Queen Elizabeth had had her cousin Mary executed, I considered that, from another angle, the E shape might look like an M. So, in my mind, our house has been M shaped from that time, in solidarity with the unfortunate queen who lost her liberty and her birthright, followed by her head, of course.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Chamberlayne laughed. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">She did try to have Elizabeth assassinated, though.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I shrugged. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>When supper was cleared away and people began to get up from their seats and mingle about the room, Mr Bingley tapped his glass with a spoon.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">I should just like to thank you all, once again, for joining me at Netherfield this evening. I for one am having a most agreeable time.” A grin stretched across his face. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">All there is left for me to wish for is a song. The pianoforte awaits! Whom can we persuade to sing for us?”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The gathering had quietened to listen to Mr Bingley and the muteness continued in the general tentativeness that is generally felt when no one wishes to push themselves forward as the focus of attention. In the lull, a twittering of laughter could be heard. I looked towards a door which must have led to the small room with the paintings. There was another burst of giggling but louder this time.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Surely we can prevail upon somebody?” said Mr Bingley.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Miss Morris, a girl I did not know well, looked frantically about the room, then rushed over to open the door. The doorway framed the room inside like a theatre curtain drawn back to reveal a scene from a licentious play. Mr Denny sat in a too relaxed posture on the chaise longue and Lydia threw her arms about him and kissed him on the lips. Catching sight of their scandalised audience, Mr Denny moved Lydia aside.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Miss Morris, allow me to explain. I did not know that Miss Lydia was about to—”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="DE" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: DE;">We</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">re meant to be engaged!” wailed Miss Morris as she fled the room to the accompaniment of shocked gasps, piteous comments and accusations.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Mama had been struck into silence, which was quite something. Papa went white. Lizzy was crying with humiliation and Jane looked close to fainting when Miss Bingley swooped upon her saying, </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">You will get your family out of this house at once. At <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">once</i>, Miss Bennet.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Through the doorway I could see the painting of the woman holding the bonnet and the other standing behind. It seemed almost as though they were looking at me, willing me to do something.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="DE" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: DE;">We</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">re going.” Lizzy gripped my arm, frowning at me. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">Mary, I do not see how you can be smiling at a time like this. We need to leave. <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Now</i>.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Body" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Tearing my gaze from the portrait, I looked at Lizzy. </span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-ansi-language: AR-SA;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>“</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">I</span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span dir="RTL"></span><span dir="RTL"></span>’</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 150%;">ll get my bonnet.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><o:p>* * *&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CE_g8_xNwFg/X8WFlL0KNOI/AAAAAAAAFD8/KPT2k-brKMAXF_cLNkTBVCJ7SY4B_VtJwCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Jennifer%2BDuke%2Bimage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Author Jennifer Duke" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CE_g8_xNwFg/X8WFlL0KNOI/AAAAAAAAFD8/KPT2k-brKMAXF_cLNkTBVCJ7SY4B_VtJwCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h200/Jennifer%2BDuke%2Bimage.jpg" title="Author Jennifer Duke" width="200" /></a></b></div><b><br />Author Bio</b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Jennifer Duke grew up in Basingstoke - a town in Hampshire, England, which Jane Austen visited for shopping and balls when her family lived in the nearby village of Steventon. Loving stories from a very early age and being the second of four sisters, Jennifer delighted in reading stories to her younger siblings.</span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br /><br /><span style="background: white;">She went to Bath Spa University to study English Literature with Creative Writing and gained a 2:1, later going on to achieve a distinction for her MA in English Literature at Oxford Brookes University.