I had wondered why I never read a book where Mr. Darcy would find out about Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins’ offer right after it occurred. It was always something I thought I would enjoy reading about.
Lory Lilian finally made it real! It wasn’t what I expected or imagined because the consequences of such information were practically inexistent, but still, this was an excellent beginning and kept me interested in the book.
What if Mr. Darcy encountered Lizzie on the day of his departure from Netherfield and she was freezing and completely wet from falling into a pond? He would obviously help her, and assist her to get home, but what if rumours were to start from there? Mr. Darcy would be bound by honour to make Elizabeth an offer of marriage, and taking into consideration the rumours…she would have to accept.
This is how Sketching Mr. Darcy starts, and in my opinion it is a very good idea. I liked the premise and I loved the fact that Mr. Darcy did not change after being engaged to Elizabeth. He continue to be himself, but as she got to know him better, she got to understand him. At first, I did not enjoy having Darcy proposing to Elizabeth without admitting to anyone, not even himself that he was in love with her. I believed this would take away the intensity of the book. But it didn’t, by the contrary, it was essential to create an atmosphere of true understanding, respect and love between both characters.
Instead of having Darcy loving Elizabeth and trying to make her love him, we see Darcy also falling in love with Elizabeth. We see him finding many aspects to love in Elizabeth and not just her wit and playfulness. This was something I really loved. Lory Lilian was able to create a very solid story with a profound character development. For example, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy do argue at times, but their arguments are actually based on relevant aspects. Unlike many books where the argument is not valid, credible or important, but just based on some childish stubbornness by one or the other, in this book we see arguments with a valid foundation.
Also, even though some readers might find the book a little too slow paced, there was always something to look forward to in it. When the author answered what we wanted to read, she immediately created another situation that we wanted to see unfolded. The entire book was well structured. And the characters were perfect. This Darcy was perfect and Elizabeth as well. I found her struggle between behaving as Elizabeth Bennett would have or as Elizabeth Darcy should quite interesting. The new characters were a plus as well, Annabelle Stratford was a good addition to create some jealousy, but also to demonstrate the strength of their love and the impressive way how Elizabeth could handle situations.
I did love the book. Lory Lillian was always one author that kept appearing on my must read list, but for some reason, I never read anything from her until this month. I wish I had done it before, as she is definitely one author worth Reading!
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