Hi friends! I am very excited to feature Reina Williams, author of several books including two Austenesque series, here on Austenesque Reviews today! Reina has been a long time reader and friend to this blog (she has even sent me some books for my ARC giveaways!), but this is her very first visit to this blog to talk about her books! Today, Reina is sharing a little excerpt from her Pride and Prejudice sequel series, Love at Pemberley, to whet your appetite! We hope you enjoy!
Thanks to Meredith for hosting me on her lovely blog and to all the amazing readers and writers who visit—you all have inspired me throughout my journey as a reader and writer! My writing journey began in earnest in 2009 after reading some Darcy-related fiction. My own ideas for Regency romance poured out and became my first series, A Gentleman’s Daughter, set in a world similar to Jane Austen’s, of the landed gentry and their trials and triumphs. In the midst of working on another series during the 200th anniversary year of Pride and Prejudice, a new idea tickled at me: the story of Kitty Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam. This idea became Most Truly, the first novella in the Love at Pemberley series. Three novellas followed, continuing the beloved story of Pride and Prejudice in sweet, light stories (I can’t and don’t try to match the style and wit of Ms. Austen). My latest Austen-inspired series, Rancho Valle (Jane Austen in California), is contemporary and set in the fictional “country village” of Rancho Valle, in Sonoma County, where the locals find family and love.
This excerpt is from the second book in the Love at Pemberley series, Miss Darcy Decides, wherein Georgiana must decide if Sir Camden Sutton, a neighbor of the Bingleys (in their new home closer to Pemberley than Netherfield), is worthy of her love—and if so, whether she can leave her beloved family, and Pemberley. Sir Camden has returned home, awaiting her decision, and visits with the Bingleys (had to have the Bingleys!). 🙂
A few hours later, Camden sat on a blue sofa in the Bingleys’ drawing room. The apartment was as cheerful as his hosts—light fabrics, well-lit, and somehow comforting, as if it had been their home for some time, rather than less than a year.
Miss Mary Bennet, a rather pinched-looking, thin version of her older sister Jane Bingley, sat on a nearby chair reading a book of sermons. Camden’s host sat, relaxed, on the other end of the sofa. Mrs. Bingley entered the room, looking every bit an old master’s Madonna with her babe. Her light brown hair and classic features were highlighted, as was the smiling tenderness with which she presented her young son.
Young Charles Bingley, well-clothed and round-cheeked, displayed a smile similar to his father’s. He reached out a tiny hand toward Camden, who met the gesture by offering his finger, as if they were friendly acquaintances shaking hands.
Baby Charles’s hand was warm, smooth, full of the promise of life. Camden swallowed. How wrong he had been. Death may be ever-present, but so was life. Grief need not be alone—it could be accompanied by joy.
“He has a strong hand.” Camden smiled at the beaming new parents.
“He is a perfect little fellow,” Bingley declared.
Young Charles let go of Camden’s hand in favor of his mother’s.
“May I play the song he likes?” Miss Bennet said.
Camden glanced at her. She was attractive, in her way, when she was not pinching her face into a frown.
Mrs. Bingley nodded. “Thank you, Mary.” She faced her son to her. “Your aunt will play you a song.” She cradled him in her arms, which she rocked gently in time to the melody.
Camden sat back and crossed his legs. Contentment washed over him, the waters of a sun-warmed sea. Soon enough, Georgiana would be here. Then his life could truly begin.
Thanks for reading! Do you have a favorite character from one of Jane Austen’s books? I confess a special fondness for Emma. 🙂 Thanks again for letting me visit your blog, Meredith! Happy reading, everyone!
Oh thank you so much, Reina! Ahhh! The Bingleys are so sweet together! I loved this tender scene. (YAY #TeamBingley!) And I can’t wait to learn more about Sir Camden!
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Reina kindly brings with her 5 LOVELY ebooks (WINNER’S CHOICE) for me to randomly give away to FIVE lucky readers. (Winners can choose between the Love at Pemberley ebook compilation or one book from the Rancho Valle series.)
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment, a question, or some love for Reina!!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Reina!
- This giveaway ends May 1st!
Love at Pemberley: Four Novellas of Pride and Prejudice—a special ebook compilation through May 21 on Amazon. Also available in print.
For a chance to win a print copy of Love at Pemberley, enter the Goodreads giveaway through April 30!