Friday, 13 September 2019

A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey - Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

Blog Tour: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey
I have the pleasure of welcoming a new visitor to Babblings of a Bookworm today; Brigid Huey joins us for the blog tour for her debut novel, A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods. Publishers Meryton Press are also offering a giveaway!

Let's look at the blurb and then we can enjoy a lovely excerpt from the book :)

Book cover: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey
Book Description

A surprise meeting

A baby alone in the woods

And a second chance at love

Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to his beloved Pemberley with one thing on his mind ̶ to forget Elizabeth Bennet. Riding ahead of his party and racing a storm, he happens upon the very woman he wants to avoid. To his astonishment, she is holding a baby whose name and parentage are unknown.

Elizabeth Bennet never dreamed she had wandered into Pemberley’s Woods on her afternoon walk. But when she finds an infant alone in the storm, she turns to the last man in the world she wants to see ̶ and the only one who can help them both.

As the mystery of the baby’s identity intensifies, Elizabeth finds Mr. Darcy to be quite the reverse of what she expected. But when the child’s family is discovered, will the truth bring them together, or tear them apart?


Full Wrap Book cover: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey
Excerpt from Brigid Huey's A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods

They rose as his party entered, and Darcy’s eyes found Elizabeth. She was as stunning as ever. Her dark curls were piled delicately atop her head, with a few pieces framing her delightful face. Her eyes met his for the briefest moment as she acknowledged his greeting. They were beautiful but troubled. The knowledge that she was still uncomfortable in his presence distressed him.
Schooling his features to mask his concern at her reception, he presented his sister first to Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner and then to Elizabeth.
I am pleased to meet you at last, Miss Darcy,” Elizabeth said. “Your brother speaks of you often.”
Thank you, Miss Bennet. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance,” Georgiana replied softly.
Mr. Bingley and his sisters arrived this morning,” Darcy said, distinctly uncomfortable now as Elizabeth eyed him with scrutiny. “When I told him we were to call, he was most eager to greet you.”
Elizabeth made no reply, and Darcy resisted the urge to pull at his cravat. The Gardiners smiled kindly though he thought he detected some awareness on the part of Mrs. Gardiner at the mention of Bingley’s name.
He is waiting below. May I fetch him?”
Yes, of course!” Elizabeth said, her features once again relaxing into the easy manner Darcy loved so well. He excused himself and retrieved Bingley.
Miss Bennet!” Bingley cried as he entered the room a moment later “I was so pleased to hear that you were in Lambton. I trust you have been enjoying your trip thus far?”
Bingley was all eager smiles and politeness. He and Elizabeth fell into easy conversation, and for not the first time Darcy envied his friend’s pleasing manners.
He was gratified, however, that Elizabeth seemed determined to include Georgiana in the conversation despite his sister’s shy demeanor. He had not had time to inform Bingley of Daisy’s presence in the house, and Georgiana wisely did not bring her up, though he had no doubt that she very much wanted to.
Darcy took the opportunity to approach Mr. Gardiner, who was sitting beside his wife enjoying his tea.
Mr. Gardiner,” Darcy said quietly, “might I share my progress regarding the child?”
Certainly, sir,” came the reply, and the two gentlemen spent the next few minutes discussing Darcy’s search for Daisy’s family. Though fruitless heretofore, Darcy remained optimistic that information could be found if the right sources were used. It had only been a day since Elizabeth had found Daisy in the woods.
He could not prevent himself from frequently glancing in Elizabeth’s direction. She was speaking with Bingley in her usual open and artless way, yet he thought he detected a certain stiffness in her manner. It was no doubt his own presence that caused her to be uncomfortable—especially with Bingley accompanying him. He well understood how angry she still must be regarding Bingley and Miss Jane Bennet.
It was time, long past time, to tell Bingley the truth. He had tended to all Elizabeth’s reproofs save this one. With sudden clarity, Darcy realized that it was fear that had kept him silent for so long—fear that Jane Bennet had moved on, fear of Bingley’s righteous anger, and most of all, the fear of losing his dearest friend.
Resolved to right this wrong as soon as possible, he stood, causing his sister to stand also.
Forgive me, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, Miss Bennet, but there is something of importance I must attend to.”
Bingley raised an eyebrow but said nothing.
It was a great pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss Darcy,” Elizabeth said warmly.
Thank you,” Georgiana said. “And I was happy to meet you.”

Let us all meet again very soon,” Darcy said with one last glance at Elizabeth. She met his gaze with a question in her eyes. He was glad of it. Curiosity was much more agreeable than dislike.

Author Brigid Huey
Author Bio

Brigid has been in love with Jane Austen since first seeing the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice as a young girl. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids, and spends her free time reading and writing. This is her first Pride and Prejudice variation, though many others live in her imagination.

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A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods is available to buy now, in both ebook and paperback!

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Giveaway Time!

Book cover: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey
Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Brigid Huey’s A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods. To enter, please use the rafflecopter.


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Blog Tour: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid HueyBlog Tour Schedule

September 9 – So little time…
September 10 – Darcyholic Diversions
September 12 – Savvy Verse & Wit
September 13 – Babblings of a Bookworm
September 14 – My Love for Jane Austen
September 15 – My Life Journey
September 16 – Austenesque Reviews
September 17 – Half Agony, Half Hope
September 18 – Diary of an Eccentric
September 19 – From Pemberley to Milton
September 20 – My Jane Austen Book Club
September 21 – My Vices and Weaknesses


Blog Tour Schedule: A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods by Brigid Huey

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52 comments:

  1. So the child has a name, or was it given one by Elizabeth.

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    1. I love the way you are following so closely! Yes, the child is called Daisy.

