The Makings of Mr. Darcy

The Makings of Mr. Darcy

A year ago, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of my first release, To Have His Cake. Today, I’m celebrating the fifth anniversary of another one of my favorites: He Taught Me to Hope. I released a Limited Edition commemorative boxed set titled, Pride and Prejudice Untold, in honor of the five-year mark for To Have His Cake. I’ve done the same for He Taught Me to Hope. The commemorative boxed set is titled, The Makings of Mr. Darcy. Available now in paperback and eBook (and soon to be released in audiobook), it includes all the books in the Darcy and the Young Knight’s Quest series, plus a little something extra.

You’re no doubt familiar with ‘Director’s Cut’ versions of DVDs. I’m rather certain I am not the only one who’s wishing for such an edition of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film. Wishing and waiting.

Happy News! I’ve applied the concept of a ‘Director’s Cut’ to this boxed set. Five bonus scenes are included throughout book one (He Taught Me to Hope) in The Makings of Mr. Darcy.

Here’s a bonus scene excerpt for your reading enjoyment:

On one morning, Darcy and Elizabeth strolled along, engaged in a contest of wills. Suffering no success whatsoever in persuading Elizabeth to join him for an early morning horseback ride—solely the two of them—on the following day, Darcy asked, “Has anyone ever told you just how stubborn you are?”

His tone conveyed a mixture of disappointment and teasing, and thus Elizabeth responded in kind. “You have met my mother, sir. ‘Foolish, headstrong girl.’ Indeed, those words have been her constant companions, or so I have been told, since the day I was born. It seems I was in no hurry to make my entrance into the world,” Elizabeth exclaimed before remembering herself.

“Headstrong indeed—but foolish, I think not,” Darcy declared. “You are by far one of the most intelligent women I know.”

“I assure you that there are those who would disagree with you. My father, for one, would vigorously argue otherwise.”

“What evidence would he put forth in defence of such a stance?” Darcy asked, his voice disbelieving.

“I am afraid that my papa would refer to my marrying Ben’s father as an illustration of his point.”

Clasping his hands behind his back, Darcy said, “It is my understanding that your late husband hailed from a prominent family—highly regarded among Society. He was a young man of considerable fortune. What father would look unfavourably upon such a match for one of his daughters?”

“His opposition had more to do with my late husband’s age. Papa believed staunchly that a young man, especially one conferred with every blessing that such a young man ought to have, must take time to travel and know the world before taking on the obligations that marriage entailed.”

Here, Darcy ceased walking and encouraged Elizabeth to do likewise. He captured her hand in his and gave it a gentle squeeze. “Allow me to tell you once more how sorry I am for your loss.”

Elizabeth smiled. There was a time when such sentiments, regardless of how kindly conveyed, evoked a profound longing in her heart. The pain of it all diminished with each passing day. “You are very kind, sir,” she said, pulling back her hand and taking up her former attitude.

“Indeed, I was stubborn in my determination to marry even against the favourite wish of a most beloved parent. But foolish, I shall never teach myself to consider my action as such, for I know without a shadow of a doubt that had I to do it all over again, I would not alter one thing; regardless of how ensuing events unfolded. I may have lost my father’s good opinion, but my son is the fruit of my marriage. There is nothing in the world that is more important to me than being Ben’s mother.”

“Ben is a blessing to everyone whom he meets,” Darcy said at length. “I, for one, am a better man having met him.”

Her spirits rising to playfulness, Elizabeth laced one arm around Darcy’s, clasped her hands, and leaned closer to him as they walked along the path. “Does this mean you now have cause to consider my stubborn nature a virtue rather than a fault?”

“Oh! A virtue absolutely,” he replied, settling an assuring hand upon hers. “I believe I am indebted to you for your stubbornness—an indebtedness I look forward to repaying time and time again if you will but allow it.”

“Mr. Darcy!” Elizabeth proclaimed, “You, sir, are incorrigible.”


What say you? Is Elizabeth’s stubbornness a fault or a virtue?




Giveaway Time!

Comment for a chance to win a copy of The Makings of Mr. Darcy. One prize will be awarded: a paperback edition (US Mailing address required) or an eBook edition. One winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 25th.

