“From Highbury with Love” Release + Giveaway!

Hello friends,

I am so excited that From Highbury with Love will be released next week! It was so much fun to write that it got rather longer than most of my other stories, coming in at about 86k words! It also made me realize that there simply must be a sequel (I tend to do this to myself, you’d think I’d learn!), so I have rebranded the cover slightly to make it work with Book 2, which will be coming…. um, eventually!

In the meantime, here is another exclusive excerpt! Don’t forget to comment to enter the giveaway! (DETAILS OF GIVEAWAY BELOW.)

 

Mr. Darcy, completely unaware that he had been the catalyst for more than one noteworthy conversation, walked back to Donwell Abbey with Mr. Knightley.

They used the footpath again, and a light, but chill wind was blowing in clouds from the east. The fine morning was turning into a gray afternoon, and it was one of those December days which would probably end in a cold, drenching rain. The men made good time and conversation was sparse, both being wrapped in their thoughts.

As friendships went, theirs was on the trajectory to be one of the solid, quiet sorts. They would probably not see each other above once a year, probably less, but would spend that occasional visit in serious, open, and useful dialogue about their respective duties. If circumstances allowed for more frequency, they might someday describe the other as one of their closest friends.

In intelligence, they were matched; in background, similar. Both men had come into their estates at a young age with a younger sibling to look after. Mr. Knightley was nearly ten years older than Mr. Darcy, but in maturity they were not dissimilar. The main difference was their upbringing and personality.

“I’ve known Miss Woodhouse since she was born,” Mr. Knightley said presently. “And we’ve become quite good friends since John and Isabella married.”

“Helpful that your estates are close,” Mr. Darcy agreed. “John mentioned last month that he was thankful for it.”

“Yes. Emma bears it well, but Mr. Woodhouse is a most fearful, anxious sort. His own health is poor. He also lost his wife untimely and has never felt sanguine since, though I think he was always nervous.”

“Unsurprising.”

Mr. Knightley did not know quite why he continued. “On the one hand, as she is like a sister to me, I hope that Emma marries eventually and moves away, to experience a freer kind of life; but on the other hand, I do not know how Mr. Woodhouse would bear it.”

“No doubt he would, if required to.”

“Yes.” Mr. Knightley could say no more. He could not help seeing that in many respects Mr. Darcy would be an excellent match for Emma. Darcy was of similar rank and fortune, and more importantly, a conscientious and thoughtful man. He was also the sort of tall, handsome fellow that women admired, and just the right age for Emma.

He would not treat Emma lightly, or cause her to experience the kind of betrayal in marriage that too many women (in Knightley’s opinion) were forced to ignore.

Darcy was also intelligent, which Emma needed. Being so bright and headstrong herself, she would march right over a stupid man.

Mr. Knightley did not like it, exactly, but it was not for him to dislike.

 

Mr. Darcy, perceptive in some ways but not in others, which is a maxim true of nearly everyone, yet more so of gentlemen, was not aware of the subtext. “A woman may be settled too near her family. Too near for the general comfort or benefit of either,” he said, thinking of an entirely different scenario, and yet entirely confirming Mr. Knightley’s half-held suspicion.

Mr. Darcy, to do him justice, was wondering why Elizabeth remained the undisputed queen of his heart, while Emma did not so much as cause him to blink. Emma had the better figure, by regular standards, and was by far better in situation. Her father’s estates were extensive, and her inheritance would be near to Georgiana’s if he had to guess. She would be a perfectly acceptable choice. She also was clever, free from vanity, and far more natural than Miss Caroline Bingley could dream of being.

And yet, he felt nothing. Whereas Lizzy—whom he’d heard describing Hertfordshire to Knightley, along with its citizens and dramas and personalities—captured his attention immediately. Why should one face and voice and mind so captivate him when no others did? Darcy was not a romantic; he had never planned to marry purely for love. He had not given it great thought, but he’d always expected that where his mind led his heart would follow.

He still thought a match with Elizabeth would be imprudent in the extreme… but he was also beginning to think of it with a certain amount of guilty resignation. If Providence did not want him to fall under her spell, why had she turned up under his nose here in Highbury? Why were they scheduled to travel to Hunsford at the same time?

He could withstand a few days or weeks; he had done so and left her in Hertfordshire.

But this was worse, and he had not even her family to remind him of the drawbacks. If he was not engaged to her by the end of his visit in the south, it would be a miracle of self-control….

