Monday, October 15, 2012


Ahhh, welcome dears!

So glad you could attend our tea despite the late hour.

Things have been amiss here at Pemberley due to some mysterious events.

But, come. Come in and let us take tea in the garden and we shall discuss.

Please check into this event and you will be eligible to win...

The Darcys of Pemberley
The Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
by Shannon Winslow

A sequel faithful to Jane Austen’s beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple’s idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by the secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and the threat of a villain in their midst.

Layers of seemingly innocent deception are building between Darcy and Elizabeth, threatening their relationship. He is conducting some covert business dealings that he’s unwilling to share with his wife, and she likewise begins keeping things from him against her own better judgment.

The couple also becomes embroiled in the tribulations of Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and his friend and cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Fitzwilliam falls victim to their aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as the object of her latest scheme to make a noble match for her daughter. The arrangement satisfies the ambitions of the couple’s parents, but appears to hold little prospect of happiness for Anne and Fitzwilliam, who each harbor other romantic interests.

During this same period, Georgiana runs the gamut of emotions as she comes of age. Her elation at her birthday ball soon crumbles when she learns the man she secretly admires is engaged to another. The excitement of a London season and the attention of two other eligible suitors cannot make her forget her disappointment over her lost first love.

As the story progresses, the menacing shadow of Mr. Darcy’s life-long nemesis looms ever-larger. By carelessness and design, Mr. Wickham and Lydia painfully intrude into the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, with disastrous results.

The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth’s story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana. For those of us who didn’t want Pride and Prejudice to end, this charming novel gives the opportunity to learn what happens after the wedding, to revisit all our old friends and foes, and to share the next chapter of their lives.

Ms. Winslow carries on the saga much as Jane Austen herself might have – true to her style, her sensibilities, and the delightful characters she created.


SEND me a link to a picture of the reticule you have brought with you to this event.

TELL me one item you would carry in your reticule.

AND leave your Pemberley guest name with your email if I don't already have it.

Participant reticules:

Lady Vee:
This Pineapple shaped reticule resides in the Kyoto Museum’s 1800-1810 collection. In describing this bag, the museum comments,

This small bag (called “reticule” at that time) was elaborately and three-dimensionally knitted into the shape of a pineapple. Motifs of pineapples and other exotic articles associated with the tropics became popular because of the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife JosĂ©phine, the then fashion leader, who was from the Island of Martinique. - find out more about this reticule and how to make it here

Lady Alexa:
contents include - In my reticule I am keeping Something Truly Horrid: a little seasonal story I have been toying with called Emma & Elton. Tea is always better with polite entertainment (see teaser).

Lady Faith:
contents include - my love's handkerchief embroidered with his initial - a memento cherished and present with me at all times...

Lady Freda:
contents include - handy dandy napkin for you never know when you need to wipe something

Princess LĂșthien:
contents include: a tiny bottle of perfume as I would not know when I might need it, compact mirror and a pretty shawl in case of cold

Lady MAD:
contents include - Legs (pet mechanical spider) and tiniest flask of Elixir

Lady Mary:
contents include - a very sharp hat pin to deter unwanted advances

Lady True:
contents include - a small never knows when the need for a book may arise

Lady Vicki:
contents include - handkerchief, a compact mirror, and a vial of smelling salts, for one never knows what may happen at these parties!


Contest has ended - winner is here



* reticule - (Clothing & Fashion) (in the 18th and 19th centuries) a woman's small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, etc.

* image source for reticule, participant reticules are sourced in comments

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