Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Author
In this novella-length variation, Mr. Bennet looks favorably on Mr. Collins pursuit of Elizabeth, and does not allow Elizabeth to consider rejecting his proposal. Having been negligent in preparing for the future, Mr. Bennet decides this is the best way to ensure protection and support for his wife and other daughters. Elizabeth has a very bleak outlook on her future and her small ray of happiness is traveling with her beloved aunt and uncle to Derbyshire before any marriage arrangements officially begin. While there, Elizabeth encounters a heartbroken young girl who is grieving the loss of someone important in her life and desperately needing some advice and counsel. Elizabeth, with quiet sympathy, listens to the young girl’s despair and recent troubles and tenderly provides some comfort.
Elizabeth never suspects that her kindness and compassion greatly effect and impress the young girl’s older brother who overheard the endearing exchange. So much so that he continued for months to look for her all around Derbyshire, Lambton, and London. Only to find her where he least expected to…
I love seeing adorable first encounters for Darcy and Elizabeth! It is always interesting to explore how the course of their relationship changes when they meet with no pride or prejudice! As you might imagine, their second meeting happens at the Meryton Assembly and it is there that Mr. Darcy learns about Elizabeth’s predicament with Mr. Collins and comes up with a swift and surprising solution! Who doesn’t love to see Darcy come to the rescue, right? I especially enjoyed how Elizabeth thinks Darcy is only rescuing her to repay the kindness she showed his sister! No, no Lizzy, Mr. Darcy has his own agenda!
While the romance develops rather expediously from this point, Darcy and Elizabeth do face some obstacles as Mr. Bennet prefered his original plan of Elizabeth marrying Mr. Collins and remaining near him at Longbourn. I might say that romanitc feelings and decisions came about a little too rapidly and easily for my taste, but this is a novella – I was prepared for it to be fast-paced and succinct. And knowing Ms. King has a true romantic heart, I knew I could anticipate some beautiful and romantic scenes. Even though this work is shorter in length, Ms. King made sure there were plenty moments of tender devotion and heart-stopping exchanges. I loved how Lydia and Kitty would witness many of these scenes and begin to fantasize about having romantic suitoirs like their sister’s!
What I enjoyed most about this variation was how Ms. King accentuated some of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s most admirable and praiseworthy characteristics. Elizabeth’s heart-to-heart with Georgiana is handled with such beautiful sympathy and gentleness. And this Mr. Darcy will easily win over everyones’ heart with his integrity, strong sense of responsibility, and loyal protection for all those who depend on him. I loved seeing him stand up to both Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. It was wonderful to see such a focus on these commendable and inspiring qualities.
Is your heart craving a sweet romance and happily-ever-after? Then pick up a copy of J. Dawn King’s delightful Yes, Mr. Darcy! A perfect choice for readers who want a low-angst romance featuring a decisive, determined, and devoted Mr. Darcy! Yes, indeed!