Boots & Backpacks cover


William Darcy counts down the last few months to his 30th birthday with dread. Orphaned as a child, his parents’ will includes a bizarre clause: Darcy must get married by his 30th birthday in order to inherit the family fortune. To make matters worse, the press knows about this deadline, as do the hordes of women chasing him in the hopes of becoming Mrs. Darcy. His family legacy hangs in the balance, but Darcy has little faith in the fairer sex.

Elizabeth Bennet is determined to pursue her education and career without letting a man get in the way. When her traveling companion drops out, her planned hike on the Appalachian Trail is jeopardized. She meets the spoiled, snobby William Darcy just when he is desperate to escape the spotlight. No one will suspect that the Prince of Manhattan has gone backpacking! Darcy and Elizabeth form a tenuous partnership and begin a 300-mile journey that will transform them both.

In classic romantic comedy tradition, Boots & Backpacks follows our reluctant partners as they build trust, friendship, and even more. Six weeks together on America’s most famous hiking trail may turn out to be just what these two need!

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Praise for Boots & Backpacks:

Listed on Austenesque Reviews’ Top Ten Modern Pride and Prejudice Adaptations

Included in a list of the Best Pride and Prejudice Indie Spinoffs by Independent Publisher Magazine.

Some Reviews:

“…a poignant and powerful tale about two individuals who overcome their obstacles, accomplish their goals, and forge a path together for the future. A deeply satisfying journey full of trials, hardships, and big rewards!” ~ Meredith at Austenesque Reviews

“I love plots that put Darcy and Elizabeth on a path where they must rely on each other and in the process come to learn about each other…hands down my favorite modern and probably my top 5 favorite JAFF entirely.” ~ Rose Fairbanks at Stories from the Past

“[The Appalachian Trail] backdrop was so colorful, authentic and written so deftly that it was like it was another main character of the story. I felt I was there enjoying the experiences and the views with them.” ~ Sophia Rose at Delighted Reader


“This book is many things–a love story, a travelogue and history, a wry commentary on pop culture and media frenzies. But most of all, it is simply a great read…that kept me turning the page and laughing and sighing.” ~ BookGirl89 at Amazon

“…almost from the beginning, the characters and story captured my attention — and a clever twist and believable dialog held it! Author KC Kahler builds sweet tension between our protagonists…” ~ Christina Boyd at Amazon

“…an absolute must-read for everyone liking a good modernization of austenesque. I couldn´t stop reading! Romantic, funny, sarcastic, fairy-taley, realistic – wonderful read!” ~ Katrin at GoodReads 


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Excerpts from Boots & Backpacks:

The Prologue

Chapter 1 scene: Darcy meets Elizabeth for the first time (at So Little Time)

Chapter 3 scene: Darcy flees from the press (at More Agreeably Engaged)

Chapter 4 scene: Elizabeth convinces Darcy to go on her hike (at The Calico Critic)

Boots & Backpacks Extras:

See a map of the route Darcy and Elizabeth follow

The Unofficial B&B Theme Song: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Calm Exterior: A Boots & Backpacks vignette starring Marianne and Chris

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy Photo Series: