A Timely Elopement by Joana Starnes – Review & Giveaway

A Timely Elopement is the perfect summer read, it is a fast paced yet romantic story which is extremely well written and captivating.

The book is told from Darcy’s POV and starts with the well known Hunsford proposal, but the author stopped him from ruining the most perfect love declaration of all times, by having Colonel Fitzwilliam entering the Collinses’ parlour after the “you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”. 

The Colonel’s interruption is to announce that Anne has eloped with none other than Mr. Wickham, and I loved this premise because it allowed Elizabeth to know the truth about Wickham’s character before defending him before Darcy. I always dislike scenes where she does that, and I was happy to see the author prevented it from happening. 

This unexpected elopement puts Rosings in an uproar and everyone travels to London to try to prevent the disgrace. Colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy rush to find the runaway couple, and Elizabeth accompanies Lady Catherine who refuses to be left behind under the circumstances. The story will progress from there and will take us to London, Longbourn and even Pemberley in the epilogue.

A Timely Elopement is a very sweet story without the angst we are used to in this author’s books, but many of the traits we usually see in Starnes work are still present. It is visible she knows these characters like no one else. Both Darcy and Elizabeth remain true to themselves, and their traits are not exacerbated to make the story more interesting because the author is able to capture readers attention with well thought of scenes and riveting dialogues. Darcy and Elizabeth’s imperfections are not removed for the sake of the story, and Darcy learns along the way that his pride should be re-checked, and that his opinion of the Gardeners was far from the truth. 

I found the beginning of this story very amusing, particularly the scenes with Lady Catherine, and that was a good starting point for what was coming ahead. The following chapters show us Darcy at his best, capturing Elizabeth’s heart by revealing to her how he is amongst family and friends, and even surprising her with his ability to flirt. Their scenes are like all of Starnes scenes, intense, romantic and swoon worthy. However, I would have liked to see more scenes that would allow me to feel Elizabeth falling in love with Darcy. There are several moments in his house and even at the Gardiners where we see her challenging her previous opinion of him, but I would have liked to see her developing more intense feelings for him throughout the story. 

Towards the end of the book we get to see Darcy’s jealousy which was one of my favourite aspects of this book. Unlike other works from this author, this jealousy does not create much angst and is soon resolved, mainly due to Elizabeth’s wit, which was just perfect! I hate to see a silly Elizabeth misinterpreting everything that is said, and that never happens in this story due to the authors profound understanding of her character.

Summing up, A Timely Elopement is not the typical Starnes book but it is just as good as her previous releases. The book is extremely well written and captivates readers attention from the beginning until the end with its witty dialogues and romantic interactions. I highly recommend this one to all my readers, because as usual, Starnes’ talent does not disappoint.

You can find A Timely Elopement at:



and on Kindle Unlimited

Joana Starnes is kindly offering 2 ebook copies of A Timely Elopement to my readers. To apply to the giveaway all you need to do is comment on this post and let us know what you think of this new release. The giveaway is open until the 18th and the winners will be announced shortly after that.

Good Luck everyone!


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43 responses to “A Timely Elopement by Joana Starnes – Review & Giveaway

  1. Ginna

    Always eager to read a book by Joana Starnes! I’m looking forward to reading about the things you mention, Rita.

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  2. Jennifer Redlarczyk

    The excerpts form this book look so good. Looking forward to a delightful read. Best wishes!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thank you for your excellent review, Rita, and congratulations to Joana! This story sounds like another page-turner! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Glynis

    Fabulous review for a fabulous book! I loved how Darcy gradually realised his attitude could be at fault and needed changing!
    I loved how Elizabeth came to appreciate his better qualities! Loved it all! As you say this is another Joana winner!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for all the love for this book, Glynis! I’m so happy it was right up your street 🙂

      And now I’d better start to write the story the three of us were brainstorming at Pemberley (and about time, too, I can hear you or Rita saying. We were talking about that ages & ages ago!!)

      Take care, lovely ladies, and can’t wait for us to meet up at Pemberley again!!


  5. I am curious how Wickham came to know Anne well enough to get her to elope

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  6. This books sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win it,

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Lovely review inspiring a compelling need to read !

    Much appreciation for the offer and Joana’s creativit y ♡

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for stopping by to read Rita’s wonderful review, St.J. I’m so glad it makes you want to read the book. I hope you like it if you do. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part.


  8. LoisF

    I’ve enjoyed other books by Joanna, and would love the chance to win this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I love a Joana Starnes book and this one sounds wonderful.


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  10. Agnes

    I am glad it is a low angst story! I have enjoyed your other books and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Tina

    This sounds very interesting! Can’t wait to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Christina Boyd

    Glad you liked it too! This book was just the story I needed to escape during a world crisis. Wonderful and well drawn characters and a story without a lot of high anxiety that often Starnes’s storylines are known to create. I don’t think I could tolerate a lot of angst right now and so I was grateful for this masterful story.
    Happy birthday, Rita!

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  13. BeckyC

    Wonderful review. I am always excited for a release from Joana. This variation definitely has my attention.

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  14. ForeverHis

    This one is next on my TBR list. I can’t wait to find out how far Wickham made it with Anne and what happened when they were found. Thanks for entering me into the contest.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you, I’m so glad to hear that ‘A Timely Elopement’ is next on your TBR list. I hope you’ll like to see the story unfold. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part.


  15. Lovely, so lovely! I cannot wait to read it, Joana!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. writinglynda

    This sounds wonderful! I love the idea of stopping darcy before the proposal gets worse, and letting Elizabeth see him in his heroic activities. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Lynda! I’m so glad you like the premise. I thought it might be nice if Darcy didn’t get the chance to put his foot in it for once. Well, not in Charlotte’s parlour, at least 😉 . Thanks for reading Rita’s wonderful review and best of luck in the giveaway.


  17. caroleincanada

    Lovely review, Rita! I absolutely loved this new twist to our favourite novel! Please don’t enter me in the giveaway.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Huge thanks for your fabulous Goodreads review, Carole! I was absolutely over the moon to see you loved the book so much. Thanks for your wonderful words and for coming to read Rita’s review today. All the best and have a lovely weekend!


  18. J. W. Garrett

    Don’t include me in the drawing… I already own it. I had to have it. I love this story. It is so different and the twist was hilarious when it was revealed. I just wanted to stop by and give a little love and support for Joana. Love you, dear lady. I also am hooked on this story. I wish you all manner of success. Stay safe and well. Rita thanks for hosting and good luck to all in the drawing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks ever so much, Jeanne, for this beautiful message and for all your love for ‘A Timely Elopement’. I’m ever so glad it gave you a giggle or two. Blessings and best wishes, and I hope you stay safe and well too.


  19. suzanlauder

    This sounds like a premise that I could sink my teeth into, and I like the idea of Darcy and Elizabeth finding out about each other while being forced to deal with other peoples’ problems rather than their own. I love Joana’s books, so this is an easy sell for me. Thanks for a great review, Rita, and best of luck with the book, Joana.

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  20. Thanks Rita for the post. Like you I love a lot of FD and EB moments esp moments showing the depening of affection. TheDarcy jealousy, that caught my atttention too.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy

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  21. Luisa1111

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this marvelously reviewed book. Your books always bring much enjoyment and are just my cup of tea,

    Liked by 1 person

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