Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Swoon Worthy Spotlights

Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights,
Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month.
We will share the cover(s), our review(s)
and a link to each other's posts
so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

  I read some fun ones this month!
What are some books that made you swoon?



What are you swooning over?
Stop by and see which books
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Blessing by Caroline Clemmons {Review}
Blessing by Caroline Clemmons
Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Published October 1st 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Blessing is the second book in a series called The Widows Of Wildcat Ridge. An explosion and fire in the Lucky Lady Mine in Wildcat Ridge, Utah, caused a total collapse, killing an estimated 97 men.
With the death of her father last month, Blessing Odell inherited the largest ranch in that part of Utah, the Rafter O. She goes by the nickname Buster and wears men’s overalls but they can’t disguise her regal beauty and natural grace. She is also generous to the community, which is why she’s splitting proceeds from the sale of 100 horses with the widows of Wildcat Ridge.
Thad King has tracked stolen horses to the Rafter O Ranch. He’s determined to capture and see punished the horse thieves who beat his former employer before stealing his horses. He is successful in being hired to work on the ranch, but he doesn’t want to believe Buster Odell or her father had anything to do with stealing horses.
Convinced of her father’s innocence, Buster and Thad work together to discover the real culprit, even though it leads them on a dangerous journey.  

My Review: 3.5 Stars

I love a story with a strong female lead, especially set back in the past. It seems that this small town of Wildcat Ridge now has many women in positions of power due to the death of so many of their men. Blessing, who prefers to go by the name of Buster, runs one of the largest ranches in the area and she is not one to back down from trouble--and there's plenty of that going around.

Buster's leadership and friendship skills cause her to be a very courageous and kind woman and I enjoyed watching her bravery take her right into the middle of perilous situations. Her heart is naive and selfless, but she has a great rapport with those in the community.

The relationship between Buster and Thad, a new ranch hand, is pleasant, but not very fluid--especially at first. I would have loved to have a more natural progression that allowed me to believe it and fall in love alongside them, with some popping chemistry.

The mystery and danger that enshrouded the area was tense at times, but fizzled a little at others. That aside, it was a pleasant diversion and provided some fun entertainment.

Content: mild violence; mild romance (curiosity about sex, kissing)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh {Review}
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published October 30, 2018
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.
Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.
But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.
Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.

My Review: 5 Stars

I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.

It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet they're coming together once again for Elle's wedding and to remember Cassie. This book does not spell out the struggles that Elle and Lyndie have endured over the years, nor does it reveal the secrets that each hold relating to that night long ago. As the story progresses, these guilty secrets are gradually uncovered and the emotion relating to these revelations will rip and shred the heart. And what do you do when a character makes choices differently than you would? Why, you forgive them, of course!

The feelings these characters brave are raw, powerful, and vivid, but an underlying current of hope shadows the words. I was completely invested and grasped in the clutches of this book and in the lives of these characters. This is an intoxicating read and the messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and second chances are ones that will stay with you long after the last page is read.

Content: moderate romantic elements (kissing, premarital relations, a tough choice); moderate religion (grace, forgiveness, hope, repenting, etc); mild+ violence (death); underage drinking

Monday, October 29, 2018

Marrying a Spy by Anne-Marie Meyer {Review}

Marrying a Spy by Anne-Marie Meyer
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Publication: October 23, 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given. 
She's protecting her heart. He's protecting her. Their old feelings weren't supposed reignite.

Sophia feels as if she's finally been able to put her past behind her. Her father left, Noah left, and her mother and brother passed away from a suspicious car accident ten years ago. Even though she is an orphan, she has her town and her perfectly predictable life as a dentist to keep her company. That is, until Noah shows up with secrets of his own.

Noah's back after leaving Sophia and the suffocating small town. Even though he joined the military, became a pararescueman, and was recruited by the CIA, nothing seemed to blot out the memory of the only woman he's ever loved, Sophia. When his boss proposes the plan of a fake marriage to snuff out Sophia's father, he jumps at the opportunity. After all, he would only trust the job of her safety to himself—even if he is pretty sure his heart is in jeopardy of breaking.

