Reading Reticule Roundup August 8

The Reading Reticule is back after taking July off for summer break. My kids were needing more time with me during the week (suffering from screen withdrawals since I am, in fact, the meanest mommy that ever existed) and I focused on family time on the weekends to enjoy summer. School has restarted and in person (for now) in my area. After talking with our doctors and weighing all the factors (school precautions, kids’ special needs, my health issues which require more rest and less stress), my husband and I decided to send them in person for now. They had a great first week back and I’ve caught up on a few things that were difficult to do with children in the time of Corona, some housework, and some sleep. Unfortuantely, I am not caugt up on writing yet, but I’m hoping to focus on that next week.

I hope all of you had an enjoyable July! I’ll be working on lists for the releases for last month and will have that and the $3.99 posts out soon!

*I’m skipping universal links this time because I’ve been having some issues with the site not giving me links the first half a dozen tries and I just don’t have time to mess with that. You can always look for the title from the vendor or Amazon market of your choice. I will note when a book is not currently in Kindle Unlimited and therefore might be available in more places.

New Releases

When the Sun Sleeps by Alix James

Disappointed hopes and the kindness of a stranger.

Elizabeth Bennet is as content as a girl with a wounded heart can be. Mr. Bingley has returned to Jane with promising attentions, and all is well… except that no one knows what has become of Mr. Darcy. Shadowed by regrets of the past, Elizabeth means only to enjoy her tour of the Peaks with her aunt and uncle, declining a chance to view Pemberley. The party takes rooms at an inn, and Elizabeth discovers a very lonely gentleman has taken the room next to hers.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has lost nearly all the people dearest to him. Too late to save some, and too humbled to reach out to others, he does the only thing he can think of. He leaves all his memories behind for a time, uncertain if or when he will ever return. On his way to Scotland, he stops in an unfamiliar town for the night, and finds a friend in the faceless voice next door. If only their paths would cross in the daylight, so he could learn who she is!

As the nights pass, and casual exchanges become deep confidences, Darcy and Elizabeth each find their hearts aching for the one they lost. Elizabeth wishes with all her heart that she could see Mr. Darcy one more time, to let him know how her feelings have changed. The least she can do is advise this stranger in the next room not to give up hope on the woman he loves.

When Darcy at last decides to seek Elizabeth Bennet and ask one more time for her hand, will he accidentally be riding away from her, instead? Find out in this delicious, gently paced story of mistakes and redemption.

When The Sun Sleeps is a sweet Regency Novella of approximately 20,000 words.

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A Bride for Pemberley by Carrie Mollenkopf

When George Darcy’s brother suddenly dies, he finds himself discharged from the Army and in possession of an estate in a terrible state of neglect. Not only has his brother run up considerable gambling debts, he has damaged the family name to where respectable families deny any connection to the Darcy’s. To make matters worse, all but three of Pemberley’s servants have abandoned the estate due to non payment of salary and abuses. As George Darcy attempts to rectify the shambles of his family home, gossips feast upon the new addition of a beautiful widow as housekeeper. Mrs. Elspeth Reynolds, the wife of one of Darcy’s men killed in the American Colonial War, has worked miracles to assist the man who kept her from poverty. In her wisdom, she insists that the only solution is for Darcy to marry. However, when presented with the eligible Anne and Catherine Fitzwilliam, Darcy is unsure if Anne’s love is worth the lies and deceit caused by a jealous sister. Discover how George Darcy meets and courts Lady Anne Fitzwilliam in the midst of potential scandal in A Bride for Pemberley.

Never a Bride: A Sweet Pride and Prejudice Variation by Abbey North

She is resolved to never be a bride, but she has no objection to mistress…
Dragging along a reluctant Lydia due to her scandalous behavior with a certain redcoat, Lizzy arrives at Hunsford to reunite with Charlotte. To her displeasure, she discovers Mr. Darcy is visiting his aunt at Rosings Park, and their stays overlap. At first, acrimony remains between them, but as the days pass, she starts to soften toward him. Lydia and Georgiana unexpectedly become close friends, and when Lydia is invited to stay with them at Darcy House, Lizzy can scarcely refuse to act as Lydia’s chaperone.

While in London, Fitzwilliam reveals the true depths of his affections and proposes. Lizzy is adamantly against marriage and determined to be never a bride, but a mistress is an entirely different matter. Her counterproposal shocks him, but Lizzy has means of persuading him. She is content as they are, until they are compromised and forced to marry. Convinced he contrived the matter to leg-shackle her, Lizzy is determined to ensure their marriage is a battleground. Can her pride ever yield, or is she too stubborn to see beyond her perceptions to the truth and grasp a chance at happiness?

The events follow the timeline of the original by Jane Austen until Hunsford with only a slight modification. After that, the plot diverges greatly.

While Abbey sometimes writes sensual JAFF, this is mostly SWEET, with a few instances of suggestion and moments that fade to blac
k.

*Not available in Kindle Unlimited

A Continued Affection (Romance and Reconciliation Book 3) by Meg Osborne

En route to London, Elizabeth Bennet has matrimony in mind – for not one but two of her sisters. She scarcely dares to dream of revisiting her own past romance.

Ftizwilliam Darcy once vowed never to revisit history, but time has changed him and now he is forced to acknowledge he has not stopped loving Elizabeth, and never shall…

Book 3 of Romance and Reconciliation, a Pride and Prejudice variation series that contemplates what might have happened if Mr Darcy met Elizabeth Bennet long before the Meryton Assembly.

