Meryton Press is happy to release C. P. Odom’s latest novel, A Chance Eavesdropping. It has been a long time coming due to various real-life impediments, but it is here now, and we hope everyone enjoys it. C. P. is a much loved author, and he has another book in the works. Yes, you heard it here. Georgiana’s Friend will be coming in the future, but for now, let’s get back to A Chance Eavesdropping.
Can eavesdropping change Elizabeth Bennet’s future?
What is a young lady of the Regency to do when she overhears her own mother plotting against her? When the plot involves matching the lovely Elizabeth Bennet with her unpleasant cousin Mr. Collins, sudden and drastic steps are needed.
Elizabeth’s life is also complicated by the wealthy and haughty Mr. Darcy, a guest of Mr. Bingley, the neighbourhood’s most eligible bachelor and her sister Jane’s suitor. The prideful Mr. Darcy soon departs Hertfordshire along with the Bingley party. But Mr. Bingley returns for Jane’s hand, ignoring the opposition of his sisters.
When Elizabeth’s summer excursion to the North with her aunt and uncle leads to further surprises, including a chance encounter with the high and mighty Mr. Darcy, the travellers accept an invitation to lodge at his estate. Meanwhile, her sister Lydia causes a calamity that may destroy the reputation of the Bennet family.
The gentlemen band together to search for Wickham and Lydia, but can the Bennets’ good name be restored even if the errant couple is found? Is Darcy’s attraction to this country lass with neither fortune nor connections stronger than the voices in his head? Can the mere infraction of eavesdropping truly lead to such wildly unforeseen events?
From the Author
As with most Pride and Prejudice variations, this novel flowed from the idea that the plotting between Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins to match him with Elizabeth was overheard in the Longbourn garden. Given Elizabeth’s feisty character, she could either ignore the plotting and let the cards fall where they might or she might take action to thwart the conspiracy. Naturally, I figured she’d take action, and the events in A Chance Eavesdropping flow from that decision.
Since Mr. Collins planned to depart Longbourn early on Saturday morning, he made his farewells the previous night following dinner and before the ladies retired for the night. Mama was her usual garrulous self, expounding well beyond politeness and cordiality in her well-wishing of her future son-in-law who wore an artificial smile as he waited for a break in the conversation.
“My dear madam,” Mr. Collins said when Mama paused for breath, “I cannot wait to again take advantage of your gracious hospitality and see my betrothed once more when I return. Miss Mary has made me the happiest of men by her kind acceptance of my modest offer of marriage, and I hope I am not flattering myself unjustifiably when I say that this happy event will heal the breach between the two branches of the family.”
“Oh, I believe that goes without saying, my good sir!” Papa said, giving Elizabeth a sly wink. Her mother and Mr. Collins nodded happily to each other, believing the head of the family had just stated his patriarchal agreement with his future son-in-law. Only Elizabeth was aware that her father’s comment had two interpretations, the other being that Mr. Collins was indeed “flattering himself unjustifiably.” But she curbed her tongue while her face hid her inner amusement.
Something is brewing, but what? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Meryton Press will be giving away two eBooks of A Chance Eavesdropping. We would love to have your share in the conversation so please let us know what you think about the excerpt, the blurb, or send some love to the author. We want to hear from you. The giveaway is worldwide and will end at midnight, Thursday, the 29th, 2023. Good luck to everyone and thank you for stopping by.
Other Books by C. P. Odom
A Most Civil Proposal, Pride, Prejudice, & Secrets, Consequences, Perilous Siege, A Covenant of Marriage, and Determination, Skirmish & Scandal are available on Amazon. Most are also available in Audiobook format. The Determination Audiobook should be coming soon.