I’m often asked which of my books is my favorite, and I always struggle to come up with an answer. I love almost all my books, and the ones I didn’t like by the time I got published, I learned to like later on.
One of the books I’ve created that I’m most fond of is Matches Made at Netherfield. I wrote it the first year I lived at Burton Cottage. As a matter of fact, I think it’s the first release I had after moving in. (I just checked the Amazon sales page, and yes, it was released on 12/23/16, making it my first release in my full-time writer career.) In the intervening years, as I learned to make better, more appropriate covers, I gave it a facelift. As a side note, that cover, one of the first ones I made in the new style, is also a favorite. <3
As you may remember, I have been putting my book bundles and novels on sale, one a month, this entire year. This month is Matches’ turn. It is $2.99 everywhere (except possibly Australia, because … Amazon) until September 30th or so. I recently discovered that I never raised July’s promo book’s price back up, so who knows? Matches might end up being on sale for longer. LOL
In this book, Bingley plays a pivotal role in getting Darcy and Elizabeth together. He locks them in a closet together, and of course, when they are discovered there is a crowd about and they are compromised. I love a good forced marriage scenario! LOL
As with all my books, there are things I love about it and things I wish I had done better. I love how Bingley cares about his friend’s future and recognizes his compatibility with Elizabeth. I love the way Darcy handles Lizzy as she collapses from claustrophobia into his arms, and the tenderness with which he cares for her. I also like the way Lizzy handles her upcoming marriage with grace and a distinct lack of vitriol. LOL
Finding things I don’t like is much more difficult.
I don’t like that I still have more than a dozen copies of this book in print, with the original cover, in my spare room. I think before the Knights of Columbus vendor fair next month, I’m going to print out a few copies of the new cover and fold them over the current ones. Maybe I can sell a couple that way. 😀
I don’t like the memory of how hard it was to format this book. If I recall correctly, there is an error in the page numbers that just wasn’t caught in the print copy. I remember Rose Fairbanks helping me with the page numbers … she’s saved my bacon more than once that way. LOL
The biggest thing I don’t like about the book, I guess, is that forum readers complained that they were locked in a bathroom (water closet) together, and I caved into pressure and removed the word “water”, though on rereading, I see that I did not change all the references. I still don’t see anything wrong with it. I guess maybe I have issues. 😉
If you’ve never gotten a copy, here is a link to the Books2Read page for the book. As I said above, it will be on sale until at least September 30, 2021.
If you have read Matches Made at Netherfield, what were your favorite parts? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments below!