</span><br /><br /><span style="background: white;">She has had many jobs - including coffee barista, trainee English teacher, nursery nurse, nanny, housekeeper and dog walker - but kept returning to writing fiction.</span><br /><br /><span style="background: white;">A longstanding love of Jane Austen's novels led to her first published novel <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Back to the Bonnet</i>.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">As well as writing, she is interested in mindfulness, environmental issues and painting. She loves animals, history, art, travel and being out in nature. Currently, she is working on a fantasy novel inspired by ancient art at Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in the south of France, a story set 35,000 years ago - a slight change from Regency England! She also has plans to write a post World War Two romance inspired by <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Jane Eyre</i>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Back to the Bonnet</span></i><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"> is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook formats.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">You are cordially invited to sign up to Jennifer Duke’s newsletter via her website homepage or contact page.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><b><span style="background: white; color: #111111; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Website:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="background: white;"><a href="https://www.jennifer-duke.com/">jennifer-duke.com</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55296314-back-to-the-bonnet" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Goodreads page</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<span style="background: white; 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Include ‘UK’ in the ‘last name’ box; if you are a UK resident, and you will be automatically entered into the giveaway.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">A winner will be selected at random on 12th December and contacted shortly afterwards to arrange the receiving of their free eBook.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Even if you are not based in the UK Jennifer would love for you to sign up for the newsletter, so she can keep in touch with you about future giveaways and offers!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="background: white; color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Note about comments:&nbsp;</span></b><span style="background: white; color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"> If you have any problems adding your comment please</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://psikologlarburda.com/p/about-me.html" target="_blank">contact me</a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">&nbsp;and I will add your comment for you :)<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">* * *</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If you don’t want to miss any of my future posts, please subscribe</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><b><a href="https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=BabblingsOfABookworm" target="_blank">Subscribe to Babblings of a Bookworm</a></b><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If you'd like to be friends on Goodreads then please <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14329971-ceri" target="_blank">invite me</a></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;- just say that you visit my blog when it asks why you'd like to be friends with me.</span></p>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-29381279880324263122020-11-27T07:00:00.002+00:002020-11-27T07:00:04.149+00:00A Life Worth Choosing by Anngela Schroeder - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Anngela%20Schroeder" target="_blank">Anngela Schroeder</a></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> back to the blog with her upcoming </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> variation, </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i>A Life Worth Choosing</i></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. This book has such a great premise, melding my favourite book, P&amp;P, with one of my favourite Christmas films, </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">It’s a Wonderful Life</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Now, let’s look at the blurb and then hand over to Anngela for a guest post, excerpt and giveaway opportunity.</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><br></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6M6TdF0ea2k/X8BeE1gMT2I/AAAAAAAAFCU/EJlvNGINiX8bmSFi4DAiEPl5ivu3gx0aQCNcBGAsYHQ/s1140/A-Life-Worth-Choosing_6x9_Front-Cover-scaled.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: A Life Worth Choosing by Anngela Schroeder" border="0" data-original-height="1140" data-original-width="768" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6M6TdF0ea2k/X8BeE1gMT2I/AAAAAAAAFCU/EJlvNGINiX8bmSFi4DAiEPl5ivu3gx0aQCNcBGAsYHQ/w216-h320/A-Life-Worth-Choosing_6x9_Front-Cover-scaled.jpg" title="Book cover: A Life Worth Choosing by Anngela Schroeder" width="216"></a></b></div><b>Book Description</b><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">“You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it.”