First of all, allow me to apologize for the "Content Warning" - I assure you it has aught to do with my guest for Coffee this morning! I felt obligated to add it because of "My Sexy Saturday" last week with an excerpt from Alicia's Possession, which as the name implies IS sexy. So if you're cool with that but want to be heated up, you can check it out.
Today, I am absolutely thrilled to introduce one of my fellow Austen Authors as well as a displaced Louisianian and New Orleans Saints devotee (we'll ignore that he occasionally has the poor taste to pull for Green Bay), Jack Caldwell! That's right: It's a man, baby! His motto is "It takes a real man to write historical romance;" and he is a wonderful writer of Austen-inspired fiction, including his latest release, The Companion of His Future Life. Once you have had a taste of THIS re-imagining - oh boy! - I know you are going to want to see where this is going! So get a beignet and a cup of café au lait (even if it's in spirit only) and prepare to be entertained...
About The Companion of His Future Life
A funny happened on the way to Hunsford—what if Mr. Collins had chosen a different companion of his future life?
Legions of Pride and Prejudice aficionados have wondered why Mr. Collins didn’t turn to Mary Bennet rather than Charlotte Collins after Elizabeth rejected his marriage proposal. Author Jack Caldwell decides to tackle that very subject, and the results are surprising, yet familiar.
Mary Collins invites both Elizabeth and Jane to visit Hunsford over Easter, where they meet a very different Anne de Bourgh. Of course, Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are there, too, so fans of Jane Austen know what’s coming!
A light-hearted, fun twist on an immortal classic, Caldwell transfers Austen’s unsurpassed dialogue to different characters, with hilarious results. Those who have read Caldwell’s Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner know they’re in for an amusing and satisfying ride as they follow the characters’ trials to discover their own companions of their future lives.
Excerpt from The Companion of His Future Life
Elizabeth Bennet sat in the pew of the Meryton Church, trying to understand what was going on. There, before the altar, was her sister Jane, a participant in a wedding ceremony but not as the bride. Jane was the bridesmaid. For her sister Mary. Who was getting married. To William Collins.
What has happened?
Six weeks earlier, Jane was enjoying the attentions of Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth was enjoying her contempt for Mr. Darcy, and both were trying to avoid Mr. Collins. Now, Mr. Bingley and his annoying sisters and friend were gone from the neighborhood. Mr. Wickham, the soldier who had been so entertaining to the Bennet ladies, was paying exclusive attentions to Miss King. And Mary was uniting herself for life with Mr. Collins.
What has happened? No, no, this is wrong. It should be Jane marrying Mr. Bingley. Perhaps this is