Category Archives: 4 stars

Sufficient Encouragement Review & Guest Post

SE final 44 stars

What if during her stay at Netherfield, Elizabeth heard Mr. Darcy praise her fines eyes and decided to change her attitude towards him hoping he would not interfere in Jane and Bingley’s relationship?

This premise doesn’t really tell us much about the book because that is just the start of a roller coster of changes that will occur in this Pride and Prejudice variation.
We will see a conniving and intelligent Mr. Wickham get his way in a very different approach that will get us confused in the beginning, and angry in the end as we realize he is indeed a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I know Mr. Wickham is always hateful, but in this book he has a strategy I had never seen before: he praises Mr. Darcy’s qualities and becomes a master of manipulation that not even Elizabeth’s wit uncovers.

I enjoyed the witty debates between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, I always like to see a fight of wits and that is what Rose Fairbanks gave us in this book, but their relationship was not the aspect I enjoyed the most in this book. The secondary characters were my favourite, which is good, because they will return in August with Rose Fairbank’s new book.

Caroline Bingley was a pleasant surprise as we have a change to see her beneath her cover, and we realise the snobbish woman we know is in fact a broken-hearted woman trying hard to adapt and to feel integrated in society. She reveals herself to be a kind person who is willing to help others achieve their HEA, and I hope she achieves her own with the most unexpected love interest.

Mary was another surprise. I never gave her much credit until I started seeing many interesting developments in JAFF, and this book has done it once more. Mary is much similar to Elizabeth than one might think, and I could see her gain her own space in this story. She didn’t turned out to be as important as I would imagine, but I enjoyed her character very much.

Apart from the minor characters I’ve mentioned, and others such as Arlington and Lady Belinda, one of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was reading about the mills, about the workers fight for a better life, self made man, and the changes in the northern society.  The historic input in this book was clearly and added value, and even if circumstances are different, I could not stop thinking about the influence North and South might have had in the construction of this story, and that alone made me smile.

 

Sufficient Encouragement is available at:

Amazon.com – Sufficient Encouragement: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Amazon.co.uk – Sufficient Encouragement: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (When Love Blooms Book 1)

Amazon.fr –Sufficient Encouragement: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (When Love Blooms Book 1) (English Edition)

 

I hope you have enjoyed the review of Sufficient Encouragement, and if it left you eager to read more about this story, I have good news 🙂 Today I’m not just posting the review, I’m also receiving Rose Fairbanks as a guest to talk about Elizabeth’s growing feelings for Mr. Darcy.

Without further ado, I will let you enjoy it 🙂

 

*** Guest Post***

lyme park a.k.a PemberleyMr. Darcy without Pemberley?

Now, don’t be alarmed, the Mr. Darcy of Sufficient Encouragement still has Pemberley and all his wealth from Austen’s original. In fact, he is a silent financial partner in several mills in the North owned by Bingley and also owns several colleries. But we never see Pemberley. Or even his London house. So, it has no bearing at all on what changes Elizabeth’s opinion of him.

Instead, Elizabeth slowly sees the gentler side of Darcy over a course of a few weeks instead of two days. Early in the story, Darcy asks Elizabeth to correspond with Georgiana. Instead of staying in London, Darcy and Bingley soon return to Netherfield. Georgiana accompanies them, as well as Darcy’s cousin, Lord Arlington. Elizabeth can soon see that Darcy is a beloved brother and cousin, as well as a steadfast friend to Bingley.

One morning, they unexpectedly meet in the woods. But it is not a romantic rendevous. Separately, they stumble across a pair of tenant boys that need their help. One fell and hurt his leg and sent his brother to get help, who then got lost. Darcy and Lizzy are the perfect team reacting quickly to the crisis. When all is settled, and both boys are safe at home, a beautiful scene does unfold between Darcy and Lizzy…but she’s already more than half in love with him by then.

So what is it that makes Lizzy love Darcy?

In Austen’s original, she claims to never want to see him again then is forced to go to Pemberley. While there she hears of how excellent of a master, landlord, and brother he is. Then, moments later she runs into him, and he treats her aunt and uncle with great civility. He calls the next day with his sister, proving his manners can be good on more than just one occasion. Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner return the call the next day, and Elizabeth briefly gets to speak with Darcy, but not privately. Who knows what might have developed after that, for the next day Elizabeth gets a letter from Jane about Lydia’s elopement. At the very moment, Darcy arrives at the Inn. During their conversation, Elizabeth feels her loss. She certainly loves him by then.

