This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
#1 Accidentally Yours Pub Date: 1.8.14
#2 Sincerely Yours Pub Date: 7.6.14
#3 Forever Yours Pub Date: 4.5.15
I thought I would try something a little bit different from the usual review by reviewing a series in one post. Now don’t back away in fear. I promise to keep it brief (well..brief for me).
As most know by now, I am a Jane Austen geek so any offerings to read a story associated with her or her books and there is no bribing necessary to read that book. In this case, I was delighted when I was generously offered the whole trilogy for my reading/reviewing pleasure.
Will Darcy lives in modern-day Atlanta, Georgia. He is a successful, wealthy businessman, a solid member of the community, and a loving grandson to his beloved Nana Rose. However, his life is not devoid of tragedy and want. He lost his parents when he was young and now he has lost his grandmother as well. He is lonely and wants to find his very own Elizabeth like the heroine in his nana’s favorite story, Pride and Prejudice. He is a believing man so he prays for this to come about just before he experiences an accident that carries him back to 200 years in the past.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is the proud, wealthy gentleman with so much to offer any woman let alone one with inferior bloodlines and no wealth so it comes as a nasty shock when Elizabeth Bennet soundly rejects his proposal. He goes from wanting her as his wife to praying that he will never see her again. A riding accident sends him 200 years into the future. It is both a fresh opportunity to make good and a terrifying prospect for a man who was sure of his place and the world he lived in.
The two men swapped places and have their challenges right from the start not only adjusting to their new world, but now living the life of someone else. Will has it easier in some respects because he as the benefit of knowing much of what went on in the past. His challenges occur when he meets the woman of his dreams only to learn that Fitzwilliam scuttled his chances with her by his arrogant behavior. Will also realizes that there are people around him with their own agendas that he has to be wary of.
On the other side of it, Fitzwilliam has the job of learning from his past mistakes and not messing up his new opportunity with an intriguing lady who reminds him of Elizabeth.
Basically, this is two wonderful stories for the price of one. The two men share the narration that switches between them every other chapter. The first book lays the ground work of introducing the situations and characters, the second finishes with the character introductions and sets things along a path toward the moment when both men must tell the truth about who they really are. The third book is the one loaded with lots of conflict and rather exciting climaxes and tender denouements.
As I indicated, the first two books move along at a gentle pace. They are sweet and slow building. I enjoyed the large cast of characters particularly the larger role of Colonel Fitzwilliam in the past and Lance in the present who were the close friends of the respective heroes. The past story with Will as the hero is the mellower of the two.
I had this idea that the two heroes and their surrounding characters would be nearly identical in each time period and got a surprise when they were not. This was a good thing. Even though they hit similar milestones at the same time, I still got a very different story for both men.
Will is very put together and because of that he doesn’t struggle with relationships or decisions so this alters everything about his story such as his tender romance. His heroine doesn’t really stand out to me and if I had a niggle, it would be to wish that she had some fire to her.
Will has the challenge of thwarting the greedy or vengeful plotting of his enemies while keeping those in his care safe.
Now Fitzwilliam on the other hand, he needs some work. He offends wherever he goes in the beginning and he’s rather unlikeable so he as some serious growing to do. He doesn’t completely lose his pride and arrogance which makes for a livelier storyline especially when he encounters Liz. Liz has her own flaws and past so they have some rather spirited encounters.
The romances are both on the sweet side. The past one happens fast and isn’t really the focus while the present one builds slow and is more up front in the storyline.
The inspirational theme is strong and prevalent throughout the series. This doesn’t mean that the books are insipid particularly the third one. The villains take things into dark places particularly the modern storyline where the climax is pretty intense stuff. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough at that point.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and would definitely read more from this author. As to recommendations, I would definitely say Sweet Romance and Inspirational Fiction lovers who like Time Travel style reading.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read these books in exchange for an honest review.