Keep Calm and Read This! Jeanna Ellsworth ~ To Refine Like Silver

Keep Calm and Read This! Jeanna Ellsworth ~ To Refine Like Silver

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 11

Jeanna Ellsworth is giving us all a gift this weekend, and it is the best of all gifts – a terrific book! To Refine Like Silver is a Pride and Prejudice variation story where many familiar – and all my favorite – characters appear in new situations but remain faithful and true to the originals we know so well. The story may be new, but I recognize everyone.

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This variation takes us deeper into the qualities and traits of the main characters from the original story. It is a romantic and spiritual journey – but don’t dismiss this as a simple work of Inspirational fiction. It is a work of steadfast and sincere faith, of learning what it means to rely on others, and on God. It is about relationships rather than religion.

The author states:

To Refine Like Silver uses gratitude and forgiveness as key principles for overcoming our trials. It definitely is a love story that grows in the midst of great testing, creating a spiritual journey for Darcy and Elizabeth.

If Mr. Darcy had met Elizabeth Bennet in his beloved Derbyshire, would he have recognized her as the love of his life instead of dismissing her as someone “not handsome enough to tempt” him? This alteration of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice adds a little spirit, flirtation, and charm to everyone’s favorite characters.

Early in the summer of 1811, Elizabeth Bennet travels to Derbyshire to help her aunt and uncle settle in as new owners of Saphrinbrooke. Elizabeth is soon introduced to the estate’s nearest neighbors: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and his sister, Georgiana, who is suffering the results of a fateful trip to Ramsgate. Having endured several life tragedies herself, Elizabeth reaches out to the young lady of Pemberley. Under her radiant influence, both Darcy and Georgiana begin to look for help outside of themselves.

To grab your free book, click HERE. You can also click on the first book image below. Jeanna also has two other lovely Pride and Prejudice variations available for purchase.

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Keep Calm and Read This! Heather Diane ~ The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter ~ Heather Diane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We met author Heather Diane on Monday when she featured her latest novel, Falling For Santa, free for two days on Amazon (read all about that here).  When I found out Heather’s first novel, a Regency-set historical romance entitled The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, would be free today and tomorrow as well, I asked her to stop by again to tell us about this story and introduce us to her main character.

Horizontal swirls web color THE VISCOUNT Kit Wimberton’s unexpected return to his country estate sets the neighborhood ablaze with gossip. Nobody knows why such a wealthy and attractive marriage prize should bury himself in the country. Kit seems unwilling to pay attention to anything but his beloved horses, rebuffing the humble vicar who tries to call his attention to the poverty of the estate’s tenants. But despite Kit’s contempt for the church, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the vicar’s lovely daughter.

THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER Impoverished Sophie Bantling sees nothing in her future but a spinsterhood spent taking care of her father’s ramshackle parish—until she is nearly run down by the viscount on one of his famous horses. Although his hostility toward the church disturbs her, she finds herself flattered by his attention and charmed by his conversation. When she discovers that a deeply wounded man grieves beneath the mask of wealth and privilege, she yearns to heal his heart. But disaster strikes the village because of Kit’s negligence, and Sophie must make the hardest decision of her life—abandon the people who desperately need her help or destroy her friendship with the man she has grown to love.

Horizontal swirls web colorWhat is your character’s name? Does he have a nickname?

Christopher Wimberton, Viscount Wimberton (it’s actually kind of a big deal to have a last name that’s the same as that of your estate because it indicates that your family has been part of the nobility for a verrrry long time). His nickname is Kit—only those on intimate terms with him are allowed to use it. Everyone else calls him Wimberton. Or, “My lord.”

Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does he surround himself with?

Kit wants to escape everybody he knows, which is why he’s finally taken up residence at his country estate. Unfortunately for him, his sister’s husband is abroad on a diplomatic mission, so she moves in. Julia is determined to redecorate the house—and reorganize Kit’s life.

Where does your character go when he’s angry?

For a hard ride. Preferably on a horse that’s got a temper as hot as his.

Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there.

Riding boots, whenever his sister and his valet will let him get away with it! They’re glossy enough to see your reflection, thanks to his valet’s highly secret recipe for boot blacking.

Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for him to throw out? What is difficult for him to part with, and why?

The whole manor house could burn to the ground, and Kit wouldn’t care. That is, as long as the stables are safe! He has more horses than his grooms can keep exercised, but he can’t bear to part with any of them.

Has your character ever had a broken heart?

Yes, in fact that’s what’s driven him to hide in the country. But his heart isn’t broken for the usual reasons. To find out more than that, you’re going to have to read the book. 😉

Let’s do just that!

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Free only at Amazon and only on Friday and Saturday, December 26-27!

You can also catch up with Heather at her Website (and sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases and other cool stuff), and follow her on Twitter.