Old feelings bubble to the surface and Sophia and Noah struggle to interpret each others actions as the lines between acting and truth become blurred. Just when they decide to be honest with each other, Sophia's father shows up and informs them, they've been compromised. Now both must decide if loving each other is worth the risks.
My Review: 4 Stars

I loved how Noah came back into Sophia's life. That first meeting after all those years was hilarious and I could almost feel the drop of her stomach and my heart went out for her--especially when she discovered the reason for his return and had to deal with the throwback to her past, the one she's tried to desperately forget.

I'm a big fan of fake marriage romances and this one was intriguing because these characters share a complicated past, full of regrets, fears, and disappointments. There is a definite danger lurking in the shadows and at times, the suspense and perilous events were just perfect, but at other times, they come off as incomplete, needing just a bit of something more.

One thing that I thought was spot on was the chemistry. The sparks are undeniable, even though their communications skills could use some work. But I enjoyed the way they gradually let go of the past and learned to trust, love, and talk, especially through the peak of the danger.

Content: mild+ romance (swoony kissing, some passionate, but nothing graphic); mild+ violence and dangerous moments; mild language

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 12: Beauty and the Horseman's Head by Holly Kelly

I'm a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--I hide in the bathroom with my laptop and lock the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. I was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until I was 13, in Texas until I was 18, and attended college in Hawaii—studying marine biology. I'm now back in Utah--"happy valley". I'm married to a wonderful husband, James, and we are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. My interests are reading, writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

I signed with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013. My first published book Rising, quickly hit the best-seller lists and has maintained its status on those lists since it's release in September 2013. The sequel in The Rising Series titled, Descending, was released in late March 2014. It also hit best-seller status--reaching all the way to #1 in Mythology on Amazon.

~ Amazon ~

It's 1792 and Hope is on the run. She finds shelter in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. Luck is with her as the town is unexpectedly looking for a new teacher and Hope is hired for the job. 

Unfortunately, not everything is looking up for her. Not only is the mayor out to get her fired and the local witch determined to slice her up and brew her organs into potions, but hidden under the floorboards of her quaint little cabin, she finds a man. His name is Conall.

Conall is demanding, he's ornery, and though he has undeniably handsome features, he is missing something of vital importance...

His body.

Q&A with the Author:

1.       When did you start writing,
and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an
 I started on a whim after reading a scene
that was cut from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight book. It was actually pretty bad.
I thought, "I can write better than that." I was wrong. But by the
time I realized it, I had fallen in love with writing. Six years later, my
writing got better and my first book, Rising, was published.
2.      Are you currently working
on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?  I am working
on a spin-off of my Rising series called The Lost Gods Series. This series has
demigods, gods, and other mythological creatures. It is geared toward young
adult readers who love paranormal romance.
3.     What is your favorite
writing snack?
 I'm currently trying to lose
weight, but if dreams were real, Peanut M&M's would have no calories and I
would eat them by the bag full as I write.
4.       If you could have dinner
with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would
you serve?
 I would have dinner with Xanthus and his
friends from my Rising series. As Dagonians, they only eat freshly killed fish.
And it's proper eating etiquette to rip off the fish's head before consuming
it. I think this would really be a sight to see.
5.       Did you learn anything from
writing your book and what was it?
learned a great deal of early American history. One thing that was truly sad
came about when I wanted a Native American character in my book. I researched
the natives that lived in the area of Sleepy Hollow. To my horror, I found out
that they had all been wiped out by the white men. The tribe native to that
area was called the Weckquaesgeck Indians, and every last man, woman, and child
was killed by the white men before the setting of my book in 1792.That's simply
6.       How do you relax, or what
do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
don't relax often. Right now I'm back in college studying to be an English
teacher. I also have six kids and a hobby that both my husband and I
share--building Halloween props for our haunted house. We usually average about
a thousand trick-or-treaters at our house every Halloween.
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? I
guess you could say, I dream of being able to teach and encourage young people
to write and discover the joy of creating your own story. And I'm working on my
teaching degree with about a year left until I graduate.
8.       What do you fear most? I
have a terrible fear of heights. But there's a twist to it. I'm not afraid for
myself, I'm afraid anytime my family members are up high. I will not let my
husband hang Christmas lights on the house. I can do it, but not anyone I love.

9.       What was your favorite
Halloween Costume? My favorite costume I've worn is when I dressed as a corpse
with an apple on top of my head and a bullet hole in my forehead. Yeah, I'm
just a tad twisted.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

First & Last Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffith {Review}
First & Last Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffith 
Published: October 23, 2018
103 pages, Kindle Edition
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.  

