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There You Were

“I was not looking for love, but there you were. I cannot stop it, I cannot indulge it, so I must put distance between us and hope that time will heal this fever I have.”

Abandoned by her mother and ignored by her father, it is hardly any wonder young Elizabeth Bennet’s curiosity soon brings about trouble and marriage to a man she does not love. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s family—save for his cousin Mr Darcy—despises her, and life is not what she dreamed of. As she matures and grows from an impetuous girl into a woman, Elizabeth’s most reliable source of friendship and comfort becomes Mr Darcy. When tragedy strikes leaving her a widow, she is free to find out [discover?] who has been in her heart all along.  

Darcy has always been intrigued by the girl his beloved cousin married, and finds himself drawn into helping her after her husband’s death. Over time, admiration turns to love. Admitting his feelings to her – or even himself – could lead to ruin, but denying his passion could shatter him.

“And you intend to remain?”

“My plans are as yet unfixed.”

Wow! I was not sure how I was going to feel about this story once I started reading… but I must say it did not disappoint one bit. There were times that I thought… this is the point of no return! There is no way a happily ever after is coming out of all this! But, hats off to Michelle Ray. This story is captivating, heart-felt and emotional.

It is very VERY much a variation, so do not go into this thinking it will resemble Pride & Prejudice. But, if you appreciate a variation where Elizabeth & Darcy (true to their original character qualities) face new challenges, this is sure to hold your interest! I highly recommend reading There You Were

Author Bio

Michelle Ray is a middle school literature teacher who also directs plays, writes stories, and sees as many Broadway shows as she can. She grew up in Los Angeles and went to the awesome Westlake School for Girls where theater had the cachet of football and the girls were in charge of everything. She lives with her husband and daughters near Washington DC, and dreams of traveling anywhere and everywhere.

You can purchase here . Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveway. Thank you to Quills & Quartos for a copy of There You Were. All thoughts are my own.

Without giving any spoilers away, you might find this article on childbirth throughout history interesting. Read it now or bookmark it for later.

Thank you dear friends for stopping by! Let me know if you plan to grab your own copy of this book. As always, I would love to hear any recommendations you might have for me. 🙂

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.


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