First of all, I have to say that I did not know the premise of this book, and because I didn’t know anything about it, I was completely caught by surprise in a very positive way at least 2 times. I was literally expressing out loud something like “no way!”.
Getting completely caught by surprise was one of the best things in this book for me. I never thought this could happen to me in a JAFF book, but I was completely amazed at how the story developed.
So, if like me you don’t know the story of the book yet, I would suggest not reading this review because it will have spoilers and I think it will take great part of the fun for you. Unless you don’t mind spoilers at all, in that case, be my guest 🙂
Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless has one of the most interesting beginnings I have ever seen in a JAFF book. It is a very different beginning because it doesn’t start with Darcy and Elizabeth, but with a minor character, the boy who is delivering Jane’s letters to Elizabeth when she is staying at Lambton. The boy is ill and gets there later than in the original plot, so that gives more time for Elizabeth to know Mr. Darcy. This begging was not only an interesting detail but also written in a powerful way, and I truly enjoyed it.
After receiving the letters from Jane, Elizabeth travels to London with Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, and in town they receive a visit from Mr. Darcy, who has in the meantime discovered the whereabouts of Wickham and Lydia. A most unexpected event takes place, and during a confrontation with Wickham, Elizabeth is fatally wounded. I was really astonished while reading this, after all, there is no Pride and Prejudice without Elizabeth! And this was when Denise O’Hara surprised me yet again.
When we all though Elizabeth would die, we discover Mr. Darcy’s family has been investing through decades in medicine, and their investigators had discovered how to develop cryogenics, so Elizabeth is frozen to give her a chance to survive until medicine is developed enough to save her from her wound.
This was one of the biggest surprises I have ever seen in a book, and I was not expecting it at all.
For me it is hard to believe that cryogenics had been developed, but medicine was not advanced enough so save someone from a gunshot wound, but I was able to abstract from that because I really liked this idea and it’s originality.
After Elizabeth is “frozen” the other characters continue with their lives, but Mr. Darcy is unable to live without Elizabeth so he subjects himself to the cryogenic state as well, and this is when a completely different part in the book begins.
They remain in that state for 200 years and are awaken in 2012. At this point we see them struggle to understand the modern world and how different everything is. To be honest, I would have liked to see this part a little more developed, but I know Mrs. O’Hara is working on a sequel for this book, so I’m guessing this is something she will explore better in the upcoming book. I’m very curious about it, and would pretty much like to read it once it comes out.
But, continuing with Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless, I liked to see how the characters adapted to this world, and I agree with Mrs. O’Hara regarding who would face more difficulties in this task 🙂
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are not the only main characters from Pride and Prejudice we will see living in 2012, and I’m sure that in this book we found a couple that we will never find in any other JAFF book.
This was a very original plot that captivated me, and I enjoyed reading it very much. I would only add a little more romance to it as I felt the lack of it, even if the “death” of Elizabeth was one of the most touching scenes I ever read.
Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless is available at:
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***It’s Giveaway time!!!***
Denise O’Hara wanted to give our readers a chance to read Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless, so she will be offering one book (e-book or paperback) to one lucky winner.
The giveaway is international and to participate all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Let us know what you thought about the plot, if you would like an ebook or paperback, or place Mrs. O’Hara any question you would like to see answered.
The giveaway is open until the 15th of April and the lucky winner will be randomly picked, and announced a few days later.
Good luck everyone!!!