Saturday, August 02, 2014

Blog Tour: The Gentleman's Impertinent Daughter by Rose Fairbanks

Today I welcome the lovely Rose Fairbanks to my blog. She has recently published a Pride and Prejudice novella and has stopped by to give us a taster today! I will be reviewing the story in the new few weeks so keep eye out for my thoughts!

"When Fitzwilliam Darcy visits Hyde Park with his sister, he expects nothing more than a quiet walk on a fine day. Instead, he meets a young woman who challenges his ideas and pulls his sister out of her melancholy. He soon realizes Elizabeth Bennet is the only woman in the world with whom he could spend the rest of his life.

Elizabeth, clever and self-assured, refuses to change for the sake of gaining a husband, a prospect she finds impossible regardless. With wit and independence rather than fortune, she is entirely convinced no sensible man would have her, and she cannot respect a fool. Can Darcy prove to be this impossible man? Or is a figure from his past an insurmountable obstacle to a future with The Gentleman’s Impertinent Daughter?

This was previously posted on various forums in a draft as St. Michael's Little Summer."

I chose this excerpt because it’s one of my favourite conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth. In this scene, although very newly acquainted, Georgiana asked if they might convey Elizabeth to Netherfield in the Darcy carriage as they all happened to be arriving on the same day.


Georgiana and Mrs. Annesley were able to sleep after their scheduled stop. Darcy took advantage of the relative privacy. “Miss Elizabeth,” he began, “I believe you promised me a debate.”

She grinned at him. “Indeed, sir! Well, I will allow you to choose the subject then.”

“I have been accustomed to ladies going first.”

“And I have been accustomed to allowing those at the disadvantage to lead.”

Darcy raised his eyebrows, “You perceive I am at the disadvantage? Even after knowing I out ranked your father?”


“I am confident, sir. I have found gentlemen always hold back when competing against a woman. I am convinced it is because when they lose to me they can then falsely congratulate themselves on not performing to their best ability and pretend to be able to keep their pride.”


Darcy laughed at the image she created. “I can see you will be stubborn about this so I shall humour you. Your words just now have decided the topic for me. Let us debate faults and virtues.”

“And shall you list yours, Mr. Darcy?”


“It is not for me to consider my virtues but I can list my faults well enough, I believe.”

“You find yourself blind to your goodness but exceptionally aware of your flaws? That is rather singular. Most suffer from a conceited opinion of self-worth.”

“I am not self-deprecating but I do enjoy the study of philosophy and theology and believe in meditating on my character. I had previously thought my greatest fault was an implacable resentment; my good opinion once lost is lost forever. However, I have recently realized I am guilty of pride and vanity as well."


“You did not list obstinacy as a fault, sir.”


Darcy smiled, “I think you begin to understand me. I consider it more of a virtue, in my case.”


“I wonder if you mean obstinacy or conviction. Are you so reckless as to adhere to your opinion out of obstinacy once your conviction is gone?”

“On occasion as a master I have had to face a decision in which I held no overwhelming certainty in my choice. To waver when a matter must be decided upon is to mark it for failure. I would rather remain steadfast in my previously made plans, even if I am not perfectly convinced of their correctness, than to sit in indecisiveness.”

“As a leader of men I see that would be a necessary quality. If you are later convinced that your prior belief was incorrect, do you make amends?”

“Of course. I am guilty of pride and vanity, but not arrogance and conceit. As master it might wound my pride to admit an error but it would be dangerous to lose the respect of my servants and tenants out of conceit.”

“As I see it your virtues then are wisdom, benevolence and steadfastness. I would think now, sir, it is time to evaluate my own faults.”


“Miss Elizabeth, you are without fault, I am perfectly convinced.” He spoke with all seriousness but she did not perceive it.


Laughing merrily Elizabeth replied, “I did not know you could tease, sir! Without fault, indeed! Last evening I spoke on many of them. I am impertinent and outspoken and you may infer I am perhaps too self-assured in my opinions."

"I stand by my statements of last night; I do not find you impertinent. I admire the liveliness of your mind and I find myself quite sick of deference.”


Elizabeth blushed and before she could reply Georgiana awoke then and the threesome conversed about their favourite activities.

What a brilliant conversation! I can't wait to the read it!

**GIVEAWAY - ends Sunday 10th August **

Rose has provided me a giveaway!  Two lucky winners will receive an ebook copy of The Gentleman's Impertinent Daughter. This giveaway is open internationally. 

To enter, leave a comment below and the winners will be picked randomly.

Please leave your email address and which format you would like for the ebook. If you are one of the lucky winners, I will pass on your email to Rose who will be in touch.

Good luck!

Thank you again to Rose for this giveaway! I wish you all the best with this story as well as the future ones! As I said, watch for my review in the next few weeks!

Your affectionate friend,
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  1. Sophie, I am so happy that you are featuring this author and her debut book. I have this so please do not enter me. It really is a wonderful short story. Rose, you have a way with words.

  2. Sophie & Rose I already have the ebook and will begin it shortly. I loved the chosen excerpt. I am chomping at the bit to read it.

  3. I really enjoyed that little 'debate'!

  4. Thanks for sharing this excerpt! I can’t wait to read more.

  5. Loved the blog post. Luckily I have a kindle so if I don't win, I will definitely look into buying it later. So count me in!

    1. Congratulations! You are one of the winners! I have emailed you :)

  6. Great scene. I really like the thought behind this book. Would love to win tje kindle version.

  7. Thanks so much for this! I love the excerpt. :) The book sounds very lovely. I would love to win a kindle version and my email is i_lovenuk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Very intriguing....I would love to read the Nook version of this!

    1. Thank you! I regret to say I did not publish this one through Nook as well, the process totally overwhelmed me! If you win and do not wish to download a kindle app I would be happy to send you a pdf file that is nook compatible.

  9. What a great excerpt! Looking forward to reading this. I'd like to enter for a kindle version please babblingsofabookworm (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. this looks amazing!!!!! is there a PDF version? if so my email address is

    1. Thanks! Yes, I can provide you with a pdf version if you win or if you do not and would still like that format I think we could arrange purchase via paypal. You can email me about that at thefairbanksrose (@) gmail dot com

    2. Congratulations! You are on of the winners! I have emailed you :)

  11. A great excerpt and another interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway. I read on kindle and my email is adavittoria(at)email(dot)it

  12. Yay! Thought I missed the deadline and I'm so glad I didn't!
    Thanks for the lovely excerpt.
    It's a beautiful book and it sounds absolutely sparkling!
    Good luck with the new release, Rose!

  13. Congratulations on your debut as an author, Rose. It must be so exciting!

    The excerpt is fantastic. I love the verbal sparring between Darcy and Elizabeth whenever it turns up.

    Obviously, I'd love to win a copy. I have a Kindle so that's the format for me, please and my email is angmardee(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Good luck with the launch.

  14. Patricia Finnegan5 August 2014 at 21:50

    Nook ebook please.

    Congratulations on your new book!

  15. Congratulations on your first book! It looks to be a wonderful one and I can't wait to read it.

    Kindle version please


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