Hi dear friends! I’m so excited to share this special post about Brenda Webb’s long-anticipated new release, Proof Of Love!!! I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Brenda Webb, her stories have such unique and turbulent premises! I love the tangles and turmoils she puts Darcy and Elizabeth through and how she portrays their deep love for each other! Today, Brenda is sharing the full cover of her new release, Proof Of Love and an enticing excerpt in celebration of this book’s release today!!
~ From the Author ~
Good morning, Meredith, and thank you for hosting me upon the release of my latest novel, Proof Of Love – A Pemberley Tale. My purpose in writing this story was to present a much younger Darcy and Elizabeth than I had written in the past and, hopefully, to show them mature as the story progresses. Today I would not only like to share the cover with your audience, but the blurb and an excerpt as well.
~ Book Description ~
During his second year at Cambridge, a young Fitzwilliam Darcy accompanies a classmate to Lucas Lodge in Meryton for the holidays. Whilst there, he encounters a girl of sixteen who instantly captures his attention and soon after, his heart. Yet, because Elizabeth Bennet could never meet his relations’ expectations and he cannot abide her distasteful family, he returns to the university vowing to forget her.
Two years later, they are thrown into each other’s company and forced to spend several days together unchaperoned. Once they are discovered, Darcy suppresses his reservations about marriage to Elizabeth and does his duty in order to save her from ruin.
Will a young, headstrong and prejudiced Elizabeth realize how mistaken she has been about her husband’s character? Likewise, will a prideful, intractable but highly principled Fitzwilliam Darcy acknowledge his faults before their marriage is destroyed?
And without further ado….here is the big reveal!!!
*Swoon*, I love the almost-kiss moment on this cover! I’m literally melting every time I look at it.
I love the idea of Lizzy and Darcy meeting each other when they are younger.
Green is my favorite color and I am looooovving all the shades of green in this beautiful cover!
I cannot wait to see how and why Darcy and Lizzy are forced to spend several days together unchaperoned!
What do you think, friends?
~ Excerpt from Chapter 1 ~
Though frost was still on the grass, the sun was beginning to rise when Fitzwilliam Darcy reached the pinnacle of Oakham Mount astride one of the Lucas’ stallions. His friend had assured him he would find the path up the mountain if he kept south, and that was the route he had taken. Thankful the snow that threatened yesterday had held off, William took in a breath of brisk air as he admired the azure sky and watched the earth come alive in the valley below. Suddenly unbidden, a feeling of despair washed over him.
He had hoped Lucas Lodge would prove a haven where he would be free of the machinations of women. Despite John Lucas’ assurances to the contrary, his sister, who was two and twenty, had acted like a besotted schoolgirl the moment he alighted from their hired coach. Following him as the housekeeper led the way upstairs to his bedroom, Charlotte Lucas peppered him with questions until John stepped in, admonishing her to let him rest from the journey. However, the instant he came downstairs for the evening meal, he was again bombarded by a steady stream of questions not only from her, but from her mother as well.
Discovering that asking personal questions was a family trait, William answered as civilly as possible whilst attempting to preserve some degree of privacy. It had come as a great relief, however, when John began to relate his experiences at Cambridge during the last term, leaving William to eat in relative peace. Immediately after dinner, he pleaded fatigue and retired.
That morning, John had rapped on his door at daylight, suggesting William follow him to the stables straightaway if he wished to ride without being disturbed by his sister. Once there, a horse was saddled, and he was pointed in the direction of the highest peak in Meryton. Having now reached the spot his friend guaranteed was the most peaceful in all of Hertfordshire, William desired nothing more than to re-read his last letter from Georgiana in peaceful seclusion. After tying the stallion to a tree, he opened the missive.
It saddens me to know we will not be spending Christmas together this year. Even if Lady Henrietta is not your favourite person, she cares for you. Of that I am certain, and I am equally certain that her feelings will be hurt if you do not come home for the first holiday that she and father will celebrate as a married couple.
Please consider visiting Pemberley before you return to Cambridge. That is all I ask.
Your loving sister,
Sighing, William placed the letter back into his pocket. Though he hated to disappoint Georgiana, he simply could not spend Christmas with his father’s new wife. Not only was the new Mrs. Darcy young enough to be his sister, it was obvious she had married George Darcy merely for his money. Curiously, when William said as much to him in private, his father had found it amusing. His exact words came back to taunt William.
“Of course, she did, Fitzwilliam. What woman would not want to be mistress of Pemberley?” His father’s eyes had twinkled in triumph. “You do not have to like Henrietta, but I expect you to show her the respect she is due as my wife.”
