Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride- Release & Excerpt

Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride- Release & Excerpt

Today is (finally!) the release of Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride. This story has been such a labor of love…and well just labor! I first started writing it in 2013. By 2014, I decided to include the bluestocking twist. For the next few years, in between other projects, I would poke at it. Earlier this year, I decided enough was enough, and it would get all my attention. Just when I made it over the half way done hump, I moved. It took a few months to get my equilibrium back and major kudos to my husband and mother for all their help with the kids. After long hours both day and night (special thanks to Zoe Burton for editing), the finished project is live!

Although the story centers around Elizabeth becoming a bluestocking, it’s not all boring intellectualism. I’ve shared several excerpts of the last few months, but this is my favorite.

Excerpt

Darcy allowed her the quiet he believed such concentration required. Her hands moved swiftly and gracefully. She drew without the sort of labour that comes from self-consciousness or a desire to impress. She simply unleashed a passion she felt, and finely-honed skill. As much as she might deride her skills on the pianoforte, she apparently had put her time to greater use.

As she drew, Darcy imagined the lives the place had seen. The ones who built a place of worship after so much devastation. The family who provided the funds but eventually sold the estate. Their family name did not appear in the roster of current peers. Likely, they had no sons left to inherit and had kept the property away from their daughters. The next owners fared no better. The family sold it after two or three generations to Sir Lewis de Bourgh’s father to cover a debt. Through the passage of time, this area stood largely neglected and ignored, unnoticed by those who inhabited the space just outside it. However, Darcy could not mourn its neglect. The sheltered alcove he now sat in remained unspoilt by following generations attempting to conquer nature and shape it into formal gardens and hedges. Even more, it allowed him this morning of peace with Elizabeth.

When she finished, Elizabeth looked up and blushed. “Forgive me, I had not meant to ignore you,” she said and bit her lower lip.

“Think nothing of it. I enjoyed the companionable silence and watching you work. Your passion should never be hidden. May I see?”

Shyly, she handed the sketchbook to him. He could see from a distance Elizabeth had great skill. Upon closer viewing, it was clear that she saw through a true architect’s eye. There were no exaggerated and idealised views. She had imagined the church as it once might have looked, but it seemed far more real than any portrait he had seen. Acquainted as he was with blueprints for new structures, he saw her natural skill. She was not a gentlewoman dabbling in art or design. If she were a man, she would find sufficient income putting her talents to use.

“This is quite good,” he said in wonder, hating the insipidness of his words.

“Do you really think so?” Elizabeth asked with an insecurity he had never heard before. “I know it is nothing compared to what Mr. Dance could do, but I have so few opportunities—”

He silenced her with a finger to her lips, all the while hating his gloves. “You have great skill, Elizabeth.” He triumphed when she did not rebuke him. “Far greater than any person that I have seen.”

“Do not exaggerate,” she sounded offended and grabbed the notebook from his hands. “You must have studied architecture at school and University. You have seen far grander places than I ever have.”

“It is true,” he responded slowly, “that I had the occasion to view magnificent buildings. During the Peace of Amiens, Father and I journeyed to Vienna. At Cambridge, I sat and attempted to draw the Octagon Lantern in Ely Cathedral. But not one of my classmates had the sheer talent or passion you do.”

“Thank you,” she murmured.

“I am sorry my praise is inadequate to what you deserve. I do not know the correct terminology, despite my classes, but it is near brilliant.”

Elizabeth shook her head, unwilling to accept his compliments. She stood and shook out her skirt. “Can you tell me about Vienna?”

Darcy stood as well and smiled. “It is very different from England. There was a reverie, a joy for life. In London, the people only care about their appearance and politics. In Vienna, there was laughter. Art and music were everywhere.”

She sighed a little and hugged herself. “It sounds wonderful.”

“It was unforgettable. I would love to make the journey again. Georgiana would flourish there.”

He hummed the tune of a waltz he had heard long ago in a crowded ballroom. His father had teased him for not asking any of the ladies to dance, and at the time all he could think of was how uncomfortable he felt. What he did not know was that he was waiting to have the right partner; the one he would do far more than discomfort himself for.

“What do you hum? I do not recognise the rhythm.”

“It is called a waltz. It is very different from our English dances.”

“Show me,” Elizabeth said, curiosity once again lighting her features.

Darcy chuckled. “I am not sure I remember.”

“I will never know any better,” she laughed with him.

“Very well.” He held one arm to his side and the other at the height of her shoulder. “Now, you step forward. You place one hand in mine and the other on my shoulder.”

Elizabeth’s eyes went round. “Surely not!”

