The 12 Days of a Jane Austen Christmas – To Forget — 58 Comments

  1. This story sounds great!!! Very presumptuous of Darcy to think Lizzy is talking about Jane and Bingley. I’m very interested to see how this story plays out!

  2. As much as I love Darcy, I don’t like him at this point in canon. He does not really consider Jane in his determination to separate Bingley from her and he also does not consider the effect it will have on Miss Bingley to enter into an agreement of deception with her. Miss Bingley, now that he has agreed to partner with her in controlling her brother, probably feels that his becoming a permanent partner is inevitable. His Hunsford proposal was awful and glaringly displays his foot-in-mouth problem, but I find I just cringe at his ineptness then. When he agrees to collude with Miss Bingley in deceiving Mr. Bingley, I think he has thrown all of his principles out the window. This little snippet you have shared gives him a somewhat more noble reason for his interference since he erroneously thinks he will be doing what Elizabeth wants. I’m looking forward to seeing where you take this story.

  3. Caroline Bingley is truly skilled at being able to insinuate herself in such a way as to persuade Darcy to join with her in her desire to separate Jane and her brother. At this point, Darcy had only his misgivings, and evidently, Ms. Bingley had a well-developed instinct for sensing it, to her advantage.

    I wonder what would have ensued had Caroline not been part of persuading Charles to remain in town. If it had been only Darcy, perhaps he might persuaded Bingley on his own, and in a more reasonable manner. It would have kept his self-respect more intact. On the other hand, Bingley could have laid out his reasoning to Darcy, and in meeting his friend’s objections, persuaded him to his way of thinking instead. Darcy need never feel ashamed of his actions in regard to his friend, while still facing the considerable dilemma of his own attraction to Lizzy.

    Plot development for another day, I suppose.

  4. Very intriguing … and somehow I don’t think
    London will answer for either Bingley or Darcy.
    Thank you for the giveaway and enjoy the
    holiday season!

  5. What an intriguing little snippet. I was disappointed when I got to the end of it, which came all too soon. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  6. What a lovely teasing excerpt to start off my morning! I too do not like Darcy either in Canon however, we all know what happens! I am so loving this 12 days of Jane Austen Christmas. Thank you so much to all the wonderful JAFF authors. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  7. What a lovely early gift this story was. I have to know what happens next. This was so well written, that it made everything fresh and new again. I have a few guesses as to what and whom Elizabeth was thinking about, but none of them are Bingley. The thing that always puzzles me is that Darcy suffers from the improprieties and vulgarity of the Bingley sisters and Hurst, and overlooks them because of his friendship with Charles, and yet he is so censorious of the Bennets. Just once I would like to see how the story develops if Darcy were more hands off with Bingley. I would like to see Bingley dig in and refuse to leave Hertfordshire, or failing that, to leave his friend and family in London and get an earlier resolution with Jane. It would also be nice if E and D could resolve their differences sooner, instead of putting themselves and us through months of angst and stubborn pride. It would also be one less thing to overcome, and it might have prevented Wickham getting a foothold in local society. Whatever happens, this will be an excellent read, and it will be on my Kindle one way or another! Thanks for another wonderful story Maria, and Merry Christmas.

  8. Oh, boy! Way to jump to conclusions! I would love to see what happens in London! I am sure there will be a big confrontation! Thanks for the excerpt!

  9. How can he be so convinced he knows what Elizabeth is talking about and even more how can he ever agree with Caroline Bingley? Is he insane?? I can’t believe you ended it there and I would love to win a copy so thanks for the chance 😊

  10. Interesting twist that Darcy assumes he understands ELizabeth’s musings and therefore his conscience is clear!
    Thanks for the snippet and giveaway!

  11. I enjoyed To Forget! Just the right amount to catch my attention and interest. Looking forward to reading the rest of the story! Thank you for sharing your delightful story. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  12. That’s just funny that you added him overhearing E. We all know what she is irritated about but dear D immediately interprets it as it serves his purposes. Nope, this trip is not going to turn out well.

  13. Typical Darcy thinks he knows what Elizabeth feels. Even if I do not win the give away copy, you can be certain I’ll buy one when it is available. I never pass up the chance to read one of yours. Have a happy holiday season and keep writing and sharing!

    • When planning this event, we discussed the actual dates of the 12 days of Christmas but opted to do our celebration now as opposed to later. 🙂

  14. I’ve always wondered if Darcy ever had second thoughts about his agreeing with Caroline? Does he not see her machinations for what they are? Hopefully he’ll come to his senses quickly!! Thanks for sharing this excerpt, I can’t wait to see the rest in print!!

