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A Regency tale inspired by Jane Austen’s timeless classic ~ Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth Bennet considers the handsome new vicar at Hunsford parsonage to be everything Fitzwilliam Darcy is not. The Reverend Francis Martel is warm, accessible, and has no difficulty showing his feelings for her. Within weeks of rejecting Darcy’s offer, Elizabeth finds herself swept up in a tumult of emotions for the vicar. He shares her wit, her caring for others, and the simple life—so in her confusion, she accepts the vicar’s proposal. Will Darcy recover from his injured ego in time to intervene in their marriage? And how will he separate the couple only days before their wedding?The Return of the Gallant Vicaris the sequel to this adventure in angst, which though not canon, allows the characters to remain true to the originals.
Elizabeth sat in her room nibbling on the pork rind and slice of bread Charlotte managed to tuck in her pocket. “Thank you, Charlotte. I worry that husband of yours will try to smell my breath for the scent of food. It is a strange feeling to be sent to bed without dinner. My parents never found cause to be so cruel, and here I am a grown woman doing without my dinner.”
The expression on Charlotte’s face told Elizabeth she was not taking her husband’s antics lightly. Attempting to understand his attitude, she gently prodded her friend with questions. “I find that the oddest part of Mr. Collins’ upset is the simple fact that I went into the graveyard without his permission. It is not as if I dug up a body.” She bit into the rind and chewed the leathery meat while covering her mouth fearful of saying more.
Charlotte wrung her hands, the agitation showing on her face. “I have been ordered to tell you that you must leave. My husband would have informed you himself but he was—”
“Afraid of grave germs?”
Charlotte nodded. “Exactly.” She pulled her hand away. “I know this visit has not been the most pleasant experience for you, Lizzy. Your kindness in coming this far and enduring my husband has meant a lot to me.” She hugged her friend, tears trickling down her cheeks. “Lady Catherine wishes you gone, also. And her wish is our command.”
Barbara Silkstone is the author of the best selling Mister Darcyseries of comedic mysteries and a collection of lighthearted Regency tales which include: Darcy and Elizabeth Serendipity, Darcy, Lizzy and Emma, Darcy Lizzy and Lady Susan andMy Fair Lizzy.The Gallant Vicaris not intended to be a comedy, but quirky things do occur.