Suddenly Mrs Darcy

Hello dear readers,

Two years later, I am finally reviewing Suddenly Mrs. Darcy! I read it when it came out but for some reason I didn’t review it, considering it is my favourite “forced marriage” scenario book, it didn’t seem right not to post a review, so here it is.

When I started reading this book I was shocked and amazed. The blunt, fatalist first person speech we see in the first chapters as shocking as it is surprising but it pulls us immediately into the book. The writing is riveting and addictive and I have now come to understand that Mrs. James writing style is unique and recognisable everywhere. When I read the first letter of Elizabeth in The Elizabeth Papers over an year later, I immediately knew it was a Jenetta James book due to the uniqueness of the writing style.

On this book, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are caught alone by Mrs. Bennet during the Netherfield ball while Darcy is trying to reveal to Elizabeth Wickham’s true character, and because of that they are forced to get married. As this happens so soon in the storyline, they haven’t been able to sketch each other’s characters yet, so the dynamics between them are very different, and the path they have to take to HEA will be much harder.

They will need to learn how to respect, trust and love each other and, it will not be an easy task when the communication between them is still so difficult because of their misapprehensions and prejudices. But watching them build a strong and powerful relationship is extraordinary, and Mrs. James was able to keep us glued to the storyline from the beginning until the end due to the intensity of the book.

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy is very real, it is not overly romantic, it is not a fairy tale, it portrays reality and people as they are, it shows us a raw reality and it pierces into our soul. It is one of those books I recommend to my friends who don’t read JAFF because I know that the writing is so good, so unmistakingly good, that any reader will love it!

I believe that it takes a true talent to write as Mrs. James does, this is something that you can not learn, either you have the talent in you, or you don’t, and Jennet James certainly does.

If you are looking for a fairytale story full of fluff this is not the book for you, but you will be missing a magnificent work of art. If you are ready to accept some angst, you will love this book and it will render you speechless.


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33 responses to “Suddenly Mrs Darcy

  1. I loved reading your review which reminded me of all the reasons I adored this book. Great review, Rita! And, LOL, I’ve forgotten to review books and discover it much later, too.

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  2. J. W. Garrett

    Rita, I loved this review. I look forward to reading it. I’ve wanted it since it came out. I was drawn to it by that cover… simply beautiful. Thank you for explaining about the writing style. I will be sure to look for that as I am reading it.

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    • jenettajames

      Thank you for leaving a comment and I hope that one day you read and enjoy it:-) The cover is lovely isn’t it? It is all the work of Meryton Press’ Zorylee Diaz Lupitou who has such talent in that department.


      • Pouran

        The cover is very lovely and intriguing. This book I believe was the 3rd Variation I read, it was hot out of press. As soon as I saw the cover I was drawn to it . I can almost sense the hesitation in the lady’s hand on the knocker. Very talented work of art in deed!


    • Oh, you should move this one up your TBR pile Jeanne, it is one I certainly recommend!!! It is one of the best I’ve ever read!!!


  3. Pouran

    Rita, this is one of my most favorite P&P variations. I believe I have read it three times. The author has truly captured Mr. Darcy’s shy and hidden love as well as his reticence and over inflated pride. I also loved seeing The respectful relationship that Elizabeth established with her husband who she was forced to marry. As you said it eloquently, both Darcy snd Elizabeth are real with it is nice to see that underneath all her bravado, Elizabeth is a young woman in the need of knowing that she is loved and cherished. Your review is spot on and I have nothing more to add besides cheering for Our dear author.

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    • jenettajames

      Goodness me, thank you for these words. i am thrilled that you enjoyed it:-)


    • Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing your opinion with us Pouran, I know you don’t have much time and the fact that you came here shows us how much you really loved this book! This is definitely one of my favourites and knowing our tastes are very similar I’m not surprised to see you’ve loved it too 🙂


  4. Pouran

    Sometimes I hate autocorrect! I meant to have and after Darcy and Elizabeth are real.🤪

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  5. I read this when it first came out and loved it. I am hoping to see more stories by this author but she does lead a busy life. I can add my recommendation to yours.

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  6. Christina Boyd

    I love this review! This book means so much to me. This was the first project ever with Jenetta James! Since then she has become so dear to me. I loved this story from the first scene. And agree…her “The Elizabeth Papers”…Brilliant. And I have the inside scoop that she is publishing a new Regency P&P early in 2018.

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  7. caroleincanada

    Lovely review and so accurate! I too loved this book!

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  8. Mary


    Loved reading your thoughts on this one,especially the way in which you expressed how realistic and honest it is. No fluffy sugar coated portrayal of Darcy and Lizzy here,but a true reflection of them trying to come to terms with this new reality.

    Cheers !!

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  9. jenettajames

    Dear Rita, thank you so much for this – it is a seriously lovely and quite blush making review! I was thrilled to read it, thank you:-)


    • My pleasure Jenetta, I was only sorry I didn’t review it when the book came out, and I hope to have made it justice now. It is truly one of the best books I’ve ever read and that is all because of your talent 🙂


  10. beaunorthwrites

    “portrays people as they really are…”

    And that right there is what makes Jenetta’s work so special, so personal and meaningful. It cuts through all the layers of frippery and gets right down to the beating heart of the story. I still remember reading this book for the first time, openly weeping on a flight. The person seated next to me asked if I was all right, and I told him I’d just read a really good book. He smiled and nodded and said “Yeah, I’ve been there.”

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  11. Fabulous review, Rita! Oh, I loved this book!!! It was the first one I read by Jenetta James and I was hooked, she writes so beautifully, and yessss, that’s exactly it, her writing is so realistic and speaks right to the heart!


  12. What a great review. You describe it in such a thoughtful way.


  13. I was lucky enough to win a paperback copy of this book and have to confess that it’s still languishing on my physical TBR pile. However, it IS at the top of that pile already and if it hadn’t been, it would have been bumped up to there after reading your review, Rita. The Elizabeth Papers is another book on that pile!


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