Jan 132017


Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome author Amy D’Orazio to Austenesque Reviews today! Amy is a brand new author to me and I’ve yet to read her lovely new book, The Best Part of Love, but I already know she is awesome because she fell in love with a Mr. Bingley too! 😉 Amy is here to share an enticing scene that was especially written for this blog post!  So even if you have already read this book (and I know some of you definitely have!) this may be something new for you to enjoy!

The following vignette is an original creation for the readers of Austenesque Reviews.  It is a part of the story which takes place “off-screen” so to speak.

Caution. Although I have purposefully used vague language in this vignette, there could be some information inferred which would be seen as a spoiler. It will in no way harm your enjoyment of the story or ruin the mystery for you but if you are a reader who doesn’t like to know anything, you might prefer to come back after you read the book!

Elizabeth Finishes Reading Henry’s Journals

When Elizabeth finished reading the world looked different.

At some point in the course of her perusing, her hand had risen and was pressed to her throat. With some effort she lowered it to her lap. Unbidden, Elizabeth’s eyes fell again to the journal on the desk in front of her.

Hanley believed it could not be done but I dare say I shall prevail. I saw her even today, my wife — though she does not yet know how perfectly suited she is. A lady but not one accustomed to higher society, or so I do believe. I shall have my man learn what he can of her but she is young. I doubt she knows anything of the world in which I live. 

She is a pretty girl, though I do not think any would call her beautiful, and she is from Hertfordshire. Everyone knows these country girls can scarcely help themselves from falling with child. Hearty girls, first to last, just the thing a man wants when he needs an heir, and quick. 

For a moment, she despised her, that young Miss Elizabeth Bennet who had wandered about Bath thinking she understood life and love. She hated her for her naivety, her stupid, cocksure belief in herself that had made her succumb to such a man. She hated her for being a mere object, a beau idéal for his purpose. Not the sort of woman who makes a man lose his sense for her — just the sort of woman who fills a purpose.

He knew. He knew and he wished to triumph from the grave. That was all it ever was. I became a part because I was stupid and young and delighted in the good fortune laid before me. Vanity, not love, has been my folly.

Henry had played to her vanity and he had done it well. Such a power it had been! — to imagine a man so besotted with her. She remembered it well that heady feeling of knowing a man was held in her thrall. And then to find out he was not just a man, not just any man… an earl. A wealthy peer of the realm, absolutely enchanted with little Miss Elizabeth Bennet, long known as the less-pretty Bennet sister, the one who read too much and walked too far and was too much inclined to give her opinion.

She thought rather strangely of a play she had seen once. One of the actors in the play was slapped rather hard across his face. As she watched him she winced wondering who would wish to play the role of the man who got slapped. Who would consent to such a thing? Were the wages worth it?

Elizabeth rose, the journal still in her hand and stared at the room around her. A beautiful room which boasted of every luxury — silken wall coverings and thick, warm rugs, a large bed and handsome furnishings in the most modern style. She chuckled bitterly.

“Well, Lizzy, you tell me: are the wages worth it? Because you have been slapped about now for several years.”

The notion of that filled her with rage and she took several quick paces, arriving at the door. Somewhere in her mind was a vague notion of confronting him, that man, the man who still called the tune and watched her dance to it. How dare he!

An image of Darcy stopped her.

An image from so long ago: the very first time he had proposed to her and she smiled remembering how stiff he had been, how proper and controlled — sure marks that he felt the very opposite. Such a dreadful offer of marriage! But she had been rather awful in receipt of it, growing angry and levelling insults at him in reply.  She had accused him of being mercenary and flatly denied that he had any true regard for her and what had he said in reply?

“I fell in love with Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn in Hertfordshire.”

She smiled even as tears sprang into her eyes at the remembrance.

He spake the truth that day: he, Fitzwilliam Darcy, of large fortune and fine, noble heritage, had quite literally lost his senses, falling in love with a girl he understood to be a simple country girl of no distinction.

He loved her then and he loved her now; indeed his love for her was now his destruction — but he held it fast nevertheless. That was real love, Darcy’s love.

She could no longer tolerate being deprived of that love.

She went back to her seat, settling in carefully. She might be in an impossible position, but she would be bound no more. Many years ago, her former self, of tender years and limited life experience, had allowed herself to be conscripted to a cause that was not her own. It would not do.

