Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
What if an unexpected series of events caused the four principal couples of Pride and Prejudice to form completely different pairings?
What if Mrs. Bennet caught Mr. Darcy in a compromising situation with Lydia Bennet and forced him to enter into an engagement to protect her reputation?
What if everything was completely mixed-up and everyone wanted to be with someone other than their betrothed?
A romantic farce full of humor would ensue….
In her newest Pride and Prejudice variation author Victoria Kincaid takes readers on a very twisted romp. Instead of employing one popular romantic trope, she utilizes four! Darcy is in a forced engagement with Lydia, Wickham is blackmailed into an engagement with Charlotte Lucas, Jane accepts Mr. Collins’ proposal as a marriage of convenience, and Lizzy enters into a fake engagement with Mr. Bingley! Poor Mr. Darcy wants to desperately find away out of his engagement with Lydia. They both know he isn’t the rake who led her to the library at Netherfield and seduced her. And even though Lizzy was at first outraged at the despicable actions she suspected of Mr. Darcy, she now begins to believe that something isn’t quite adding up and that Mr. Darcy must be innocent. But how can they prove that when Lydia insists Mr. Darcy was her seducer!
Didn’t Victoria Kincaid dream up a delightfully entertaining scenario?!? This is definitely one of those stories where you don’t take everything seriously and suspend your disbelief a little! I would recommend expecting some characters to act with a little less propriety and be a little more open about their personal lives. This jocular tale is definitely tongue in cheek!
I thought Victoria Kincaid did a masterful job orchestrating all the mismatched couples in a believable fashion. Each couples’ engagement happened for a plausible reason and I enjoyed witnessing the domino effect of it all. No one could untangle themselves from their situation without effecting the others. I thought Darcy was supremely I adorable in this impossible situation! And I loved how begrudging Lydia was to act like his finacée and I thought Charlotte’s surprising preference was inspired!
Even though it was most diverting to witness the chaotic and conflicting situations these characters got themselves embroiled in, my favorite part of the story was seeing Elizabeth fall in love with Darcy and optimistically wish for his freedom! Their romance developes gracefully and gradually and I loved witnessing Lizzy’s change of heart and growing awareness of wonderful and honorable man Mr. Darcy is. Oh! And that scene in the alcove?!? *swoon!*
Chaos Comes to Longbourn is a deliciously wicked romantic romp that will have readers chortling in delight and quickly turning the pages! Definitely a perfect choice for readers in search of an amusing and unique variation to captivate their attention!