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My Heart’s Desire by Melissa Shortreed

Following his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, a heartbroken and dejected Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to London. The force of Elizabeth’s resentment scorches his soul, and he is resolved not to regret the lady. Feelings of love and regret, however, cannot be governed, and when the anger passes, remorse develops.
Mr Darcy encounters Jane Bennet in London, and he confesses his ill judgment to his friend afterwards. This consequently brings Mr Bingley back to Hertfordshire.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth copes with the emotional aftermath of the gentleman’s proposal and his letter of explanation to her, facing the dilemma as she tries to discover the real Mr Darcy.
When she sees the gentleman in London, she avoids the encounter, too remorseful and uncertain of Mr Darcy’s reaction.
The couple renews their acquaintance eventually when Elizabeth travels into Derbyshire with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Shortly, the love blossoms at Pemberley.

Fate, however, is not on the lovers’ side and intervenes, threatening the happily ever after of literature’s favourite love story.


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The Ignomious Escapades of the Late Miss Anne de Bourgh by Darcy Quinne Alexander

My name is Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

A man should tell his own story.

Of course, this is not primarily my story, but the story of my wayward cousin, Miss Anne de Bourgh. It has come to light that my cousin faked being ill in order to conceal a secret, scandalous double life.

My poor cousin is dead, and the man I hate worse than life itself, Mr. George Wickham, is holding my family ransom by claiming to air her secrets to the world, or at the very least, half of London. I’m here, at Rosings in Kent, to determine how my cousin died and whether anything that Wickham alleges is true. Which would be difficult enough if it weren’t for the fact that Miss Elizabeth Bennet keeps appearing everywhere I go.

Miss Bennet is incredibly distracting.

But never mind her. Never mind anything about her. I’m certainly not thinking about her nearly constantly. I’m especially not thinking about marrying her. I can’t marry her. There are a great many barriers preventing such a thing, and besides, I have other things to occupy my mind, not least solving a veritable murder.

Marry her? Insupportable! Marrying her would be impossible.

Lady of the Manor (Unpolished Society Book 2) by Aubrey Anderson

Introducing Unpolished Society: Lady of the Manor, a 12 episode Pride and Prejudice Variation serial series. Each episode is novella length and filled with plenty of angst and excitement regarding our dear couple – Elizabeth and Darcy.

Lady of the Manor follows a simple premise that threatens to upend Elizabeth Bennet’s entire world – as her mother dies in childbirth, following the birth of Lydia Bennet. This event, coupled with the news that the death of a distant cousin has ennobled the Bennet family with a title leads Mr. Bennet to conclude that her must remarry. But to whom?

None other than the infamous Caroling Bingley becomes Elizabeth’s stepmother, to her immediate displeasure. How will this singular event effect how Elizabeth and Darcy find their way to each other, as equals in both name and title?

Episode 2: Althorpe
Following the death of Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bennet seeks to mend fences with his cousin and heir, Mr. Collins – to disastrous results. A surprise missive from a distant relation will alter the course of the Bennet family as they contemplate the future.

This serial is set during Jane Austen’s Regency England.

Lady of the Manor (Unpolished Society Book 3) by Aubrey Anderson

Introducing Unpolished Society: Lady of the Manor, a 12 episode Pride and Prejudice Variation serial series. Each episode is novella length and filled with plenty of angst and excitement regarding our dear couple – Elizabeth and Darcy.

Lady of the Manor follows a simple premise that threatens to upend Elizabeth Bennet’s entire world – as her mother dies in childbirth, following the birth of Lydia Bennet. This event, coupled with the news that the death of a distant cousin has ennobled the Bennet family with a title leads Mr. Bennet to conclude that her must remarry. But to whom?

None other than the infamous Caroling Bingley becomes Elizabeth’s stepmother, to her immediate displeasure. How will this singular event effect how Elizabeth and Darcy find their way to each other, as equals in both name and title?

Episode 3: The Mistress of Netherfield.
Newly married, Caroline Bingley Bennet, Countess of Wiltshire seeks to make her mark as lady of the new generation. Familial ties between the Bennets and Gardners grow closer, to the chagrin of her stepdaughter Elizabeth. Elsewhere, the friendship between Darcy and Fitzwilliam is brought to a breaking point.

This serial is set during Jane Austen’s Regency England.

The Odious Mr. Darcy by Julia Biscayne

A forced marriage.

After a heavy rainstorm, a misstep from Elizabeth Bennet and an early morning ride for Mr. Darcy result in scandal.
Darcy just wanted to help, but now he knows that the road to a hellish marriage is paved with good intentions.

For a stormy romance, read The Odious Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy in Time by Ada Byrn

After Elizabeth Bennet rejects his proposal, Mr. Darcy wants a do-over.

Fortunately for Darcy, his father gave him a magical watch on his deathbed. With this watch, Darcy can go back in time to repair the mistakes he has made.

Or can he?

As Shakespeare once wrote: We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Mr. Darcy in Time is a Pride and Prejudice Variation based on Jane Austen’s iconic lovers and set in the Regency Era.

