So This is Love is a Pride and Prejudice variation that focuses on Charlotte Lucas, but if you think this will not be a romantic book, you are very mistaken as this is one of the most romantic books I’ve read this year!
After accepting Mr. Collins proposal, Charlotte is faced with the intimacies an engaged couple is entitled to, and one second is all the time it takes for her to realize that she is not able to go through a marriage of convenience after all.
Charlotte Lucas is sent to her Aunt’s house, as far away from Meryton as possible, to let the rumours of her broken engagement with Mr. Collins die down, and after realizing her mistake, she is prepared to live a lonely life as a governess, or teacher, but what she was definitely not expecting, was to find a dashing captain who would show her that Elizabeth Bennet was right all along, and that love and respect is everything that matters in a marriage.
So This is Love will mash up some characters of Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey, and I loved Mrs. Allen presence in this novel, she brought a touch of humour to the story that made it more appealing, but I confess the the original characters, namely Captain Jack Blunt, were the ones who stole my heart. From the moment this character saves Charlotte from highwayman, to the flirtatious conversations he has with her in Mrs. Allen’s house, to the beach walks they have in his property, and the encounters on the cave, Jack Blunt did not seize to amaze me with his charms. I fell completely in love with him. He is the perfect romantic hero, and what is best, is that he is nothing like Mr. Darcy, he charms readers because of his funny, flirtatious and strong character, not because he resembles someone else. I couldn’t get enough of this character, everything about him was perfect, even if he was not a perfect man, but he is truly irresistible and Charlotte is a very lucky lady.
The romance that Laura Hile developed between this couple was as intense as many I’ve seen portrayed between Darcy and Elizabeth. Not only their love story is interesting, but also their insecurities and especially their dialogues that kept me reading in hopes to have more of their banter.
Another aspect I loved about this book was the setting! I would give everything to see Captain Blunt’s house! Laura Hile’s writing skills transported me right into Dorset with her wonderful descriptions of the cliffs, the beach, the cove and even the great house, which were all very fitting to the story and to Charlotte’s state of mind.
All I can say is that a sequel of this book is something I will look forward to for a long time! I would love to see the Darcy’s visiting this wonderful place and getting along with the Blunt’s, and let’s face it, I want more of Jack Blunt! Have I mentioned how much I loved his character?
Summing up, So This is Love is a wonderful book full of romance, a bit of action and humour which presents readers with an unforgettable romantic hero. It has all the ingredients of a great novel that is unputdownable and I cannot recommend it enough! This romance is so good, you won’t even miss Darcy and Elizabeth, I know I didn’t.
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Laura Hile is generously offering one ebook copy of So This is Love to my readers. Want to know why I fell for Jack Blunt? Comment on this post and let us know why you would like to read this book. We will randonly pick one of the comments and offer the ebook to the winner. The giveaway is open until the 6th of August and the winner will be announced shortly after.