Forced to marry a near stranger and not one she has a favorable opinion about. The new Mrs. Darcy makes the most of her situation and starts to settle into her new life with contentment and growing feelings for a husband that remains aloof until his secrets start to spill forth. What was a fragile union now may be shattered for good.
Meanwhile, being mistress of a grand estate, going about in society, empathizing with one sister’s disappointed hopes while another sister brazenly flaunts propriety, all serve to keep the new Mrs. Darcy busy.
This story gave a brief summation of events leading up to the scandal of being caught in a near kiss and then it settled in to drawing the reader close with Elizabeth’s first person perspective narrative. This was a well-written arranged marriage story. I loved only having the singly narrator because it lent some mystery to Fitzwilliam until the author was ready for his thoughts and motives to be revealed.
I loved how the arranged marriage was handled. There is high emotion on Elizabeth’s part, but she is so put together through it all. It was refreshing actually to have a mature heroine who doesn’t engage in undue angst. She doesn’t deny her husband his conjugal rights- in fact, this is the one thing they have that really works from the beginning- and she does her best to make it work even when she disagrees with Fitzwilliam and he disappoints her with his displays of pride and superiority over her family. Fitzwilliam makes plenty of mistakes while at the same time he is caring and solicitous. There is the sense that storm clouds are gather in the distance growing bigger and closer as his flaws become more obvious and she learns some shocking, hurtful things. It all built to a crisis point and then twisted its way a bit before giving a satisfying denouement.
The story is a variation tale of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, but the characters and plotting is the author’s own. There are recognizable moments, but not in the same order and there are many alterations, as well. I loved getting a fresh new story while recognizing and old favorite. I really liked the author’s characters and what she did with that slow developing relationship and character growth.
All in all, this was a splendid story on the sweeter end of the spectrum that I would recommend to historical romance and Austenesque Lovers.
My thanks to Meryton Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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