Reading Reticule Roundup January 22

Can you believe we are almost done with our first month of 2021? Here are the goodies that I have found this week!

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New Releases

Mr. Bingley Plans a Ball: A Teatime Tales Novelette by [Leenie  Brown]

Mr. Bingley Plans a Ball: A Teatime Tales Novelette by Leenie Brown

It’s a simple plan: propose, plan a ball, ensure his friend’s happiness. If only simple meant easy.

Mr. Bingley has returned to Netherfield as he promised, and he has come alone. However, he is planning to have guests. First, he will need to secure Miss Bennet’s acceptance of his proposal. Then, he’ll have to rid the area of a particular scoundrel. And then? Well, then, he can work on ensuring his friend’s happiness.

In theory, it seems simple. In practice, it’s going to take some quick thinking and shifting tactics to pull off the happiest Yuletide ball either he or his friend have ever attended.

Mr. Bingley Plans a Ball is a novelette of just over 17,500 words and is the second installment in Leenie Brown’s Teatime Tales Collection of Austen-inspired quick reads. If you’re looking for an entertaining escape from the everyday, where good intentions turn into a somewhat-muddled scheme, then you’ll love this story about the lengths to which one friend will go for another to make certain they are both happily matched.

So put the kettle on, download your copy of Mr. Bingley Plans a Ball, and steal away with Mr. Bingley for a few moments of sweet indulgence while he fumbles his way through planning a happily ever after or two.

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[This story was previously published in a MUCH shorter form as part of a Teatime Tales short story anthology. That original short story is now part of the first chapter of this novelette.]

Pride and Poor Judgment by [J Anne Campanile]

Pride and Poor Judgment by J. Anne Campanile

Her pride, his prejudice, and astoundingly poor judgment.

Winter Darcy has her priorities straight: protect her best friend, reconnect with her brother, and survive senior year. Boyfriends? Crushes? Not in the plan. But life hasn’t cared about her plans in the past, so really, she should have expected the Bennet brothers.

John is a threat to her best friend, Charlie’s, recovery. Elliot is Darcy’s personal stumbling block. And then there’s Darcy’s brother, who hasn’t spoken to her in months. Her life is scattered, but her heart is in the right place.

Fresh, funny, and achingly relatable, this gender-flipped Pride and Prejudice follows Darcy’s socially awkward exploits in love, friendship, heartache, and learning that she’s not always right.

A Love So Wonderful: A Pride and Prejudice Variations Collection by [P. O. Dixon]

A Love So Wonderful: A Pride and Prejudice Variations Collection by PO Dixon

With a love so wonderful as Darcy and Elizabeth’s, little wonder Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice lovers can never have enough.

FEATURING By Reason, by Reflection, by EverythingOnly a Heartbeat Away, and Together in Perfect Felicity. Check your library! If either of these delightful Pride and Prejudice variations is not there, what better time than now to embark on your next romantic escape.

Darcy's Runaway Bride: A Sweet "Pride & Prejudice" Variation by [Abbey North]

Darcy’s Runaway Bride: A Sweet “Pride & Prejudice” Variation by Abbey North

A costly kiss…
A moment of madness causes Lizzy and Fitzwilliam to be compromised. They reluctantly wed, but he believes she conspired with her mother to force the union. Under those circumstances, they will never make a marriage work, so she agrees to his plan to pursue an annulment in three years. Lizzy is humiliated but determined to live her life as though Mr. Darcy isn’t part of it…and he isn’t.

Nearly four years later, an irate Fitzwilliam has come to America in search of his wayward bride. He wants to secure the annulment, so he follows her to the Colonies after she moves there when her sister marries an American. Bingley is along, and he doesn’t hide his disapproval of Fitzwilliam’s plan. When he finds Lizzy, she’s quick to agree to the annulment as planned, so they undertake a journey to the nearest city to find legal counsel.

