The opening scene of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World was incredibly powerful and revealed Abigail Reynolds’s talent for writing.
I have read many forced marriage scenarios before, but none like this, where Elizabeth herself felt forced to accept Mr. Darcy in order to save her reputation. After proposing, and believing Elizabeth can only accept his proposal, Mr. Darcy kisses her and that kiss is seen by Colonel Fitzwilliam and a few Rosings Park workers. Because of that, Elizabeth sees no other option to save her reputation, and the ones of her sisters, then to allow Mr. Darcy to believe she did in fact accept him. Unfortunately, her deception remains after her marriage and when Mr. Darcy discovers it, it is heart breaking.
The idea behind this variation was simple, but Elizabeth’s feelings were so powerfully presented that one cannot stop reading to know how she will act in her role as Mrs. Darcy.
Elizabeth’s deception is understandable to a point, but if this is a quibble for you, rest assured that after getting to know Mr. Darcy, and realizing he is in fact the only man in the world she could ever love, her devotion to him is endearing. Elizabeth even comes to his defense while arguing with Mr. Wickham at the end of the story, and that scene is priceless.
In this book, our characters will have to face and fight against the feelings of loneliness, betrayal and hopelessness as they grow in their marriage, but also come to learn to trust in one another and in their respective feelings.
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World has it all, the romance, the character growth and the action necessary to make the book move forward at the perfect pace. It does not have unnecessary page time filled with descriptions or repetitions of the characters feelings. It goes straight to the point and provides the reader everything a book should. If you are looking for an engaging and well written book, this may be it.
Elizabeth Bennet’s Level
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World was narrated by Rachel E. Hurley at a time when not many Austenesque books were getting released on audio, and even if the narration is somewhat different from later narrations we are getting used to, it is very pleasant to hear her tell us this story. I do recommend the audio version if you like audiobooks.
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