But was it just the effect of two days? We all know she jokes with Jane and says it was after seeing Pemberley’s grounds, but that is clearly just a joke. I’ve heard critics say she loved him for his wealth. And I’ve heard many fans say that seeing Darcy at Pemberley in the role of master was critical. Since I’m leaving out Darcy’s earthly belongings in this story, it must be clear that I don’t think they had much sway over Elizabeth.

Instead, I think what affected Elizabeth the most, was seeing Darcy still cared for her.

 

“Such a change in a man of so much pride exciting not only astonishment but gratitude— for to love, ardent love, it must be attributed; and as such its impression on her was of a sort to be encouraged, as by no means unpleasing, though it could not be exactly defined.”

 

I also think a theme important in the novel is the return of romantic feelings. I think after reading Darcy’s letter, and seeing that Darcy was not dishonorable, and therefore worthy of her hand, Elizabeth’s feelings began to change. She would not, however, call it love when she believed he no longer loved her, and she thought they would never meet again. Dear Charlotte had the right of it with this statement:

 

“We can all begin freely— a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement.”

 

And such is the case in Sufficient Encouragement, as the story begins with Elizabeth overhearing Darcy admiring her eyes. Of course, it’s not all a bed of roses. She does not welcome his attentions at first and later doubts his feelings are sincere, leaving her to feel all the more hurt for amending her own feelings. Like her Pride and Prejudice counterpart, my Elizabeth realizes once she’s set on the path of loving Darcy, she can’t shake it even when she fears it’s unreturned. And like Austen’s Elizabeth, mine comes to a moment where she finds the necessary courage to declare her feelings to Darcy.

But Pemberley? She’s really only interested in it for the sake of “privacy” with her husband.

Thanks for having me, Rita! I would love to know what readers think about when Elizabeth began to fall in love with Darcy. What was it that pushed her over the edge?

***Author Bio***

Rose Fairbanks hears book characters talk in her head. They whisper to her of a time when the sun never set on the British Empire. More than having a love story for the ages, these characters face struggles inspired by historical events such as market crashes, Napoleon, embargoes, Luddites, the Year Without a Summer and more. Merging historical research with the timelessness of Jane Austen, Rose currently has ten Pride and Prejudice variations published with several releases planned for 2016 as well as an original Regency Romance series in the works.

Rose proudly admits her Darcy obsession and addictions to reading, chocolate, and sweet tea. Always in the mood for a healthy debate, she also dearly loves to laugh. Having completed a BA in history in 2008, she plans to complete her master’s studies…someday. At the moment, having a career combining her life-long interest in history and research with her love for Jane Austen and the Regency Era consumes all of her professional time. When not writing or reading, Rose runs after her two young children, ignores housework, and profusely thanks her husband for doing all the dishes and laundry.

You can connect with Rose on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog: http://rosefairbanks.com

***Blog Tour Schedule***

Daffodil flowers

4/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Stories from the Past

4/17: Excerpt at My Jane Austen Book Club

4/18: Excerpt & Review at The Ardent Reader

4/19: Excerpt & Giveaway at Diary of an Eccentric

4/20: Interview & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews

4/21: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope

4/22: Guest Post at Babblings of a Bookworm

4/25: Review at Just Jane 1813

4/26: Guest Post at More Agreeably Engaged

4/28: Guest Post & Review at From Pemberley to Milton

4/29: Guest post at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice

 

19 Comments

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

Unequal Affection

175932204 stars

I believe my feelings for Unequal Affection were very similar to Elizabeth’s feelings towards Mr. Darcy. At first I did not like it. But the more time I spent with it, the more it captivated me and I ended up loving it.

Unequal Affection explores the possibility of Elizabeth accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford. The proposal itself is not written in the book, so we do not know how it was delivered, but we do see Elizabeth asking Darcy for some time to think about it.

