Monday, November 16, 2009

The Winner of the Giveaway Poll is .....

The winner of my poll by a full length is Monica Fairview's The Other Mr. Darcy. The final numbers were 50/34/16 with Murder at Longbourn finishing second. Now, here is what you need to do in order to win a copy of The Other Mr. Darcy.

*You must be a resident of the United States or Canada.
*You must answer the question below as that will be your entry into the giveaway.
*If you are a follower of my blog, you are entered twice. If you are following me on Twitter (see side bar), you are entered twice. If you are related to me, you are entered twice. (I'm kidding on that third one.) All other entries are entered only once.
*Check back on Tuesday, November 24, to see if you have won. If you did win, please contact me at quailcreekpub@hotmail.com, so that I may get your mailing information.

To recap: Meet residency requirements, answer question, and if you win, contact me by e-mail. Pretty easy.

Here is the book's description as shown on Amazon: "Caroline Bingley is our heroine. She is sincerely broken-hearted when Mr. Darcy marries Lizzy Bennet; that is, until she meets his American cousin. Mr. Robert Darcy is as charming as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is proud, and he is stunned to find the beautiful Caroline weeping at his cousin's wedding. Such depth of love, he thinks, is rare and precious. For him, it's nearly love at first sight. But these British can be so haughty and off-putting. How can he let the young lady, who was understandably mortified to be discovered in such a vulnerable moment, know how much he feels for and sympathizes with her?"

Monica Fairview's Caroline is intelligent and considerate. However, most of us know Jane Austen's Caroline as a catty and conniving woman. These two very different portrayals got me to thinking about another possible scenario. So here is my question:

Caroline Bingley is rich. Col. Fitzwilliam is in need of a rich wife. Would it be possible for the two to get together? If so, why? And if not, why not?

I have read the book and enjoyed it. For a full review, please visit Austenesque Reviews. I hope you will enter my giveaway.

16 comments:

  1. I’d like to think that the Col. Married for love, but considering the times, I can picture him doing it. But if she has a townhouse and a country house, maybe they won’t have to spend much time together. It’s hard for me to picture a nice Caroline Bingley.

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  2. I think it depends on how big of a shock she gets @ Darcy's wedding. If she has a "Hunsford" experience, then it is possible for them to have a decent marriage. Even if not, she would be willing to put up w/ a lot to be married to the son (even the 2nd son) of an Earl. He could go to his club and she could host teas. Not very romantic, but very realistic to the times. I really do think they both would do it. Col. told E he needed money to marry and Caro was chasing Darcy (IMHO) just for his status, so it would be a match made in status heavan.

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  3. Hi Francy and Kelli, I agree with both of you. Between money and status, I think both would go for it.

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  4. As Oprah (to use an anachronistic reference) said once on her show, "If you're hoping going to avoid hard work by marrying money, be aware that you're gonna be working for hard for it anyhow!" (Or something like that!).


    Col F to me appears to be a rather lazy kind of guy. I sense that he was attracted to Elizabeth in P & P and I say she was a teensy bit attracted to Col F's eligible single amiable man. (Who can blame the girl of 50 pounds a year whose only offer has been Mr. Collins). If Elizabeth had a larger dowry, Col F would have gone for her, I think. But because he's too lazy to have lofty ideals about marrying for love, he's clear head and practical enough of a guy to go as far as to warn her nothing would come of his flirtation. This tells me that he's not a fool when it comes to reading women.

    Marrying Caroline Bingley would be foolish, for she's socially inferior and an insecure social climber ! He's too lazy to exert himself that much to deal with her, not when surely there's plenty of heiress with less baggage and easier to train... like Georgiana (hehe!)

    So, NO, I do not think he would marry her, despite her large dowry, for a marriage to such that piece of work would be too much work!

    Now, I got to get back to my own work.

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  5. Lizzy, "A marriage to such a piece of work would be too much work." Well put.

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  6. Hmmm....well, first of all, I think Caroline doesn't have enough money for him. She only has 20,000 pounds but, if what he and Lizzy joked about is true, he is in the market for someone with 50,000 or more. He might be willing to overlook that deficiency if the woman were to his liking (Georgiana??) but I just couldn't imagine him liking anything AT ALL about Caroline. ;)

    But, besides the money, I really think he could do so much better. I realize that he needs money to marry but he is the son of an Earl and is friendly, kind and sociable. I have to believe there are nice ladies out there (even the naive but kind Catherine Morland type would be better than a social climbing snob like Caroline). I really don't think the Col would or needs to sink so low to attach himself to a tradesman's daughter with moderate wealth and an attitude he cannot abide. If he liked her, that would be a different story. :)

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  7. I think his family would have an issue with her family being from trade and as the son of an earl he could do better in the connections department. Plus, I think he would be such a fun husband to have and we wouldn't want Caroline to be too happy now would we.

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  8. I think it's possible, yet icky. He would be the Charlotte to Caroline's Collins. The Colonel being the younger son needs to marry for more material considerations while Caroline, social climber that she is, would love being related to the Earl. I can almost hear the Colonel speaking to Darcy about being lucky that his study is on the other side of the house and often a whole day will pass that they (he & Caroline) only spend a few moments in company. At least Elizabeth could commiserate with Darcy on how their beloved friends chose marriages of convenience!

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  9. i think the colonel could whip caroline into shape, get through her cattyness. deep down she seems to believe that is how she'll become darcy's wife, and that is how she'll then move to the first circles. so her heartbrokenness is over position. if her ideas can be broken down (we've certainly seen this happen) then the colonel could end up with a very lovely caroline bingley. but, it would be a tough battle! but, he's a colonel for a reason!

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  10. I suppose that it would be possible. They would both get what they needed in terms of money and status. I have a hard time picturing the two of them together, but perhaps his charm could win her over.

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  11. That is an interesting idea; however, the Colonel has probably seen Caroline in her snippity snobbishness, which I feel would never have shown her off well. Even though she has money I don't think he would offer marriage to her. Even if she learned her lesson, he might still view her as a hypocrite. I like the idea of the American cousin -- someone who has no knowledge about how Caroline behaved.

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  12. The Caroline Bingley in The Other Mr. Darcy is quite different from the lady we love not to love. The Col. could marry this reformed CB.

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  13. I have to say though, I'd rather win a copy of your book than this one. :D I love your ff writing. Such fun to read.

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  14. Lisa, I finally got copies of my books yesterday, so there will be a giveaway next week of Searching for Pemberley. There are two copies available at A Bibliophile's Bookshelf.

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  15. I think he would view her as more of a sister than a bride prospect. I realize that mutual admiration would be more than enough foundation for a marriage at that time, but I would think they would both look elsewhere.

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  16. I think Col. F. would only marry for money not love. He wants that prestege that only money can bring. He's lazy and love for him would be out of the question!

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