Miss Darcy of Pemberley — 32 Comments

  1. Having not read The Darcys of Pemberley (though I have the book) and Return to Longbourn, I’m curious as to who Georgiana’s second suitor is. I hope she will find her true love and be with someone who will complement her just like Darcy and Elizabeth. The excerpt is beautifully written and I can’t wait to see how you will expand her story, Shannon.

    • Thanks, Luthien! Glad you’re curious. I guess you can read TDOP now to find out, or wait for the expanded version of Georgiana’s story when HER book comes out. It shouldn’t matter which you read first in the end. 🙂

  2. A wonderful excerpt. Can hardly wait for the rest of your story. Hopefully Georgiana will find what her brother and new sister has.

  3. I loved reading the story from Georgiana’s point of view. It is an interesting way of looking at Darcy and Elizabeth that I am liking very much. Thank you for sharing. I am eagerly anticipating the release of your newest book.

    • Thanks, Deborah. I’ve never written a “variation” before, only sequels. So it’s a little different process – easier in some ways, perhaps, because I already have the blueprint to work from, but more difficult in others. I’m enjoying the new challenge.

  4. i enjoyed the beginning very much and will be ready for the remainder. You have done a wonderful job of giving Georgiana a personality separate from Darcy and Elizabeth. Her questionning of self reflects how she is maturing. Thanks for my morning reading!

    • I’m so glad you thinks so, Maggie! My catchphrase for Georgiana (which I use in the prologue as part of the set up) is “still waters run deep.” In other words, there’s a lot going on below the surface of her placid exterior. She’s a sweet girl, yes, but there’s more to her than first meets the eye. 😉

    • Thanks, Kathy! 🙂 But it will probably be a while. As I said, I’m only on chapter 10. In the meantime, though, there are two others you must have missed, since I have a total of four novels out. Hope you’ll take a look at them too!

  5. This sounds like a delightful beginning to another lovely story, Shannon! I shall happily go back and read my copy of your “The Darcy’s of Pemberley” and then look forward to this completion/retelling, etc. of the story we can never get enough of!

    • Thanks for your comment, Carol. I always take it as a high compliment when people tell me my books are worth rereading! As you say, we never can get enough P&P, can we?

    • Thanks, Cheryl. I suppose it is kind of a tease to release an excerpt so early. But I wanted to get an idea if there was enough interest to go forward. I think it’s full speed ahead now! (Of course, if you haven’t read them all already, I have 4 other novels to keep you entertained in the meantime 😉 )

  6. I really enjoyed this chapter! Thank you! Georgiana sounds very self-aware in her reflections, and her voice is pretty mature and educated — is she 17 or so by this point? I am also liking the fact that she has such a fond relationship with her new sister-in-law, which is what we’re all hoping for at the end of P&P. Looking forward to reading the finished product when you get there!

    • Thanks, Kathy! Georgiana would be somewhere between 18 and 19 at this point, looking back over the past couple of years as she tells her story. I will be including a flashback chapter about her relationship with Wickham and some of her impressions of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship too (scenes missing from P&P). I decided to write the book in first person so we can really get into Georgiana’s head and see things only from her perspective. There’s so much going on during this period (according to The Darcys of Pemberley) that she has no clue to, and that effects how she reacts to things. Plus, I’ve enjoyed writing first person before (For Myself Alone, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen).

  7. I was thrilled to read this and excited to know there is a another wonderful book of yours in the making! I loved The Darcy’s of Pemberley and Return to Longbourn (really loved Mary’s story) that this one with Georgiana will only add to it…here’s your trilogy! So while we wait, I will have to buy and read Jane Austen’s Persuasion!
    Happy New Year!

      • I have gotten used to counting the trilogy as P&P, TDOP, and RTL. But you’re right, Carole! With this book added, I’ll have 3 P&P books of my own.

        So glad to hear you’re planning on reading TPMJA! I really think it’s my best so far. You will have plenty of time for that one and For Myself Alone too if you like. I have a long way to go with this new one. I’m really enjoying writing it, though!

  8. Shannon, I love your way with language. Lovely! I will wait until closer to publication of this book to re-read the others, which I, too, enjoyed. It was so interesting to read Georgiana’s comments on Elizabeth’s role in the family and how she filled a need in both Darcy’s and Georgiana’s life. Additionally that Georgiana recognized that Darcy filled a role for his wife, that marriage is one of give-and-take. PLUS that their love was evident in the looks they gave each other.

    Thanks for the teaser…I think….smiles!

    • I appreciate hearing your comments, Sheila! Thank you.

      The idea with this book is that you can read it before, after, or ALONGSIDE The Darcys of Pemberley. I’m syncing the chapters so that the action is one parallels what is happening in the other at the same time. So instead of rereading TDOP in preparation for the new book, you could wait and try the side-by-side method if you want. What do you think?

      • Great idea, Shannon…reading them side by side. With the synchronization of chapters that should be fun. I did that with P & P and The additional scenes in The Scenes Jane Austen Didn’t Write. I really enjoyed doing that.

        I really loved TPMJA. It’s a wonderful read.

      • That’s a good idea. I had the same thought when I bought and read P&P: The Scenes JA Never Wrote – before I discovered all these blogs. Have a happy new year.

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  10. I always love your writing, and this is very enticing. However ever since I got to the part where Mr Collins died, I’ve been going crazy wondering if that little olive branch turned out to be a girl or a boy. If a boy, he would now be Mr Bennet’s heir. If a girl, Charlotte and the little girl would not even have any prospects.

    • Good question, Beatrice. I can see you’re thinking ahead! The answer is that the anticipated “olive branch” was neither boy nor girl; it turned out to be a false alarm.

      When I wrote The Darcy’s of Pemberley, my plan was to abide very strictly by what JA had given us in the epilogue chapter of P&P, not contradicting anything she had written there about what would happen next. But I made a slight exception in this case. As you have outlined, Charlotte’s having a child would have had definite ramifications for her and for the Bennet family. A girl would have increased Charlotte’s distress of circumstances, and a boy would have interfered with my plans for Longbourn (see Return to Longbourn). And let’s be honest; none of us really wanted Mr. Collins reproducing, did we?

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