The Darcy Legacy Review & Giveaway


Good evening everyone,

I am the last one reviewing The Darcy Legacy on its blog tour and as I am sure you’ve noticed by now Joana Starnes is one of my favourite writers, so I believe it comes as no surprise that her latest book is a 5 star read to me. I am not saying that because I have loved the authors previous books I will automatically love all her future books, but one of the aspects that makes me love Joana Starnes’s books so much is her writing style, the ability she has to touch my heart with every sentence and to feel absorbed by the book, and no matter what the plot is, she will always carry with her those characteristics because they are part of who she is as a writer and this book proved just that.

Another aspect I love about Joana Starnes’s books is the angst she brings to them,  but this time she decided to do something different, and you will find little angst in The Darcy Legacy. You will see the angst was replaced by humour and a little touch of the supernatural, which is also a favourite of mine 😉

If I would have to choose the one thing I loved the most in this book I would have to say it was the characters. Joana Starnes always portrays very realistic characters with qualities but also flaws, and she did that once more. I hate to read stories with perfect Elizabeth’s and even worse, perfect Darcy’s, and that is definitely not what you will find in this book. These characters are as true to Austen as they are realistic.

The secondary characters were also an incredible addition to The Darcy Legacy. The author brought some humanity to Lady Catherine, and once more made her a believable character with a deep affection for her daughter, even if not shown in the best of ways. I mean, why does Lady Catherine always has to be such a villain? I don’t believe that’s how Jane Austen saw her. An arrogant member of the aristocracy yes, but not a conniving villain. She believed herself better than other people, but let’s face it, that was the way of the world and even if we can criticise that attitude I think we cannot go so far as to make her a one-dimensional character with a propensity to evil. Joana Starnes excels at portraying characters exactly as they were developed by Jane Austen, no more and no less, and that is remarkably visible in this book.

Anne was definitely a favourite character for me and I liked to see that she was entitled to her own story,  Colonel Fitzwilliam was hilarious and Mr. Darcy senior and Mrs Darcy were also characters whose company I enjoyed in The Darcy Legacy. It was lovely to see how they finally learned to understand each other in the afterlife even if the love and tenderness for one another was already there.

In this novel Darcy’s love for Elizabeth is strong and intense and I confess I adored the chapters before and after their first kiss! I loved everything about this part of the book, the dialogues, the characters, the intensity it had, the romance, and even the tenacity of both characters.

I don’t usually care much about humour in a book, but I have to say that Joana Starnes’ venture into it was very successful, especially when the ghosts were involved (this is really no spoiler as you’ll know there are ghosts in the first scene of the book). The last chapters with the additional new characters and their interactions were also incredibly funny and added an interesting twist to the story.

The only quibble I might have with this book is that it is slow-paced compared to the authors other novels, especially in the end, but that also gives us more time with all the characters we love, so who can complain? This book is definitely different from Joana Starnes’s previous works but just as good and I highly recommend it to all Janeites.

You can find The Darcy Legacy at:


Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats – physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst – but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine.

She is the author of eight Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter and The Darcy Legacy, and one of the contributing authors to The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know and the upcoming Rational Creatures (due in October 2018).

You can contact Joana through the following social media:


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Joana is offering 10 copies of The Darcy Legacy, 20 audiobook codes, each one is good for one of her audiobooks and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. The giveaway runs until midnight, July 16, 2018 and to enter it all you have to do is comment on this post and click here.

Good Luck everyone!



Filed under 5 stars, JAFF, jane austen, Joana Starnes, Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

52 responses to “The Darcy Legacy Review & Giveaway

  1. Sophia Rose

    No surprise at your reaction, Rita! 🙂

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  2. Laura Capio

    I love Joanna Starnes and can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  3. J. W. Garrett

    I have all of Joana’s books and loved every single one of them. I look forward to reading this one. I have followed the blog tour for those blogs that I know and love. Thanks Rita for hosting. Thanks to Joana for 1st writing the book, then for her generous give-a-way. I don’t do audio but I would love to win a book… or the gift card so I could buy the book. It is a win-win situation. Blessings on the success of this work Joana.

