Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
In her second Pride and Prejudice variation, author Victoria Kincaid presents a most poignant premise – she explores what would happen if Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam receives an inheritance and was able to marry whomever he chooses. And it just so happens, he chooses Elizabeth Bennet…Poor Darcy was just minutes too late to make his proposal! His cousin proposed first and was happily accepted. Now he must learn to hide his disappointed hopes, lend his support towards their match, and not let anyone know of his deep and fervent regard for the bride.
Darcy is in agony. Richard is marrying the love of his life, and Darcy is tortured by the thought of Elizabeth returning Richard’s regard. At their betrothal dinner Darcy learns from his cousin that Elizabeth believes Darcy holds her in disdain and painfully realizes that she never had any tender regard for him. His heart is broken, his dreams severed, and all hope is lost…what is a desolate Darcy to do???
Oh! I do not want to give away any more of the plot because it is full of delicious turns and surprising twists that will leave you spellbound! Instead I will now expound upon how much I loved this emotionally turbulent variation! First of all, I thought the premise was brilliant! Here is some worthy and likable competition for Darcy! There is a good deal of plausibility in both Elizabeth and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s feelings towards each other – they have such ease with each other, there is companionship, affinity an affection on both sides, and their happiness looks and feels complete. This scenario presents a good challenge for the reader because we are supposed to be #TeamDarcy all the way! 😉
But what I especially loved most about this novel was the expressive prose – it’s emotionally wrought, powerful, and soul-gripping. Darcy’s anguish is tangible and there are so many passages where the reader can feel his unabated love, his awful guilt, and his abject despair. He finds himself constantly at war between his conscience and his heart – I enjoyed seeing him face such an internal struggle. It was all beautifully written and I immensely enjoyed how emotionally invested I felt. I cannot tell you how many times my body reacted to what I read…I felt my heart skip beats and accelerate in anticipation. I held my breath and felt tears begin to gather in my eyes numerous times. It held me completely enthralled!
Besides seeing a hopelessly devoted and fervently passionate Darcy, I enjoyed seeing a compassionate and strong Elizabeth. She is very much in the dark about Darcy’s feelings for her and she continuously is trying to sketch out his character…with very little success. I found her confusion about Darcy and feelings towards this complex man to be very believable. One minute he shows deep friendship, concern, and protectiveness, the next minute he is leaving town with all haste and impetuosity! I thoroughly enjoyed observing the progression and analyzation of Elizabeth’s thoughts, feelings and understanding throughout the course of the novel.
However, this variation may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you tend to shy away from angst-filled and heart-wrenching tales, this one (while it does of course end happily!) might have more anguish and tension than you’d like to experience. In addition, I also did notice that some proprieties and customs of the time period were disregarded and the occurrence of some unlikely situations which may bother some, but for me it detracted nothing – my mind was always “more agreeably engaged.”
Pride and Proposals is a captivating and consuming read! I loved the intense premise, skillful character development, and emotive prose Victoria Kincaid employed. I would absolutely love to read more from her in the future! I highly recommend this novel to readers looking for a sensational and impassioned variation of Pride and Prejudice!
In conjunction with my review, I have ONE copy (paperbook or ebook – winner’s choice!) of Victoria Kincaid’s newly released novel, Pride and Proposals, to give away to ONE lucky winner!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Victoria!
- This giveaway ends July 22nd!