This first part of the book was not very appealing for me because it was too logical. Elizabeth kept thinking about the reasons for accepting or refusing Darcy. It almost felt mathematical with her pondering the pros and cons. Also, despite all this, I can truly say I still do not know why she accepted him, or why he accepted to marry her knowing she did not love him and was doing it because of his income.

This is a premise that is not very appealing for me because even if I can understand that Elizabeth may accept Mr. Darcy thinking on the comfort and security of her family, I still find it hard to believe Mr. Darcy would have the same love and respect for Elizabeth, had she decided to marry him for his money and situation in life.

If you have the same opinion as me, you will only need to overcome this initial part of the book, because after all the thinking the book becomes really, really good and I think most readers would enjoy it immensely. If unlike me you do not find this premise demotivating, then you will certainly love the book.

Since the beginning of the book the dialogues got my attention because they are incredibly good! I would say they sounded just like Jane Austen’s, and they are certainly some of the best dialogues I’ve ever read in JAFF literature.

One of the things I loved the most in the book was the way Elizabeth handled Caroline Bingley. It was magnificent, and it was partly the responsibility of the dialogues. I believe this author was able to achieve in perfection what many others try to do; to present a witty Elizabeth who is able to defend herself from Miss Bingley with intelligence, class and no need to be blunt about subjects. Lara S. Ormiston was able to do this in a way that I believe Jane Austen herself would do.

It was also very interesting to see how Elizabeth was able to demonstrate to Darcy that his disdain for her neighbours was offending and affecting their feelings, how she showed him the value of each one of them despite their follies, and how they might feel keenly his disdain. This was done at a much later stage than in Pride and Prejudice, but in an equally wonderful manner.

I also enjoyed immensely how Wickham knew exactly how to hurt Darcy. I believe this was the wickedest Wickham I’ve seen in JAFF. In this book he doesn’t plan any kidnap or any maquiavelic action, but he is wicked in the way he purposely hurts Darcy. I liked this about him.

With all I’ve said, I’m sure you’ve already realised I was already in the middle of my love story with this book before I even realised it, and the last chapters were the cherry on top of the cake! They give us a description of Darcy and Elizabeth so true to themselves, a description of their love that is so accurate, and so intense and romantic, that I didn’t want the book to end.

I liked the last chapters so much, I do not resist to leave you with one of my favourite passages:

 

“He was not strange now, his mouth and arms were familiar; more, they were dear. They were …she pressed herself a little closer, hands curling around his collar…they were love and security; they were long talks and burning looks; they were faithfulness, and selflessness, honor and pobity. Everything that he had been to her, everything that he was, best of men, most difficult, most good, most intriguing and maddening and trustworthy and desirable of men”

Unequal Affection is available at:

Amazon.com – Unequal Affection

Amazon.co.uk – Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

Amazon.fr- Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

9 Comments

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

Very Merry Mischief

91-9C4fcbiL4 stars

I was debating on what to read for this Christmas time, as I have not a habit of reading season stories, until I spotted “ Very Merry Mischief” in Amazon.

The length and premise sounded perfect, so I bought it and now I feel I have to recommend it to everyone.

What if an unexpected event prevented Mr. Darcy from returning to Hertfordshire after Bingley’s proposal to Jane Bennet? What if he never attended the Bingley’s wedding?

And what if Mr. Darcy never knew of Lady Catherine’s visit to Elizabeth and feared she would only accept him out of gratitude?

What if he never returned?

As Mr. Darcy never came back to Hertfordshire, Elizabeth believed he was too ashamed of Lydia’s behaviour and Wickham’s connection to make her another offer, With this in mind, she never attempted to contact or even encounter him either, and so it was they spent an entire year without seeing or hearing from each other.

On the following Christmas, the Bingley’s are invited to Pemberley and take with them the two “spinster” sisters residing with the family at Netherfield: Elizabeth Bennet and Caroline Bingley.

The first scene described in this novella is the trip the four of them make to Pemberley, and we get a glimpse of what it would be like to have Elizabeth and Caroline Bingley living together under the same circumstances: both unmarried, without any suiter or Mr. Darcy.

It was very funny to picture this. It made me wonder, and my imagination began to visualise their day to day interactions. Can you imagine how these two would tolerate one another? Can you imagine them spending day after day together in the same parlour? I can, and find it incredibly amusing!

