Hello friends! I hope your week if off to a great start! As you might remember, earlier this year a new Jane Austen publisher launched – Quills and Quartos Publishing! 🙌🏼 And now they are celebrating a brand new release from author A. D’Orazio! (woot woot!) 🥳 We are ardent admirers of Ms. D’Orazio’s writing and absolutely adored her emotionally turbulent and beautifully crafted stories – The Best Part of Love (our review) and A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity (our review). We are so very thrilled that Amy has released a new story titled, A Lady’s Reputation – which sounds phenomenal!
We hope you enjoy this tempting excerpt Amy has brought to share with you all today!
The door to Darcy’s study opened, and Saye strolled in with no announcement or ceremony. He shook his finger at Darcy. “I must say, Darcy, you do have a way of doing things.”
Darcy exhaled forcibly to demonstrate his impatience. “I have no stomach for you today. Pray, go home before we argue.”
Saye unstopped the bottle of port and, ignoring Darcy’s protests about his unwanted intrusion, poured himself a generous glass. He then sat down in the chair next to Darcy’s desk, dribbling a bit of port onto his lap in the process.
“Blast!” Taking out his handkerchief, he dabbed at the stain. “Well, you have my mother down on Gracechurch Street. I cannot imagine how she even found the place. I suppose her coachman must have known the way.”
“Gracechurch Street?” A sick feeling entered Darcy’s gut. “What is she doing on Gracechurch Street?”
“There! That is not so bad, is it? My man will get the rest of it out. These are my favourite trousers, and I could not bear to see them stained.” Saye smiled lovingly at his trousers then leaned back in the chair. “I am not entirely certain my mother has ever wandered away from Mayfair. Oh, the occasional poorhouse visit, I suppose, and naturally she travels through on her way to more rusticated settings—”
“Why did she go to Gracechurch Street?” Darcy was growing increasingly anxious, and to his exceeding displeasure, Saye either did not notice or did not care.
“Then there was that time she heard of some warehouse, fine textiles or something of the sort, and she and Lady Wellcome had a spirit of adventure and decided they must—”
“Saye!” Darcy roared his cousin’s name, causing Saye to look up with a peevish expression.
“Why. Is. Your. Mother. On. Gracechurch. Street?” Darcy enunciated each word, making certain Saye understood his displeasure.
Saye waved his hand in a carelessly insolent way. “Obviously, she went to see your Miss Bennet. Who else do we know down there?” He sipped his port.
A light-headed sensation came over Darcy. “Please tell me she did not go there to…to…” To what? He could not imagine what his aunt would do at the Gardiner residence. He did not fear she would behave badly, but more imperious behaviour would only worsen Elizabeth’s opinion of him.
Of course, that is hardly possible. She thinks you the lowest, most miserable excuse for a man possible. Having a haughty aunt—another haughty aunt, to be more precise—could hardly lower you in her estimation.
Saye saw something floating in his glass and was preoccupied with removing it. “Do you think I am losing my hair? Because I found a bit of it in this glass, and my brush seemed rather full—”
Darcy tried to quash his irritation into something like forbearance. “Saye, please attend this conversation for just a few moments and then you may rattle on as you please. Why did my aunt go to Gracechurch Street?”
With a sigh, Saye pulled his attention away from the distressing notion of possible hair loss. “To apologise for my father. Clearly, it was not his intention to make Miss Elizabeth cry.”
“What!” The light-headedness gave way to pure horror. Darcy was so entirely appalled that his words came in a sputter. “He made her cry! What did he…? Why was he even…?”
Saye at last wore a look on his face that was something other than vexing insouciance. “He wanted to talk some sense into her. On behalf of her father, you know, and with regard to their friendship—”
“They are not acquainted!” Darcy shouted, slamming his palm down on his desk. “Am I the only person who recalls that the friendship of Lord Matlock and Mr Bennet is a falsehood?”
Saye, unmoved by his cousin’s display, spoke as if Darcy were the one who was daft. “Yes, but if he and Mr Bennet were friends, he would wish to lend his assistance. It is clear Miss Bennet is not thinking reasonably to turn down such a fine catch as you.”
Darcy heard himself make a choking sound that even he could not fully apprehend the meaning of—something between annoyance and despair. “Help me understand this,” he insisted. “My uncle paid a call on Miss Elizabeth Bennet at her uncle’s home.”
Saye nodded. “Just to talk to her! But then she began to cry, so he left and went home. And now my mother has gone to Gracechurch Street hoping to repair the damage.”
“Merciful God in heaven.” Darcy rose quickly. “Simply beyond anything rational…could not have imagined…” He stopped speaking, pulling the bell to summon his butler to bring him his coat.
“Shall I go with you? I think I might like to be introduced to this girl. She has provided me with greater amusement these past days than all the other ladies of my acquaintance combined.”
“Do as you wish,” Darcy replied brusquely. Saye grinned and stayed hard on Darcy’s heels as they went towards the carriage.
Ahh! The Fitzwilliams are at it again! This promises to be hilarious!! 😝 I cannot wait to read it! Congratulations to Amy D’Orazio on the release of A Lady’s Reputation! We wish you all the best!!!
~ Book Description ~
Mr. Darcy, I am eager to hear your explanation for the fact that quite a few people believe we are engaged.”
It starts with a bit of well-meant advice. Colonel Fitzwilliam suggests to his cousin Darcy that, before he proposes to Elizabeth Bennet in Kent, perhaps he ought to discuss his plans with their families first.
What neither man could have predicted however was that Lord Matlock would write the news to his sister or Viscount Saye would overhear, and tell his friends, or that his friends might slip a little and let their friends know as well. The news spreads just as quickly through Hertfordshire once Mrs Bennet opens the express Mr Bennet receives from Mr Darcy, and in a matter of days, it seems like everyone knows that Mr Darcy has proposed marriage to Elizabeth Bennet.
Everyone, that is, except Elizabeth herself.
Her refusal is quick and definite—until matters of reputation, hers as well as Jane’s, are considered. Then Mr Darcy makes another offer: summer at Pemberley, so that Jane can be reunited with Mr Bingley and so that he can prove to Elizabeth he is not what she thinks of him. Falling in love with him is naturally impossible…but once she knows the man he truly is, will she be able to help herself?
~ Connect With Amy ~
~ About Amy ~
Amy D’Orazio is a long-time devotee of Jane Austen and fiction related to her characters. She began writing her own little stories to amuse herself during hours spent at sports practices and the like and soon discovered a passion for it. By far, however, the thing she loves most is the connections she has made with readers and other writers of Austenesque fiction.
Amy currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughters, as well as three Jack Russell terriers who often make appearances (in a human form) in her book.
Amy’s other releases include “A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity” and the “The Best Part of Love,” a Readers Choice Gold Medal Winner for 2017. She has also contributed short stories to “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues,” “Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen’s Fine Ladies” and “Yuletide: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Stories.”
In conjunction with this lovely blog tour of A Lady’s Reputation, Quills and Quartos will be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Cart to one lucky reader who comments on any of the blogs participating in this tour! (Each blog you comment on counts as an entry!)
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- This giveaway is open worldwide! Thank you, Quills and Quartos.
- This giveaway will end August 18th.
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My thanks to Christina Boyd, Amy D’Orazio, and the lovely people at Quills and Quartos for putting this tour together! I’m so happy to take part!