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I’m delighted to welcome Alice Isakova to Diary of an Eccentric today to share an excerpt of her Pride and Prejudice sequel, Georgiana Darcy, and a very generous giveaway. But first, the book blurb:

With her temptingly large dowry, the beautiful and talented Georgiana Darcy catches the eye of numerous suitors, not all of whom wish to marry purely for love. As Georgiana navigates the treacherous waters of courtship, her story becomes intertwined with that of Anne de Bourgh, her wealthy but painfully awkward cousin, who stirs up trouble when she sets her sights on a young gentleman with a rank far below her own. In so doing, Anne encounters the opposition of her proud and domineering mother, the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and sets in motion a chain of events that brings a damaging secret to light and threatens to destroy Georgiana’s dreams of happiness. Intrigues, gossip, and elopements further complicate Georgiana’s efforts to find love and avoid the snares of fortune-hunters.

Written in a sparkling, witty, humorous style on par with Jane Austen’s own in Pride and Prejudice, Alice Isakova’s Georgiana Darcy continues the tale that has delighted readers for over two centuries.

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An excerpt from Georgiana Darcy, courtesy of Alice Isakova

On Sunday after divine service, as Georgiana and Anne were stepping out of the church, they were joined by their friend Miss Lawson, a young lady of fifteen years old. The three of them stopped a short distance away from the building for a little conversation. Georgiana began by observing, “What a thought-provoking sermon we heard today! I wish the church services back at home were half as interesting. What did you think of it, Miss Lawson?”

“I do not know,” the girl answered sheepishly. Then, lowering her voice, she added with a giggle, “To tell the truth, I did not hear half the sermon. Perhaps if Mr. Grey were not quite so handsome, I might have benefited more from his preaching.”

“God must truly have smiled upon this parish to have sent such a clergyman to Hunsford,” laughed Georgiana.

The three ladies continued their cheerful discourse until Miss Lawson was called away by her father, who was most anxious to return home as soon as possible so that he might have some luncheon.

Once they were alone, Anne said to her cousin:

“My thoughts have often returned to Friday’s assembly, and to Mr. Grey in particular. You know, he sought my hand for the first dance, and afterwards, he did not dance again for the rest of the evening even though he admitted to being very fond of the pastime. Instead, he kept me company for quite some time; you may remember that I was obliged to rest after the fist dance and did not have the strength to tread another measure until the end of the evening in the Boulanger. That Mr. Grey should have danced with me alone at the ball awakened a hope that he may perhaps regard me as more than just the daughter of his employer.”

“Anne, he did ask me to stand up with him, but I declined because I was already engaged to dance with Sir Matthew.”

Observing that her cousin looked quite downcast at this admission, Georgiana hastened to reassure her:

“But Anne, his asking me to dance does not mean that he prefers my company. Mr. Grey hardly spoke to me all evening, whereas I observed that he conversed at length with you.”

“Yes, that is true,” Anne brightened. “If only I had more opportunities to talk to him! Other than in church or occasionally at Rosings, I never see him, and when I do, Mama is always with me, so I hardly dare speak at all.”

“Well, that does present a difficulty, but it is one that can be overcome with a little effort,” said Georgiana. “Why do we not invite Mr. Grey to go for a walk with us this afternoon? Sir Matthew and I thought to take a stroll in the forest today after church, but we had to put off the plan because Elizabeth wants to call on Mrs. Collins instead, and so she cannot chaperone us. But now you and Mr. Grey could accompany us instead!”

Anne was delighted at the idea. In a burst of uncharacteristic boldness, Georgiana approached the curate, and with Anne standing quietly beside her, she invited the gentleman to join them on their walk. However, in her eagerness to arrange the outing, Georgiana forgot to mention that Sir Matthew would be with them also, and the clergyman therefore formed the erroneous impression that he alone would accompany the ladies on their forest walk.

Mr. Grey was very surprised to receive Georgiana’s invitation. Indeed, he could not account for the unexpected attention. Perhaps Miss Darcy wished to discuss religion during the walk? But then, she had made no mention of spiritual matters. A thought came into his mind, and was bolstered by Georgiana’s warm smile, that maybe Mrs. Townsend was mistaken as to the degree of regard that Miss Darcy and Sir Matthew had for each other. Perhaps the imminent union between them was nothing but idle gossip? Needless to say, Mr. Grey received a rude shock when, arriving at the appointed hour, he discovered that Sir Matthew Leigh was one of the party. Still, the clergyman determined not to be too hasty in making unpleasant conclusions.

Anne could hardly believe that she had taken the daring step of seeking out Mr. Grey’s society. Suddenly overcome with shyness, however, she could not bring herself even to look at him but instead stayed doggedly and silently by her cousin’s side. Awkward and diffident though she felt, Anne was filled with anticipation and excitement and would not have given up this opportunity for the world.

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About the Author

Alice Isakova

Born in Eastern Europe, Alice Isakova spent the latter part of her childhood in the United States before finally settling in Australia. There she obtained a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and won multiple university prizes for outstanding academic achievement.

Alice now lives with her family in rural Tasmania. She spends her free time either writing or pursuing her passion for fitness, especially the disciplines of rhythmic gymnastics, yoga, and ballet. Georgiana Darcy: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is Alice Isakova’s first book.

Find Alice on Amazon | Goodreads

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Giveaway

Alice is generously offering 5 ebook copies of Georgiana Darcy to my readers. This giveaway is open internationally through Sunday, October 7, 2018. To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. The winners will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post. Good luck!

Thank you, Alice, for being my guest today and for sharing that lovely excerpt. Congratulations on the release of Georgiana Darcy!

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