Thank you, Maria Grazia, for having me here at My Jane Austen Book Club and allowing your readers to have a glimpse of my new book – my first and only book so far.
Years ago when I began this story, I did it in response to a story I had read that had haunted me for weeks after finishing it. The story in question is A New Leaf by Teg. In her story, Darcy marries another lady and Elizabeth is left on her own. Needless to say, Darcy and Elizabeth did not have a happy ending which left me unfulfilled and unhappy. I emailed the author and asked her if she had plans to rewrite with an alternate ending. She said she did not, and that gave me the idea for How to Mend a Broken Heart.
For my peace of mind, I set about to concoct a story to satisfy my need for a happy ending for Darcy and Elizabeth when the obstacle of an engagement to another stands between them. While there is the angst of the original story, the reader will be left with a much more satisfying ending. This current version has been reworked and has evolved from the story which I posted online years ago.
The story depicts the need of a man to rectify a mistake he made years ago by not properly courting the woman he loves which led to his broken heart. The fact that he is now engaged to be married to someone other than his one true love stands in the way of mending by his heart and winning the heart of the woman he had thought he lost. This is the story based on the characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
The story begins three years after Mr. Darcy’s failed proposal at Hunsford. He has not seen Elizabeth Bennet since that night. In fact, he has lost track of her and has spent much of the past few years searching for her. When he finally gives up the search, he becomes reacquainted with a former flame. As a lonely and heartbroken man, he finally recognizes the need to move forward with his life or waste his life away. Virginia Wagstaff, a widow, is someone he once courted before she married his friend. A beautiful and voluptuous woman willing to ease his loneliness makes his decision to propose to her an easy one.
However, soon after his engagement is announced, he goes to visit his aunt, the Dowager Lady Matlock, and finds Elizabeth Bennet her guest. One would think he would be upset to find the woman who broke his heart in such close proximity, but he only sees it as a chance to win her favorable opinion of him which he was unable to gain three years ago.
His pursuit of Miss Bennet brings about a complication as Elizabeth begins to develop fond feelings for the man she previously rejected. Now Darcy, Elizabeth and Virginia Wagstaff are caught in a triangle that does not bode well for any of their futures. It is a sticky wicket that each of these characters must find their own way through.
I hope you read How to Mend a Broken Heart and find out how Elizabeth and Darcy overcome what appears to be insurmountable obstacles to finally achieve their happily ever after. I think you will find it a rewarding journey with enough angst and difficulties along the way to make it an interesting read.
This story is a non-canon variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and is meant for mature audiences.
About the book
Three years after Mr. Darcy’s disastrous marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, they meet again. Due to an unexpected twist of fate, Elizabeth finds herself a guest in the home of the Mr. Darcy’s aunt, the Dowager Lady Matlock. Long believing Elizabeth lost to him, Darcy has recently proposed marriage to an old flame, the widow of his friend. Now newly engaged Darcy encounters Elizabeth again and realizes she still owns his heart.
Although bound by honour to another, Darcy sets out to improve Elizabeth’s opinion of him. Tension mounts between Darcy and Elizabeth in that pursuit, and Darcy’s betrothed begins to see Elizabeth as a threat to her upcoming marriage. How will Darcy and Elizabeth ever reach their happily ever after?
How to Mend a Broken Heart is a non-canon variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and is intended for mature readers.
L.S. Parsons recently retired from a major computer company where she was employed as an Information Technology Specialist. She lives with her husband of 30 + years in the DFW area of Texas. They have one dog. She has been writing Pride and Prejudice fan fiction for over ten years, mainly as a hobby.
How to Mend a Broken Heart Blog Tour Schedule
3/21: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club
3/22: Excerpt & Giveaway at Romance Novel Giveaways
3/23: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
3/24: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars
3/25: Guest Post & Giveaway at Skipping Midnight
3/26: Review at From Milton to Pemberley
3/26: Excerpt & Giveaway at Liz’s Reading Life
3/27: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of A Bookworm
3/28: Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
3/29: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
3/30: Review at Just Jane 1813
3/31: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time…
4/1: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews
4/1: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day
4/2: Review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice
4/3: Excerpt & Giveaway at Jennifer Vido
4/4: Review at Diary of an Eccentric