I’ve read 3 of Joana Starnes previous books and loved them all, so the expectations for The Unthinkable Triangle were very high, and so was the excitement. I was counting the days for it to be released and was not disappointed when a few days later I finished reading it. I started reading the book on a Saturday morning, and despite being with my family near the beach (2 big distractions for me) I could not let it go. Even my husband, who is now very familiar with my dedication to books, and my constant sights while reading JAFF, was a bit jealous of all the time I was spending with Mr. Darcy this time. But how could I resist such a perfectly designed character? Joana Starnes made this Darcy honourable, loyal, intense, passionate, romantic, just…PERFECT. Truth is, I couldn’t do anything else the entire weekend apart from reading this book. The Unthinkable Triangle has a very similar premise to Victoria Kincaid’s Pride and Proposals (which I loved!) but it develops in a very different way. I was afraid the books might be similar, but they are as different from one another as they are passionate and intense. This book starts in one of my favourite scenes from Pride and Prejudice, during Darcy and Elizabeth’s conversation while she plays the piano at Rosings. It continues with Darcy’s decision to propose to Elizabeth, only to discover that Richard had proposed and was accepted, the day before his own proposal would take place. Can you imagine what Darcy must have felt? Can you imagine how his life would be if the only woman he could ever love would be married to his dearest cousin and best friend?
If you cannot imagine what Darcy’s heart must have suffered at this discovery, you have to read this book, because from that moment on, we will read Darcy’s torturous path from his own perspective, and even though I do enjoy torturing proud Darcy, I just wanted to read more and more to see when it would be over!
The book is so intense that Darcy’s angst and pain becomes our own, we can feel it deep in our hearts and it is almost unbearable until it reaches a point we just wish our dear Mr. Darcy won’t do something he will terribly regret!
Now, this is the part when all the “oh no!” begins! The plot pulls us into the book and I was so involved in the book that believe I even said a “oh no” out loud. At least I think that is why my husband asked me what was happening 🙂
This was something that really amazed me while reading the book. Joana Starnes was able to transmit such intense feelings that Darcy’s despair was my own at a certain point. I have read many JAFF authors, and obviously some of them stand out. I have recently come to understand that the ones that do stand out for me, have a specific characteristic that I associate with them. Some are incredibly good at creating different scenarios, some have an exquisite writing, some never get it wrong no matter how many books they write, and some have this unexplainable ability to make us feel everything the characters feel, to make us feel we are actually in the book. Joana Starnes is this type author, apart from all the other characteristics that she also possesses, her writing transports us directly into the book and into the characters soul!
More than the plot what captivates me in a book, what makes me love or hate it, is what it makes me feel. When a book doesn’t make me feel anything, even if the story is interesting, I will hardly remember or like it. And Joana Starnes makes me feel everything Darcy and Elizabeth felt. The Unthinkable Triangle is full of feeling, and for that it, it is a book full of soul.
I am only sorry I do not possess Joana Starnes talent with words to describe how exquisite and wonderfully written this new book is. To describe how engaged we become when reading The Unthinkable Triangle and how sorry we are when it is over, and we can no longer be with this perfect Mr.Darcy who defends Elizabeth’s honour in a most passionate way, who cares for her when there is no hope to ever be the one with that responsibility and who pledges to be no one else’s but hers.
Joana Starnes appears to be one of those authors who cannot get it wrong, and this book is yet another proof of it. I highly recommend it to anyone who cannot get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth.
The Unthinkable Triangle is available at:
Amazon.com – The Unthinkable Triangle
Amazon.co.uk – The Unthinkable Triangle: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
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Now, it’s giveaway time!
I‘m very pleased to be hosting Joana Starnes to From Pemberley to Milton with a guest post and a giveaway. To enter the giveaway all my readers need to do is comment either her guest post or my review. Comments from both posts will be considered, so if you want to increase your chances of winning, you can comment both 🙂
This giveaway is open internationally until the 1st of November and I will be announcing the winner on the 2nd of November. The best of luck to everyone 🙂