Happy Monday, my friends! I am so excited to welcome author Elizabeth Adams to Austenesque Reviews today! I’ve been a longtime fan of Elizabeth Adams’s work and I have especially enjoyed catching up on her wonderful recent releases – Green Card and On Equal Ground – these past months. Elizabeth is here to celebrate her newest release, The 26th of November, which sounds like such an entertaining read since it seems Elizabeth is reliving the day of the Netherfield Ball in a Groundhog Day-like situation! We hope you enjoy this excerpt from The 26th of November!
Elizabeth looked around the empty room and flinched when she saw her cousin standing by the fireplace. She had forgotten this happened the day after the ball. Oh, well. She would just have to suffer through his insulting proposal and refuse him once again. Then she would think of something to prevent the Netherfield party from leaving the following day.
Mr. Collins began speaking, she knew not what of but it was clearly not a proposal yet. She caught the name of his noble patroness in his rambling speech and decided she would try her newfound talent for changing the course of events on her cousin.
“Mr. Collins,” she interrupted.
He stuttered to a halt and looked at her in surprise, as if he had forgotten she was there.
“It is impressive that you know just how to behave with Lady Catherine. I’m sure I would not know how to speak to such an exalted person.”
“Oh, her nobility will inspire the utmost decorum, I am certain, my dear,” he said condescendingly.
She snorted loudly as she had heard Lydia do. It hurt her nose a bit, but the look on Mr. Collins face was well worth it. “La! What a good joke!” Why had she not thought of imitating Lydia sooner? It was sure to repel any man even mildly respectable. “I’m certain she would find me impertinent and headstrong. You know my mother is always complaining about me.” She rolled her eyes and flopped into a chair, slumping against the seat and stretching her legs in front of her.
Mr. Collins looked appalled. “Cousin Elizabeth! What are you, I, you,” he spluttered and she laughed again.
“Thankfully I shall never meet the grand lady and we shall all be spared the mortification,” she said, in something of her usual tone.
He continued to look at her in shock, as if she were a barn cat who had suddenly begun speaking to him.
“She is much too grand for the likes of me, I am sure,” she said, in case he was too thick-headed to understand her point. “I wonder if she will get along with your wife, whomever she turns out to be. I could never be a vicar’s wife. I would be absolutely horrid at it!” She laughed gaily. “What a joke! Married to a vicar!”
Mr. Collins turned a deep shade of red and she worried for his health for a moment, but then she remembered that he was a young man, and an insulting one besides, and she continued on her chosen path.
Elizabeth rose from the chair and bounded toward the door. “I should like to walk to Meryton and see if there are any officers about. I wouldn’t want them to forget me after last night.” She smiled mischievously and skipped out the door, leaving an open-mouthed Mr. Collins behind her.
Her mother appeared after she had put on her cloak but before she could make it out the front door.
“Well, what did he say?” asked Mrs. Bennet impatiently.
“He only told me about Lady Catherine, Mama. I cannot imagine why you thought he should have anything else to say.”
HAHAHA! What an ingenious plan! I love it! Well played, Miss Elizabeth Bennet! I do think you found the best way to repel Mr. Collins!
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~ About Elizabeth ~
Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips – as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.
She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.
She is the author of The Houseguest, Unwilling, On Equal Ground, and Meryton Vignettes: Tales of Pride and Prejudice, and the modern comedy Green Card.
You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com
In conjunction with her lovely blog tour, Elizabeth is generously giving away FIVE ebooks of The 26th of November, FIVE audiobooks (winner’s choice), and TWO signed paperbacks (winner’s choice) from her available catalog!!!! How about a Woot woot?!?!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Elizabeth!
- This giveaway ends August 11th!
Thank you to Claudine Pepe and Elizabeth Adams for making this blog tour possible!
~ Check out the rest of the blog tour! ~
July 9 ~ From Pemberley to Milton ~ Book Review & Giveaway
July 13 ~ From Pemberley to Milton ~ Guest Post & Giveaway
July 19 ~ Of Pens & Pages ~ Book Review & Giveaway
July 20 ~ Babblings of a Bookworm ~ Book Review & Giveaway
July 21 ~ My Love for Jane Austen ~ Character Interview & Giveaway
July 25 ~ More Agreeably Engaged ~ Book Review & Giveaway
July 28 ~ Just Jane 1813 ~ Book Review & Giveaway
August 2 ~ Diary of an Eccentric ~ Book Review & Giveaway
***August 6 ~ Austenesque Reviews ~ Excerpt Post & Giveaway***
August 8 ~ My Vices and Weaknesses ~ Book Review & Giveaway
August 9 ~ Margie’s Must Reads ~ Book Review & Giveaway