An Agreeable Compromise

An Agreeable Compromise

Two months ago I posted an excerpt for a new short novel I had just completed writing, and as that book will be releasing tomorrow, I thought another short excerpt was in order. You can find that excerpt here.

The subject of this book is the idea that Miss Bingley is determined to have Darcy for a husband at all costs, and what the consequences of her actions might be if things go awry. Darcy’s quirky manservant Snell is a big part of the resolution of this story, though he doesn’t appear on screen much. In this excerpt, Snell has learned an important piece of information, and has taken action accordingly. It is also important to know that just previous to this scene, Darcy has finally had enough of Miss Bingley and told her in no uncertain terms that he will not offer for her. This is what follows.

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When he arrived at his room, a surprise awaited him.

“Snell?” asked Darcy, noting a cot situated no more than five paces in front of the door to his bedchamber. “Do you propose to defend me with your very life?”

Darcy had intended it to be a jest, but his manservant, as was his wont, saw no humor in anything. “If I must, Mr. Darcy. I speak on behalf of all your servants, as you recall.”

“I do,” said Darcy with a chuckle. “But I had not expected this.”

“You would understand if you knew the truth of it.”

Darcy eyed his man. “Has something happened since I spoke to you this afternoon?”

The man’s countenance remained grim. “After leaving your argument, I learned Miss Bingley approached Mrs. Nichols and demanded the keys to the estate. As she is the mistress, the housekeeper had no choice but to hand them to her.”

Darcy understood the implications at once; but Snell had not finished his explanation.

“In response, I approached the housekeeper when Miss Bingley retired for the evening, doing so when they were speaking together. I requested a cot to be delivered to your rooms at once.”

Concern turning to mirth, Darcy wondered at the audacity of his man. “Might I suppose Miss Bingley did not appreciate your demand?”

Snell’s lips twisted into the nearest approximation of wryness that Darcy had ever seen. “Appreciation? No, that is impossible. The beauty of the situation is that she could not protest without revealing her interest in the matter. Then I explained to the housekeeper exactly where I wished her to place the cot.”

Darcy could not hold in his mirth. “Snell, you are a treasure!”

“Miss Bingley,” said Snell, ignoring his master’s chortles, “appeared none too pleased to learn that any attempt she made on you must first bypass me, but she made no protest. By now, I expect she is pacing her room in her most revealing negligee, gnashing her teeth in frustration at the impossibility of her designs.”

“Good man,” said Darcy, placing his hand on Snell’s shoulder.

 

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What do you think? Are you liking Snell yet? Though he doesn’t appear much in my stories, I’ve often had a bit of fun with him. He is diligent, staid (stuck up), determined, possesses no sense of humor whatsoever, and is more than a little persnickety. In this story, he is Darcy’s most determined ally in making certain he does not succumb to Miss Bingley’s schemes. Look for An Agreeable Compromise on Amazon on Thursday, both in paperback and eBook. Here is the full description

 

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Miss Caroline Bingley has long been a thorn in the side of Fitzwilliam Darcy’s friendship with Charles Bingley; the visit to Netherfield Park to help Bingley learn the craft of an estate manager has all the potential for disaster. But Darcy will not shirk, for his friendship with Bingley outweighs his distaste for the man’s sister. In his defense, Darcy enlists his manservant, a man equally committed to ensure Miss Bingley will not become his master’s wife.

What Darcy had not expected was to find a woman in Hertfordshire, a woman he had only dreamed of meeting. Miss Elizabeth Bennet was everything a woman should be—handsome, intelligent, witty, considerate, and possessing the most beautiful eyes Darcy had ever beheld. It was not long before Darcy found himself ensnared in her web, helplessly besotted, knowing she was exactly what he wanted in a wife.

Yet the specter of Miss Bingley’s resolve to go to whatever lengths to have her way hung over his overtures to the woman he was rapidly coming to love. In time, Darcy was certain Miss Bingley would make her move, her actions certain to destroy his happiness if she succeeded. Darcy, however, was not without resources, and not without his own determination to do everything he could to thwart her machinations and find his happiness.

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Buturot
Buturot
July 24, 2022 9:25 PM

Thanks for sharing. Almost missed this in Amazon, (I usually do a search for all new books)

Looking forward to reading Ms Bingley’s plots and all who/what thwarted them
(hopefully)

DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
July 24, 2022 4:10 PM

Darcy is lucky to have Snell on his side.

SamH.
SamH.
July 24, 2022 7:15 AM

Congratulations of the release. I enjoyed reading your new story very much.

Linda A.
Linda A.
July 20, 2022 7:14 PM

Lovely! Thank you for sharing. Good luck with the new release!

Leila
Leila
July 20, 2022 5:31 PM

Snell, my man! You are a cool dude?. Can’t wait to read the whole book!

Wendy Luther
Wendy Luther
July 20, 2022 10:58 AM

Wow can’t wait..

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
July 20, 2022 10:23 AM

This type of story is so much fun. I love the character of Snell. You can do so much with him as he works behind the scene. Yes, he may not be front and center; however, his actions, preparations, and/or counter-maneuvers are. I am looking forward to reading this. Blessings on the launch of this new story. I wish you all manner of success.

Shana Jefferis
Shana Jefferis
July 20, 2022 10:17 AM

Jann,

I’m looking forward to reading your new release. I vote for Miss Bingley accidentally compromising herself with the wrong man, lol.

Shana

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
July 20, 2022 10:13 AM

Sounds wonderful! Snell seems like a loyal and good man! I think Caroline is going to get hers! Really love the cover!

Glynis
Glynis
July 20, 2022 8:31 AM

Thank goodness for Snell! I do hope Caroline is punished appropriately for her attempts even if they don’t come off. Perhaps sent away so that Darcy can concentrate on Elizabeth.

ForeverHis
ForeverHis
July 20, 2022 8:29 AM

Sounds like a fun read! Congrats on publishing another story.

SamH.
SamH.
July 20, 2022 1:53 AM

Yay for Snell! I always appreciate your continuity of certain characters throughout all your books.
Love the cover! A switch up from previous artwork.

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