She was always his friend. Their first date ended that. Ten years later, can their second date make them more than friends?

Juliet’s life is in a holding pattern of dating wrong guy after wrong guy. When childhood friend Taggart messages to ask for second date—after a ten-year wait—she gets a holiday shakeup.

Their first Christmas date a decade ago was an unmitigated disaster, ending with Pepto-Bismol and the police. They both probably needed the full ten years to recover.

Now that he’s back in touch, Juliet must decide whether she will say yes. If this is just a one-time thing, she risks carrying a torch for him for another decade.

This could be their last Christmas date.

First & Last Christmas Date: A Legally in Love Christmas Novella is book 8 in the Legally in Love series. All are clean romantic comedies with swoony kisses and legal entanglements. This madcap adventure date follows in the hilarious tradition of It Happened One Night, Blind Date, and all other tales of wacky dates gone wrong.

Set in balmy Los Angeles, this holiday novella is a madcap comedy of swoony kisses and second chances at love, with a side of peppermint hot cocoa. Perfect for fans of the Hallmark Channel romance movies.

"Juliet and Taggart’s second-chance holiday date puts the antic in romantic."

*** AUTHOR'S NOTE: Originally published in the TIMELESS ROMANCE: UNDER THE MISTELTOE Anthology. Minor updates to the story have been added for this edition. ***

My Review: 5 Stars

I first read this one in the Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe collection and yes, I loved it just as much this time around.

This is a second chance romance. When Juliet gets an email out of the blue ten years after a disastrous first date with Tag, she jumps at the chance to flesh out her former crush. Another similar date is in the making, and I couldn't help but laugh at the absurdities that occurred. 

Christmas happens all over the world and not just in snowy settings. It was delightful to read one set in the deserts of California and what made it extra fun for me, was when the date ventured to the La Brea Tar Pits because I just went there this past summer and could vividly visualize it all. 

This story was action-packed and very swoony, which I didn't mind in the least. There's a definitely flame present and I loved the revelations that emerged. This one is so much fun!

Content: mild, swoony romance; some mildly dangerous moments 

Thankful for Books Reading Challenge - November 2018 {#TFBRC}

 I am excited to be participating in the #TFBRC this year!
If you'd like to join too, please stop by here to get the info.
It will be a fun month with a TON of fun prizes!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Christmas Courting {Blog Review and Giveaway}
A Christmas Courting by Jennifer Moore, Chalon Linton, Jen Geigle Johnson, and Heidi Kimball
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.   
This holiday season fall in love, with heartwarming tales of Christmases past in A Christmas Courting, an enchanting collection of Regency romances.
Love and Joy Come to You by Jennifer Moore
Lord Covington has planned a quiet holiday with his grieving mother but finds his plans rudely disrupted when lovely Cassie Weatherby and her young siblings are invited for Christmas. Despite his reservations, however, he begins to recognize in Cassie a kindred spirit.

A Christmas Courting by Chalon Linton
When obligations keep her in London, Keturah Hensley sadly anticipates missing the festivity of Christmas at her family's country home and the company of her best friend, Christopher Shepherd. When she learns that Christopher will be joining her family in London for Christmas, she is delighted--but her elation is short-lived. Christopher is coming to Town to court the woman of his dreams, and Keturah fears she may have lost the chance to win his love.

Mistletoe Memories by Jen Geigle Johnson
From childhood, Patrick, Duke of Montrose, knew he'd found his perfect match in Lady Alice Tarrington. When he's sent on a grand tour, Patrick is confident he'll marry his sweetheart upon his return. But when he receives word that Alice is to marry another, will he be too late to claim her heart?

Second-Chance Christmas by Heidi Kimball
Francie and Gerard have been friends since childhood, but their friendship ended when she declined his heartfelt proposal of marriage. However, when her interactions with Gerard's holiday houseguests provoke in Francie unexpected jealousy, she realizes she must fight for Gerard's affections or risk losing him forever.
My Review: 5 Stars

Sometimes I wish for more with collections because I get swept away by a story and it's just not long enough. However, each story in this set is perfect because each book delivers a sweet, tender morsel of romance and goodness, but they're not overwhelming long, which is great since the holidays are a busy time of the year. They're perfect for the season and will get you in the mood for Christmas. And an added bonus--they're all equally good! I can't choose a favorite because they're all on par with each other, each delivering a truly charming tale.

