Cover Reveal – A Quest for Mr. Darcy by Cass Grafton

THE BOOK: A Quest for Mr. Darcy

Fitzwilliam Darcy is on a quest. Convinced he is over his foolish infatuation with Elizabeth Bennet, he returns from a year of travelling with a plan, both to protect the estate of which he is guardian and to ensure his sister’s happiness: he intends to do his duty and secure a wife at the earliest opportunity.

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Duty; a path from which Darcy knows he should never have been diverted. Duty was safe and nothing would persuade him from it a second time.

Soon restored to his home in Derbyshire, Darcy puts his quest in motion, preparing to welcome guests from Town, one of whom is the suitably eligible young lady he has earmarked as his future wife.

But what of the Bennets of Longbourn? What befell them in Darcy’s absence from England? And what of the new tenants on his estate named Bennet? Is his path fated to cross with Elizabeth’s once more?

With the addition of his friend, Bingley’s, mischievous twin younger sisters, letters from a stranger and a shadowy figure lurking in the grounds of Pemberley, Darcy’s life is about to be turned upside down.

Can he remain steady to his purpose, or will his carefully laid plans soon be in tatters as the rigid protection he has placed around his heart begins to falter?

And now…

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR: Cassandra Grafton

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A love of all things Jane Austen has enriched my life in many ways, but one of the most important things I have gained in recent years is the friendship of some amazing people, none of whom I would have met had we not been brought together through our shared admiration for her.

I ‘met’ Rita (the one with the hat on the picture below), owner of this Blog, online some years ago. She has an impressive and informative archive page on Facebook (called All Things Jane Austen) which has over 40,000 followers!

Brought together by a shared love of one of the world’s favourite authors, we have become firm friends, despite being very different from each other! About eighteen months ago, we had the chance to do what so many hope for when they meet through social media: we met in person, and what better place to do it than Hampshire, Jane Austen’s home county?

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We had a wonderful few days, sometimes educational, sometimes inspirational, often touching and always fun! Our adventures took us to Chawton, Winchester and onwards to Bath, where we spent the night in Jane’s former home at No 4 Sydney Place on the anniversary of Jane’s actual birthday.

Having been able to show Rita some of my (and her) favourite places (and things – just ask her about her addiction to M&S Percy Pigs!), I was delighted when she invited me to come to her home on the Internet to reveal the cover of a new novel I have coming out later this month.

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A Quest for Mr Darcy is a story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, set largely in Derbyshire. I wanted the cover to reflect the location in which it is set, as well as the mood of story: romance with a hint of mystery.

What could I possibly do? I have no technical skills at all, so knew I would have to enlist someone’s help with the design. My thoughts turned immediately to my good friend, Ada Bright, a talented photographer and artist.

Copyright on images is often an issue, so we decided to use our own photos. Getting one of Derbyshire scenery was easy – I’d been there often enough to already have a selection of images we could use, and in the end, we settled for the one which has been part of the banner for the story as I posted it online over a period of six months between October last year and April of this.

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Ada had an idea for the colour palette; all we needed now was a Regency couple! We scoured pages and pages of stock images, but nothing quite fitted what we wanted. Then, an idea began to form.

At first, I batted it away as nonsensical, but as is often the way, once a notion takes hold, it persists in making itself heard! I whizzed a one line email to Ada making the suggestion, then sat waiting for her reaction, convinced it would be: ‘Don’t be ridiculous!’

Ada’s response? GREAAAAT IDEA!!!

Another email flew out into the void, and I chewed my nails in suspense – only to have our potential cover models agree to the photo shoot!

Now this may sound all very well, but you then have to bring in the logistics. I live in Switzerland, and I had possession of the items of Regency clothing we needed to use. Ada lives in California, along with her cameras. Our cover models live in Surrey in England.

How was this a great idea? Because I happened to know that our models were due to fly out to LA in April for a holiday. What could be simpler? Put the Regency clothing in the post from Switzerland to the USA and lo and behold, once the models arrive, the photo shoot can happen!