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    • You’re ever so kind, Jeanne!! Thanks ever so much for following the blog tour, and especially for your wonderful words and your encouragement, it means so much to me! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part! If you don’t do audio, I hope Rafflecopter pulls something nice out of the hat for you, but one day, if you find yourself on a very long drive or stuck in some dull task, I hope you go for the Audible trial just for the joy of listening to Stevie Zimmerman’s exquisite voice and narration style. She’s well and truly awesome! One reviewer described her interpretation of Darcy as ‘deep, vulnerable and intense,’ and my oh my, isn’t he just! 🙂 ❤ ❤
      Thanks again for stopping by to read Rita's ever so thoughtful and detailed review, and have a lovely and relaxing summer!


  4. Ria

    I keep being intrigued by this novel even though I usually avoid paranormal stuff…

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  5. evamedmonds

    I so agree with you. I love all of Joana’s books and am looking forward to reading this one.

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  6. Victoria

    Sounds like my kind of book, thanks for sharing the great post!

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  7. writinglynda

    Thank you for the giveaway! I am new to this author’s work and look forward to reading it!

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  8. I actualy love hearing that there will be humour in this Joana Starnes book, for I too dearly love to laugh 😀

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  9. Agnes

    Another insightful review – thank you and all the blog owners who hosted this book! It’s lovely to discover so many aspects of it through your eyes! I wish Joana success with this book too!

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    • The review was so wonderful, Agnes, and so thoughtful and detailed, while not letting anything out of the bag, not even a kitten 😀 . HUGE thanks for that, Rita, and all the lovely ladies who hosted the blog tour, and Claudine, who made it all happen.

      So glad you discovered several aspects about my new book, Agnes, and I hope you’ll like the full story if you read it. All the best and thanks for following the blog tour.


  10. caracoleta07

    Oh this latest one really has me curious ^_^

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  11. Rita, this is just fabulous!! HUGE thanks for the gorgeous review!! I’m so happy you loved the book, even if I drifted towards a different style this time.

    I remember it was here, on your lovely blog, that I started talking about this book when it was just a jumble of notes [] and I said that after all that yearning and gloom, I really felt like writing something light-hearted for a change (even if it started with George Darcy’s demise).

    I guess it works both ways because, after all the teasing and light-heartedness of The Darcy Legacy, the ideas that have started creeping up are heading back to the old yearning 😉 . Let’s see where we go from here :))

    Huge thanks again for your ever so kind words about my books, for hosting me today and for the awesome review!! Take care and all the best!

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  12. Glynis

    I’m another lover of Joana’s books and I’m certain I will love this one. What a wonderful review Rita, you have mentioned my favourite aspects – low angst, romance, besotted Darcy and responsive Elizabeth along with a great writing style! Throw in the reactions of Darcy’s parents and the help of a persuasive Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr Bennet. Can’t wait to read this one. Thank you.

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    • Thank YOU, Glynis, for your ever so kind words and your wonderful support. So glad you found so many of your favourite aspects in Rita’s review. Huge thanks to you both, lovely ladies!


  13. I have also loved Joana’s books even The Unthinkable Triangle (the poor Colonel). Can’t wait to read this

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  14. Maria

    Lovely review!

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  15. Thanks for the review, it sounds like one I would really enjoy.

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  16. Pam Hunter

    Wonderful review! I’m a huge fan of Joana’s books, and I look forward to reading this one as well.

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  17. Mary

    I must commend you on your enthusiastic review of Joana’s book! Yes,you certainly did enjoy it,her strong characterisation,Lady C’s portrayal and the many comedic moments!

