Already in Love!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Novella? Prequel? Variation Series? What designation would I use to describe the first installment in debut author Maria Grace’s Give Good Principles series you ask? I’d use all three! Volume One, Darcy’s Decision, takes place pre-Pride and Prejudice, is just over a hundred pages, and the plot is already traveling on a different course than the original. The story opens with a grieving Darcy who is trying to cope with the loss of his wise and honorable father while taking his first steps towards upholding the legacy he was left behind. In the six months since his father’s death Darcy has had many new responsibilities thrust upon him. Darcy utilizes all the excellent training and guidance given to him by his father and uncle,except that this time, Darcy is following his good principles with a little less pride and conceit…
Even though it is only about a hundred pages in length, this novella is extremely eventful and engaging! I just loved all the interesting and illuminating scenes that played out in this novella: Wickham’s return to Pemberley to demand the Kympton living, Georgiana’s first dinner party and her subsequent lessons in humility and reality, and Caroline Bingley’s introduction to Mr. Darcy and her first unsuccessful attempts at attracting his attention. It is amazing how much happened in such a short span on time!
What I loved most about this novella was Darcy. Unlike in Pride and Prejudice, Darcy has someone in his life guiding his good principles. He is not as proud or haughty. He recognizes the flaws in his father’s and uncle’s view of the world and desires to do better. Providing for his immediate family and future heirs is not enough, Darcy aims to ensure the happiness and prosperity of all workers and tenants dependent on him. Darcy is proving himself to be a much more honorable, considerate, and godly man, and I think I’m already falling in love. I can hardly wait to see what Elizabeth thinks of him!
Elegant and diverting, Darcy’s Decision is an absorbing look at what Darcy’s life was like pre-Pride and Prejudice. Maria Grace’s Give Good Principles series is off to a very propitious start, and I must admit, I think I’m already in love!
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