59 Responses to The Makings of Mr. Darcy

  1. The subtitle with “the Young Knight’s Quest” makes me think–what if we put Darcy into a suit of armor during the Age of Chivalry?

  2. What a great bonus scene. Congratulations on the 5th anniversary and the new release. Thanks for the chance to win in the giveaway. Love your books.

  3. Getting to the question about stubbornness: I’d say that there are times when one must stick to one’s guns, one’s opinion, etc. In this case, Elizabeth’s determination to marry her first husband turned out to be a good thing. Even in cases of divorce, much less death of a partner, many people was say the same about the marriage. Even though it soured I have my child/children which I would not give up for the world. So it is a case of the rain clouds having a silver lining, as the saying goes. But there are also cases of backing someone into a corner and disaster results when they feel trapped. Is their stubbornness in that case justified?

  4. I have read 2 of the books in the series and enjoyed them tremendously! Thank you very much for providing us with such wonderful literature. Happy 5th anniversary!

    • Thanks, Charlotte. I have one WIP that’s tentatively titled. Miss Elizabeth Bennet. It’s last year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. I’m hoping to wrap up this draft soon because NaNoWriMo 2016 kicks off in just over a week. Wish me luck! 🙂

  5. This has been a wonderful series! Ben is a very real character; I think Jane would have liked him had conditions been a bit different for the original P&P. Thank you for your creativity.

  6. I am excited about the release of this book. I have followed all your releases and I would feel privledged to enter for a chance to win a copy. (Also I spent my allowance this month on books) hubby won’t like it if I spend more this month. Hurray for ‘The makings of Mr. Darcy!’

    • I truly appreciate your enthusiasm for my new release, Sandra. I could not have imagined letting this milestone pass without doing something special. Thanks so much for taking part in the giveaway contest.

  7. Congrats and I would love a directors cut of the ’05 movie too, maybe featuring the cut wedding scene. If we were to go by my 8th grade English teacher’s idea of stubbornness as a characteristic its a virtue. I put it down as a fault of mine in a getting to know you worksheet and when I got it make there was the comment saying that is wasn’t a bad thing.

    • Thanks, Amanda. I enjoy those little extras in the ’05 DVD Gift Set, even though it’s only an extra second or two here and there. I can only imagine how much more I would enjoy a director’s cut. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway!

  8. Congratulations on the 5th anniversary and new release! 🙂 I can’t exactly say if it’s a virtue or a fault. I guess I’d say it depends on the effect. If it ends up resulting in bad things or hindering us, then it’s a fault. But if not, then it’s a virtue =P

  9. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! Personally, I find stubbornness to be a fault and that it is usually due to pride.

  10. Congratulations on your 5th! I think Lizzy’s stubbornness is on the whole a virtue, but sometimes as in all things a fault. I love The Young Knight’s Tale, Ben has to be one of the most loveable characters I have ever met.

  11. Congrats on your 5th anniversary.
    I agree with some of the others when they say that Ben is utterly adorable!!
    Thanks for the chance to win the box set

  12. Many congratulations on the fifth anniversary of He Taught Me to Hope, Pam. Of all the original JAFF characters I’ve come across, I think young Ben has to be one of my favourites. May I hope that one day, you might write Ben’s story when he’s grown up?

    I’d love to win an ebook of this box set with the extra scenes.

    • Thanks, Anji. I’m delighted to know you’re one of young Ben’s ardent fans. Whenever I think of young Ben as an a adult, my thoughts always tend to my daughter. The older she gets, the more I am able to think of Ben doing the same. I imagine a story of him as a grown up is possible at some point in the future. Thank you for taking part in the contest.

    • Thanks, Jen. It means so much to me knowing how much you love the stories. I hope the bonus scenes will result in many happy smiles. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway contest!

    • You’re welcome. I’m delighted to know how much you enjoyed He Taught Me to Hope. I really hope you’ll love the rest of the series as well. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway contest!

  13. Congrats on the 5th anniversary and on the new release! I love box sets, much more to read 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Congrats on the 5th anniversary! The box set sounds wonderful….I’d love to win it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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