Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy form Author
(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this the third book in the Yours by Design trilogy and that it is necessary to read Book 1: Accidentally Yours and Book 2: Sincerely Yours prior to reading this one.)
If you are unfamiliar with the Yours By Design trilogy by Robin Helm, it is a time/body swap series that illustrates what happens if a modern-day descendant of a Mr. Darcy were to swap bodies with the real Fitzwilliam Darcy of 1795 after he makes his ill-fated proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. All three books of this series follow both Darcys (yes, there are two!!) as they adjust to their new lives in different time periods and countries. Both men seek love and happiness, and both men fall in love with a woman named Elizabeth. Modern-day Will Darcy needs to convince Regency Era Elizabeth Bennet that he is an honorable man worthy of her love and completely different from his ancestor who treated her with arrogance, conceit, and disdain. And Regenecy Era Fitzwilliam Darcy, who encounters and falls in love with modern-day Liz Bennet, has the difficult task of overcoming his flaws and misconceptions and helping Liz move on from her painful past.
Taking on a trilogy that has dual plots, takes place during two different time periods, and infuses themes of faith and God is no small feat! I’m greatly impressed with how well all these different aspects of the story where combined and how skillfully Ms. Helm executed them all. I loved the premise of the time/body swap – it worked and was believable. I thought the alternating chapters and dual story-line easy to follow and engaging. And I felt the Christianity elements to be well-balanced and inspiring.
I loved how this story showed us a reverse time-swap. So many times we see a hero or heroine brought back in time to another time period or body. This series showed us what happens when a person/character from Jane Austen’s Era travels to our world. I loved seeing Regency Darcy adapt to our modern world – our technologies, modern conveniences, relaxed customs, freedoms. Witnessing Regency Darcy’s reactions, adjustments, and attempts to adapt to our world were equal parts adorable and laugh out loud funny.
I also loved the culmination of these two romances we’ve seen begin and develop throughout the first two books of this series. Seeing both Darcys and their Elizabeths grow closer was heart-warming and sweet. However, both couples face opposition and dilemma when our not-so-favorite antagonist makes his final move to destroy their happiness and further his own aims. Yes, unfortunately double the Darcy means double the Wickham… And since the dual plots alternate with each chapter there is a good chunk of the book where Wickham (or Greg Whitman) and their dastardly deeds both receive a lot of consecutive page time.
When comparing the two story-lines, I often found myself much more interested and engaged by Regency Darcy and Modern-day Liz. These characters felt real, their issues and challenges were understandable and accessible, and their personal growth was inspiring. They have struggles and baggage, and I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing them overcome all their internal and external obstacles. While Modern-day Will Darcy and Regency Elizabeth had a loving and beautiful romance, I felt their world seemed a little too perfect and easy. Will Darcy has sooooo many advantages over Fitzwilliam Darcy. The knowledge he has of the future and the extensive preparations made for his life made me feel that their lives were a little too convenient and problem-free.
Looking for a take on Pride and Prejudice that is challenging, inventive, and thought-provoking? Love stories with time-travel or body/time swap premises? Then I recommend Robin Helm’s Yours By Design trilogy to you, my friends! When you read Ms. Helm’s books you cannot help but feel they come straight from her heart and soul, and that is truly what I love most about her writing!
Because she is awesome, Robin Helm has offered two lovely copies of her newly released novel, Forever Yours: Yours By Design, Book 3 (1 paperback and 1 ebook), for me to giveaway to TWO lucky winners!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment about my review.
- The giveaway of the ebook is open worldwide, the giveaway of the paperback is open to US residents. Thank you, Robin!
- This giveaway ends May 18th!