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Mr. Darcy to the rescue

Mr_ Darcy to the Rescue3.5 stars

I had recently written that I would really like to read a book where Mr. Darcy knew of Mr. Collins proposal. I always thought it would be interesting to read about his reaction to this news. But in my mind I always thought about Mr. Darcy discovering Collins had proposed, rushing to Longbourn to try ascertain the situation and discovering that Elizabeth had refused Mr. Collins.

Visctoria Kincaid took this to a whole different level! What if Elizabeth was about to refuse Mr. Collins when she discovered her father was very ill and could die in the next months? What if this new information made her accept Mr. Collins to secure stability to her family? And what if Mr. Darcy discovered she was engaged to Mr. Collins after the fact?

This premise was even better than what I had imagined. I loved it! Mr. Darcy realizes he cannot live without Elizabeth and he cannot bear to see her married to someone else, especially Mr. Collins, so he comes to the rescue!

Mr. Darcy travels to Longbourn in the hopes of ending Elizabeth’s engagement to Mr. Collins and gaining her affection, but of course, things are never this simple and we end up visiting Kent, Derbyshire and London as well. One of the things I loved in this book is that we visit all these places in the company of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

We are constantly reading about their interactions, of course there are other characters, but Elizabeth and Darcy are present in most of the book, and this is something I really enjoy. After reading so many JAFF books I confess I’m more and more interested in Elizabeth and Darcy’s interactions than the rescue of Lydia, for example. Even though I did like Lydia’s rescue in this book. I will not give any details as I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it is very funny.

The journey is lighthearted, fresh and funny. I adored reading the book from the perspective of both characters, and I loved reading their thoughts in the middle of the conversations. It made me feel closer to them, and it made the book funnier.

The Darcy in this book is romantic, decided, but with his natural flaws which just makes him perfect. Elizabeth is true to herself and we see her fall in love with Darcy in a charming way.

This is the 3rd book I’ve read from Victoria Kincaid, and once again she wrote a book that is never boring and that keeps urging us to read it without stopping. I was just sad it was so short. I would like to have read much more, for example, more Darcy scenes by himself at Netherfield, more interactions at Rosings between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine, but also between Lizzy and Darcy, more Elizabeth’s confidences to Jane in Pemberley, etc.

I consider this book quite different from the other 2 I have read from Victoria Kincaid (and that I loved!) which proves to me she is really a creative writer. She can write different types of books and provide us pleasurable moments each time. The only reason I didn’t rate this book higher is because of the length, but definitely a good book to read.

 

Mr. Darcy to the Rescue is available at :

Amazon.com – Mr. Darcy to the Rescue

Amazon.co.uk – Mr. Darcy to the Rescue: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Amazon.fr – Mr. Darcy to the Rescue: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (English Edition)

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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

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Darcy’s Ultimatum

darcys ultimatum4.5 stars

When I started reading Darcy’s Ultimatum I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it because of the premise, but I could not have been more wrong!

The book begins with Mr Darcy proposing to Anne because he feels bound by honour and duty to his mother’s wishes; his father is still alive, and I could not relate or identify this character as Mr. Darcy in the first pages. But as I continued reading I started to like this Darcy and to understand that the first pages were not an accurate description of the character. In fact, this first impression was only because of the first few pages, and I realised I was being prejudiced towards the character. Ironic isn’t it? I was reading a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction book and making the same “mistake” Elizabeth did!

I eventually fell in love with this Darcy and really enjoyed the book. I started reading it before going to bed, and 6 hours later I was still reading it! I could not stop until I finished reading the entire story.

In Darcy’s Ultimatum we go through the interactions of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth during the London Season, while both are facing their parent’s ultimatum to get married before the season is over, and we see them fall in love with each other in a romantic, delightful manner. The plot is delicious, and their relationship lovely.

I really recommend this book, and my experience while reading it was so different and curious that I would also love to hear what other readers felt! Feel free to leave your comments and let me know what you thought of the book 🙂

In the meantime, I think I will read the authors second book: Anne’s Adversity which is a stand alone novel that is nevertheless connected to Darcy’s Ultimatum 🙂

Darcy’s Ultimatum is available at :

Amazon.com – Darcy’s Ultimatum

Amazon.co.uk –Darcy’s Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (The Cousins Book 1)

Amazon.fr –Darcy’s Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (The Cousins Book 1)

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Pirates and Prejudice

pirates and prejudice5 stars

Kara Louise is one of my favorite authors and I was eager to read something else from her when Pirates and Prejudice was released.

But, just as to many other JAFF readers, this storyline appeared to be too weird for me.

Fortunately I read a review that gave me the courage to read it and I do not regret it. It’s a great book! It’s unbelievable, but Kara Louise did again! Once more she created a completely different scenario and managed to make us love it!

The story is indeed very different and difficult to believe in the beginning : After the Hunsford proposal, and rejection, Mr. Darcy wanders in the streets of London for a few days being mistaken by a wanted pirate. Once it is clear who he is, he is asked, and accepts to impersonate this pirate to help authorities capture him.

In the meantime, Elizabeth and her father travel to the Isles of Scilly to visit Mr. Bennet’s sister and end up traped in a desert Island.

So it is in the middle of the ocean, and in a small island, that our beloved characters reunite.

There were 2 premises in the book that I found hard to belive before reading it. If like me you are still suspicious, let me tell you how Kara Louise pulled it of.

First premisse – Mr. Darcy portraying a pirate? Yes, it sounds strange, but the book explains how this could happen very well, and it is actually charming. It is not that strange as it might appear. Mr. Darcy is not actually a pirate, he is just impersonating one to help authorities capture him.

Second premisse – Elizabeth does not recognize the man who purposed to her only 2 months ago? Again, it sounds strange, but it is very easy to believe it. When she sees Mr. Darcy impersonating a pirate, he has long hair, long beard, and an injury above his eye which is completely covered. Apart from that, he speaks as a commoner (something he learned before) and is in an island, so it is not obvious that it could be Mr. Darcy.

Also, she always thinks something is wrong, that he appears to be familiar, and discovers his true identity only after a couple of days.

So if you’re thinking about not reading the book just because of these 2 premises, give it a shot. The author is very good and did a great job explaining everything.

The book is very well written, very romantic, intense without any lack of propriety, and witty. The characters are very true to themselves, and I loved the fact that Elizabeth realizes she is in love with Mr. Darcy in the middle of the book. I always like when I read a story where she is also in love with him in the book and not only in the end.

If you’re expecting a lot of sex scenes, this book is not for you. It does not have a single one. If you’re looking for something intense and romantic, then this is perfect.

It’s for sure one of the best JAFF books I’ve read…but then again, it is from Kara Louise, so that was expected  🙂

 

Pirates and Prejudice available at:

Amazon.com –  Pirates and Prejudice

Amazon.co.uk – Pirates and Prejudice

Amazon.fr – Pirates and Prejudice

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