Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blog Tour: No Cause to Repine by Rose Fairbanks - with giveaway!

Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely Rose Fairbanks's release, No Cause to Repine. And there is a giveaway, which I will tell you about at the end of this post!



This is a portion of a letter from Darcy to Elizabeth as they are separated for a time during their engagement. Due to the conflicts in the story, they must actually keep their engagement a secret. It took several weeks, and a few letters, to get to this point but Mr. Darcy is finally able to woo Elizabeth! I think he does a pretty good job!


It is much easier to explain when I realised the deep, abiding love I felt for you. I had accompanied Bingley to yet another ball. I had left Hertfordshire determined to forget you and had resigned myself to a marriage of duty and with little affection. Too soon, I realised what I believed was mere infatuation was the stirrings of love. For weeks, I compared every young lady to you, but none of them met your standard. In the midst of this ball, while I danced with some lady I do not recall, I thought instead of dancing with you at Netherfield. I began to imagine marriage to you, a future with you. I had been careful not to ponder the thought before. But finally, I admitted to myself that I did not wish to deny myself true happiness and gave a loose rein to my fancy and indulged my imagination. I knew then I could never marry another, for you pierce my soul.

I know a young lady who once jested that poetry drives away love, that it is not the food of love; but rather everything nourishes a fine, stout, healthy love. I laughed at the jest then, but now I perceive truth in it, for I find that even our trials nourish my love for you.

Today, I find myself captivated by memories of your eyes. The poets cannot do them justice, but even still, these words are all I have:

If I could write the beauty of your eyes

And in fresh numbers number all your graces,

The age to come would say ‘This poet lies:

Such heavenly touches ne’er touch’d earthly faces.’


Drink to me, only with thine eyes,

   And I will pledge with mine;

Or leave a kiss but in the cup,

   And I’ll not look for wine.

The thirst, that from the soul doth rise,        

   Doth ask a drink divine:

But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,

   I would not change for thine.


And to remind you of my constancy:  

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose

That’s newly sprung in June;

O my Luve’s like the melodie

That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in luve am I:

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:

I will luve thee still, my dear,

While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve

And fare thee well, a while!

And I will come again, my Luve,

Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.


Yours in passionate fidelity and adoration,

F. Darcy


Elizabeth felt as though she could scarcely breathe after reading the depth of Darcy’s regard and admiration. After allowing a few moments to compose herself, she began to leaf through book. She soon came to the conclusion that Darcy recorded the lines in this journal while thinking of her over the course of their acquaintance. She perused his letter again and realised the loneliness from which he must have suffered. He appeared to have much of his mother’s personality, and she died when he was still young. The age difference between Darcy and Georgiana made Elizabeth wonder if his small family had faced other tragedies before the demise of their parents.

She perceived that she still had much unravelling to do to understand Darcy better, as he seemed unwilling to speak on the misfortunes he had faced. Nevertheless, she found his letter left her quite at peace. How fortunate this letter would arrive today, just as she found herself frustrated by their separation and jealous of his dance partners! As she closed her eyes and drifted off to a well-deserved slumber, she could imagine his rich baritone whispering his words of love as he held her tightly in his arms.


As I mentioned above, I am very lucky to be able to offer a giveaway of an ebook copy of No Cause to Repine, and this is open internationally

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact the randomly selected winner.

The giveaway will end on the 6th of June, and I will be in contact with the winner!

Good luck! My thanks again goes to Rose for the giveaway and the lovely extract!

I wish Rose all the best with any stories in the future!

Your affectionate friend,
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  1. This looks so good!! Thank you for doing a giveaway :D email is i_lovenuk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. What a beautiful letter. You chose the perfect excerpt for this romantic Darcy. I have fallen in love with him. Please do not enter me in the give away as I already have the eBook.

  3. Oh that was a beautiful letter! I want to read the rest of the story for sure.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

    1. I do have to say, this is such a great letter (much longer in the book) that I kind of want to knock Lizzy over to have Darcy for myself. Good luck!

  4. Wow what a letter. *swoon*
    Thanks for the chance.
    betta_grl at hotmail dot com

    1. It takes quite awhile, and some paper, but he gets his act together in time to sweep her off her feet. ;) Good luck!

  5. I think this is going to be a great read! Cannot wait! orimela2000 at

  6. Thank you for sharing this sweet letter. I can't wait to read more.


  7. Oh my! You keep one upping yourself on these excerpts. Love it! Thank you for the giveaway.
    Cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot net

  8. What a romantic, lovely excerpt.....sigh.....

    Thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to win this one.

    Pamh5230 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks! It was fun to do a romantic one. Good luck!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read Rose's newest book. rebeccajamison11 at

  10. Super excited to read this book :)
    grace.heather48 at

  11. Excited to read.

  12. This is a very good read. Ms, Fairbanks at her finest.


  13. I want this book sooner better than later... I wish I win!!!

  14. I love the poem Darcy wrote!


    1. Oh, he borrowed from a few well known poets, but so did Elizabeth in a letter. Good luck!

  15. What a beautiful poem!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


    1. Darcy is well-read and always at his best in letter writing, isn't he? Good luck!

  16. Thanks for having me, Sophie!


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