And so it did, and we were delighted with the results and I am over the moon with how Ada pulled all the elements together.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how this cover came about. I will be offering several giveaways of the book at various Blogs throughout June in the run up to publication.

THE GIVEAWAY (winner announced)

The first chance to win is today! The draw is open worldwide, with the winner choosing either a paperback (be warned, it’s a big book – you might need wrist rests!) or an eBook. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on Rita’s Blog (this one) saying what the most important thing is that Jane Austen has brought into your life.

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PRIZES:

  • A set of handmade P&P pencils
  • 20 Jane Austen book plates
  • A handmade P&P wooden badge
  • Plus the book (if paperback is chosen)

ALL IN A “I’D RATHER BE AT PEMBERLEY” TOTE BAG!

WINNER: CINDY KANE 

I am also delighted to be supporting the Jane Austen Literary Foundation, a registered not for profit organisation. The foundation was created by Caroline Jane Knight to improve global literacy rates by raising money to fund reading and writing resources for communities in need across the world, in honour of Jane Austen.

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I will be donating 10% of any profit made on eBook sales of A Quest for Mr Darcy to the Foundation.

206 thoughts on “Cover Reveal – A Quest for Mr. Darcy by Cass Grafton

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  1. Jane Austen gave me her books. This was the most important thing. All the rest came next: a entirely new universe.

    Oh, I just love these fanfictions of “Pride and Prejudice” (and this one seems really good!).

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  2. What a beautiful cover. 🙂 I haven’t read the story online, I’m waiting for it to be published, but it looks so good.
    Thanks for all the joy Jane Austen and talented JAFF authors bring in our lives. 🙂

    Congratulations.

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  3. The best thing Jane Austen brought for me is a whole world of books, films and fanfic to immerse myself in when I want to escape normal life 🙂
    Congrats on the new book! I loved your trilogy, so I’m sure I will love this one!

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  4. Jane Austen has brought me a hidden place where I can escape whenever I want to 🙂 It is so special and wonderful, I often dive in her books to escape life 🙂

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  5. I used to think the most important thing Jane Austen had brought to my life was her masterpieces but in the last year, I would have to change that. She has brought to me a world of friends that I am Ever grateful for their fellowship. Our shared interest in Jane Austen brought us together but hearts made us friends.

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    1. Christina, I could not agree more! Though I love Jane’s writing and everything surrounding her, such as books about her life and times, the adaptations etc, I value SO much the friendships I have made through the shared love of this wonderful woman! ❤

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  6. Cass, I’m so happy to see you come out with this in book form (the series was agony though an ultimate source of ecstasy!). Much as many of your readers, I came to Jane via the 1995 production. It wasn’t until about four years ago that I was introduced to JAFF, but my world is certainly changed now! In addition to the books, I have made many friends from Switzerland (yes, that’s you!) to Alaska. The internet has been instrumental to my growth and dedication to the genre. Can Jane be loved without Wi-Fi? I shudder to think, for my library is on my tablet!

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    1. Katherine! Thank you so much for your support during the writing! ❤

      I adore that the Internet has taken Jane Austen into so many lives where she may not have had entry before!

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  7. Your books and Jane Austen have taken me to an England that I long to visit; having lived in hot and dusty West Texas and now in humid Central Texas I want to revisit the garden that is England. I was there in 1985 just briefly passing through for a tour of the continent and then in the 90s for a stay in London during our school spring break. (London was dank and cold in March). I am hoping for retirement trip in the near future to tour England and Scotland to see the places mentioned in JAF books.

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    1. Hollis, I hope your return to England soon! March is a ‘between-season month sometimes, not sure if it’s in winter still, or fully into spring. I highly recommend May or September!

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  8. Can’t wait to read is Cassandra! What has Jane Austen’s impact been on me? My love of Austen has given me some of my favorite stories, both the originals and in the wonderful JAFFs that I’ve read . I’ve made online friends with several authors through reading JAFF and I learn a lot from the various facts you all post while researching your books.
    My love of Jane Austen helped start my fascination with England and I have been fortunate enough to visit twice, spending time in Winchester and Chawton. I learned/ am learning to sew clothing in order to make my costumes for the Louisville Jane Austen Festival later this summer. Most of all the world of Jane Austen and her characters gave me a safe imaginary place to go when real life was hard (summer both my parents were and sick and passed away).

