Darcy’s Redemption is certainly a controversial book that some may find very interesting while others may refuse to read altogether. I found it interesting and stimulating but I admit it is an acquired taste. Readers must accept how different this book is from the majority of the Jane Austen Fan Fiction there is out there, and enjoy it for its own qualities.
In this book the characters are much older, which is a detail I’ve come to appreciate as I grow older myself. Twenty five years have passed since Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth last saw each other at Hunsford, and because they never met at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy didn’t save Lydia. Because of this, the lives of these characters were much altered and they only reunite in 1838 when society is somehow different, and other concerns are brought into the front page.
Darcy’s Redemption focuses mainly on women’s rights, or their lack of, in the 19th century, and it was really interesting to read a book that has more to it than romance. In fact, I would say that the romance is taken behind stage as the main player here is the social revolution.
I was perfectly happy with the direction the author took, but some readers may feel the romance, as well as Elizabeth and Darcy’s interactions, are lacking in this novel.
The characters will obviously have a love story and a happy ending, but their romance is not the main subject of the book.
As I mentioned before, women’s rights and struggles are the main topic of Darcy’s Redemption and the author chose Elizabeth to convey her message. In this book Elizabeth takes lead on the story and her perseverance and strength of character will certainly conquer every women who reads it.
There are a few details that I believe made this book a great read, namely the evolution of Lydia’s character, her life story and her own redemption. Wickham also surprised me towards the end of the book and I was happy to realize the author was very consistent in the message she wanted to convey.
What I enjoyed the most about Darcy’s Redemption was that it felt real because the story isn’t a fairy tale, it is based on real people with real lives and real struggles. Life isn’t always perfect and we should learn to take the most of what we get, that is what these characters did, and that is a valuable lesson that can be taken from these pages. They did not live a perfect life, and Darcy and Elizabeth didn’t build the idyllic family with an incredibly large offspring, but they did find their way to Happily Ever After, and for me that was enough.
Darcy’s Redemption is a book of second chances, that shows us that life is a journey with many crossroads and even if sometimes we take a wrong turn, there is always a chance to get back to the main road. I personally enjoyed this book and I recommend it to readers who are looking for something more than a romance novel to read.
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