</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Reeling from the unexpected rejection of his proposal, Fitzwilliam Darcy prepares to quit Hunsford for London but not before he defends himself against Elizabeth Bennet’s accusations. He cannot forgive her harsh words; her assertion Mr. Wickham would have made a better son has cut him to the core.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Suffering an accident while delivering the fated letter, he wakes to a world he does not know—and to those who do not recognize him. With a new life, a different<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>name, and a fresh chance at winning the woman he loves, Darcy must decide which is <i>A Life Worth Choosing</i> ––the past he remembers or a future he has created for himself.</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">* * *</span></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 115%;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/11/a-life-worth-choosing-by-anngela.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com48tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-57834178476276354422020-11-23T07:00:00.001+00:002020-11-23T07:00:03.445+00:00Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone by Sue Barr - Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-we5ZfDs4Hn4/X7sDtLYsXfI/AAAAAAAAFB4/69q72kSTnFgrQ_IfGkn-wHb7T3v0VjBHACNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/FDU.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book Cover: Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone by Sue Barr" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-we5ZfDs4Hn4/X7sDtLYsXfI/AAAAAAAAFB4/69q72kSTnFgrQ_IfGkn-wHb7T3v0VjBHACNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/FDU.jpg" title="Book Cover: Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone by Sue Barr" width="213"></a></div>Today I’m happy to be welcoming <b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Sue%20Barr">Sue Barr</a></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> back to the blog with her latest book, </span><b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i>Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone</i></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">. This book is a </span><i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> variation set in a world where magic exists.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">First, I’ll share the blurb with you, and then I’ll hand over to Sue for a bit of a saucy excerpt, and a giveaway opportunity.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-CA;">She’s the outcast in her family…</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-CA;">Elizabeth knows she’s different from the rest of her family. She has visions and strange dreams and sees things others do not. With the advent of the odious Mr. Darcy and his friends from Netherfield Park, as well as the amiable Mr. Wickham of the _____shire Militia, her powers seem to increase and her greatest fear is that she won’t be able to contain them and will be discovered.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-CA;">He has eight hundred years of tradition to uphold…</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-CA;">No Darcy has married a non-magical woman since arriving on the shores of England with William the Conqueror in 1066.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>However, his kind – Miatharans – are dwindling in numbers. Miatharan magic only flows through aristocratic blood lines, so his strange obsession with Miss Elizabeth Bennet is puzzling as she is not of noble blood. Just a country squire’s beautiful daughter who has him slowly becoming undone.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%;"><span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/11/fitzwilliam-darcy-undone-by-sue-barr.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-57013460660784497912020-11-20T22:50:00.001+00:002020-11-21T15:10:40.847+00:00Blog Tour: Northfanger: A Gothic Austen Mash Up by Jayne Bamber<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ba36aTiWFsQ/X7hGJmWRQ_I/AAAAAAAAFA8/TKevg41qXL4obwdBEAEdfZPmDmqyu_KLACNcBGAsYHQ/s454/Singlecover.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Northfanger by Jayne Bamber" border="0" data-original-height="454" data-original-width="318" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ba36aTiWFsQ/X7hGJmWRQ_I/AAAAAAAAFA8/TKevg41qXL4obwdBEAEdfZPmDmqyu_KLACNcBGAsYHQ/w224-h320/Singlecover.jpg" title="Book cover: Northfanger by Jayne Bamber" width="224"></a></div>Today I’m happy to welcome <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Jayne%20Bamber" target="_blank">Jayne Bamber</a></b> back to the blog with her new book, <b><i>Northfanger: A Gothic Austen Mash Up</i></b> which sounds like a seasonally spooky read. Let’s look at the blurb, and then I will hand over to Jayne for an excerpt. There’s a rafflecopter link too, if you’d like to enter to win a copy!<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">A campy, vampy fusion of <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i> with <i>Northanger Abbey</i>...</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Elizabeth Bennet and her cousin Catherine Morland travel into Kent to visit the recently married Collinses in the village of Hunsford, near the great estate of Rosings Park. Elizabeth anticipates that the visit will be very dull indeed, while Catherine believes adventure and romance await them there, just as in the gothic novels she adores.