Saturday, 10 May 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON ... MONICA FAIRVIEW'S MR DARCY'S PLEDGE + GIVEAWAY

Mr Darcy's Pledge

Torn between his heart and his mind… Mr. Darcy must make a choice.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been able to keep his emotions under control. That is, until he falls under the spell of Elizabeth Bennet and surprises himself by blurting out a proposal to her like a moonstruck youth. Stung to the quick by her rejection, his pride in tatters, and left with no possibility that she will ever return his regard, Darcy determines to put all thoughts of Elizabeth behind him. But not even Town with its boundless opportunities for amusement can keep the image of Elizabeth Bennet from pursuing him everywhere he goes.

By the time Darcy leaves Town to travel up to Pemberley, he has learned one thing. There is only one way of overcoming Miss Bennet’s bewitching hold over him and Darcy is desperate enough to try it. The solution is to get married. And this time, he is not going to choose a wife by allowing his emotions to lead him by the nose.

His choice will be entirely rational…


In Volume I of this Pride and Prejudice variation, Monica Fairview traces Mr. Darcy’s journey as he struggles to come to terms with the upheaval Elizabeth Bennet has caused in his life…and his heart.

Read an excerpt

It was a warm, sticky night, one of those summer nights when, even with the windows open, it was difficult to breathe.  When Darcy finally managed to drift off, after what seemed like hours of waiting in vain for sleep to overcome him, a thunderclap roused him. He trudged to the windows to close them. The rain provided no relief from the heat; quite the opposite. With the windows closed, the room grew even more oppressive.
His brief periods of slumber were flooded with torrid dreams that ended in disappointment. In one particularly vivid dream, he thought Elizabeth was running towards him, but as he reached out to embrace her, he realized she was looking behind him at Wickham. In the dream, he was compelled to look on as Wickham came forward to seize her and plant his lips on hers.
Darcy sat up in his bed and ran his hands over his face in despair. Now both Wickham and Elizabeth were invading his dreams. Even if he was able to control his thoughts in the daytime, he could not control them at night.
It simply would not do. Something had to be done about it before long or he feared for his sanity.
The only way he would be able to forget Elizabeth was to replace her with a real-life bride. The problem was he did not wish to be hasty in his choice. He could not allow himself to be ruled either by passion or desperation. He wanted to choose calmly and rationally.
What then was he waiting for?
The sooner he decided what an ideal bride for Pemberley should be like, the sooner he could begin his search.Full of determination, he rose and dressed without the assistance of his valet. Sequestering himself in the library, he sat at his desk, sharpened a quill, and began to write.List of Requirements for a Wife

Monica Fairview


Monica Fairview is an ex-literature professor who abandoned teaching criticism about long gone authors who can’t defend themselves in order to write novels of her own. Monica can be described as a wanderer, opening her eyes to life in London and travelling ever since. She spent many years in the USA before coming back full circle to London, thus proving that the world is undeniably round. 

Monica’s first novel, An Improper Suitor, a humorous Regency, was short-listed for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hassayan prize. Since then, she has written two traditional Jane Austen sequels: The Other Mr. Darcy and The Darcy Cousins (both published by Sourcebooks) and contributed a short sequel to Emma in Laurel Ann Nattress’s anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It > (Ballantine). 



Originally a lover of everything Regency, Monica has since discovered that the Victorian period can be jolly good fun, too, if seen with retro-vision and rose-colored goggles. She adores Jane Austen, Steampunk, cats, her husband and her impossible child. 

If you'd like to find out more about Monica, you can find her at 




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42 comments:

Angie said...

Poor Darcy, he'll have to come to his senses properly though, because we have to have our HEA! Sounds like a good read. It's already on my wish list. Would love to win a copy. Thanks to you both for the giveaway

Monica Fairview said...

Thank you, Maria, for this opportunity to visit your blog!

Monica Fairview said...

Angie -- I hope so, too! Glad you have it on your list.

Monica Hernandez said...

Already on my wishlist. Getting ready to read The Other Mr. Darcy. Can't wait to read this one.

Monica Fairview said...

Hello Monica Hernandez, pleased to meet you. Let me know what you think about The Other Mr. Darcy as well.

