Welcome to Austen Authors’ monthly summary of all things JAFF, Jane, and Regency! Elizabeth Adams, Rebecca Jamison, Katherine Reay, and I have chosen to call this selection of news Austen On Dit.
The phrase On Dit comes from the French for “they say” or “it is said.” It means a piece of gossip. Austen seldom used the word gossip. She preferred to use the words news and report, and yet they were often details about strangers, famous and infamous people and full of personal details. Often, they were rather unsubstantiated. Such as the alarming report of an engagement between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet that brought Lady Catherine hightailing it to Longbourn. Here, we use better sources than letters between Sir William Lucas and Mr. Collins but recall they are still the opinions of others. We’ve not censored them.
We’ve worked hard all month long to find notable pieces of tidbits for you unlike you can find anywhere else. I’ll pass the sugar while you lean in close to get the latest scoop.
Jane Austen Fan Fiction Releases
Regina Jeffers, The Pemberley Ball: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Novella
Elizabeth Bennet’s acceptance of his hand in marriage presents FITZWILLIAM DARCY a hope of the world being different. Elizabeth offers warmth and naturalness and a bit of defiance, but there is vulnerability also. With characteristic daring, she boldly withstood Caroline Bingley’s barbs, while displaying undying devotion to her sister Jane. More unpredictably, she verbally fenced with the paragon of crudeness, his aunt, Lady Catherine, and walked away relatively unscathed. One often finds his betrothed self-mockingly entertaining her sisters and friends, and despite Darcy’s best efforts, the woman makes him laugh. She brings lightness to his spirit after so many years of grief.
Unfortunately for ELIZABETH BENNET, what begins gloriously turns to concern for their future. She recognizes her burgeoning fears as unreasonable; yet, she cannot displace them. She refuses to speculate on what Mr. Darcy will say when he learns she is not the brilliant choice he proclaims her to be. Moreover, she does not think she can submit to the gentleman’s staid lifestyle. Not even for love can Elizabeth accept capitulation.
Will Elizabeth set her qualms aside to claim ‘home’ in the form of the man she truly affects or will her courage fail her? Enjoy a bit of mayhem that we commonly call “Happily Ever After,” along with three alternate turning points to this tale of love and loss and love again from Austen-inspired author, Regina Jeffers.
Elizabeth Adams, Unwilling: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
Mr. Bennet discovers his days are numbered, so he immediately begins to set his affairs — and his five unmarried daughters — in order. Knowing they will fare best should at least one of them find a suitable husband, he cannot refuse any respectable suitors.
The high-spirited Elizabeth suspects something isn’t right in the halls of Longbourn, but nothing prepares her for a certain haughty gentleman from Derbyshire. While Mr. Darcy is exceedingly wealthy and handsome, in Elizabeth’s eyes, he is also proud, high-handed, and insulting. And unfortunately, desperately in love with her.
Suddenly, Elizabeth is forced to rethink her previous opinions. And accept a choice she never had the chance to make.
Brenda J Webb, Darcy and Elizabeth – A Promise Kept
Darcy and Elizabeth – A Promise Kept is a Pride and Prejudice variation. Not a simple retelling, it is an intriguing new story that does not follow canon. It is rated for mature audiences.
Five years after his disastrous proposal at Kent, Fitzwilliam Darcy receives a letter from Charles Bingley regarding a promise made when their friendship ended. Should Darcy keep the promise, it will throw him into the company of the one woman he has struggled for years to forget—Elizabeth Bennet.
Having just entered a secret agreement with Lady Markham, will Darcy put his future in jeopardy by stepping in to help Bingley? Has time and distance helped him overcome his regard for Elizabeth, or will he fall as madly in love with her as before?
Is true love to be found in a promise kept?
Melanie Schertz, Darcy’s Continental Escape
Fitzwilliam Darcy is on holiday with his cousin, Richard Fitzwilliam, and his aunt, Lady Matlock. While visiting Vienna, they learn that the French Army is coming their way.
Elizabeth Bennet and her elder brother are on holiday, visiting their uncle in Vienna, when word comes that the city is under attack.
Both parties reach the docks of the Danube, and are boarding a ship, when chaos explodes, leaving the group dependent upon each other, as they race to escape the continent and return home to England.
Regina Jeffers, The Road to Understanding
DARIUS FITZWILLIAM’s life is planned down to who he will marry and where he will live, but life has a way of saying, “You don’t get to choose.” When his marriage to his long-time betrothed Caroline Bradford falls through, Darius is forced to take a step back and to look upon a woman who enflames his blood with desire, but also engenders disbelief. Eliza Harris is everything that Darius never realized he wanted.
ELIZA HARRIS is accustomed to doing as she pleases. Yet, despite being infuriated by his authoritative manner, when she meets the staunchly disciplined Captain Fitzwilliam, she wishes for more. She instinctively knows he is “home,” but Eliza possesses no skills in achieving her aspirations.
Plagued with misunderstandings, manipulations, and peril upon the Great Valley Road between eastern Virginia and western Tennessee in the years following the Revolutionary War, Darius and Eliza claim a strong allegiance before love finds its way into their hearts.
This is a faith-based tale based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Rose Fairbanks, Sufficient Encouragement
We are all fools in love…
Some say a lady’s imagination is very rapid. Such is the case when Elizabeth Bennet overhears that Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy admires her eyes. She thinks nothing for herself, but immediately considers her dearest sister’s growing attachment to Mr. Darcy’s friend. If Elizabeth spurns such a wealthy—and proud—gentleman, he might do everything in his power to separate his friend from her sister.
