Hi dear friends! I’m so excited to welcome a brand new author to Austenesque Reviews today- Virginia Kohl! Well, perhaps she isn’t exactly a “brand new” author since her lovely Sense and Sensibility variation – True Love Comes to Delaford – was published six months ago today exactly! Congrats on your six month anniversary, Virginia! Anyway, I’m happy to welcome Virginia for a visit because I’m most intrigued by her book…the premise is something I’ve long wondered about. Is it something you are curious about too? Read this lovely excerpt form True Love Comes to Delaford and share your thoughts below! 🙂
A conversation between Miss Dashwood and Colonel Brandon while in London:
Since Marianne did not accompanying them, Mrs. Jennings insisted on sending one of the maids as a chaperone. She walked behind the couple as they discussed their stay so far. Colonel Brandon carefully tried to hide his discomfort at the mention of a certain gentleman.
“I am sure seeing Edward will be a particular high point during your time here.”
Unaware he even knew of the man, let alone well enough to refer to him by his Christian name, Elinor wondered how he had come to that conclusion.
“I apologize for the informality. Miss Margaret did not mention his last name when she told me of your understanding.”
With a shake of her head, Elinor began to explain, “As you know, she lets her imagination get carried away with her at times. I assure you, we have had a talk about this very subject. Mr. Ferrars and I do not have an understanding. The only relationship we formed, during the fortnight at Norland, was a friendship—or so I was led to believe. I am sure Daisy mentioned his failed promise to bring her atlas. My growing suspicions regarding his character were confirmed during the house party. In my opinion he is a coward, who does not care for anyone else,” she sighed in frustration.
“However, I am mostly upset with myself for trusting him. All I wanted was a true friend. I have been such a fool, Christopher.”
Colonel Brandon did not expect her to refer to the man by his last name; since he was family to her by way of her brother’s marriage. Although, given his conduct towards Miss Dashwood and her little sister, the soldier did not blame her in the least. His opinion of Edward Ferrars went from self-absorbed nitwit to despicable cad.
Hearing his Christian name on her lips, filled him with the same pleasure it had at Barton Park. Another emotion took him by surprise. For the previous six weeks he believed her to be betrothed to another—he did not realize how greatly the news affected him, until that moment. When she confirmed the contrary was true, an overwhelming sense of relief came over him. It took everything Christopher had to fight the urge to take Elinor into his arms. Controlling his emotions, he gave her his most reassuring smile.
“Please do not berate yourself. It sounds as if Mr. Ferrars gave you no reason to doubt his intentions towards you and your family were anything but honorable. There is no way you could have known of his deception. None of what has transpired is your fault. Any young lady would have done the same given the circumstances.”
What do you think, friends? Poor Colonel Brandon, no matter which Dashwood lady he chooses he appears to have some competition! What are your opinions on the couples in Sense and Sensibility – Do you think Elinor deserves better than Edward (I do!)? Do you believe Marianne finds her true happily ever after with Brandon? Have you ever wondered if Colonel Brandon was a better match for someone else?
Virginia Kohl has been fascinated with the regency era since discovering Jane Austen’s works at the age of eleven. While others dreamt of Willoughby, it was Colonel Brandon who stole Virginia’s heart from the very beginning. Originally from Germany, she shares her Texas home with her illustrator mother and faithful rescue dog. When not passing her love of learning on to her students, this college math professor enjoys reading, writing, and being an active member of her local writer’s guild.
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~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~
Virginia kindly brings with her 1 ebook of True Love Comes to Delaford for me to randomly give away to ONE lucky reader. Woot Woot!!!
To enter this giveaway leave a comment, a question, or some love for Virginia!!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Virginia!
- This giveaway ends April 18th!