Aug 142015
 

One Love - Two Hearts - Three StoriesTriple the Darcy, Triple the Elizabeth, Triple the Romance!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

Austenesque anthologies seem to be all the rage at the moment! I love that authors are writing Austenesque-inspired short stories, and novellas – not every plot bunny can be fleshed out into a full-length novel! And these shorter works are great for readers who may be looking for a quick dip into Jane Austen’s world or who perhaps only have brief bouts of reading time available. I think it is wonderful that Ms. King challenged herself to write these more compact stories and I’m so pleased she published them all together in one collection! As a reader, I love that all the stories are together in one volume (and that it comes in paperback!)

Since there are three stories, I thought I’d breakdown my review and talk about each one individually. I hope you find it helpful!

THE LIBRARY: A Pride and Prejudice Novelette

The Premise: What if Darcy, instead of completely ignoring Elizabeth while they both sat in the Netherfield library reading, was caught staring? And what if amiable conversations, revealing concessions, and changing perceptions were the results of these two being left alone in the library undisturbed?

What I Loved: That the development of such a sweet romance took place in a library! As soon as Darcy is frank with Elizabeth, their relationship begins to evolve and it was very pleasing to witness these two reach an understanding of each other so quickly. I also loved reading the footman’s thoughts about the residents of Netherfield and I especially loved his part in the epilogue! In addition, I thought it creative that all the chapter titles began with the letter C. This short work was very clever and charming!

MARRIED: A Pride and Prejudice Novella

The Premise: What if Elizabeth, traveling by stage from London, noticed the odd and distressed behaviors of her traveling companions and decided to intervene? What if Elizabeth’s kindhearted and courageous actions landed her in a dilemma that could cause damage to reputation?

What I Loved: How Colonel Fitzwilliam easily saw how perfect Darcy and Elizabeth were for each other and conveniently used Elizabeth’s dilemma as reason for them to marry with all haste! It is always interesting to see how Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love after marriage, and this tale showed how easily and effortlessly it can be between these two. I thought the development of Georgiana’s character interesting and greatly admired Elizabeth’s actions towards her and towards her husband. I also greatly enjoyed Lady Matlock and her support and love for her family. This variation had a lot of family drama and I found it equally eventful and exciting!

RAMSGATE: A Pride and Prejudice Novelette

The Premise: The Bennets are taking a sea-side holiday in Ramsgate with the Gardiners, what if they befriended Miss Georgiana Darcy and she came to them in distress about the actions of George Wickahm?

What I Loved: Seeing Georgiana and Elizabeth as friends before Elizabeth even met Mr. Darcy! I thought it was hilarious how Colonel Fitzwilliam and the Bingleys also showed up and how the couples paired off with each other! Darcy’s actions were very sweet and endearing in this tale.

CONCLUSION:

I loved reading these heart-felt and beautiful scenes of romance between Darcy and Elizabeth! These delightful tales is a perfect way to satisfy your Darcy and Elizabeth romance fix as the stories are very Darcy-and-Elizabeth centric, full of swift understandings, and usually include very brief courtships. Besides her thoughtful and tender approach to our beloved couple, what I enjoy most about Ms. King’s style of writing is how she illustrates her scenes with descriptive prose and the use of similes. I look forward to reading more works by J. Dawn King in the future, whether they be short-story, novella, or full-length novel!

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29 Comments on "One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories – J. Dawn King"

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Michelle Hall

What a wonderful review Meredith. I have this book downloaded on my kindle but have not read it yet. They all sound like three beautiful stories and such a high rating too. Sooo excited to read this now. Thank you.

Carmalee

Thanks for this review.. I have read these and loved them.. very much worth reading.. thanks for spotlighting them.

Stephanie L

I love the novellas! It’s so easy for me to grab a bit of joy between homework assignments without getting sucked down the rabbit hole. LOL

Jennifer Redlarczyk

I Heartily agree. Very lovely stories when one need a quick read. Thanks, Jen Red

J "Joy" Dawn King

I appreciate your review very much, Meredith. It was my goal with this book to have it be a “feel good” experience for the reader. It’s mind-boggling to know I succeeded. When I posted “The Library” on the fan forums I had over 1,200 reviews. By and large, the majority of them were about the footman. I saved every single one of the comments because I sometimes need reminded that the smallest act of kindness can have a large positive impact on someone else’s life. Your review will have the same impact on mine.

Thanks again!

Loren

Beautiful review Meredith! I really loved this one and I agree with you about the footman and the author’s style. It is now my Snoopy blanket because I like very much anthologies but this is the best I have read!

Abigail Bok

These stories sound charming!

Jan Hahn

This book sounds like a delightful read. Congratulations, Joy!

victoriakincaid

Lovely review, Meredith! These are some of the most warm, heartfelt JAFF stories I’ve read–each with it’s own unique premise. I really enjoyed them.

Teresa

A great review, Meredith, I appreciate the short stories for the same reasons you give so I’m put this bookl in my TBR list. Congrats Joy!

Sheila L M

Loved this book.

Sophia Rose

I still plan to read this one when I get the chance. I like that they are feel-good stories, but are shorter and can be read when I’m busy.

Joy

Sounds delightful! I will have to add this to the list!

Michelle H

Such a great set of stories. Thanks Meredith for introducing them to your blog followers. Hopefully everyone who hasn’t read them yet will give them a try. Oh yes, another thumbs-up for the footman. 🙂

Justine G

Sounds like a wonderful fix for the sudden resurgence of my Darcy and Elizabeth obsession, just dying to get my hands on this now after all the positive endorsements. Thank you! I’m sure I’ll love it!

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