    The cover looks amazing and I am very much looking forward to reading this! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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    1. Gosh, Megan, I’m so comforted to know Jane was there for you in the darkest of times! I’m so sorry for your losses last year! 😦

      I admire anyone who can sew (I can’t) and I hope you have a lovely wardrobe ready for the upcoming Louisville Festival! ❤

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  9. The cover looks fantastic and the book sounds very intriguing. There is no other author that I have enjoyed more than Jane Austen as even my least favorite books by her are better than any others I read.

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  10. Jane Austen has always given me comfort. She given me the ability to step back and be taken in by words and let them remain with me, always.
    And thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway. 💕

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  11. Jane Austen has given me much laughter! I love her ‘one liners’ and her many quirky characters. No matter how many times I’ve read her books I always laugh! If I feel down I reread one of her books and it picks me up. She was so gifted and I admire her for not going down the path expected for women in her time!

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  12. I absolutely **loved** A Quest for Mr. Darcy; it was the highlight of my mornings! I’d enjoy a (Tardis) mug of organic strawberry tea and peruse the next chapter in absolute bliss!! I especially loved the combination of my two favorite genres: Jane Austen and mysteries!

    I would looooooove to win this contest. I am crossing my fingers and thinking Jane-ish thoughts!! 😉

    Thank you!!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

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  13. Congratulations on publishing this book. I found this story half-written already and I truly enjoyed it.

    Jane Austen’s stories taught me to appreciate gender equality and the freedoms we have now. I am also grateful for the medical and scientific advances that we have today compared to the actual practices during the regency era.

    Best of all, it reminds me that some things that remain the same – love, heartache, gossip, kindness, jealousy… no matter what century it is.

    It behooves us to learn from the past in order to better anticipate the future and appreciate the present.

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    1. What lovely sentiments, Kayenne! ❤

      I am pleased you enjoyed reading the story online! Thank you for participating here and good luck in the draw!

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  14. I love that Jane Austen has inspired so many talent writers to continue or create new stories with her characters. I can’t wait to buy the book! Thanks for sharing the journey with us, Cass. I looked forward to each chapter day as a new treat.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! I also love that Jane has inspired other people to pick up the pen as well as triggered their love of reading! So many great comments in this thread!

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story online, and good luck in the draw. 😀

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  15. Congratulations!!
    What have I gained?
    Friendships! Both in the states as well as Across the Pond😀
    A whole lot of good reading too!
    I still giggle at Darcy dripping with water, having been mistaken for a fox!!
    I would love the ebook!
    Roxey

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    1. Ah, the friendships, Roxey! How wonderful are they? Jane Austen cannot ever have imagined what pleasure she would bring to people so many years later! ❤

      Tee hee, re the fox! 😉

      Good luck in the draw! 😀

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  16. First I need to tell you that your book has given me a lot! I have been battling depression for a long time and three months ago my husband told me that he was in love with some one else and whanted a divorce. Your story has been my escape, my paus from my own life. I think its a very well writen story, a story who took me away to a world so very difftrent from my own life, with love and happines, and I needed that! Thank you for charing your story!

    Jane Austen have given me a lots of smiles and laughter. Made me realise that I dont have to be perfekt. That you should look for people that love you for your flaws, not inspite of them. Thats true love!!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Emelie! I am so so sorry to hear. 😦

      I am so pleased I could take you away from your everyday sadness and dresses for a while each week. Loving people despite their flaws is certainly true love. ❤

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  17. Jane Austen gave me a voice in the world and allowed me to make true friends across the planet. She has been a constant in my life for 44 years since I was 13 years old. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters of this book but look forward to reading it in its entirety, as much as I look forward to seeing the author again soon. Jane also gave me a library that I love so much and suggest the author should visit! Thank you Rita for your blog and look forward to your visit some time too. xx

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    1. Hazel, one of my dreams is to meet you in person and make your library known to my followers. You are nothing short of amazing, my friend and one of the gifts Jane Austen gave me throughout the years. I read P&P when I was 12 but unfortunately I did not understand her talent until many years later. Thanks for being a great Janeite and friend.

