Mr. Darcy’s Rival Excerpt Chap. 5 — 32 Comments

  1. Love the excerpt, Kara. Cannot wait for the book. Darcy needs to chill out. Having two other men that speak, he needs to take lessons. Of course, then he wouldn’t be Darcy.

    • Thanks, Carol! I can’t wait for it to be out also! I feel like I’ve been working on this forever! Glad you liked it!

  2. Really like how this is going Kara! Darcy, as usual, shows himself poorly – does he realize that fact? Does he chastise himself for being socially inept? It would be interesting if Elizabeth popped into a room where the three men were relaxed, laughing, and generally having fun. The other two men would greet her normally but Darcy would stiffen and become instantly formal. Would Elizabeth be so insecure that she blames his actions on a perceived dislike of herself, or can she guess that he would behave this way for any lady? He has so many simpering maidens trying to corner him, can she realize it is just an instinctual reaction? WE know it is more than that, but which way will Elizabeth interpret his actions?

    Pardon the musings – it is your fault Kara for providing a thought-provoking segment! Looking forward to more postings!

    • Thanks, Dave! I think Elizabeth will get a chance to see him loosen up a bit. I think part of his formality also has to do with his inner struggle about Elizabeth’s suitability – he’s fighting the attraction still!

  3. I’m just catching up here and just read the three chapters all at once. Wonderful! I think my favorite JA inspired theme is a rival for Elizabeth’s affections. There aren’t too many of them, but they are my favorites. Abigail’s Mr. Covington comes immediately to mind, as well as his own brother in one very special story! I love a Darcy who is green with jealousy. Makes him move a little quicker and woo a little sweeter! And he usually gets a bit snarky with his competition. Can’t wait to read the whole novel when it is completed.

    • Thanks, rae! We’ll have to see how the Darcy in this story compares to your thoughts! Hope I can do him justice! 🙂

  4. I like Dave’s comments. I am sure that Elizabeth is misinterpreting Darcy’s actions, as she has not seen him in London society where all the mamas and their eligible daughters attempt to attract his attention. But I am thinking Darcy is going to learn some lessons about putting himself forward when he witnesses, not only how his cousin, Col. Fitzwilliam, interacts easily with Elizabeth, but also how Rickand puts himself forward. And in knowing that the latter’s fortune, modest as it is, allows him to pursue Elizabeth, he is due for a major bout of jealousy.

    I am putting my opinion of how this may go on page – pardon me if I am totally wrong. But whatever you have working I am sure is going to be tantalizing. Thanks for this excerpt.

    • Thanks, Sheila! Always appreciate everyone’s thoughts and conjectures! All I will say in my story is that Darcy will have a rude awakening! 🙂

  5. Oh, this excerpt is simply delightful!! I can’t wait until it’s available to us all this spring!! Well done, indeed!! 😀

    Thank you for sharing this little glimpse with us all. 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks, Susanne! I know I replied earlier to you, but I must not have clicked ‘post comment’ for it is not here! Anyway, hopefully it will be done in the next few months.

  6. Ha! Bookends! I wonder how Darcy would react if he only knew. You almost had Charlotte sounding like Mr. Collins with her having things ready/prepared for unexpected guests etc…I do hope he is not rubbing off on her!
    So looking forward to future chapters and publication! Thanks!

    • Glad you liked the bookends! But I must clarify that it WAS Mr. Collins in a panic and not Charlotte. So no worries there. Thanks, Carole.

  7. I’m not reading any more excerpts! I don’t want to spoil the book when it comes out. I’m really looking forward to reading it as soon as it comes out. Best of luck!

    • I’m hoping at the most there will be 2 most excerpts – one regular and one that goes with a book launch. Hopefully! I must plod on!

  8. I love the descriptive language being used in this book. Two stylish bookends holding up one large, dull book. That had me chuckling. Also, I liked the similar descriptions of London versus the country by both Darcy & Lizzy. London has its attractions but both enjoy getting back to the country. That has piqued Darcy’s interest….I hope you have the opportunity to finish this soon. I am eagerly anticipating its release. Hurry, but take your time…hope all is well.

  9. I love the bookend comparison of the two gentlemen compared to Mr. Darcy. I wonder how this meeting is going from his perspective. He knows that Col. Fitzwilliam can’t pursue Lizzy because of her lack of fortune but Mr. Rickland is the wild card… I can’t wait for the next excerpt and–of course– the release of the book.

    • Thanks, Lauren! I wil have to choose my next excerpt as one from Darcy’s POV. Hopefully it will be one that gies you an idea of his thoughts but doesn’t give too much away!

  10. Great chapter, Kara! You really have to feel sorry for Darcy, knowing how different his true feelings are from those he shows. Having Rickland there certainly makes things even harder for Darcy. I agree that seeing some of this from Darcy’s POV would be fun. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Don’t worry ~ the book will be both E and D’s point of view! We’ll see him struggle just a little bit! 🙂

  11. Oh Darcy, you’re being compared to a large, dull book propped up between two rather stylish bookends! Kara, that’s such an apt description of how I imagine the three of them sitting there together.

    I’m intrigued as to how the addition of Mr. Rickland is going to change the dynamic of the interactions between Darcy and Elizabeth. You say he’s in for a rude awakening. I can only wonder what that may be. All sorts of theories are going through my mind!

    Looking forward to the next extract very much. Of course, we’re all impatient for you to finish and publish but I’m equally sure we also understand your current priorities. They’re not babaies for long!

    • I’m truly enjoying babysitting my granddaughter – I never imagined I would be doing it. Only have her 3 days a week, but I actually miss her the days I don’t! I hope you’ll like the changes Rickland brings about in the story. Thanks for you thoughts, Anji!

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