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Source: Review copy from authors
Rating: ★★★☆☆

She had never considered that perhaps Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley were more of a blind-leading-the-blind tragedy. If she and her sister were not the lasses tangled up in this mess of beaus, why Elizabeth would have enjoyed sharing this mess of matchmaking with her father on any afternoon in his study!

(from “Much to Conceal,” by Elizabeth Ann West)

Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet was a limited edition box set featuring short stories inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Each of these stories is now being published separately (more information below). Two of the stories are set during the Regency era, and two are modern-day variations.

“Darcy and Lizzie’s Wedding Breakfast” is an installment in Barbara Silkstone’s Mister Darcy Series of Comedic Mysteries, in which Lizzie recounts how she and Darcy met and the trials of his secret life. Lizzie is a bit disappointed when Darcy’s Templar business forces them to cancel their wedding breakfast, but of course, Darcy finds a humorous way to make it up to her. I’ve only read the latest book in the series, Mister Darcy’s Maltese Falcon, so I was able to follow the story. However, if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, you might want to save this story for later.  (Barbara is currently posting the story in installments on the Mister Darcy Series Facebook page.)

“An Accidental Assignation” by April Floyd (now available on Amazon) is set during the Regency era and involves Darcy accidentally compromising Elizabeth outside the Meryton Assembly when he attempts to apologize for his insult. Mr. Bennet witnesses the scene and demands that Darcy marry his daughter. There is an immediate, intense passion between Darcy and Elizabeth, and despite it being a fairly short story, Floyd manages to insert plenty of drama and humor involving Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine.

“Much to Conceal” by Elizabeth Ann West (now available on Amazon as part of another box set) also is set during the Regency era and has Jane Bennet conspiring with her aunt Gardiner to get Elizabeth and Darcy together after his failed proposal. Elizabeth shows Jane the letter from Darcy, and Jane takes action, which culminates in a hilarious dinner at Darcy House.

“Honeymoon Postponed: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Adventure” by Kristi Rose (now available on Amazon) is a short story in the Meryton Matchmakers series that finds a modern-day Darcy and Elizabeth outrunning tornadoes and other calamities on what is supposed to be their honeymoon. Because I haven’t read any of the installments in this series and know nothing of the back story, I felt a little lost at first, but I was able to enjoy the story in the end. There is a lot of “what can go wrong will go wrong” here, and it definitely was amusing.

Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet offered a great way for me to get a feel for each author’s writing style and enjoy lighthearted, romantic stories featuring Darcy and Elizabeth. The stories are a bit rushed and underdeveloped, but that’s to be expected with short works. Some of the events are a bit over the top, but I was willing to overlook that because the theme of the collection is love and love often makes people do outrageous things. Plus, these were simply feel-good stories meant to be enjoyed in little bits of free time and not to be taken too seriously. I finished the collection thinking I’d like to read more by each of these authors, so I’d call that a win!

Disclosure: I received Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet from the authors for review.

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mr-darcy-loves-elizabeth-bennetWhat happens when 4 Jane Austen Fan Fiction authors get together and write stories?

A boxed set called Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet.

What happens when they decide to play a game of Ask Me Anything all together? Well, take a look . . .

Elizabeth: Elizabeth Ann West
April: April Floyd
Barbara: Barbara Silkstone
Kristi: Kristi Rose

Elizabeth: So here are the rules, we each get to ask one question of the other, and unlike Truth or Dare, it’s all Truths! April gets to ask the first question!

April: Okay, this question is for Barbara because of something you said the other night when we were chatting on Facebook. Why would you need to carry around a sewing kit?

Barbara: I am grossed out by holes in fabric. Just the thought of them makes me quake. If I see someone wearing jeans or a T-shirt with holes, I will cross the street to avoid them. If I check into a hotel, I immediately uncover the sheets to do a hole-inspection. If I find one, I ask to be moved to another room.

I have had this affliction for as long as I can remember. I do believe in reincarnation, and think perhaps I was done-in by an icky, shredded cloth in a previous life.

Elizabeth: Oh boy, needle and thread stat for Barbara! You definitely win the right to ask the next question.

Barbara: Right, so this is for Kristi, everyone has a phrase they use repeatedly, what’s yours? And I bet I can guess from all of the Facebook chats we had to have to publish this book!

