I’m sure most of you know already that Darcy’s Uneasy Betrothal went live last Monday. It was a fun one to write, this book, though I had to consciously turn off the voices in my head that wanted me to rush to finish it. 😀
I shared an excerpt last month, and the month before I discussed headache remedies I had researched for a single line in the story. LOL
This month, I thought I’d do something similar to what I do on Wednesdays on my blog. I read through the new book to find something that interested me, then looked for it in purple. The feature on my blog is called “Purple Things I Love” and for you today, I was inspired by the story excerpt below. Under that will be details about the giveaway mentioned in the post title.
Elizabeth opened her eyes and blinked. She began to turn her head, but a crushing pain made her moan. She stilled. A soft voice called her name.
Elizabeth felt a cool hand brush over her forehead. She struggled to open her eyes again.
“Open your eyes for me, Lizzy. Come on. You can do it!”
With another groan, Elizabeth did as she was bid, seeing her younger sister leaning over her.
“Mary.” Elizabeth groaned her sibling’s name. “My head hurts,” she continued on a whisper.
“I am sorry. Would a cold cloth help?”
Elizabeth whispered her assent. She lay as still as she could while Mary wrung out the cloth. The sound of the water coming out of the cloth and hitting that in the bowl brought her to an awareness of another need.
“I am thirsty.”
Mary leaned over to lay the cool, damp cloth on Elizabeth’s forehead. She leaned down, ear turned toward her sister’s mouth. “Say it again, Lizzy. I could not hear.”
Elizabeth swallowed. “Water.”
“Oh! Of course.” Mary sat beside Elizabeth on the bed and helped her sit up, then handed her sister a glass. When Elizabeth had taken a few sips and pushed the glass back toward her, Mary accepted it and placed it on the table beside the bed. Then, she eased Elizabeth back onto the pillows and laid the cloth over her forehead again.
“Do you need anything else? I must go tell Jane and Papa so they can inform Mr. Jones.”
Elizabeth had already begun drifting off to sleep. She forced her eyes open again. “No, nothing else.” She squeezed the hand that held hers. “Thank you, Mary.” She never heard her sister’s response; she was asleep before Mary got to the door.
Poor Elizabeth is in bed a lot at the beginning of this book, because she hit her head and had a concussion. Back then, sheets and blankets, comforters and quilts were all handmade, so I thought, “Why not give her a purple quilt?”
As always, I first searched Google. I tried using the term “purple quilt” but it came back with a lot of things that are not technically quilts, so I added “handmade” to my search term. This time, I got some really good hits. You can view them here.
The very first link was this one, which leads to Etsy. Most of the items here are not solid purple. In fact, some of them have very little purple in them at all. But, some of them do. Some of what they have is quilt tops and not finished quilts, and some is material and thread.
I was clicking all over the place on this page, because so many things were so gorgeous. LOL In the end, I chose this quilt as my favorite. I like it because of the darkness of the purple and the contrast with the white. If I’d had the $150, I’d have bought it right then. 😀
The next site I found offering handmade purple quilts was EBay. There are some gorgeous quilts there, including one made from Crown Royal bags. Not sure I really want to know how that quilter got their hands on so many bags. 😉
My favorite of the EBay ones? I had a super-hard time deciding. In the end, I went with this lap/baby quilt. What I liked about it was the pretty shade of purple that was used, as well as the “butterfly” pattern.
I can easily imagine Elizabeth Bennet having one of these quilts on her bed or in her window seat. They’re pretty and classy, just like she is. <3
And now, for the giveaway information you have all been waiting for. 🙂 I’m giving away two e-book copies of Darcy’s Uneasy Betrothal. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Best wishes to everyone! <3