There is a slight feeling of melancholy for many of these characters, as they are all going through something difficult. But the magic of Christmas and love brightens up their lives and gives each story such a happy feeling. If you love Christmas and Regency, you're sure to love this one!

Content: mild romance 


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Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 10: Second Sight by Denise Moncrief

Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but who also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit.
She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.

Desperate to begin a new life, Jerilyn Bowman changes her name and goes off the grid. Sparks fly when Det. Nick Moreau confronts her about her identity and then seems to follow her wherever she goes. When a stranger dies while gripping her chin in his hand, passing to her the gift of prescience, she begins to witness awful crimes before they happen.

Jerilyn’s claim that she’s able to see the future both frustrates and fascinates Nick to the point he can’t get her out of his mind. Are Jerilyn’s claims of second sight a cover for her own crimes? Will Nick discover the truth before Jerilyn becomes the killer’s next victim?

Q&A with the Author:

1.   When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing about twelve years ago. I’ve always had a very active imagination, and sometimes, I felt guilty spending so much time daydreaming. Then one day, I got the idea to turn those daydreams into plots ideas for books. So I floated the idea to my husband. I remember talking to him one night about a premise I had for a book, and he gave me so much encouragement that I ended up writing the book. That book was Purgatory, and it was published several years ago.

2.   Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I’m actually working on three projects right now.
Blind Sight is the third book in the Prescience series. All of the books in this series have main characters that have the gift of clairvoyance in one form or another. In Blind Sight, the hero Luke Kingston is a DEA agent with a strong sense of what will happen in the future. He knows things, as in sixth sense, without really seeing them, as in a vision. He knows someone is going to try to kill the new woman in his life because of him and it hurts and angers him because he also knows there’s nothing he can to prevent it. That doesn’t stop him from trying though.
Oceans Apart is about the former lead singer of Caine’s Brother, a nineties alt-rock bank, and the woman that loved him. The bank broke up years ago after a nasty fistfight between the brothers. The band’s front man, Aidan Caine, disappeared shortly after that, and his girlfriend, Lucy Landau, has spent the last twenty years looking for him. She’s pretty sure he’s dead because his ghost keeps trying to guide her in her search for answers about what happened to him.
The House on Dare Island is about a woman who moves to Dare, Colorado, to search for her grandfather’s missing fortune. Things get rather complicated when Dellanee Mason discovers she’s not the only person who thinks Jackie Mason’s ill-gotten fortune is hidden on Dare Island. To her dismay, the sexy new stranger in town is a true crime writer trying to uncover the real story of mob hit man Jackie Mason and his leads have brought him to Dare. Dellanee suspects he might be after more than just the story.

3.   What is your favorite writing snack?

Coffee. Just coffee.

4.   If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
I would love to share a meal with the ensemble of characters from the second five books of my Haunted Hearts series, the River Road set. Despite their struggles and their differences, that bunch knew how to have a good time. There would never be a dull moment. We would have a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes because we’re all from Louisiana. And of course, there would be music and dancing. Laissez bon temps rouler!

5.   Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Because I took a few trips to south Louisiana to soak in the locale and the culture, I learned a lot about New Orleans and the parishes along the River Road. For instance, when I had previously gone to New Orleans, I had never ventured much further than the French Quarter as far as absorbing the locale. That is a very limited perspective. There is so much more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street. I fell in love with Magazine Street and the Irish Channel, and those areas are featured heavily in my books set in New Orleans now.

6.   How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I like to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of coffee and either a good book or a good show to binge watch. Okay, I confess, I might be just a wee bit addicted to Minecraft.

7.   What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Hmmm. For years, I wanted to be a singer/song-writer and perform in front of an audience, a big audience. Well, I’m—a lot of years old – so I know that’s never going to happen. My dream of being a singer may have gone unfulfilled, but I’m not resentful or sad about it. Not anymore. I’m living a fulfilled life. So I’m not looking back to things that might have been and never were. I channeled all my creative and artistic energy into writing. I can still remember my squeal of joy when I was offered my first publishing contract. The feeling I get on release day of a new book never gets old.

