Mr. Darcy and the Enchanted Library, Chapter 1 — 88 Comments

  1. Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Just wow. I don’t believe how much this novel will cost when published. I will buy it, or have someone buy it for me (more likely). Wonderful statt!

  2. Oh, I am loving this!
    What on earth is Elizabeth doing there, if she’s not magical. Or is she? Or… is it really her?
    Can’t wait to read more.

  3. Talk about setting the tone! What a great exposition scene – dropping hints but leaving so many questions to be answered. Beautifully and imaginatively executed, Abigail. Looking forward to learning what comes next!

  4. Wow! What a great start! When’s the next chapter to be posted? When completed, will it be published? If yes, put me on the pre-order list!

  5. Wow what a beginning! I loved that the actions started straight away and a mystery about what happened with Darcy and Elizabeth 5 years ago. Has she been hiding that she has magic or is she part fae? She obviously has a secret to be found in the magic library anyway so I love that! Poor Darcy that he loves her but thinks he can’t have her. I hope she is a really powerful magician that makes them all eat their words!

    • Thanks! I’m rather looking forward to the ‘eating their words’ part myself! I’m currently working on a draft of a later chapter that’ll answer some questions about what happened five years ago, and it’s such fun.

    • Glad you like it so far, Tasha. I love our Darcy, but he made a serious error in judgement five years ago. And our Elizabeth is just so much fun! I hope you enjoy future chapters.

  6. OMG! I can only assume Elizabeth is actually magical to be there? What on earth happened five years ago? Did Darcy just leave her or did something happen to her? Whatever happened, he needs to marry her now, magical or not. I’m absolutely certain she can cure Georgiana, I mean she’s Elizabeth Bennet!
    I’m so looking forward to the next chapter.

    • Very good assumption, Glynnis! The events of five years ago will be gradually revealed, but I’ll give a little hint: we’re using a gender-swapped Persuasion as a bit of a model. Which is really fun! But poor Darcy who now needs answers from the woman who wasn’t good enough for him to marry five years ago… I do love torturing Darcy!

  7. Oh my goodness! I just squealed in glee and scared the cat! What an exciting beginning to be sure. Poor Elizabeth abandoned because of being “unworthy”. Bad decision Darcy. I can’t wait to see what happens next 💜

      • Melanie, that would solve so many misunderstandings.

        “*ahem*, It is embarrassing to admit, but my full legal name is Fitzwilliam Alexander George Fredrick [muffled] Bad decision Darcy…”

        “Sorry, what was that last bit?”

        “[strained] Bad decision Darcy.”

        “Ah. That explains much that was perplexing me as I strove to understand your character.”

  8. Is Georgiana unable to bear children because of her magical malady or was she perhaps injured or cursed during her work for the navy?

    What an unfeeling letter for Lady Catherine to write, knowing Darcy must be distraught over Georgiana’s illness. (I doubt she believes he still suffers over the loss of Elizabeth.)

    I will be interested to hear of the role the Patronesses of Magic play in the kingdom and among magicians. Since Darcy is flying in the open, Magic must be known and accepted.

    I already have an idea for a sequel: Georgiana helps the navy battle Napoleon, and perhaps her music charms sirens into switching sides to help Britain.

    • OMG, I love that sequel idea!! You’re asking good questions here, too. I’ll give you one little hint on the Patronesses of Magic: they’re in charge of deciding which young ladies and gentlemen receive magical familiars, and therefore which will have powerful magic.

    • Cheryl, I’m glad you like our familiars so far. It’s awesome that the readers voted for griffins to be featured. I liked griffins before working on this story, but now I love them! They are such fun to write!

    • Cheryl, just in case you come back to look at this comment, yes, we originally thought Georgiana’s familiar was a kelpie! But plot demands made us change it to a selkie. Just didn’t want you to think you were making the kelpie up after I edited it out!

  9. Wow! He spoke of Elizabeth and here she was in the Library. Is it really her or an illusion. Looking forward to more!

  10. Such a great beginning! I don’t recall if I chose magical library, but I hope so because I am intrigued in the direction it is going. I have some thoughts about why Elizabeth is the Librarian (if she is) and can’t wait to see if I am right. On to the next chapter! Thank you, Abigail!

  11. Ok, you all have started this story off with a BIG WOW!!!! I can’t wait for the next chapter and see how Elizabeth came to be there and if she can even leave the library.

