Monday 10 October 2022

An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll - Blog Tour, Guest Post and Excerpt

Blog Tour Graphic: An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll. Picture shows a man and woman in period costume. The woman is looking behind her The blog tour for Heather Moll’s latest book, An Appearance of Goodness stops by here today, with an excerpt and a giveaway. Let’s look at the blurb, and then I’ll hand over to Heather to introduce the excerpt. 

Book cover: An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll. Picture shows a man and woman in period costume, standing side by side on a bridge over a river. The woman is looking behind her
Book Description

Can a Derbyshire meeting lead to love or will Pemberley be plunged into mystery?

In the rainy summer of 1812, Mr Darcy returns to Pemberley with a large party in the hopes that coming home will help him recover from the disappointment of his failed proposal. He lost Elizabeth Bennet’s good opinion, but Darcy did all he could to rectify his errors. Meanwhile, Elizabeth hopes that travelling with her newly-wed sister and Bingley will raise her spirits and distract her from thoughts of Darcy.

When a misunderstanding causes the Bingley party and Darcy’s to spend a fortnight together at Pemberley, both Elizabeth and Darcy wonder if the other could love them. When the season’s wet and cold weather causes flooding throughout Derbyshire, Darcy’s attention reluctantly shifts from his guests–and Elizabeth–to managing the tragedy.

But when someone drowns and Darcy refuses to believe their death was an accident from the storm, he and Elizabeth must work together to uncover the truth before his houseguests leave, and before anyone else gets hurt.

Content note: mature content, mild violence

Excerpt from An Appearance of Goodness, Introduced by Heather Moll

Thanks for welcoming me back to Babblings of a Bookworm! An Appearance of Goodness takes place in Derbyshire after Darcy’s failed proposal during the time when in canon Mrs. Reynolds told Mr. Gardiner, “But we expect him tomorrow, with a large party of friends.”

I thought I would introduce you to some of the original characters making up the “large party” that Elizabeth and the Bingleys find themselves with at Pemberley. I’ll tell you a little about them and share an excerpt from early in the story.

Aside from Georgiana and Mrs. Annesley, Darcy is traveling with his friend Lewis Balfour, Balfour’s widowed sister Hester Lanyon, and their friend John Utterson.

Mr. Balfour is Darcy’s age and they’ve been friends since around the time Darcy’s father died. Balfour’s father made his money with the East India Company and his mother was from a wealthy and noble Indian family. While he waits to inherit his father’s property in Scotland, Balfour would rather live in London—spending his money. He’s teasing and friendly and a bit of a show off.

His sister Mrs. Lanyon is a year older than him and was widowed three years ago when her husband died in battle. She’s wealthy in her own right and has a very different personality from her brother. Balfour is lively, and Mrs. Lanyon is even more reserved than Darcy, and for some reason she has no love for Bingley’s sisters.

Mr. Utterson is Balfour’s friend who has only recently come to know Darcy better. He’s the younger son of a baronet. He’s studying the law and is bitter that his brother gets the baronetcy. Utterson is impatient with other people and would rather read his letters or the newspaper than make conversation.

Here’s a scene from early in the book with Darcy and his friends on their way to Pemberley. They’re at an inn for the night and Darcy has just learned that Bingley is arriving sooner than expected. Darcy decides to ride ahead to meet Bingley, his new wife Jane, and his sisters. But it’s possible that Darcy hasn’t realized that Bingley counts Elizabeth as one of his sisters now…

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Book cover: An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll. Picture shows a man and woman in period costume, standing side by side on a bridge over a river. The woman is looking behind her
The door opened, and Balfour entered with Mrs Lanyon and Utterson. Balfour and his sister both had pleasing countenances and the same black hair and amber eyes. But whilst Balfour was cheerful, affable, and talked a great deal, his sister had a quiet dignity that scarcely made her conversable.

“You were not waiting long, were you?” Balfour cried as he pulled out a chair for his sister. “Hester needed to arrange her hair and change her shoes after we got wet. It is possible her behaviour may arise from vanity.” His voice raised in mock outrage, and he winked at her.

“Lewis, you will give Miss Darcy and Mrs Annesley a poor opinion of me.” Mrs Lanyon’s voice was calm as it ever was. “You should not represent me in such a light.”

“If any of us is vain about their appearance, it is you, Balfour,” Utterson drawled out his words in a long, slow tone. “We might have been down a quarter of an hour ago if not for you.”

Utterson was not an ill-humoured young man, but as their acquaintance furthered, Darcy noticed that Utterson often found other people provoking. A difficult quality for one studying the law. There might be a similarity in their dispositions as he came to know Utterson better, but Balfour was easier to get on with.

“I do wish to appear to my advantage,” Balfour said, smiling to everyone around the table. “You will notice that I added a cravat pin and exchanged my waistcoat for another. One cannot allow travelling and bad weather to prevent a gentleman from taking care of his appearance.”

