Jann Rowland

Jann Rowland . . . is a Canadian. He enjoys reading and sports, and he also dabbles a little in music, taking pleasure in singing and playing the piano.

Though Jann did not start writing until his mid-twenties, writing has grown from a hobby to an all-consuming passion. His interest in Jane Austen stems from his university days when he took a class in which Pride and Prejudice was required reading. However, his first love is fantasy fiction, which he hopes to pursue writing in the future.

He now lives in Alberta with his wife of more than twenty years and his three children.

A Tale of Two Courtships
When newcomers arrive in Meryton, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself first close friends with Mr. Charles Bingley, and then the object of interest to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Her sister Jane, away in London, visiting her aunt and uncle, returns to find Longbourn changed and a gentleman caller of her own.

But there are others who do not wish for these courtships to proceed, or succeed. Two sisters, both in danger of losing their hearts. One experiences a courtship which ends quickly in an engagement, the other must struggle against the machinations of others. And one who will do anything to ensure her beloved sister achieves her heart’s desire.
The Heir's Disgrace (Courage Always Rises: The Bennet Saga Book 1)
A second son, Mr. Henry Bennet is an officer in His Majesty’s army, knowing he must fight to earn his bread. But a letter from his father changes everything, as he is summoned home due to a family crisis.

His brother, Philip Bennet, has been a gamester for years and has finally done the unthinkable—he has mortgaged Longbourn’s future for his own selfish pleasures. The sinister figure of Baron Godwin, the immoral man to whom Philip has become indebted, casts a long shadow over Longbourn, as he demands to be paid what he is owed.

As Henry and his father struggle to cope with the disaster which has fallen upon them, they make desperate plans to save what they can of their family and their very way of life. But in the process, Henry finds he has made an implacable enemy, a man who will stop at nothing to see him and all he cares for destroyed.

The Heir’s Disgrace is the first book of the Courage Always Rises: The Bennet Saga Trilogy. The second book will feature the ongoing struggles of Mr. Henry Bennet, as he attempts to protect his family from an implacable foe, and feature a young Elizabeth Bennet embroiled in a mystery. The third book will tell the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s courtship and detail the final confrontation between the Bennet family and their implacable enemy.
What Comes Between Cousins
Mr. Darcy and his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, have always been the best of friends, with little, if anything, coming between them. But when Mr. Bingley leases Netherfield, their relationship is tested, for though Mr. Darcy is still the proprietor of a large estate in Derbyshire, the colonel’s situation has changed, and he is very much Mr. Darcy’s equal.

When the two cousins are introduced to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, they each recognize her for the jewel she is. A rivalry springs up between them, in which each is determined to win the fair Miss Bennet.

As the situation between cousins deteriorates, clarity begins to come for Elizabeth, and she sees Mr. Darcy as the man who will fill all her desires in a husband. But the rivalry between cousins is not the only trouble brewing for Elizabeth. There are others who have an interest in keeping her apart from her gentleman, making her path to happiness fraught with peril.
Out of Obscurity
At a dinner party in London during the season, Fitzwilliam Darcy meets an enchanting young woman. though he recognizes her beauty and poise, he is struck by a sense of familiarity and realizes she is someone connected to him.

What follows is a whirlwind of events in which the woman’s lineage is discovered and her true identity is established. Darcy quickly realizes she is a woman estimable in her own right, and he finds himself besotted.

But amid the miraculous events of a lost soul returning home, dark forces conspire against the young woman, for her loss was not an accident. And so it is that a man is moved to action by a boon long denied, determined to avoid being cheated by Miss Elizabeth Bennet again.
The Companion
Elizabeth intended her stay with Mrs. Collins in Kent to be a pleasant and uneventful time spent with her dear friend, engaged in nothing of more import than laughing about Charlotte’s ineffectual husband and walking the woods of his patroness’s estate.

But a sudden tragedy leaves Elizabeth directly in Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s sights, and though Elizabeth is reluctant, she accedes to the lady’s demands.