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    2. Hazel! ❤

      How lovely to hear from you, and I hope we get chance to meet up this year at some point. Will you be in England around the actual 200th anniversary at all? I'm in Winchester on the 18th.

      Your library looks so amazing, and I truly hope one day to see it in person! ❤

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  18. Jane Austen not only gave me her wonderful stories but she also gave me a love for England that deepens every day. The good sense not to settle for just any man who comes along. Be sensible and always be true to myself and her written work has added so much to my vocabulary.

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  19. Oh Cass, the cover is absolutely lovely and I love how so many came together and made it happen! I think it is very fitting for the amazing story you have created. I, too, miss my twice weekly chapter of it!

    As for what is the most important thing Jane Austen has brought into my life…FRIENDSHIPS! She has given us the chance to connect with others and bond over her amazing novels. The world of JAFF and all that it entails has opened up a world of like-minded people to come together and share our thoughts and feed our addiction. In a world that has gone mad, she gives us a little bit of peace.

    Thank you for this amazing journey and thank you for these lovely gifts. I look forward to holding your hefty tome in my hands and reading the finished product, if I should be so lucky to win!

    Thank you Rita for hosting the cover reveal and it looks like I have a new blog to follow!

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    1. Carole, thank you so much! I am so happy you love the cover! ❤

      Friendships! Oh yes! If only Jane knew what a blessing she has brought into so many lives, and continues to do. Sigh. Not just those wonderful books, those characters, those words.

      Peace in amongst the craziness: how we all need that! ❤

      LOL re the hefty tome. I hate to think what Amazon will insist on charging for it, so I'll wish you lots of luck in the draw! There will be others coming up too!

      Rita's vast collection on Facebook is outstanding, and her Blog is a wonderful addition!

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  20. I am so happy to see this is coming out soon. I can hardly wait even though I read the online version. Now I have been watching for the Epilogue. I will definitely want to add this to the Kindle program on my MacBook Pro and IPad and re-read it. I guess I won’t have quite as much suspense the second time around. Thank you so much.

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  21. Now for contest entry, Jane Austen brought romance, excitement, historical interest in the period (I was tired of the American Civil War after devoting so many years to it) and delight in this happy escape and all the charm it brings, It was great to discover Jane Austen’s novels and now the variations. Thank you.

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  22. Congrats on the new book! Lovely cover, too! What has Jane Austen brought to my life? Besides her lovely, romantic stories, she has brought me into the company of like-minded individuals whose JA love and incredible talents have given me so much pleasure. ❤️

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  23. I have to say that next to all the wonderful stories Jane wrote there are all the variations she inspired and through those the wonderful community of JAFF authors and readers I have talked to on these blogs, in person or in the comment sections on Goodreads and Amazon. I have found and treasure these new friends. And I look forward to being carried away in another romance with angst and HEA for ODCs.

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  24. I love the different pace of life and the language. I have even made my own Elizabeth Bennett inspired dress too which I absolutely love. What is not to love about this book

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    1. I admire your dressmaking skills, Deanna! I am afraid I had to resort to buying a dress (not that I could hope to pass for Elizabeth!)

      So happy you loved the book! ❤

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  25. Jane Austen has given me the love of reading and especially authors who are so dedicated to the craft like you are Cass, I absolutely have loved all your books so far. So Excited about your new book coming out! Congrats Cass

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  26. What an amazing tale of how the book cover came to be. To slightly misquote a well-known phrase “The odds were always in your favour”. Ada’s done such a wonderful job with the outside, just as you’ve done with the inside. Can’t wait to see the book in all of it’s weighty glory!