Along the way, they are set upon by bandits. Barely escaping, Lizzy is perilously injured, and Fitzwilliam has to find them help. As Lizzy heals, he realizes he can’t imagine living without her. Will Lizzy give him a second chance, or is she determined to end their marriage that has never really begun?

Quitting the Sphere by [Jann Rowland]

Quitting the Sphere by Jann Rowland

Elizabeth Bennet’s time in Kent has been the restful retreat from the rumors that drove her away from Meryton that she wished. When her family joins her and final preparations for her wedding to Fitzwilliam Darcy begin, she feels they have conquered every obstacle in their paths.

But fate still has a role to play, for the sight of the man who affected her removal throws them all into turmoil. Mr. Wickham, it appears, means to interfere with that happiness, his implacable enmity for her betrothed driving him to actions unthinkable.

While Mr. Darcy leads the search for Mr. Wickham, the later makes a desperate ploy, a final attempt to gain his vengeance on a man he believes denied him his due. In the end, it comes down to an unlikely source to foil his attempts before he gains his victory.

Quitting the Sphere is a novella of approximately 40,000 words and is the final book in the No Cause to Repine tetralogy. Volumes 1, 2, and 3, A Tacit EngagementScandalous Falsehoods, and Upstart Pretensions tell the story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s journey together and should be read first.


Pre-Orders

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The Bennet Women by [Eden Appiah-Kubi]

The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi

In this delightfully modern spin on Pride and Prejudice, love is a goal, marriage is a distant option, and self-discovery is a sure thing.

Welcome to Bennet House, the only all-women’s dorm at prestigious Longbourn University, home to three close friends who are about to have an eventful year. EJ is an ambitious Black engineering student. Her best friend, Jamie, is a newly out trans woman studying French and theatre. Tessa is a Filipina astronomy major with guy trouble. For them, Bennet House is more than a residence—it’s an oasis of feminism, femininity, and enlightenment. But as great as Longbourn is for academics, EJ knows it can be a wretched place to find love.

Yet the fall season is young and brimming with surprising possibilities. Jamie’s prospect is Lee Gregory, son of a Hollywood producer and a gentleman so charming he practically sparkles. That leaves EJ with Lee’s arrogant best friend, Will. For Jamie’s sake, EJ must put up with the disagreeable, distressingly handsome, not quite famous TV actor for as long as she can.

What of it? EJ has her eyes on a bigger prize, anyway: launching a spectacular engineering career in the “real world” she’s been hearing so much about. But what happens when all their lives become entwined in ways no one could have predicted—and EJ finds herself drawn to a man who’s not exactly a perfect fit for the future she has planned?

Came a Flight Gently: A Modern Pride and Prejudice Continuation (Pride in Flight Series Book 3) by [Leigh  Dreyer, Paul Trockner, Christina Boyd]

Came a Flight Gently: A Modern Pride and Prejudice Continuation (Pride in Flight Series Book 3) by Leigh Dreyer and Paul Trockner

In the exciting conclusion of the Pride in Flight Series (The Best Laid Flight Plans and The Flight Path Less Traveled), our dear couple Elizabeth and Darcy have moved to Pemberley to begin their lives together. An outsider to New York society and the affluent world of Darcy, our heroine uses her characteristic drive and wit to begin her marriage and all that comes with him. Helped along by Mrs. Reynolds and a curmudgeonly airplane mechanic, Elizabeth discovers a new path to the civilian flight world. Darcy, ever the hero, supports her and learns to trust her instincts. Fast-paced and dramatic, Came a Flight Gently soars through love, adventure, and intrigue as it races through Reno to the finish.

