Hi readers! I’m so happy to welcome back the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today! As I am sure you are already aware, Caitlin has just released her latest book, The Events at Branxbourne! I’m super excited about this for two reasons: I’m a big fan of Caitlin Williams (loved, loved, loved The Coming of Age of Miss Elizabeth Bennet!) and I’ve been hearing some terrific things about this newest release (some friends have been praising it REAL hard!) 😉 And I know they aren’t doing that without reason!!!
Thanks for hosting me, Meredith, for the launch of the blog tour for my newest book, The Events at Branxbourne. I’d thought I’d share a wee snippet from the book with your readers. I also want to thank everyone who has already bought a copy of this book for their support. I really hope they enjoy the story.
I should explain that in this scene Darcy is visiting his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, in London, and from his bedroom in Hanover Square he can see the comings and goings of the Viscount and Viscountess Lambert. This story is set four years after that disastrous proposal at Hunsford.
Once back in my bedroom in Hanover Square and divested of my coat and waistcoat, I dismiss my valet. He is a quiet, efficient man, but his company irksme tonight. The port ought to have made me tired, but I suspect sleep will not come easy, in this strange bed, in this Town that was once familiar but now seems like a foreign country to me.
Hearing the distinctive noise of carriage wheels crunching over cobbles, I go to the window to see a handsome landau stop in front of a house at the far end of the square. An efficient night butler comes out to greet it, lamp in hand. He helps a lady down, yet when she gains the pavement, there is some delay: a scene, a short exchange of words with whoever remains in the carriage. Then she slowly ascends the front steps that lead up to the house, pauses at the open front door, and turns to look back. A sudden breeze catches the hem of her long, black cloak, ruffles it up in the air behind her. Her face is ghostly pale against the dark material. She is a lovely silhouette before I realise her distress. Her expression is desperate and imploring, her eyes are red. The Viscountess Lambert, or Elizabeth, as I too often allow myself to think of her, has been crying.
Why does he not get out? Surely it must be the viscount? How can he stand to see her cry and not go to her, comfort her? They have argued, I suppose, and never having been married, I cannot claim to fully understand what transpires between a man and his wife. Though I do know that if I should ever marry, Mrs Darcy will never, not for a moment, be allowed to stand distraught and alone on the street. I retreat back from the window, aware I have been gawking at her for some time and half-afraid she will somehow sense it and glance this way, see the candle glowing here and, in turn, me spying on her.
Not until I hear the carriage move quickly off again, do I risk another trip to the window. I am in time to see Elizabeth enter her house alone. The viscount has seemingly abandoned her and gone on somewhere else. It is a sad affair but, ultimately, none of my business. I pull the curtains firmly shut.
When I am writing, the books I am currently reading influence me greatly. This time around, I have written in first person present tense. I think the story came out this way—with the viewpoint of the story switching back and forth between Darcy and Elizabeth—because the books I was reading at the time were written in this style—and they were all great reads.
I have so many favourite books. Today, I wanted to ask your readers about their favorite books. Which books, non Austen, have really touched a chord with you? Tell me about those novels which snuck in and have taken up residence in your heart, and made a deep, lasting impression?
I personally have so many favourite reads, I don’t know where to start, though I do remember balling my eyes out at the end of A Tale of Two Cities, being wowed by Memoirs of a Geisha, and loving Me Before You.
Recently, I re-read A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, who was also influenced as a writer by Jane Austen . I adored this story of a young girl well-to-do-girl going to Florence and finding unlikely love with a man who is socially beneath her – she falls in love with his ability to say ‘yes’ to life— has become a great love of mine. It’s the growth of the character and the social commentary I adore in this story.
I watched the film adaptation as soon as I had finished the book and I was enthralled. Judi Dench, Maggi Smith, Denholm Elliot – Florence, a beautiful soundtrack. What’s not to love? It also stars a young Helena Bonham Carter – although the real star is actually Helena Bonham Carter’s hair—so enormous and fabulous it should have its own credit in the titles; its own zip code. And that kiss in the poppy field! What a film moment!
What’s your favourite book, your favourite adaption? I’d love to hear your selections, so please share them with us in the comments below.
You can order The Events at Branxbourne on Amazon.
Oh, *sigh* I love that scene, Caitlin! Thank you for sharing your some of your favorites with us! What a terrific excerpt you shared; I’m so looking forward to reading the story from both Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s first person point-of-view! Can’t wait!
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In conjunction with her blog tour, Caitlin is generously giving away a $100 Amazon.com gift card!!! Can I get a woot woot?!? So many books can be bought with this, right?
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My sincere thanks to Claudine Pepe and Caitlin Williams for making this blog tour possible!
***June 2 ~ Austenesque Reviews ~ Guest Post Launch & Giveaway***
June 3 ~ Of Pens & Pages ~ Book Review & Giveaway
June 4 ~ Babblings of a Bookworm ~ Book Review & Giveaway
June 5 ~ Just Jane 1813 ~ Book Review & Giveaway
June 7 ~ From Pemberley to Milton ~ Book Review & Giveaway
June 8 ~ Obsessed with Mr Darcy ~ Book Review & Giveaway