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The Darcy Files is four captivating short stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Journey through time and romance in one collection. This compilation combines the magic of the modern era with the allure of bygone eras, taking readers on an enchanting adventure. I hope you'll consider taking Mr. Darcy home and having fun with him.

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Four captivating short stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice journey through time and romance in one summer collection. This compilation combines the magic of the modern era with the allure of bygone eras, taking readers on an enchanting adventure.

  • “Darcy’s Mermaid,” takes a captivating trip down Memory Lane with Fitzwilliam Darcy to the sun-kissed beaches of 1961, Florida. During a beach party, fate intertwines his path with that of an alluring aquatic show mermaid, setting the stage for an extraordinary and instantaneous connection. Their love, fueled by an otherworldly allure, transforms the trajectory of his life forever, sparking a lifelong love affair.
  • Travel back to the 1940s with the heartwarming “Ten Cents a Dance,” which follows the unforgettable encounter between Darcy and a spirited singer working as a taxi dancer in a bustling dance hall. Their lives intertwine briefly, but fate soon pulls them apart, sending Mr. Darcy off to the war-torn Pacific Theatre. Over five long years, their bittersweet romance remains a cherished memory. When he returns, wounded and changed, Mr. Darcy seeks solace in the familiarity of the dance hall, hoping his girl will forgive the gravest of his wartime missteps: letting her go.
  • In “Mr. Nice Guy,” the riveting, contemporary short story following the Conscience Series, Fitzwilliam “Iceman” Darcy, a former SEAL and lethal contract hitman, appears to have left his shadowy past behind as he embraces an idyllic family life in England. But tranquility shatters when a ruthless “terror-gang” of druggies launches a shocking assault on his home, leaving him helplessly bound and gagged. As chaos reigns, Darcy must summon every ounce of his combat skills and survival instincts to protect his loved ones but fails miserably. He has no choice but to wait for help.
  • Finally, in “Writer’s Block,” Darcy—a talented suspense writer—struggles to find inspiration for his next masterpiece. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Elizabeth Bennet, an independent woman whose mysterious family lives in the same apartment complex as his sister. In a twist that Darcy himself could never dream up, Elizabeth’s purported career—and suspected criminality—make her the perfect muse. Intrigued by her charm and wit, he attempts to unravel the truths surrounding her identity, all the while wrestling with the enigmatic forces of inspiration, physical attraction and, dare he say, “The L word.”

With each tale, The Darcy Files captures the essence of summer romance, blending the modern era with the allure of historical eras. It is an irresistible collection that will captivate fans of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and anyone who craves a delightful escape into the realms of love and imagination. Immerse yourself in these heartwarming romantic stories and prepare to be swept away on four journeys of love that span across time.

"This favourite author knows how to write romance, and each of these stories is an engaging romantic journey that features my all-time favourite couple finding their way to a perfect happy ending." ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐Goodreads reviewer

"A perfect selection of a romantic Darcy and his beloved Liz to read again and again. ❤️❤️❤️" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARC reviewer

About Me

Cat Gardiner loves romance and happy endings, history, comedy, and Jane Austen. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, she enjoys writing across the spectrum of Pride and Prejudice-inspired romance novels. From the comedic Christmas, Chick Lits Lucky 13, and Villa Fortuna to the sultry Conscience Series bad boy biker Darcy, these contemporary novels will appeal to many Mr. Darcy lovers.

Cat’s passion for 20th Century Historical fiction merges in her first Pride and Prejudice “other era,” set in a 1952 Noir, Undercover. Her greatest love is writing Historical Fiction, WW2–era Romance, and it is in Time & Again Antique Shop Series where she has merged her two loves: WW2 and P&P with time-travel in four novelettes. You can read all four in one bundle: Seasons in Time.

Historical fiction devotees will thoroughly enjoy Cat’s stand-alone debut WW2 epic novel, A Moment Forever, a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Romance Finalist. She is currently working on her next WW2 two-volume novel in the Flying with the Swallows duology: The Lisbon Affair, Volume One and Rendezvous in Berlin, Volume Two.

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