 

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! I HAVE 3 eBOOK COPIES OF “FROM HIGHBURY WITH LOVE”  AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO COMMENT BELOW. THE GIVEAWAY WILL RUN THROUGH MIDNIGHT EST ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, THE RELEASE DAY. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY, APRIL 25.

46 Responses to “From Highbury with Love” Release + Giveaway!

  1. Congratulations on the upcoming release, Corrie. From the excerpt, I think this P&P and Emma mash-up is brilliant and I look forward to reading the story. The cover is lovely too.

  2. Oh gosh, Corrie!! Congrats!! And what a fun idea of blending the two stories!! I can’t wait to read this one! I also love that cover! My TBR pile is getting big!!

    • Thanks DeeDee!! It was a really fun blending to write! And I totally hear you about the TBR pile!! So much to read! ? Hope you’re doing well!

  3. Congrats on the release. I love that this has so many of my favorite characters together.

  4. congratulations on the release. I’ve been waiting for this one
    two of my favorites stories! can’t wait to read how Darcy and Knightley get along. Swoon…..
    thanks for the chance to win a copy
    definitely going to the top of my tbr list

    • Sorry about commenting twice. Neither comment showed up, so I deleted the page, went back to email and re-opened it, and both posts were here. I don’t know how to delete one.

      • Oh, that’s weird, but no worries! Thanks for letting me know, we’ll just count you once.

  5. Congratulations on your new book! Darcy with Emma! He would need the patience of a saint. I love Knightley as well.
    Thanks for sharing your excerpt.

  6. Thank you for sharing this giveaway and excerpt with us here today! I have this on my TBR List and look forward to getting to read it, Emma and Pride & Prejudice Combinations are a really interesting concept and the one I have read was really good.

    Good luck to everyone and I hope you are all doing well and staying safe!

    • Thanks Chelsea! Yes, I bet there will be more of these crossovers, because they lend themselves to such interesting emotional moments/realizations. Best of luck!

  7. Poor Darcy continues to be so confused with himself! Why is he so much at war with himself? I thought it was humorous that Emma suited him on paper but not on emotions. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Thanks Eva! Yes, Emma looks so right for him, and his pride hasn’t caught up with his heart yet!

  8. Delightful excerpt. I’m glad Darcy has another friend other than Bingley with the pernicious grasping sister. I have both books 1 & 2 on my wish list so I’m extra excited at a chance to win a copy. Thank you for this generous giveaway. Good luck to all in the drawing. Blessings, stay safe, and healthy.

    • Thanks Jeanne! Yes, I love being able to give Darcy a good friend! Friendship, or the lack of it, is a major theme in this story. There’s Lizzy and Emma, but also Lizzy and Jane F., Emma and Jane F., Knightley and Darcy… So much to explore!

  9. This sounds like an interesting read. I do enjoy read scenarios where Darcy and Elizabeth meet other Jane Austen characters. I am looking forward to reading this book.

  10. What a delicious twist of Emma and Pride and Prejudice. Darcy and Knightly together….oh this will be interesting. Can’t wait to read “From Highbury With Love”!

  11. Looking forward to reading about two of my favorite Austen men (the third is Frederick Wentworth of course)! Thanks to all you authors for continuing to feed my addiction to further development of Austen’s characters.

  12. Congratulations on your new book! I enjoyed this excerpt and can’t wait to read more. I can not see Mr.Darcy with Emma to me their personalities are not really suitable. I can only see him with Miss Elizabeth in this I feel I’m a little bit Prejudice. Thank you for the chance.

    • Thanks Vanessa! Yes, I agree–Darcy and Emma would be a disaster in the making, encouraging the worst parts of each other’s character and not appreciating the parts they should!

  13. I have enjoyed all of your JAFF books, so I know that I will like these. Looking forward to it!

  14. I enjoyed the excerpt! I’d love to read the book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    • Thanks Regina! It’s so helpful seeing the community of authors here and how they write and publish and engage and encourage each other. 🙂

  15. Congratulations on this publication (and a book 2-woohoo!!)
    It always pinches my heart to read of Darcy being matched with anyone other than Dearest Elizabeth. Always good to be assured of the HEA for ODC 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes–I didn’t want to leave doubt about that even though I guess it’s a spoiler? But we all know what we want at the end! Thanks for entering!

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