A Most Wonderful Year by Andreea Catana

Elizabeth and Darcy found each other and happiness at Longbourn and, as they travelled to Pemberley, they believed they were headed for a serene ever after. But, a few years later, there is something that shadows their felicity: the lack of an heir, Darcy’s child that Elizabeth so desperately wants.
More trouble and challenges arise for our dear couple, as ghosts of the past return. Lydia Wickham makes an unexpected appearance at Pemberley, promising to shatter Elizabeth’s world once again and, as the time for the first Pemberley ball approaches, Lady Catherine puts additional pressure on Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage.
Can one be truly happy after finding ‘The One’? What happens if some wishes remain unfulfilled? Can marriage really be only bliss?
“A Most Wonderful Year” imagines a sequel to the story of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, following on from the last chapter of the book, adding plenty of mystery, drama, unexpected rivalries and twists, and of course, a renewed HEA.

Tempt Me by Julie Cooper

“He raged inwardly at fate’s gift of the one female he could never, ever have…”

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that a single vampyre must be in want of a wife. Someone biddable, her memories easily expunged to allow for strange, inexplicable deeds and baffling circumstances. A tractable creature, of average intelligence, willing to attend to the business of producing heirs and keep out of all else. A girl easily moulded, incurious, indifferent, and demanding nothing beyond access to his fortune.
FITZWILLIAM DARCY knows exactly who he needs. He can fix on the hour, the spot, the look, and the words which laid the foundation for an obsession he rejected. But ten years later, at an assembly in an obscure village in Hertfordshire, he finds himself in the middle once more.
His needs are unalterable. But can he resist the one woman he truly wants?

Mr. Darcy Gets Angry by Florence Gold

While Elizabeth Bennet and her aunt and uncle Gardiner are guests at Pemberley, they are introduced to Mr Darcy’s relatives Lord and Lady Matlock. Despite the friendly atmosphere, new uncertainties arise in Mr Darcy as he realises that marriage to Elizabeth might meet with resistance from his kin and London society. His love for her is a certitude yet, he decides to reflect further and postpones his decision.


However, life has other plans. His cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam is in danger, and of all people, the Bennets might have a key to solve the dilemma that could ruin his life and destroy his reputation forever. Confronted with his cousin’s misfortune, a fearful wrath engulfs Mr Darcy when he is prevented from offering his help.


Driven by deep friendship for the colonel and secret hopes of meeting Mr Darcy again, Elizabeth begins a crusade to save her friend and persuade Mr Darcy that, despite all odds, she is the woman he needs

The Trouble with Lords (Meryton Mysteries Book 1) by Sophia Grey

The trouble with Lords, is that one can never know whether or not their intentions are entirely honorable…

Surprised by the honor of an invitation to tea at Rosings Park while visiting her friend Charlotte Collins at Hunsford, Elizabeth Bennet is surprised to see how sickly Lady Catherine’s daughter is. Her curiosity is further piqued as she overhears whispers of Anne de Bourgh’s illness—could there be a dark secret lurking at the heart of Rosings Park?

Elizabeth will not be satisfied until her questions are answered and the truth behind Anne’s strange malady is revealed, but has she tread too closely upon secrets that her Ladyship would rather keep hidden?

The Trouble with Lords is the first in a series of clean cozy mysteries featuring Elizabeth Bennet and other characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and is suitable for all lovers of this classic novel.

The Trouble with Officers (Meryton Mysteries Book 2) by Sophia Grey

The Trouble with Officers is most often found in their past… they cannot seem to march away from it speedily enough!

Elizabeth Bennet’s return to Meryton could not have come at a better time. The arrival of new officers with the regiment has brought a great deal of excitement to Longbourn, and the preparations for the impending regimental ball threaten to overtake even the simplest of plans.

However eager Elizabeth’s sisters are to welcome the new recruits, there is a shadow hanging over one officer in particular… A Mr. George Wickham has arrived in Meryton with more than his share of scandal following close behind.

Can Elizabeth discover the reason behind the gentleman’s whispered conversations and fervent attempts to distance himself from his past? What secrets could an officer be hiding…

The Trouble with Officers is the second in a series of clean cozy mysteries featuring Elizabeth Bennet and other characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and is suitable for all lovers of this classic novel.

The Trouble with Sisters (Meryton Mysteries Book 2) by Sophia Grey

The Trouble with Sisters is the third in a series of clean cozy mysteries featuring Elizabeth Bennet and other characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and is suitable for all lovers of this classic novel.

Unapologetically, Elizabeth by Sophia Grey

It was not enough that Fitzwilliam Darcy had ruined her life, but that he should pretend that he did not know her at all? The insult could not be borne.

Elizabeth Bennet was not prone to making decisions lightly, but in a moment of weakness she was left with only a promise that the gentleman she had experienced one passionate night with would, indeed, come to claim her. But days became weeks, and weeks became months… and there was no sign of Mr. Darcy.

Now, with a child raised in secret, Elizabeth Bennet has resigned herself to a different sort of life. One that does not include a happily ever after. But when Netherfield Park is let at last, Elizabeth will come face to face with the person she thought never to see again…

Can Elizabeth put aside her pride and see her way to opening her heart to Mr. Darcy once more? Or will secrets from the past ruin her one opportunity for real happiness?