    To answer your question, Jane Austen has been part of my life for fifty (yes, really!) years now, since I saw the1940 film version when I was in my first year at grammar school in 1966-67. Then I read the book (was a little upset that the archery scene wasn’t in it!) and eventually all of the rest of the finished novels during my teenage years. Didn’t develop a true appreciation of her works until into my 20s though, and didn’t read the remainder of her writings until I was in my 30s and 40s . What I appreciate most, apart from the wonderful prose that she wrote, is the number of wonderful people I’ve met online and friends I’ve made in the past few years. I’d no idea this community existed until I stumbled upon it quite by accident. Carole in Canada has expressed it perfectly: “As for what is the most important thing Jane Austen has brought into my life…FRIENDSHIPS! She has given us the chance to connect with others and bond over her amazing novels. The world of JAFF and all that it entails has opened up a world of like-minded people to come together and share our thoughts and feed our addiction. In a world that has gone mad, she gives us a little bit of peace”.

    Bless you all!

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    1. I got goosebumps reading this, Anji! I agree with your quote from Carole. She put it so beautifully – the friendships are the icing on the cake. I wish Jane Austen could know how much pleasure she has brought to people! sigh

      I hope you’ll like the whole cover when you see the paperback!

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  27. Beautiful cover! What did Jane Austen give me? It all starts with her books! And more books from others who can’t get enough and a community of friends from all over the globe and a continuing reminder of HEA. Thank you for the very generous giveaway!

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  28. Having just read the epilogue I again had tears in my eyes…love this story. I will definitely want a e-book copy for my very own. As stated the value of Jane Austen’s stories goes so far beyond being able to escape into a lovely romance/rom-com. The friendships on these blogs, on Goodreads and even with comments on Amazon have established a whole world I love to visit regularly throughout most days. And I have met several friends and/or authors through those contacts in person. Looking forward to this story when it is published…and to many more books from you, Cass.

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  29. Love the new cover, Cass, and the story behind it! Can’t wait to have this one in print! I’ve loved going through the chapter process with you on your website. I looked forward to those posts! 🙂

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    1. I’m so pleased you love the cover, Janet. I value your judgement when you are so talented at cover design yourself! Looking forward to visiting you later in the month! ❤

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    2. I failed to mention what Jane Austen has brought to my life. Besides the enjoyment of reading her wonderful books, it has introduced me many friends and authors of like minds in the Jane Austen community. That has been a wonderful blessing, indeed.

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  30. Beautiful cover. I’m so excited to read your new book!!!! I am thankful for Jane and authors like you who devote hours and hours to our amusement. I’m sure this book will be wonderful. Where is the best place to buy you Fair Prospect series in paperback? I have them As ebooks but would love to have hard copies too.

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    1. Delighted you like the cover, Kim!

      AFP should still be available on Amazon as paperbacks? I think it’s also in B&N. I am touched you would want it in hard copy form after all this time! ❤

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  31. Besides the wonderful stories and insights into life two hundred years ago, Jane Austen led me to English Country Dance. I just called a Regency-era ball in Southern California on Saturday which was attended by about a hundred people in their best costumes. When I’m dancing I really know what it was like to walk in Jane’s slippers, at least for a few minutes.

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    1. That’s so lovely, Judee! I have been to a dance class once, but never danced at a Regency ball. I love to watch them, though! I’m a dedicated Regency wallflower! 😉

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  32. I never really give much thought to how a cover is produced (just if I like it or not). The story of this cover is wonderful! How has Jane Austen enriched my life? I am always amazed that each time I read P&P I always find a new nuance or hidden meaning. Her language is lyrical and her humor and wit biting. And, because of P&P (my favorite), there is now a JAFF community to learn more about Jane Austen, Regency England, and all of the truly wonderful and engaging sequels and variations. Thank you for the giveaway,

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  33. Congratulations on the upcoming release, Cassandra. The cover is gorgeous. Looking forward to reading another Darcy story.

    What the most important thing is that Jane Austen has brought into your life? It would be getting to know so many Jane Austen lovers online (fans and authors) from all over the world and know that I am not alone in this obsession. For her I have created a blog dedicated to Jane Austen book news (giveaways, new release, etc) and even written book reviews which I had not thought of doing.

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    1. Thank you, Luthien!!!

      Getting to know so many like-minded people who share a love of all things Austen is so rewarding, isn’t it?

      Good luck with the blog and well done on the reviews!

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