It is not long, however, before the peace of the estate is shattered, for a woman long-oppressed has begun to spread her wings. What comes after is a whirlwind of events, in which Elizabeth discovers that her carefully held opinions are not infallible. Furthermore, a certain gentleman of her acquaintance might be the key to Elizabeth’s happiness.
In the Wilds of Derbyshire
Rejected by a sister who has allowed her new status as wife to Mr. Bingley to make her proud, Elizabeth Bennet goes to her uncle’s estate in Derbyshire, ostensibly to assist her cousin in her introduction to society. In reality, Elizabeth feels there is nothing left for her in the neighborhood of her birth.

Her uncle’s estate is small, and Elizabeth must work while there, and though she finds her tasks easy to bear. She quickly becomes close to her young cousin and uncle, though her aunt is a hard, demanding woman, who seems to hold a grudge against Elizabeth. But she also meets many friends, including the daughter of an earl, and the handsome friend of her sister Jane’s new husband, a Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

As Elizabeth is slowly pulled from her melancholy, new vistas open up to her, and she realizes that she can still have everything she has ever wished to have. But the jealousy of a woman who is no friend of her courtship with a wealthy man threatens her newfound happiness, and the coming of a sister who rejected her has the potential to once again disrupt Elizabeth’s life and destroy her future.
Chaos Comes To Kent
Unable to visit his cousins as planned, Mr. Collins invites them to stay at his parsonage the following spring. The Bennets go to Kent expecting a foolish Mr. Collins and an overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh. While one is as they expect, the other is surprisingly amiable.

When Mr. Darcy and his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, visit Lady Catherine at the same time, they each begin to focus on a Bennet sister, prodded by well-meaning relations, but spurred on by their own feelings.

But though Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth quickly begin to fall in love, there are other elements of both families who are determined to interfere . . . .
The Angel of Longbourn
Delayed on his way to Netherfield where his friend, Charles Bingley, awaits his arrival, Fitzwilliam Darcy decides to continue on horseback, only to be caught in a rainstorm. Later that day, Elizabeth Bennet finds him unconscious and suffering from a serious illness.

The Bennets quickly return him to their house, where they care for him like he is one of their own, and he soon forms an attachment with the young woman he comes to view as his personal angel.

But the course of true love cannot proceed smoothly, for others have an interest in Darcy for their own selfish reasons…
Coincidence
In this charming retelling of the classic novel Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy visits his aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Kent, where he finds Miss Elizabeth Bennet staying with the newly married Mrs. Collins. As Darcy feels the pangs of buried infatuation begin to resurface, he realizes that Miss Bennet detests him.

At first, Darcy is relieved by his seeming escape, realizing that had he not discovered her true feelings, then he might have done the unthinkable and actually proposed. It is not long, however, before he is bewitched by her all over again, and he resolves to change her opinion of him and win her at all costs.

Elizabeth Bennet wishes nothing more than to spend time with her friend and determine the true state of Mrs. Collins’s happiness without the interference of any of the proud residents of Rosings Park. But she is soon made uncomfortable by the presence of Mr. Darcy, who appears before her at random times, seemingly by coincidence.

As they become better acquainted, they learn more not only about each other, but also about themselves. Unfortunately, the path to happiness is not without its trials, and they both must change if they want their ultimate happiness to come to pass.
My Brother's Keeper
When Fitzwilliam Darcy accompanies Charles Bingley to Netherfield, he is accompanied by George Wickham, a friend of many years. At first, Darcy does not see Elizabeth Bennet for the jewel she is, but his eyes are soon opened to her true worth. For her part, Elizabeth Bennet sees Darcy as a proud and haughty man, and it is not until he begins to pay her particular attentions that her heart begins to thaw.

But all is not well. For George Wickham has also formed an attachment to the young lady, and unknown to the young couple, feelings of jealousy have begun to rise up in his heart.