When arriving at Pemberley, Elizabeth sees Anne de Bourgh and believes she is married to Mr. Darcy. This of course, leaves her in a miserable state, as she believes the only man she will ever love is completely lost to her.

But of course, that never happened, and this is where the true romance starts.

I liked their interactions and the way they can communicate with one another in a private way even when the room is full of people. I always like when they use references to books both read to transmit a certain thought they cannot publicly admit. It transmits a sense of connection and intimacy that I’m very fond of.

I also liked Miss Bingley’s attempts to show Mr. Darcy he could offer for her, even if her reaction to the ladies in the music room was a bit too much for me 🙂

Elizabeth Ann West has clearly made me grow a fondness for novellas that did not exist before. This one is another adorable short story, perfect for a Christmas time.

I’m sure everyone who celebrates Christmas is quite busy this time of the year, but this novella has exactly the right length to appeal to everyone in this season. It is amusing, diverting, romantic, well written and it will not take a reader more than 3 hours to read it.

It’s perfect for when you feel the need to sit back and relax a little after all the Christmas preparations.

 

A Very Merry Mischief is available at:

Amazon.com – Very Merry Mischief

Amazon.co.uk – Very Merry Mischief: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation

Amazon.fr – Very Merry Mischief: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation

4 Comments

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

The Last Waltz

last waltz4 stars

I had read Pat Santarsiero’s Thursday’s Child a while back, and even though it might be a controversial book, especially for Janeite purists, I really enjoyed it, I liked the way she developed the characters and the way she created their interactions.

I was, therefore, very curious towards The Last Waltz.

This book is not as controversial as Thursday’s Child, it is in fact very different, and so I think it will appeal to a wider audience.

In the Last Waltz Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy briefly meet in London when she is 15 and will re-encounter each other at the Meryton Assembly. The book will follow the course of events we see in Pride and Prejudice, but of course Mrs. Santarsiero’s premise will change the events we already know too well.

The incident that will change everything in the story is the carriage accident Elizabeth has after that brief encounter with Mr. Darcy, and that leaves her with a limp. This will change who she is, and those searching for playful and sociable Lizzy will not find her. This is something some people might not like. In this book we do not see the regular portrayal of our beloved characters. We see what their characters might have been if something with a considerable impact had affected them. I understand some might not enjoy this idea, but I surely do.

I enjoyed seeing the way Pat Santarsiero developed Elizabeth’s character. It is very interesting to see her overcoming some of her inner struggles, just as it is interesting to see it is Mr. Darcy who keeps wanting her to dance. I also enjoyed the way some roles were reversed, namely having Elizabeth suffer for what she believe is an unrequited love. Why should it always be Mr. Darcy suffering from this?

There are some very romantic scenes in this book that I enjoyed. I almost cried when Elizabeth first talked to Mr. Darcy after the Meryton Assembly and at the end of the book their dance was so romantic I wanted to re-read the scene several times.

I would have prefer if there were no intimate scenes in the book as I always prefer a version without them, but it was an important part of the book that made Mr. Darcy very romantic and helped develop the story line, so it did not prevented me from liking it.

I also believe their first encounter could have been more developed as it is very important in the course of the story and I personally do not feel that it could have made such an impression on all characters involved in it.

But overall I really enjoyed this book. I like the way the writer lets the scenes flow. Even though this book relates one year in the characters’ lives we never feel bored while reading it. Pat Santarsiero has what I believe to be a very good sensitivity to what the readers want to read, and so the scenes are always very well balanced and described in accordance to their own importance for the readers.

There was also something I really enjoyed in this book. There is another romantic pair in the book (that I shall not reveal to avoid spoilers) that is always a favourite of mine, so it was a plus for me 🙂

 

The Last Waltz is available at:

Amazon.com – The Last Waltz

Amazon.co.uk – The Last Waltz: . . . another pride and prejudice journey of love

Amazon.fr – The Last Waltz: . . . another pride and prejudice journey of love (English Edition)

Leave a comment

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

The Trouble with Horses

the trouble with horses4 stars

I don’t usually buy Novelas, even if the premise is interesting, I always prefer to read longer books than a short story. But I had just finished Compromised by J. Dawn King, and the excerpt of The Trouble with Horses was in the end of the book, so I gave it a try.