She was not Elizabeth Bennet. She was not Lady Courtenay. She was Elizabeth Darcy, by Jove and she would resume her rightful place by his side or she would happily die trying.


Wow!  Poor Elizabeth!  Looks like she learned some lessons about love the hard way.  I’m dying to know the how and why and… just everything!  I really, really can’t wait to read this story now!

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  86 Responses to “Vignette + Giveaway with Author Amy D’Orazio!!!”


    Thanks for the vignette and giveaway, the books sounds really good.


    Wonderful feature and captivating novel. Thanks.


    Thank you for the vignette and giveaway 🙂


    Wonder what Henry was up to


    Wonderful vignette, but I want to know more. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.


    I read this when it was an unpublished story but have been delaying reading the published version. I think now might be the time. I LOVED this story and have read everything Amy/Alex9903 wrote on AHA. I hope Amy publishes more, if not all, of her stories. She has some that are very short and some that you need a big box of tissues, some chocolate and a drink of choice to make it a comfortable enough ride.


    I have not read this book. The vignette was very interesting. Very intriguing.


    Poor Elizabeth! To learn that it had all been a mere ploy,to give him an heir.
    Oh! To feel used as just a vessel to bear him a son and then to be disposed as you would waste.

    I cannot wait to read this book!!! Great excerpt!


    How does that saying go? Hell hath no fury…. Elizabeth is not a woman I would like to anger!


    I keep hearing great things about this book. And I LOVE the cover. Can’t wait to read!


    Thank you for the vignette. I love it when Elizabeth finally comes to know herself! I just want to add that I think the cover artwork on this book is wonderful! I love that we can’t completely see the expression on the woman’s face — perfect for the mood of the story!


    Thanks so much for this. Poor Elizabeth learning that she has been used but at least she seems to realise the different feelings Darcy has. I am looking forward to reading this book. I don’t have much luck with Rafflecopter but will try again. Thanks again.


    This vignette was amazing!!! I am now convinced that I *need* this book!!

    Crossing my fingers and wishing hard to win a copy in this giveaway….


    Very painful for her and I was glad to get this ‘behind the scenes’ extra. Glad too, that I didn’t get it where it fell in the story because I was already having a lot of feels. 🙂


    I’m in the middle of the book now, and encourage you all to read it. What a great variation…


    Wonderful vignette! Poor Elizabeth! Oh this story is just amazing! Thank you for the giveaways!! 🙂


    Wow! This is going to be such a great story! I love the line “He loved her then and he loved her now; indeed his love for her was now his destruction — but he held it fast nevertheless. That was real love, Darcy’s love.” because it fits Darcy so well!


    Enjoyed the vignette. Thanks Meredith for participating!


    Wow….this is definitely going on my TBR list!


    Defintely worth a “Wow!” for that vignette. Thanks for sharing it with us, Amy and Meredith. So poignant and yet Elizabeth’s underlying anger is showing through whilst revealing her true feelings for Darcy.


    Loved the vignette! It whets my appetite for the book, most definitely!


    Meredith, I love this story, from front to back, up and down, and back again, Thanks for the insightful and touching vignette. Amy certainly knows how to bring on the tears!!


    Ahhhh, you’re killing me. I can hardly wait for the paperback to come out!


    I must say this looks SO good! I am very excited and this is on my reading list when I get it! Erika Messer hopefuldelights1 (at) yahoo (dot) com


    Poor Elizabeth! So much hurt in the past but now she’s Mrs Darcy so it’s all good. 🙂


    Amazing story and great vignette. I second Shelia and Claudine’s commitments! Amy is such an amazing and creative writer. Can’t wait to read the published version and hoping more stories get published!


    Another “Wow” moment care of Amy D’Orazio. Loved it. Thanks so much, Amy, for writing this special story for us and thanks Meredith for hosting.


    Read this book through KU and LOVED it! Would love to own a copy of my own!!


    I have this book on my wishlist 🙂


    Always love “meeting” a new author! Look forward to reading this book!


    Thanks for offering this giveaway! I can’t wait to read more :).


    That was a great outtake, but then again, if it were up to me, every word Amy writes would be included in her stories. Paperback only please. If an ebook comes my way, give it elsewhere, as I’ve already gotten mine on day one!


    My heart breaks for Elizabeth…thank you for that wonderful vignette. Thank you for the giveaway too! Yes, the cover is exquisite!


    Love the cover!!


    Looking forward to reading the entire book!!!

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