As Darcy and Elizabeth grow closer and love begins to blossom between them, the actions of a scoundrel threaten their happiness. All is in the balance when one who they call friend is forced to make a decision which will affect their felicity.
The Mistress of Longbourn
A change in the circumstances of the entail leaves Elizabeth Bennet as the mistress of Longbourn, beholden to no one. Despite the tragedy that took her parents and all but one of her sisters from her, Elizabeth eventually heals, and she takes up the affairs of the estate with a flair her father never possessed. But estate ownership has its own trials, for it makes Elizabeth the target of those who might have otherwise viewed her as nothing more than a pretty vivacious girl.

When the Netherfield party arrives at the area, the family they find at Longbourn is small, composed only of Elizabeth, who has been changed by the burdens of estate ownership, and her younger sister, who has grown much, but is still immature enough to be infatuated by a handsome face. They also find that Elizabeth faces her own social trials, primarily in the figures of George Wickham, who desires an easy life, and Mr. Collins, who is offended that his father did not inherit Longbourn. It takes all of Elizabeth’s fortitude to withstand the men vying for her attention, stand by her principles, and abide by her desire to marry only for the deepest love.

Yet Elizabeth must also recognize that deep and abiding love when it finds her. For in this world, nothing is perfect, and searching for perfection can lead to one letting true love pass by.
A Life from the Ashes
A sequel to Jann Rowland’s beloved first novel Acting on Faith, A Life from the Ashes chronicles Lydia’s journey toward self-discovery, knowledge, and a future she never knew she wanted.

Having achieved her fondest wish, Lydia Wickham leaves Longbourn in the company of her handsome husband for Newcastle, certain she is embarking on a grand adventure.

But not all is as it seems. Unbeknownst to Lydia, the man she thinks she has married does not exist, as he is merely a mask for a callous libertine who cares nothing for others and considers himself chained to a woman he never wished to marry.

Slowly, Lydia learns the true measure of her husband and realizes that she was hasty in insisting on marrying him. It is only through the patient tutelage of her commanding officer’s wife that she comes to understand there is more to life than frivolous pursuits and men wearing red coats.

Unfortunately for Lydia, it might be too late, for she has cast her lot with a man so reprehensible that none know of what he is capable.
Shadows Over Longbourn
The approaching death of Mr. Bennet threatens to leave his five young daughters at the mercy of the vengeful Mr. Thaddeus Collins. But Mr. Bennet plays one final desperate card before he passes, calling on his distant relatives—the Darcys—to provide his children with a home.

Removing themselves to Pemberley after their father’s death, the girls are protected by the estate’s current master, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, who looks after them as conscientiously as he does his own sister. When chance takes the Bennets and their Darcy relations to the estate leased by Mr. Bingley, little do they know that their father’s thwarting of Mr. Collins has only fanned the flames of his envy and hatred. He is determined to secure a Bennet daughter as a wife for his son, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal.

Elizabeth has become consumed by love for Mr. Darcy, but since he remains oblivious to her feelings, Elizabeth’s desperation forces her to consider going into service as a governess, if only to obtain some distance from the object of her affection. But Mr. Collins has no intention of letting Elizabeth escape his grasp so easily, and everything finally comes to a head when he meets with her in an explosive showdown.
Obsession
Banished from her home at the age of seventeen for refusing a marriage proposal from an odious man, Elizabeth Bennet moves to London to live with her aunt and uncle Gardiner. Though fighting feelings of hopelessness, Elizabeth attempts to be happy. The persistence of her unwanted suitor, however, upsets the balance she has achieved with her relations, leaving her fearful for her future.

An introduction to Mr. Gardiner’s new business partner allows Elizabeth to make a new acquaintance with a pleasant man and his family, bringing some much-needed variation to her colorless life. But when she is approached by a mysterious stranger who wishes to know more of her, Elizabeth can only allow herself to be caught up in the excitement of the moment and his apparent interest.

Unfortunately, her other suitor still lurks in the background, waiting for his chance to snare her. It soon becomes clear to Elizabeth that others see as interest, the reality is much more sinister, and takes all the appearance of an OBSESSION.
Cassandra
As a young man of five and twenty, Fitzwilliam meets a young lady who will change his life. After a whirlwind courtship, the couple marry. But after only a year of marriage, disaster strikes, and Darcy loses his wife in childbirth. Stricken with grief, Darcy is left with a young daughter to raise without his beloved wife by his side.