Unapologetically, Elizabeth is a sweet, clean, Pride and Prejudice ‘what if’ variation that is suitable for all lovers of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy by Regina Jeffers

A THRILLING STORY OF MURDER AND BETRAYAL FILLED WITH THE SCANDAL, WIT AND INTRIGUE CHARACTERISTIC OF AUSTEN’S CLASSIC NOVELS

Fitzwilliam Darcy is devastated. The joy of his recent wedding has been cut short by the news of the sudden death of his father’s beloved cousin, Samuel Darcy. Elizabeth and Darcy travel to Dorset, a popular Regency resort area, to pay their respects to the well-traveled and eccentric Samuel. But this is no summer holiday. Danger bubbles beneath Dorset’s peaceful surface as strange and foreboding events begin to occur. Several of Samuel’s ancient treasures go missing, and then his body itself disappears. As Darcy and Elizabeth investigate this mystery and unravel its tangled ties to the haunting legends of Dark Dorset, the legendary couple’s love is put to the test when sinister forces strike close to home. Some secrets should remain secrets, but Darcy will do all he can to find answers—even if it means meeting his own end in the damp depths of a newly dug grave.

With malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy will keep Austen fans turning the pages right up until its dramatic conclusion.

Locked at the Netherfield Ball by Layla Johnson

Locked in the Netherfield library is one of the most popular scenarios in JAFF. This novella, however, comes with a surprise regarding the characters who fell victim to a broken doorknob.
The Netherfield Ball turned to be more a reason for distress than enjoyment for Elizabeth. Desperate and ashamed, she watched her family making a spectacle of themselves under Mr. Darcy and Bingley sisters’ contemptuous gazes, until she could not bear it any more. Struggling for a moment of peace and tranquillity, she hid in the solitude of the library. While leaning on an armchair in a corner of the dark room, two men entered, arguing. Before Elizabeth had time to make her presence known, the confrontation turned more violent in words and tone, revealing deep secrets that should have been kept hidden.
When one of the men attempted to leave and end the fight, his temper betrayed him and he pulled the doorknob so hard that it broke it.
Suddenly, Elizabeth found herself blocked in the library with Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham – only moments after she had discovered that her judgement about the two men had been utterly wrong.
With no place to hide and no mean to escape, the three of them had no other choice but to face each other, the truth and their own flaws.
How long will their ordeal last and how will that happenstance influence their lives are questions to which the readers will find answers in these clean, romantic, low angst novella of approximately 30 K words.

Loving You by Kevin Lawrence

“Loving You” is a “Pride and Prejudice” Regency novella of approximately 30 000 words, told from Darcy’s point of view. It begins around the time when Elizabeth and the Gardiners travel to North, then the tale follows Elizabeth and Darcy’s journey toward their final understanding and well deserved “Happily Ever After.”

A Vow of Convenience by Anna Lockhart

She gave up on the idea of marrying for love long ago…

Years have passed since Jane Bennet married Charles Bingley and Elizabeth’s own engagement to Collins was ended. Despite the insistence of her mother, Elizabeth can not bring herself to marry someone she has no feelings for, yet she knows such a thing may not be practical. Then, when financial troubles leave the future of Longbourn in question, Elizabeth realizes she may not have a choice but to marry, even without love.

He needed a wife and needed one immediately

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has called off his engagement to Anne de Bourgh. He can not allow her to become mistress of Pemberley, but if he does not marry someone else, his Aunt Catherine de Bourgh will never truly allow the engagement to end. Darcy needs a simple, uncomplicated woman who will make a good mistress of his family estate but will not complicate his life with love. When his good friend Charles Bingley reintroduces him to Elizabeth Bennet at a ball, he believes he has found the perfect woman to help execute his plan. There is no chance of falling in love with her… is there?

What begins as a marriage of convenience soon turns into something else entirely different… and neither Darcy nor Elizabeth might be prepared for what those changes mean.

A Vow of Convenience is a Pride and Prejudice variation that proves love can be found in the most unlikely places but will always lead to a happily ever after.

Power and Prestige: A Fantasy Austen Retelling (Magical Regency Book 1) by Sarah L. McConkie

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mage in possession of a vast fortune and refined magical abilities must be in want of a wife.

Yet High Mage Darkwood of Pemberley has no intention of marriage upon his arrival at Netherfield, especially not to the lowly Miss Cassia Retton. Accustomed to always getting his way, frustration reigns when his magical power against Cassia has no effect.

Cassia Retton puts little stake in inherited magical abilities until she travels to Rosings Park and everything changes. Perhaps it is the very land she stands on. Or is it the proximity to the awful High Mage Darkwood that brings out…something in her?

When Cassia’s family falls to ruin and she’s confronted with the scariest opposition of her life, will Cassia abandon what she’s always believed and summon her power within? And if she does, who will stand by her in the end?

If you relish Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or enjoy fantasy novels like Robin McKinley’s, this book is for you.

Power and Prestige is Book 1 in the Fantasy Austen Retellings series. Each book in the series is a standalone work and can be read in any order.

Pudge and Prejudice by A.K. Pittman

Pudge and Prejudice is an homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, transported to the fictitious Northfield Texas High School in the year 1984. After moving to Northfield with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse’s effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayne starts dating Charlie Bingley, the captain of the school football team, Elyse finds herself curious about Charlie’s popular and brooding best friend, Billy Fitz. Elyse’s body insecurities eventually complicate her relationship with Billy, leaving Jayne and Elyse’s exceedingly blunt friend, Lottie, to step in and help Elyse accept herself for who she is, pant size and all.

