Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy form Author
It is well known that Lady Catherine is “particularly attached” to her nephews, and according to her ladyship, they are just as attached to her. But what if this grouping of nephews included one more…a nephew from Sir Lewis de Bourgh’s side of the family, his sister’s son Matthew Rickland?
If such a nephew did exist, we can be sure that Lady Catherine would take a prodigious concern in all his affairs, give her superior council on many matters of his life, and demand his attendance at Rosings every so often. In this lovely new variation by Kara Louise we explore the possibility of Lady Catherine’s nephews coming to visit all at the very same time. What if Elizabeth met Mr. Rickland and found him handsome, charming, and amiable? What if Mr. Darcy arrived in Kent and found himself, not only staying a short distance away from Elizabeth Bennet, but residing under the same roof as someone who seems to greatly admire her? Let the battle begin…
Hmm…it is a little tricky to talk about the plot of this book because partway through some surprising twists take place! And I don’t want to spoil any of it for anyone…so I’ll have to give you some teasers…Throughout the course of Mr. Darcy’s Rival readers will encounter three handsome gentleman who persistently pay calls at Hunsford Parsonage, witness a character read several startling revelations, an unexpected secret about Anne de Bourgh, and a heroic rescue that will make anyone go weak in the knees… (There, that ought to whet your appetite but still keep you guessing!) 😉
As you probably can already discern, I adored this premise! (Oh yes! Let’s give Darcy some competition, let’s give him a challenging opponent!) I love seeing Darcy thrown off his game and not so overly-confident! And Lizzy – with her surplus of suitors who practically trip over themselves to attend her – boy, do some people get all the luck! It was very entertaining to see Lizzy surround by so many interested men! I particularly enjoyed it when in the midst of their charming conversations and flattery there would come to a point where Darcy would want/need to participate in their exchanges, and when he did it was often cringe-worthy and awkward! (Poor Darcy, conversation is not really his thing. Appearing at the most imperative and opportune moment is more his thing! *swoon*)
Another aspect of the story I greatly enjoyed was seeing some new development for Anne de Bourgh. I love it when Anne becomes more than Lady Catherine’s sickly and cross-looking daughter. This story showed she had a very observant nature and a special secret talent of which very few knew. I greatly enjoyed the thought-provoking look at her childhood and feelings towards her cousin. In addition, I loved how her story progressed and I found the conclusion wonderfully satisfying!
Like Lizzy, I thought Mr. Rickland everything that is affable and attractive. I liked how there was a little bit of mystery surrounding him; he played his cards close to his chest so to speak. 😉 He started off as a brilliant contender for Elizabeth’s heart, and a worthy rival for Mr. Darcy. SPOILER ALERT!! (However, along the way I felt a little bit ambivalent towards Mr. Rickland. I was slightly disappointed by the true level of his interest in Elizabeth Bennet and his involvement with another female character in the story. That part didn’t feel so plausible at times.)
Despite this quibble, Mr. Darcy’s Rival was another remarkable and absorbing read from the talented Kara Louise! I’m a long time admirer of Kara Louise’s work (since 2007!), and I will always want to read anything she writes – I love her respectful representation of Jane Austen’s characters, the creative and original scenarios she fabricates, and those heart-stopping, memorable moments between Darcy and Elizabeth (you know the kind!) that she deftly weaves into each one of her stories!
Kara Louise has kindly offered to giveaway TWO copies (paperback for US, ebook for international) of her new release, Mr. Darcy’s Rival, in conjunction with this review and my interview with Matthew Rickland (which was posted on Monday).
To enter and win this lovely prize all you have to do is comment below.
Psst! If you comment on Monday’s post, you will be entered twice!
- This giveaway is open worldwide! (paperback for US residents, ebook for international readers) Thank you, Kara!
- This giveaway ends July 1st.