A Faithful Narrative by Mary Smythe

a faithful narrative4.5 stars

After spending several days in Elizabeth’s company at Kent, Mr. Darcy feels unable to repress his feelings any longer so he decides to propose, but just before he can do so, he finds Elizabeth’s journal and even though he is not tempted to read it, when he spots his name, he cannot resist reading a few lines. Once he discovers how much she despises him, he cannot avoid reading other passages and learns there is a long way he needs to go to change the way others perceive his character.

The first chapters of this book are very promising, and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know how both characters would react to this change of events. What would Mr. Darcy do once he discovered Elizabeth’s true feelings for him? And what would Elizabeth do when she learned that not only he read her diary, but also knows what she thinks of him?

The reason why I enjoyed this novel so much was not only the way it is written, but also the answer to those questions.

I loved the way Mr. Darcy reacted to this news, first he was appalled, then he was angry, but finally he accepted that Elizabeth’s charges were reasonable. I loved the strategy he came up to return her the diary, the way he said goodbye, and his cautionary attitude once he was back at Longbourn. Mr. Darcy was a gentleman throughout the story, and I could feel how much he loved Elizabeth, how sorry he was for the first impression he left in her and the consequences of his attitudes.

I also liked the way Elizabeth handled the entire situation, and even her proactive approach to solve this issue. Her courage always rises to the occasion, right? Well, she wasn’t afraid to reach out to Mr. Darcy and fight for her happiness, I loved that about her.

I also enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t rush the characters feelings in this novel and provided us with a satisfactory ending that was believable giving the timeframe of the book.

A Faithfull Narrative is a short novella that will captivate readers. Its unique premise is appealing and the behaviors of the characters enchanting. I recommend it to readers looking for a short Elizabeth and Darcy centered story.


Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

This audiobook was the first I heard narrated by Amanda Parrott and I have to say it was very pleasing to hear. There was nothing standing out in her narration, which means I was able to get immersed in the story, so I would definitely recommend the audiobook version.


You can find A Faithful Narrative at:



Kindle Unlimited and Audible



Filed under JAFF, Persuasion

4 responses to “A Faithful Narrative by Mary Smythe

  1. Sophia Rose

    Your reviews keep making me add books to my reading list. Haha! It sounds really good and I like what you say about the pacing of their romance.


  2. Mary Smythe

    Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed my book. ❤️❤️❤️


  3. Glynis

    I totally agree with every word Rita! As you can imagine m this is definitely my idea of a good story, Darcy and Elizabeth as the main characters and sorting their way through their misunderstandings! Perfect! I really enjoyed this book.


  4. Amanda Parrott

    Many thanks for your kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed narrating this delightful story!
    Amanda Parrott


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