Mistress of Netherfield

Mistress of Netherfield

by Julia Winter
Mistress of Netherfield

Mistress of Netherfield

by Julia Winter



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It is a truth universally acknowledged that on escaping an unhappy marriage, a young widow will be delighted to remove to the dower house and lease the marital abode to a single man in possession of a good fortune, provided he looks elsewhere to fulfil his want of a wife.

Five years after being forced into an unwanted marriage at the age of sixteen, and freed six months later by the death of her abusive husband, Elizabeth Grayson (née Bennet) has finally found a measure of peace. The inheritor of her husband's estate, Netherfield Park, Elizabeth is now a wealthy young widow, independent and self-reliant. With an eye always on improving her four sisters' woefully small dowries and providing for her mother, who will be homeless when her father dies, Elizabeth is pleased to lease out Netherfield to the Bingley family, making her home in the dower house in Meryton and vowing that she will never remarry.

Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire is rich and well connected, but reserved in company with anybody outside the very few he counts as friends. Towards those friends, he is loyal and steadfast, the staunchest of supporters. So when a young man comes to him with a tale of the clandestine marriage and mysterious death of Darcy's old schoolfriend, James Grayson, and begs Darcy's help to investigate the widow's role, Darcy agrees. Visiting Charles Bingley, the new tenant of Netherfield, Darcy is very soon torn between his loyalty to his dead friend, and his burgeoning attraction to the widow.

Throw two unprincipled rogues and an elopement into the confines of Meryton, and how will Darcy's dilemma over Elizabeth ever be resolved? And is she willing to put aside her misgivings, and trust again?

(British English spelling and grammar used throughout).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162400370
Publisher: Julia Winter
Publication date: 06/28/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 815 KB

About the Author

Once Julia used to do communications work for the UK government, in a variety of departments that saw her handle programmes as diverse as managing national TV campaigns and an internal TV service delivered through everyone’s desktop PC. These days she lives a much quieter life with her husband in a pretty Georgian vicarage deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside, and is writing full time. She's supported in that endeavour not only by the tolerant Mr Winter (bless him!), but also by the Deputy Editor, aka Molly the cockerpoo, who’s assisted by the lovely Mavis, a Yorkie-Bichon cross with a bark several sizes larger than she is, but no opinion whatsoever on the placement of semi-colons.

Julia has been a lover of Jane Austen’s works for most of her life. She will happily admit that it's appalling cheek to use even a fraction of Jane’s ‘little bit of ivory’, but hopes Jane will forgive her. Julia's only excuse is that of all literary heroines, Lizzy Bennet is the one she wanted to be. Writing Pride and Prejudice variations is the closest she will ever come.
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