Letter of the Law – Chapter 11

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  1. jennifer Redlrczyk

    It looks like Darcy and Elizabeth are of one mind but long will it take them to voice it. Loving this story..

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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?

  2. Patricia Edmisson

    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.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  3. caroleincanada

    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!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  4. Sheila L. Majczan

    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.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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!!!!!

  5. Glynis

    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? 🙂

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  6. Mom

    I learned a new word “ toad eater”. I’m sure it will come in handy. Keep writing.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  7. Jennifer Leiker

    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.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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!!!

  8. Gail M Frisby

    Can’t wait until Elizabeth speaks out loud

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Me too, Gail. You would think it would be easy for her. However, when the heart is involved…

  9. Janet Taylor

    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.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  10. Betsy hagan


    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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!

  11. Kare

    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!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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.

  12. Susan

    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.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      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!

  13. Gail M Frisby

    Gm love this story how many more chapters.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I’m thinking 8-9 more, Gail. I have several plot holes to take care of and see our couple gets their happy ending.

      • Gail M Frisby

        Ok HAPPY writing love your books,just finished Friends and Enemies for the second time.

        • J "Joy" Dawn King

          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.

  14. Anji

    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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