Truth is, I really loved the excerpt and the premise! And once more I was proven wrong when it comes to “rejecting” something in JAFF! I should know by now that even if there are genres I prefer, I should not exclude anything in JAFF! The Trouble with Horses proved me I cannot deny novellas, as I may end up loving them as much as I love a longer book.

The novella starts with Elizabeth finding a lost horse that leads her to an injured Mr. Darcy in the middle of the forest and surrounded with snakes. Obviously, our heroine will scare off the snakes and get help for the unknown gentleman who is then taken to Longbourn for recovery.

You may imagine how the stories goes from here 🙂

Mary’s character was a surprise in this book. I liked how the author was able to give more importance to this character by making her the love interest of another much loved hero :).

Mary is one of those characters I always like to see developed. I think that Austen’s character was not meant to be very interesting, but I also feel there is a lot of potential in her to be developed in JAFF.

There was a detail I particularly liked in this story, and I know the Portuguese readers will like it as much as I did  🙂 The author quoted a part Sir Walter Scott’s The Vision of Don Roderick that mentions Portugal. A small detail, I know, but it always makes me smile.

I also liked the scenarios and how the story evolved. I was just sorry that this book was indeed very short and could be read in a couple of hours. I think it has all the potential to be a great longer book, and I wish the author will consider developing this book in the future by adding more scenes to it. I would enjoy reading more scenes of Elizabeth taking care of Darcy after the accident, more interactions between them in Hertfordshire, and much more story in London. I think the story is very well put together, but by extending it, the author would make it even better.

If you like short stories or novelas, I think you will love this book!

The Trouble with Horses is Available at:

Amazon.com – The Trouble with Horses

Amazon.co.uk  –The Trouble With Horses: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Novella

Amazon.fr – The Trouble With Horses: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Novella

 

2 Comments

Filed under 4 stars, Uncategorized

Earning Darcy’s Trust

earning darcy's trust4 stars

Jennifer Joy’s writing is so good that it gets me glued to her books for hours!

While I’m captivated by the premise in some books, in Jennifer’s I have to say that it is the way she develops her stories and her characters that keeps me wanting to read more and more. I’m not saying that the premises are not good in her books, by the contrary, they are quite interesting, but her writing is definitely her strongest characteristic for me. The way she writes increases the quality of her books exponentially. Earning Darcy’s Trust is the second book I read from this author, and for the second time, I go to bed after reading it wanting to write about it. That is something that does not happen with every book I read, and it has to be the merit of the author.

In this book Darcy decides to take Georgiana to Netherfield with him, and her presence will change everything! The storyline will be quite similar to the one Austen created, but Georgiana’s presence along with another new character and all the story that is behind him, will change the Darcy/Elizabeth relationship.

I liked the new Darcy/Elizabeth scenes the author created and their dialogues. Their discussions were very good, and the way they profess their love in the end of book really touched my heart. I think it is because I really identify myself with the way Jennifer Joy expressed Darcy and Elizabeth’s feelings and inner thoughts.

I particularly liked reading Elizabeth say “I am as much yours as you are mine” and Darcy confessing “she is my complement. Where I am week, she is strong”. For me these sentences are very strong and transpire a love that is transcendent. They correspond to what I believe Darcy and Elizabeth’s love is all about.

I also loved the way Jennifer gave some importance to Mr. Hurst and how she changed his character. Or should I say, how she showed us how he can be when not sleeping or inebriated?

I really liked seeing him take some action and actually speak. This is something I never saw in a JAFF book before, so it really stood out and got my attention.

The way Georgiana’s attitude evolved during the book was very interesting as well. I liked to see how Elizabeth’s influence helped her grow. We always see Mr. Darcy saying that Elizabeth’s presence will help Georgiana, but in this book we actually see it happen.

The only thing I didn’t like as much in this book is the reaction Mr. Darcy has when the true killer of his father is revealed. I would imagine him angrier, not being able to think of anything else. I would also prefer to have Darcy talk with Elizabeth about his feelings in a more private situation, but I understand the scene itself was meant to create some humour.

Overall, I really liked this Earning Darcy’s Trust, and because Jennifer’s writing was one of the things that made me like the book so much, I will leave you with 2 of my favourite sentences in this book:

“She loved a good challenge. Perhaps that was what drew her to Fitzwilliam Darcy at first. There was nothing simple about him”.

