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Please join me today for a guest blog on Jane Austen’s World. It was lovely to be interviewed by Vic again – thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about my book, Willoughby’s Return.

Today’s question is for fun! Which hero from Sense and Sensibility do you like best – would you fall for an Edward Ferrars or a Colonel Brandon? Are you influenced by the actors who play these roles? The top photo shows Alan Rickman and David Morrissey as two very gorgeous Colonel Brandons and the equally dashing Hugh Grant and Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars below. I have to admit I loved them all!
Please leave a comment below if you are brave enough to join in.

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I am extremely honoured to have been awarded an Excessively Diverting Blog award from Austenprose in collaboration with Jane Austen Today. Thank you very much, you made my day!

Taken from Laurel Ann’s blog – The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.

Now it’s my turn to nominate 7 very worthy blogs:

1. Jane Austen’s World

Vic Place’s blog is unsurpassed in excellence on research in Jane Austen’s time and I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to it, not only for interest but for info – this was a must!

2. Light, Bright and Sparkling

Diana Birchall’s blog on her exploits past and present are always an entertaining and informative read. Diana is the author of the fabulous Mrs Elton books and Mrs Darcy’s Dilemma.

3. Sue Wilkes

Sue is an author and creative writing tutor. Her blog is a fascinating mix of social history and literary biography which are her specialities. Janeites will know Sue’s work from the Jane Austen Centre’s Regency World Magazine. Look out soon for a wonderful book from Hale on Regency Cheshire.

4. Historical Romance UK

I nominate this on behalf of all the other authors I have had the pleasure to blog with, and for their excellent writing coupled with meticulous research and their sense of humour.

Jane Austen in Vermont

5. Deb Barnum and Kelly McDonald, Regional Coordinators for the Vermont Chapter write this blog and there is always something of interest, whether scholarly or fun.

6. Becoming Jane

Whilst I didn’t buy completely into the film that inspired this blog, I always find thought provoking posts here, along with some very excellent research and study on the lives of Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy.

7. History Undressed Eliza Knight’s historical blog – as she says – history can be fascinating, sexy, intriguing and altogether delicious. A super resource for all things historical!

Congratulations recipients. Please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven (7) other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.

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Here is a link to an interview with yours truly over on Jane Austen’s World.This is a wonderful site for research purposes or pure entertainment on all aspects of the life and times of our favourite author – accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.

The painting is of Cassandra and Jane Austen dressed for a ball. It was inspired by two silhouettes said to be of the sisters.

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Here is a link to an interview with yours truly over on Jane Austen’s World.This is a wonderful site for research purposes or pure entertainment on all aspects of the life and times of our favourite author – accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.

The painting is of Cassandra and Jane Austen dressed for a ball. It was inspired by two silhouettes said to be of the sisters.

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New letters have just been discovered giving evidence of a correspondence between our lovely Miss Lydia and what appears to be a close acquaintance, Miss Lucy. The first must have been sent just at the time two certain gentlemen, a Mr Bingley and his friend Mr Darcy, were visiting Meryton.

My dearest Lydia,

La, it is uncommonly hot today and not at all the sort of weather for this time of year! I am so glad we are arrived at Brighton, for the sea breezes are refreshingly cool. I am writing to you on the scent of a RUMOUR! My mama’s lady’s maid heard from the footman, who heard from the valet of a visiting gentleman, who had stopped by to deliver a letter from Sir William Lucas to my papa, that your eldest sister Jane is practically engaged to a man of great good fortune. They said your mama said so, and that Jane had met him not a fortnight ago!

When last we spoke, we were lamenting the lack of eligible and handsome young men in Meryton. Indeed, your mama was always wondering aloud how she would manage to marry you all off.

How did Jane find anyone so well connected so soon? What is his name? What is he like, and where is he from? My mama begs me to ask you if he came alone or with a friend. And if so, what is HE like?

Do write me as speedily as you can. And, pray, tell me EVERYTHING! We are all agog with excitement.

Your affectionate friend,
Lucy


My dearest Lucy,

La! I am so diverted to hear from you again but monstrous vexed to hear you are in Brighton where I should like to be. However, for all your unseasonable fine weather and seaside entertainments, I must tell you that I cannot envy you. Meryton was certainly very dull the last time we met but I write to you now with exciting news and gossip.

