Sunday, July 28, 2019

His Choice of a Wife by Heather Moll ~ Review + Excerpt

Title: His Choice of a Wife
Author: Heather Moll
Genre: Austenesque
Publisher: Meryton Press
Release Date: July 16th, 2019
Number of Pages: 323
Format Read: Kindle ebook

I have debut author Heather Moll on the blog today with her book His Choice of a Wife and an excerpt from the book.

Book Blurb: When a man’s honor is at stake, what is he willing to risk for the woman he loves?

After a disastrous marriage proposal and the delivery of an illuminating letter, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet hope never to lay eyes on one another again. When a chance meeting in Hunsford immediately throws them in each other’s way, Darcy realizes his behavior needs correcting, and Elizabeth starts to appreciate his redeeming qualities. But is it enough to forgive the past and overcome their prejudices?

Jane and Bingley’s possible reconciliation and Lydia’s ill-conceived trip to Brighton pose their own challenges for two people struggling to find their way to love. When scandalous news threatens their chance at happiness, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s new bond be shattered, or will their growing affection hold steadfast?

My Review: When I was first contacted about reviewing this book I thought it sounded familiar to me. As I started to get further into the book I realized why it was so familiar I had read it on A Happy Assembly awhile ago. I obviously only remember parts of it so it was nice to re-read this book. I really enjoyed it and I loved this Darcy but he was very out of character in this book as was Lizzy. I didn't hate that though. Wickham keeps to his character though.

I really recommend reading this book if you enjoy a Darcy that doesn't care about social standing and pursues his Lizzy no matter what.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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Thank you for hosting me Tina. I’m delighted to be here today to share an excerpt from His Choice of a Wife with you and your readers. After what happens between them following Hunsford and a few meetings in London, Darcy hopes that he might have a second chance with Elizabeth. The following happens after Darcy has ridden from London to see Elizabeth. He’s just observed Lydia’s rather … exuberant response to being invited to go to Brighton.



Darcy was sure this invitation was the death warrant of all possibility of common sense for Miss Lydia Bennet. The improprieties of her general behavior shocked him. His instinct told him to take his leave or, barring that, remove himself to the window. However, that would not endear him to Elizabeth, and he was determined to please her.

As he sat calculating the distance between Pemberley and Longbourn, Darcy realized that he had been addressed by Mrs. Bennet. Not wanting to appear inattentive, he promptly agreed with whatever had been asked of him. He realized he had been invited to walk out with Mrs. Bennet’s daughters.

“Go, my dears, and show Mr. Darcy about the different walks.” Miss Lydia declared herself eager to call at the Lucases’ to make known her good fortune while Miss Catherine was still sitting next to Darcy, weeping from vexation and envy and was not fit to be seen. Elizabeth and Miss Bennet rose to collect their bonnets and gloves when Mrs. Bennet spoke again.

“Lizzy, you need not go. Lydia will call on Lucas Lodge, and Jane may accompany Mr. Darcy on a walk.”

“I would rather accompany Lydia!” Miss Bennet said quickly. “Lizzy may show him the hermitage.”

Mrs. Bennet replied it was not necessary and again entreated Mr. Darcy to walk with Jane.

“Mamma, I would happily go with Mr. Darcy!” Elizabeth said.

“Yes, my dear, but I say you need not.” Mrs. Bennet winked at Elizabeth, who looked appalled.

“Mrs. Bennet, I would enjoy Miss Elizabeth’s particular company should she choose to walk out.” Darcy then rose to collect his hat and gloves. He knew his manner with Mrs. Bennet had turned cold, but Elizabeth was distressed, and he would do what was needed to remove her from this situation. He would explain himself outside should she accuse him of being uncivil.

Miss Bennet passed down the hall to retrieve her parasol while Darcy waited for the ladies. The door to the parlor remained open, and he heard Elizabeth speaking to her mother in hushed tones.

“What is your meaning?”

“Lizzy, you need not spend time in the company of that man. Not handsome enough to dance with, indeed! You may not have Jane’s beauty nor Lydia’s liveliness, but I shall not have it be said that I instructed you to walk out with a disagreeable man who dislikes you.”

“Mamma, please! Mr. Darcy will hear you! And he does not dislike me.”

