Happy Monday, friends! Hope you are all enjoying a great start to your week! As you might have seen there were some lovely books that released over the weekend – The Darcy Legacy by Joana Starnes and Son of A Preacher Man by Karen Cox! How wonderful, right?!
Today I’m thrilled to welcome Joana Starnes – one of my favorite authors and travel companions (aside from Mr. Bingley!) – to Austenesque Reviews to learn more about her new release, The Darcy Legacy!
Thanks ever so much, Meredith, for welcoming me here today to talk about my new book, The Darcy Legacy, only just released a few days ago.
I’d like to start with a line from one of your emails – it was spot-on and gave me a good giggle. I wrote and told you that one of my reasons for writing The Darcy Legacy was that I realised I’ve been terribly unfair to Mr Bennet in three books out of seven, and I really owed him a novel where he didn’t meet with an untimely end, and was more central to the story. For once, I thought he might leave his library now and then and take steps to influence his daughters’ future. His wonderful relationship with Elizabeth deserves more than a footnote, and besides it would be great fun to imagine Mr Darcy being forced to deal with a disconcerting father figure who’s not in the least intimidated by him and his position in society, but is quick to join ranks with Colonel Fitzwilliam and take Darcy down a peg or two if he deserves it.
So what if Mr Bennet were to remain hale and hearty, and it would be Mrs Bennet who met with an untimely end instead?
To that, you replied that my not killing Mr. Bennet off was very fair treatment, and that you could only imagine one person who would complain about the different plot – Mrs. Bennet herself! “LOL She would give you an earful,” you said.
I bet she would! Besides, how would the story unfold without her mortifying Lizzy on a regular basis and making Darcy wary of any association with such an indecorous family? Continue reading »