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Within a week, both women have their expectations subverted by the sudden arrival of a vampire into their midst. The ladies at the parsonage take flight, accompanied by the outraged Colonel Fitzwilliam, his outwitted cousin, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – and an out-of-control fledgling vampire.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Proving herself indispensable during the undead Darcy debacle, Elizabeth becomes the heroine her cousin Catherine always knew she was – and enviously wishes to be herself – as she leads them to Bath in search of the wily Silas Bennet, an expert in all matters vampiric.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">But amidst the hunt for Uncle Silas, other predators enter the fray, all in search of one very old man, and a very young vampire. In Bath they encounter the Tilneys, the Thorpes, and an array of familiar faces and vicious villains bent on wreaking bloody havoc, leading a merry band of misfits to take shelter in a place too spooky not to hold secrets of its own: Northanger Abbey.<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/11/blog-tour-northfanger-gothic-austen.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-4425352466093939412020-10-21T21:45:00.001+01:002020-10-21T21:45:08.240+01:00Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews - Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kiRq8sYY4VU/X49syOepOaI/AAAAAAAAE_Y/-09Hgn0liBQ-z2oLY8a39J0MLv6oAWBgQCNcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Be%2BYour%2BOwn%2BHeroine%2Bcover.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Book cover: Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1354" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kiRq8sYY4VU/X49syOepOaI/AAAAAAAAE_Y/-09Hgn0liBQ-z2oLY8a39J0MLv6oAWBgQCNcBGAsYHQ/w212-h320/Be%2BYour%2BOwn%2BHeroine%2Bcover.jpg" title="Book cover: Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews" width="212"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming a previous visitor and a new visitor all in one post! Sisters <b>Sophie</b> and <b>Charlotte Andrews</b> have written <b><i>Be Your Own Heroine</i></b>, which has the sub heading of learning the life lessons from heroines in literature, including <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i>&#39;s Elizabeth Bennet. <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Sophie%20Andrews" target="_blank">Sophie Andrews</a></b> has visited Babblings of a Bookworm before, with her book Be More Jane, but her sister Charlotte is a first time visitor and I welcome them both. The publisher, CICO books, is also offering a giveaway of a physical copy to a UK or US address!</span><div><span style="font-family: arial;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial;">Let’s begin by looking at the blurb.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b></p> <div style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;">Having brought you the wisdom of Austen in </span><i>Be More Jane</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;">, eager reader Sophie Andrews joins forces with her sister Charlotte and turns her attention to what can be learned from the heroines of other stories from past and present. Whatever your taste in authors, there will be strong female characters you can relate to, from Jo March, the tiger-sister in </span><i>Little Women</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;">, to Eleanor Oliphant, the socially bemused heroine of Gail Honeyman&#39;s prize-winning first novel. There are spirited young women such as Elizabeth Bennet in </span><i>Pride and Prejudice</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;">, and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series; and then there are the survivors – July in </span><i>The Long Song</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;"> and Katniss Everdeen in </span><i>The Hunger Games</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;">. Sophie and Charlotte show how these six inspirational young women can inspire you and guide you through life&#39;s challenges. Whether you are faced with hard times at home, in love, or at work, these characters have something to teach you.</span></span></div><div style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><span></span></span></div></div><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/be-your-own-heroine-by-sophie-and.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-76997187730695530332020-10-19T07:00:00.037+01:002020-10-19T07:00:09.722+01:00Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson - Blog Tour - Guest Post and Giveaway<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PgAke1WvwWg/X4zFSMDV2iI/AAAAAAAAE-E/rMdmZkoMW4ctrjgevtqD3JXkIEEjpPLDACNcBGAsYHQ/s1200/SB%2BHorz%2BBT%2Bbanner%2BM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Blog Tour Graphic - Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson" border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="1200" height="133" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PgAke1WvwWg/X4zFSMDV2iI/AAAAAAAAE-E/rMdmZkoMW4ctrjgevtqD3JXkIEEjpPLDACNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h133/SB%2BHorz%2BBT%2Bbanner%2BM.jpg" title="Blog Tour Graphic - Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson" width="200"></a></span></div><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming a new author to Babblings of a Bookworm from Meryton Press. <b>Grace Gibson</b> has joined us with a guest post as part of the blog tour for her Pride &amp; Prejudice variation book <b><i>Silver Buckles</i></b>. Let’s look at the blurb and then I will hand over to Grace for her post.