From Highbury with Love by [Corrie Garrett]

From Highbury with Love by Corrie Garrett

A retelling of Pride and Prejudice and Emma, bringing some of your favorite couples together in unexpected ways!
When Lizzy Bennet spends a winter visit in Highbury with her father’s cousins, Miss Jane Fairfax and Mrs. Bates, she becomes friends with the young lady of Hartfield, Emma Woodhouse. At least, everyone assumes they will be friends, but soon Lizzy is as invested in Harriet Smith’s sweet romance as Emma is opposed to it, and neither of these spirited heroines will back down easily!
And when Darcy visits his friend George Knightley, it’s a complete carousel of mistaken affections and awkward confrontations.
Some in the neighborhood are convinced Mr. Darcy remains in town for Emma. Some think Lizzy would be an excellent young bride for Mr. Knightley. Meanwhile Lizzy accidentally discovers love letters to Jane Fairfax, Lady Catherine hears rumors of Darcy’s courtship of Emma, and Mr. Knightley rescues the wrong girl at the ball.
Between Christmas parties, outdoor frescoes, and fireside chats, the Highbury community is in for all the drama their village can hold.

A Fine Mind: A Pride and Prejudice Novella (Sweet Sentiments Book 3) by [Alix James, Nicole Clarkston]

A Fine Mind (Sweet Sentiments Book 3) by Alix James

He’d give anything to keep his sister safe.
Even his own future.

Georgiana Darcy sees the world differently. Gifted with a sensitive soul and a mind that feels what others miss, she is the misfit in an aristocratic family. She’s also the reason her brother, Fitzwilliam Darcy, lets few people into his heart.

Teaching her, guiding her, and pushing away those who would not understand her, Darcy has done all in his power to protect his sister. Is it enough? If he cannot convince his uncle, the earl, that Georgiana’s place is with him, he is in danger of losing her forever.

Darcy’s worst nightmare comes true when Georgiana stumbles—quite literally—into a guest at Pemberley. But, when that guest turns out to be Elizabeth Bennet, the only woman in the world he ever dreamed of having by his side, Darcy learns to hope that there may still be a way to have everything. 

Can he persuade Elizabeth to give him another chance? Will they find a family and a love that endures all, hopes all, and never fails?

A Fine Mind is a sweet, novella-length, Regency variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Nine Ladies: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Heather Moll]

Nine Ladies by Heather Moll

How can Darcy and Elizabeth overcome 200 years of differences in this era-spanning love story?

The Darcy family has grudgingly kept the secret about the power contained within a nearby stone circle called Nine Ladies. Fitzwilliam Darcy is forced to contend with this secret when a young woman from the future appears at Pemberley. Until the opinionated stranger can return to when she belongs, Darcy is responsible not only for her safety, but also for ensuring that nothing she does threatens Pemberley’s well-being. 

Elizabeth Bennet has returned to England to take care of her estranged father, and her life was off track long before she walked into that stone circle at sunset. She quickly discovers that, as a poor and single woman, she’ll have to rely on the arrogant Mr. Darcy. She tries her best to survive in the nineteenth-century until she can return home but, as she and Darcy grow closer, the truth she knows about his and Pemberley’s bleak future becomes harder to keep.

Will their love prove timeless as centuries and cultures collide in this time travel Pride and Prejudice variation?

Determination: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by [C. P. Odom, Janet Taylor, Ellen Pickels, Neil McFarlane]

Determination by C.P. Odom

“Love at first sight” is a laughable concept in the considered opinion of Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and never occurs in real life—certainly not in the life of an experienced soldier. In fact, until he observes the smitten nature of his cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy, he doubts that fervent love exists. Marriage, after all, is a matter of money, social standing, and property.

But his cousin becomes besotted with Elizabeth Bennet, the lovely but penniless daughter of a Hertfordshire gentleman, and is determined to make her his wife. Unfortunately, emotions overwhelm his good judgment, and he botches an offer of marriage.

When the colonel attempts to untangle the mess, his own world becomes almost as chaotic when he makes the accidental acquaintance of Miss Jane Bennet, Elizabeth’s beloved eldest sister. Can emotions previously deemed impossible truly seize such a level-headed person as himself? And can impassible obstacles deter a man of true determination?

