Happy Groundhog Day, fellow Janeites! Today we are celebrating this holiday with one of my favorite JAFF stories, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy!
I don’t know about you, but Groundhog Day used to remind me of Bill Murray’s role in the popular movie Groundhog Day; that is until I read The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, I am grateful to have Fitzwilliam Darcy’s face in my mind when I think of Groundhog Day, and if you’ve read this story, I hope you do too!
Here’s an exclusive book trailer that Beau and Brooke are sharing here today with my readers based on The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy…
If you haven’t read the story yet, I think you’ll enjoy this excerpt too!
“Good God, what is happening to me?” he wondered aloud. “It is the same day.” All circumstances thus far confirmed it. The coat, the newspaper, Anne’s tea cup. But no one else appeared to be suffering panic at finding themselves repeating a day already lived. From this, Darcy deduced an important bit of information—in this mystery, he was alone. His condition was not common to the inhabitants of Rosings.
“But how? How is such a thing possible?”
He struggled to reconcile his mind with the possibilities. Perhaps he had suffered a terrible blow or some suddenly infirmity the night of the storm. Or perchance there was some devilry at work…
“Darcy!” Fitzwilliam’s voice roused him. As he watched his cousin stride towards him, Darcy made a hasty decision. For the moment, how was unimportant. He would play along for now, while he prayed for a sign that would tell him what to do. By the time Fitzwilliam neared him, Darcy had managed to calm himself enough that nothing would appear amiss.
“Are you well, Darcy? If it was not a Sunday morning, I would say you were a trifle disguised.”
“You know me better than that, I should think,” Darcy managed in a reasonable tone. “I only became overly warm and needed some air.” Inspiration struck him and he added, “And I wished to be spared Lady Catherine dressing Anne down.”
Fitzwilliam gave him an assessing look, then nodded. “I cannot say that I blame you for that, old man. Between you and me, the older Her Ladyship gets the more I think her touched.”
“I will not bother to remonstrate you for such an ill-bred sentiment, because I am not a fool and know it would do me little good.”
Fitzwilliam brightened. “Right on the mark! Now, shall we see if our cousin is in need of rescue? Come, I am anxious to leave.”
“Looking forward to another of Collins’ sermons, are you?” Darcy drawled, making Fitzwilliam laugh as they started towards the house.
“Hardly. I simply enjoy Miss Bennet’s lively company when I can get it.”
Darcy froze in his tracks. Elizabeth! He had not considered all of the consequences of his new circumstance. Was it truly the same day? Would Elizabeth Bennet remember anything of that disastrous confrontation?
“Indeed, Fitz,” Darcy said as he resumed his stride. “I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours.”
Beau and Brooke have brought giveaways too, just in time for Groundhog Day! The giveaways are for two lucky Just Jane 1813 readers, as Beau and Brooke are giving away two paperback copies of The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy to readers with a U.S. mailing address or ebooks of the story to international winners. Just leave a comment on this blog naming for us the one “Groundhog Day” moment you’d love to have with Fitzwilliam Darcy!! All comments for these giveaways should be entered here no later than February 11th, midnight, Eastern Time. The winners will be announced on this blog on February 12, 2017.
Thank you to Beau and Brooke for spending Groundhog Day with my readers by sharing this terrific post. I can’t wait to see what you two ladies collaborate on next in your writing!
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