“Indeed,” he said with amusement. She remained still, and he could see the indecision warring in her eyes. “I had thought you unafraid of anything.”

With the raising of her chin, she stepped into his arms. Immediately, thought escaped him. This had been a bloody terrible idea! How had it escaped his notice that he would be practically embracing Elizabeth?

“Mr. Darcy?” She asked and lightly tapped his shoulder.

The pressure sent a thrill of pleasure coursing through his body, and he bit back a groan. “Yes?”

“The dance?”

The dance? The dance. As if blood still circulated to his feet! He cleared his throat and began to hum again, awkwardly leading Elizabeth in the steps of a waltz. And somehow, in this grass covered ballroom with the shadows of an ancient church heightening Elizabeth’s features, he fell even more in love with her.

Giveaway

I’m giving away one ebook of Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride to a lucky winner! Comment before Tuesday, July 25 to be entered in the drawing! The winner will be announced July 29.

Blurb

He’s on the hunt for a bluestocking, and she is no man’s fool.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to a barony, must put aside his hatred for attention and Society and find a wife. Deemed the most eligible bachelor of the Season, he seeks high and low for a well-bred, intelligent woman to replace the one he determined unsuitable.

Elizabeth Bennet used to be certain of her judgement. In one day, everything changed. Her family might be in danger, and she needs a confidant. When she meets Darcy again and again in the groves of Rosings, her head says to tell Darcy everything, but her heart wonders if she can trust him.

As the clock works against them, can they find what they need in one another? Or will the duties of family and lingering secrets separate them?

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43 Responses to Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride- Release & Excerpt

  1. Congratulations on your release! The interaction between Darcy and Elizabeth in the excerpt was brilliant, especially when paired with your blurb.

  2. Congratulations on the new release, Rose. The story sounds very promising. I wish Darcy would take Elizabeth and Georgiana to visit the continent especially Vienna.

  3. I have been reading this as you posted chapters and loving it. Good luck with the release. Thanks for sharing here.

    • Thanks! Be sure to check out the new page on my blog. I went ahead and posted all the chapters instead of doing it bit by bit. I had to open time in my schedule for other things! I hope you enjoy.

  4. Loved that excerpt. I really enjoy your variations, have a handful still in my TBR stack (resigned sigh…) and I’m really looking forward to this new one. Very cute book cover, in fact I like all your book covers. I have not yet read any of your non-JAFF books but looking forward to those too. And I love the description of the setting in this excerpt along with the photo. For some reason I’ve always been taken over with something profoundly emotional whenever I see photos of ruins such as that. And have always been keenly attentive whenever a story plot takes in a ruins scene. Really love it. The image of Darcy and Elizabeth waltzing in that setting…..so romantic. Congratulations!

    • Wow, thanks for all your praise! I’m actually having to entirely re-brand my covers to match this one! I just had this in my head and nothing else would work! Yes, I really love ruins! I know most people have Elizabeth liking Classical architecture because it’s built on clear mathematical lines. However, I really wanted Darcy and Elizabeth to have more romantic struggles. There’s a lot of symbolism about accepting who we are, flaws and all and how it’s like the old, ruined structures. All spread between romance and kisses. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

  5. I have always been fascinated with the Regency term “bluestocking”. I am so glad that you have written a book about it and that Darcy recognizes the gem he has found in Elizabeth. So, will Elizabeth trust Darcy? Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  6. Oh, I have waited for this… I am so excited for you. I really enjoyed the previous posts and excerpt and this one is even better. Blessings on your launch and much success.

  7. The title is intriguing! Sometimes long awaited completions are meant to show you the value of your creativity. If you wanted something easy, you could have eaten at McNovels. Eh

    • The writing itself went pretty fast, it was just the plotting took a long time and most of that was out of fear. I kind of think it waited until I was ready for it. I definitely couldn’t have done it justice a few years ago. I do try to challenge myself with each new work, though, no matter if they come together quickly or not. Some are just much more of a trial! Thanks for your support!

  8. Congratulations on finishing the new book! It looks fun and can’t wait to read it. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

  9. Wow, I didn’t know it has been such a long project. 🙂 Congratulation on the release of this book. I love the cover, it’s so funny and intriguing. 😉

    • It’s had so many evolutions and names! Earlier names for this project were A Most Beloved Sister and Never Until This Day. I first promised it on my blog in 2013 and had a few readers that never gave up on it!

  10. Wonderful excerpt! I am so excited! No need to enter me as I won on another site. Looking forward to reading! Congratulations! !

  11. This is gonna be good Mr Darcy is looking for a bride and Elizabeth has a secret,I can’t wait to read this book thanks.

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