Cover Reveal & Excerpt- Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride

Cover Reveal & Excerpt- Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride

Since my last post, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to writing on my latest JAFF. I’ve worked on this story for several years (I first blogged about it three years ago), taking the time to let everything brew and melt together just so and now it’s finally ready to be typed up and put out in the world! I have gone back and forth a few times with the title, but have decided that although Darcy does inherit a barony, Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride just fits the best. Without further ado, I’m so pleased to bring you this cover and excerpt! Publication date is June 15, just in time for your summer reading!

Excerpt

Jane’s letter was uncharacteristically light, and Elizabeth would likely finish reading it before she reached the nearby town of Meryton. She allowed herself a few minutes of reflection before opening it. She hoped Jane would be showing signs of forgetting Mr. Bingley’s impression on her heart. It was now March and surely three months in London could erase six weeks of flirtation in Hertfordshire. Elizabeth drew consolation from the fact that tomorrow she would leave for her journey to Kent to visit a newly married friend. She travelled with Charlotte’s father and sister, but they intended to break in London and then Elizabeth would see for herself how Jane fared.

Taking a deep breath, Elizabeth broke the seal as she passed the lodge of Longbourn. Its tear-stained contents shocked and repulsed her.

Dearest Lizzy,

I write to you in the most melancholy of spirits. Yesterday, while shopping with my aunt, I espied Mr. and Miss Bingley outside a shop window. They were speaking with a lovely young lady, very elegantly dressed and I could see the evidence of her good breeding and proper manners. She stood with an older lady, who I must think is a companion or some relation. I cannot say for certain, but I wonder if this was not Miss Darcy.

I could perfectly see their expressions. Miss Bingley was very pleased to meet the lady, her brother scarcely less so. I saw in his countenance every expression of happiness and amiability he ever showed me. The young lady and her friend soon left.

Mr. and Miss Bingley came in the store with smiles still on their faces. They did not see me at first as I was mostly concealed by a display. I stepped out into the aisle to greet them. Instantly they ceased their movements, and their smiles vanished. Mr. Bingley coloured but did not acknowledge me in any way although I had curtsied to them. Caroline tugged on her brother’s arm, and they turned and quit the shop. It was so dreadful! My only consolation is that no one of our acquaintance saw it.

I now must say he had no true regard for me. I am quite distressed. I can only think myself a fool for believing otherwise. And to have my wishes so openly known by all my friends and family! He undoubtedly desired to leave the neighbourhood to avoid such rumours. I cannot blame him in the least for having a care about the credit of his name.

I know you will sit and think that it was all designedly done, but for what purpose? What could either the brother or the sister gain by making me believe in their affections? No, let me blame myself. I hope I was not so vain as to imagine this preference, perhaps though I only saw what I wished to see.

I hope this reaches you before you depart for London. I long to have my dearest sister with me.

Yours,

Jane

 

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?

Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride is the long-awaited newest release from Rose Fairbanks. Combining Regency era research and romance, this Austen-inspired novel will pull you into the Pride and Prejudice world and make you never want to leave.

Charge up your Kindle and relax into the world of cravats and breeches with Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride.

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44 Responses to Cover Reveal & Excerpt- Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride

  1. well it is a universal truth that at some point you do have to talk to each other so speaking to an intelligent woman and if she is handsome all the better.
    I look forward to reading this one

  2. Oh- My- Goodness!!! Poor Jane, I want to shake Charles and jerk Caroline up by her extensions. Man… that had to be just awful. Well done on the details. I love that cover… it is hilarious. I shall watch for this launch and wish you the best as it approaches. I look forward to the release.

  3. I’m definitely waiting for this one, Rose> Poor Jane, her letter was so sad. 🙁 The blurb is intriguing, I’m looking forward to see what you have come up with. 😉
    By the way, the cover is funny.

    • Yes, poor Jane. She deserves so much more. I’m glad you’re intrigued by the blurb but you’re the second person now to have said the cover is funny and I don’t get it! What am I missing?

  4. This sounds wonderful. I never have seen anything wrong with being a bluestocking. I have often wondered about intellectual women when they had no universities. It sounds like Lizzy would have fit in. Also, that seems to be a type of woman who would have appealed to Darcy.

  5. Getting excited to read it and excited for you to have success with it! It sounds like it will be worthwhile reading it so keep up posted on the progress and we will be waiting patiently! Thanks for the teaser review of the new novel!!!!

  6. Wow, if the encounter in the store is accurate in Jane’s relation of it, that changes everything! And I really want to know about “the one he determined unsuitable”. I’m glad that this book is finally going to be available. We’ve been waiting for it for a long time!

    • Yes, you have been waiting for it for a very long time!! Anyone who follows my blog saw my first inspiration for it almost 4 years ago! You might be onto something with the issue of we only have this scene from one person’s point of view but of course Elizabeth will accept it as the gospel truth. Not that Jane would lie, but that she also doesn’t know (at least at this time) why Bingley acted that way. Elizabeth is the one Darcy deemed unsuitable. I was trying to avoid overusing her name etc. but I might tweak the blurb some more before the book is published. And there’s SO much more going on. Bingley’s not the villain, but his actions certainly contribute to Elizabeth’s frame of mind.

  7. Congratulations on finishing it and getting an expected release date. The book sounds really fun and I am curious to see what happens next.

  8. Congratulations on your newest release! An amiable Mr. Bingley acting rudely? Elizabeth keeping secrets? Can’t wait until June to be able to read the book! I like the cover. I have most of your books, so this will be a delightful addition.

    • Ah, yes. I really like developing complex characters. Bingley is not the villain in this story but neither is he flat one shade of happiness. And Elizabeth…well, it’s understandable, really. Thanks for your comments, I’d love to hear what you think of the book when you read!

  9. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Rose! I agree with your choice of title. It has a great ring to it. The title alone will draw people to it, and the cover, excerpt and blurb are all great.

  10. A rude Bingley? That’s one you don’t see very often. Looking forward to reading this story and to learn Elizabeth’s secret.

  11. This sounds really good Rose. I’m longing to see what secret Elizabeth will or won’t tell Darcy. And I’m shocked to see how Bingley cut Jane! I will definitely be checking this out and adding it to my list.

  12. It all sounds wonderful, Rose. The cover looks good, too, though there’s a shocking display of ankle there! Looking forward to June!

    • Thanks! Lol, it is a bit shocking display, although Regency gowns varied in length and dancing gowns were often well above the ankle. I loved this image because the source of the term bluestocking. There once was a club where intellectual women met and discussed the arts, literature, and science. They shunned drinking, gambling, and discussion of politics. On occassion, they invited men to join them. One was the author and botanist Benjamin Stillingfleet. He declined the invitation saying he did not have any black silk stockings (the kind worn for formal evening events) and was told to just come in his blue stockings worn by the poor for everyday use! The phrase stuck.

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