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BG07HsDZDCU/X4zFouMHJrI/AAAAAAAAE-M/uKq7s1-oSk8cnXPLktrw6QWKTYZ4ojtnACNcBGAsYHQ/s1350/SB_cover_900x1350.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover - Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson" border="0" data-original-height="1350" data-original-width="900" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BG07HsDZDCU/X4zFouMHJrI/AAAAAAAAE-M/uKq7s1-oSk8cnXPLktrw6QWKTYZ4ojtnACNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/SB_cover_900x1350.jpg" title="Book Cover - Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson" width="213"></a></span></b></div><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b><p></p> <p style="background: white; line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><b><i><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="border: 1pt none windowtext; color: black; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0cm; padding: 0cm;">She staggered a great man. He was reeling. She was overwhelmed. </span></i></b><b><i><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #201f1e;"><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Fitzwilliam Darcy, standing irritably at the edge of the Meryton assembly, declines to dance with Elizabeth Bennet. In a mood of revulsion, he rejects her without concern of being overheard. Country pretensions are always in need of squashing, and what better way to make clear he would not partner anyone outside his party? However, when he looks over at her, she does not appear humbled at all. She is secretly laughing at him!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Elizabeth is perversely delighted to encounter such an outrageous snob as Mr. Darcy. When he approaches her with a stiff, graceless apology, she coolly brushes him off, believing that, like most annoyances, he will go away when properly snubbed. But no! The man then puts out his hand and, not wishing to create a scene, compels her to stand up with him.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">They go through the steps of the dance mutually disdainful and intent upon wounding each other. But by the time the musicians end their tune, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have traded barbs with such accuracy, they are unaccountably amused and engaged. Will this most inconvenient flirtation drive them apart—or, like silver buckles, are they a matched pair?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <span style="font-family: arial;"></span><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/silver-buckles-by-grace-gibson-blog.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-62711651149312173272020-10-16T07:00:00.003+01:002020-10-16T07:00:05.489+01:00As Only Mr Darcy Can by Laura Hile - Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pP6XAVrXfBs/X4i7GOMM-yI/AAAAAAAAE9Y/96nWbRm11aESsc8RbmybnFKdD_uktD1vACNcBGAsYHQ/s1920/As%2BOnly%2BMr.%2BDarcy%2BCan%2B-%2BBanner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Banner - As Only Mr Darcy Can by Laura Hile" border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1920" height="180" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pP6XAVrXfBs/X4i7GOMM-yI/AAAAAAAAE9Y/96nWbRm11aESsc8RbmybnFKdD_uktD1vACNcBGAsYHQ/w320-h180/As%2BOnly%2BMr.%2BDarcy%2BCan%2B-%2BBanner.jpg" title="Banner - As Only Mr Darcy Can by Laura Hile" width="320"></a></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search/label/Laura%20Hile" target="_blank">Laura Hile</a></b> back to Babblings of a Bookworm with her newest book, <b><i>As Only Mr Darcy Can</i></b>. Laura is visiting us with a delightful excerpt for you to enjoy plus an ebook giveaway for one of you. Let’s look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Laura for the excerpt</span>.<p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">What a tangled web!</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Mr. Darcy’s departure has solved nothing. He loves Elizabeth Bennet as much as ever—and he has left her vulnerable to Wickham’s lies. Why not send her a warning? Anonymously, of course. He must conquer his obsession, yet he must also do something to protect her.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">But when Darcy is dunned for a bill of Wickham’s—an old trick—he sends the magistrate’s men with a warrant. Wickham, however, is nowhere to be found. At the same time, a titled lady appears in Hunsford. Why does she look so familiar? What of her pointed interest in Darcy’s sister? Is there anyone who will believe what Darcy suspects? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Elizabeth has her hands full when she comes to Hunsford. Her army-mad youngest sister causes trouble everywhere! What is more, those cryptic Valentines keep arriving. And then there is Mr. Darcy, a man she is determined to dislike. Why must his suspicions about the unknown lady match hers? Sparks fly as she joins forces with him to discover a truth that is both laughable and treacherous.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">As for being at odds with Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth’s heart has other ideas. Will a nonsensical demand ruin what has grown up between them? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">As Only Mr. Darcy</span></i></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"> Can is a feel-good Regency romp, featuring all your friends from <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. Intrigue, romance, and laughter are waiting for you.</span></b></p><p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%; margin-bottom: 8.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><o:p><span></span></o:p></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/as-only-mr-darcy-can-by-laura-hile.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com27tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-80694897155432860482020-10-12T07:00:00.186+01:002020-10-12T07:00:02.519+01:00Death of a Clergyman by Riana Everly - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: arial;"></span></p><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VQ-uAAbBtNA/X4N5DMQzs5I/AAAAAAAAE8o/A67k8NoFgDMCTexAM77MoaoDkkL5jPyjACPcBGAYYCw/s600/Cover%2Bebook_400x600.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Death of a Clergyman by Riana Everly" border="0" data-original-height="600" data-original-width="400" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VQ-uAAbBtNA/X4N5DMQzs5I/AAAAAAAAE8o/A67k8NoFgDMCTexAM77MoaoDkkL5jPyjACPcBGAYYCw/w213-h320/Cover%2Bebook_400x600.jpg" title="Book cover: Death of a Clergyman by Riana Everly" width="213"></a></span></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today I’m happy to be welcoming <b><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/search?q=Riana+everly" target="_blank">Riana Everly</a></b> back to the blog with her latest book, <b><i>Death of a Clergyman</i></b>. Name a clergyman we could do without – why yes, Mr Collins does spring to mind! But how did he die? In this case, not naturally. So we have a mystery on our hands. And who is a serious minded person who would be drawn to looking into this mystery? Why, Miss Mary Bennet! I know that this book will already be drawing some of you in with it being a mystery and having a focus on Mary.</span></div><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Riana has come here today with my favourite type of guest post, where authors are so kind as to share with us some history that they have gleaned from their research, to save us having to research for ourselves. Let’s look at the blurb and then I’ll hand over to Riana, for her guest post, an excerpt from <b><i>Death of a Clergyman</i></b> and a giveaway for you.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: arial;">Book Description<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Mary Bennet has always been the quiet sister, the studious and contemplative middle child in a busy family of five. She is not interested in balls and parties, and is only slightly bothered by the arrival of the distant cousin who will one day inherit her father’s estate. But then Mr. Collins is found dead, and Mary’s beloved sister Elizabeth is accused of his murder. Mary knows she must learn whatever she can to prove Elizabeth innocent of this most horrible crime, or her sister might be hanged as a murderess!</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Alexander Lyons has made a pleasant life for himself in London, far from his home village in Scotland. He investigates missing documents and unfaithful wives, and earns an honest living. Then one day Mr. Darcy walks into his office, begging him to investigate the murder of Mr. Collins and to prove Elizabeth innocent of the crime. It seems like a straightforward enough case, but Alexander did not count on meeting a rather annoying young woman who seems to be in his way at every turn: Mary Bennet.</span><span style="font-family: arial;"> </span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">As the case grows more and more complicated, Mary and Alexander cannot stop arguing, and discover that each brings new insight into the case. But as they get close to some answers, will they survive the plans of an evildoer in the midst of quiet Meryton?</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: arial;"><span></span></span></b></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/death-of-clergyman-by-riana-everly.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com47tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-12121195193678665652020-10-09T07:00:00.042+01:002020-10-14T22:17:28.910+01:00A Wilful Misunderstanding by Amy D'Orazio - Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway<p><span face="Arial, sans-serif"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1RlQGhiUQ9E/X3-lbysiUQI/AAAAAAAAE7g/Y_YC_0emBaUVHoHQK90vKwC-k-WgxxIngCNcBGAsYHQ/s1280/KDP_Amy%2BDOazio_A%2BWilful%2BMisunderstanding_eBook.jpeg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><img alt="Book cover: A Wilful Misunderstanding by Amy D&#39;Orazio" border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1RlQGhiUQ9E/X3-lbysiUQI/AAAAAAAAE7g/Y_YC_0emBaUVHoHQK90vKwC-k-WgxxIngCNcBGAsYHQ/w200-h320/KDP_Amy%2BDOazio_A%2BWilful%2BMisunderstanding_eBook.jpeg" title="Book cover: A Wilful Misunderstanding by Amy D&#39;Orazio" width="200"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: arial;">Today I am happy to be featuring another of <b><a href="http://psikologlarburda.com/search?q=d%27orazio" target="_blank">Amy D’Orazio</a></b>’s stories as the blog tour for the <i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i>-inspired <b><i>A Wilful Misunderstanding</i></b> stops here today. Let’s look at the blurb, and then we will move on to my review of the book. Quills and Quartos are also giving away an ebook to one of you. Read on for details.