Apr 152012
 

Falling in Love at Pemberley

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if Elizabeth encountered Darcy in London before she left on her tour with the Gardiners? What if Darcy invited Elizabeth and her family to Pemberley as his guests? What if there was another important woman in Darcy’s life that many expected him to marry?

When Elizabeth re-encounters Mr. Darcy in the company of Mrs. Gardiner, Georgiana, and Colonel Fitzwilliam, she is sent into a spiral of confusion and turmoil. Seeing Darcy again, observing his easy and amiable manner, witnessing his intense gazes – she doesn’t know what to make of it all! Why is Mr. Darcy so altered? How badly has she misjudged him? Just as Elizabeth starts to acknowledge that she finds Darcy’s company pleasant and desirable, she is introduced to the celebrated and stunning, Lady Cassandra, who just happens to be the Darcys’ oldest childhood friend. Outspoken, daring, and independent, Lady Cassandra and her intimate relationship with the Darcys causes a lot of consternation for Elizabeth, yet in the end helps her discover the leadings of her own heart…

Boy, Ms. Lilian sure likes to stir the pot! Poor Elizabeth doesn’t know what to make of Darcy, or Lady Cassandra – is she a friend or foe? After reading many novels where Darcy is filled with doubt, jealousy, and dejection, it was a fresh experience to see Elizabeth be the one who suffers a little. I took great pleasure in witnessing Elizabeth’s reactions to Darcy, the blossoming of her regard, and her torment when she feels they can never be together. The love story between Darcy and Elizabeth is arrestingly beautiful and tender in the variation. I especially loved the glimpse into their blissful yet busy married life. (Note: due to several intimate and romantic scenes between characters, I’d recommend this novel for Mature Audiences only).

Although Lady Cassandra steals much of the spotlight in this variation, there are a few other minor characters that are definitely worth mentioning. Lory Lilian’s original creation Lord Markham is a notorious and dangerous rake who seems to be courting Caroline Bingley, but really has designs on someone else. His wickedness seems to know no end, he’s even more vile than Wickham! Two characters that I adored were the hilariously mismatched Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. I was “excessively diverted” by Mr. Bennet’s encounter with Lady Catherine! That’s right, all the Longbourn women were out of the house when the great lady came to call! I think Mr. Bennet handled her quite well, though: “Sphere? What Sphere? … I am afraid we do not have a sphere, Lady Catherine…” And I just loved Mrs. Bennet’s reaction to hearing her daughter is engaged to Mr. Darcy! Where is Hill when she really needs her?

With secret marriages, duels, rejected proposals, head injuries, and a delusional maniac – Remembrance of the Past is a most exciting and engrossing read! It will satisfy your hunger for romance, humor, drama, and Darcy! I highly recommend!

GIVEAWAY!!!  Thanks to Lory Lilian and the lovely people at Meryton Press I have ONE beautiful new copy of Remembrance of the Past to give away to ONE lucky winner!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this review. (To save your inbox from unwanted spam, please don’t leave your email address.) Just check back to see if you win! This giveaway is open worldwide!  Why?  Because I love my international readers!

This contest will end April 21st! Thank you for entering and best of luck!
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  30 Responses to “Remembrance of the Past – Lory Lilian + GIVEAWAY”

  1.  

    Sounds like a good one. Can’t wait to read it!

    Felicia

  2.  

    definitely sounds like a good one! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  3.  

    Ooh, I’d love to win this! I read it awhile back and loved it. Normally I dislike when there is a legit competitor for Darcy’s affections but I liked Lady Cassandra, and also Colonel Fitzwilliam’s story.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  4.  

    This sounds like such a good book! Can’t wait to read it!

  5.  

    Your short description of this book sounds very interesting and I would like to read it! Please count me in!

    Thanks,

    Cathi

  6.  

    OOOOOH! I’ll have to add this to my “to read” list–it sounds fun:) Thank you for the give-away chance!

  7.  

    Sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8.  

    I enjoyed Rainy Days! This one looks good too!
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  9.  

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10.  

    This book would be a treasure and enjoyable. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  11.  

    I really liked ‘The Journey’ so I’m looking forward to trying this one.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  12.  

    I absolutely love these “what ifs”- thanks so much for spotlighting them, and hosting giveaways! 😀

  13.  

    I have read too few variations lately, so I would love to read this one 🙂

  14.  

    I certainly do hope to win, and I, too, will need my smelling salts from Mrs. Hill!

  15.  

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway! I enjoyed the characters and the story of Rainy Days. After your review, this one sounds like another book by Lori Lilian that I will enjoy.

  16.  

    This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Please enter me in the giveaway!

  17.  

    Oh my!!! Sounds like another book to add to my list of to-reads!!! Looking forward to this, and thank you for the giveaway!

  18.  

    Mr. and Mrs. Bennet sound great! I would have loved to have heard the conversation between Mr. Bennet and Lady C.

  19.  

    This really does sound like a good one!

  20.  

    This sounds like a really good read, and one I just might HAVE to read! A new and good take on Pride and Prejudice! Wonderful that it is time for Elizabeth to feel a little doubtful of Darcy and their future together.
    Lady Cassandra sounds a bit like Elizabeth, but I look forward to see if she is a friend or foe!
    A character worse than Wickham, – that is going to be fun to see what problems he can create!
    Lory Lillian, – thank you for the chance to win your book!

  21.  

    Sounds wonderful! Great review. I like the thought of all these different variations of the original in one book – a man more evil then Wickham, Lady Cassandra, Elizabeth min doubt of getting her love.
    Deffinitly a to-read!

  22.  

    Sounds really exciting! I would love to win and read this book. Thank you for great review and kind giveaway!

  23.  

    Hello everyone and thank you so much for your interest in my book ! I was away for two days and I just return home -what a joy to find this wonderful review and your lovely comments ! Thank you so very much, Meredith !!! I look forward to see who will be the winner of Remembrance ! 🙂

  24.  

    Can’t wait to add this one to my “to read list”! Thanks for the great review.

  25.  

    Ooh I’m already intrigued by the description of this book! Tis now on my list of books to read

  26.  

    Wow, what a great review, Meredith. I would like to win this book so do add me to the drawing for this giveaway.

  27.  

    The rival for Mr. Darcy’s affections. Sounds excellent! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28.  

    Great review, Meredith! The book sounds great. I loved Rainy Days and Lady Matlock’s character in it. I am sure that this one will be just as good, especially after reading your review. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  29.  

    I forgot to mention I loved the way you reviewed this book Meredith. I love duels, proposals etc. You really got us revved us. I also appreciate the warning about intimate scenes it’s so helpful to know what to expect before purchasing a book.

  30.  

    I definitely want to read this!

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