The family estate is entailed away from the female line. There are five daughters. The father dies and a distant cousin inherits. What is to become of them now?
Miss Darcy’s Companion is the second book in the series, but these are standalone stories that can be read in any order only being connected by the retelling element.
I loved diving into this tender story of Elizabeth who sets aside her grief and works to provide for her family in the only way by stepping down from her station as a gentleman’s daughter to hire out as a companion. Her employer is an austere and proud man, but his young sister and ward is a sweet, shy girl who wants a friend.
Through an early, rocky start, William and Georgiana and now Elizabeth begin together. William watches carefully as Elizabeth takes up her duties. He has his doubts about the spirited young lady Georgie insisted was the right fit to be her companion. But then Elizabeth works her magic not on Georgie, but him bringing both of them to life and making their home warm and full of laughter. If only she were not his employee and if only he was not expected to marry for duty.
Elizabeth realizes that things may not be what they seem after her first impression of William, but she is still reminded time and again that she is now a paid employee, a servant, even if she lives as if a long-term guest. Elizabeth isn’t sure why more and more this realization makes her sad until she suddenly understands her feelings. Meanwhile, outside factors and other people intrude into their lives and two star-crossed lovers discover pain as well as dashed hopes.
This was a splendid story and along the same lines of the governess and Lordly employer trope that I enjoy so much. It was true to its historical setting and had a lighter touch that kept things from getting dreary or overly dramatic. I loved that friendship, gentle courtship, family, and society were all integral elements and that there were multiple plot threads and a broad, rich cast of characters.
Elizabeth and William are the main players, but there are still their respective friendships and families, and broader society acquaintances that have their own developing stories. Humor and heartwarming daily life scenes help develop the story so that it’s gentle pace never drags. Though, that said, there are some intense and exciting moments that had me flipping pages quickly. I think I cackled with delight when young Georgie was no damsel in distress and took care of her villain on her own. And that fun scene on the pond when Elizabeth ‘tickles’ a fish had me highly amused.
All in all, this was a sweet historical romance tucked into a splendid circle of family and friends that felt cozy, warm, and triumphant. I can easily recommend it to those who want a gentle, historically authentic, yet sparkling with wit historical romance.
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