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February 8, 2018 at 1:17 am
It looks like Darcy and Elizabeth are of one mind but long will it take them to voice it. Loving this story..
February 8, 2018 at 11:50 am
This comment made me squeal. Thanks so much, Jennifer. Yes, they are finally agreed but… you know how it goes. When does communication come easy to a new couple?
February 8, 2018 at 2:35 am
Powerful truths dealt to the Bingleys from 2 different sources. One Bingley may have learned, but what of the other one?
Love that Darcy and Elizabeth are almost on the same page. Darcy has admitted his aloud to another. Elizabeth has not. So when will they get to the real conversation with each other about each other? The phrase “circling the drain comes to mind.”
Another great chapter. Thanks for getting it to us so quickly. It was a nice bonus to sit and read it after working in ER today.
February 8, 2018 at 11:51 am
I will admit that Darcy and Elizabeth are in the same book. Definitely not on the same page – yet. I’m pleased I could provide you a few minutes of escape from ER to Regency England. I’m typing today.
February 8, 2018 at 3:01 am
YES!!!! Elizabeth sees that Darcy is perfect for her!!! Now to move them along…I know…too soon…
I loved how you handled Bingley’s enlightenment. Charlotte being the wise and practical woman that she is, very politely but firmly told Bingley, in no uncertain words, that he needs to grow up and be a man! I love Lady Matlock…yes the loudest hen is the first one in the pot…which pot are you planning to throw Miss Bingley into? Haha!
February 8, 2018 at 11:54 am
I’m not quite sure which pot gets Caroline Bingley. Yes, Charlotte and Lady M are quite the women. I think of how wise Jane Austen was in her writings and pattern my Charlotte after her. Oh, and, yes, it’s too soon for our dear couple. Not long though…I hope.
February 8, 2018 at 3:31 am
This chapter has so many truths coming to the fore. Bingley got a big lesson from Charlotte: good for her honesty despite her father’s urging. Lady Matlock gave a lesson to Caroline – will she mind it? Darcy is pushing Richard at Elizabeth while she sees Darcy as perfect for her. When are they going to see what is in front of them. Thanks for this chapter.
February 8, 2018 at 11:57 am
There are some principles you just can’t argue with. Charlotte will have her HEA, I guarantee, and it will NOT be with Mr. Collins. As for Caroline, I have a scene coming up which will reveal her level of stubbornness. Will she? Won’t she? As for Darcy and Elizabeth, I think it will be a bit longer before they finally realize they share the same feelings. Oh, it’s so romantic!!!!!
February 8, 2018 at 8:12 am
Well that told Caroline. And Bingley as well. Good for Charlotte telling him he needs to deal with Caroline, now let’s hope he does.
At last Elizabeth realised she loves Darcy but alas he doesn’t know that. However he needs to speak before Mr Collins gets a chance so maybe you could have a word with him Joy? 🙂
February 8, 2018 at 11:58 am
I genuinely think Bingley will figure it out. His sister? Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll certainly have a word or two for Darcy. However, does the man listen? We shall see. Thanks for your comment, Glynis.
February 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm
I learned a new word “ toad eater”. I’m sure it will come in handy. Keep writing.
February 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm
When we return to the US, Mom, we will expect you to be able to use it in a sentence while not speaking of Mr. Collins. Thanks for the comment.
February 8, 2018 at 10:24 pm
Yes!! was so happy to find this in my email today. Just lovely. can’t wait for more. I am excited that Elizabeth and Darcy are getting along and that she realizes Darcy is suitable for her.
February 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm
I’m excited too, Jennifer. They still have some obstacles to overcome before their happily -ever-after. Of course, these two strong-minded individuals may take matters into their own hands and marry before I am ready for them to do so. The perils of being an author!!!
February 9, 2018 at 6:34 am
Can’t wait until Elizabeth speaks out loud
February 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm
Me too, Gail. You would think it would be easy for her. However, when the heart is involved…
February 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm
I was a late starter so read them all in catch-up mode! I’m enjoying this story and can hardly wait for the next chapter! Type faster! lol Poor Darcy. I don’t want him thinking Elizabeth is interested in the Colonel, but I am thrilled that she has realized that Darcy is perfect for her. Excellent story! 🙂 Thank you.
February 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm
Janet, I’m typing as fast as I can with two active grandchildren and one nosy husband around. I”m so glad you like this. I worry.
February 11, 2018 at 7:49 pm
February 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm
That last part of chapter 11 did feel like a relief, didn’t it? However, you know our dear couple, Betsy. Nothing ever comes easy for them. Sigh!
February 14, 2018 at 5:57 am
I’m loving this story! I also just found it so am reading in catch up mode. I have dark circles under my eyes to prove it…I can’t put it down. Now I’m on pins and needles wondering if Charlotte will end up with the good doctor, if Jane will forgive Bingley, or if the Colonel will perhaps sweep her off her feet…so many options! Thanks for sharing this story!
February 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm
That’s great to hear, Kare. I’m a bit on pins and needles myself. I’m typing today so hope I finish chapter 12. I’ll post it as soon as it’s done.
February 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm
First time to comment … first time to read, and I did it all in one sitting!! That last part made me fist-pump. YES!! I hope Richard is just messing with Darcy so that he (Darcy) would pick up the challenge and get his act together asap. Hopeful thinking only? It’s just so difficult thinking of two such great friends as the cousins as you’ve portrayed them to be at odds over a woman, even (or especially) if it’s Elizabeth. Aaaaannnddd …. great writing on BIngley’s growing up … and hopefully, a great big set-down of Caroline is coming up.
February 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm
I appreciate you stopping by and commenting very much, Susan. You think Richard might be messing with Darcy? We shall see. Bingley learning his lesson? Most likely. Caroline learning one too? Snort!
February 17, 2018 at 2:45 pm
Gm love this story how many more chapters.
February 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm
I’m thinking 8-9 more, Gail. I have several plot holes to take care of and see our couple gets their happy ending.
February 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm
Ok HAPPY writing love your books,just finished Friends and Enemies for the second time.
February 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm
Thank you so much for letting me know, Gail. I reread Friends and Enemies as we readied for the audiobook. I do love that Darcy’s vulnerability and strength. I want to grow up to be Lizzy.
February 24, 2018 at 7:20 pm
Go Charlotte! That was just so well done, Joy. Dignified but telling Bingley exactly what he needed to know in order to develop a backbone. Please, get him to reinforce what Lady M. said in her put down of Caroline? Love the “hen in the stew pot” analogy!
And finally! As you say, D&E are now in the same book, we just have to get them to the same page. If it’s another 8 or 9 chapters, lots of time for them to mess things up good and proper before the HEA.
If your muse decides to pair Jane off with someone other than Bingley, such as the Colonel, then I’m cool with that. As long as it’s not Collins! Can’t wait to see how he sticks his oar into the situation!
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