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    2. Good point Vesper. I am guessing that Elizabeth named her, but that's only because I am assuming that the person that abandoned her can't write. Lots of assumptions on my part!

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  2. I enjoyed the excerpt, Brigid. I must find the time to read this book again!

    Thanks for hosting, Ceri.

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    1. Thanks for sending the blog tour this way, Janet! I really enjoyed the excerpt too.

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  3. What a sweet name for the child. Was she found with daisies nearby hence the name? Or was it stated in a letter found together with the baby? I would love to read this new P&P variation.

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    1. Thank you! I have been meaning to tell you that I love your name as well.

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    2. Brigid is not giving us clues as to the baby's name, Luthien, so we will have to read the book to find out :)

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  4. Each post adds a bit of clarity, yet brings up more questions. It's good that there's a bit of rapport going on with E&D. Thanks, Brigid and Ceri for an interesting blog post.

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    1. I'm glad you've been enjoying the blog tour! It's been so fun to share more about my story.

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    2. Hi Suzan, thanks so much for stopping by. Blog tours give you such tantalising glimpses of a book, don't they!

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  5. I was lucky enough to win this and am just finishing my current book then I will be reading this one. Everything I read about it makes me more and more desperate to know what happens.
    Thank you for sharing this excerpt!

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    1. I am so excited to hear your thoughts on it! I do hope you enjoy it :)

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    2. I have finally read this Brigid thank you so much! I loved Darcy’s reaction to Daisy as well as Georgiana’s. I won’t give any spoilers so I’ll just repeat how much I liked it. I posted a review on UK whenever they decide to show it.

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    3. Glad you enjoyed the book, Glynis (and glad you could comment too, as I know sometimes you have difficulty with my blog)!

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  6. It is fun to read each excerpt and gain a little more insight into this story. Well done; thanks Ceri and Brigid!

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  7. This sounds delightful and is going straight to the TBR list

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  8. Hi Ceri and Brigid,
    The premise certainly sounds intriguing and I look forward to reading it.
    Best of luck! ☘️

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    1. Hope you enjoy it when you read it, Mary!

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  9. Love seeing this scene through Darcy's eyes. It will be interesting to see how the baby Daisy changes the story.

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  10. This sounds like a book I will read whether or not I win a copy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I will look forward to finding out what you think of it, Sheila! Your reviews are a good guide to what I will probably enjoy reading :)

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  11. Thank you for the excerpt. So it started during the trip Lizzie with the Gardiners. Intrigued now as to who are Daisy's parents. I am a little surprised that Darcy kept the baby at Pemberley.

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    1. Hi Buturot! I am reading this as the baby is at the inn at Lambton but I wouldn't have been surprised if Darcy had taken the baby in, because he could spare a servant to look after it, which other people might not have been able to do.

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  12. This sounds like such a good book, loved the excerpt! How did you come up with this idea?

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    1. I don't know if Brigid will see all the comments but I would love to know too, Danielle!

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  13. Wonderful excerpt. This twist has me quite curious.

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  14. Oh, what a delightful cover. I love that dress, the color palette and it has a dreamscape look to it. The excerpt has me intrigued. What will Darcy say to Bingley. Fear... that is a new concept for Darcy. This sounds interesting. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks to Ceri for hosting and thanks to Brigid for the generous giveaway. Good luck to all in the drawing. To our author, I wish you much success with your launch into JAFF country. We welcome you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Jeanne!

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  15. Congratulations! I adore the cover and am looking forward to reading your debut novel. Not only is Elizabeth curious, but I am too! Very intriguing premise and thank you for a chance at the giveaway!

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  16. Daisy is such a lovely name. So glad that Darcy is attempting to make things right.

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  17. I like this version of the Lambton meeting, and Darcy's resolution regarding Bingley.I really look forward to reading this!

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    1. I like it too, Agnes. Interesting twist on canon.

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  18. This sounds like such a compelling story Brigid and such a gorgeous cover. Looking forward to reading it. I've entered the giveaway. Fingers crossed! Best of luck with your new release.

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    1. Hi Elaine, hope you enjoy it when you read it.

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  19. Adore the book cover. Cannot wait to read this💕

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  20. What a sweet excerpt! I loved this book. It was a treat to see Darcy and Elizabeth working together to help this little one. No need to enter me in the drawing, I already bought my own copy. <3

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    1. I thought it was a lovely excerpt, Nicole. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this book.

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  21. Wonderful excerpt! I'm looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Hi Caryl. I loved the excerpt too! Hope you enjoy the book when you read it.

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  22. Intriguing premises, how adorable to reunite ODC with a baby to care for.
    I absolutely loved the cover by the way.
    Added to my TBR.

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    1. A baby is a great thing to bring people together and also has the potential to generate some very sweet scenes.

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  23. I wonder if Georgiana and the staff at Pembereley are all enjoying the baby too. A cry that will fill normally quiet hallways... I forgot Ms Bingley is with the (NVM). Wonder howMiss Bingley will be with the baby???


    Thanks for the excerpt.

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    1. Somehow I don't see Miss Bingley as the maternal type. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt Buturot.

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