on July 17, 2017
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Two sisters, one man. Someone’s heart is about to get broken.
Elizabeth Bennet quickly realises she has misjudged Mr Darcy. In Kent, she learns first impressions are not always accurate. His proposal is disastrous, insulting even, but when she reads his letter her heart begins to thaw, and her objections and prejudices start to melt away. Elizabeth decides to offer Mr Darcy a sliver of hope, an apology, and a second chance.
Yet when he begins to call at Gracechurch Street, determined to become a better man and humbled by Elizabeth’s reproofs, he unwittingly stirs the romantic hopes of another lady altogether.
Jane Bennet is bereft and confused, rejected by Charles Bingley. She is fearful of becoming an old maid and eager to fall in love with the very first gentleman who takes notice of her. Mr Darcy just happens to be everything her mother has wanted for her; rich and handsome, the perfect suitor.
Through crowded, industrious Cheapside, to the elegant ballrooms of Mayfair, Mr Darcy chases Elizabeth Bennet, unaware that the quiet unassuming girl who smiles too much, is fully intent on chasing him.
Today is my stop on the tour for Caitlin Williams’ new book, When We Are Married, and I have asked Sheila Majczan, who I believe is one of Ms. Williams’ biggest fans, to write a guest post today and review this new release. As I have said before here on my blog, I have Sheila to thank for recommending Caitlin’s first book to me, “Ardently.”
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing this review with my readers. I love the way you capture your thoughts and feelings about this story throughout your beautifully written review.
Please welcome Sheila back to Just Jane 1813…
I had the privilege recently of reading Caitlin Williams’ next book When We Marry. It was, again, a book I could not put down and it received a 5-star rating from me.
Initially, we are in Hunsford after “that proposal”; Elizabeth has received Mr. Darcy’s letter written in response to her vehement rejection. When she returns from her walk and after her reading and rereading of his letter she finds that Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are waiting at the parsonage to say their farewells. Elizabeth seeks to find a way to give Mr. Darcy a hint of how she now feels and so she asks if a letter to Jane might be delivered. Then she asks for Darcy’s help in mending her pen (sounds like Caroline here) and when he goes over to the table at which she is writing, she has penned a short note apologizing to him.
It is a beginning to the change in her opinions and in his addresses to correct his disdain and his interference between Jane and Mr. Bingley. But now he has an excuse to visit Gracechurch Street and decides to take Bingley with him.
BUT, lo and behold, Bingley is not of a mind to now be persuaded to revisit his past feelings towards Jane. Darcy thinks of how unfortunate it is that now Bingley has decided to no longer yield to the opinions of other. What to do? He decides to visit the Gardiners and Jane all on his own, opining that it will allow him to show that he no longer thinks her relatives beneath him and to get to know Jane better.
Jane cannot think why Mr. Darcy continues to visit? He has given excuses about Bingley. But here comes the glitch in matters of the heart. Could it be that he is making addresses to her? She knows Elizabeth hates him, as her sister has let everyone in Hertfordshire know just what she thinks of the man and his behaviors.
This story does have its own angst and it is not just in waiting to see when and how Elizabeth will fall in love with Mr. Darcy; it is also a story of two sisters and how a man comes between them. This is a Jane you may not recognize. Her mother, during the whole of Jane’s lifetime, has told her how beautiful she is and impressed upon her how she is expected to marry well for the sake of saving the family from the hedgerows.
When Elizabeth arrives at the Gardiners she is witness to how Darcy has become friendlier with all of her family. He has brought the colonel with him and subsequently Aunt Gardiner, in witnessing how friendly the relationship between the colonel and Elizabeth seems to be, puts two and two together in her mind and comes up with the incorrect sum.
You will love the conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth as he, in learning to tease adds, “when we are married…” to several statements. And then there are the rare moments when they can find a way to even touch…a certain holding of hands may bring a few sighs. BUT we are not even halfway to our HEA: events occur which do allow Elizabeth’s ardor to grow, but they also have a profound effect on how Jane and Elizabeth interact. Can it be that they will now be strangers who only happen to live in the same household?
While in London, Elizabeth has also met, a Mrs. Carmichael, who is a friend of Lady Catherine’s, who is to tour on the continent. Lady Catherine recommends Elizabeth to her as a possible companion. Should Elizabeth consider this opportunity instead of pursuing her growing feelings for Darcy Can it be that Jane’s interest in Mr. Darcy will be reciprocated?
The events that follow become even more of a tangled mess. Propriety becomes an excuse when certain communications are not sent and the wrong news is allowed to be communicated. However, for a man who has said he will go anywhere, where there is a will there is a way, and that may mean more than one path attempted and failed before he is finally successful in his pursuit.
This is a book which I highly recommend for your next read. If not that, put it on top of your TBR stack. I will be rereading this one too!
Oh, and there is that little dog, Alberto, owned by Lady Fitzwilliam, who goes everywhere with her and has the habit of leaving certain “airs” in polite company…laughing.
Caitlin Williams is the author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both based on the characters from Pride and Prejudice. She’s a lifelong Austen devotee and lover of all things regency.
Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write.
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Caitlin Williams has also offered an eBook copy of When We Are Married to one Just Jane 1813 winner. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below this post and leave your comment by midnight, ET on July 30th. The winner will be announced on this blog on July 31, 2017. This giveaway is also open to international readers.
You can read an excerpt from this book here.
We hope you’re enjoying the blog tour. You can follow along using the schedule below.
July 21 Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post Launch
July 22 Of Pens & Pages / Book Review
July 23 Just Jane 1813 / Book Review
July 24 More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review
July 25 My Vices & Weaknesses / Excerpt Post
July 26 Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review
July 27 From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review
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