Darcy dreams of winning Elizabeth Bennet’s hand and he has a strategy worked out. But when a chance encounter prompts Darcy to propose to Elizabeth before he has rescued Lydia, his plans go horribly awry.
Broken hearted, disillusioned and bitterly regretting his impulsive action, Darcy sees no point in fulfilling the terms of his pledge. After all, rescuing Lydia might save Elizabeth’s reputation, but why should he assist her when they have no future together? Once again, Darcy finds himself faced with impossible choices: being selfless, even knowing there is no chance of reward; or holding onto his dignity by turning his back on the Bennets once and for all.
Pride and love are at loggerheads as he struggles to choose between his mind … and his heart.
Volume Two of The Darcy Novels continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.
The novel would appeal to readers of traditional Regency Romance as well as lovers of Jane Austen variations.
First let me say that I highly recommend reading the first book, Mr. Darcy’s Pledge, before reading this one. There are things in the first that will make more sense while reading the second, though it can be a stand alone book.
Being a continuation of the first book, I was anxious to get started! We left Darcy in a precarious place and I just had to know what happened next! Well, I was floored! This book is an emotional roller coaster that you will want to ride again and again!
Monica Fairview has a way with our favorite characters! She brings out the best and worst in them and makes me love them all over again! And hate some them too! LOL Some of our old friends are here, and some new friends are met with. All to what end you ask? Well, if I told you, that would spoil the entire thing! And I don’t like spoilers at all!
Elizabeth is adamant she will not marry Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is adamant he will not bother her again. but the “gentleman’s code” takes over and he has no choice but to help when it is needed. He tries so hard to fight his feelings for Elizabeth. I felt for Mr. Darcy in this re-imagining. I really wanted him to have his cake and eat it too, so to speak.
Georgiana is growing up and her brother sees that she needs a friend and sister and if he took a wife, she would have that. He still sees her as his little sister, but she is becoming a woman and needs the influence of another woman in her life other than her companion. Mrs. Anesley is all that is proper for her at this time, but she is not a friend. Georgiana sees her as her brothers employee, not a true friend. And then there is Georgian’s come out to be dealt with. A wife would alleviate all this stress.
And then there is the whole situation with Lydia running off with Mr. Wickham. She is absolutely in the running for one of the silliest girls in England, as her father is known to say. Her mother is in a tizzy, and there really isn’t much they can do, Mr. Darcy knows Wickham too well to expect him to do the right thing, but he isn’t sure he should interfere. To what end? Elizabeth has made it clear she will not have him, so why should he even bother? Because he can’t help himself, and that teeny little glimmer of hope he carries, that she will change her mind.
Ms. Fairview made me feel for these characters again, bringing out their foibles and triumphs in a wonderful way. Her writing is superb in that I felt as though I was reading Miss Austen’s words. The scenes she sets for each part are very well done, so much so that I feel as though I have seen them for myself.
I highly recommend this set of books to any Jane Austen lover!
I know I will read them again and again!
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book for my honest review*