Kristi: That’s right up my alley. Or Ain’t nobody got time for that.

April, Elizabeth: We say that, too!

Barbara: Which one?

April: Ain’t NOBODY got time for THAT.

Elizabeth: Yep, it always brings a giggle on the phone! Okay, Kristi, it’s your turn . . . who is your question for?

Kristi: My question is for you, Elizabeth, what is something you can’t do well that people would be surprised to learn?

Elizabeth: ::deep breath:: I cannot bake. I know, I know, follow the instructions. But I just can’t seem to make most recipes work! I can cook, make sauces, but baking? My Achilles Heel. I mostly stick with boxed sets for that reason. Or like that scene in Bad Moms? I totally buy the baked goods for any school obligation.

Elizabeth: I get to ask April’s first question! Hmm, decisions, decisions, almost not fair since we’ve worked together for 4 years . . . how about what would you consider is your most annoying habit?

April: Well you know I like to talk! And my youngest and I both have to talk all through a movie, but only if we are watching at home. We never, ever do this in public because that’s just rude. My husband can’t bear to sit through a movie with us because we are constantly wondering what’s next and discussing what just happened.

April: I do the next question, right? Here’s another one for Kristi, are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?

Kristi: If by gatherer you mean hoarder then yes, that’s me. I horde paper. My office looks like a paper factory exploded. I’m ashamed of my role in not preserving the trees.

Elizabeth: Oh Kristi I am just as bad! I totally shopped my office supply stash to outfit my oldest for school this year. Sssshhh. Or don’t sshhh, you get to ask the next question.

Kristi: Hey, the stores might run out of paper and pens, you just never know! Now, it’s Barbara’s turn, because the first question about fears made me curious, what is your greatest fear if holes in clothes is your weirdest one?

Barbara: Oh boy, you’re really ganging up on me! Escalators! I get sweaty palms just thinking about them. In London they have multistory monsters that make me feel as if I am falling backwards. I grip the railing and look down at my shoes and pray.

One of the tallest escalators in London is the Angel Tube Station. You almost have to use it to get to the theater district, unless you go by cab. I have palpitations each time I plan to go to the theater. I stand around waiting for some burly guy to get into the queue, and then I jump in front of him. I figure he might be strong enough to catch me when I fall.

To overcome my fear of escalators I took up hot air ballooning. Don’t ask…it made sense at the time. I competed in hot air balloon races and overcame my fear of heights, but I still won’t set foot on an escalator. I will walk miles to find an elevator or stairs, anything to avoid a bloody escalator.

Elizabeth: Right, elevators only for Barbara. And hot air balloons if available! I think you have a question for me, next.

Barbara: Indeed, Chief!

Elizabeth: That and kiddo, I have the best nicknames from you!

Barbara: So if you were an animated character, who would you be?

Elizabeth: I am busting out some obscure character here, Bright Heart Raccoon. When I was a kid, I loved Care Bears. And Bright Heart Raccoon was different, and purple, and his friends liked him for his ideas.

I was that kid growing up. I was the one in my neighborhood that read Ramona Quimby and made stilts with 5-gallon drywall buckets and jump ropes. Or came up with all of the games we played, like riding bikes we went on journeys to crazy places with mailbox stops to “stamp our passports.” The backyard was Terabithia because I read it in a book. More or less, if I read it in a book and liked it, I tried to make it real life. 🙂

Elizabeth: Okay Kristi, I will give you a food related question since I had to confess I can’t bake! What’s the oddest thing you like on your pizza?

Kristi: Pizza toppings? Well, this isn’t something I find many others like, so I’ll share this. I like peas. Green ones. In the south they call them English Peas.

Elizabeth: Well will you peas ask April her next question?

Kristi: Absolutely! April, we all sing alone, but if you don’t know the words to a song, do you improvise or just skip it?

April: Oh, even when I know the words I still improvise the lyrics to make them funnier! I will sing a tune as a country song if it is a pop song or turn it into a rap song if it’s country. I just act like a goofball whenever the radio is on. My youngest is not amused as he is now getting to the age where he likes the Top 40 on the radio. One favorite is Shawn Mendes Stitches. I replace stitches and kisses with fishes, wishes, dishes….just pulling a Dr Seuss basically.

