It’s me again! I am back with another short story: Darcy and Elizabeth: Behind Pemberley’s Walls. As with Lost in Love, this story takes place at Pemberley where a dejected Darcy has gone to try to get over Elizabeth’s rejection of his offer of marriage.
Even with the passage of four months, Darcy is clueless as to the reason for Elizabeth’s refusal. Fortunately, his butler, Mr. Jackson, who served both father and son, is willing to listen and advise. Between the two, they come up with a plan to repair the damage done in Hertfordshire and Kent, but it requires a bit of subterfuge.
Behind Pemberley’s Walls, is a light-hearted retelling of Elizabeth and Darcy’s reunion. Here is the blurb:
Four months after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his offer of marriage, Fitzwilliam Darcy is still trying to puzzle through the reasons for her refusal. When he arrives at Pemberley, a place of reflection, he finds that Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle are touring the gardens. Is it possible that Fate has presented him with an opportunity to make amends for his awful proposal in Kent? Before doing so, he devises a plan to find out if Elizabeth is having second thoughts about rejecting him. The question is: Will he succeed? – Length: 10,000+ words
If it appears that I have been missing from the World of Austen, it is because I also write a police procedural series called The Patrick Shea Mysteries. Another, bigger reason, is that for the past eleven years, I have been researching a horrific train wreck that happened in 1888 at the Mud Run Train Station in Carbon County, Pennsylvania in which a distant cousin of my father’s was killed along with 63 others. A story this sad required pacing, but, eventually, I had to gather up all my research and write the story. The book, The Mud Run Train Wreck, A Disaster in the Irish-American Community, is now available in paperback on Amazon and in an e-book format on Kindle and Nook. If you (or anyone you know) is interested, please click on the links below.
As always, my sincere thanks for your support for my writing efforts.
P.S. The artist for the cover of Behind Pemberley’s Wall is Alexander Francis Lydon. As my maiden name is Lydon, I am sure we are related, and I had to support a relation, especially a talented one. 😉