Pemberley's Secret

Chapter 1 of Pemberley’s Secret

Elizabeth stayed standing in front of the painting while her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, followed the housekeeper to another room. With her head tilted up, she studied the painting of Mr. Darcy and it was a good likeness of the man himself as she had informed the housekeeper. Again she was thankful that they had arrived the day they had, for the housekeeper expected Mr. Darcy with a large party form London. …

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4 Months to Wed

Chapter 3 of 4 Months to Wed

“Fitzwilliam, I am glad you are here.” The normally effusive and cheerful Mr. Bingley was subdued. Mr. Darcy studied his friend for signs of recent illness but only saw tiredness, the kind that comes from unending bad news. “I am sorry for not coming sooner. I had to go to London to retrieve the post for Pemberley and only just read your letters.” He turned his head to view Miss Bingley approaching. He flattened his…

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4 Months to Wed

Chapter 2 of 4 Months to Wed

After a couple of days the post was no longer included with his basket of meals. Then there was no note from Georgiana. The next basket had a hurriedly penned note, the ink splotches were unlike Mrs. Reynolds, that his sister had fallen ill. He was sure that he did not even need to stay away anymore as he had not fallen ill, Mr. Darcy walked back to Pemberley finding the stable yard nearly deserted.…

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4 Months to Wed

Chapter 1 of 4 Months to Wed

When the first person fell to the ground, Mr. Darcy had just finished a solitary ride across the countryside that ended in Lambton. He had planned to stop at the pub and have a drink, one of his ways of knowing what was going on in his county. But when the second person sank, he turned his steed around and kicked him into a gallop towards Pemberley. He thought hard on the ride back to…

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Darcy Interrupted

Chapter 7 of Darcy Interrupted by Demi Monde (formerly Polluting the Halls of Pemberley)

Mr. Jameson had been surprised by Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s abrupt appearance at Pemberley, again. But he quickly recovered and rushed to stand in front of her. “Your Ladyship, Mr. Darcy is not available.” She had been glaring at the butler but now raised herself to her full height with an added chin raise. “Bring me to my nephew at once.” Mr. Jameson, already standing tall, pushed his shoulders back and added a chin tilt…

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Darcy Interrupted

Chapter 1 of Darcy Interrupted by Demi Monde

This will be a short steamy one! Elizabeth squeezed Mr. Darcy’s hand as they rounded the corner of the long drive and Pemberley finally came into view. She inhaled and squeezed his hand so hard that it must have hurt. The building, the estate was still stunning. Just as magnificent as the first time she had seen it with her aunt and uncle that fateful day. “Do you still approve?” She heard a note of…

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Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

Chapter 3 of Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

“I am quite impressed with the camp, Richard. It is much more orderly than I expected.” Mr. Darcy eyed the soldiers practicing reloading their Baker rifles as they walked past. The camp was loud with noise coming from every direction. How could anyone think with that continued noise? Col. Fitzwilliam gave him a sardonic look. “You expected it to be dirty and messy did you not?” Mr. Darcy glanced his cousin with a raised eyebrow.…

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Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

Chapter 2 of Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

Mr. Darcy took a drink of his hot coffee but paused in the act of setting the cup back down on the table due to the knock at the door.  His valet, Mr. Bannerman answered it. “Hello Mr. Bannerman, have you thrown my cousin out of bed yet?” His valet turned down his lips and looked at Mr. Darcy who nodded his head.  Mr. Bannerman opened the door and stepped aside, letting Col. Fitzwilliam, who…

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Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

Chapter 1 of Mr. Darcy Goes to Brighton

Welcome to my latest story. This is a novella and part of the Brighton Challenge that a few of us JAFF authors put together. We’re all writing JAFF novellas with Brighton as the setting. It has been fun to hear of all the different ideas we’ve all come up with!  I plan to publish this in mid or late June. Mr. Darcy breathed in the salty, fresh air and sighed. He relaxed against the carriage…

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General

Historical context of Pride and Prejudice

While taking a breather from writing since Love Unmasked got done, I’ve been researching the Regency era some more. I’ve been finding some great info. Among the effects of England’s foreign wars during this period were great financial instability and monetary volatility. Now this next section is eye opening. Austen would have witnessed, moreover, the beginning of industrialization in England, though the growth of the factory system would not reach its peak until the middle…

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