Raised in a world of expectations and pedigree, Darcy knows Elizabeth Bennet can offer him nothing of material value. As his attraction for her grows, he becomes increasingly convinced his feelings are nonsensical. Still, he might forsake it all if only he had true encouragement.
Misunderstandings lead to betrayals, and the couple soon learns falling in love takes courage but staying in love requires forgiveness. Traversing from the groves of Hertfordshire to the drawing rooms of London to the complexity and danger of Luddite revolts in Yorkshire, Sufficient Encouragement follows Darcy and Elizabeth’s journey of love and forgiveness.
*Although a series, this book reads as a standalone story of the courtship and first days of marriage of Darcy and Elizabeth.
*This story contains a scene of non-explicit sexual violence.
Rose Fairbanks, Compromising Mr. Darcy
Fall in love with Mr. Darcy all over again!
Mr. Darcy is the stuff of romantic dreams of women the world over. Elizabeth Bennet’s zealous refusal of Darcy’s hand in marriage is seared in the minds of many, but what if they were forced to wed to save their reputations? Enjoy three what-if Pride and Prejudice variations by best-selling author Rose Fairbanks.
Jeanna Ellsworth, Hope For Mr. Darcy (Hope Series Trilogy Book 1)
Still shaken from his horrible proposal, Elizabeth Bennet falls ill at the Rosings Parsonage upon reading Fitzwilliam Darcy’s letter. In her increasingly delirious state, unfathomable influences inspire her to write an impulsive response. The letter gives Mr. Darcy hope in a way that nothing else could.
As her illness progresses, Darcy is there at her side, crossing boundaries he has never crossed, declaring things he has never declared. A unique experience bridges them over their earlier misunderstandings, and they start to work out their differences. That is, until Elizabeth begins to recover.
Suddenly, Elizabeth is left alone to wonder what exactly occurred between the two of them in her dreamlike state. And for the first time since meeting the man from Pemberley, she finds herself hoping for Mr. Darcy to return and rekindle what once was.
Hope for Mr. Darcy is the first volume of the Hope Series Trilogy, a Regency variation series based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This trilogy promises hope will always light our way through the darkness of unrequited love, but eventually bringing tremendously gratifying outcomes for our three favorite characters: Mr. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Georgiana Darcy.
Elizabeth Ann West, To Capture Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Novel Variation
Nature’s a fickle thing. When four days of rain occur earlier in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice to trap Jane and Elizabeth Bennet at Netherfield Park, new romances, misunderstandings, and alignments are made. Volatile tempers never did well cooped up together. Not even when there’s a chessboard to help pass the time.
Fall in love with the romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet all over again in this new variation by author Elizabeth Ann West. A stand-alone novel of over 300 pages in paperback, this story is sure to make you sigh and swoon many times over!
Pam Dixon, Romancing Mr. Darcy P&P variations collections
Falling in love with Mr. Darcy again and again and again …
Three best-selling Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ stories in a Limited Edition Collection!
Non Austen Authors
Zoe Carter, Prevailed On To Marry, Amazon
Sophia Meredith, On Oakham Mount, Amazon
Jennifer Joy, Love Never Fails: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Amazon
Letty Larchwood, Darcy’s Determination – A Pride and Prejudice Variation Amazon
MA Sandiford, Darcy’s Journey Amazon
Kate McCray, An Unfortunate Adventure Amazon
Jann Rowland, Shadows Over Longbourn Amazon
Kirsten bij’t Vuur, Revelations Amazon
Jenny Caplebeck, The Influence of Pemberley Amazon
Michelle M. Truth and Triumph Amazon
Karen Arminadra, Pride and Prejudice Continues Box Set Amazon
Don Jacobson, The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey (The Bennet Wardrobe Book 1) Amazon
Sarah Johnson: Coloring with Jane: A Mind Lively and at Ease Amazon
Toni Martin, Infernal Desire: by No Means Improper Amazon
Amanda Hampton, Worthy of Marriage: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Amazon
Esme Sheldon, Capturing Miss Bennet’s Heart: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Amazon
Tim Underwood, Mr. Darcy’s Vow Amazon
Beth Wood, A Conversation Behind the Tapestries Amazon
Victoria Kincaid, The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth Amazon paperback
Michelle M. The Wit & Wisdom of Wilde: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining Amazon
Lilly Granson, Darcy’s Sorrow and Redemption: An Historical Romance (Heirloom Romances Book 2) Amazon
Sophie Lynbrook, Lizzy’s Novel: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Amazon
Dawn King Yes, Mr. Darcy Amazon
Brittany Larsen, Pride and Politics Amazon
Lady Catherine’s Christmas: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen Book 4) Amazon
Kate McCray The Shepherdess: A P&P variation (JA book 5) Amazon
Oliver Berry, Another Life: A Pride and Prejudice Variation/Modernization Amazon
Kate McCray, Three Husbands: A Pride and Prejudice variation (Jane Austen Book 6) Amazon
Linda Thompson, The Laughter of Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Her Unforgettable Laugh Book 3) Amazon
Martine Roberts, Darcy to the Rescue: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Novella Amazon
Gianna Thomas, Darcy Chooses Amazon
Austen Related News
Austen on Stage & in Film
Austen in the news
Blogs on Jane Austen
Regency Era Information
Wow! What a month! We had so many new JAFF releases! There are several adaptations of Austen’s works coming out in May around the world and some intriguing articles about the Regency era. Have you read any of these books? Planning to see any of the adaptations? Did you learn anything new or interesting in the blog posts?
We hope you’ll come back for another visit next month on June 12!