    With reference to what you said about Lady C. being oft cast as a villain,I guess it’s because she’s often tunnel visioned in her attitude to Anne’s marriage to Darcy.
    Seldom do we see her portrayed in any other guise,and when we do,we applaud the author for thinking outside the box.
    Did Austen cast her as a villain?Food for thought,but perhaps villiam is too strong a word for it.
    I honestly think she believed Darcy would do ‘his duty’ by marrying Anne, never,for a moment,thinking that he might actually marry for love,or consider it a remote possibility!!

    That is a topic for discussion for another day!! I’m glad you loved Joana’s story and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
    Joana,congrats on the success of your latest writing endeavour!! 🎉👏🍷🍰

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    • Thanks so much for yet another wonderful comment, Mary, and for stopping by to read Rita’s great review.

      LOL I know what you mean about Lady Cat’s tunnel vision, that’s such a fun way to put it! My take was that she’s so determined to make the marriage happen because Darcy is one of the few people she can trust with Anne, Anne’s happiness & Anne’s dowry. Also, my take was that she (Lady Cat) and Darcy have a goodly dose of mutual respect and undemonstrative affection for each other, because they have a number of things in common – the Fitzwilliam blood, their wilfulness, the habit of having things their own way. So Lady Cat is Mother Bear, fiercely protective of Anne and keen to leave her daughter in good hands. And, just as you say, she believes Darcy should do his duty and it doesn’t cross her mind that he’d be so foolish as to want to marry someone else for love. Until she does cotton on and Mamma Bear turns nasty, but that’s to be expected 😀

      Thanks ever so much for your warm wishes and all your lovely comments along the blog tour, I had such fun reading them and replying to them!


  18. caroleincanada

    Beautiful review Rita!!! Whatever Joana writes I will read it! She never disappoints! What a wonderful way to end the blog tour! Congratulations Joana and congratulations Rita on an amazing review!

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  19. Ginna

    Joana, I’ve read your stories from the beginning, and enjoyed every one of them. I certainly can’t break with tradition now. Good thing that I don’t want to! This looks like it will be a very fun read. I have vacation soon, so I look forward to enjoying it at the beach! 🙂

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    • So glad to hear you’re planning to take my new book to the beach as your holiday read, Ginna, and over the moon that you liked my other books. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words, much appreciated!!


  20. wonderful review


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  21. Dung

    Great review Rita! I’m so sad the blog tour is coming to an end. I’ve enjoyed all the stops. I can’t wait to read your book Joana! Thanks for the generous giveaways.

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    • Thanks for reading Rita’s wonderful review, Dung! It was a lovely blog tour, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m so grateful to all the lovely ladies for hosting me, and to Claudine for organising it!! But if it’s coming to an end it means the winners will be picked out of the Rafflecopter hat soon :))
      Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks again for your wonderful words and your support!


  22. KateB

    Great review Rita, thanks for sharing.

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  23. Thank you for your review, Rita. The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it!

    Congrats, Joana, on your newest book!

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  24. suzanlauder

    Oh, Joana, you must be so proud! A five star review, and the wording so generous and filled with information to interest the reader without giving too much away. Congratulations on a very successful blog tour! Also congratulations to Rita for knocking it out of the park in terms of excellent review writing. You really show a talent, my dear.

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    • It was such a wonderful review, Suzan! Thanks ever so much, Rita, for crafting it so beautifully, for the welcome to your blog and all the happy times :)) . Thanks, Suzan, for your support and the lovely comments along the blog tour, much appreciated! Have a great weekend, lovely ladies!


  25. Thank you for describing what we can enjoy in Joana’s The Darcy Legacy, Rita. Paranormal genre is not my cup of tea but since it’s JAFF, I don’t mind giving it a try. In fact I wouldn’t read this type of novel if there’s no Austenesque connection.

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  26. Oh, I do love me some funnies and some spookies!! Definitely reading this one and very certainly it will a favourite😁

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    • LOL So glad you’re game for funnies and spookies :)) Great to hear that, Rellaenthia, and I hope you’ll like the book. Best of luck and thanks for taking part in the giveaway!


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