April: And I get to put Elizabeth’s feet to the fire again. I know a lot about you since we work together and talk almost everyday, so let’s do another question about your childhood. What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

Elizabeth: When I was 10 we did a really cool unit in science called Voyage of the Mimi, and I loved it! We even sponsored a whale as a class and had pictures of the fluke. I wanted to be an oceanographic cartographer and go to college at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. As I grew older, I wanted to be an international businesswoman, and so far, the closest I’ve come to the later is being a publisher worldwide, and the former, I married a submariner!

It actually turns out that now just footage of underwater scenes gives me the creeps. I can’t watch it! And a shipwreck? I hyperventilate. And when I was 10 I was all about learning about the Titanic and everything I could about maritime topics. And that has turned into a kind of strange phobia like Barbara’s which brings me to her last question.

Elizabeth: This is a dark question, but it was one you agreed to answer, so here goes. How would you like to die?

Barbara: Not on an escalator.

Elizabeth: I think that might be cheating, but we’ll let the judges decide! You get to ask April her last question.

Barbara: Well since everyone asked me about fears, here’s my question for April…On a scale from 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you?

April: That depends on several factors. My imagination for one. If I’ve been reading something creepy then I have to jump in bed and pull the covers over my head so that’s a 5. If it’s summer and lightning bugs are out, then it’s a wonderland and that would be a zero on the 1-5 scale. If it’s Halloween night and my 9 year old is acting silly saying he saw a werewolf across the street in the shadows and I look and there’s the figure of someone ducking behind a building then we’re zooming up to a 4 about to pass 5. So yeah, it’s situational.

Kristi: I think that’s a fair scale for the dark! So now it’s your turn! What questions do you want us to answer? Add them in the comments below and who you want to answer and we will go at it!

Thank you so much to Anna for hosting us on her blog, and we hope you all will check out our anthology of stories with our favorite Dear Couple!


About Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet

Join authors Elizabeth Ann West, Barbara Silkstone, Kristi Rose, and April Floyd as they each share an exclusive short novella reimagining our dear couple falling in love! We all know Mr. Darcy loves Elizabeth Bennet, but the question universally wondered is how many ways can they show that love? Two Regencies, Two Contemporaries, there is a perfect story for every Jane Austen Fan Fiction lover!

Included in the anthology:
Darcy and Lizzie’s Wedding Breakfast by Barbara Silkstone
An Accidental Assignation by April Floyd
Much to Conceal by Elizabeth Ann West
Honeymoon Postponed: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Adventure by Kristi Rose

Check out Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet on Amazon | Goodreads


About the authors

Elizabeth Ann West

Elizabeth Ann West

A Jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none! Elizabeth Ann West is the author of 4 novels and 7 novellas, 10 of which are story variations of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Her books have won reader conference awards and hit the Historical Bestseller lists on Amazon, Kobo, and the iBooks stores multiple times. A lover of all things geeky, Elizabeth codes websites, dabbles in graphic design, and is always looking for new technology to learn and master. A Navy wife and mother of two, her family has lived all over the United States, currently residing in upstate New York. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, you can keep up with Elizabeth on Twitter @Eawwrites and on her website, http://elizabethannwest.com where she posts new fiction as she writes it!

Elizabeth is EXTREMELY proud and honored to have A Winter Wrong win Best Novella and Best Literary Fiction in the 2015 eBook Festival of Words. Thank you to all of the readers who nominated the novel and have voted for it. You made Elizabeth smile!

To contact Elizabeth, please visit her reader site: http://elizabethannwest.com or writer@elizabethannwest.com

Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of the MISTER DARCY SERIES OF COMEDIC MYSTERIES ~ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE contemporary variations. Light comedies based on Jane Austen’s timeless tales of love denied and love discovered.

“I enjoy doing playful things with language, blending two distinct words to create a new word. If I’m laughing out loud when I’m writing, then I know I’ve hit the mark. I laugh so loud while I’m writing that the neighbors think I’m having wild parties. I’m not. I live in South Florida where I survive on buttered popcorn and fried chicken… extra crispy.”
~ Barbara Silkstone

Kristi Rose

Kristi Rose

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. Today, she’s a wife and a mother. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world and has lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a German Alp, and eloped in Arkansas. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wonders about their story. That’s what Kristi writes about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey. Kristi is a member of RWA. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.

