Speechless was the first book I’ve read from Jesse Lewis and when I finished it I wondered why I had never read her previous book, Mistaken. Speechless is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters are enchanting, the story gripping, and the writing style irresistible!
The story opens with Mr. Darcy seriously wounded and trapped at a country inn with no one but Elizabeth to take care of him. As the narrative progresses, we learn that he was injured while trying to help Elizabeth who had had a carriage accident on her way to London. He is immediately taken to the nearest inn but with the level of snow still very high, they are trapped with the inn owner and few other guests, leaving Darcy’s care to Elizabeth alone. Because Mr. Darcy got injured helping her, and she is the only one who knows him at the inn, she feels compelled to help Mr. Darcy and everyone assumes they are married, a fact that Elizabeth does not contradict to secure her reputation.
As you can imagine a big part of the story will occur on a very confined environment and that, in my opinion, the first ingredient for a magnificent story. I’m partial for this type of premise, and when the author is naturally talented, the book comes to live and transports me right into it. That’s what happened with Speechless and I could not stop reading it!
Because of his injuries, Mr. Darcy cannot speak and needs to either murmur or write what he intends to say, but that does not prevent these characters from having witty and wonderful dialogues, on the contrary. They are forced to spend a lot of time together “talking” and getting to know one another, and this closeness will not only be physical but also emotional as their deepest feelings are shared and discussed. Of course they will have misunderstandings, and arguments, but that is part of the appeal of the book. The characters are exactly as they should be and as Jane Austen described them. They are merely placed under different circumstances, a fact that I absolutely loved. I recognized these characters from Pride and Prejudice and loved them even more! Elizabeth is a strong, courageous, kind, compassioned and selfless character who sacrifices her own comfort to nurse Mr. Darcy, and he is as charming as ever, despite the limitations he is suffering. Once he leaves the inn, he has the chance to come forward as the commanding and honorable man we know him to be, and the way he defended Elizabeth from his family was heartwarming.
During the time they are trapped at the inn Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy develop an intimacy that is compelling and when they finally leave that place, their intimacy will be crucial for some of the most romantic scenes I’ve ever seen. The proposal is adorable, romantic and very different from anything you’ve ever read for sure. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth will become as one and will transport the reader into a magical place.
I loved the dialogues, the characters, their attitudes, their speeches, and the cozy feeling throughout the entire story. Even after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth leave the inn, the cozy feeling remains because even if they were amongst a dozen different people, the reader still feels only the two of them exist. It’s almost as if their love and understanding of one another blocks everyone else outside of their private world. They share a bond that few understand and even fewer will ever experience.
This is a very short book that readers can read over a weekend and I highly recommend it to those who seek a well written, romantic and absorbing story. It is a page turner book that can hardly be forgotten by those who read it, and that will warm everyone’s hearts. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing a pearl. There aren’t many books with this quality out there, so this is definitely a MUST read.
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