Coming soon – more Darcy & Elizabeth! — 64 Comments

  1. Ooo, so tantalising! I guess Elizabeth is already in Scotland, judging by the picture. Now I’m trying to remember which castle that is. I know I’ve seen it on a visit there in the past.

    As to Mr. Bennet’s behaviour, there’s obviously other factors at play here that we don’t yet understand, otherwise why would he refuse the chance for Darcy to make things right? Has Lydia gone off to Brighton and eloped as per canon? Intriguing!

    • Thanks! It’s Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, but in the book it’s a different ruined castle on a different loch near Loch Lomond. I chose that picture because I thought more people would recognize that as Scotland than itsy-bitsy Loch Dochart. 🙂

      • Got it! We were last in that area 11 years ago on our way to Skye to catch a ferry to the Outer Hebrides. Our son had never seen Loch Ness, so we made a side trip on the journey north to do a little Nessie spotting! Didn’t go into the castle that time as we had a deadline for our ferry but had been on a previous visit before our son came along.

  2. How to find out what has been said about him? My thought is for Darcy to go to the local tavern, with a couple burly footmen, and put a guinea under a glass on the bar. Then issue a challenge for anyone to tell him to his face what gossip is being passed around about him and Elizabeth. Any takers get the guinea. It might take a dozen guineas to get all the info he wants. Normally his valet would ferret out the info, but not this time.

    Then, having nothing to lose, would he say to the townspeople what he said to Mr. Bennet or even more? Anyone willing to listen gets a shilling. Money talks.

    Or, stand on a soap box in the town square – like in Speakers Corner of Hyde Park even today.

    What does Charlotte at Hunsford know?
    OK, OK I’m hooked already!!

    • One of these days I’m going to get a firewall that keeps you from snooping on my computer, Dave! Darcy’s pride doesn’t let him go to the tavern, but he’s not above hiring someone else to do it. Having made sure that everyone, including the servants, at Longbourn know what he was about was a guarantee that half of Meryton should know the story by morning. 😉

  3. That is a wonderful excerpt. I can hardly wait to read more!!! Do you have a title or blurb for this book? I would love to know what to watch for. Will you also post some of the fantasy?

    • Thanks! No title or blurb yet, or rather I had three titles and found they were all in use already. The fantasy will be Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment, and I’ll definitely be posting some of that as well.

  4. What a mess Darcy finds himself in and I can’t wait to find out how you bring him to Scotland for their adventure. I’m really curious to know what happened at Hunsford after she got his letter. Did Lady Cat cause some mischief. I assume Lizzy read the letter like in canon, but JAFF authors can take whatever liberties they like. Looking forward to more.

  5. Very interesting,especially the social shunning and break with Bingley.Always love your books, Abigail, and am looking forward to reading more of this Scottish adventure!

    • I haven’t been to Urquhart Castle since I was a teenager, but it made a big impression on me, and I’m so glad you had a chance to see it. Elizabeth is going to have some adventures in all that wild countryside!

  6. Love the premises, I have never come across anything like this before…
    It has the darker ambiance that I love too.
    Will be eagerly awaiting the release of this book.

    • In some ways, it’s surprising this scenario didn’t happen, since Jane Austen has a servant let Darcy into the parsonage but he apparently lets himself out and shuts the door behind him. What must that servant have thought?

  7. Wow–I can’t wait to read the next excerpt! This one has started with a bang!! I would almost feel sorry for Darcy if not for his overweening pride at the moment. Yes, he has reason to be upset, but he doesn’t yet know the extent of the gossip nor the shame the Bennets are experiencing because of his actions.

    But who would have spread such a story about Elizabeth and Darcy in the first place? Who would have known about the letter? My guess is that Mr. Collins saw the exchange, told Lady Catherine and his mother-in-law, and Lady Lucas then spread the tale all over Meryton. I guess we’ll find out.

    Can’t wait!! 😀

  8. Oh, what a mess! I’ve never seen this particular spin on the Hunsford events!
    You have created quite a few unreasonable Mr. Bennet versions so I don’t hazard any guesses about his behaviour. It surely doesn’t seem to me all about truly caring for Elizabeth.
    I can only shudder to think what Elizabeth must be suffering if Darcy is so tortured…

    • Yes, Mr. Bennet is not primarily concerned about Elizabeth at this point, but rather with his favorite goal, which is his own comfort. The odd thing is that normally he’d make Elizabeth do the heavy work of refusing Darcy, but he does it himself instead.

  9. It seems very un-elizabeth for her to have allowed her isters reputations to suffer in this way. I am dying to know why she (or her father) didnt contact Darcy and arrange a marriage. She had to know he would have done it if told.

    • Very observant! Yes, it’s unlike Elizabeth to choose for her sisters to suffer rather than accept a marriage, so the question is why she didn’t go to Darcy. 😉

  10. Oh my, this looks like another winner Abigail.
    I have all your other books so look forward to 2 new ones.
    I too think Lady Catherine is somehow to blame for this and if so I hope Darcy finds out and punishes her accordingly.
    I also hope he finds Elizabeth soon and can put matters right. Keep us updated.

  11. I’m not going to speculate, but believe me I am really looking forward to it’s premiere. It’s already looking fantastic. Looks like lots of angst, which just means the joy in the end is so much more beautiful.

  12. Was just at Urquhart and Loch Lomond. Went to Luss. My ancestors are Colquhouns. Laird Malcolm Colquhoun still is in residence there. Can’t wait for new books. We went to Lyme Park, Chatsworth, and Bath, too. And Winchester to see Jane’s tomb. ( By the way, I hate math. Please ditch captcha.

  13. I’m hooked and eagerly anticipating the release of this one. I have lots of questions so can hardly wait to find their answers. Thanks for sharing this chapter!

  14. I’m already hooked and oh-so-ready for more! I just finished one of yours (The Darcy’s of Derbyshire) and am doing a happy dance just knowing there are two new books coming soon! xx

  15. Wow, this is so great!!!! I don’t know how I missed seeing this. You are the first author I read JAFF and your are responsible for my addiction. I daren’t tell my husband how many books Ii have. Thanks goodness for Free Kindle.

  16. Oh my goodness I can’t wait. I absolutely love your books and its exciting to know another is so close. I just hope I can find the patience to wait.
    Bring Elizabeth to Scotland will be an exciting twist and am anxious to see how it all plays out.

  17. OMG! Elizabeth & Darcy and Scotland, my two favourite things in the world!
    I can’t wait for this to be published so I can stay up all night devouring it the day it arrives just like I have all your others!

  18. Are there any updates on when this will be released ? I just finished reading Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment and am dying for a continuation for this Scotland book. Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment was absolutely wonderful!!

    • So glad you enjoyed Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment!! I’d estimate April as a publication date, but I’ll probably start posting more chapters sooner than that. The story is coming along well!

  19. I am way behind in reading e-mailed blogs due to being a month in the hospital a while back and just never catching up on all the e-mails. Loved this chapter…can’t wait to read the book. Thanks for sharing. I won’t attempt to make any guesses here about motives on Mr. Bennet’s part.

  20. Dearest Abigail,
    I am currently reading another Austen Variation by one of your (unnamed) colleagues. The author has a very interesting plot variation, but I am having trouble…

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