“What amuses you?” she asked. “Tell me. I could use a distraction.”
“I was merely thinking of some of our pleasant times together.”
She glanced up at him, her eyes gleaming with amusement. “I recognize that smile. Let me guess. Were both of us less formally attired?”
“Mrs. Darcy, I am shocked,” he said with mock severity, which made her laugh.
(from An Heir for Pemberley)
Jane Grix’s An Heir for Pemberley (available for free on Kindle as of this posting) is a charming short-story sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Set three years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding, the couple await the imminent birth of their first child. Elizabeth is in labor, and she and Darcy spend their last moments together before the midwife’s arrival in a slow walk around the garden, enjoying some playful banter despite their nerves.
This is a sweet story, with Darcy playing the role of the devoted and anxious father and Elizabeth contemplating their happiness in marriage. Darcy thinks about how Elizabeth changed him for the better, and Elizabeth thinks about how she’s glad they didn’t have a child right away so they could get to know each other better first.
An Heir for Pemberley is the perfect story to read with a cup of tea or when you only have a few moments to slip into a book. Grix gives Pride and Prejudice fans a glimpse of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marital bliss as they prepare to embark on their next adventure. This was my first time reading Grix’s work, but it definitely won’t be the last!
Disclosure: An Heir for Pemberley is from my personal library.
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