An Unexpected Ally: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Strangers and Second Chances Book 2) by [Meg Osborne]

An Unexpected Ally (Strangers and Second Chances Book 2) by Meg Osborne

Colonel Fitzwilliam is only too pleased to share the good news of his engagement with his cousin until a surprising source suggests that the true reason for Mr Darcy’s sudden return to Hertfordshire might be to stop, rather than celebrate, the match.

Caught between the interests of his cousin and his friend, Mr Darcy seeks assistance from a reluctant Elizabeth Bennet and finds himself invested in more than one couple’s future happiness.

Jane Bennet must choose between Colonel Fitzwilliam and Charles Bingley – but in so doing, will she make a husband of one and an enemy of another?

Book Two in a new series based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Books 1-4 Complete Series (Danger and Darcy) by [Clara Winfield]

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Books 1-4 Complete Series (Danger and Darcy) by Clara Winfield

Mr. Darcy has lived as a fugitive for years… until the day he saves Elizabeth Bennet’s life


A carriage ride with her aunt and uncle Gardiner would usually be a most agreeable excursion for Miss Elizabeth Bennet. But when a highwayman ambushes them in the wilds of Scotland and leaves Elizabeth for dead, only one man comes to her rescue…

Mr. Darcy.

The enigmatic gentleman had been living in hiding, until a lady’s screams tore his peace to shreds. Rushing to help, he finds a striking dark-haired woman who has no idea who she is.

He must find out, and return her to her family—but how?

As Mr. Darcy’s mysterious past catches up with him, the two strangers have no choice but to pretend to be a married couple. Sparks fly as they dash from one perilous moment to another.

Will Mr. Darcy ever clear his name?

Will Miss Bennet’s memory ever return?

And will their make-believe marriage turn to dust when the truth is out?

Please note – This omnibus edition contains the whole MARRYING MR. DARCY (DANGER & DARCY) series in one volume. If you have read all four of those books, you have read this omnibus: 1 – Mysterious Mr. Darcy; 2 – Impossible Mr. Darcy; 3 – Unexpected Mr. Darcy; 4 – Magnificent Mr. Darcy.

Marrying Mr. Darcy is an epic sweet and clean Regency romantic suspense story, reimagining the lives of the main characters from Pride and Prejudice. It is full of intrigue, drama and suspense, all the way through to the breathtaking finale. The complete epic adventure is contained in this edition.

Mr. Darcy In Love: Books 1-4 Complete Series (Danger and Darcy) by [Clara Winfield]

Mr. Darcy In Love: Books 1-4 Complete Series (Danger and Darcy) by Clara Winfield

Mr. Darcy has never met a woman like Elizabeth before… but can he claim her heart before it’s too late?

On a fine English morning in May, Darcy visits his Aunt Catherine at Rosings. Little does he know that his life will change for ever that day…

The irrepressible Miss Bennet is in the room—and the intrigued Mr. Darcy cannot take his eyes off her.

But just as life feels sweetest, events conspire to tear the pair apart. Elizabeth is gone, and England feels empty without her.

Time waits for no man; not even Darcy. If he doesn’t act quickly, Elizabeth will be lost forever.

Can Darcy move mountains to fight for Elizabeth? Can he follow his heart and find his soulmate?

Or is it already too late for love?

Please note – This omnibus edition contains the whole MR. DARCY IN LOVE (DANGER & DARCY) series in one volume. If you have read all four of those books, you have read this omnibus: 1 – Mr. Darcy’s Sweet Encounter; 2 – Mr. Darcy’s Summer of Love; 3 – Mr. Darcy’s Voyage of Hope; 4 – Mr. Darcy’s Hunt for Elizabeth.

Mr. Darcy In Love is an epic sweet and clean Regency romantic suspense story in four thrilling parts with a happy ending. It traces an untravelled path for Darcy and Elizabeth in the world of Pride and Prejudice. The whole epic adventure is told in this edition.


Free Finds

And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella (Willow Hall Romance Book 1) by [Leenie Brown]

And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella (Willow Hall Romance Book 1) by Leenie Brown

She needs a rescue. He’s her only hope.

