Chapter One – The Portrait of Lizzy by Caitlin Williams and L.L. Diamond — 68 Comments

  1. I’m loving this already. I remember it from the first time and thought then it would make a great full story. I hope Ellie and Tom get together and that there is something about Darcy and Elizabeth. I am useless at thinking of titles but will give it some thought and let you know if I think if one. Thanks for this, now I have to wait patiently???? for next week.

  2. Yes Glynis, there will be plenty of Darcy and Lizzy. This will be both recency and modern (giving Leslie and I a headache, no doubt). Thanks for reading.

  3. Thank you so much for expanding this story. I remember how I loved it the first time I read it. I absolutely adore ghost/time travel variations, and if you give me two handsome Darcy’s, then I am in heaven 🙂

  4. I didn’t read the initial story but love this idea. Maybe Elizabeth can show up in dreams or give guidance in other ways, just so long as Ellie is open to such guidance. Good job, ladies! I’m looking forward to much more!

  5. Ohhhh I am glad to see this story up again! 🎉🎉🎉 I was sorry to see it disappear, and now ecstastic about hearing this will be a longer story! But oh this is wonderful news!
    I would like to see Tom and Ellie have their drink in the pub, and maybe a scene in the library?

    • Thanks for reading, Sophia. I am surprised at how many of you remember it!
      I hope you’ll come back next week for the next instalment. Libraries are good settings for romance, I agree.

  6. So glad this is going to a full length story. I loved the short story the first time round, now can’t wait for more. I wonder what the spirit of Elizabeth will do to help Tom and Ellie.

  7. I’m another one who’s so happy you two are turning this into a full length story. If it features something slightly paranormal and different eras, too, then so much the better. I love that you’ve used the portrait of Darcy that they had done for P&P 1995 in this post, too. Something to look forward to every Wednesday in my Inbox. Thanks so much ladies!

    • Yay! I would’ve never come up with this plot bunny on my own, so I’m thrilled Caitlin let me come along for the ride. Mildred is giving us a bit of attitude, but we’ll see if we can’t get her straightened out. 😉 Thanks, Anji!

  8. Oh, this is lovely. (And, yes, I remember it from the first posting, too!) I’m sure the two of you talented ladies will create a great book building on this intriguing first chapter. Such a promising opening salvo!

  9. I too remember this story and so glad it is being expanded on! I’m thinking that Ellie’s ex-boyfriend is ‘Wickham’ and he has always had a rivalry with Tom Darcy! Maybe even a ‘Miss Bingley’ type being Tom’s ex-girlfriend?!!! As for Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy causing havoc…Mildred must need a part that the mechanic will have to order leaving her in Lambton until it arrives. In order to continue to pay for her room, maybe she gets a job at the inn or the tea shop? As for a title and we are only one chapter in and I have no idea where you are going to go with this but what about “The Spirit of Mrs. Darcy”? Looking forward to next week!

    • I rigged up an old portrait by changing the colour of her gown. It’s not perfect to the description, but she has kind of a mischievous smile. It’s small, but it’s in the banner at the top of the page. I can always add it to the post next Wednesday if you want. 🙂 Thanks, Daniela!

  10. Wow–I love this story already. I can’t wait for more!! How often will you be posting chapters?

    This is going to be a wonderful story; it gave me the shivers! Brava, ladies, on a memorable opening chapter!! 😀

    And thank you for writing and sharing it with us. I very much appreciate all of the time and effort you have invested into this story.

    Susanne 🙂

  11. Sign me in as a “ditto head” also. And to read that authors I have read and enjoyed are writing or helped in the beginning stages…has to be a great read. Good luck…may your muse be ever alert and inspiring! So many parts sound like our original couple already so I know I am going to enjoy this. Thanks for expanding on it.

    • Caitlin and I have been having a great time writing it! She had a great idea and story arc to get things going, it’s just been a matter of letting our imaginations run wild. We’re thrilled you’re enjoying it. Thanks, Sheila!

  12. That was a delightful beginning. I love the similarities past and present. I look forward to seeing what you do with this story. I am sure it will be a fascinating read, with a touch of mystery, a touch of romance, a mischievous ghost or two and who knows what else! How often will you post chapters?

  13. Nice twist! You not only tell a great story, but the dialogue keeps it moving along at a fast clip. I love the rapport you built after the first wrong impression. I hope they have fun at the pub.

  14. I am sorry to say I missed the first posting for this story, but love what I have read thus far. I also can not wait for the next chapter. As for the title what about something like “living in Elizabeth’s Shadow ” or just Elizabeth’s Shadow

  15. I remember this. Loved it then and love it now. Looking forward to it continuing. Good luck with the collaboration! Two talented ladies cannot go wrong when it comes to blending modern and Regency and two generations of Darcy’s and Lizzy’s.

  16. I think this is going to be a wonderful read. Can’t wait for me. I too thought of the Spirit of Mrs Darcy but I think we need a few more chapters before we really see where this is all leading. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Will Darcy’s spirit also appear? I can’t imagine Elizabeth hanging around without her dear husband.

    I remembered this post. It was good the first time and am looking forward to reading it expanded into a full length story.

  18. Love this story! Well done to all concerned for penning such an intriguing tale. Am not even going to think about what’s going to happen next,I’ll just wait, with eager anticipation,for next week’s post!!

  19. So wonderful! This looks like a lot of fun and I am excited that I have 3 more chapters ahead of me to catch up on! 🙂 Thanks ladies!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: