Jane Austen’s Advent – Day 7 – It Happened One Christmas — 45 Comments

    • Thanks Ruth, lovely to have you reading along. I think it’ll remain a short story, but still some fun to be had in part 3

  1. Oh,I just loved it! I thought the way they spoke to each other,honestly expressing their thoughts about Wickham and agreeing to the wager,was very well done.
    I can’t wait for the next part! Thank you for brightening up our day!

  2. Loving this. I do like when Elizabeth realises that Wickham is not all she thought and that Darcy is better than she thought. I can’t wait to see what he claims as his forfeit as he will obviously win (although I think he will also grant Elizabeth’s wish)
    Can’t wait to read the last part.

  3. Oh,Caitlin,this is absolutely delightful. All the essentials of the novel, but transported to a microcosm of the original setting, and condensed to three chapters!
    I was wondering how you could bring the romance to a satisfactory conclusion without Wickham to act as a wicked foil for Darcy’s goodness, but you seem to be managing it perfectly!

    • Haha John. I was thinking the same thing myself. I’m taking big shortcuts but yes, essentially the rest of the book into three chapters! We’ll see how successful it is at the end!

  4. The story continues to intrigue!! But can you translate the closing? I think it’s something clever and it an attempt to charm us into wanting more?? As of course we do!

  5. I love this story and your writing in general. I have owned “Ardently” for years and always look forward to any of your stories. Please keep up the wonderful work. Happy Holidays!!

    • That is very nice to hear. I had such fun writing Ardently and had no idea of the direction it would lead me in and how big the world of JAFF is. I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people through it, from all corners of the globe

    • My favourite part of writing any story is the dialogue, and these two characters bounce off each other so well. Thanks Sharon.

  6. What a delightful picture you have drawn with Elizabeth and family playing and singing carols and Mr. Darcy building a house of cards with the boys! Then you throw Wickham into the mix and the tension immediately builds! So looking forward to the final chapter and just imagining what Mr. Darcy will extract from Elizabeth as a forfeit…I can guess though!

    • Haha, what can her forfeit be? What can she possibly give the man who has everything? Thanks Carole, glad you are enjoying the story.

  7. I for one am glad it has turned into a 3 part story! Will it be a kiss under the mistletoe? Or a dance with Darcy? Perhaps a visit to Pemberly?

  8. Thank you for this wonderful episode! The family Lizzy has is what so many people miss at this time of year. Darcy is lonely and Lizzy sees him more clearly now. I love this! What a nice gift to all of us. I look forward to the next part!

    • Thanks Jana. Yes, although the Bennets are far from perfect they are warm and loving, and Darcy has begun to appreciate that.

  9. Loved it, loved it, loved it! I can’t wait for the third part! I admire your imagination. This is a breath of fresh air. I hope you expand it to a new novel. Please say you will!🤤

  10. Adore this clever and (In some cases) articulate Darcy. Will be looking forward to the upcoming Christmas party. Wonder what the forfeit is going to be… 😉

  11. Sorry to hear that you are “lonely” but loving what you do when situated so…write another chapter. I would love to read more of this and am now thankful to anticipate a third part. Thanks for your efforts and for sharing with us. If I lived nearby I would invite you in for a cup of tea or coffee.

    • Oh Sheila, wouldn’t that be lovely? We could have a great JAFF chat over a coffee. Great to hear from you and glad you’re enjoying the story.

  12. Happy that Elizabeth can see the kinnmess of Darcy and warms toward him Hopefully she will see the truth of Darcy’s words when he transfers his affection to Mary King WWonder what is the forfeit and will Elizabeth be happy to pay it

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