Happy Netherfield Ball Week!

As every Austen fan knows, 26th November is also Netherfield Ball Day, and I’m delighted to announce that, starting this Saturday, I’ll be posting the opening chapters of a new Austen-inspired novel (co-written with Ada Bright), which begins soon after the Netherfield ball.

The story, Mr Darcy’s Persuasion, has been percolating in my head for years, and at long last it’s almost complete. We’re deep into editing mode now, and the book will be released in February 2021.

Yes, it’s going to be another big book!

Chapters will be posted regularly* between now and the book’s release, and we hope you’ll come here and join in the fun as we read along together.

So what is it about?

Mr Darcy’s Persuasion is a crossover between Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion.

The story begins in the aftermath of the Netherfield Ball, which took place on 26th November 1811, three years before the events of Persuasion, so for the characters from that novel, things are a little different (eg, it is five years since Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were parted, not eight, so the captain is away at sea; Mary and Charles Musgrove have only been married a year and are expecting their first child; Louisa and Henrietta Musgrove are away at school, so do not feature in the story;  etc).

The Prologue (which will kick things off this weekend) will better explain how the crossover comes about and consists of two letters, one from Darcy to his cousin, the colonel and the other from Elizabeth Bennet to her aunt, Mrs Gardiner.

See you on Saturday!

~o0o~

*   The number of chapters posted each week may vary, so I can’t say how many will be shared before publication—but as many as I can manage!

About Cass

Writer of romance with all the feels. Dreamer, bookworm, cat lover. Avid fan of antiques TV shows. #proudHufflepuff
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18 Responses to Happy Netherfield Ball Week!

  1. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Love the pictures. Looking forward to the story.

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  2. Roxey says:

    Eagerly looking forward to it!

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  3. Bonnie K. says:

    I just received the first big book. 🙂 I better get started soon so that I’m ready for the next hefty book. Congrats on the upcoming publication.

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    • Cass says:

      I hope you enjoy Quest, Bonnie! I am rather fond of that story!

      Thanks for agreeing to be one of our advance readers on the new one!

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  4. Vee says:

    This sounds so exciting! Bring on Feb! ❤️

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  5. sheilalmajczan says:

    Looking forward to reading this story. Persuasion is my second favorite of JA’s stories so…bring it on! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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    • Cass says:

      Persuasion used to be my second favourite too, Sheila, but in recent years it’s overtaken P&P for me.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

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  6. caroleincanada says:

    This is so exciting! Another ‘Beast’! Looking forward to it! Congratulations! Stay safe & healthy!

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  7. Mari says:

    So good to see you with a new story. I cant wait.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mari says:

    i forgot to say that i like the look of the new site. Very soothing.

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