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Born to be a Heroine by Christine Combe ~ Character Interview

I'm very pleased to welcome back to the blog today Christine Combe with her newest book Born to be a Heroine.

Hello everyone! I so very happy to be a guest once again at A Novel Sentiment – thank you, Kristina, for having me! I am also very eager to share the news of my latest Austenesque novel, Born to be a Heroine—a Pride and Prejudice variation with some Northanger Abbey characters thrown in!

Now that you’re really intrigued, here’s something else fun for you to read: a character interview. My guest today is none other than our lead heroine, Miss Elizabeth Bennet!

CC: How do you do today, Miss Bennet?

EB: I am very well, thank you. And yourself?

CC: Doing very well. Now tell me, please, how exciting it was to hear that Netherfield Park had been let at last.

EB: (half-grin) It was more exciting for my mother—and all the other mothers of single daughters in Meryton—than it was for me. Not that I have not enjoyed meeting our new neighbors, of course.

CC: I’m glad to hear you like them. I understand the estate was taken by a rich young man from the north?

EB: Yes, a Mr. Bingley. He’s a very amiable gentleman, and I daresay he very much admired my sister Jane from the moment he laid eyes on her. Of course, so did another gentleman…

CC: Oh my! Bingley has competition for Jane’s affections, does he?

EB: He does indeed. Poor Jane will not know what to do with two handsome admirers.

CC: And what about you, Miss Bennet? Have you an admirer? Is there someone you admire?

EB: Oh, do please call me Elizabeth. And according to my dear new friend Catherine, another of Mr. Bingley’s guests admires me—though I can’t imagine why she should think so. I will admit that Mr. Darcy is a handsome gentleman—don’t tell anyone this, but he has the most adorable set of dimples I think I’ve ever seen on a man—but he is so vexing! We got on well enough, I suppose, but he has a tendency to infuriate me.

CC: How so?

EB: The man is as stubborn as an ox, and whenever I am in his company, I get the feeling he is so very sure of himself that he does not imagine finding opposition with any idea of his.

CC: Let me guess… he’s a wealthy man used to getting his own way?

EB: Used to having his own way and also being catered to. I imagine most rich people are.

CC: So is there nothing you like about Mr. Darcy—aside from his adorable dimples?

EB: (sighs) Well, he is a very fine dancer, I must admit. When we can converse without arguing, he is intelligent and well-spoken. And he’s as competitive at chess as my father.

CC: Is there anything else you like about him?

EB: I will also own that I admire his brotherly side—his sister Georgiana is more than ten years his junior, and he dotes on her almost as a father. I also rather like to observe his relationship with his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, who seems to have as much ease getting a rise out of Darcy as I do.

CC: I met with Colonel Fitzwilliam the other day. Fine gentleman. He said something interesting about you and Mr. Darcy.

EB: Did he now? May I enquire as to the nature of his remark?

CC: Basically, he thinks you and Darcy like each other. A lot.

EB: (laughs) There must be something in the water at Netherfield. Really, I am sure Mr. Darcy is a fine gentleman, but he is very rich and I am not. His family would never approve—his uncle is an earl, you know.

CC: Maybe he’d be willing to marry you anyway if you truly loved each other. Is that not the most important thing?

EB: I like to think so. I have already sworn that only the deepest love will ever induce me into matrimony. I can’t imagine feeling that way about Mr. Darcy, but… Oh, it would be nice to see those dimples every day and be able to call them mine.

CC: So you do like him! Well, you admire his person, at any rate. Thank you so much for chatting with me today, Elizabeth.

EB: You are very welcome.


How do you like this little look at a conversation with Austen’s most-beloved leading lady? I do hope you enjoyed it.

Born to be a Heroine is available in eBook, paperback, and hardcover from Amazon, and UK readers can also get A Promise of Forever’s Kindle version for just £1.99 today!


Christine, like many a JAFF author before her, is a long-time admirer of Jane Austen‘s work, and she hopes that her alternate versions are as enjoyable as the originals. She has plans to one day visit England and take a tour of all the grand country estates which have featured in film adaptations, and often dreams of owning one. Christine lives in Ohio and is already at work on her next book.

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