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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Virginia Kohl to Diary of an Eccentric for the first time. She’s here to share an excerpt from her Jane Austen-inspired novel, True Love Comes to Delaford. I love coming across variations that are inspired by an Austen novel other than Pride and Prejudice, so I just had to add this one to my wish list. Please give Virginia a warm welcome!

My introduction to Jane Austen and the Regency era was through her first novel Sense and Sensibility. From the beginning, my favorite characters were Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood. I loved the genuine respect and esteem they had for one another. It was easy to imagine this devoted friendship developing into a lasting love match. True Love Comes to Delaford is their story.

In this excerpt, Colonel Brandon says goodbye to Miss Dashwood after their initial meeting:

Standing with his hosts and their guests, Colonel Brandon briefly reflected on the contrast made by Mrs. Dashwood’s eldest daughters. Miss Marianne was the taller, more heavyset of the sisters. Miss Dashwood was petite with, he could not help but notice, pleasing delicate features. After politely helping each to their seat, he came to the last of the ladies. Spotting the title of the book tucked under her arm, he took her other hand.

“I have read that novel. There are some very interesting facets to the plot. If you wish to discuss them once you have finished, it would be my pleasure, Miss Dashwood.”

His warm smile reached his eyes. When they focused upon someone, the individual was well aware they had all of his attention.

Elinor felt the heat rise in her cheeks for the second time that night.

“Thank you. I look forward to it, Colonel.”

The warmth and unexpected pleasure he felt from having her hand in his would stay with him long after the evening had ended.

If you enjoyed this excerpt, True Love Comes to Delaford is available in both Kindle and trade paperback.

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About True Love Comes to Delaford

Elinor Dashwood’s father dies, leaving the fate of his family in the hands of two self-serving vultures. With diminished chances of making a respectable match and several uneventful Seasons behind her, the fiercely independent, bibliophile focuses on helping her family adjust to their new life. However, as her friendship with an honorable gentleman grows, the twenty-year-old begins experiencing feelings she never thought possible. When Colonel Brandon resigned from the army to become the master of his family’s estate, he thought his best days were behind him. For years, the bachelor of five-and-thirty has successfully avoided every attempt of his well-meaning friends to find him a suitable wife. Although, he soon finds himself questioning his long-held beliefs regarding his single status, when Miss Dashwood strolls into his life. In this refreshing whimsy, Virginia Kohl explores the possibility of Elinor Dashwood and Colonel Brandon’s devoted friendship turning into more.

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About the Author

Virginia Kohl

Virginia Kohl has been fascinated with the regency era since discovering Jane Austen’s works at the age of eleven. While others dreamt of Willoughby, it was Colonel Brandon who stole Virginia’s heart from the very beginning. Originally from Germany, she shares her Texas home with her illustrator mother and faithful rescue dog. When not passing her love of learning on to her students, this college math professor enjoys reading, writing, and being an active member of her local writer’s guild.

Virginia Kohl can be reached at www.virginiakohl.com and www.facebook.com/VirginiaKohl3

Her debut novel can be found at www.amazon.com/author/virginiakohl and www.goodreads.com/author/show/17214552.Virginia_Kohl

The accompanying tea blend can be found at www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=127735

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Giveaway

Virginia is generously offering a Kindle copy of True Love Comes to Delaford to one lucky reader (open internationally). To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. This giveaway will be open through Sunday, May 27, 2018. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post. Good luck!

Thank you, Virginia, for being my guest today! I hope you will visit again soon!

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