The Painting by Lara Sheffield

“The Painting” is a clean, romantic novella of approximately 30.000 words.
Elizabeth Bennet returned from Kent carrying the burden of Mr. Darcy’s terrible proposal, of her dreadful accusations and rejection, as well as deep remorse and self-guilt for believing Wickham’s claims so readily.
When Mr. Bennet allows Lydia to go to Brighton with the regiment, Elizabeth fears that her sister might be in danger. So she convinces her father to accept a compromise: she and Jane would also go to Brighton for a fortnight, before Elizabeth’s journey to the North with the Gardiners, to chaperone their sister and supervise her accommodations.
In the sunny Brighton, unexpected meetings will change the course of their lives.
A beautiful young woman – different by the colour of her skin, by her extraordinary talents and her sad history – will befriend Elizabeth and Jane. Soon enough, they will discover they have more than one acquaintance in common and Elizabeth will have the chance to sketch Mr. Darcy’s character one more time.
Had she learned her lesson, or will she hastily misjudge him once again?
Author’s Note: For this story, I was fortunate to get feedback and valuable input from Lory Lilian – one of my favourite JAFF authors. Those of you who love Lory’s books as much as I do, will surely recognise her “touch” on several major scenes in this novella.

The Curse by Kate Speck

Elizabeth Bennet believes herself a curse in a world where a few first-borns have unique talents. She meets Fitzwilliam Darcy who changes everything she knows about herself and wonders if her curse can be broken at last. Can Darcy find the truth and allow love to win?

Rate T for minor violence and language

Of Rumour and Romance by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Mrs Bennet’s easily-disturbed tranquillity of mind takes a battering when she learns the substance of a rumour that is sweeping Meryton – a rumour concerning Elizabeth’s closest friend, Charlotte Lucas. Will the plain Miss Lucas walk down the aisle with someone who is little more than a stranger to her? Is Mrs Bennet’s apparent jealousy well-founded?

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Found Her Voice by Jasmine Stirling

Witty and mischievous Jane Austen grew up in a house overflowing with words. As a young girl, she delighted in making her family laugh with tales that poked fun at the popular novels of her time, stories that featured fragile ladies and ridiculous plots. Before long, Jane was writing her own stories-uproariously funny ones, using all the details of her life in a country village as inspiration.

In times of joy, Jane’s words burst from her pen. But after facing sorrow and loss, she wondered if she’d ever write again. Jane realized her writing would not be truly her own until she found her unique voice. She didn’t know it then, but that voice would go on to capture readers’ hearts and minds for generations to come.

Elizabeth’s Darkest Beloved: A Paranormal Pride and Prejudice by Penelope Talbot

Can Elizabeth give her heart away to a man with no beating heart of his own?

At yet another tedious assembly, Elizabeth Bennet prepares herself to tolerate a night of boredom. But when she catches the eye of Duke Darcy, one of the most mysterious and intriguing men in all of England, she finds her life is changed forever. Their love is unexpected, and it comes with an unbreakable promise.

Soon, Elizabeth is forced to decide if she is willing to pay the ultimate price for an eternity with her beloved…

Elizabeth’s Darkest Beloved is a paranormal variation of Pride and Prejudice filed with danger, romance, and a love where ’until death do us part’ can last a lifetime.

A Love Beyond Time: A Time Travel Pride and Prejudice Variation by Penelope Talbot

When you fall in love, anything is possible…

Elizabeth Bennet is a diligent at employer at London’s most prestigious museum. The work is simple, and not particularly important, but she loves it. One evening late at night, as she goes about her work, she finds that she is transfixed by a portrait in a new collection. Before she is aware of what is happening, she finds herself waking on the grass in the middle of a party, and the man from the portrait is helping her to her feet.

It is not long before Elizabeth realizes that some sort of magic has taken hold of her and transported her to another century. While she is frightened, she finds comfort in the unexpected kindness of the gentleman from the part… and Elizabeth is unsure she wishes to leave 1813 behind.

A Love Beyond Time is a sweet and clean time travel Pride and Prejudice variation filled with strange magic, unexpected romance, and an ending that was destined for all time.


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Finally Mrs. Darcy (Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection Book 1) by Leenie Brown

Separated for Years ~ Reunited at Last

When Fitzwilliam Darcy does not return to Netherfield with his friend, Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes of ever finding happiness with the man to whom she has lost her heart are crushed.

Having confessed to playing a part in separating his friend from the woman he loved, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself cast off and ostracized. Uncertain of Elizabeth Bennet’s feeling for him, he chooses to bide his time and hope that his friend will one day forgive him.

As months stretch into years, hope fades and both Elizabeth and Darcy settle into life without each other, expecting that their paths will never cross again ─ until one night at a ball when fate in the form of a new uncle reunites them.
However, as old sparks burst into flames and the truth behind their separation comes to light, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s reunion be perfectly happy or will is always be tainted by betrayal?

Finally Mrs. Darcy is part of Leenie Brown’s Dash of Darcy collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired novellas. If you like well-written, fast-paced, sweet romance, then you will love this story of forgiveness, restoration, and reclaiming of true love by Leenie Brown.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Finally Mrs. Darcy, and slip into a world of sweet romantic indulgence today.

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Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott

Mr. Darcy’s younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after…

The year is 1814, and it is springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy’s fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana’s domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana’s fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart–and rely on her courage–for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

Pride and Prosperity by Julia Fellowes

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Can a gentleman change his manners and a lady change her mind?