“They would fight. They would love. But most of all, they would live”.

Earning Darcy’s Trust is available at:
Amazon.com – Earning Darcy’s Trust

Amazon.co.uk – Earning Darcy’s Trust: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

Amazon.fr – Earning Darcy’s Trust: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

1 Comment

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

Sketching Mr. Darcy

sketching mr darcy4 stars

I had wondered why I never read a book where Mr. Darcy would find out about Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins’ offer right after it occurred. It was always something I thought I would enjoy reading about.

Lory Lilian finally made it real! It wasn’t what I expected or imagined because the consequences of such information were practically inexistent, but still, this was an excellent beginning and kept me interested in the book.

What if Mr. Darcy encountered Lizzie on the day of his departure from Netherfield and she was freezing and completely wet from falling into a pond? He would obviously help her, and assist her to get home, but what if rumours were to start from there? Mr. Darcy would be bound by honour to make Elizabeth an offer of marriage, and taking into consideration the rumours…she would have to accept.

This is how Sketching Mr. Darcy starts, and in my opinion it is a very good idea. I liked the premise and I loved the fact that Mr. Darcy did not change after being engaged to Elizabeth. He continue to be himself, but as she got to know him better, she got to understand him. At first, I did not enjoy having Darcy proposing to Elizabeth without admitting to anyone, not even himself that he was in love with her. I believed this would take away the intensity of the book. But it didn’t, by the contrary, it was essential to create an atmosphere of true understanding, respect and love between both characters.
Instead of having Darcy loving Elizabeth and trying to make her love him, we see Darcy also falling in love with Elizabeth. We see him finding many aspects to love in Elizabeth and not just her wit and playfulness. This was something I really loved. Lory Lilian was able to create a very solid story with a profound character development. For example, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy do argue at times, but their arguments are actually based on relevant aspects. Unlike many books where the argument is not valid, credible or important, but just based on some childish stubbornness by one or the other, in this book we see arguments with a valid foundation.

Also, even though some readers might find the book a little too slow paced, there was always something to look forward to in it. When the author answered what we wanted to read, she immediately created another situation that we wanted to see unfolded. The entire book was well structured. And the characters were perfect. This Darcy was perfect and Elizabeth as well. I found her struggle between behaving as Elizabeth Bennett would have or as Elizabeth Darcy should quite interesting. The new characters were a plus as well, Annabelle Stratford was a good addition to create some jealousy, but also to demonstrate the strength of their love and the impressive way how Elizabeth could handle situations.

I did love the book. Lory Lillian was always one author that kept appearing on my must read list, but for some reason, I never read anything from her until this month. I wish I had done it before, as she is definitely one author worth Reading!

Sketching Mr. Darcy is available at:

Amazon.com-  Sketching Mr. Darcy

Amazon.co.uk – Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice alternative journey

Amazon.fr – Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice alternative journey

Leave a comment

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice

The Gypsy Blessing

the gypsy blessing4 stars

The Gypsy Blessing has a very different storyline than the usual “what if” stories, and it requires some detachment from the original story. If you like and accept the premise of the book you will love it!

After helping an injured gypsy, Lizzie receives a blessing that will help her in her path to happiness.

She starts receiving mysterious drawings that show her events that will occur in the future. Elizabeth starts realizing she can change the future based on the information she is receiving from the drawings and because of that she travels to Ramsgate where she meets Mr. Darcy and Georgiana. After that event, the book follows the timeline and events Jane Austen created in Pride and Prejudice, but because of the drawings, Elizabeth’s perception is very different, and the story takes a different route. She doesn’t have prejudice against Mr. Darcy, and does not favour Whickam, but despite this change, the character remains very true to herself and we can still find a lot of angst and adventures in the book.

It is a surprisingly fresh and loving book. There is no lack of propriety, and the only intimate scene portrayed in the book is a kiss between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth after they are married. But the love story is marvellous, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to those who want to read a good book.

The Gypsy Blessing is available at:

Amazon.com – The Gypsy Blessing

Amazon.co.uk – The Gypsy Blessing

Amazon.fr – The Gypsy Blessing

1 Comment

Filed under 4 stars, Pride and Prejudice