Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Mom 🙂
What if, while visiting The Black Rocks on their tour of the Peak District, Elizabeth Bennet and the Gardiners unexpectedly encounter Mr. Darcy paying tribute to one of his mother’s favorite places in Derbsyhire?
Seizing the opportunity to improve Elizabeth’s opinion of him and have some precious private conversation, Mr. Darcy invites Elizabeth to ascend to the peak of The Black Rocks with him (a climb she greatly desires to make!) On the trek uphill, Darcy talks of visiting The Black Rocks as a child with his parents, which leads Elizabeth to ask about his parent’s relationship (a topic she thinks is neutral and safe). The tale Darcy tells of their meeting and engagement is romantic and magical, and mesmerizes Elizabeth as she learns to understand a whole new side of Fitzwilliam Darcy…
Two love stories in one! Instead of focusing primarily on Darcy and Elizabeth, this tale begins by retelling how James Darcy and Anne Fitzwilliam, after a good amount of obstacles, come to an understanding. Their romance was sweet and emotionally stirring. How special it was to learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Darcy and how they fell in love! I loved hearing about their history, learning their personalities, and discovering how it is a tradition for all Darcy men to suffer from the same affliction when it comes to love and marriage!
And then we have Darcy and Elizabeth…unsure what the other is thinking, afraid to say or do the wrong thing, and overcome with feeling. (Just like we love to see them!) And Abigail Reynolds is so wonderfully skilled at portraying our dear couples in such emotionally-charged and intensely-romantic scenes. I especially love how these scenes took place surrounded by the beautiful and natural scenery of rugged rocks and mountains! Very memorable and very moving.
Looking for a quick romantic story to delight and enchant? The Darcys of Derbyshire definitely fits the bill! Imagine climbing to the tallest peak and achieving your happily ever after…Spending an hour or two amongst the rocks with Mr. Darcy is definitely my idea of an afternoon well-spent! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tale with us, Abigail Reynolds!