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In this new twist to Jane Austen's favorite romance, M. K. Baxley explores the road that might have been taken had one small alteration occurred in the original plot. Instead of Lydia Bennet going to Brighton while Lizzy toured the Lakes, what if she had gone instead while Elizabeth visited Charlotte in Kent?
In this tale of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth was called home immediately after receiving Mr. Darcy's letter. Her father, while searching for his youngest daughter in London, succumbed to a cold and later died of heart failure. The subsequent events that follow are told in the narrative fashion of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and within the manner of Jane Austen.
The Mistress's Black Veil begins five years after that fateful day at Hunsford Parsonage when Mr. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth Bennet. The Bennets, now reduced to poverty after the death of Mr. Bennet, are barely surviving, having been thrown into the hedgerow by their cousin, Mr. Collins, at the directive of his noble patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh. As the situation becomes even more desperate, Elizabeth makes a difficult and irrevocable choice that will forever change her life and the lives of the ones she loves. In the end will she and Fitzwilliam Darcy find their way to their happily ever after?
The Mistress's Black Veil, influenced by Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "The Minister's Black Veil", is for mature readers only.
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Resources for the historical research used in The Mistress's Black Veil.
For those of you familiar with my work, you know that I usually include a resource page with my sources listed near the end of my books. This time, however, I omitted that page, as it is not required to have one. But, in lieu of several questions concerning the historical accuracy of TMBV, I have decided to release my sources in this editorial. They include:
Harriette Wilson's Memoirs: The Greatest Courtesan of her Age, edited by Lesley Blanch, Courtesans by Katie Hickman, Beau Brummel by Ian Kelly, Voices from the World of Jane Austen by Malcolm Day, The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues by Susan Griffin, The Courtesans: The Demi-Moude in 19th Century France by Joanna Richardson, City of Women by Christine Stansell, Temptress by Jane Billinghurst, The Lady Scandalous by Jo Manning.
There were several Wikipedia articles which were also used as well as information gleaned from other works of literature written in the Regency period such as Fanny Hill and the Victorian works of Charles Dickens, written a few years later. The Regency period was a very boisterous era. The morals of the age were set by the Royal Family--George IV, better known as the Prince Regent, and his brother, William IV, who succeeded him on the throne, in particular. When their niece, Victoria, took the throne, she and Albert brought about the change of strict mores many are acquainted with and the Victorian Age began, along with many reforms which had their beginnings in the Regency Era and are addressed in TMBV.
The Mistress's Black Veil was very well researched, but as with all well researched works of fiction, poetic license was used in places to suit the purpose of this story.
M. K. Baxley is the author of The Modern Pemberley Series consisting of The Cumberland Plateau and Dana Darcy, and The Regency Series consisting of The Mistress's Black Veil. She is currently working on Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Man in Want of a Wife, her second installment of The Regency Series, scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.
Ms. Baxley was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s but spent her young formative years with her parents on her grandfather's farm in Falls Mill, Tennessee, where her ancestors were among the original pioneers of the new frontier, now known as Tennessee, in 1803. She attended Tennessee Technological University in the heart of the Cumberland Plateau, earning a BS degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation, she worked in the aerospace industry for four years before leaving her career to care for her children.
Ms. Baxley and her husband currently reside in Alabama. They have five grown children and three grandchildren. Their oldest son, a graduate of Auburn University, is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Having completed three tours of duty in Iraq, one as a battery commander, he is presently stationed in Japan. Their second son also serves his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently stationed at the Pentagon. Their daughter and third son have both graduated from college and have since moved on with their careers. Their youngest son is still at university.
Ms. Baxley enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, needlework, and sewing. She has completed many personal designs in children's clothing, and though she lives in the city, she has often said she is more at home in the woods with a good book and a hound as her companion. Ms. Baxley is a self-described genteel classical lady from rural Tennessee.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111449974767