A Hopeful Holiday:
A Pride and Prejudice Novella
Available November 2021
available by Excessively Diverted Press
Is the holiday season a perfect setting for a second chance at love?
After secretly arranging Lydia and Wickham’s marriage, Mr Darcy encourages Bingley to return to Jane. While his friend is now happily married, Darcy regrets not having the courage to pursue Elizabeth in the autumn. As 1812 draws to a close, Darcy rallies his spirits to spend the Christmas holiday with Lady Catherine.
Elizabeth Bennet wanted to thank Darcy and show him that her feelings for him had changed but he never returned to Hertfordshire. She fears Darcy could not tolerate being brother-in-law to Wickham. For a change of scene and with the hope of lifting her spirits, Elizabeth accepts an invitation to visit Charlotte and her new baby at Christmas.
Lady Catherine’s annual masquerade ball is the social event of the holiday season and, amid the festivities and mistletoe, both Darcy and Elizabeth hope for the courage to make their affections known. But will her ladyship’s interference, the sudden appearance of her scheming nephew, and Elizabeth and Darcy’s insecurities prevent them from finding happiness during the holiday season?