Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation
TIME FRAME: Three months after Darcy and the Bingleys left Meryton
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Bennet. Jane Bennet. Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine, Charles Bingley, and Caroline Bingley
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:
- Loved Pride and Proposals by this author, greatly enjoyed her style and wanted to read more!
- Elizabeth engaged to Mr. Collins? “Every feeling revolts!” Knowing how taboo it was to break an engagement, I was very curious to see how Elizabeth would get out of this situation.
- Mr. Darcy to the rescue?…umm yes please! I love of men of action saving their lady-loves!
WHAT I LOVED:
Desperate Times Call For…: What if Mr. Bennet knew his health was failing and told Lizzy she should marry Mr. Collins to save her sisters and mother from homeless destitution? I could see her making that sacrifice. I could see her being selfless and abandon her dreams of marrying for love. I’ve seen some scenarios where Mr. Bennet demands Lizzy marry Mr. Collins because of his selfishness and negligence with Longbourn, but I don’t think I’ve read a premise where he he wishes but dares not ask it of her. It places Lizzy in quite a quandary and was an interesting premise to explore.
Elizabeth + Mr. Collins: The happiest engaged couple in the world…not!! I think Victoria Kincaid wonderfully portrayed what an oblivious buffoon Mr. Collins would be around Elizabeth – with his ridiculous terms of endearment and mistaken presumptions of her thoughts and feelings. It’s cringe-worthy! And she also accurately illustrated Elizabeth’s private inner turmoil. Her feelings of mortification around her fiancé, secret sorrow about her father, and resolve to see this plan through and save her family.
A Determined Darcy: When Mr. Darcy learns of Elizabeth’s engagement he doesn’t sit at home and brood, he becomes a man of action. He realizes what he’s wanted all alone and he is prepared to do anything to get it – even if it means being forward, high-handed, and practicing a little deceit. A Darcy with such confidence and determination is very sexy in my opinion! I loved the irony of him, fearing and loathing the manipulations and machinations of others these past years, engaging and plotting his own set of plans. And seeing his reaction and remorse when they all fell down around his ears! It was touching to see how much he fervently wanted Lizzy and how desperate he was to win her heart. I especially loved when he started speak of his feelings in a more direct manner and flirt with obvious intent. He was adorable!
Mr. Darcy vs Mr. Collins: It was quite fun to see these two as rivals so to speak! Mr. Darcy is so honorable he doesn’t dare speak of his feelings while Elizabeth is engaged, but at the same time he has no issue with out-smarting Mr. Collins in order to spend some one-on-one time with Elizabeth alone. I enjoyed seeing Mr. Darcy interact and become infuriated with a person who wants to shower him with attention and adulation! Many laugh out loud moments!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
A Timeline Quibble: It looks like Mr. Collins proposed several months after the Netherfield Ball, which was a little puzzling. I was left wondering why he waited so long, why Jane wasn’t in London still, and why Caroline Bingley kept an active correspondence with Jane if she wanted to drop the acquaintance. I don’t mind if an author chooses to alter the timeline of the story a little, but it may be helpful if that change was explained or mentioned in a Author’s Note in the beginning.
Another enthralling and entertaining variation by Victoria Kincaid! I greatly enjoyed the thought-provoking premise, emotional exploration, and the chance to observe Mr. Darcy rivaled against Mr. Collins! Mr. Darcy to the Rescue is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a creative, romantic, low-angst, and fast-paced read!
In conjunction with my review, I have ONE copy (paperbook or ebook – winner’s choice!) of Victoria Kincaid’s newly released novel, Mr. Darcy to the Rescue, to give away to ONE lucky winner!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment about my review!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Victoria!
- This giveaway ends November 20th!