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

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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:

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