The servants brought in the meal and Darcy passed out the letters, with Utterson taking his eagerly and ignoring everyone to read them. “When we are finished with dinner,” Darcy said, “I intend to ride ahead to Pemberley tonight.” After hearing everyone’s exclamations of surprise, he explained Bingley’s letter.

Utterson shook his head. “Bingley is too careless for my liking. He has put you to an inconvenience.”

“Perhaps his new wife is a delightful distraction. We ought to make Mr Bingley some allowances,” said Mrs Lanyon. She then turned to Darcy. “Although I shall miss the opportunity to ride with you tomorrow.”

“When the rain has stopped and we are all at Pemberley, you need only name the day.”

Mrs Lanyon thanked him and gave him a contented smile that he returned. She was near his age, widowed, wealthy, and, as Mrs Annesley said, still blooming. But she had little conversation, and nothing in her character that could be described as liveliness. He simply enjoyed riding with a woman who rode well and left him alone to his thoughts.

“You may all take your time in the morning,” Darcy said. “It is only ten miles. If I leave after dinner, I shall be there before eight o’clock.”

Balfour leant closer once everyone resumed eating. “Dinna say you only want to be there to greet Miss Bingley,” he whispered. His vowels were shorter, and a few “ayes” and “naes” crept in occasionally, but in general an Oxford education and London society had stripped Balfour of his Scottish accent, unless he was being particularly mischievous.

Darcy threw him a look that earned him a knowing smile. “I am riding ahead to be a good host to my friend, and whomever he brings with him.”

Darcy pushed his food back and forth on his plate. He had not been a good friend to Bingley, and he had been too full of pride, too capable of being selfish with anybody outside of his circle. He was fortunate he had preserved Bingley’s friendship, and grateful that Jane Bennet had forgiven his friend and they were now happily wed.

What a horrid state of selfish vanity I was in when I proposed to Elizabeth. He had learnt the lesson, but he had learnt it too late to marry a woman he loved.

Going home would be the final restoration of his peace. He would survive his disappointment, especially since Elizabeth thought no more of him, the last man in the world she could be prevailed on to marry. He had done what he could to rectify his errors, and whilst she may not hate him, in the event that they ever met again, he had no reason to believe she would renew their acquaintance.

Balfour brought up a hand to conceal his mouth from the others, and leant nearer to provoke him again. “You want to ride ahead to be certain that Pemberley looks its best for its new mistress? Be sure the grand staircase is polished. Shall you offer your hand to Miss Bingley in a fortnight?”

Darcy scowled. “Spare me from ever offering for Bingley’s sister.”

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Author Heather Moll
Author Bio 

Heather Moll is an avid reader of mysteries and biographies with a masters in information science. She found Jane Austen later than she should have and made up for lost time by devouring her letters and unpublished works, joining JASNA, and spending too much time researching the Regency era. She is the author of An Affectionate HeartNine LadiesTwo More Days at Netherfield, and His Choice of a Wife. She lives with her husband and son and struggles to balance all of the important things, like whether or not to buy groceries or stay home and write.

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Book cover: An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll. Picture shows a man and woman in period costume, standing side by side on a bridge over a river. The woman is looking behind her
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An Appearance of Goodness is available to buy now in Paperback, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.  

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Blog Tour Prize: Picture shows a paperback of An Appearance of Goodness by Heather Moll, stickers and a Jane Austen Notebook
Giveaway Time


Heather is offering a giveaway to accompany the blog tour. One entrant will win:

  • A signed paperback copy of An Appearance of Goodness
  • Two stickers from Pemberley Papers
  • A Pink Jane Austen notebook

The giveaway is open worldwide from 3 October to 12 October 2022.

The winner will be announced on social media and Heather’s blog on 13 October 2022

Leave a comment on the blog post or subscribe to Heather’s newsletter and then use the Rafflecopter to enter. Make haste, as the giveaway closes in just two days!


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  1. Thank you for welcoming me and An Appearance of Goodness today!

  2. Hi Heather, it´s Teresa. I see new characters in this excerpt so they will provide a good deal of suspicious for this mysterious novel. Bravo!. I wonder if Elizabeth will get along with them or not...
    Thanks for the giveaway and thanks Ceri for hosting Heather ;)

    1. Hi Teresa! I can't wait for you to see what Elizabeth thinks of this new crew at Pemberley. Thanks for saying hi!

  3. This book sounds so good! Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

    1. Thanks for saying hello! Best of luck in the giveaway.

  4. Love reading about the new addition to the house party. Looking forward to reading it and finding out how it all plays out. Congrats on your newest release.

    1. There are a few new faces at Pemberley, aren't there? Should be exciting. Thanks for your well wishes!


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