To absolutely no one’s surprise, I am presenting you with a Pride and Prejudice variation/retelling! As I’ve said before, it is my mission to read all Jane Austen retellings so when I saw this come into my inbox, I was already on board.
Sons of Pemberley by Elizabeth Adams tells the story of the past and the present. A past we’ve never read about and a present that Pride and Prejudice fans know well but with some differences. I can’t wait to read this!
As you scroll, make sure you check out the synopsis, a fun excerpt from the book, a little bit about the author, and A GIVEAWAY!! Oh and don’t forget to take a look at the other amazing bloggers on this tour!
SONS OF PEMBERLEY: A PRIDE & PREJUDICE REIMAGINING BY ELIZABETH ADAMS
Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 468 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency
What if Lady Anne Darcy was alive to meet Elizabeth Bennet?
A sweeping tale of tragedy, devotion, and betrayal—spanning over 25 years and two generations—this family saga explores the life Fitzwilliam Darcy would have had if his mother had not died young.
An up-close view of the Darcys’ marriage and Fitzwilliam’s childhood … a retelling of the circumstances that shaped the man we have come to love … a reimagining of the friendships and relationships that formed each iconic character … a tale of love, loss, heartbreak, and triumph—that is Sons of Pemberley.
“Why are you hiding away by yourself?” asked Marianne when she came upon Fitzwilliam in the garden.
“I am not hiding,” he said, straightening his back on the bench he was sitting on.
“Of course you aren’t. You are merely sitting on a bench by yourself behind a hedge in an empty garden. I can’t imagine why I thought you were hiding.”
He glanced sideways at his cousin and gave her a half smile. “You are too observant for your own good, Marianne.”
“Out with it. What has you hiding from your dear mama and mine?”
He looked into the empty garden and said nothing.
“Shall I guess?” He gave her another look and she continued, “Your mother has found the perfect woman for you to marry, from a good family and with a respectable dowry. If it wasn’t for her hair, her face, and her personality, you would be thrilled with the match.”
“Am I right?”
She looked at him expectantly.
“Her hair is tolerable.”
Marianne burst out laughing. “Poor Fitzwilliam!” After she had calmed a bit, she touched his arm gently. “I am sorry. I know it’s awful when they play matchmaker.”
“How did you stand it?” he asked after a few minutes of silence.
“I chose my own husband before they could get too far in their scheming.”
“Mother wasn’t happy he had no estate, but at least the connection was good. And I think she was beginning to think I wouldn’t marry at all,” she added ruefully.
“You were twenty when you married Pickering. Hardly an old maid!” Darcy replied.
“It was my third season and she had wanted me to marry my second. Remember Josiah Cuthbert?”
Darcy groaned. “How could I forget? I can’t believe she considered him.”
“If that’s what you thought of him, imagine how I felt! Thank God for Father. He put him off before he could propose. Though I have wondered if it was because he didn’t like him, or if he thought I would refuse him and cause a scandal,” she said thoughtfully.
“I imagine it was a little of both.”
“Yes, likely so.” She turned to face him again and put one hand on her protruding belly. “You will not distract me so easily, Cousin. Why not simply choose a woman to marry yourself? You’re attractive, respectable, wealthy. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a decent woman to marry you.”
“Thank you for the glowing praise,” he said. He looked heavenward and sighed. “It is not that I am averse to marriage altogether, but…” he trailed off.
“But you have not met anyone you wish to be married to?”
“A wise choice, Cousin. Marriage is for life; it’s better to frustrate your family a little now than frustrate yourself for the remainder of your life.”
“I cannot disagree with you.”
“Take it from a woman who has been married some time now. Your choice of partner may be the most important decision you make in life. There is so little we have control over. We know not when or where we will be born or die, if we will have children or how many,” she said with a rub to her belly. “So much is left to chance. This is one arena where you may exercise some discretion. I suggest you take it.”
“Did you learn that in a tent in Portugal?” he teased her.
“You may laugh, but some of the happiest times of my life were spent in Portugal, splattered with mud, bone tired, alone in a tent with Henry. I can’t imagine being half as happy in the same circumstances with anyone else.” She watched her cousin’s thoughtful expression for a moment. “May you find a woman you wouldn’t mind spending months in a tent with.” She smiled and left him to his thoughts.
About the Author
Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips – as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.
She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.
We have 2 paperbacks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Audiobook download codes up for grabs during the tour!
The giveaway is open to the US & Canada only and ends on February 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 15
Review at Probably at the Library
Tuesday, February 16
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Thursday, February 18
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings
Saturday, February 20
Review at Nursebookie
Monday, February 22
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books