“What is Mr. Darcy to me, indeed to any of us? We owe him no particular civility other than he is friend to Mr. Bingley, who we all believe will do nicely for Jane. Mr. Darcy has done nothing to recommend himself.”

“For heaven’s sake, speak lower. There is no advantage for you to offend Mr. Darcy. His reason for calling is to further his acquaintance with me!”

“I find it difficult to believe that you would suit his fancy. I thought he might have come for Jane, but he does not appear to fancy her either.” Darcy heard a loud exhalation and swift footsteps that grew louder.

By the way she looked at him as she entered the hall, Darcy knew Elizabeth was aware of his overhearing. Miss Bennet returned with her parasol, and Miss Lydia bounded out the door still gleeful about traveling to Brighton.

Elizabeth did not speak but eyed him with serious scrutiny. Her fingers played with her watch chain, and she appeared restless. She was embarrassed, and he wondered whether she feared the loss of his esteem due to her mother. In his mind, he weighed three foolish sisters and their mother against the elder Miss Bennet and the Gardiners. He had already decided he would not be deterred because of her connections; Elizabeth’s happiness was worth every effort he could put forth.

I shall have to love her mother for Elizabeth’s sake and have her happiness be as dear to me as that of my own mother, rest her soul; I shall have to love all of them. Dwelling on the undeniable difference between his and Elizabeth’s relations would only drive them apart.


I hope you’re curious as to what is going through Elizabeth’s mind and what Darcy says to Elizabeth when they’re finally alone. Find out what happens next at Savvy Wit and Verse on July 31.

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Author Bio: Heather Moll is an avid reader with a B.A. in European history and a M.A. in library science, so it is astonishing that she did not discover Jane Austen until her late-twenties. Making up for lost time, she devoured all of Austen’s novels, her letters, and unpublished works, joined JASNA, and spent far too much time researching the Regency era. She is thrilled to have found fellow Janeites and the JAFF community, if only to prove that her interests aren’t so strange after all. Heather is a former librarian turned stay-at-home mother who struggles to find time for all of the important things, like reading and writing.

Contact Info:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherMollAuthor/
Twitter Author Page: https://twitter.com/HMollAuthor?lang=en
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Moll/e/B07V5KLGB8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/HeatherMoll

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22 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review and for hosting a giveaway. I hope all of your readers enjoy the excerpt and are eager to find out what happens next!

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  2. So what has Mary done to be counted as part of the 'Three Foolish Sisters'

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    1. That’s canon Mr. Bennet for you. A real gem of a father. Mary doesn’t exactly show herself to any advantage here, though. I’m so pleased you’re curious Vesper!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Tina, and for hosting Heather and another awesome excerpt. I love it when an excerpt continues on another blog! Looking forward to continuing on Savvy Verse & Wit!

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  4. Thank you, Tina and Heather. I enjoyed both the review and the excerpt. I am interested in seeing what twists and turns are in store for this story

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    1. I hope you enjoy it Kelly! Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Oh good! Be sure to check out what happens next on the 31 at Savvy Verse and Wit.

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  6. Oh interesting! I always love hearing Darcy's perspective. Can't wait to read the next bit!

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    1. It’s so fun to get into Darcy’s head! Thanks Brigid!

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  7. As always, great review ;) Look forward to reading the rest of the scene.

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    1. I’m glad it piqued your interest Maria! Thanks for stopping by:)

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  8. I really enjoyed the excerpt. It seems to be an interesting story. I am looking forward to reading the entire book.

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    1. Thanks so much Deborah Ann! I hope you enjoy reading it :)

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  9. Enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to finding out what happens next.

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    1. Be sure to check it out 😍 thanks for reading!

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  10. I loved the excerpt and review. Steady and devoted Darcy is my favorite. Congratulations on the release of this book.

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    1. I love a devoted Darcy too, Kate. I think you’ll really like him in His Choice of a Wife. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour.

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  11. You have selected a wonderful excerpt, Heather. As usual Mrs Bennet can't keep her opinion to herself and blab out her thoughts on Mr Darcy. However it's very magnanimous of him to treat Elizabeth's mother as his own.

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    1. I’m so pleased that you liked it :) I think it shows growth in Darcy’s part that he knows has to embrace all of the Bennets if he wants to have a family with Elizabeth. Thank you for reading!

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