Consequently, he had not shared Lady Henrietta’s less than motherly comments upon their first private meeting. It would serve no purpose other than to broaden the gap between him and his father; therefore, William had kept that conversation to himself and stayed away from home as much as possible.
With these thoughts running through his mind, he walked over to the trunk of the largest tree on the mountain, removed his great coat and placed it across the frost-covered bark. Sitting down, he leaned back against the tree and closed his eyes, letting what sunlight filtered through the bare branches warm him. Suddenly something behind him moved. Standing abruptly, William noted a mound of rocks stacked to one side of the trunk had shifted, some falling to the ground. Further study revealed a split in the tree that had been hidden by the rocks—a split in which something was wedged. William tugged at the object until it loosened, slipped from his grasp and tumbled to the ground. Picking up a burlap-wrapped package, he unwound it to discover a small journal. Curiosity overrode prudence, and opening it, he began to read.
The Meryton Assembly, June 15, 1810
Mr. Bingley is what a young man ought to be—sensible, good-humoured, lively. I never saw such happy manners! So much ease, with such perfect good breeding. He is also handsome, which a young man ought likewise to be.
Jane was flattered when he asked her to dance a second time. She did not expect such a compliment, though I did. What could be more natural than asking her again? After all, he could not help seeing that she was five times prettier than every other woman in the room. No thanks to his gallantry for that. Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give her leave to like him, for Jane has liked many a stupider person.
Suddenly, a voice pierced the silence. “What right have you to read my diary?”
Startled, William whirled around. A petite, raven-haired beauty with hands on her hips glared at him. Her long dark hair was being whipped in every direction by the wind, and her eyes, dark as coals, were ablaze with fiery indignation. Lucas’ words came to mind.
Behind that petite girl with such fine eyes is a lively, intelligent woman. A man would never get bored with Lizzy as his wife.
Elizabeth had been stunned when the man turned to face her. This stranger was not only taller than any man of her acquaintance, but so handsome that she was suddenly at a loss for words. Hair as black as night, eyes the colour of the morning sky, a patrician nose and perfectly formed lips held her mesmerised until his horse broke the spell by pawing the ground and snorting impatiently.
Chiding herself for being so easily overcome, Elizabeth struggled to keep her hand from trembling as she held it out. “I shall take that.”
Handing her the journal, the stranger stuttered, “I . . . I did not mean to—”
“Did not mean to what, sir?” she demanded. “Read my private thoughts?”
A wave of righteous anger seemed to wash over him. “If you truly wished to keep your thoughts confidential, why did you store your journal where it could so easily be found?”
“Easily found? I have kept it here for years without it being discovered.”
William took a deep breath and let it go slowly. “It was not my intent to discover your diary.”
“Then what was your intent in reading it?”
All colour drained from his face. “I . . . I have no excuse. I apologise, Miss . . .?”
“Bennet . . . Elizabeth Bennet. And you are?”
“Fitzwilliam Darcy,” William answered, dipping his head in a slight bow.
“John Lucas’ friend from Cambridge?”
“I wonder what he will think when I tell him I caught you prying.”
William winced, and the hurt in his eyes instantly convicted Elizabeth of being too harsh, yet conflicted as to why she should care, she continued. “Oakham Mount is too steep and rocky to be useful for riding; it is scarcely useful for walking. Hardly anyone bothers to come here; that is why I claimed this place for my sanctuary years ago. How did you manage to find it on horseback?”
William untied the horse. “I was simply following a path, and it led me here. I am sorry to have invaded your refuge.” Mounting effortlessly, he donned his hat and addressed Elizabeth. “It will never happen again. Good day, Miss Bennet.”
As Elizabeth watched him ride back down the mountain, one thought came to mind. Let us hope your word is more reliable than your manners, Mr. Darcy.
I love this first meeting between Darcy and Elizabeth! Can’t wait for more! Yay for this new release from Brenda Webb!!!
In conjunction with her lovely reveal and announcement post Brenda Webb is generously giving away some chances to win a copy of Proof Of Love – A Pemberley Tale! Her prizes include: 4 Kindle copies (open internationally) and 1 signed paperback copy (open to US and Canada residents)! Woot woot!
To enter this giveaway leave a comment, a question, or some love for Brenda!!
- This giveaway is open worldwide (ebooks) and to US and Canada residents (paperback). Thank you, Brenda!
- This giveaway ends June 28th
Proof Of Love – A Pemberley Tale is currently available for purchase as a Kindle ebook, but soon will be available in paperback and other digital formats in a few weeks!