“Is this your Elizabeth?”
It all started with this simple question after I eagerly read an early ARC of Joana Starnes’ latest book, Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter.
I have been a huge fan of Joana’s books since I read my first one, From This Day Forward, and having the opportunity to read this new story was a tremendous pleasure for me.
But, like most book lovers, once I finished reading this story, I couldn’t let it go. Through their ups and downs in their intense relationship, Joana’s Darcy and Elizabeth had seeped into my heart and I couldn’t resist searching online for the image of what I believed was the Elizabeth Bennet in this story.
Could there be an image of one of the world’s most famous heroines that hasn’t been placed on a book cover already that would resonate with readers as their very own Elizabeth Bennet too?
Through online exchanges and conversations about this story, Joana felt as strongly about this image and wanted her to be Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter; the young woman who, instead of refusing Fitzwilliam Darcy’s marriage proposal in Kent, decides to accept his offer in order to secure her family’s future. But is that the kind of marriage they really both want to experience in own their lives?
This is Joana’s first story that focuses on an early marriage scenario for Darcy and Elizabeth and I have no doubts that readers will find it to be an emotive, gripping, and well-paced story that displays all of the talents that readers have come to love in Joana’s stories.
I must thank the numerous bloggers who not only have agreed to join us for this blog tour but who have also taken the time today to spread the word about this cover reveal and book release around the world. And when I say around the world, I mean it! This cover reveal is taking place simultaneously across ten different blogs right now, and we couldn’t be more grateful to these talented bloggers who have taken the time today to join us. For a visual of this collaborative effort, the map below lets readers envision where in the world these bloggers are launching this cover reveal and book release from today. You can click on each place on the map to find their blog URLs and a link that will bring you right there to each one. Please note that to see all three blogs in England, you should zoom into the map.
I hope you see a bit of your own Elizabeth in our cover reveal below.
John Opie painted this oil on canvas, titled Portrait of Miss Frances Vinicombe, in the late 18th or early 19th century. He was a well-known portrait and landscape artist who painted quite a few famous people during his lifetime. What are your thoughts about this cover? We’d love to hear your responses and we hope she inspires you to find out what’s in between the covers of this book.
To give all of our readers a great giveaway, Joana is offering a several ways to be a winner in her giveaways. She’s offering a paperback of Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter, two ebooks and assorted mini Austen-related gifts to three readers. All three giveaways are available for international readers too! Thank you, Joana!
Want to be a winner today? Every Rafflecopter entrant who leaves a comment on this blog, and/or tweets about this giveaway, will receive an exclusive excerpt from this book that can’t be found anywhere else online, not even on Amazon, which will be sent to the email address that you enter with your Rafflecopter entry. If you can’t get the Rafflecopter to work for you, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment on this blog, and we will send your exclusive excerpt to you. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
When Colonel Fitzwilliam’s disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to consider an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr Darcy.
Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love? Would she be trapped in a marriage of convenience while events conspire to divide them? Or would love grow as, day by day and hour after hour, she learns to understand the man she married, before she loses his trust and his heart?
Meet Joana Starnes
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November 17/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway
November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
November 19/Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 20/ A Covent Garden Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/Guest Post
November 21/ Margie’s Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 22/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 23/Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving
November 25/ So Little Time… So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway
November 26/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes
November 27 / My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Guest Post & Giveaway
November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway
December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway
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