    • Thank you, Diana! We thought long and hard about the title before finally agreeing on this one, so I’m happy it works for you and for the fae! 😉

    • Thanks, Diana! I was thinking of establishing a special price for fae who want to read it. Does one bottle of faerie wine, which tastes of elderflower and apple blossoms in the moonlight, seem like a fair price?

  12. Oh myyyy! That’s one huge humdinger of a cliffie!

    A question: are people in this universe born with magic, or is it something that develops (or not) as they grow up? If that’s the case, did Elizabeth “come into” her magic less than five years ago?

    Can’t wait to find out if she’s become the new Librarian or if not, what she’s doing there.

    • Good question! Some people are born with the ability to do magic, but can’t do much with it unless they bond to an animal familiar. As to why Darcy thought Elizabeth didn’t have magic – that will be revealed as time goes on. 🙂

  13. Snarky servants and self assured friends. I love it 🥰
    So Elizabeth’s magic was concealed for a higher purpose? Mystery and magic – some of my favourite tropes. Write on, dear authors!

  14. OMG! this is such an amazing chapter 1. I’m guessing that Elizabeth is the new Librarian. I suspect the Library has resurrected itself because of Elizabeth’s age. If she has been the next Librarian all along, it was probably waiting for her to turn 25 (a common age for women to come into their “inheritance” back then) and claim her magical “inheritance”. (We know Georgiana is now 20 and is about 5 years +/- younger than Elizabeth… so that would make Elizabeth 25.) All speculation on my part of course. But very excited to see the next chapter. <3

  15. I love the beginning to this story!!! So looking forward to reading the next chapter. Beautifully, beautifully written!!!


    This is going to be so good!

    Elizabeth is the librarian, I’m sure of it. My guess is Darcy went to Lady Catherine to get permission from the Patronesses, and was denied.


  17. OMG! What a great beginning. He meets Elizabeth again. Wonder what the years between have been like for her. Did she even know he cared? I’m guessing he just disappeared from her life and she moved on with hers.
    I’m hoping she IS the Librarian.

  18. Thank you all for the fun that you will be unfolding for us. I am looking forward to reading the entire story, happy for the pieces that I voted for that will be incorporated, and also already wishing to purchase the final version. What an exciting start and, although it will be hard to wait for each new chapter, you have already begun to “increase my love [of this story] by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females.”

    • LOL, what a perfect quote! One of the treats for us is to have this excellent conversation with our readers as the story develops, which is a different kind of suspense for us. 🙂 So glad you’re enjoying it!

  19. I l9ved the first chapter, but i thought Elizabeth could be the librarian. Amd i don’t think he really loves Elizabeth, he was able to let her go. I cannot wait to read more.

    • Ooh, that’s a tricky one. Is it really love if he let her go? We’ll let you decide that as the story progresses. 🙂

  20. Love love love this! I’m hopeful that Elizabeth is the Librarian! Can’t wait to read more. What an exciting beginning!

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  22. I just discovered this one and I am already overwhelmed! What a beginning! Going directly to the next chapter. This is great, Abigail!

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  24. I was following a thread which led me to a few words about Mr. Darcy and magic. Upon a whim I found this page and you have already blown me away with chapter one. Hespar was needed to gain entry to the Great Library of Magic; Elizabeth is a Librarian in the room that Darcy was admitted to; I think there is more going on here than meets the eye, so to say. Perhaps Darcy was only given so much time to, once again, let his belief in what his family demands disappear, let it go Darcy. Love, true love only comes around once in a life-time. You, Mr. Darcy are now, perchance given a rare second chance. Bon chance my friend and don’t muck it up.

    Needles to say, I love this; I didn’t think I would, but I so love this. I know I am late in joining the ever growing throng of admirers, but I am jumping in with two feet, one body and mind and two arms. What a wonderful beginning, it grabs, holds and then you sit and wait with baited breath, okay you have to breathe. I am lucky that I can now read a few chapters and am definitely looking forward to purchasing this book and proudly displaying it on my bookshelf beside my Jane Austen mouse, Missy Lizzy.

    • Thank you for giving it a try, Christa! I know that for many readers it feels like a big stretch to combine fantasy with magic. When I published Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment, my most common comment was “I didn’t think I’d like this, but now I want more!” I’m sure Missy Lizzy will like it, too. 🙂

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