Friday, 4 November 2016


Book Description

When Colonel Fitzwilliam’s disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to consider an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr Darcy.

Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love? Would she be trapped in a marriage of convenience while events conspire to divide them? Or would love grow as, day by day and hour after hour, she learns to understand the man she married, before she loses his trust and his heart?

On the cover

The portrait on Joana’s new book is titled Portrait of Miss Frances Vinicombe
It’s an oil on canvas that measures 92x71 cm. The portrait painting, ranked 2nd most prestigious genre by the French Académie de peinture et de sculpture, depicts the visual appearance of a human subject. While portraitists often strive for exact likeness, the viewer's recognition of the subject is of primary importance. It was common for artists to alter the image to accentuate or minimize the subject's physical, psychological or social traits. Traditionally, portrait paintings have memorialized the rich and powerful. Overtime, however, it became more common for middle-class individuals to commission portraits of their families and colleagues.  

John Opie was a British landscape and portrait artist, who painted quite a few famous people, including the author, Mary Wollstonecraft. (see image below)

The Chawton House Library’s paintings come from two collections and John Opie’s work is also included here. The main collection focuses on notable women in the period 1600–1830. The Knight Collection comprises family portraits, landscapes and some Jane Austen related pieces. The paintings include portraits of the actor Elizabeth Hartley, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, poet and novelist, Amelia Opie by her husband John Opie. Here is the portrait he painted of Amelia Alderson Opie, the artist's second wife.

Cover Reveal Giveaway

The giveaway is for three winners. One will receive a paperback and two will receive an ebook of Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. They will also receive assorted Austen-related mini-gifts. The giveaways are open to international winners.

Also, as a special bonus, all Rafflecopter entrants will receive an exclusive excerpt of the book that will not be included in the Amazon sample. Joana Starnes will email these sample excerpts to entrants using their Rafflecopter email addresses.   

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Author Information

The blog tour : 

November 17/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway
November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
November 19/Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 21/ Margie's Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 22/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 23/Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving
November 25/ So Little Time... So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway
November 26Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes
November 27 / My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Guest Post & Giveaway
November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway 
December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway


Just Jane 1813 said...

Thank you, Maria, for joining this cover reveal and for helping us launch the tour soon. I hope your readers love this story as much as I did!

Joana Starnes said...

Thanks ever so much, MG, for the wonderful welcome today and for having me as your guest on the blog tour! You're so kind!! Have a lovely weekend!

Vicki H said...

I look forward to reading the excerpt. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love the cover and the premise of this story !! :)

Félicitations Joana Starnes pour la sortie de votre livre !

Je suis impatiente de découvrir comment leur mariage va évoluer et comment ils vont malgré les difficultés qu'ils vont traverser j'espère trouver l'amour !!!

Bon weekend


Anji said...

Our lady certainly has an enigmatic look about her, doesn't she? And it's very much enhanced by the black dress.

I''ve very much enjoyed the guessing games leading up to this and will have my bonnet and badge dusted off and ready for the 17th!

Suzan Lauder said...

Look out, Maria! I've brought a conga line from the other blogs, most recently Anna's, to celebrate this cover reveal and release. And wow, what a book to look forward to! Joana Starnes is a fantastic author, and everyone can't wait to read her next. We should really clone her. Thanks Maria and Joana, but we've got a few more stops to make. Join the line!

Joana Starnes said...

Thanks, Vicki! I hope you'll like it. Best wishes in the giveaway and thanks for stopping by for the cover reveal!

Joana Starnes said...

I'm ever so glad that you found the premise appealing and you liked the cover! Merci beaucoup, Miette, vous etes tres gentille! Ah, l'amour - c'est toujours la, pour lui en tout cas - mais il y a des autres problemes. La famille, l'orgoeuil, plusieurs erreurs... Merci beaucoup pour votre interet et j'espere que ca serra une bonne lecture pour vous. (Je vous en prie d’excuser l’absence des accents, mon ordinateur est peu cooperatif :) et d'excuser les erreurs aussi - il y a au mois vingt ans que je n’ai pas ecrit en francais).

Joana Starnes said...

I love that portrait, Anji, Claudine found such a gem! Mary mentioned still waters running deep, and that the lady seems sad but determined, which fits perfectly with the story.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the guessing game! It was wonderful to see you there and I loved your comments!

Oh yes, the bonnet and the badge, they'll definitely come in handy, don't leave them at home if you're coming on the blog tour :D Hope you will! Thanks again for your wonderful support, you're amazing!

Joana Starnes said...

Many thanks, Suzan, for the ever so kind words and the cheerful Conga, what fun that was!!! Hope you're not too tired now after all that dancing. Take care and all the best!

Sonja said...

Love the cover. The portraits are beautiful!

Joana Starnes said...

So glad, Sonja! Many thanks and thanks for visiting.

Jeanna Massman said...

I love all the beautiful portraits. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anubha said...

This seems super interesting. Received the excerpt excited to read it :D

Anubha said...

This seems super interesting. Received the excerpt excited to read it :D

Joana Starnes said...

A pleasure, Jeanna! I'm so glad you loved the portraits. Many thanks for stopping by to see them and best of luck in the giveaway!

Joana Starnes said...

Wonderful to hear the cover reveal post caught your eye, Anubha, and so happy to hear you were looking forward to reading the excerpt. I hope you liked it. All the best and good luck,

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cover, portraits and the book sounds great too :) All my best, Kirsten