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Something About Lizzy: Family Secrets Post-Pride and Prejudice by Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi is a Summertime Books Event pick #historicalfiction #womensfiction #summertime #giveaway



Title: Something About Lizzy: Family Secrets Post-Pride and Prejudice

 

Author: Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi

 

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

 

To be mistress of Pemberley is certainly something, but there are secrets in all families, you know.

 

Derbyshire, Summer 1826. Sofia-Elisabete, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Colonel Fitzwilliam, is initiated into the idyllic, genteel world of her cousin-in-law, Elizabeth Darcy, mistress of Pemberley and mother of five. Lizzy, as she prefers to be called by her intimates, seems happily established in domestic country life and, naturally, still in love with Mr. Darcy. With beguiling candor, Sofia narrates how the two ladies quickly become close friends—despite the misgivings of Sofia’s father.

 

Soon, however, Sofia witnesses the trials of parenthood and signs of simmering conflict in Lizzy’s traditional marriage to Mr. Darcy. She senses that things are not quite right. The mystery deepens when others reveal tidbits concerning a connection between Lizzy and Sofia’s uncle, Lord Scapeton, who has sorely wronged Sofia herself in the past. As the ladies’ lives and secrets intertwine that long, hot, sultry summer, Sofia discovers something about Lizzy that threatens to upend their newly blossoming friendship.

 

Excerpt:

 

In this scene, Mr. Darcy is trying to make up with Elizabeth, with a little help from his relations.

 

Darcy promptly sat down at the French writing-desk to compose a letter to his wife. He gave it to the colonel, who read it aloud:

 

“‘Be not alarmed, dearest Elizabeth, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of my sentiments which were so upsetting to you, namely, that while the nursery may be a mother’s proper sphere, the education of a son afterwards is that of the father’s.’”

 

The colonel made a face. “Coz! Have you not yet learned how to write a proper love-letter to your own wife?”

 

“I wish to know what is wrong about it,” Darcy said in an offended tone.

 

“Only you could compose something that is so—both agreeable and disagreeable.” The colonel dipped the pen, and commenced to cross out.

 

This upset Darcy. “I object to that deletion! The paragraph in question was one of my best.”

 

“It is one of your worst,” responded the colonel, and proceeded to rewrite it.

 

I couldn’t help but be amused by their attempts. Why must a love-letter be so complicated? Gazing at my husband, I said, “My Mr. Munro writes the best love-letters; they come from his heart, and are engraved upon mine. And he always recites a few lines of poetry for me.”

 

Kitt, happily blushing, kissed the palm of my hand.

 

The colonel turned to Darcy. “A few lines of Byron’s should work—hey, Darcy?”

 

“Absolutely not,” was the firm reply.

 

“Keats might be a good choice.” This from Kitt.

 

“Who?” the other two inquired.

 

He explained, “John Keats, a young romantic poet who died five years ago, wrote poems that are highly expressive and passionate.”

 

“Oh, another modern sensualist,” grumbled Darcy.

 

“Hmm, but a little sensuality just might dazzle your ‘Mrs. Darcy’ into becoming your ‘Elizabeth’ again,” advised the colonel. “You will not find a suitable love poem written by a rationalist.”

 

After Kitt recited a few lines of Keats, the colonel chose: “Of love, your kiss,—those hands, those eyes divine.”

 

The letter done, and Darcy tolerably satisfied, I said good-night to everyone, for I was suddenly sleepy. “Tomorrow is a new day, Cousin Darcy,” I reminded him, stifling a yawn.

 

He replied, “Then I shall see you and everyone on the morrow, and hopefully Mrs. Darcy as well.”

 

But he didn’t see her, not until two long days afterwards.

 

***


Darcy fussed with his appearance. He scrutinized himself in the great hall mirror, arranging his hair, straightening his fob, adjusting his light brown coat over his embroidered waistcoat. He seemed entirely anxious. Twice he brusquely asked the butler where in heaven’s name his children were, for the coaches stood in readiness at the door.

 

Lizzy, you see, had responded archly to his love-letter.

 

Dear Mr. Darcy,

 

You say you love me for a thousand reasons. Yet, I can think of only seven that you have mentioned in the past, including my fine eyes and lively mind. Why do I suspect that someone helped you to write this letter? Was it desperation on your part, or perhaps a concession, heated as you were by wine? My “eyes divine,” indeed!

 

Your bemused wife,

 

Mrs. Darcy

 

P.S. Please refrain from frightening my house-maid.

 

“You are doubly in the suds now, Darcy,” said the colonel, when he read the letter. “Confound the fellow Keats! We should never have quoted him.”

 

Darcy disagreed. “Her letter has given me the courage to regain her respect. If she had truly thought that I was absolutely, irrevocably hopeless as a husband and father, she would have been frank about it.” Then, under his breath, “A road more rugged we have traveled before.”

 

To the Dower House we went. We took two coaches this time—the Darcy boys and their father in one, the rest of us in the other. The boys’ tutor and the girl’s governess both sat on the box. Everyone seemed in a festive mood, as though something exciting were about to happen.

 

Lizzy stood waiting outside the Dower House, just beyond its carriage sweep. As she stepped forward, I gasped a little. She, the married belle, was a bewitching sight in a golden-yellow gown cut low, the tops of the lace-bordered sleeves baring her shoulders. Her Leghorn hat, trimmed in blue ribbon, was plumed in a bright hue to match her gown. A red peacock butterfly fluttered hither and thither, attracted by the tall feathers, to complete her costume.

 

The colonel whistled low. “I was wrong, Darcy. Those lines of Keats’s helped.”

 

Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):

 

Amazon (Kindle Unlimited): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D3X4NF6N

 

 

 

What makes your featured book a must-read?

 

Spend the summer in a sun-soaked Pemberley, where everything is perfect—or is it? This highly immersive page turner makes you want to know the Darcys’ secrets, and will keep you guessing until the end.

 

Giveaway –

 

Enter to win a $30 Amazon gift card:

 

 

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Runs June 25 – July 4, 2024.


Winner will be drawn on July 5, 2024.

 

Author Biography:

 

Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi is an award-winning writer of literary historical fiction inspired by Pride and Prejudice and the classics. Two of her books have been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books. She is also a two-time recipient of the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her latest audiobook won a silver medal in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2023. She has also been published in the Copperfield Review Quarterly.  

 

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2 Comments


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
Jul 03

One of my fave summertime books is Driven series by K Bromberg.

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Jun 26

Thank you, Robin, for sharing your book in our Summertime Books Bookish Event!

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