Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet – Review & Release Day Giveaway

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet was released today at, but I was very lucky to receive an advanced readers copy, so I am already in a position to tell you what I think about this book. In one word, I think it is PERFECT! If you want to know why, keep reading…

I have to start this review by saying Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet is by far the best JAFF book I’ve read this year! I was craving for something that would capture my heart just like in the old days and that is what this book did. I was lucky to receive an advance readers copy and from the moment I started reading this book I couldn’t stop! I hadn’t read anything I considered uputdownable since last year and being this immersed in a story once more was superb!

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet is definitely the most romantic book I have ever read from Jennifer Joy. It is clean and sweet but also intriguing and captivating. The premise is quite simple with only a few interesting and innovating changes, and that was the recipe for a magnificent book.

In this story, Mr. Darcy secretly writes poetry and one of Elizabeth’s favourite occupations is reading poetry. This common passion will allow them to create a beautiful solid bond with one another. The main difference in this story is that the Bennet sisters have to remain a few more days at Netherfield after Jane gets sick, and the coyness of having the story mainly placed in one single location was very alluring to me.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet doesn’t have any unnecessary misunderstandings, or incredibly intrusive villains. It only has two people who build a relationship and face the same dilemmas we all face in our lives.

I absolutely loved the changes Jennifer Joy did in this book, and I believe the JAFF community needed something like this. Instead of overcomplicating the plot, she made it simple. She changed it in a credible manner and kept readers interested in the story because they cared about the characters and wanted to know what they would do or say next. This is what a good writer should do! A good writer has the ability to make readers get involved in the story and to fall for the characters. If readers connect with the characters, they will love the book, and that is what happens in Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet.

Mr. Wickham’s character is the best surprise this book has to offer readers. It will make you want to read the book non-stop because it is completely new, yet still in character and believable! It was refreshing to see a character that was this unpredictable! We never knew what Mr. Wickham would do next. We were not sure of his true intentions but because he was still the same character we were introduced with in Pride and Prejudice, we keep waiting for him to reveal his true character at any time. This is another reason why we get glued to this book, we kind of keep waiting for something to happen, but we don’t know what that could be.

Mr. Darcy’s character is so romantic that it is impossible not to fall for him, or his poems. And Elizabeth, well… she is adorable! I loved her unbiased character, her passion but also her rationality and maturity.

Even Mr. Bingley surprised me in this book with the advice he gave Mr. Darcy because it gave merit to his character. I was not expecting that speech, which surprised me in the most positive manner! I’m tired of seeing Mr. Bingley being portrayed as a prop in a movie set. In Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet he gained some depth with that speech, and it made me realise why Mr. Darcy is his friend.

I loved the book in its entirety but two scenes come to mind as favourites. The discussion Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have about Darcy’s poem, which was delightful and perfectly demonstrates how they are intellectually equal, as well as why they would obviously fall for each other, and the proposal scene! I confess I saw that one coming, but it was just as good as I expected it to be.

With this book, Jennifer Joy demonstrated that authors do not need to change the entire story and go to extremes to be successful. Most of the times, less is more when it comes to creating plots, and this book proves it! It was the first JAFF book I read this year that made me want to read non-stop, and the only problem I have it with, is that it will make my next read fall in caparison for sure. Simplicity was the key to make this book a perfect enjoyable read and I’m certain readers will fall in love with this story and its characters. I highly recommend it, and I’m sure you won’t regret reading it, it will probably become one of your favourites too. It is perfect!

You can find Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet at:


Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?

He has given up on love.

Fitzwilliam Darcy was burned once. Never again. Hiding his emotions, Darcy takes pride in his marble-like façade … until he meets a lady who threatens to expose his true character, Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

She loves a poet she has never seen.

Elizabeth Bennet longs to meet the man whose poems touch her soul — the elusive Mr. Walter Wyndham. He is her ideal; her dream … and everything emotionless Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy could never be.

When Mrs. Bennet and a surprise visitor conspire to throw them together, they’ll either strangle each other … or end up engaged.

Stuck in each other’s company, Darcy’s carefully constructed barriers come crashing down when he discovers the secret identity of Elizabeth’s beloved poet. It’s him!

