Fitzwilliam’s Sweet Nothings
“WHICH OF ALL MY IMPORTANT NOTHINGS SHALL I TELL YOU FIRST?”––Jane Austen, private letter
What are the “important nothings” Jane Austen was describing? As an author, I always hope that the tender moments in my book, the parts you as the reader reread over and over again, come out perfectly. I just released Hope for Fitzwilliam, the second book in the Hope Series Trilogy, about a week ago. Yay! But there is that bitter sweet moment when you hit submit . . . it is a mixture of half hope and half agony. Will the reader fall in love with the hero and heroine? Is there enough romance, enough action and intrigue?
And then there is the official first blog about the book––this one––where you have to decide what to reveal as you launch the blog tour. So I thought I’d share a few favorite quotes, ones that came out naturally, and therefore were nothing more than sweet “important nothings”.
Here is the intrigue:
Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been a ladies’ man, confident and suave. But when his heart falls for the recently widowed Charlotte Collins, he discovers all of his experience does him little good. And as he prepares to depart for war in the Americas, he fears he is leaving Charlotte behind at Pemberley with a more dangerous foe—one he does not know how to fight.
Charlotte Collins, ill prepared to understand the workings of a heart that has been touched, is determined to find a way to provide a new life for her and her unborn child. But as she quietly observes the daily, tender expressions of love between Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, she is forced to reexamine her own beliefs about love and marriage.
With battles looming inside them both, Colonel Fitzwilliam prepares to fight the greatest battle he has ever faced. As the conflict unfolds, even a decorated colonel finds himself helpless against the foe. He can only hope for something greater than himself to intervene—for more than one person has hope for Fitzwilliam to return home safely and secure Charlotte’s fragile, independent heart.
*****QUOTES FROM HOPE FOR FITZWILLIAM*****
- Duty was a strange and unavoidable master at times. Oh, how she knew the shackles of duty. (Charlotte Collins)
- “. . .she is Mrs. Collins, not Charlotte. But he knew it was a battle he would soon surrender. If only his heart could stop racing as it did whenever she was near, he might have enough blood flow to his brain to direct it more appropriately. But for now, she was Charlotte. Beautiful, courageous, loyal Charlotte . . .” (Colonel Fitzwilliam)
- Darcy asked, “Does Georgiana know you admire Charlotte?”
“Apparently. Am I that transparent?”
“For a man who makes his living deceiving the enemy, yes, it is quite evident that your heart has surrendered.” Darcy was relieved to see Richard’s worry give way to a smile. (Mr. Darcy)
- I may not have a fortune to offer her, but perhaps she does not need a fancy home like Pemberley. Maybe all she needs is love. You tell her that for me, you hear? Tell her she deserves to be loved by a man. But not just any man—this man. Tell her to wait for me. Brag about me if you must, but tell her to hope for Fitzwilliam—a man who went to fight for England but came back only to win the one thing that is worth fighting for: a lady’s heart. (Colonel Fitzwilliam)
- There had been something there in that nursery between them, something to hope for; he had felt it in all the things she had said, and the things she had left unsaid. (Colonel Fitzwilliam)
- Yet Charlotte wasn’t the Colonel’s second choice or the most convenient choice like she had been with Mr. Collins. She was his first choice. What a comforting, yet bewildering thought! (Charlotte Collins)
- These moments were not false outward demonstrations of love, intended to create the perception of love, they were impulsive and natural expressions of love. She only had the former with Mr. Collins. (Charlotte Collins)
- It was not possible for her smile to widen, her blush to deepen, or her heart to speed up. Every part of her body felt a deep and abiding love for the man who had captured her heart. Nay, her heart had fully surrendered. (Charlotte Collins)
I hope you have enjoyed these sweet “important nothings”. Hope for Fitzwilliam is now available on Amazon as an eBook and Paperback.
Jeanna Ellsworth Lake
Hey Lady Publications