IF it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a great fortune must be in want of a wife, mothers will go to great lengths to see their daughters have a real chance of marrying him.

Pride & Prosperity is a charming novelette inspired by Jane Austen’s highly esteemed story Pride & Prejudice.

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An Heir for Pemberley by Jane Grix

Fitzwilliam Darcy has it all – a beautiful, intelligent wife who loves him and she is expecting their first child. But Darcy’s mother died in childbirth and he worries that he could lose it all.

An Heir for Pemberley is a variation to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a short story sequel, 4000 words long and takes about fifteen minutes to read. It is a quick escape to Pemberley.

Their adventure takes more twists and turns than does the original “Pride and Prejudice,” but the reader will enjoy the devotion displayed by Darcy and Elizabeth as they bring Wickham to the line in Lydia Bennnet’s defense, as well as their working their way through multiple misconstructions and vulnerabilities. Darcy’s final wooing of Elizabeth brings two very private individuals to a very public declaration of their love. considers what will happen if he does not succeed in bringing Mr. Wickham before a magistrate. Will his failure bring an end to their “bargain”? Or will true love prevail?

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Four Days in April by Maria Grace

Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.

Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.

Four Days in April.

Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.

After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Elizabeth Bennet an equally memorable letter.

What if she answers it with one of her own?

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Perusasion: Behind the Scenes by Various Authors; Edited by Susan Mason-Milks & Maria Grace

You pierce my soul.

Before Jane Austen wrote that romantic letter from Captain Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot, she crafted a masterful story of heartbreak and longing that still resonates with readers today.

But what of those scenes that Jane Austen never wrote?  What Persuasion fan doesn’t want to listen in on Anne and Wentworth’s first courtship, laugh at the follies and foibles of the Elliot family, sail along on Captain Wentworth’s harrowing adventures at sea or attend Wentworth and Anne’s wedding.

Twelve authors of Austen-inspired fiction:  Diana Birchall, Marilyn Brant, Jack Caldwell, L.L. Diamond, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Kara Louise, Susan Mason-Milks, Jane Odiwe, C. Allyn Pierson, Mary Lydon Simonsen, and Shannon Winslow collaborated to put this unique collection that fills in “missing” scenes from Austen’s classic work, sure to delight any true Persuasion fan.

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Wasted Words: Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma (The Austens Book 1) by Staci Hart

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

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Pride and Preciptation  (Chick Flick Clique Romantic Comedy #1) by Heather Horrocks

Breezy Jones is crazy about the weather, rain or shine, which makes her job as the local television station’s meteorologist perfect. She’s even hoping the new buyers of her Aspen Grove station will make some positive changes.

That’s before she meets the attractive new general manager, Noah Drake, who is determined to repackage everything—including Breezy’s down-home delivery and casual, girl-next-door appearance that seems too

Pollyanna for him. He replaces her with a high-powered diva weathercaster and makes Breezy her off-screen assistant.

With a flood of angry emails from the community, plummeting ratings, and incessant demands from the diva, it doesn’t take long for Noah to see which way the wind is blowing.

Will the station survive the competitive clash between pride and precipitation?

More importantly, can their blossoming attraction survive?

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Mr. Darcy’s Passions by Harriet Lark

When Elizabeth Bennet tours Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle Gardiner, they make a plan to visit Pemberley.

Initially worried she will bump into Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth is reassured when she’s informed he won’t be arriving until the next day.

But when she strolls in the woods alone, she comes face to face with him!

Passion burns in Darcy’s veins. He’d determined to show Elizabeth just how much he ardently admires and loves her.

Will their passionate interlude in the woods lead to something more? Or will this be the only opportunity Elizabeth has to feel his strong arms around her, and to experience his lips on hers?

This is a short novelette of 8,000 words.


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Affectionate Hearts: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Cassandra B. Leigh]

Affectionate Hearts by Cassandra B. Leigh

Fitzwilliam Darcy received the shock of his life when he arrived at Ramsgate! His arch-nemesis George Wickham had absconded with his fifteen year-old sister and was heading to the border! Vowing Wickham’s demise, Darcy raced northward but could he catch them in time to save Georgiana from ruin?

Longing for a change of scenery and perhaps a bit of adventure, Elizabeth Bennet toured the Lake District with her aunt and uncle. During a chance encounter, she gains a new friend but will she also find the love of her life?

This sweet, clean Regency novella begins months before the start of Pride and Prejudice.


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Unwilling by Elizabeth Adams

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.

**Ms. Adams is featuring three other books for $0.99 USD right now.**

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower.

When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice?

Elizabeth’s high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family.

When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?

**Ms. Adams is currently offering two other novels discounted to $2.99 USD**

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Mrs. Hurst and the Huntsman by [Kate Bedlow]

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Mrs. Hurst and the Huntsman by Kate Bedlow

A dark and sexy romance ~ the secret story of Louisa and Rackham Hurst.

Rackham Hurst has no one but himself to blame for the disaster that is his marriage. For too long, he has respected Louisa’s need to put distance between them, but he can no longer stand to see her so unhappy. During a visit to the country estate of her brother’s wealthy friend, Rackham decides it’s time for a reconciliation—but first he has to find his wife.