Will Darcy measure up to the man she’s been dreaming of for years? Will Elizabeth stubbornly pursue an illusion, or will she fall for an imperfect (and very real) man?

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet is a sweet and clean romance variation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Let the poetry lessons begin! Get your copy today!

Jennifer Joy is offering 4 ebook copies of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet to some of my readers to celebrate its release. The giveaway is international and all you have to do to apply is comment on this post. Let us know what you thought of the permise, or share any comments on the review.

The giveaway will end on the 2nd of August and the winners will be announced shortly after.

Good Luck everyone!


Filed under 5 stars, JAFF

66 responses to “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet – Review & Release Day Giveaway

  1. Maria Thomas

    I have loved every Jennifer Joy book I’ve read. I would love to read this one too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sarah Courtney

    Wow, what a glowing review! I will admit that I am not a fan of poetry, and I tend to like books that have some action in them, so I wasn’t sure I’d like this book. But after this review, I’m ready to drop everything else on my reading list and read it right away! I do generally love Jennifer Joy books, so between her name and this wonderfully detailed review, I’m excited to give it a try!


    • This one is certainly different from Jennifer’s mystery books, but to be honest I prefer this style. She focused on the characters and their relantionship and that is what captivated me. But there are a lot of answered questions througout the story so you’ll want to keep reading until you know exactly what is going on and who is who etc. Don’t worry about the poetry, despite the name, you will only see two poems in the book. It is not exagerated and it blends in perfectly in the story 🙂 I hope you love the book as much as I did 🙂


    • I hope you enjoy it, Sarah! After writing 2 Shakespearean sonnets, I am relieved to say that my days of poetry writing are over 😀 My admiration for poets has increased dramatically, but I know my own limitations and will stick to novel writing!


  3. Oh my goodness, Rita! I’m sobbing happy tears. Thank you so much for your review. ❤ I'm delighted you loved this story!

    Liked by 1 person

    • This book was exactly what I needed to get back to JAFF and honestly I do think that the JAFF community needed something like this. I don’t like the way it is going with overly exagerated plots etc. This book is the opposite of it, and reflects the reason why we all love JAFF: because of the characters and their love story 🙂 Thank you so much for writting it Jennifer, it is wonderful and I loved it!


  4. Michelle H

    HI Rita, great review. I just adore Jennifer’s books, and I know I’ll love this one, but your review really makes me want it soonest! I’ve just barely started hearing about her new book. I appreciate the chance for a giveaway. If Jennifer tunes in, The Best Luck ever on this launch.


  5. Rose Drew

    What a Great Review! I grabbed a copy and am ready to read!

    I am a JJ fan, fer sure


  6. Baudelia Aguilar

    As soon as I finish this post, I will get to reading! I absolutely love all of Jennifer Joy’s works. She is a fantastic author who always delivers!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Glynis

    I love Jennifer’s Darcy and Elizabeth books and I especially love low angst books (you know me so well Rita 😉)
    I pre ordered this so it’s sitting on my kindle waiting for me to finish the one I’m reading and I can’t wait now!
    Thank you for this glowing review and please don’t enter me in the giveaway. 😁


  8. J. W. Garrett

    Rita, I just saw your review over on Amazon and decided I couldn’t wait for the blog tour and the giveaways. I grabbed it right then and have just started reading it. Oh-my!! Thanks… I think. Blessings to Jennifer and good luck to those who are waiting for the giveaway. My patients left me and… well, that’s me in a nutshell.


    • haha! Elizabeth has a few things to say about patience in this story 😀 (It’s oftentimes overrated, imo, and especially when it comes to books!) Thank you for the well-wishes! Happy Reading!


  9. Dung

    Congrats on your newest release! Darcy a poet and Elizabeth in love with one? That line from P&P comes to mine:

    “And so ended his affection,” said Elizabeth impatiently. “There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

    “I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

    “Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”

    Looking forward to reading it!


    • Yes! This discussion plays a big role in the story, and it was a lot of fun to create a plot around it with characters who could be brought together over poetry. Good eye, Dung, and thank you!


  10. Ginna

    Wow! What a review! I would have read this book anyway, but Rita’s gushing makes me want to rush out and get it RIGHT NOW! I’m really looking forward to reading it.


