I’m so excited to share with you another excerpt from my forthcoming novel Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again. I will be publishing it next Tuesday 2nd February! I’m so excited to share it with the world. To celebrate the release I’m doing a giveaway. More information is below. However, you can also pre-order it from Amazon. Click on the cover image below:
Now to the excerpt. It’s a few pages further on from what I shared with you in my last post. Elizabeth has hurt her ankle, having accidentally bumped into Mr Darcy. His horse has bolted and now she’s waiting for him to return from looking for a place for them to shelter in.
Could this moment really be lasting an eternity, Elizabeth wondered, as she was sitting under the tree getting wetter by the minute. It certainly felt like it. The pain in her ankle was severe and it occurred to her that it may be broken. God forbid, she thought with a shudder. If she had broken a bone in her ankle and it was then set incorrectly, it could mean she would never walk again.
And Mr Darcy. Elizabeth could not make him out. In all her previous encounters with him, he had been aloof, taciturn and on occasion more than a little rude. During the short time she had been in his company this morning however, he had behaved with great chivalry towards her. It was perplexing to say the least. She shook her head. Mr Darcy was only performing the service that any gentleman would and that was all. But his keeping hold of her hand for longer than necessary. What could he mean by it, if he truly disliked her? Attempting to answer this vexing question kept her mind occupied for a good while, in fact until the gentleman himself appeared in front of her. Elizabeth felt her face flush and bit her lip as her eyes met Mr Darcy’s own.
For a moment neither of them spoke but remained as they were with their eyes fixed on one another. It was as though someone had cast a spell over them. Elizabeth was startled that Mr Darcy seemed as transfixed as she. She wanted and yet did not want to look away. Finally, he cleared his throat. The spell was broken and he said, ‘Miss Bennet, I have discovered the gamekeeper’s cottage that you mentioned, although in truth it is more of a hut.’ He gave her a rueful smile, which seemed somehow to transform his face, lightening it, making him appear even more handsome than before.
She gave him a brief nod. ‘Thank you for searching in this dreadful weather,’ she said. ‘It may be a mere hut, but I think it is the best we can hope for. Beggars cannot be choosers.’
‘No, indeed,’ he replied. He paused and she saw that he seemed to be bracing himself for what he would say next. ‘Unfortunately, it is quite far from here, about a half mile. Miss Bennet, I must carry you for all of that time, if you will permit me?’
‘But of course,’ she replied. ‘I suppose that will have to suffice, as my ankle can scarcely support my weight.’
He gave a wry smile at her tart comment. ‘In that case, I suggest we depart immediately,’ he said and stooped to pick her up. She put her arms around his neck. ‘You are wet through,’ he added as he straightened and began to walk away from the tree which had proved so mean a shelter for her.
‘It is a very wet day, sir,’ Elizabeth replied lightly. ‘I cannot be expected to look the part of a lady in conditions such as these,’ she added in a mischievous tone.
He did not understand her. ‘Miss Bennet, I was not suggesting for one moment that you…’
‘Of course not, Mr Darcy,’ she replied. ‘I merely jest.’
Now for the giveaway! I have four ebook copies of Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again available to anyone who leaves a comment below. The giveaway ends on 2nd February. Good luck!