An entire regiment of soldiers are wintering here – can you believe it? Such dashing officers – such wonderful visions in scarlet! One can hardly step out into the High Street for bumping into a redcoat and they are most obliging!

However, I digress. You are quite right in supposing my mother to have been at her wit’s end with regard to finding my sisters a husband, but the arrival of a Mr Bingley to the neighbourhood may soon put mama and Jane out of misery. He is from the North, is very rich and gentleman-like but not really to my taste, so I am very happy to see my sister quite smitten. Mr Bingley has taken Netherfield Park, which my mother thinks will do very nicely indeed – we have not known him a fortnight yet my sister danced four times with him at the Meryton assembly and has dined in company with him at least the same number. But for all this amusement I have to tell you his society is blighted not only by his horrid sisters but by the presence of his vile friend Mr Darcy, the most disagreeable man you ever beheld. Mama says he has ten thousand pounds but it seems to me that his money has not been of any help in making his disposition happy. I have never seen such a sour-faced countenance!

I must dash – Denny and Chamberlayne have just called –

Write again soon with your news,

Fondest felicitations,

Lydia

‘Lucy’ is perhaps better known as Ms. Place from Jane Austen Today and Jane Austen’s World. We’ve had a lot of fun putting these together. I hope you enjoy them!

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New letters have just been discovered giving evidence of a correspondence between our lovely Miss Lydia and what appears to be a close acquaintance, Miss Lucy. The first must have been sent just at the time two certain gentlemen, a Mr Bingley and his friend Mr Darcy, were visiting Meryton.

My dearest Lydia,

La, it is uncommonly hot today and not at all the sort of weather for this time of year! I am so glad we are arrived at Brighton, for the sea breezes are refreshingly cool. I am writing to you on the scent of a RUMOUR! My mama’s lady’s maid heard from the footman, who heard from the valet of a visiting gentleman, who had stopped by to deliver a letter from Sir William Lucas to my papa, that your eldest sister Jane is practically engaged to a man of great good fortune. They said your mama said so, and that Jane had met him not a fortnight ago!

When last we spoke, we were lamenting the lack of eligible and handsome young men in Meryton. Indeed, your mama was always wondering aloud how she would manage to marry you all off.

How did Jane find anyone so well connected so soon? What is his name? What is he like, and where is he from? My mama begs me to ask you if he came alone or with a friend. And if so, what is HE like?

Do write me as speedily as you can. And, pray, tell me EVERYTHING! We are all agog with excitement.

Your affectionate friend,
Lucy


My dearest Lucy,

La! I am so diverted to hear from you again but monstrous vexed to hear you are in Brighton where I should like to be. However, for all your unseasonable fine weather and seaside entertainments, I must tell you that I cannot envy you. Meryton was certainly very dull the last time we met but I write to you now with exciting news and gossip.

An entire regiment of soldiers are wintering here – can you believe it? Such dashing officers – such wonderful visions in scarlet! One can hardly step out into the High Street for bumping into a redcoat and they are most obliging!

However, I digress. You are quite right in supposing my mother to have been at her wit’s end with regard to finding my sisters a husband, but the arrival of a Mr Bingley to the neighbourhood may soon put mama and Jane out of misery. He is from the North, is very rich and gentleman-like but not really to my taste, so I am very happy to see my sister quite smitten. Mr Bingley has taken Netherfield Park, which my mother thinks will do very nicely indeed – we have not known him a fortnight yet my sister danced four times with him at the Meryton assembly and has dined in company with him at least the same number. But for all this amusement I have to tell you his society is blighted not only by his horrid sisters but by the presence of his vile friend Mr Darcy, the most disagreeable man you ever beheld. Mama says he has ten thousand pounds but it seems to me that his money has not been of any help in making his disposition happy. I have never seen such a sour-faced countenance!

I must dash – Denny and Chamberlayne have just called –

Write again soon with your news,

Fondest felicitations,

Lydia

‘Lucy’ is perhaps better known as Ms. Place from Jane Austen Today and Jane Austen’s World. We’ve had a lot of fun putting these together. I hope you enjoy them!

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