The vast Derbyshire estate belonging to Fitzwilliam Darcy is beautiful, but to lonely Louisa Hurst, Pemberley’s perfection is suffocating. One day, desperate for solitude and fresh air, she takes a curricle out on her own and gets lost in Pemberley Forest.

The reclusive huntsman who finds her decides to keep her.

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Discovering Mr. Darcy (A Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection Book 4) by Leenie Brown

A wrong room, a locked door, and a final opportunity to understand one another

When Fitzwilliam Darcy left Netherfield, Elizabeth Bennet had yet to decipher his character and assumes she will never receive the opportunity to do so until he unexpectedly arrives in Kent where Elizabeth is visiting a friend. Upon their first meeting, Darcy seems different from the arrogant man Elizabeth remembers, and stories she hears from his cousin Anne further confuse her opinion until she overhears a conversation.

Arriving for his annual visit at Rosings, Darcy is both delighted and hopeful when he learns that his aunt’s parson has a guest. Having been unable to rid his thoughts and heart of the lovely Miss Elizabeth, he has determined to press his suit. However, when his cousin Richard’s attentions are more readily accepted by Elizabeth than his own, Darcy fears he will have to part with the lady he loves forever.

However, fate and scheming relations are not about to let this couple walk away from each other.

Discovering Mr. Darcy is part of Leenie Brown’s Dash of Darcy collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired novellas. If you like well-written, fast-paced, sweet romance, then you will love this story of compromise and the discovery of true love by Leenie Brown.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Discovering Mr. Darcy, and slip into a world of sweet romantic indulgence today.

Frankenstein Darcy by Cass Grix

Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein.

When he first comes to Hertfordshire, Frankenstein Darcy is a man of secrets, wanting to find peace. Falling in love with a provincial nobody is not in his plans.

Elizabeth Bennet is both intrigued by this tall, dark, handsome stranger and infuriated by his arrogance.

Neither of them realize how dangerous falling in love can be.

Frankenstein Darcy is a Jane Austen and Mary Shelley Variation, a romantic mashup with just a touch of the macabre.

Frankenstein Darcy. Who says you can’t make the ideal man?

The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel by [Janice Hadlow]

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The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice’s five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own.

What if Mary Bennet’s life took a different path from that laid out for her in Pride and Prejudice? What if the frustrated intellectual of the Bennet family, the marginalized middle daughter, the plain girl who takes refuge in her books, eventually found the fulfillment enjoyed by her prettier, more confident sisters? This is the plot of Janice Hadlow’s The Other Bennet Sister, a debut novel with exactly the affection and authority to satisfy Jane Austen fans.

Ultimately, Mary’s journey is like that taken by every Austen heroine. She learns that she can only expect joy when she has accepted who she really is. She must throw off the false expectations and wrong ideas that have combined to obscure her true nature and prevented her from what makes her happy. Only when she undergoes this evolution does she have a chance at finding fulfillment; only then does she have the clarity to recognize her partner when he presents himself—and only at that moment is she genuinely worthy of love.

Mary’s destiny diverges from that of her sisters. It does not involve broad acres or landed gentry. But it does include a man; and, as in all Austen novels, Mary must decide whether he is the truly the one for her. In The Other Bennet Sister, Mary is a fully rounded character—complex, conflicted, and often uncertain; but also vulnerable, supremely sympathetic, and ultimately the protagonist of an uncommonly satisfying debut novel.

A Baby for Mr. Darcy by J. Dawn King

When those you love the most become your worst enemy

Fitzwilliam Darcy is on the run…with a baby!

When an emergency summons Mr. Darcy back to London during the Netherfield ball, he discovers a newborn in his study along with a note. Now, he must guard a secret that could shatter his family and put the child in danger. But that isn’t his biggest challenge. He must find a wife—a woman he can trust with his charge and with his heart.

Elizabeth Bennet’s prospects for a marriage based on love are taken away from her when her father makes a deal with Mr. Darcy, a man she despises. When she learns the identity of the baby and the true identity of the man she married, will their marriage of convenience develop into a love for the ages?

Together they face slander, intrigue, family pressure, and prison. Will their marriage survive? Will the baby thrive? Or, will forces much larger than themselves destroy everything Darcy and Elizabeth hope for?

The Letter of the Law by J. Dawn King

One month to find a wife he can live with forever.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. If he doesn’t marry within 33 days, he loses guardianship of his sister to his cantankerous aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh. His diligent search within the ton was in vain, so he heads to the country with his mind filled with determination and his heart hoping for love.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is desperate. Her father’s disinterest in their estate has resulted in concern for the future of her family. When circumstances become precarious, Elizabeth accepts an offer from the last man on earth she suspected would be interested in marriage to her.

Will the hero and heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice find their happily-ever-after when the odds and the wickedest of enemies are against them?

Follow Elizabeth and Darcy in this novel-length Regency romance as J. Dawn King takes them through a sweet adventure where their happiness comes only if they obey The Letter of the Law.

**All of Ms. King’s works are currently discounted to $3.99 USD.**

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Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North

South Carolina, 1948 – Elizabeth Bennet is looking forward to a life of few surprises on her family’s farm. Longbourn is a place of comfort and quiet security, a haven from the heartache of her past, where she can sing to heart’s content, comfortable in the cage she’s built for herself.

