Good morning to my Just Jane 1813 readers, and welcome to the cover reveal for Amy George’s novella, “Second Impressions.” You’re going to meet some intriguing new characters in this story, as you meet up with Darcy and Elizabeth two years after his failed marriage proposal at Hunsford Parsonage.
Don’t you love the play on Austen’s original title for “Pride and Prejudice,” which was “First Impressions?” Of course, we know why that was the original title of her book, but what can second impressions mean for Darcy and Elizabeth in Amy George’s new story?
I love when we get to explore alternate paths that take them both a few years down the road after Darcy’s failed marriage proposal. Time, maturity and the ability to reflect on their past actions gives us two characters who are altered, and yet, fundamentally the same people they were when they met years ago in Meryton.
What has occurred in the space of these two years will affect the rest of their lives, but will it help to bring them together?
Here’s what Amy George shares with us about her upcoming book:
Once, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were foes, then tenuous friends. After Elizabeth discovers Darcy is engaged to another woman, she flees to Boston to seek solace with her cousin, the brash and worldly Emeline Poston.
When she returns to England after years spent abroad, Elizabeth must face the man who shattered her heart, and is shocked to find the proud man she once knew drastically altered. Does she have the courage to seek out the man with whom she fell in love –whatever the cost?
Fitzwilliam Darcy has spent his days regretting what might have been and his nights being tormented by the decisions he has made. His life in tatters, he can barely face the once respectable man in his mirror or the baby girl in Pemberley’s nursery. Now that Elizabeth has returned, will he atone for his mistakes and win her heart for good?
This alternate path reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is recommended for adult readers.
Release date: August 2016
Amy George is a middle-aged woman who hates her “old lady/grown-up” car and refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a town in the middle of the country where the county fair is one of the biggest social events of the season and everything is fried.
Her household consists of a dog, a cat, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.
She has been writing since she was a child and was a frequent contributor to the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.
Connect with Amy on Facebook.
And now, the cover reveal …
Isn’t this image adorable? Are you surprised by the image on this cover? I know I was! It’s so unusual to see a young child on a JAFF cover. What can this mean for our dear couple?
I would like to thank Meryton Press and Jakki Leatherberry for offering me this amazing opportunity to share this cover reveal here on Just Jane 1813! Meryton Press and Jakki Leatherberry are also planning a wonderful blog tour for “Second Impressions” and I hope you’ll follow the tour to read their terrific posts and to enter the giveaways!
Now, dear readers, this is the part I also love because we get to hear from you and discuss your thoughts about this cover reveal. We are offering an ebook to one Just Jane 1813 reader the day this book is released, which will be in early August. To enter this giveaway, please let us know what you think about this cover and/or any reading plans you have for this book by leaving a comment on this post by midnight, ET on August 3rd. The winner will be announced on this blog on August 4, 2016.
I’d also appreciate if you would share this post and/or book cover image on your own social media and help us spread the word about this story.
Thank you for joining us today for the cover reveal! Amy George and Meryton Press have created another terrific collaboration and I look forward to reading your thoughts on this story once it’s published!