When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid – Review & Giveaway

when charlotte became romantic4.5 stars

Charlotte Lucas is known for not having romantic pretensions, but why is that? Is it really in her personality to be a practical person, or did something happen in her past to make her this way? And if that is the case, is she really devoid of romantic ideals, or is she just trying to convince herself?

In When Charlotte Became Romantic the reader will learn about events that took place in 1810 in Bath intertwined with the events that occur in Pride and Prejudice in 1813 after Mr. Collins’ proposal to Carlotte Lucas. As the story progresses, we come to understand why Charlotte considers herself as someone practical and not inclined towards romance, but we also understand she wasn’t always like that.

Charlotte Lucas is one of my favorite secondary characters in Pride and Prejudice because I believe she has the potential for many different stories, and Victoria Kincaid did a beautiful job developing this Charlotte and giving her a more romantic nature.

As a reader I could easily connect with Charlotte Lucas and I personally loved the fact that the heroine is 27 years old in this novel. As I grow older it becomes a little harder to enjoy stories where the heroine is only 20 or 21. I find the maturity necessary for some of the stories more believable in someone who is a little older. Also, this gives characters more luggage and the additional life experiences make them more interesting and challenging as characters. This is exactly what Victoria Kincaid did with Charlotte Lucas, she created an unknown past tale for this character, and gave her more depth through it.

The male hero in the book is James Sinclar who was an original character I absolutely loved. I enjoyed his profession, the way he sees the world, the way he treats people and his honesty. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the book was a conversation he had with Mr. Collins where he pretty much told him what everyone would like to at some point.

Sir William and Lady Lucas are not the sweet parents we usually see in other variations, and their coldness towards their daughter took some time to get used to, but it was the perfect driver to make the story move forward, so it didn’t bother me much.

This book is not long, and it is very fast paced as Victoria Kincaid focuses on what is relevant for the story without the need to add unnecessary scenes or dialogues. She gives the reader many romantic and passionate moments between James and Charlote, which was something I found very satisfying.

I loved the small appearances Elizabeth Bennet made in this book and the connection between Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Darcy. In fact, I would truly love to read a sequel to this book where the Sinclair’s would play matchmakers in their first easter as a couple.

Summing up, When Charlotte Became Romantic is an absorbing and fast paced romance with the perfect length for readers who enjoy getting to know other characters apart from Darcy and Elizabeth. It is very romantic, and I highly recommend it to readers looking for a balanced quality romance.

You can find When Charlotte Became Romantic at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Kindle Unlimited


NEW giveaaway time

Victoria Kincaid would like to offer an ebook copy of When Charlotte Became Romantic to one of my readers. The giveaway si international and open until the 14th of May. To apply to it, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post. Let us know if you’re team Charlotte, of if you’d like to read any other secondary character novels from Victoria Kincaid. Did you know she also released When Mary Met the Colonel (one of my all time secondary character favorites) and When Jane Got Angry?

Good Luck Everyone!


 

29 Comments

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29 responses to “When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid – Review & Giveaway

  1. I prefer to read about the secondary characters, and my favourites are Mary Bennet and the Colonel stories.

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  2. Sophia Rose

    This was a fun variation for Charlotte. Loved it, too!

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  3. Robin G.

    I also enjoy reading about the secondary characters, but Charlotte is rarely the lead. If she is, it seems she is usually paired with Colonel Fitzwilliam. It is wonderful that Victoria has given Charlotte an original love interest. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    • I think authors can either make it or break it with Charlotte. She can either be very interesting, or not appealing at all, and I usually think it depends on her love interest. In this one Victoria Kincaid nailed it 🙂
      I also recommend So This is Love which is another powerful love story featuring Charlotte 🙂

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  4. Glynis

    This book has been on my list for absolutely ages but I haven’t yet bought it! I must admit that I do usually like Charlotte (some stories not so much!) I would enjoy reading about her having a happy marriage with a loving partner rather than coping with Mr Collins!

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  5. sheilalmajczan

    Thank you for sharing here.

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  6. caroleincanada

    Great review, Rita! Like Glynis, this is one I have been wanting to read. I do love secondary character stories. I would say Kitty, Charlotte and Jane are ones I would like to see more of!

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    • Thank you Carole. I also love secondary character stories as they are a nice break from the Elizabeth/Darcy ones and always allow authors to put more creativity into their books 🙂 We never know what to expect in these stories and I like that as opposition to knowing exactly what is going to happen in an Elizabeth/Darcy stories where often even the dialogues, thoughts etc are the same.

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  7. Colleen

    I have always loved Charlotte. She has a good head on her shoulders. If only Lizzie had listened to her from the beginning.

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    • Yes, I fully agree with you, Charlotte was much more pondered then Elizabeth, and in some ways more mature. She was also right about Jane not showing her feelings enough.

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  8. Thank you for that lovely review, Rita! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

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  9. TC

    Thank you for this review, Rita. It sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for the giveaway, Victoria. I am just discovering your books and have added many to my wish list.

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  10. I like reading about secondary characters and like Charlotte so sounds like one I’d like.

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  11. J. W.

    Thanks, Rita, for hosting. I’m looking forward to reading this. I like a HEA story for Charlotte. I’ve always liked her. JDK’s recent book also had the NSN [not-so-nice] Sir William Lucas. Thanks for the generous giveaway and good luck to all in the drawing. Blessings. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all who celebrated.

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    • This was the first one I saw with a not so nice Sir Lucas, but it wasn’t a big quibble for me, just a novelty, I guess. I haven’t read Joy’s latest book but it’s on my pile, so now I know a little bit of what to expect. Thanks for letting me know Jeanne 🙂

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  12. taswmom

    I would love to know what makes Charlotte tick! And see her much happier than as mrs. Collins. Eww.

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    • I think you’ll like the romantic hero on this one, as he is the one who makes Charlotte a more romantic person. In fact, he is the one who shows her, she was always romantic 🙂

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  13. Charlotte

    I don’t have an ereader do I cannot win, but this book sounds amazing. Charlotte certainly could do better than Mr Collins !

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  14. Pasquis

    Team Charlotte!!

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  15. Michelle H

    Aw, I thought I commented on this already. Great review, Rita. The book sounds great. I’ve always been a big fan of alternate love interests for Charlotte because, well…Collins. :p I’ve got it up high on my wish list, and will read it soon no matter what, but the generous giveaway is always lovely.

    I too, like stories based on the side or supporting characters. I’ve become a very big Mary fan in the past year, and there has been more to love lately for Mary fans; including When Mary Met The Colonel which I love. I don’t think there are enough Kitty stories out there, and when she gets a bigger part in a Darcy & Elizabeth story it is often not very complimentary for her. But there are some.

    I do love the Victoria Kincaid book you mentioned, The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth. I’ve read that at least a couple of times. I think my all time fave is The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy.

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  16. buturot

    I haven’t read this bok yet so I am intrigued by the conversation between Mr Colins and Mr Sinclair. Sounds interesting !!!

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