Hello, dear readers! I am very excited to welcome back author Pamela Lynne to Austenesque Reviews today! Pamela is here to celebrate the release of Family Portraits – a sequel to first fantastic Pride and Prejudice variation, Dearest Friends, which I was a big fan of (you can read all about it HERE!) I’m so happy to have Pamela come visit and share more about one of my favorite original characters, Sebastian Fitzwilliam!
Sebastian Fitzwilliam—Your Next Book Boyfriend
Hello, dear friends! I cannot believe it has been a year since my guest post here about Sketching Character. Thank you for hosting me again, Meredith. I always love visiting Austenesque Reviews as both an author and a reader. Today, I bring a special character with me.
Those who read Dearest Friends know that although Darcy was our leading man, he shared the stage with other strong male characters, most notably his cousin, Sebastian Fitzwilliam. The viscount’s selfish and rakish behavior caused distress early in the novel, but as the story progressed, his true character was exposed. He is the best of men, and, in my opinion, makes a great book boyfriend. Here’s why.
- He is always willing to provide encouragement and help in his family’s time of need.
Have courage, Brother. I know you shall conquer this fearsome new foe that Darcy has laid in your path. If you need reinforcements, then I will happily send Mother to help slay the dragon. To be clear, I am speaking of Miss Lydia, although I am sure I have seen our aunt breathe fire on occasion.
- He is an excellent judge of character.
I realize it is hypocritical of me to say so, but if Jane Bingley has mended her ways and can now gracefully accept Elizabeth’s good fortune, I will pose for Aunt Catherine’s next portrait.
- He displays a vulnerable side.
“I need her there, Richard. It is selfish and wrong, I know, but I need to have her close by. She grounds me, reminds me of what I am striving to be. I have to control my desire to be with her, and I will as long as I know she is there. I care for Connie, I truly do, and the affection I feel for her is enough as long as I have Mary to remind me.”
“Remind you of what?”
- He gives good advice.
“Yes, before he left Pemberley last year, he talked to me about some things.”
“Did he? I was unaware of this. You have never mentioned it before.”
“You never asked me about it before.”
“Well, you have raised my curiosity. You must now tell me all.”
“The morning before he left, he put me on George’s pony. He walked beside me and said how important it was that I take care of you. He said that you like to laugh in spite of yourself and that I must try as often as I can to make you smile.”
Mary kissed his head. “You have performed wonderfully.”
James returned his mother’s smile, quite proud at her words. “I am glad. Uncle Matlock said it was my greatest responsibility because, if we left it up to Uncle Darcy, you might not laugh for years.”
- He is deliciously naughty.
Sebastian smiled and nodded and then allowed his eyes to fully take her in. “That is a pretty color on you. It suits you well.”
Mary nervously smoothed the skirt. “It is Anne’s. She loaned me this and another one for tomorrow. It does not fit properly in some places.”
Sebastian allowed his eyes to linger on those places a little too long and had to pull himself out of his thoughts before he needed to apologize again.
- And he is most determined.
“I do not like to brag, but though I may be a little out of practice, I am fairly good at it. One way or another, Mary, you will be mine before this night is through.”
Have I convinced you, yet? Sebastian is so much fun to spend time with, and I am pleased beyond measure to share him, and all the characters in Family Portraits, with you all. As you read, please treat them with care, for they are very precious. Family Portraits is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Comment below for your chance to win an ebook. Take care, everyone, and happy reading!
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, Pamela! This was the perfect post for you to share today, because I was already falling in love with Sebastian in Dearest Friends! I cannot wait to see more of him and fall in love again!
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