Jennifer Joy is a talented storyteller and in Chasing Elizabeth she did what she does best, she created a thrilling romance in the middle of an exciting mystery.
In this story Mr. Darcy was recruited by Col. Richard Fitzwilliam to work as a spy, and after a few years spying for the crown, he wants to retire. He is therefore focused on one last mission, to finally catch the Four Horsemen. This last endeavour takes Mr. Darcy to Hertfordshire where one of the characters appears to have a connection with the traitors. It is there that he will meet the women who will change his life forever.
Seeing Mr. Darcy’s work as a spy was charming even if he wasn’t very good at his job. I think Elizabeth would be a much better spy then him 😉 But one cannot blame him, after all, disguise of every sort is his abhorrence 🙂
I did love all the Darcy/Elizabeth moments because as always Jennifer Joy created very romantic scenes between them with dialogues that were witty and swoon worthy. The reader watches these characters fall in love with one another instead of being told that is happening, and that is the best a writer can do in my opinion.
But what I loved the most in this book was Elizabeth’s character; she was super observant, always looking for adventure and with a huge passion for travel. She also loves horses and is a very accomplished horsewoman, which was an interesting take. Usually authors portray her with an irrational fear of horses, so I really like this refreshing twist. It wasn’t the only major difference Jennifer Joy added to the book. There are many more differences, namely in the Lucas and Bennet family offspring, and this was an aspect I really liked. The first part of the book was very engaging and this was one of the reasons why I felt so much joy in reading it. I had to adjust to these new characters and circumstances, and even though I was reading a JAFF book, I felt it was somehow new, which is a great feature in a genre that always focuses on the same stories and characters.
As in all her books, Jennifer Joy’s writing style is simple and therefore pleasant to read and engaging, and I only felt that this story was a little more obvious then her previous ones, ending with a scene that wasn’t as plausible as I would have liked.
Despite this quibble with the book, I did like it very much and I do recommend it to readers who are looking for a page turner that will algo bring them a beautiful love story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Chasing Elizabeth is an engaging book that readers will read in a blink of an eye because due to Jennifer Joy’s excellent writing style, it is very easy to get immersed in the story. If you’re looking for adventure in JAFF, this book is for you 🙂
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