Being Mrs Darcy is not just another forced marriage story, it is an epic book that focuses on character development while keeping the narrative interesting and progressing at the exact right pace.
I confess I thought the book would be too long for the premise it had, but in truth, it needed every single page and every single word in it. The writing is so compelling the reader is immersed into the story, and as the events take place, it becomes harder to remember the feelings the book incited in us in the beginning. The characters and their feelings grow throughout this book, and the reader follows their lead.
In Being Mrs Darcy, Elizabeth is spending a few days in Ramsgate with her father and Jane when she sees an argument between a young lady and a gentleman, she decides to intervene to assist the young lady, but the consequences are devastating. Gossip starts to spread involving her and Mr. Darcy who arrives at the scene shortly after Elizabeth’s intervention and he does the honourable thing, of course, and proposes marriage to Elizabeth, who has no other choice but to accept. But as you can see from this premise, none of them wanted to marry the other, so this is a forced marriage scenario not only to Elizabeth, but also to Darcy and even Georgiana who will play a big part in this story.
In Being Mrs Darcy, Georgiana’s character is very different from the usual characterization we see of her, and in the beginning of the book I just wanted someone to put her in the right place. I think I hated Georgiana in this book, and that never happened before, so you can see how different and interesting her character is. However, I ended up loving the portrait Lucy Marin did of Darcy’s sister, she was not mean just because it was useful to the story, she had a true depth into her that I truly appreciated. Her character had to go through as much growth as Elizabeth and Darcy, and even if she does repent in the end, she never betrays who she was and how she behaved. We end up understanding her a little too, and that is because she was not a one-dimensional character, she was a reflex of real people who have many layers, and this was definitely something I was expecting from Elizabeth and Darcy’s characters, but not Georgiana, so it was a nice surprise to see that Lucy Marin decided to go beyond a flat character.
What I loved the most in this book was the character growth and how the scenes and dialogues contributed to that growth. Elizabeth goes through a lot in this book, and even if I felt pity for her during most of the book, I couldn’t comprehend why she was behaving like that. It took me some time to truly understand her character and where she was coming from. It was the same with Darcy, I started by being confused by him, hating him, and loving him. The characters are so well developed that we feel for them everything we feel towards real people. We all feel different things for the same person in different situations or phases of our lives, and that is what happens between the reader and the characters in this book.
Being Mrs. Darcy is beautifully simple yet complex in the sense that despite the fact the story is simple, the characters have so many layers to them, that we feel transported into their lives, and into their daily struggles. I felt depressed with Elizabeth’s loneliness and overjoyed with Darcy’s defense of her in the end of the book.
All the new Darcy family members were a nice addition to the narrative and I must say that in the beginning I didn’t like any of them, however, when I reached the end of the book I loved them all.
Mrs. Bennet has a very small part in this book, but she was certainly a character I loved! I believe that with every single character the author demonstrated a true understanding of human nature and Mrs. Bennet was no exception. The only character I didn’t like was Mr. Bennet, but even he was an example of a perfect character.
Being Mrs Bennet is a masterpiece that involves readers in a story that has depth and interest and I believe it was the best book I’ve read this year. It doesn’t have a simple Elizabeth and Darcy love story, it takes these characters into a path of discovery and understanding that makes the book a must read. I highly recommend it.
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