Mr Darcys Rival Excerpt — 37 Comments

  1. Beautifully written, Kara. I love Charlotte’s comment, “I sometimes find it passes more slowly when you are looking forward to it, and passes all too quickly when you are dreading your arrival.” How right she is! And. as a close friend should, she sees right through Lizzy. I love the introduction to Mr. Rickland. He has the amiability that Darcy does not. This will be a hard man for Darcy to compete wit h, although I believe Mr. Rickland doesn’t have the stresses Darcy had to deal with. As he owns a small estate, he doesn’t have women throwing themselves at him for his money and he is learning to run the estate, so he hasn’t had the pressures William has had. I wonder when Lizzy will finally see the light. Looking forward to the release of this book. Thank you for sharing the first chapter, in order to whet our appetite.

    • Thanks so much, Deborah! I hope to appy myself to actually finish the novel before the new year (only a couple more chapters) and then get edits done to have it ready for publication.

  2. This little amuse bouche of an excerpt does peak my interest. Looking forward to the Spring when we will again travel to Rosings Park.

    • Thanks, Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I do plan on posting another chapter before the book is released – most likely when Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam arrive.

  3. Thank you Kara for this taste of your book. Even though he had our Elizabeth fluttering, Darcy is still on her mind.

    Can’t wait to see how this triangle plays out. !

  4. I loved the excerpt. It certainly whets my appetite to know more about Matthew Rickland. His disposition and manners are the total opposite of Mr Darcy. When Colonel Fitzwilliam arrives on the scene, will it further complicates matters? Kara, I can’t wait to read the next excerpt and see the cover.

  5. My first reaction when I saw your email was ‘Oh Goody!’ With the holidays so close upon us, finding the time must be very hard. The excerpt was delightful and I must say Mr. Rickland does improve upon closer inspection…blue eyes…how dreamy! Poor Mr. Darcy is going to be tied up in knots over the ease Mr. Rickland has in company! Looking forward to the New Year ahead! Now I am curious about the cover!

    • Thanks, Carole! I hope to get some time in – My days to babysit my granddaughter went from 2 to 3 and this month to 4 because her other babysitter had some things come up. But my daughter in law will get off for 2 weeks at Christmas, so I hope to get a lot done – my shopping is almost finished so I can concentrate on that! 🙂

  6. Nice! I like Mr Rickland already. I’m eager to see the dynamics between him, Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam when they’re all together. Not to mention Lizzy and Anne. Thank you for the excerpt and I hope your edits and all will be finished soon and that you have a merry Christmas. 🙂

  7. This is going to be so interesting I am sure. With Col. Fitzwilliams and Mr. Rickland and the Anne you introduced us to in A Peculiar Engagement Darcy is going to be totally lost. He is an observant man and maybe Anne will bend his ear as to what is good for him. I like Mr. Rickland and he doesn’t need to marry for money even if his estate is small I am thinking. Darcy is going to have to make some monumental changes in his conversation much less in letting Elizabeth know his true character if Wickham, in this story, has already slandered it on top of his interference with Jane and Bingley. I am truly looking forward to another great book by you, Kara. Thanks for whetting our appetites.

  8. Oh my. What a great beginning of Lizzy’s trip to Kent. Another cousin adds to the fun that is sure to come. With Lizzy’s profound dislike for Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Rickland are surely to cause trouble for Darcy. Hopefully, Lizzy will tell Darcy why she dislikes him, and Darcy tells her about Wickham and explains why he separates Jane and Bingley. Hope that Darcy is ready to fight for what he wants unless you have a totally different ending in your mind! I cannot wait for your finished story.

  9. Oh what a tangled web you weave! This promises to get very interesting. What a nice twist for Ann to have other relatives too. I look forward to the next excerpt.

  10. I very much enjoyed this excerpt and greatly anticipate reading the novel in its entirety when it is published. Thank you so much for whetting our appetites for this delicious tale. 🙂

    Cassandra 🙂

  11. Very interesting start, and it definitely makes me anticipate the rest! I have always been curious about Lizzy and Charlotte’s friendship and how frank Charlotte would be about her happiness in marriage. Also, I am wondering if Mr. Rickland will turn out to have some underlying dark side yet to be revealed, or, if he is as pleasant and engaging as he seems, Darcy will have some real competition. I’m also looking forward to Elizabeth having more interaction with Anne, now that we know so much more about her.

  12. Very promising!! Thank you Kara for the glimpse. Mr Rickland sounds so promising as a Darcy foil, but Wickham is also very personable…

    A ‘small estate’ is relative. Could it be a Gothic monstrosity? What secrets are hidden there? On a dark stormy night could Elizabeth be spirited away from Rosings to be forced to masquerade as his deceased sister for the pleasure of his bedlamite mother? It could happen! 🙂

    • Oh, dear! One thing about all these suppositions is that it gives me pause to consider running off with one of them and changing the book completely! (Not saying that your thoughts aren’t spot on!) Thanks, Dave!

  13. Thanks so much for whetting our appetite with this chapter. I am already intrigued by Mr. Rickland and look forward to the interactions with him, Lizzy, and Darcy. Good luck finishing it up… I am looking forward to reading it in the new year!

  14. Another great book book by Kara Louise. I’ll probably stay up until 3am reading it when it comes out. You are truly gifted!

  15. I appear to be late to the party, Kara. Great beginning with many possibilities. Is he a secret love of Anne’s? Is he a partner in crime with the colonel? Interesting that the three men are from different family lines. What do you mean by that? My mind is spinning with speculation. I know! He’s a pirate.

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