Good morning to my Just Jane 1813 readers. Two weeks ago it was such a thrill to share Jenetta James’ cover reveal with you and today, I am all anticipation again. My nerves have me feeling an ample amount of empathy with poor Mrs. Bennet, because no matter how many blog posts I write, I want each one to be as great as it can be for my readers.
Planning this cover reveal for Caitlin Williams’ upcoming book release has been a wonderful process. In the past, I have shared my love for JAFF covers that contain artwork from Austen’s era and today is no exception; not only do I feel this is quite a striking image, it also conveys for me an image of a young Elizabeth Bennet who is on the brink of becoming a young woman, and who she may have been during her earlier, formative years.
Austen’s writing was captured on “the little bit of ivory” on which she worked with so fine a brush, leaving her readers with just enough white space to imagine some of their own indelible details. What color were Elizabeth Bennet’s eyes and what were the handsome features that graced Fitzwilliam Darcy’s face?
I believe she left these parts for us to own deep within ourselves, like tiny, personal treasures tucked within a nearby drawer. My image of Elizabeth Bennet is revised with each story I read. She is, after all, mine and only mine when I am reading about her, and I truly believe that was a part of Austen’s brilliance. We all own a piece of each and every character that spends time dancing around our heads and living within our souls. I hope this image speaks to you as one of your very own images of a young Elizabeth Bennet.
The following book summary captures Caitlin Williams’ very own words as she describes her latest book, which is a “Pride and Prejudice” rethinking told in four volumes:
The very worst has happened. Mr Bennet has died, leaving his wife and five young daughters bereft. The family estate, Longbourn, is now lost, entailed away and fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet is to go two hundred miles away to live with strangers. George Darcy, repaying a debt of gratitude, has offered to take her to Pemberley, to live under the mantle of his care and be raised alongside his own daughter, Georgiana.
But on the day she is to leave Longbourn forever, young Elizabeth, grieving and confused, runs off into the Hertfordshire countryside. Fitzwilliam Darcy gives chase, telling his father he will have her back in an hour or two. Luck and fate, however, are not on his side and capturing Elizabeth Bennet turns out not only to be more difficult than he could ever have imagined, but events conspire to turn her little adventure into his worst nightmare.
The prideful man and the girl prejudiced against him, meet much earlier in this rethinking of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Elizabeth grows up under the ever-watchful eye of Mr Darcy, from fifteen to twenty-one. She errs and falters, there are stumbles and trips, but could this ‘disobedient little hellion’ one day become mistress of Pemberley and the keeper of his heart?
Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England, with her family. She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.
Pride and Prejudice is Caitlin’s favourite novel and she finds Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet so deliciously entertaining that she likes to borrow them from Ms Austen and enjoys the challenge of putting them in different places and situations.
Her debut novel, Ardently, was written as a hobby, usually with her laptop balanced on the kitchen worktop, typing with one hand, a glass of wine in the other, while she also attempted to cook dinner and keep her children from killing each other. The success of Ardently was as much a surprise to her, as it was to anyone else, and she has been thrilled and genuinely thankful for the positive responses and reviews it generated.
Her second novel, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, is a portrait of a much younger Elizabeth, who is thrown into an extraordinary set of circumstances due to the premature death of Mr Bennet, and she hopes you all enjoy it very much.
And now to introduce The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet…
Timeless, isn’t it? From the moment I saw it, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of my readers! I love the muted tones and the look on her face… Can she really be such a ‘disobedient little hellion?’
I have also had the pleasure of collaborating with Caitlin Williams and now thirteen talented bloggers, who have generously joined Caitlin’s blog tour to bring her readers a series of blog posts that will bring her latest story to life.
June 13/ My Jane Austen Book Club/ Launch Post /Happy Birthday Fanny Burney, The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet & a Giveaway
June 14/ So Little Time… / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 15/ Just Jane 1813/An Exclusive Interview with Caitlin Williams
June 16/ Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
June 17/ Margie’s Must Reads/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 18/ The Calico Critic/Book Review & Giveaway
June 19/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ “The Education of a Young Lady”Guest Post & Giveaway
June 20/ Half Agony, Half Hope/Book Review
June 21/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Book Review & Giveaway
June 22/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice /Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 23/ Liz’s Reading Life / “A Wink and a Nod to Austen” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 24/ Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review
June 25/ Laughing With Lizzie/ “The Young Master” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 26/ A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/ “A Most Scandalous” Guest Post
Thank you for joining us today and for sharing this reveal with us. I’d love to invite our readers to share your thoughts and any other feedback about this cover reveal. To show our appreciation towards our readers, we are offering an ebook of “The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet” to one lucky Just Jane 1813 reader.
This book is being released on Monday, June 6th, which is the one-year anniversary of the publication of “Ardently”. Today “The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet” is available for pre-order on Amazon. It will also be available on KindleUnlimited for an extended period of time. To enter this giveaway, please let us know what you think about this cover and/or share it on your social media site and just let us know where you shared it. We appreciate any feedback you are willing to provide us about this cover reveal. All comments and/or social media shares must be left below this post by midnight, ET on June 4th and the winner will be announced on this blog on June 5, 2016.
That’s a quick turnaround so that the winner can have the ebook on June 6th.
As someone who read this story a few weekends ago, I can confidently say that this a wonderfully long and touching story that develops Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship over several years in a beautiful and authentic manner.
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