Abigail Reynolds did it again! The Price of Pride has become one of my all-time favorite books and I know that everything I read after this book will lack in comparison.
This story begins during Elizabeth’s tour in Derbyshire, but instead of meeting Mr. Darcy at Pemberley, she meets Mr. Andrew Darcy at a village nearby. She tries to keep her distance from him because he may be a relation to Mr. Darcy, but Wickham devises a compromising situation and she is forced to accept Mr. Andrew Darcy’s hand in marriage. As if that was not enough, she soon realizes he is actually Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s younger brother, and is required to spend a lot of time in the Darcy’s company.
It is hard to point out what I loved the most about this book because in reality, I loved everything about it, but I will try my best to explain why this book conquered my heart.
Let’s start with the angst. I absolutely love angsty books because I believe they bring out intense feelings into the plot, and I cannot imagine anything more angsty than having ODC loving each other, and spending time in each other’s company, knowing they will never be together. This is precisely what happens in this book. Not only Mr. Darcy loves Elizabeth at this point, but she also realizes he is the only man she could ever love. They spend a lot of time in each other’s company, and realize they have even more in common then what they initially thought. Their interactions are intense and electrifying and I craved for more every time I saw them sharing page time. Not only their love for each other is strong and intense, but also Abigail Reynolds writing style allows the reader to feel it in his heart, making this an extremely addictive book. I simply could not stop reading it!
The love story is also bumpy and unexpected despite the constancy of the characters feelings. When one believes they may finally have their happily ever after, something else happens that puts the reader over the edge of his seat. Again, this was perfect because once more we are shown how devoted ODC are to one another and how strong their feelings are. When the reader thinks he already had his share of intense and beautiful moments between Elizabeth and Darcy, Abigail Reynolds takes a new sub plot under her sleeve and presents us with more unexpected, yet lovely moments.
I also loved Mr. Darcy’s jealousy and devotion towards Elizabeth and his brother. He is a man divided between the love he feels towards the woman of his life and the need to reconcile with his family. The balance between these two was perfect and I loved Mr. Darcy’s relationship with his brother almost as much his relationship with Elizabeth. In fact, the family dynamics this book approaches was another aspect that made me love it. From the Darcy’s brotherly relationship, to Mr. Hadley’s relationship with his son and the acceptance of Anne Darcy’s behavior by her children, everything was perfect.
As mentioned before, not only Abigail Reynolds writing style kept me engaged with the story, but also touched my heart and made me cry. I don’t usually cry in books, but I did cry when I was told Mr. Hadley’s life story. I am glad all characters got their happy ending because they certainly deserved it.
Summing up, The Price of Pride is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read with intense and electrifying scenes between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. They have a long road to go through to find their happy ending, but the journey is just as incredible as the destination. This is certainly one book I will never forget. The angst, Darcy’s jealousy, Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship, the family dynamics, the secondary love stories, the passion for adventure, and the writing style were the components that made The Price of Pride one of my all-time favorite books. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves intense romances full of adventure and family devotion. If I could give this one 10 stars, I would. This book is PERFECT!
Elizabeth Bennet’s Level
Because The Price of Pride was so addictive, I could not let go of the story, so when I couldn’t read (meals still need to be cooked), I continued to follow the story with the audiobook, which was very interesting because for the first time I listened to some chapters and read others, making this a very interesting reading experience. I have also tried for the first time Authors Direct, a new platform to listen to audiobooks, and I have to say I loved it. The experience was very good and it is by no means worse than audible, on the contrary, the screen is even more appealing to me.
But I bet you want to know about Elizabeth Klett’s narration, right? Well, as always it was perfect! She has demonstrated once more how she is such a great articulator and did a great job with the pacing and differentiation of characters. It was very pleasant to hear her narration, and I recommend getting an audio copy of this book 🙂
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and the audiobook is available at many vendors, namely on Apple Books