When Lucy Tolson’s father dies, she must either marry quickly or go to live with her uncle. For Lucy, there is only one choice, and his name is Philip Dobney.

To be presented with an offer of marriage from a long time friend is shocking to be sure! But the thought is not unwelcome. After all, Philip, who has recently received the living at Kympton, is in need of a wife, and Lucy is more than qualified to be a parson’s wife.

However, what seems to be a simple solution soon becomes complicated when Lucy’s uncle and Wickham show up with plans to gain enough money to cover debts and secure the living that Wickham, at one time, refused. Events from the past combined with threats in the present threaten to tear Lucy and Philip apart unless Darcy can help his friends save their blossoming love and rid Lucy of her uncle once and for all.

And Then Love, set in the spring before Darcy goes to Hertfordshire, is a Pride and Prejudice variation prequel and the first book in Leenie Brown’s Willow Hall Romance Series. If you like well-written sweet romance that features ruthless, scheming villains and characters who capture your heart and become your friends, then you’ll love this story about good triumphing over evil and a marriage of convenience that is so much more.

So put the kettle on, grab your copy of And Then Love, and make your first visit to Willow Hall, a place where love is bound to surprise you and which you will wish to visit over and over again.

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

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.

Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1) by [Anna Elliott, Laura Masselos]

Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1) 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.

Georgiana Darcy’s Diary is Book 1 of the Pride and Prejudice Chronicles and is appropriate for all ages.

The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery (Miss Mary Investigates Book 0) by [Riana Everly]

The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery (Miss Mary Investigates Book 0) by Riana Everly

It is the summer of 1811 and Fitzwilliam Darcy is consumed with worry. His sister and her new companion were expected at Pemberley three weeks ago, but they seem to have vanished into the air. Is Georgiana safe? Is she even still alive? And is Mrs. Younge a victim in some nefarious plan or is she behind the disappearance?

Darcy’s friend Ecclesford tells him of a smart young investigator who might be able to help… and at the same time he might help Ecclesford with a romantic problem of his own.

In this prequel variation to Pride and Prejudice, private investigator Alexander Lyons makes his debut and sets his remarkable intellect to work to help Ecclesford win his bride and to solve the mystery of the missing heiress!

This is a novella of about 19000 words.

Pride and Prosperity by Julia Fellowes

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.

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?

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?

Coming Up Roses: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Bennet Brothers Book 1) by [Staci Hart]

Coming Up Roses: Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Bennet Brothers Book 1) by Staci Hart

Bestselling author Staci Hart is back with a brand new romantic comedy and clever spin on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Meet the Bennet brothers, get to know Longbourne, and fall in love in this steamy enemies to lovers romcom.

Everyone hates parts of their job.
Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.
But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.
Except for Luke Bennet.
The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him. Almost.
He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.
Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.
Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

Pride and Precipitation (Chick Flick Clique Sweet Romantic Comedy #1) by [Heather Horrocks]

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

Pride and Precipitation ~ A sweet enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy. 

Forecast: Romance with occasional bursts of laughter. 

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?

Come join the Chick Flick Clique at Candy’s Café for a good serving of friendship, family, films, and flirty sweet romance. It’s the first book in a humorous, heartwarming series set in Aspen Grove. 

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.

Pride and Prejudice:The Other Way Round: A gender switched cover version of Jane Austen's classic story by [Jane Austen, Anne Wrightwell, Michael Ward]

Pride and Prejudice:The Other Way Round: A gender switched cover version of Jane Austen’s classic story by Anne Whitewall

What if Mr. Darcy were Miss Darcy? And Elizabeth Bennet were Elijah Bennet?

Elijah Bennet overhears Miss Darcy saying he is “tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me.’

And dislikes her instantly.

Mr. Bennet wants to marry off his sons to any eligible young gentlewoman. Lord Cather de Burgh wants to marry off his son to Miss Darcy. Wickham is up to no good as usual but this time, her victim is Lydior Bennet.