When Charles Bingley buys the property neighboring Longbourn Farms, his best friend Will Darcy sees an opportunity he can’t miss. The postwar economy is booming, and the young, ambitious tycoon is determined to reap the benefits…until a chance encounter in the Netherfield woods changes everything, making him question the man he is, and the man he wants to be.

If Will can look beyond his own rigid expectations, can Elizabeth learn to forgive and live fully, free from her cage? Longbourn’s Songbird is a vivid reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, shining a spotlight on the opportunities and injustices of postwar America, a spellbinding tale of loss, of love, and of letting go.

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The Colonel: A Longbourn’s Songbird Novel by Beau North

1950: After letting his chance at love with Elizabeth Bennet slip through his fingers a second time, Richard Fitzwilliam loses himself in women, whiskey, and war as he tries to forget what he left behind. Putting oceans, continents, and decades between himself and his heartbreak, Richard seeks his future, only to be pulled back to the past again and again.

2002: Shaken by recent events, Ben Fitzwilliam has left everything familiar behind, walking away from his relationship, his Manhattan apartment, his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to return to his family home in Annapolis, Maryland. Struggling to navigate a world that makes less and less sense, Ben finds purpose where he least expected it: in his father’s private letters. With the help of Annapolis PD Officer Keisha Barnes, Ben attempts to uncover his father’s secrets, heal the rifts those secrets caused, and find the answers he seeks on far shores.

Spanning decades, continents, wars abroad and wars at home, The Colonel is the anticipated companion to Longbourn’s Songbird.

Content Warning: This book contains themes that may not be suitable for some readers such as PTSD, Addiction, Suicidal Ideation and Violence.

**Ms. North is offering all books at $0.99 except for The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is also offering free books to all healthcare, grocery/food workers and temp or hourly workers furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact her directly.**

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A Very Merry Mix-up by Jennifer Redlarczyk

It all began when Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam stopped at the posting station in Bromley on their way to Rosings Park for their annual visit. Looking for some diversion, the good colonel happened upon a local Romani woman who was selling her people’s treasured Moon Wine. Find out what happens to some of our favorite Jane Austen characters when her advice is ignored in A Very Merry Mix-up.

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A Taste of Peanut Butter by Jennifer Redlarczyk

Elizabeth Bennet has a passion for baking and peanut butter happens to be her signature ingredient. William Darcy’s family owns Pemberley Network where she is a contestant in their next bake off television series. Will their newly found romance be complicated by a conflict of interest? Find out in A TASTE OF PEANUT BUTTER. This romantic comedy is followed by a short Regency tale called BLAME IT ON THE SQUASH. Both of these stories are light-hearted and low-angst.

Ms. Redlarczyk has also reduced the price on her other books.

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Becoming Lady Darcy by Sara Smallman

As a direct descendant of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Elizabeth Darcy spent her childhood wandering the halls of Pemberley. Now a tourist attraction under the watchful eye of curator Joyce Hutchinson, every room contains reminders of the timeless love story as it seeps through the history of the great house.

Lizzy has given up trying to find love, but things get tricky once Hollywood director, Matthew Wickham, the father of her daughter Harriet, returns to the Derbyshire estate to begin filming Jane Austen’s classic novel, bringing with him a very famous, very aloof actor, who catches her eye. But Benn Williams has his own secrets, and Lizzy finds that history seems to be repeating itself, despite her attempts to resist it.

Dipping into key events in history, ‘Becoming Lady Darcy’ combines a variety of techniques to tell the story, as we move throughout the timelines of five obstinate headstrong girls who called Pemberley home.

Sophia, the Jacobean courtier, has a clever head and a smart mouth, but when the gaze of the King falls on her, she finds herself embroiled in courtly games and treasonous plotting.

Elizabeth, with her fine eyes, begins her tenure as mistress with the devoted Fitzwilliam by her side, but happily-ever-afters don’t always work out quite as we expect, and being Mrs Darcy proves trickier than she anticipated.

Mabel, only daughter of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth, finds that her privileged upbringing leaves her yearning for adventure and looking for escape in the arms of a handsome gentleman in a seaside town.

Millicent, who lives lots of lives, must navigate the changing world at the turn of the twentieth century, and fight to save Pemberley from an uncertain future.

And then there is Lizzy, who realises that in order to embrace her future, she has to accept her past and realise that sometimes life, and love, have to be experienced without pride and prejudice getting in the way

Foundation of Love (The Mystic Blessing 2) by Wendi Sotis

Building contractor William Darcy doesn’t trust women. Elizabeth Bennett, an architectural intern working on his latest project, wants nothing to do with such a rude man. Because of a magical blessing inherited from an ancestor of a similar name, Elizabeth begins to doubt her sanity when her cell phone receives pictures predicting future events. After Elizabeth uses the photos to save William’s sister, the wall between them begins to crumble.

When William witnesses Elizabeth viewing a series of prophetic photos, he becomes involved, as well.

Will their shared experiences become the foundation of love?

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Desperate Hearts by Anna Kate Suton

In this “what if?” variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet find true love in a story that starts off with our dear couple happy and hopeful.

Until, that is, two villains – each for their own reason – launch a plot to separate them.

Darcy is broken-hearted and sure he has lost Elizabeth, but things are not always as they seem. It is up to Darcy’s loyal cousins to unravel the mystery and reunite our dear couple.

As they do, a long-hidden family secret is revealed to explain why Elizabeth is her mother’s least-favoured child.

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