Bestselling author of Jane Austen variations

New Story: The Letter of the Law

I’ve removed this story to prepare for publication. 

Hello! I hope you have been healthy and happy during my absence. My newly replaced hip is doing remarkably well so I am FINALLY able to sit in a chair long enough to get some words down on paper. I’ve been so anxious to get back to writing something new. I will be entirely honest, there are multiple stories begging to be written. I chose “The Letter of the Law” to write first. Here’s a basic description:

Upon his father’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy had been overwhelmed with the responsibility of becoming Master of Pemberley and guardian to his young sister. Thinking he had plenty of time before his ten-year-old sister turned sixteen, he pushed to the background the codicil in his father’s will that either he or his co-guardian, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, be wed by the time Miss Georgiana Darcy started preparations for her debut into society. Now, the date loomed in front of the two gentlemen like an ax ready to fall. Rather than lose her care to his cantankerous aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy decides to accept an invitation to help his friend manage his new estate close to the farm community of Meryton in Hertfordshire in hopes of finding a country-bred lady to become the Mistress of his heart.

Elizabeth Bennet was not impressed with the gentleman. His stoic demeanor and harsh criticisms of herself and her loved ones set him as the most despised man of her acquaintance. When he continues to seek her out, she wonders at his purpose. Will they ever be able to move past their rocky start? Can love grow from such horrible beginnings? Will they both end up desiring to follow the letter of the law?

 

 

22 Comments

  1. Marie jones

    So glad you’re back writing. We can see , fireworks are coming.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Oh, yes they are. I’m writing them right now. Poor foolish Darcy. If only he could manage to keep his polished Hessians out of his mouth.

  2. Glynis

    I’m so glad you are writing again and that your operation was a success.
    I am liking this idea and can only hope that due to his desperation to find a wife Darcy won’t insult Elizabeth.
    Looking forward to more.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thank you. Of course, Darcy will still be Mr. Darcy.

  3. caroleincanada

    Welcome back and glad you are back in the saddle…so to speak! First, I love the cover…very appropriate. Second, I love the first chapter…the angst is already up there! I can just imagine his ‘open mouth insert foot’ syndrome coming to the fore! Then there is Miss Talons, I mean Miss Bingley to out maneuver! Another day in paradise for Darcy! Sounds like fun!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thanks, Carole. I’m enjoying writing this very much. I wish I could sit longer but I’m working on increasing my time daily. Tomorrow should be good. Poor silly man.

  4. Anji

    Both the story and the cover are looking good Joy! Going to enjoy following this new tale. The Meryton Assembly promises to be interesting if Darcy’s going to dance there!. Glad your recovery is proceeding well.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I’m pleased you are going to read this, Anji. Please forgive the errors and US spelling.

  5. Vesper

    Welcome back and please do not kill the Colonel off – you never know he might get married first

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      It’s good to hear from you, Vesper. I adore the Colonel far too much to have him not play a huge part in this story. He’s a rascal.

  6. Lenora Robinson

    a brilliant twist on the story, I can not wait to read more. Also so happy to hear your hip is doing better. I had both needs replaced last year and the best advice I was given by my surgeon was walk and keep moving or it will lock up.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thanks, Lenora. That’s great advice from your surgeon. I spent about 1 1/2 hours in my chair yesterday without getting up and I paid for it the rest of the day. I’ll try to do better today. And tomorrow. And…

  7. Tammy Bould

    Great start. Looking forward to reading more! Glad you are feeling better.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thanks so much, Tammy. I’m almost done with the next chapter. Back to typing! And thinking! And pondering! Then, more typing.

  8. Sheila L. Majczan

    I just received Chapter three…don’t know why I didn’t get the first two chapter. I am always amazed at how authors come up with new ideas. This has been an enjoyable start to a new story. Thank you for sharing.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I’m so pleased you found this. Happy reading!

  9. Donna Krug

    Wonderfol first 3 chapters. Thank you.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I thank you, Donna. They were fun to write.

  10. Mary

    Only discovered this story today as Debbie mentioned and recommended it on GR. I’m very grateful that she did as I’m totally intrigued!!
    Wonderful first chapter! I’m off to read chapter two!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thank you very much, Mary. I hope you enjoy spending your time with my tale.

  11. Lynn Char

    If this is what your unedited work is like, your editor must be severely overpaid. Love this!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Oh my goodness! That’s very kind. However, you should know that every single chapter comes back with so much red on it that I want to pull my hair out or scream. Or, cry. It’s all part of it though. I’m pleased you are reading this. Very pleased.

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