Friday, 27 March 2015

SO FAR AWAY BY P.O. DIXON - READ AN EXCERPT AND WIN A COPY!

From the Author

I am happy for the chance to visit My Jane Austen Book Club once again to share an excerpt from my newest release, So Far Away. Thank you so much, Maria Grazia!

In Lady Elizabeth: Everything Will Change Book One, Darcy made an astonishing discovery that set him on a course destined to change Elizabeth’s life forever. So Far Away: Everything Will Change Book Two centers upon the aftermath of Darcy’s discovery.


The Book



So Far Away: Everything Will Change Book Two

Now that Elizabeth knows the truth about her past, she has returned to Longbourn. Wanting to reclaim her rightful place in the lives of her Bennet relations, she needs time before considering a life far away in Derbyshire with Mr. Darcy.

He promised he would wait for her for as long as it takes. With so much distance between the two of them the question soon became how long is too long.

When at last Darcy and Elizabeth are reunited in Hertfordshire, allegations and misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart. The question now becomes how much is too much.



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Chapter 1 - Home Again


Excerpt (Reprinted with Author’s Permission. All Rights Reserved.)

In this, the first chapter of the next part of Elizabeth’s life, it must be said that some things were just meant to be. Others simply were not. Were she asked if she had the power of turning back the hands of time, Elizabeth would be hard pressed to fashion a fitting response with certitude. Returning to the bosom of the Bennet family was meant to be a happy occasion. Pray she would soon realize what a blessing it was—for the Bennets as well as herself. However, it was hardly a blessing to have her whole world turned upside down. Frightening is what it was.

Would that she never knew what it was like to grow up surrounded by such a loving family. Then the separation might not hurt so much. Even if Avery, Lady Sophia, and she remained a part of one another’s lives, things would never be the same.

The hardest part of it all was that she had no one she could speak with to sort out the confusing emotions without the risk of giving offense to someone or another. The one person who might understand a modicum of what she was suffering was far away in Derbyshire.

Tearing her eyes away from the carriage window, Elizabeth looked at her sister Jane. Catching each other’s eyes, a happy smile spread over both young ladies’ faces. Their reunion was a blessing indeed. What a joy it was to have her Jane back after all those years. From the time she learned of her true life, Elizabeth had endeavored to recall what she could of her early childhood. Glimpses of the times Jane and she had spent together as small children, though fleeting, sometimes made the briefest of returns over the past week.

Jane had been a true angel, as well as a source of prodigious information that Elizabeth duly needed to puzzle over in order to piece together what she was to expect of her new life. Then again, Jane would only provide the most flattering accounts of everything and everybody, and Elizabeth soon began to suspect her sister had a view of the world that did not completely meet with realistic sensibilities. Surely there was something of less than perfection in the world Elizabeth was set to embrace.

Elizabeth wondered about her parents, Mr. Thomas Bennet of Longbourn, and her mother, Mrs. Francine Bennet, whom she sometimes heard her aunt Mrs. Gardiner refer to as Fanny.

Fanny. What a whimsical name, Elizabeth considered upon first hearing it mentioned, which led her to suspect her mother, Mrs. Bennet, might be a bit fanciful, with hardly a care in the world about the sort of weighty concerns that often pressed upon her mother Lady Sophia.

She quietly sighed. How am I to make sense of this newfound knowledge that I have not one but two mothers? Elizabeth asked herself any number of such questions designed to give herself a modicum of assurance over what would be a rather unclear next few days, weeks, and months as she navigated the uncharted sea of uncertainty that stretched before her.

Elizabeth could hardly think about the future without her thoughts drifting once again to the past. Her mind balked at the notion of leaving everything behind. Everything she thought she knew about herself had changed, and this was only the beginning.

She stared longingly out the window.

“Pray what is the matter, my dear? You have grown rather quiet in the past ten minutes.”

Elizabeth knew not what to say in the wake of her fluctuating emotions, and thus she remained silent. She reached out her hand in welcome of Mrs. Gardner’s outstretched hand. Squeezing it, she gave her aunt a tentative smile.

Mrs. Gardiner said, “No doubt this is a great deal to comprehend and in such a short amount of time. I dare say there is no cause for unnecessary worry. Or are your thoughts in Derbyshire still, along with your heart?”

Elizabeth did not feel it was best to dwell on the matter of her heart at that moment. Saying goodbye to Mr. Darcy was far harder than she would have imagined it would be. With Avery and Lady Sophia, there was hope for a family reunion. However, in the absence of an engagement with Mr. Darcy, there was no telling when they might see each other again or even if they would see each other.

Would he wait for her? If yes, how long a wait might she consider reasonable?

How long is too long?