  15. So enjoyed this excerpt. Darcy is getting coal for Christmas in his stocking. Hearing part of Elizabeth’s comment doesn’t make a whole conversation. He was in trouble when he agreed with Caroline Bingley. For someone as smart as he was supposed to be, he sure made a stupid, and a cowardly, mistake. Thank you, and I can hardly wait for the completed book.

  16. His gut feeling is that it is wrong to encourage Bingley away. I hate that he doesn’t listen to his heart with both Bingley and Elizabeth. I look forward to seeing what happens now, does E go to London or does D come back to Netherfield? I guess we will have to wait to find out.

  17. I love your take that Darcy thinks he and Elizabeth are in agreement regarding Bingley and Jane and that he is doing her a huge favor. Ha! He misinterprets her at every turn. It will be that much more painful when he realizes later that the exact opposite is true and that she was speaking of Collins, not Jane and Bingley.

    Thank you for this lovely Christmas gift. It’s the best kind – Darcy and Elizabeth!

  18. Makes you just want to shake him! I agree, Elizabeth is probably talking about Mr. Collins and NOT Bingley and Jane.

    Thank you for sharing — and for the giveaway!

  19. Oh boy! How typical of Darcy to know what is right for others, and naturally everyone else feels the same way. He is right, of course, so how could it be otherwise?

  20. Darcy seems to be looking for any excuse to justify his interference in Bingley’s relationship with Jane.

    I was also annoyed that when Darcy compared Mrs.Bennet to the London matchmaking mamas, they were excused for their vulgarity because of their wealth…despite their actions and motivations being the same as Mrs.B’s. To excuse someone for vulgar behavior because of wealth and position yet condemn the same behavior in another simply because she does not possess wealth and position…it’s no excuse. At least Darcy slowly changes his tune on this fact…especially when one of the most vulgar and rude people we meet in this novel is his own aunt….

    Thanks for a wonderful excerpt–I can’t wait to read the whole thing! 🙂

    Warm Advent blessings,
    Susanne 🙂

  21. I loved that Darcy realizes that Mrs Bennet is similar to the the other mothers in the ton.
    Also, I loved the misconception of Lizzy’s monologue. Now when he tries to seperate Bingley and Jane, he will think he will be Elizabeth’s hero.

  22. I love all the little insights into Darcy’s thoughts. You would think Caroline would have learned not to flirt so openly! Thank you for the tidbit. I would love a full copy to enjoy, Hint, Hint….

  23. I absolutely adore your writing style (and no, I’m not being Miss Bingley-esque!). You bring the stories to life and the reader can see the action before them. Thank you for the little bit. I would love to read the whole book.

  24. Great excerpt! I really can’t wait to see how Elizabeth handles Darcy’s “favor” and how he feels when he finds out who she was really speaking of to herself! Love these giveaways and love the happy feeling my inbox is giving me this holiday!

  25. Oh no! What is Darcy up to? He’s is in for a lashing for Elizabeth if she found out what he did was for her benefit… yikes! I can’t wait to find out what happens.

  26. Foolish man, he didn’t go with his gut feeling, and he thought it was the kippers. Well … Mr. Darcy, you have a long road to go. Thanks Maria. Jen Red

  27. I really enjoyed the snippet of your story and D’s thought process. Boy did he misconstrue what he overheard E says on her walk. I look forward to reading the rest of the story.

  28. That’s a gorgeous Darcy on the cover. I’ll take him, please, and just buy the book. That is an option, isn’t it?

    I look forward to reading this.

  29. What a great beginning! Of course Lizzy was talking about Mr Collins. That’s what Darcy gets for eavesdropping. He wanted to clear his conscience so he heard what he wanted to hear. Looking forward to reading the rest of the story!

  30. Oh how Elizabeth and Darcy always misread things. Darcy is bringing on the misunderstanding himself. One can only assume that Elizabeth is muttering about Collins so I am curious to find out how Darcy finally discovers this. Agreeing with Caroline! Oh, more trouble is sure to be ahead. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  31. Oh, we know how Darcy has this all wrong and how long he suffers for it. I am late to the conversation…busy and all that, you know. Thanks for the little review of Darcy, Caroline, Netherfield and all those wrong opinions. Happy New Year to all.

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