How to Fall in Love with a Man You Thought You Hated
by Elizabeth Adams
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Paperback; 266 pages
Genre: Historical Romance/Austenesque
For Elizabeth Bennet, Charlotte is the friend who is—annoyingly—always right. Colonel Fitzwilliam is the mischievous brother she never had. And if their convictions that Mr. Darcy is in love with her are correct, he could be the lover she’s always wanted.
There’s only one problem—he tried to ruin her favorite sister’s life, and she made an absolute fool of herself in front of him.
Can lasting happiness come out of such a beginning? And can a man die from chasing a woman too quick to be caught? Darcy is about to find out.
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Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips - as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.
She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.
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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of How to Fall… by Elizabeth Adams
She smiled rather sadly and said, “I have come face to face with my own shortcomings today, and I find myself rather mortified, not only at what I have found, but that you have been witness to it all.”
“I beg you would not make yourself uneasy. Wickham has a talent for deception I have seldom seen duplicated. You cannot blame yourself for being taken in.”
“But I can blame myself for what I did with the information I swallowed so unthinkingly.” She shook her head as he looked on in worry. “I suppose I owe your cousin an apology now.”
She said the last so grimly and with such an expression of dread that he could not help but smile. “Darcy will understand. His own father was taken in by Wickham. I doubt he is expecting an apology, anyhow.”
She made a resigned face. “Regardless, I owe him one.” A frown line appeared between her brows. “Though I hate to give him the satisfaction of thinking even worse of me than he already does. At least now he can despise me for my gullibility—I can hardly fault him for that.”
“Why should you think Darcy thinks badly of you?”
“He has always disliked me.”
“What makes you think so?”
“His behavior, his expressions, his words,” she said, as if explaining why the sky was blue. She let her head drop back. “And now I have given him irrefutable proof of his superiority. If I were more magnanimous, I should let him enjoy the victory.”
Colonel Fitzwilliam chuckled and shook his head. “You needn’t worry. Darcy thinks very highly of you.”
“Truly, he does. He has sung your praises more than once.”
It was impossible to hide her incredulity. The idea of Mr. Darcy singing anyone’s praises, let alone her own, seemed as likely as Lady Catherine allowing someone else to speak at dinner.
She leaned her head back and sighed. “Your sisters are very lucky to have such a brother.”
“What makes you say that?”
“You are very patient with weeping women.”
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How to Fall in Love With a Man You Thought You Hated