Shall We Dance? An extract from Ardently — 29 Comments

  1. I’ve heard such good things about Ardently, Caitlin, and this scene just reinforces that. You’re quite right in saying that a variation wouldn’t be complete without a ball but I’ve read so many that it’s almost impossible to single just one out. I will give a mention to one from Abigail’s book Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, though.

  2. Lovely! I had this on my wish list but was a bit unsure of the events between Hunsford and their later meeting. However I loved The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet and read some lovely reviews and I have now bought it and look forward to reading it especially after reading this excerpt. Thank you Caitlin.

  3. Thanks Glynis. I know people are sometimes unsure because it is set quite a while after the original events of P & P and because of what has happened with Darcy in the meantime, but it is largely light on angst and heavy on romance, I promise.

  4. Oh I loved this scene…actually, I loved the whole book ‘ardently’!!!! I first bought it in e-book format but that wasn’t enough. I bought the paperback as well! Now I plan to buy the paperback format of The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet! Another gem I was gifted with in e-book format!

    As Anji says, I too have read many books with such wonderful balls that it is hard to pick one…this one certainly stands out!

    • Thanks Carole. I hadn’t read it myself in ages, and it was nice to revisit it. Whenever I watch the Netherfield Ball scene in the 1995 mini-series, I have to rewind it and watch it a couple of times over, Darcy and Lizzy should dance more often, I think.

  5. Caitlin,it’s been a while,but I read and loved Ardently and can heartily recommend it.

    I read TCOAOEB during the Summer,and,well…..
    words fail me! It was such an emotional roller coaster of a read,the reviews are so overwhelming in their praise,and such praise is undoubtedly merited.

    If memory serves,there’s a scene in thus story where Elizabeth is asked to dance by Mr Burton.

    The heartbreaking thing however is that had she been single,she was confident that she had just met her future husband!

    This Mr Burton was the ideal partner fur Elizabeth Bennet,and she could imagine the conversations, walks, courtship request a d eventual marriage proposal.

    Alas it was but to be,as she now held the name of Mrs E.Darcy,unloved,unwanted and her dreams of having a lover,partner and friend would ever remain unfulfilled.

    Yes,such is the picture Caitlin painted in TCOAOEB!
    I absolutely adored it and can highly recommend it!

    • Ah Mary, that’s a VERY different ballroom scene isn’t it? One that took me a VERY long time to write LOL.
      Thanks for your lovely comments, and for stopping by.

  6. Love that excerpt! Brings back memories of reading this wonderful novel! Hope you have another project in the works! Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the JAFF community! Love all your books so far and can’t wait for the next one!

    • Thanks Dung, for the very kind words. Lots of projects for next year. Hopefully a good meaty book, and one novella. And keep following us here at Austen Variations – there just might be some pretty special stuff happening in 2017.

  7. You know, you must know how much I love Ardently and I whispered to Claudine while in NYC that your Coming of Age is in consideration as my favorite book from 2016…truly. Both books deserve to be read again and again.

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