Darcy is ultimately convinced to return to society by his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and almost three years later, he returns to London in the company of his sister and his daughter.

Through the assistance of old friends and new, Darcy is once again induced to take an interest in life and move past his heartbreak. And though he is convinced that lightning never strikes twice, perhaps Darcy will be able to find love again.
Bound by Love
Lost as a young child, Elizabeth is found by the Darcys and becomes a valued member of the family. In fact, she becomes so close that Lady Anne Darcy considers her to be a second daughter.

Elizabeth grows and learns with the Darcys, experiencing all that society has to offer, including the delights of the season, the benefits of fortune and society, and the love of a family. Along with those things, she experiences the sorrow of loss and the machinations of a man without scruple.

When Charles Bingley, a good friend of her adopted family, invites the Darcys to his newly leased estate, little does Elizabeth know that she soon will be confronted by her past.
Waiting for an Echo Volume 1: Words in the Darkness
In this reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy’s primary reason for coming to Hertfordshire is not to assist Mr. Bingley; rather, he is finding it difficult to decide between duty and happiness as he considers two women in Kent as prospective brides. But in the midst of gaining distance from his dilemma, he never once considered the possibility that his eye could be caught by someone so much lower than him in consequence as Elizabeth Bennet.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who lives a sheltered life in Hertfordshire, is unwilling to fully participate in society and has no desire to find a husband. She has been hurt by love in the past, and she is none too eager to expose herself in such a fashion again.

With other alterations to Austen’s novel—such as a more decisive Mr. Bingley and a surprising choice of bride by Mr. Collins—this novel provides something new for Austen enthusiasts to enjoy while still being able to relish in the familiarity of the characters we have all grown to know and love.
Waiting for an Echo Volume 2: Echoes at Dawn
Continuing after Words in the Darkness, Echoes at Dawn follows Elizabeth Bennet as she travels to Kent to visit her sister Mary, who has recently married Mr. Collins. There, she meets with a villain who is already known to her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of a pair of tragic events.

Despite these developments, Elizabeth finds that what troubles her more than anything else is the arrival of Mr. Darcy in Kent. She finds it difficult to reconcile her image of the man whose conversation she enjoys with that of the man she suspects almost ruined her dear sister Jane’s happiness forever.

In the end, Elizabeth must determine the state of her heart and affections if she is ever to find true happiness.
An Unlikely Friendship
Elizabeth Bennet has always possessed pride in her powers of discernment. Her discovery that that her impressions of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham are wrong is made worse by the fact that she learns she was mistaken about the character of yet another person.

When her sister marries the affable Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth accepts an invitation to stay with the man’s newly married sister, Caroline Powell. In coming to know the woman better, Elizabeth realizes that Caroline is actually someone she wishes to call “friend.”

Amid the machinations of a young man not unlike Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth discovers not only true friendship, but also true love. But to ensure the longevity of any possible happiness, Elizabeth must reach out and grasp it with both hands before it slips away.
Love and Laughter: A Pride and Prejudice Short Stories Anthology
For those who need a little love and laughter in their lives, Jann Rowland and Lelia Eye bring you this anthology of ten stories, including:

A PROFITABLE VENTURE Young William Collins comes to live with the Bennets due to the death of his father. Suspecting him of harboring hopes for her most beautiful sister, Elizabeth decides to teach him a lesson he will not forget.

THE GOSSIP When the loose-tongued Colonel Fitzwilliam reveals to Darcy that Elizabeth Bennet’s opinion of him is less than positive, Darcy immediately realizes he must take action if he is to ever hope to draw the young woman’s eye.

THE POWER OF PEMBERLEY Caroline returns to Pemberley, ecstatic to finally be back at her home and the peace it brings her. Unfortunately, she has discovered that there are several deficiencies with the house which she must correct.