Will Elijah Bennet overcome his prejudice and Miss Darcy her pride?

The story’s the same but the genders are different.

You’ll enjoy exploring a genderswapped cover version of Pride and Prejudice.


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The Darcy Governess: A Pride & Prejudice variation, as inspired by Brontë’s Jane Eyre by [April Karber, Marilyn Pesola]

The Darcy Governess: A Pride & Prejudice variation, as inspired by Brontë’s Jane Eyre by April Karber

When the death Mr. Bennet leaves his widowed wife and daughters penniless and at the mercy of the first men to make an offer of them, Elizabeth Bennet takes matter into her own hands. Headstrong and self-sufficient, Elizabeth accepts a role as governess to the young miss of the illustrious Darcy household.

Elizabeth’s position is greatly affected by the sudden reappearance of its master and this, along with the discovery that there is more to this man than meets the eye forces her to decide between what is right, and what she desires.

Join Elizabeth Bennet on this re-imagined adventure featuring best-loved characters from Pride and Prejudice, inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, as Elizabeth endeavors to find her way amidst pride, prejudice, and misunderstanding.

The Banished Uncle: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Laraba Kendig]

The Banished Uncle: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Laraba Kendig

Aaron Gardiner, the long lost uncle of the Bennet daughters, returns from India after twenty years. George Wickham plots, and gentlemen and ladies fall in love.

It is Christmas, 1811, and the Bennets of Longbourn are startled by the sudden arrival of Mr. Aaron Gardiner, Mrs. Bennet’s older brother who was banished to India more than two decades ago. Aaron is a wise man with a deep understanding of human nature, and his insights into the characters of George Wickham and Charles Bingley prove of great value to Elizabeth and Jane Bennet.
When the rest of Aaron’s family arrives from India, the Bennets find themselves embarking on new and exciting adventures. Philip, Aaron’s stepson, has unexpectedly come into an earldom, and Jane and Elizabeth choose to assist their new cousin in learning to manage his vast estate in Kent.
Mr. Darcy is thoroughly startled when he discovers that the lovely Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn is connected by marriage to the new Earl of Chartham. When his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and her daughter Anne, begin acting in startling ways, his unassailable confidence in his own sagacity is chipped away, resulting in a new humility.
George Wickham plots the ruin of a Bennet daughter, gentlemen and ladies fall in love, and Elizabeth and Darcy eventually attain their happily ever after.

One False Step: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Elaine Owen]

One False Step by Elaine Owen

How can our beloved couple, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, have a happy ever after when they are pushed together against their will? A walk in the park and an accidental fall have unexpected consequences. This is a Pride and Prejudice variation by the author of Mr. Darcy’s Persistent Pursuit and Love’s Fool: The Taming of Lydia Bennet.

Writerly Ambitions: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story by [Timothy Underwood]

Writerly Ambitions: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story by Timothy Underwood

In this story Mr. Bingley only takes Netherfield years after he did in the original novel. Mr. Darcy has spent these years determined to find the perfect wife, attending every ball at Season, and dancing every dance. But each girl he met lacked something. His friends don’t believe him anymore when he insists he wants to marry.

Elizabeth Bennet started writing novels after she was banished to London following an unfortunate incident. Her literary endeavours proved popular, and now she has a modest independent income, and a determination to never depend on anyone.

They become friends quickly when they meet at the assembly ball, Elizabeth is amused by Darcy’s arrogance, and he is kind to her and charmed by her charming and mischievous manner. But Mr. Darcy has a list of features a wife must have, and Elizabeth does not meet them. And for her part, Elizabeth is determined to never marry…

A romantic story with lots of laughs and a little angst


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Confounding Caroline: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Leenie Brown]

Confounding Caroline: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Marrying Elizabeth Book 1) by Leenie Brown

He thought his future was bleak, but a well-orchestrated misstep might just bring him the happiness he seeks.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has experienced the sadness that currently resides in the eyes of his friend, Charles Bingley. Determined to see Bingley happy, Darcy confesses his part in creating the despondence his friend now feels and prepares to suffer the separation that will ensue.

