"Entertaining" - HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A MAN YOU THOUGHT YOU HATED by Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth Adams shares her latest Austenesque tale filled with humor, romance, and a dash of what makes her writing so special.
How to Fall in Love with a Man You Thought You Hated
For Elizabeth Bennet, Charlotte is the friend who is—annoyingly—always right. Colonel Fitzwilliam is the mischievous brother she never had. And if their convictions that Mr. Darcy is in love with her are correct, he could be the lover she’s always wanted.
There’s only one problem—he tried to ruin her favorite sister’s life, and she made an absolute fool of herself in front of him.
Can lasting happiness come out of such a beginning? And can a man die from chasing a woman too quick to be caught? Darcy is about to find out.
Enjoy an Excerpt
Elizabeth had had the strangest dream. She had been crying in Rosings’ gardens with Colonel Fitzwilliam, then she had flirted quite brazenly with Mr. Darcy in Charlotte’s parlor! Never had her dreams been so vivid, nor so full of eligible men.
She awoke shortly after dawn—for she had gone to bed at sunset—with a prodigious thirst. She felt somewhat similar to mornings after a party where she drank too much wine, but she had not had anything at all last night. In fact, she could not remember even eating dinner. Her stomach made a loud grumbling noise and she quickly dressed and put up her hair before skipping down to the kitchen. A village woman came to the parsonage to cook most days and was generally there early in the morning to bake bread. She had been very kind to Elizabeth and often packed her a scone or muffin to take with her on her walks.
“You’re up early, Miss.”
“I believe I went to bed rather early.”
“Molly said you had an upset yesterday. I hope all is well with your family.”
“Yes, everyone is well, thank you,” said Elizabeth hesitantly. What upset was Mrs. Hopkins referring to?
“I’m glad to hear it, Miss.” She pulled a tin of muffins from the oven and set them on the worktable to cool. “I suppose you’ll be wanting to take some of those on your walk?”
Mrs. Hopkins was wrapping a few muffins when Molly came in.
“Are ya feelin’ better, Miss?”
Elizabeth looked at her in confusion. “I am quite well, Molly. Why would you expect otherwise?”
“You were awful upset yesterday. And then the gentleman came to see ya and you went straight to bed before it were full dark!”
Elizabeth felt the floor tilt beneath her and grabbed the back of a chair.
“Have a care now, Miss!” cried Mrs. Hopkins. She pulled out the chair and guided Elizabeth to sit down.
“What gentleman, Molly?” she asked, dreading the answer.
“Why, Mr. Darcy, of course. Do you not remember?” asked Molly.
Elizabeth fell back in the chair and was vaguely aware of Mrs. Hopkins telling Molly to bring her a cup of tea and that good lady chafing her hands.
“There, there, dear. It’s nothing that can’t be solved. All will be well soon enough.”
Elizabeth turned to face Mrs. Hopkins with a desolate expression. It was all coming back to her now. She had sat in the dirt and cried with Colonel Fitzwilliam. And she had flirted with Mr. Darcy in Charlotte’s parlor. It had not been a dream. He had called her ‘my sweet,’ and held her hand, and looked into her eyes quite intimately.
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Excerpt Copyright ©Elizabeth Adams. Shared with permission.
Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand. She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.
You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at www.EAdamsWrites.com.
Genre: Historical Romance/Austenesque
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Content Rating: PG
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