THE BROTHER’S ADMIRATION When Georgiana Darcy comes to stay at Netherfield and reveals the truth of her brother’s admiration, Elizabeth is forced to reevaluate her opinions of the gentleman . . . and to admit that perhaps he is not so terrible a man after all. … and several others.
A Bevy of Suitors
When a chance remark from Mr. Darcy causes Mr. Bingley to rethink which Bennet daughter he wishes to pursue, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself the focus of Mr. Bingley’s attentions. Though her dearest sister encourages her to allow herself to determine her feelings for the man, Elizabeth finds her eye caught by the more reserved Mr. Darcy.

But these are not the only suitors for Elizabeth’s hand, as Mr. Wickham and Mr. Collins also prove themselves determined to draw her attention.

Though Elizabeth would never have imagined that she would be the focus of such attention, she finds herself forced to choose from among a bevy of suitors . . . .
Implacable Resentment
The cruelty of an all-consuming grudge is enough to drive a nine-year-old Elizabeth Bennet from her family home to spend the rest of her childhood with the Gardiners.

When she is nineteen, her family calls her home, and she heeds the summons with her head held high, only to discover that the prejudice against her has not abated with time. She meets a variety of people previously unknown to her, including the pleasant Mr. Darcy and the odious Mr. Collins, and she is allowed to feel as if love is within her grasp.

But first she must defeat the machinations of her father, who has her future planned out for her . . . .
A Summer in Brighton
Elizabeth Bennet decides not to travel with her relations to Derbyshire, the home of her rejected suitor. Instead, she accepts an invitation to go to Brighton, home of the famous sea baths and circulating libraries.

Though Elizabeth expects a relaxing summer in which she experiences the attractions of a beautiful city in the company of a dear companion, she finds so much more, including the friendship of a mysterious widow whose motives are difficult to discern.

But Elizabeth also makes a painful discovery when she learns that gentlemanly manners can disguise immoral habits and a hatred so intense, as to drive a man to do anything to make his despised enemy suffer. The arrival of the man whose attentions she had spurned only serves to discompose Elizabeth and make the situation even more volatile. Can Elizabeth find true love amid such turmoil?
Open Your Eyes
When Elizabeth Bennet meets with Mr. Wickham in Meryton, he informs her of his past dealings with Mr. Darcy. During the course of this conversation, Elizabeth realizes that Mr. Wickham is perhaps not all he seems to be and that there may be more to the man than amiable manners and a handsome countenance.

Though she decides she does not want to be involved with either of the men, she finds that it is not easy to extricate herself from the situation. One of the men turns out to be strangely compelling, and the other is intent upon inducing her to acknowledge that his version of events is correct. The further she is drawn into their intrigues, the more Elizabeth realizes that she may have misjudged the situation . . . and that her powers of observation might not be completely faultless in all cases.

This tale of love and courtship tells the story of what might have happened had Elizabeth only opened her eyes and used some of her vaunted ability to sketch characters shortly after the beginning of her acquaintance with Mr. Wickham and Mr. Darcy.
Acting on Faith
After leaving his friend Charles Bingley in Hertfordshire, Fitzwilliam Darcy intends to see to business in London while gaining some much-needed distance from the enchanting Elizabeth Bennet. Little does he know that his peace will soon be disturbed. To his surprise, his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, descends upon him in a fury, demanding that he agree to marry her daughter.

She neglects to tell him, however, that she has just parted ways with Elizabeth in Hertfordshire, the “unsatisfactory” result of the meeting being Elizabeth’s refusal to promise never to marry him. Amid what he fears is a whirlwind of rumors, Darcy is forced to move forward in his quest to secure Elizabeth’s hand with no assurances of her regard. Unfortunately, neither Caroline Bingley nor Elizabeth’s childhood friend Samuel Lucas intend to make it easy for him.

Picking up after chapter 56 of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this charming tale of love and determination explores what would have happened if Fitzwilliam Darcy had no indication other than his own observation, that Elizabeth Bennet’s opinion of him had changed. His fortitude and constancy once more put to the test in the face of blatant interference, her mother’s dislike, and her father’s ambivalence, Darcy is required to “act on faith” to secure the woman of his dreams.

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