Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager is the 4th book in the Dimensions of Darcy series, which is becoming one of my favorite series in the genre. It develops several different traits that shape Darcy’s character in a new manner, and in this particular book, Jennifer Joy decided to alter Darcy’s circumstances completely.
Mr. Darcy senior loses Pemberley in a bet against a man he believed to be his friend, and because of that, Darcy is destitute of his estate. He keeps his position in society and part of his wealth, but he no longer possesses Pemberley, which becomes his obsession. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s life is spent working to regain hold of Pemberley and that is not only his sole purpose, but also the only thing he can think of… until he meets Elizabeth Bennet.
I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in two days, but why did I love it? Well, there are many aspects I loved in it, namely:
The John Thornton element: In this book Fitzwilliam Darcy’s circumstances resemble a lot John Thornton’s situation in North and South and I absolutely loved this because apart from all his usual characteristics, this Darcy had to work hard to obtain what he wanted. He had a sister and a mother to take care of, and from an early age had to rise up to the unfortunate situation he found himself in. Nothing was given to him on a silver platter, and that made him a more worthy man in my perspective.
The family: Mr. Darcy senior dies a few years after losing Pemberley and his attitude as well as his growing bitterness after losing his property affected Fitzwilliam Darcy’s personally. He aimed to be everything his father was not, and struggled to reconcile the image he had of his father when he was young man, with the man he became in the last years of his life. It was not easy for him to understand and forgive his father and I found the journey he took to that point endearing and heart whelming.
Also, Lady Anne is still alive and she is not a meekly, sweet creature as we often see portrayed. She is a smart, caring but strong character who is not afraid to stand for what she believes and act when necessary. I loved her character, and would love to read a sequel of this book so I could spend more time with her.
Elizabeth’s wit: Elizabeth’s wit is not described, it is shown through her dialogues! When we read too many austenesque novels, we tend to see Elizabeth described as witty more often than not, and that may become a bit repetitive and tiresome, so I love it when an author is capable of showing that Elizabeth is witty without the need to say it. Elizabeth was wonderful rebuffing the villains verbal attacks and I was extremely proud of her.
The sweet romance: Instead of having misunderstandings between our couple, or having them have misapprehensions about their characters etc., Jennifer Joy decided to explore their interest for one another early in the book and allowed the characters to slowly build a sweet and romantic relationship. I usually like angsty books, but this sweet romance was absolutely perfect and I didn’t miss the angst one bit. It was truly romantic and I enjoyed every single moment between Darcy and Elizabeth.
Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager is a low angst romance with interesting and strong characters that will captivate most readers. It is perfect for readers who like to see our dear couple fall in love early in the story and its pace and writing style are extremely captivating. I highly recommend it.
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