It’s been a busy couple of weeks for The Price of Pride, with not one, but two, of the best reviews I’ve ever had. I’m all a-twitter, feeling like Mrs. Bennet clutching for her smelling salts! Ten thousand a year! A house in town! Two glowing five-star reviews! Here’s a quote from From Pemberley to Milton:
The Price of Pride is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read with intense and electrifying scenes between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. They have a long road to go through to find their happy ending, but the journey is just as incredible as the destination. This is certainly one book I will never forget. The angst, Darcy’s jealousy, Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship, the family dynamics, the secondary love stories, the passion for adventure, and the writing style were the components that made The Price of Pride one of my all-time favorite books. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves intense romances full of adventure and family devotion. If I could give this one 10 stars, I would. This book is PERFECT! –
And here’s one from Austenprose:
The electric connection between Darcy and Elizabeth is as palpable as their unyielding sense of duty to the innocent man unwittingly standing between them. Abigail Reynolds masterfully weaves an uplifting love story for the ages…The Price of Pride beautifully illustrates the powerful devotion of a couple who will go to great lengths to protect each other, no matter the cost. – Austenprose
Like audiobooks better? You’re in luck! The Price of Pride is available as an audiobook, narrated by the amazing Elizabeth Klett! You can purchase it at Apple/iTunes, Google Play, Chirp, Kobo, Audible, and more. Shop around for the best price – Audible is the most expensive by far (and I have no control over that one, as they set the price), so I urge you to look elsewhere. 🙂
And what about a review of the audiobook? Yes, I have that too!
But I bet you want to know about Elizabeth Klett’s narration, right? Well, as always it was perfect! She has demonstrated once more how she is such a great articulator and did a great job with the pacing and differentiation of characters. – From Pemberley to Milton
But enough of The Price of Pride! You’re probably more interested in what’s coming next. Have you ever wondered what Darcy would be like if his parents were still alive, if he hadn’t taken on responsibility for Pemberley and Georgiana at age 22? How would he have filled his days with no responsibilities? Would he have become one of the young men about Town, caring only about amusing himself? Or would he find another interest?
My next story is a novella with my answer to that question. My Darcy fills his empty days with a passion for paleontology (a word that didn’t exist in 1812, but I’m using it as shorthand). Fossil collecting and natural history were growing in popularity in Regency England, although the famous fossil-hunter Mary Anning was only a pre-teen at the time. And, as it happens, there’s an old disused chalk pit at Longbourn where a very young Elizabeth had collected some fossils. Unfortunately for Darcy, fossils could also be controversial in the Regency, since the Church and the government insisted the world was only 6000 years old, and it’s criminal heresy to say otherwise. Darcy’s father wants him to give up his little hobby because of the potential scandal and criminal charges, and he certainly doesn’t want his son marrying a country miss with no connections or fortune.
What do you think? Can you see Darcy as a paleontologist? What do you think he’d be up to while waiting to inherit Pemberley? Let me know in the comments, and one commenter will win their choice of audiobook or ebook of The Price of Pride! Winner will be chosen on March 1.