Friday, March 5, 2021

Interrupted Plans Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! I'm so happy to have Brigid Huey visiting here today with an excerpt from her new novel Interrupted Plans! Looks like a fantastic story! And don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page! 

Interrupted Plans
by Brigid Huey

Suppose Elizabeth Bennet never visited Pemberley… 

It is October of 1812. Elizabeth Bennet and her family have seen dramatic changes in the past few months—none of them welcome. Her sister Jane needs a fresh start, and Elizabeth is no less eager to leave behind the pain and confusion of not accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy has not seen Elizabeth since he offered for her—and she adamantly refused him. When she appears in London, he is determined to gain her friendship and make amends. When a carriage mishap throws them together, Darcy does all he can to demonstrate his changed behavior. 

Though their renewed acquaintance seems to be growing into a genuine friendship, a family secret constrains Elizabeth. As she falls deeper in love with the man she rejected, does she dare tell him the truth?

Thank you, Candy, for having me on your blog today! I am so excited to share the next excerpt from my new novel, Interrupted Plans. I love sharing scenes from my novels, as I really do believe it’s the best way to get a feel for the story.

Interrupted Plans takes place after Darcy has proposed, but in my story, Elizabeth never travels to Pemberley. In this scene, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are dancing together, having come upon each other unexpectedly at a ball.

     “I do believe history is in danger of repeating itself, sir.”

     “Is it?”

     “We have been dancing these five minutes without speaking a word. Surely, we must have some conversation?”

     “Of course. I am, as ever, at your service.” Her head snapped up at these words, and her gaze was filled with scrutiny. “Let us speak of something pleasant. You mentioned the Lake Country while we were with your aunt and uncle. Are you travelling directly there? Or will you tour the whole of the North Country?”

She blinked at him—surprised, no doubt, by his rapid change in conversation. She recovered herself in a moment, however, and smiled a little. “Yes, we are to go directly to the Lakes. We are excited to embark on this next adventure. Jane is quite ready to leave London, and I am no less eager.”

     “How will you occupy yourself on the long journey north?”

     The dance separated them for a moment, but when they came together once more, Elizabeth answered readily. “With books, of course, sir.”

     “An excellent choice. I find I am able to read in a carriage and find enjoyment in passing the time that way. Georgiana, unfortunately, cannot read as we travel and is obliged to look at the scenery.”

     “An admirable alternative. I have heard that the country in the north is uncommonly fine.”

     “It is, indeed—although I am, perhaps, a trifle biased in my opinion.”

     Elizabeth became rather quiet once more as they moved down the line of couples. What had he said to cause her embarrassment?

     “You once told me that your good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”

     He startled at her words. “Yes, I recall the conversation clearly.”

     She looked as if she wanted to say more, but the music was ending. They took their places opposite each other, each offering the other the usual acknowledgment of a bow or a curtsey. He extended his hand to lead her from the floor, and for a moment, he was afraid she might refuse.

     With notable hesitation, she placed her hand in his and he led her towards her sister, who was speaking quietly with Bingley a short distance away. Elizabeth said nothing more, and Darcy again felt the burden of his presence.

     “If you will excuse me, Miss Bennet, Miss Elizabeth.”

     He bowed and left them, moving away without a thought as to his destination. He found he could not be in the same room with Elizabeth and not be near her. He wanted nothing more than to be close to a woman who clearly wished him miles away. Really, he must get hold of himself. As a gentleman, he must accept that she would never be his. He must stop imposing his presence on her.

About the Author

Brigid Huey 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. She also has an assortment of birds, including five chickens and too many parakeets. She dreams of living on a farm where she can raise as many chickens, ducks, and goats as she likes and write romance novels in an airy study overlooking the wildflowers.

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* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

It's giveaway time! Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Brigid Huey’s Interrupted Plans, and the giveaway is international. Yay!

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Many thanks to Brigid for stopping by today with that lovely excerpt! 

Also, a big thanks to Janet  @ More Agreeably Engaged for organizing and including me in this tour! And to Meryton Press for the giveaway! Thank you!

So, friends, what do you think? I love when Darcy and Elizabeth get a second chance! But what really caught my eye was in the book blurb - "carriage mishap throws them together" - I'm always delighted when they are somehow forced to be together! How about you?


  1. On dear, history is repeating itself. I hope that they will talk soon and apologize to each other. I like when their misunderstandings don't go on forever.

    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by today.

    2. I'm glad you agree. Some great books were less satisfying because ODC misunderstandings went on forever. They are both intelligent and should be able to figure things out at a read pace.

  2. Poor Darcy! Elizabeth may be uncomfortable, but she's not indifferent! Great excerpt, Brigid! Thanks for hosting, Candy!

  3. Thanks for hosting me today, Candy!

    1. It was my pleasure, Brigid! Looking forward to reading "Interrupted Plans" - like I said above, you had me at "carriage mishap throws them together" 😍

  4. Ugh, I hate the interrupted conversations that always happen! Elizabeth started with "You once told me that your good opinion, once lost, is lost forever." Why the heck didn't he follow up on that?!

    1. Right?? Society gets in the way so often! Don't worry, Darcy and Elizabeth get to speak frankly with each other...eventually :)

  5. This is such a good excerpt, Brigid! I'm like others and ready to continue reading. :) Congratulations on your release. Candy, thank you for hosting Brigid today.

  6. I love what if scenarios so this is one I would love to read.

    1. I love them too! I like to see what happens when one change is made.

  7. D & E are dancing, so that is a promising circumstance! Charming excerpt, Brigid! :)

  8. Congratulations. Poor Darcy! He needs to speak up.

  9. Thank you for another excerpt. Poor Mr. Darcy, wonder how Elizabeth felt?

  10. I am soooo looking forward to reading this!!


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