I read Pride and Proposals shortly after it came out in 2015 but never reviewed it because it was a pre-blog read, so when I saw that it had come out in Audible, and that the narrator was Erin Evans-Walker I decided it was time to come back to this story and these characters.
I’m currently not listening as many audiobooks as I used to because I’m sharing the commutes with my husband and I don’t want to neglect him during the 50 minute drive, but I still try to listen to audiobooks when I’m doing chores or cooking. Audiobooks make these tasks more pleasurable and keep me company so I will not give them up that easily. But the fact that I’m listening to fewer audiobooks makes me more selective, and I’m choosing the narrators very carefully now, taking them as much in consideration as I do the authors. Having listened to The Meryton Murders narrated by Erin Evans-Walker made me confident that I would like this narration and I was not wrong. Erin Evans-Walker was the perfect narrator for The Meryton Murders, she was particularly good at narrating a mystery book and that makes me want to hear The Highbury Murders too, even if I’m not much of an Emma fan. Narrators can either make it or break it, and Erin Evans-Walker is certainly talented, particularly in that sub-genre, so I’m convinced to give it a try. But coming back to Pride and Proposals, I believe she has made a very good job and if you do decide to listen to this audiobook you will not regret it. I believe she is more suited for mystery stories, but she was able to differentiate the male and female voices very well, she varies the tone and keeps the readers engaged in the story which is one of the most important aspects of a narration in my opinion. The narration of Pride and Proposals was very agreeable and I will certainly continue to listen to books narrated by Erin Evans-Walker.
Pride and Proposals starts with the Colonel receiving an inheritance that allows him to choose his wife as he pleases, and that happens precisely while he is at Rosings, so he has the freedom to propose to Miss Elizabeth. You are starting to see the outcome, aren’t you? I love stories where Mr. Darcy has a rival, even if that rival is our dear colonel, and I didn’t quite remember the details of this story so my expectation when listening to it this time was very high. This story seemed just perfect for me and I was not overly disappointed because Victoria Kincaid hardly ever disappoints and I did love all the angst this book has, I’m an angst addict after all, but I did find that Elizabeth’s love for Darcy came too late in the book and too suddenly. I would have prefer to see her gradually falling in love for Darcy instead of discovering it only because of her own reaction to a certain situation. This was my main quibble with the book because I love angst, but I prefer when it comes out of the impossibility of our dear couple getting together despite their love. In this case, the angst was all on Darcy’s side, and I do like to see Elizabeth suffer a little too 🙂
I absolutely loved Darcy in this story, he was a true gentleman! He was so caring, protective, understanding and respectful that even I felt bad for all he suffered. He did deserve the ending and I only wished for it to have come sooner for him.
Wickham was a real villain and he also deserved the ending he had, I really enjoyed seeing what Elizabeth did to him, and the reactions that followed were very diverting. Victoria Kincaid is a very good writer and was able to make that particular scene very funny. Despite the context I really laugh out loud and I believe that was also because of the way Erin Evans-Walker narrated this scene. Very well done!
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a little angst like myself, and who are not bothered by the fact that Elizabeth gets engaged to someone before Darcy. I believe it is important to mention that nothing improper happens between her and her first betrothed, so do not let that influence you. Darcy’s love for Elizabeth is very pure in this book and they do spend a lot of time together, so readers who like Darcy and Elizabeth moments may enjoy this book too.
You can find Pride and Proposals at:
and on Audible.com
Erin Evans-Walker would like to offer three audiobook copies of Pride and Proposals to my readers, the giveaway is for readers with a US audible account only and will end on the 10th of February. Winners will be announced shortly after that 🙂
To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment on this post and share your thoughts about this story with us. Please let us know why you like audiobooks and if you’ve ever heard anything narrated by Erin Evans-Walker, we would love to know what you think of her narration 🙂
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Good Luck everyone!