Sunday, May 03, 2015

Blog Tour: Suddenly Mrs Darcy by Jenetta James



Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely Jenetta James' release, Suddenly Mrs DarcyMy thanks must also go to Jakki of Leatherbound Reviews for asking me to be part of this tour. We are to be treated to an extract today! I also am able to offer you a giveaway - details at the end of this post! 






" Elizabeth Bennet never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger. But when Mrs. Bennet accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband’s heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a chance at love given the happenstance of their hasty marriage?"



 


Extract from Chapter 13


I hardly felt Mr Darcy’s hand upon mine as he assisted me out of the carriage. My mind was in chaos, and I could find no way forward but to focus on a stream of seemingly inconsequential things. My eyes moved from my slippered feet treading on the iron steps of the carriage to the tapered railings around my uncle’s front door and I listened to the calls of an urchin selling wares in the street behind me. I could not look at my husband. But as I lifted my hand to the great brass doorknocker, I heard him speak to James: “Yes, Queen Anne’s Gate.” He saw that the door of my uncle’s home had been opened to me and nodded. With no further show of interest, and seemingly eager to get away, he closed the door of the carriage and was gone.

I was undone, and I knew it. Clouds of horrors roared up in my mind. I thought of the shame that he brought on me, of how I loved him, and how little I could reach him. By the time my uncle’s butler announced me, I had decided.

“Aunt, I am so sorry; I know I am only just arrived, but I must reach my husband on a matter that cannot be delayed. I have not an instant to lose. But Mr Darcy has the carriage, so may I borrow yours? I shall have it back to you very shortly—within a couple of hours at the most.”

Aunt Gardiner’s concern was writ upon her face, but she thought I was a sensible girl and so, I believe, assumed I had a sensible reason for my escapade. “Why yes, of course. But, Lizzy, is there really cause to leave directly? Surely, we can send a message to Mr Darcy. Must you go yourself? I shall travel with you.”

“No, no, Aunt. There is no need for that, and I would not dream of imposing. No, there is nothing to worry about, but it is an urgent matter. I hope you will forgive me for postponing our tea.”

With little further ado, I was in my uncle’s carriage, whistling through the narrow streets. What I should do when I got there, I hardly knew, but I was full of righteous indignation, and though I could not say it to him, I was full of love—spurned, unreciprocated, unplanned, tormented love. Streets of tall houses seemed to unfold in all directions; the city noise of bartering men and clattering wheels hung in the air. How could it be so loud? Would I ever hear silence again? I sat forward in the seat of the carriage as if I wereatop a horse, and I knew that, if I paused or stopped, I might lose my courage. When we arrived in Queen Anne’s Gate, I realised I knew not which house I was looking for and was suddenly near collapse with frustration. Our carriage sitting outside a big black door, however, gave Mr Darcy away; almost within one breath, I knocked on it, and I was admitted.

My slippers tapped along a black and white tiled floor as a wigged footman led me forwards. The hush of the interior was a shock after the hum of the street and the banging chaos of my mind. Strange clocks ticked, doors creaked, and within a moment, the footman before me stood aside, announcing, almost to my own surprise, “Mrs Darcy.”

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Author Bio:
Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. Suddenly Mrs Darcy is her first novel.
 
 
 
 
 
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***GIVEAWAY***
  
As I mentioned above, I am very lucky to be able to offer a giveaway of one paperback copy, open internationally

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact the randomly selected winner.

The giveaway will end on the 8th of May, and I will be in contact with the winner and will pass on the details to Meryton Press who will end out your book to you.

Good luck! 

My thanks again goes to Jenetta for this extract and to Jakki for setting up this tour. 

I wish Jenetta all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future!


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38 comments:

  1. So ends the book tour. I've enjoyed following this tour, reading the excerpts of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and all the comments!

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    1. It has been a pleasure to see your comments along the way & I hope that you enjoy the book:-) Jenetta

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  3. I love blog tours - I get to read excerpts so I can determine whether I would enjoy a book - this is definitely on my to buy list

    forgot my email address in previous comment! - meikleblog at gmail dot com

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    1. I have really enjoyed it as well & thanks for your interest and comments - it is wonderful to know that there are readers out there looking forward to it. Best wishes, Jenetta

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  4. Well, the excerpt is ~very~ intriguing. What has happened between them? I assume from her thoughts that she has not told him how she feels about him. You can't just leave us hanging there - we must know more!