  11. What a glowing review. Definitely one I will put on my wishlist as it sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for the review and giveaway.


  12. Intrigued by Wickham and his character in this story


  13. Claire Ferguson

    Oh I love the sound of this one!! Mr Darcy, a poet, how romantic! Can’t wait to read it! ❤️


  14. Patricia Finnegan

    I like his author name Walter Wyndham.


  15. It’s extremely diffcult to add anything to Rita’s review, so I won’t even begin to try! I’m another lucky one who got to read this before release day and I loved it too. Congrats to Jennifer on another fantastic work!


  16. BeckyC

    Wonderful review! I already had my eye on this one but to find out it was the only unputdownable this year…that is saying something! Love the premise. A A definite read for me!!! Congratulations Joy!


  17. Buturot

    Such a sweet and intriguing stroy. Would like to know how EB reacts when she finds the poet and Fd are one and the same. Thank you Rita for ths insight on each character. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.


    • That scene was so much fun to write (and only topped by the one where she argues with Darcy over his poetry … you can imagine how that goes :D) Best wishes, and thank you for your kind comment!


  18. Buturot

    Eager to read this new book from Ms Joy. Intirugued with the characters’ behaviors. Thank you for the insight and this chance to win a copy


  19. Beatrice

    I’m a fan of Rita’s reviews and of Jennifer Joy’s books, so checking out this book is a slam dunk. Looking forward to it!


  20. alexandrariverstories

    I was looking forward to reading this book since I read about it a couple of days ago.
    Jennifer Joy never mistreats her characters without cause. I remember in Mr. Darcy, Traitor she didn’t let Bingley appear weak. She loves Austen characters and cares for them equally.
    So, thank you for the beautiful review, Rita. Now I’m even more eager to read the novel!
    And thank you both for the giveaway!


  21. Theresa M

    I too have enjoyed Joy’s previous stories and look forward to this one. I like the idea that Bingley is not a wet dishrag and that Wickham is up to his usual antics.


  22. I, too, like it when Bingley shows some backbone. So, how is Wickham different? I can imagine a discussion between Elizabeth and Darcy and Caroline trying to insert her lack of knowledge of poetry. Thank you for the glowing review and thank you for the generous giveaway. Jennifer Joy’s books are always a pleasure to read.


  23. virginiakohl

    What an intriguing twist for our dear couple. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.


  24. This is a unique and original premise on a variation P&P, Jennifer Joy. I don’t know if this has done before but a Darcy with a creative mind seems new to me and follows on the heels of Maria Grace’s Inspiration. I wonder what new occupation that Regency Darcy will have next.

    Anyway, congrats on the new release! And thank you for the generous giveaway.


    • Thank you, Lúthien! There are so many possibilities and premises to explore… 😀 Best wishes to you!


      • Michelle H

        Lúthien, ALL of Joy’s Darcy’s are brave, honorable, and totally swoon-worthy. I can’t recommend her books highly enough. Now that makes me want to go back and read a bunch again. 😀
        Maria Grace has a story with Darcy as a painter. I started it online but didn’t want to spoil too much before I got the book. Haven’t read it yet but it really looked like a winner. It’s called Inspiration.
        I hope other commentors remember some other books. I think I remember one with Darcy carving wood figures (?) as an outlet and maybe a way to think things through, but I cannot remember the book. That’ll drive me nuts! HA.


    • Michelle H

      Can I just go back to bed this morning? Just reread your comment and realize you mention knowledge of Maria Grace’s Inspiration. I’m so embarrassed.


  25. Sounds lovely — sounds like something I won’t want to miss. Many thanks for your enticing review, and many thanks for the generous giveaway!


  26. Leah Pruett

    I have loved ever Jennifer Joy book. This one is fantastic! Read it on KU and finished it in less than a day. Congrats on the release!


  27. Thank you for the review. I can see someone falling for a person who can write beautiful poetry. I think the premise is wo,derful. I have loved all of Jennifer’s books so I am sure this will be no exception. Thank you so much for the generous give away.


  28. Cindy Preston

    I am a JJ mystery fan, and also love Pride and Prejudice.
    So this seems like a no brainer for me. I would love to win a free e-copy!


  29. Marie Jones

    I’m so happy to say how much I love this author and her books.


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