Monday, June 22, 2015

REVIEW: Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Caitlin Williams


Book Blurb: So much in life depends on chance and sheer luck. How much do we often owe to being in the right place at the right time?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet plans to visit the Lake District with her uncle and aunt, yet ends up at Pemberley instead, just as, by coincidence, Mr Darcy also arrives home.          They meet, understand one another better and all eventually ends well.
But what if they did not have such luck? What if Elizabeth actually went to the Lake District and was nowhere near Pemberley, and she and Mr Darcy never met again until another four years had gone by? 
   Now they are very different people, altered by marriage, time and situation, although, Mr Darcy's failed proposal in the Parsonage at Hunsford still haunts both of them in different ways.
   Elizabeth is a companion to her Aunt, Mrs Mountford, a widow of great standing in society who married exceptionally well and 'Miss Bennet' finds herself accepted in the very best of circles and able to marry whomever she might chose.
   Mr Darcy did his duty by his sickly cousin, Anne de Bourgh, and married her to protect her from the tyrannical force of her mother Lady Catherine. He has come to Bath, however, a widower, with his family, the Fitzwilliams, and his sister, Georgiana. Darcy sees Elizabeth, the woman who rejected him, in the opposite box at the theatre and cannot help falling in love with her all over again. Now though, it seems there are even more hurdles to overcome for them to be together, including Elizabeth's new suitor, the handsome and charming Mr Yorke.
   Mr Darcy is still a little proud, still not able to 'perform to strangers'. Can Elizabeth see past his reserve and awkwardness to the decent man underneath?

My Review: The plot of this book is that Darcy and Lizzy reunite in Bath after about 5 years. Darcy is now a widower after marrying his cousin Anne and Lizzy is a companion to her Aunt Mountford. Georgiana and Caroline are also in Bath and Darcy joins them about two weeks after Lizzy is introduced to Miss Darcy. Caroline makes a point of trying to befriend Elizabeth as she now has connections to a high ranking member of the peerage through marriage. Jane is married to a Mr Turner and is very happily in love with him. Bingley too moved on and is now married. Of course we never get to exactly meet her in the book. Lizzy gains a suitor in the dandy Mr Yorke. And with it we get to meet his two younger sisters (who fawn over Mr Darcy) and his father. Though by the end of the book Caroline and Mr Yorke have eloped together. Of course ODC also get their HEA by the end of book as well.

I did enjoy this book a lot. It only took me a couple of hours to read it. I just wish it could have been longer and I did notice a couple of typos throughout the book. But that is understandable as this is the author's debut novel.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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