    GinnaSaisQuoi at verizon dot net

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    1. Well, that would be telling... Good luck in the giveaway & I hope that you enjoy reading the book in full & getting to the bottom of the mysteries:-) Jenetta

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  5. What a suspenseful and thrilling excerpt, Jenetta. I wonder who's in Queen Anne's Gate. Is this the second property that Darcy owns in London that was eluded to in the previous tour visit? I'm very curious.

    evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm so pleased that this has sparked your curiosity & hope that you enjoy it - the resident of QAG is one of the big mysteries of the book, happy reading, Jenetta

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  6. With new excerpt the story is getting more and more interesting. I really want to know the intrigue of this scene: what makes Elizabeth to hurry after her husband and where does she find him? Thank you for the giveaway! My email is oloore at gmail dot com

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway & I hope that you eventually enjoy unravelling the mystery, happy reading, Jenetta

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  7. Seems like an intresting variation. I'm really looking forward to reading it. e-mail: heleanna(at)gmail.com

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  8. Seems like an intresting variation. I'm really looking forward to reading it. e-mail: heleanna(at)gmail.com

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway & enjoy the book, thank you very much for your interest & comments, Jenetta

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  9. Such intrigue and suspense. Who is Mr. Darcy seeing? I can't wait to read and will purchase a copy if I am not fortunate. Thank you for the generous give away. skamper25 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Very good luck in the giveaway & enjoy the book however it reaches you, I would love to know your thoughts once you have read it. Happy reading, jenetta

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  10. I'm kind of doing this blog tour in reverse, so to speak, having had very little time, once again, to keep up with my blog reading. Suddenly Mrs. Darcy looks to be an outstanding debut novel in it's own right, not just in our particular genre. I love Ms. James' writing style. It feels so true to the original and this extract is so tantalising.

    Thanks for the giveaway, ladies.

    angmardee(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. That is such a compliment, thank you. I am so touched by that comment & hope that you enjoy the book in full. Best wishes, Jenetta

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  11. Thank you for this excerpt , sounds a very intresting variation & Can't wait to read it !! :)

    Thank you for this great giveaway :)

    Miette

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway Miette & enjoy the book however it reaches you, Jenetta

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  12. Oh, sometimes Elizabeth acts in haste and then regrets. I am so looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for the giveaway. evamedmonds(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes that is definitely part of her character - that is what I was thinking of here - I hope that you enjoy the book in full & thanks very much for your interest, Jenetta

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  13. Dear Mrs Darcy, thank you very much for hosting the excerpt, it is a great pleasure to see it on the screen & read all of these comments, Jenetta:-)

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  14. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway! robmwmj at gmail dot com

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    1. Wendy, I'm sorry to be replying late here, but thank you for your interest & entering the giveaway. I hope that you enjoy the book...:-)

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  15. I love a Lizzie and Mr. Darcy story! This one looks interesting and promising. Thanks for the giveaway.
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    1. I really hope that you enjoy it! I love them too...

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  16. Your prose is lovely and I like how you have used her Aunt and Uncle in your story, also that your adding intrigue is and interesting twist.

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    1. What a kind thing to say, thank you. I hope that you enjoy the whole story as much, Jenetta

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  17. Wondering what's or who's at Queen's Anne Gate... the suspense! Looking forward to reading this novel! Sad the tour is coming to a close! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! tdungnvu (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Haha - I hope that you enjoy getting to the bottom of the mystery! Jenetta

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  18. Thanks for opening this raffle internationally! I'd love to win this book! It looks like I'm gonna love it!

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    1. I very much hope that you do & thank you for your interest, Jenetta

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  19. Sounds good and a little different since it's in the first person.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Michelle - 1st person is in some ways a bit of a risk but I hope that people enjoy it, happy reading & thank you for your interest, Jenetta

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  20. Excellent! Look forward to reading this. Thank you!

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  21. Excellent! Look forward to reading this. Thank you!

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    1. I hope that you enjoy it & thank you for your interest, Jenetta

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