“One should, after all, be with family at Christmas.”
Lizzy knew there would be challenges in her marriage to Darcy; it’s no surprise the first comes in the form of his formidable aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Newlyweds, Darcy and Elizabeth, are to spend their first Christmas at Rosings with Darcy’s aunt, the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Her Ladyship never approved of the match and, in bearing Lady Catherine’s spiteful contempt, Lizzy wonders if she will ever be able to convince the woman to approve of the marriage. The animosity in the house at Rosings Park sparks trouble between Darcy and Elizabeth. While they can lose themselves in each others arms for a short time, it might just take a Christmas miracle to save them from the pride and prejudice that springs from having such family.
This 15,000-word short story is an intimate variation on Jane Austen’s British classic, Pride and Prejudice. It contains steamy scenes between the now married Mr and Mrs Darcy.
Endowed with a delicate beauty and a modest inheritance, Miss Augusta Hawkins is a gentleman’s daughter in need of a husband. She wishes to marry well, but despite her sister’s urging to accept the hand of the entirely respectable, but predictably dull, Mr Elton, Augie can’t help yearning to feel the inspiration of a passionate love match.
When charming, young Wickham strides into her life in his gallant regimentals she finds herself deeply affected by her desires for him. While Wickham brings with him a great deal of charm and vivacity, he cannot hide a disreputable nature to which Augie’s sister ardently objects. Threatened with the very high risk of a miserable, penniless future of heartbreak and strife Augie is torn between a torrid lust and a tepid, but safe, affection.
If the secret of the full extent of her interlude with Wickham is discovered she may lose every chance of a respectable marriage, but maybe that would be a worthwhile price to pay for the ecstasy she finds in Wickham’s arms.