However, what he expects and what he gets are very different things. Instead of facing a lonely life filled with heartache, he finds himself standing at the beginning of a path leading to not only his friend’s happiness but his own as well.

It will not, however, be an easy path. There will be obstacles to overcome, but with a little help and scheming, no impediment will be too insurmountable – not even Caroline Bingley.

Confounding Caroline is the first book in Leenie Brown’s Marrying Elizabeth series of Pride and Prejudice inspired stories.  If you like well-written, sweet stories with determined heroes and surprising heroines who are willing to push the bounds of comfort and propriety to claim true love, then you will enjoy this story about out-scheming a schemer in the quest for the chance at a happily ever after.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Confounding Caroline, and slip into a world of unexpected mischief and join Darcy on the first leg of his journey to happily ever after.

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[This book ends with a happy for now, and Darcy and Elizabeth’s story continues in the next book. Confounding Caroline can also be found in Marrying Elizabeth, Books 1-3 Compilation.]  

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy (Other Pens Book 1) by [Leenie Brown]

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy (Other Pens Book 1) by Leenie Brown

He’s failed before, but with her help, this time, he might just succeed.

Henry Crawford has failed to secure the heart of a good woman before ─ and quite spectacularly so! There are few in town who have not heard of his scandalous affair. While his debacle might have proven great fodder for the gossips, it has left him with a shattered heart and a deep desire to change his ways.

However, change is never easy.

Old habits can die hard, and some friends may wish to see you say as you always were. Thankfully for Henry, there are others, such as Trefor Linton, who will wish to help and will offer his sister as a dance partner to help Henry ease his way into society.

While most girls her age dream of a rich and handsome husband, Constance Linton is looking for more. She wishes for an intelligent gentleman of good character who is not opposed to a bookish lady. But sifting through the dross in a ballroom in search of such a man is no easy task.

A gentleman with Henry’s reputation is not the sort of man for whom Constance seeks, yet she is not opposed to lending him her aid in achieving his desires.

What begins as a single dance will grow into a collaboration that will equip Henry with all he needs to win a woman of worth, while entangling hearts and leaving not only his own heart and reputation but also that of his friend and tutor at risk of being irreparably damaged.

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy is part of Leenie Brown’s Other Pens Collection of books that pick up the storytelling pen where Jane Austen put it down. If you like well-written stories of sweet redemption, then you will love this story of facing the challenges that reformation can bring and discovering the pleasure that only deep, abiding love can provide.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy, and let this sweet romance inspire a hope that even the most reprobate heart can, with care and determination, be transformed into that of a worthy gentleman.

Mr. Darcy, My Hero: Pride & Prejudice Variations by [Zoe Burton]

Mr. Darcy, My Hero: Pride & Prejudice Variations by Zoe Burton

One victim. One hero. Four happily ever afters.

Even the strongest of ladies sometimes needs rescuing. In this collection of four previously-published Pride and Prejudice variations, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in need of a hero, and Fitzwilliam Darcy saves the day. Together, the pair finds healing and true love in each other.

To Save Elizabeth: Darcy has been moving along with little to rock the boat of his life, until a young woman faints in front of him. Elizabeth has survived a harrowing ordeal, but the danger is far from over. If Darcy wishes to help her heal, he’s going to have to save her first.

Darcy Overhears: Darcy hears a former friend make a threat against the most gorgeous, warm-hearted woman he knows. Elizabeth’s most cherished freedom becomes her greatest danger. When she is endangered, who can she trust to protect her?

The Essence of Love: Darcy and Elizabeth meet through the machinations of her sister, Mary. They make an immediate connection, and when Darcy proposes, Elizabeth is eager to accept him. Two people from Darcy’s life are determined to step between the couple; Darcy puts them in their place and both go on their way, but one returns for revenge. When Elizabeth goes missing, Darcy tears the county apart looking for her. Will he find her in time, or will she be lost to him forever?