Then, too, there was the more weighty matter that had to do with his feelings about her true connections. Mr. Darcy had all but confessed that he did not particularly like the Bennets of Longbourn. That was but one of the reasons she had done all she could to hold at bay any proposal of marriage she suspected he was on the verge of making just before they parted at Pemberley.

How might I possibly accept a life with him when my future with my Bennet family is so uncertain?
  

42 comments:

cyn209 said...

another must-read for me!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!

schilds said...

I love all your books and look forward to reading this one as well.

junewilliams7 said...

I hate to be an opportunist, but.... if Lizzy makes Darcy wait and wait and wait, then *I* shall snatch him up! It is not fair to make him wait forever. Of course, since I have not read the book, I don't know how the dear author will handle this situation. I hope she didn't make Darcy suffer overly long!

Ceri T said...

I feel so sad for Lizzy, finding out a truth like that would completely pull the rug from under you.

tgruy said...

Sad but hopefully you will fix that. I really love your stories!

P. O. Dixon said...

It's my pleasure, Cyn209. Thanks for commenting for a chance to win! :)

P. O. Dixon said...

I truly appreciate your kind words, schilds. Thanks so much for reading and enjoying my stories! :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Darcy will take matters into his own hands, junewilliams7. :) I truly hope you'll love the story. Thanks!

P. O. Dixon said...

I agree, Ceri. This makes for a confusing time for Elizabeth as well. Thanks for commenting and thanks for sharing on FB. I hope you'll love the story!

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, tgruy. I hope you'll love this happily ever after story. :)

Sonja said...

Let's not let Darcy wait. This sounds really good!

Danielle said...

Okay I'm not sure if I am happy or sad that you posted the excerpt. I want to finish the book now!

I have read your other books and really enjoyed them so I am sure it will be the same with this one.

Danielle C

Ana MR said...

This is the only series that I have not read and the excerpt is great! :)

Patty Edmisson said...

Same for me Ana MR. I have read the other books and enjoyed them very much. Will need to add this series to my list.

Vesper Meikle said...

Lizzy is certainly going to get a shock when she meets her mother - maybe she thinks that her mother will be like Mrs Gardiner

Birdhouse Books said...

This sounds wonderful! Lady Elizabeth was a wonderful book, and I am sure this is too.

L Fujinaga said...

Can't wait to read another one of your books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Love your P&P variations. I can't get enough!
Kathy

Dung Vu said...

Oh my what an excerpt! Poor Lizzy, so much emotions going through her thoughts! Hopefully Darcy will be united with her soon!

Can't wait to read this series!

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks, Sonja! I hope you'll enjoy the story. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Danielle. I hope you'll love the story! :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks, Ana. I hope you'll love the series. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm glad you're adding the series to your list of books to be read, Patty. I truly hope you'll enjoy both books. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Let's not forget the joys that await Elizabeth when she meets Mrs. Philips and Mr. Collins. :) Thanks so much, Vesper!

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed Lady Elizabeth, Birdhouse Books. I hope you'll love So Far Away just as much. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

It's my pleasure, L Fujinaga. :) Thanks so much for reading and enjoying my books!

P. O. Dixon said...

I love hearing that, Kathy! Thanks for reading and enjoying my stories. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt and are looking forward to reading the story, Dung Vu. :) I hope you'll love it!

Pamela Hunter said...

Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway!

Judiuni said...

Oh I wish I would win this book too.

Anonymous 42 said...

Thanks for offering this giveaway

Deborah Ann said...

I have the ebook and have begun reading it. Having the paperback to place on my bookshelf would be wonderful. Thank you so much for your generosity Jane.

LouAnn LaJeunesse said...

Another on my growing Want to eEad List

P. O. Dixon said...

It's my pleasure, Pamela. Thanks for commenting. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks, Judiuni! Best of luck in the giveaway contest. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

It's my pleasure, Anonymous 42. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway contest. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks so much, Deborah Ann. I truly hope you'll love reading So Far Away. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks so much, LouAnn. I hope you'll love the story. :)

Lúthien84 said...

This is an interesting premise, Ms Dixon. In my limited reading knowledge of Austenesque titles, I've not seen a variation that deals with child kidnapping and the learning to live with the consequences of it. Thanks for coming up with so many different scenarios for my favourite literary couple.

MG, please enter me for the e-book giveaway.

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm delighted to know you enjoy the premise, Luthien84. I truly hope you will enjoy reading the story just as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

P. O. Dixon said...

A thousand thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway contest. I've truly enjoyed reading and replying to all your lovely comments. Congrats, Vesper and Marcia, winners of the ebook and paperback, respectively. Special thanks, Maria, for the guest post opportunity. It's always such a pleasure being here!

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