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It’s a busy time of year! School is wrapping up, people are making their summer plans, and I’m furiously editing a book. If you haven’t checked out the preview of Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 at Austen Variations, click on the chapter to give it a read! In the meantime, what can I tell you without giving away vital bits of the book. I can give you one hint with the blurb!

“I have endured the deepest agony, only to be shown a hope so bright I cannot but yearn for it.”

Fitzwilliam Darcy is mourning the love he lost—a love that was never allowed to bloom. What will become of him when Georgiana is wed, and he is left by himself? He cannot give away a heart not his own. Must he remain in this mournful existence, anticipating the nights to come, where in his dreams, he can finally be with Elizabeth, a spectre of his once living, breathing beloved. When a surprise visitor brings unexpected news, his hope is breathed back to life. Will he finally obtain his deepest desires? Will Fitzwilliam Darcy be able to leave behind the agony of the past and hope for the future he once thought impossible?

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Elizabeth Bennet’s family is irrevocably altered. Her father is dead, Lydia is missing, and her mother and remaining sisters are to be relegated to a life of poverty. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s behaviour at Pemberley indicates he still loves her, but too much has happened. She can never hope for him to once again make the offer of his hand. Elizabeth’s sole option is to abandon the life she once led and start anew. But what happens when her path once again crosses with the love she thought lost to her? Will Elizabeth choose to protect him with the one option available to her or will she put aside the agony of the past and choose hope?

The book is just under 70K words but because of the timeline of the story, there is a bit of steam but no explicit scenes. We’ll just have to see what unfolds. I hope you’re up for it!

Release date is June 15!

Next week’s chapter will post here on Tuesday!

12 thoughts on “Publication Update: Agony and Hope

  1. Glynis says:

    Oh please Elizabeth, don’t choose to protect him as he would prefer to be with you! OMG I’m already stressed worrying about the two of them! June 15th? Well I suppose that’s not TOO far away?
    I hope all goes as planned Leslie and you can sit back and relax! 😉 oh and maybe write the next one while you’re sitting there! 😂

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    1. Hey, but you now know she’s alive 🙂 Still a lot of questions, but you had to know I wouldn’t kill E. If I had, who would he end up with? Kitty? hahaha! Thanks, Glynis!


  2. Marie H says:

    There really never was any doubt, but—whew! (wipes brow)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A few people seemed nervous 🙂 Thanks, Marie!


  3. caroleincanada says:

    I am half agony half hope just waiting for the release date! Will the paperback be out on June 15th too?


    1. That’s the plan! I just got back the last three chapters, which I’m going to work up and add to the final draft. That goes back for one more read through, probably this evening. My proofreaders are usually pretty swift, so I can start formatting the paperback once I have the corrections in. Otherwise, I’m correcting multiple manuscripts. It gets a bit crazy. That’s why I gave myself a few weeks. Thanks, Carole!


  4. Yay! We have a release date! Excited to read it! Even more excited to know Elizabeth is not dead. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yay! It’s now up for preorder!


  5. suzanlauder says:

    I love the blurb! Angst, angst, angst! You have us all wanting this book sooner than later!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The blurb seemed to come together. I hope so anyway! Glad you love it 🙂 Thanks, Suzan!


  6. sheilalmajczan says:

    I look forward to reading this story. Now I have to go back and read the chapters posted. I am behind in reading blogs I receive as I am caught up in several fascinating stories. Stay safe and well. Best wishes with the release.

    Liked by 1 person

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