Mr. Darcy’s Love: Elizabeth is injured shortly after hearing Darcy insult her at the Meryton Assembly, and loses her memories of the incident. Without her feelings of offence, their relationship starts out on a better footing, which in turn leads Elizabeth to react differently to those who would try to derail their happiness. This story contains a non-graphic attempted sexual assault scene.

Mr. Darcy, My Hero is a compilation of two novels and two novellas by Zoe Burton. If you enjoy brave heroines, strong heroes, and a dash of danger, you’ll love these sweet JAFF romances. Curl up in your favorite chair and download Mr. Darcy, My Hero today!

Teaching Eliza by [Riana Everly]

Teaching Eliza by Riana Everly

A tale of love, manners, and the quest for perfect vowels.

From a new voice in historical romance comes this sparkling Regency tale, wherein the elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the wit of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion collide. The results are clever, funny, and often quite unexpected….

Professor Fitzwilliam Darcy, expert in phonetics and linguistics, wishes for nothing more than to spend some time in peace at his friend’s country estate, far from the parade of young ladies wishing for his hand, and further still from his aunt’s schemes to have him marry his cousin. How annoying it is when a young lady from the neighbourhood, with her atrocious Hertfordshire accent and country manners, comes seeking his help to learn how to behave and speak as do the finest ladies of high society.

Elizabeth Bennet has disliked the professor since overhearing his flippant comments about her provincial accent, but recognizes in him her one opportunity to survive a prospective season in London. Despite her ill feelings for the man, she asks him to take her on as a student, but is unprepared for the price he demands in exchange.

“With her clever mash-up of two classics, Riana Everly has fashioned a fresh, creative storyline with an inventive take on our favorite characters, delightful dialogue and laugh out loud humor. Teaching Eliza is certain to become a reader favorite. It’s a must read!” – Sophia Meredith (author of the acclaimed On Oakham Mount and Miss Darcy’s Companion)

Teaching Eliza is a full-length JAFF novel of about 110 000 words.

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons Book 1) by [Maria Grace]

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen’s Dragons Book 1) by Maria Grace

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dragon.

Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it.

Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.

Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings
of others.

Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.

Meryton meets Pern in a fantastical regency romp bound to delight readers of Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey alike.

Book 1 in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series.

A Fair Prospect: Volume I - Disappointed Hopes by [Cass Grafton]

A Fair Prospect: Volume 1- Disappointed Hopes by Cass Grafton

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & PrejudiceA Fair Prospect is a tale of Darcy and Elizabeth told in three volumes

Battling the unprecedented feelings stirred by an innocent but intimate encounter with Fitzwilliam Darcy in the aftermath of his proposal, Elizabeth Bennet escapes to Town, and finds comfort in the presence of the handsome Nicholas Harington. Humbled by Elizabeth’s rejection, the last thing Darcy wants is to face her once again… especially when she’s already on the arm of another man. Harington seems to be a fair prospect for Elizabeth, but with memories of the last moments he spent with the Bennet beauty tormenting Darcy, he’s forced to come to terms with his indecisive heart…

A Fair Prospect

  1. Volume I – Disappointed Hopes
  2. Volume II – Darcy’s Dilemma
  3. Volume III – Desperate Measures
Mistaken by [Jessie Lewis]

Mistaken by Jessie Lewis

A tempestuous acquaintance and disastrous marriage proposal make it unlikely Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet will ever reconcile. Despairing of their own reunion, they attend with great energy to salvaging that of Darcy’s friend Mr Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane. People are rarely so easily manoeuvred in and out of love, however, and there follows a series of misunderstandings, both wilful and unwitting, that complicates the path to happiness for all four star-crossed lovers more than ever before.

A witty and romantic novel that delights in the folly of human nature, Mistaken both honours Jane Austen’s original Pride and Prejudice and holds appeal for readers of all genres.


I would love to know which books from this list you’ve already read and which ones are on your TBR list?

Until next time,

Happy reading!

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