Nameless by Julie Cooper

nameless5 stars

Nameless is such an addictive book that once I started listening to the audiobook, I couldn’t get away from the story. Because I only listen to audiobooks while I am doing something else, and there isn’t that much to do around the house, I had to pick the paperback and continue reading it.

In this book we find older versions of Darcy and Elizabeth and that is something I always love to see, but their pasts made this story even more appealing to me! Elizabeth has become an orphan working as a companion for Mr. Darcy’s aunt, Lady Matlock, who has recently become widowed, and Darcy, well…lets say his past is a bit of a mystery, but it appears to be a little dark.

When Mr. Darcy visits his aunt at Rosings, he gets reconnect with Elizabeth and asks her to marry him, which she does, so the story quickly moves to Pemberley, where we witness these characters grow accustomed to each other and to married life.

The writing style and the tone of the book are certainly its selling features. I loved the dark tone of the mystery behind Mr. Darcy’s prior life and felt compelled to keep reading in hopes to discover what truly happened and what shaped him into a wounded and cold man. Mr. Darcy’s character was so involving that I constantly wanted to jump inside the book and comfort him.

I also enjoyed witnessing a more mature Elizabeth who doesn’t jump into conclusions without knowing the facts and who is set on trusting her husband above all. She faced many difficult situations, but her strength, maturity and perseverance allowed her to conquer all challenges and build a loving and strong relationship with Mr. Darcy.

Nameless focuses on the characters internal fears and demons, it shows the reader how it is possible to overcome grief and trauma, but it also has a lot of external conflict, namely towards the end of the book as part of the mystery unravels and the story picks up some action, which makes the book even more engaging.

The villains were truly mean and at times, hard to believe, but the story is so well built that I could only focus on what the characters were facing and feeling.

Summing up, Nameless is a book hard to put down due to the fluid writing style, the mystery and the growing intensity of the story. I highly recommend it to all readers.

 

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Level

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration of Nameless was simply perfect. She nailed every aspect of this story and truly got inside the characters making it hard to stop listening to the audiobook. I felt she truly understood the tone of the book and transmitted it in her voice, her narration pace and intonation. Highly recommend the audiobook version.

 

You can find Nameless at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited and Audible

 

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5 responses to “Nameless by Julie Cooper

  1. Glynis

    Thanks Rita! This says it all! I too loved this Elizabeth for her trust in Darcy, I’m getting tired of constant misunderstandings taking up the whole book so this is a definite plus for me. As for Darcy? I generally have the urge to comfort him so no change there. I too loved this story.

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  2. Thanks so much Rita, for the thoughtful, in-depth review. I am so grateful for your kind words, the time you took to write and post it, and so happy you enjoyed the story!

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  3. Sophia Rose

    This was one of my favorite books last year and I’ll definitely be re-reading it. Great review, Rita!

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  4. sheilalmajczan

    I also read and enjoyed this story. Great review here.

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  5. Kirsten

    What a wonderful review! Looking forward to reading this now, it’s been sitting in my tbr pile for too long 🙂

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