April Floyd

April Floyd

April Floyd lives in Alaska with her husband and youngest son. She loves happy endings, nice people, and reading great stories. Once upon a time, she was an Army wife and a phlebotomist and recently ran a successful ebook deals site for four years. Historical fiction, Jane Austen, and fantasy/dystopia are her favorite genres.


A big thank you to Elizabeth, Barbara, Kristi, and April for being my guests today. I really enjoyed learning more about each of you through this post! Stay tuned for my review of Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet!

© 2016 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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darcy's maltese falconI’m delighted to announce the release of Barbara Silkstone’s latest Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel, Mister Darcy’s Maltese Falcon, which is the eighth book in her Mister Darcy comedic mystery series. I had the pleasure of editing this book, and I found myself laughing throughout. This was my first time reading the series, and I was able to follow the book because Barbara provides enough backstory, but I definitely want to go back and read them all in order!

Darcy and Lizzie, now happily married, are off on another Templar quest. With their first baby due in two months, Darcy insists that Lizzie remain in London while he adventures to Malta. Pregnancy will not hamper Lizzie; she is determined to stand by her husband. Lizzie inserts herself in the caper, accompanied by Boris, the Russian wolfhound, and other surprise stowaways. Oh no! Caroline and Wickham return to add to the chaos.

In this, the eighth book in the Mister Darcy comedic mysteries series, the Maltese Falcon holds the key to finding the Bogart Diamond, a priceless gem that was stolen from the ancient order of the Knights Templar. Darcy is tasked with recovering it. Fall in Love with Laughter!

If that’s not enough to entice you, maybe this sweet note Barbara received recently from an anonymous fan will:

I love your books and always look forward to the audio books. I buy the books then the audio. I do reread them and listen to them when I can’t read them. It keeps me going throughout the day.  My life has not been happy recently due to some deaths in my family. It’s getting better and it’s partially due to your books. Thank you.

There’s also an excerpt of Mister Darcy’s Maltese Falcon on Barbara’s website, Second Act Cafe.

Buy Mister Darcy’s Maltese Falcon:

Amazon U.S. | Amazon U.K. | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Connect with Barbara Silkstone:

Second Act Cafe | Amazon Author Page | the Darcy Collection

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I’m thrilled to announce the recent release of Darcy’s Magical Message, which is the final episode in Barbara Silkstone’s The Witches of Longbourn trilogy (Pride & Prejudice & Witches). I was excited to work with Barbara on this project as her editor, as I was intrigued by her quirky and humorous writing style. I laughed all the way through the book, and since I jumped into the trilogy at the very end, I now want to go back and read it from the beginning.

Here’s more information about the trilogy, and be sure to check out Barbara’s blog, Second Act Cafe.

darcy's magical messageDarcy’s Magical Message (Book Three)

Buckingham Palace will never be the same as Darcy risks all to rescue Lizzy from the clutches of the Prince Regent and Lady Anne Darcy’s fatal spell. Fiona Feelgood has reasons to regret casting the prince under a love spell. Can they rescue Herman the Hermit before Lizzy turns to dust? Beware of Caroline Bingley as she lurks the palace halls in search of witches for the London Anti-Magic Tribunal! Will Lizzy overcome her habit of changing adversaries into potted plants? And where is Wickham?

Buy: Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Kobo

Enjoy the entire trilogy!

darcy's royal dilemmaDarcy’s Royal Dilemma (Book One)

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s first spell has gone wrong, and he arrives at Netherfield with a small jewel box possessing the power to topple the British monarchy. Desperate to find a witch to undo his botched magic, he is attracted to Elizabeth Bennet—but hijinks ensue as Miss Fiona Feelgood, a darling little love witch, enters their lives.

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lizzy's love apprenticeLizzy’s Love Apprentice (Book Two)

Can a union between two strong willed witches find a happily ever after in the world of Regency? Should Lizzy Bennet accept Fitzwilliam Darcy’s hand in marriage? And will one of the most powerful witches in England—who also happens to be Darcy’s mother—accept Lizzy as worthy of her son? Or will the curse she placed on Lizzy prevail? Amid the chaos, can Lizzy succeed in teaching Fiona Feelgood a few Lessons in Lovability?

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