8.   What do you fear most?
I’m not sure I should tell you that. Big Brother used that information against the protagonist in 1984.
One time I went white water rafting, and the guide told me not to be scared of falling out of the raft. I told him I wasn’t scared of falling out; I was scared of not being able to get back in.
I think I’m more afraid of things I might not be able to do than things that might happen to me. I really dislike feeling powerless.

9.   What was your favorite Halloween Costume?

I can’t remember a single costume. Not one. But if I had the nerve to wear one now, I think I’d dress up like an old west dance hall girl.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Georgiana Darcy by Alice Isakova {Book Spotlight}
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published July 1st 2018 


With her temptingly large dowry, the beautiful and talented Georgiana Darcy catches the eye of 
numerous suitors, not all of whom wish to marry purely for love. As Georgiana navigates the 
treacherous waters of courtship, her story becomes intertwined with that of Anne de Bourgh, 
her wealthy but painfully awkward cousin, who stirs up trouble when she sets her sights on a 
young gentleman with a rank far below her own. In so doing, Anne encounters the opposition 
of her proud and domineering mother, the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and sets in 
motion a chain of events that brings a damaging secret to light and threatens to destroy Georgiana's 
dreams of happiness. Intrigues, gossip, and elopements further complicate Georgiana's efforts to 
find love and avoid the snares of fortune-hunters.

Written in a sparkling, witty, humorous style on par with Jane Austen's own in Pride and 
Prejudice, Alice Isakova's Georgiana Darcy continues the tale that has delighted readers for 
over two centuries.


"Hello readers, and thank you, Katie, for having me as a guest on your blog. I am really excited to share my first novel Georgiana Darcy with all of you. The following excerpt is from near the beginning of the book, at the very start of Miss Darcy's adventures. As Georgiana nears eighteen years of age, her elder brother Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth turn their thoughts to helping the young debutante make a good match. Accordingly, they make plans for her to spend part of the winter in Bath, and the rest in London, where she will be introduced into society. Unfortunately, Elizabeth's younger sister Catherine (Kitty) Bennet, who is also of marriageable age and lives with the Darcys, is not permitted to come with Georgiana to town. Having had an indulgent upbringing, Kitty is spoiled and frivolous, and cannot yet be fully trusted to behave with propriety in company. It is one thing for her to attend the occasional country dance or private ball in Derbyshire, but completely another matter to set her loose in the best society of Bath and London, where a false step might harm not only her own but also Georgiana's chances of marrying well. Elizabeth Darcy and her husband therefore decide to send Kitty back home to her parents' estate at Longbourn for the winter, where she will stay out the season with the Bennet family. Not surprisingly, on hearing of these plans, the young lady is anything but pleased:"