</span><p></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><b><span style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><i><span style="font-family: arial;">The moment he saw her at the assembly in Meryton, he knew he loved her.</span></i></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">WHEN FITZWILLIAM DARCY MEETS ELIZABETH BENNET in the fateful autumn of 1811, their mutual infatuation is immediate and undeniable. Within months, they are married and spend a blissful winter at Pemberley, falling more deeply in love with each other than either might have imagined possible. But spring in London proves more challenging to them. Accident and artifice join to devastating effect for the young couple, destroying their felicity and creating an outcome neither might have imagined.</span></p> <p class="Standard" style="line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: arial;">TWO YEARS LATER, happenstance reunites them. Sorrow and anger have built walls between them but the love they once shared still remains. Will it be enough to conquer the sins of the past? Is the love they still hold within them strong enough to prevail over the anger and mistrust that tore them apart?<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/a-wilful-misunderstanding-by-amy.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3060237114571991862.post-88198538570831118352020-10-02T07:00:00.004+01:002020-10-02T07:00:02.243+01:00Play with Fire by J Marie Croft - Excerpt and Giveaway<p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif"></span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f2E0eWnMrag/X3ZGr7WUoBI/AAAAAAAAE6k/AAXElvehhmQWRC8mNvhR1GdhbrtDqVoMACNcBGAsYHQ/s1200/Novella%2BPwF%2BFinal%2BFC%2B092020%2Bwobld%2BS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Book cover: Play with Fire by J Marie Croft" border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f2E0eWnMrag/X3ZGr7WUoBI/AAAAAAAAE6k/AAXElvehhmQWRC8mNvhR1GdhbrtDqVoMACNcBGAsYHQ/w213-h320/Novella%2BPwF%2BFinal%2BFC%2B092020%2Bwobld%2BS.jpg" title="Book cover: Play with Fire by J Marie Croft" width="213"></a></span></span></div><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif">You might well have noticed that quite a few authors and publishers have been putting out novellas lately. I know some people like to get their teeth into a longer read but this year has been such a stressful one that some of us want the escape of reading but don’t have the concentration to take on a longer book! </span><b><a href="http://psikologlarburda.com/search?q=marie+croft" target="_blank">J Marie Croft</a></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> is visiting us here today with her new </span><i>Pride &amp; Prejudice</i><span face="Arial, sans-serif">novella, </span><b><i>Play with Fire</i></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif"> to share an excerpt, and Meryton Press are offering to give away an ebook of the story to one of you. Read on for more details!</span></span><p></p> <p class="Standard"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">Book Description</span></b></p> <p class="Standard"><span style="font-family: arial;"><b><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US">Madness! It was nothing but madness from beginning to end, and Darcy was caught up in it.</span></b><span face="Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #222222;"> </span></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US">What do occupants of Netherfield Park do on a dreary Saturday while the Bennet sisters are still in residence and they have nothing at all to do? They take a page from <i>Mansfield Park</i>, of course, and decide on a theatrical.</span><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; font-family: arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p> </o:p></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US">In the process of planning and performing the play, certain participants get more than a little carried away, especially Fitzwilliam Darcy where Elizabeth Bennet is concerned. There might even be a kiss...and a skirmish...leading to a duel.</span><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; font-family: arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p> </o:p></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US">No one involved in the play had set out with the intention of creating a scandal. None performing in the theatrical began with the aim of ending with blushing faces, or bruised bodies, or blemishes on their reputations.</span><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="color: #222222; font-family: arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><o:p> </o:p></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 0cm;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" lang="EN-US" style="font-family: arial;">Blame it on <i>The Mésalliance.</i></span></p> <p align="center" class="Standard" style="text-align: center;"><span face="&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif" style="font-family: arial;">* * *<span></span></span></p><a href="https://psikologlarburda.com/2020/10/play-with-fire-by-j-marie-croft-excerpt.html#more">Read more »</a>Cerihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01908542708518435282noreply@blogger.com52