Jen Red said...

Oh Monica, This excerpt sounds wonderful, I'm going to check it out now. Thanks, Jen Red

Joana Starnes said...

I just adore stories that start bad for Darcy, and then get worse before they get better. I'm a bit worried about this sadistic tendency, but what's to do :D

Thanks for writing this great story Monica and hurry up with Vol II :)

J Dawn King said...

Monica, these little nibbles whet my appetite for more. However, I am determined to wait for vol. 2 so I can devour the whole story in one sitting. Hmmmm... I must be hungry as I am using food metaphors.

I agree with Joana - hurry up! Please!

Deborah Ann said...

I am looking forward to reading this book and eagerly awaiting the release of Vol. 2 so I can see how D & E get to their happy ending. I have not yet read The Other Mr. Darcy, but plan to, especially since, in researching my husband's family tree found that he I descended from the Darcys who came over to England with William the Conqueror and so in a way my husband is a very distant American Cousin.

Monica Fairview said...

Wow, Deborah Ann!! That's so exciting! I knew Darcy has American cousins!!

Monica Fairview said...

Jen -- thanks for that. Glad to hear it!

Monica Fairview said...

Joanna and Dawn -- thanks for stopping by!!

Vesper Meikle said...

I would like to find out who is good enough for Darcy if Elizabeth isn't.

Valerie said...

I have this on my to-read list... who doesn't just LOVE anything "Darcy & Elizabeth"??
Thank you for the giveaway!! :)

Monica Fairview said...

Thank you, Valerie, and I'm in total agreement. We all LOVE to reimagine Darcy and Elizabeth -- either as readers or writers!

Monica Fairview said...

Vesper -- aha, that's the tricky part, isn't it? Thank you for stopping by.

Wendy Norris Roberts said...

I would love this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

lololiota5411 said...

Sounds like a wonderful P & P variation. One I'll look forward to reading!

Monica Fairview said...

Thank you, lololiota and Wendy. Thank you for visiting!

Lia Christo said...

I love to read all about Jane Austen and her works. When I read the synopsis of this book, I was very interested in knowing more of the story. Love Mr. Darcy!

MaryAnn Nagy said...

I have been reading P & P variations for about 1 l/2 years and have read about 150 novels. Read Jane Austen as a child and now I'm hooked on these novels. I hope all the authors keep writing because they are all so interesting and vary in content. Thanks!

Euridice said...

I like reading P&P variations and your book sound really interesting

Paula Cabral said...

I think Monica did it again! Another wonderful P&P variation. And the cover is soooo beautiful. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway

Monica Fairview said...

Paula -- it's so lovely of you to say so! Thank you.

Monica Fairview said...

MaryAnne and Euridice -- there's something special about JA variations isn't there? I'm glad you stopped by to find out about Mr. Darcy's Pledge. Good luck with winning!

Monica Fairview said...

Lia -- you've clearly come to the right place because I'm sure everyone agrees with you. Mr. Darcy is the ultimate gentleman.

Maria said...

Easy question :) I'm addicted to anything Austen and I'm so eager to discover who is worthy of Darcy's love if not Elizabeth! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

Monica Fairview said...

Hello Maria. Anything Austen sounds good. Thank you for leaving a comment!

cyn209 said...

Darcy...........that's enough for me!!!!
congrats, Monica@@@

Monica Fairview said...

Cyn -- very happy to see you here. Yes, Darcy's the one!

Chiara Lanzi said...

This except is amazing!!! I love your books and I look forward to read this one too. Thanks for the giveaway.

Monica Fairview said...

Thank you, Chiara, for your nice comment. I'm happy to hear that you've read my other books. Good luck!

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt; the book sounds interesting

Tamara said...

This story looks so good and when I read ceri's review, that said Miss Elinor Marshall was the most beautiful women he had seen, my heart sank for Elizabeth. Look forward to reading it!

_snitchbitch said...

Always a fan of Monica Fairview's books - can't wait to add another one to my bookshelf!

Monica Fairview said...

Awww -- thank you for saying so, -snitchbitch. Good luck!

Monica Fairview said...

Tamara -- it's lovely to see you here as well. Yes, there's a touch of danger there, I have to admit it.

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