Kitty had long been looking forward to spending a season in London and had dreamed of going 
to countless balls and dancing with dozens of handsome young men. Was she now instead to 
languish in the country, while Georgiana partook of all the pleasures that would be denied to her? 
It was all her sister's doing, Kitty was sure of it! Mr. Darcy could never have suggested such an 
arrangement; he would not have wished to seem unkind by excluding her and giving preference 
to his own sister. Where was Elizabeth's loyalty? Where was her sisterly affection?
It was with the greatest bitterness that Kitty complained, and all the worst of her peevishness, 
which Mrs. Darcy had spent the last months trying to eradicate, was now on full display. All day 
long, Catherine could talk of nothing but the unfair treatment to which she was being subjected, 
and even in the evening, while the family were on their way to a ball, she continued her protests. 
Elizabeth endeavoured to reason with her:
"We may perhaps all go to town next year," said she, "and do you not want to visit Papa and 
Mama and your sister Mary? It must be nearly a year since you last saw them."
"I am not so anxious to visit my family as to wish to forego Bath and London! Why is it that 
Georgiana gets to spend her winter attending balls and parties while I must be exiled to 
"There will be dances at Meryton, I am sure."
"And what of it? Since the regiment went away from Meryton, there is no one left within thirty 
miles of the place who is worth dancing with. It will be the same plain, dull fellows every time, 
some of them nearly old enough to be my father! And I am sure that the men at tonight's ball 
will be little better!"
Mr. Darcy maintained a grim silence and kept his gaze fixed on the view from the carriage window. 
It was only for his wife's sake that he had allowed Catherine to live with them at Pemberley, and at 
times like these he almost regretted the decision. How grating to the ear was her petulant whining! 
When they arrived at the ball, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's attention was soon distracted by one of their 
neighbours, who approached to share some new bit of gossip. Georgiana and Kitty meanwhile 
continued on in the direction of where the dancing was to take place. As they walked, Kitty was 
saying something about how her sister likely wished for her to become an old maid, when suddenly, 
the tone of her voice altered, and in the sweetest, most agreeable accent imaginable, she began 
praising the room and remarking on how much she was looking forward to dancing that evening.
Astonished by this sudden change, Georgiana turned to look at her companion. Kitty's face was the 
picture of good humour, the cause of which soon became obvious: coming in their general direction 
was a tall, handsome gentleman whom neither Miss Darcy nor Miss Bennet had ever seen before. He 
was finely-proportioned and tastefully attired, and in his air there was a certain dashing quality that 
never failed to draw the attention of the fair sex.
When he was nearly upon them, Kitty's reticule unexpectedly fell from her hand and landed with a 
faint thump on the floor. Georgiana perceived it at once and could scarcely believe that its owner 
did not, but Catherine Bennet walked on as if nothing had happened.
"Kitty, wait!" exclaimed Georgiana. However, before she could point out the fallen article to her 
friend, the man lifted it from the ground and addressed Miss Bennet with:
"I beg your pardon, Madam. I believe you dropped this."
Kitty rewarded him with a radiant smile, and taking back her reticule she replied, "How very careless 
of me! I thank you, Sir, for your trouble."
Georgiana blushed with shame on Catherine's account. When the man had moved some distance 
away, she said, "Kitty, you should not have done that. It was most indelicate of you!"
"What is so indelicate about accidentally dropping a reticule?"
"If only it were an accident! But you and I both know that it was not, and worse, I think that 
gentleman knows it too. You are not even acquainted with him!"
"I am sure it will not be long before we are introduced, and now that he has noticed me, perhaps 
he will even seek out an introduction."
The unknown gentleman did indeed return a few minutes later alongside Mr. Newnham, the 
master of the house. Mr. Newnham presented the handsome stranger to the ladies as his step-son, 
Mr. Morgan, who had completed his education at Cambridge that year and had now come to live 
in Derbyshire. To Kitty's delight, the young man requested the honour of her hand for the first two 
A minute or two later, Georgiana was herself asked to stand up for a set, and soon she and her 
partner were weaving with sprightly step through the mazes of a country dance. As they did so, 
she could not help noticing the way in which Kitty and Mr. Morgan were dancing together, and 
in particular, her friend's coquettish manner, the enticing glances she threw at the gentleman, and 
the flirtatious snippets of conversation that passed between them.
In the interim following the opening dance, Georgiana whispered to Kitty that she should not be 
so forward, but her friend would not hear reason. 
"La! You are starting to sound just like Elizabeth!" exclaimed Catherine with some annoyance and 
then returned to frolic with Mr. Morgan in the next jig.
Georgiana was much admired at the ball and could scarcely finish treading one measure before 
some gallant spark invited her to join him in another. She had many agreeable partners that evening 
and was enjoying herself so much that she soon forgot all about Kitty and did not even notice when 
for two consecutive dances, her friend did not take part, and neither was she among the ladies sitting 
on the side waiting to be asked.
At the end of a quadrille, Mrs. Darcy came to Georgiana and inquired whether she knew where her 
sister had gone. Georgiana answered that she had no notion of Kitty's having quitted the room at all. 
After a moment's pause she added that perhaps Kitty had gone to the refreshments room. Elizabeth 
replied that it was the first place she had looked, and there was no sign of Catherine there, nor 
anywhere else one might reasonably expect to find her.
Knowing it would be in vain, the Darcy ladies nevertheless again went to the refreshments room in 
search of her and even looked behind a screen that was stationed there, but to no avail; she was 
nowhere to be found.

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About the Author: Alice Isakova

Born in Eastern Europe, Alice Isakova spent the latter part of her childhood in the United States before 
finally settling in Australia. There she obtained a Bachelor of Economics from the University of 
Adelaide and won multiple university prizes for outstanding academic achievement.

Alice now lives with her family in rural Tasmania. She spends her free time either writing or pursuing 
her passion for fitness, especially the disciplines of rhythmic gymnastics, yoga, and ballet.  
Georgiana Darcy: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is Alice Isakova's first book.

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