Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless Review & Giveaway

darcy and elizabeth timeless3.5 stars

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:

Amazon.com – Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless

Amazon.co.uk – Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Amazon.fr – Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (English Edition)

 

***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!!!

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “Darcy and Elizabeth: Timeless Review & Giveaway

  1. Glynis

    I totally agree with your review Rita. I have this book and was regretting buying it when Elizabeth was injured and there seemed no hope. Luckily I continued to read and phew the relief. I too would have liked more romance but didn’t know about a sequel so I will look out for that. Please don’t enter me in the draw 😊

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  2. Thanks for the review, Rita! I agree about the romance, lol. I am working on the sequel, and now that they are married, Darcy is feeling much more comfortable expressing himself in that area ; )

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  3. Mary

    I’m openly admitting that I didn’t read the review of this book due to the spoiler alert in the opening paragraph. What I will admit to however is that I would dearly love to read it,as any book that took Rita by surprise not once but twice!! must be worth reading. Plus,I can’t resist the temptation of finding out exactly what occurs to merit such a warning!!
    If I guess that means that this book has happily jumped to almost the top of my TBR list! Happy thought indeed!

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    • Being surprised by the story was the best thing for me in this book Mary. Denise O’Hara developed a very creative premise 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway! And let us know your opinion when you read it 🙂

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  4. tried not to read too much of the review but enough that I would like to read the paperback if possible

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  5. Maia

    Thank you for the giveaway. Would love to read this book, in paperback.

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  6. arjanne

    This sounds very interesting. I’ve read a number of timetravel P&P books, but mostly that was about a modern day Lizzy going back to 1800, not the other way around, and I don’t know of another book which has Darcy and Lizzy both going to the same era! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win a paperback.

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  7. BeckyC

    Intriguing plot. Yes, this book is a spoiler waiting to happen. Thank you for the review and for the chance to win. I prefer ebook, but would be thrilled to win either.

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  8. Maureen C

    Wow! This sounds like a very unique story. I would love to see how it all plays out. I would love a copy of the ebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. it’s in my TBR, no need to count me for the win

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  10. Oh boy, time “travel” plot? I’m sold! 🙂
    The development of “time-displaced” characters and their adaptation to new realities should be a delight to read! (and also a tough task to perform as a writer, so kudos!)

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  11. Sheila L. M.

    I have found that I do like time travel novels. Of course, Outlander is high on that list but I have read several about ODC. This sounds interesting and I will place it on my Wish List…which is just too long. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This sounds fascinating. What an amazing premise and so lovely to think of them lost in the modern world together. Makes me think of Lost in Austen and Mr Darcy bursting into modern-day London and asking what that awful place was 😀

    I tremble at the thought of the near-death scene but it’s so good to have spoilers in cases such as these 🙂 Many thanks, Rita and Denise for the review and the giveaway opportunity, I’d love the chance to win a copy (ebook preferably)

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  13. Dung

    I read on a bit of your review so there is no spoilers… Looking forward to reading this book!

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  14. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book very recently so please don’t enter me in the giveaway Rita. Thanks for the spoiler alert, by the way. I’ll come back and read your review later. If it surprised you, in a pleasant way, it sounds most intriguing. Anything that mixes JAFF with timeslip or time travel will always go down well with me.

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  15. conniepsaunders

    This is a very interesting plot and I think I would enjoy reading this book. If I should win. I would prefer the paperback.
    Thank you!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I’m up to my neck in work but can’t miss the chance to get this book. I hope I get lucky!! Any version will do!

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