Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
What if Mr. Darcy, being the responsible and magnanimous man he is, decided to set up a Darcy Trust to endow his future female descendants so they wouldn’t have to fear poverty or dependency on their relations?
What if in 2014 one of those modern-day descendants believed there was some truth to the rumor that one of the original Mr. Darcy’s daughters wasn’t actually his daughter?
What if this descendant hired a private investigator to find the answers about Victoria Darcy and discover if Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy truly were her parents?
In her outstanding new release author Jenetta James delivers an enthralling romantic mystery that has an unlikely pair – Charlie Haywood (private investigator) and Evie Pemberton (a Darcy descendant that could be disinherited) hunting to find the hidden truth about the Darcys’ marriage. Is it possible that Victoria Darcy isn’t really Mr. Darcy’s daughter? The rumors must have came from somewhere…all they need is to find the some document, letter, or maybe a diary that divulges a long ago family secret…
In between the chapters where we follow Evie and Charlie, Jenetta James reveals with tantalizing slowness some challenging times in the Darcys’ marriage through diary entries in Elizabeth’s private journal. While it is wonderful to read of the blissful happiness between Darcy and Elizabeth, this story illustrates the real moments of doubt, insecurities, and what happens when you don’t communicate with your partner. However, readers need not feel too anxious – Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth may have some misunderstandings and communication issues, but Mr. Darcy’s powerful love and endless devotion towards Elizabeth continue to speak loudly through his actions more than his words. *sigh* Very romantic!
I’m afraid it is impossibly difficult for me to decide what I loved most about this Pride and Prejudice adventure! I loved the concept and was entranced with the dual storyline – it had a perfect balance of intrigue, poignancy, and possibility. I adored all the characters – I wanted to be Evie’s best friend and I loved seeing how Charlie became so affected around her. While he did sometimes come off as a bit arrogant and insincere, deep down he was sweet and good. In addition, the Darcys (both past and present) were wonderfully drawn and brilliant additions to the story. Lastly, I love that we went on a road-trip to Pemberley and how art (and one piece of artwork in particular) was featured prominently in this tale.
There isn’t a thing I would change about The Elizabeth Papers! Jenetta James crafted a compelling and remarkable story that cannot help but enchant readers! Written with reverence towards Jane Austen’s characters and filled with vibrant settings in brilliant detail, this genuine and unique romantic mystery is one I emphatically recommend! Brava Jenetta James, this story is well-deserving of all the lovely praise it receives!