Welcome to the eleventh stop on the Aerendgast: The Lost History of Jane Austen Blog Tour, kindly brought to you by Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews. I have enjoyed following the tour thus far, especially the reviews, as I am yet to read the book. Author Rachel Berman has kindly shared an excerpt with us today along with a wonderful paperback giveaway, courtesy of Meryton Press!
My heart always feels slightly melancholy that Jane did not have her fairytale ending, although I believe she must have gained much pleasure from the novels she wrote and I for that I will be eternally grateful!! I always love to see Jane Austen with her own Mr Darcy, therefore this excerpt is perfect!
Excerpt by Rachel Berman
I do love a proper garden. There is something truly wonderful and even magical about making things grow. As I tend to the potatoes, I relish the feeling of dirt passing through my fingers. It is heavy and earthy, and so tangible and real. It makes me feel real as well.
It has been one month since my family quit Bath for Steventon. I never knew I could miss someone as much as I miss him. I feel as though part of myself is gone, and I am left empty. A thousand times a day, I think of something or see something or hear something that I want him to know. But when I turn to speak, he is not there. I wonder: if I did speak, could he hear me? My sister thinks I have gone mad. Perhaps I have. I only know that I live half of a life until he is with me again.
“Miss Jane Austen, potato harvester extraordinaire.” I hear his voice teasing from behind me. I am not startled. I have become used to hearing him talk to me. I know not if the words are really his, wafting through time and space and into my ear, or if they are of my own lonely creation. I continue with my potatoes.
“Are you not even going to say hello? I have had quite a far journey, you know.”
I know better than to turn around, but I cannot help myself. I do, and slowly stand, blinking my eyes rapidly to ensure that I have not fallen asleep and am in the midst of some beautiful dream. But he is here, in my garden, standing right in front of me. Edward. Here.
Everything in me melts, and spring comes early as I run into his arms, suddenly warm and whole again—finally.
“You are really here?” I ask.
“Yes, I am really here.”
“Do not leave again.”
“You are the one who left me, if I am not mistaken.”
We laugh. It is the most wonderful feeling I can ever recall.
“Miss Austen,” Edward says, moving me back slightly so we can look each other in the eye, “I have not come all this way simply to help you with your potatoes.”
“Oh, no?” I smile. “Why are you here then, Mr. Fulham?”
“I have spoken with your parents, Miss Austen. Jane. I am here to ask you if you will marry me.”
I know Edward must be desperate while waiting for an answer, but I cannot seem to speak. I have risen up into the sky, above my body, and am watching myself unable to move.
“Jane? I…I know it might seem sudden, but I have loved you since the first moment I saw you, most ardently, and I cannot be apart from you any longer. Why waste more of my life away from you? My family’s opinions are of no matter. It will not do. Jane, marry me.”
“Yes,” is all I can say as warm tears run down my cheeks, and I feel my smile beaming all the way across the road. “Yes.”
So sweet!! Thank you for sharing Rachel. Good luck with Aerendgast and I look forward to the rest of the blog tour!
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Blog Tour Schedule
3/2: Guest Post at Austenprose
3/3: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club
3/4: Author Interview at The Little Munchkin Reader
3/5: Excerpt & Giveaway at BestSellers & BestStellars
3/6: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm
3/7: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen
3/8: Review at The Delighted Reader
3/9: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time…
3/10: Guest Post & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
3/11: Review at Austenprose
3/12: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice
3/13: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
3/14: Review at Margie's Must Reads
3/15: Review at Warmisunqu’s Austen
3/16: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews
3:17: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
3/18: Guest Post at Laughing with Lizzie