Apr 212017
 

Mr. Darcy Seizes His Second Chance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature Audiences

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Netherfield Ball

SYNOPSIS: It’s the day after the Netherfield Ball and we all know what that means – Mr. Bingley has left Netherfield and Elizabeth is about to receive a very undesirable proposal from her cousin, Mr. Collins. Elizabeth is always quick to give Mr. Collins a firm ‘no’ to his proposal, but what is the one scenario where she would have to say ‘yes?’… After four years of an unhappy and emotionally abusive marriage, Elizabeth is set free by Mr. Collins’s thankfully early demise. And now that Elizabeth is once again free, there is a reserved and ardent suitor hoping to have his second chance. But the question is, does Elizabeth even want to be married again? Even if she falls in love?

WHAT I LOVED:

  • A Daring and Realistic Premise: Not many authors like to write about Mr. Collins and Elizabeth (probably because not many readers want to read about such a union!), but in this variation Sophie Turner intrepidly decides to show readers the very real possibility (because in reality…Elizabeth is pretty lucky her parents didn’t force her to accept Mr. Collins’s proposal) of what Elizabeth’s marriage would be like with Mr. Collins. And I applaud Ms. Turner for bravely taking on such a premise! Her depiction of their marriage is realistic, and while it is unpleasant to witness, it is honest. Elizabeth is very different from her friend Charlotte, and since Mr. Collins is now an estate-owner, he is not so easy to manage.  (If you really don’t like the idea of seeing Elizabeth married to Mr. Collins, don’t worry, it is mostly referenced in flashbacks.)
  • The Evolution of Elizabeth: Sophie Turner looks closely at Elizabeth’s emotional well-being during and after her marriage to Mr. Collins. I felt Ms. Turner did a marvelous job illustrating Elizabeth’s strength and resiliency through all her bleak and traumatic experiences. She is still our Elizabeth who believes in the philosophy: “think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” And I adored seeing Elizabeth as mistress of Longbourn, a role she fills with great aptitude and integrity.
  • The Definition of Ardent: (Can you believe I got this far in my review without mentioning Mr. Darcy?!? Well, here is a whole paragraph dedicated to him!) After four years of regret and longing, Mr. Darcy has his chance to win Elizabeth’s heart. At first, their relationship is one of mentor/mentee as Elizabeth seeks his advice on estate management and tenants.  And then it proceeds into friendship with daily phaeton rides and enjoyed companionship. But through it all, Darcy’s heart is determinedly engaged. And knowing that, makes these scenes all the more endearing and heart-melting. But when Elizabeth realizes that her own heart is engaged as well, it poses a conflict because she was intending to never marry again. But Darcy doesn’t want to accept a life without Elizabeth, and proves his fervent devotion by willing to agree to a marriage on any terms. In every scene, action, and speech Ms. Turner illustrates Darcy’s ungovernable admiration and ardent dedication to Elizabeth and her happiness. He is the definition of ‘ardent’ in this story. He personifies it. He is loyal, fervent, and impassioned… *sigh* I loved, loved, loved seeing Darcy portrayed this way. (Be prepared readers, his thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and understanding will touch your heart and make you swoon.)

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

Ahem…that we didn’t get to see more of Mr. Darcy’s additional nights! *blushes*

WARNING: I’d recommend this story for Mature Audiences due to several intimate and romantic scenes (which are very integral to the story and while a bit graphic, are tastefully written.)

CONCLUSION:

Thoughtfully composed and beautifully impassioned, Mistress is a splendidly unique and original Pride and Prejudice variation! I cannot help but praise and applaud Ms. Turner for her skillful and sensitive emotional development of these beloved characters and her daringly honest premise. Very well done!!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Today Sophie brings 2 copies of her new release, Mistress: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, with Parts Not Suitable for Those Who Have Not Reached Their Majority for me to give away in conjunction with her visit and my review(Paperback or ebook for North America or Europe.  Ebook for all other countries.)

 

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below!

  • This giveaway is open worldwide (with some shipping restrictions).  Thank you, Sophie!
  • This giveaway ends April 26th!

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KateB

Great review Meredith. I won this book during the tours, so don’t count me in. I’m going to read it this weekend, so I’ll let you know what I Think about it. 🙂

Mary

Meredith,I couldn’t agree more with your review and your 5* rating for this book. I treated myself to this,read it and thought it a fantastic,deeply compelling abs heart wrenching tale, which I m unreservedly recommend to all adults and fans of ODC.
Please don’t count me in for the giveaway. I just dropped by to have my share of the conversation!

Daniela Quadros

Great review, Meredith! I am looking forward to reading Mistress and I will do it next week. But please, don’t enter me on the giveaway because I already have my copy (won it on one of Sophie’s other giveaways!!! 🙂 ).

Glynis

I too was lucky enough to win this book and absolutely loved it! I agree with your review Meredith, what a wonderful Darcy. More please. I so enjoyed it and will definitely read it again. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway.

JoEllen

I first stumbled on Sophie Turner’s story with the snippet called Temporary Mistress online and I was immediately pulled in by the premise and her characterization of Mr. Darcy. My patience has been rewarded; the interview with the author and your review reinforce the fact that this new book is one I must read!

Anne

A wonderful review and a book which interests me greatly.

Anji

Love your review, Meredith, and it makes me even keener to read the copy I won during the blog tour, so please don’t put my name in the hat. Your comment in the “What I wasn’t too fond of” section made me smile!

Michelle H

Lovely review, Meredith. I’m really looking forward to this one. I’d love to win. I really smiled when you got to the ‘The Definition of Ardent’ in your review…. 🙂 Such a cutie, you. I’m also glad the marriage to Collins–ewww–is short lived. Gives me goosebumps, the bad kind.

Monica P

I adored this one so much. I think I’ve read it 3 or 4 times already since its online debut. This Darcy is just magnificent and I love seeing Lizzy as the Mistress of Longbourn.

It’s not too late for Sophie to go back and add those other nights, right, Sophie? Right? *wink wink* Lol

Monica P

It’s probably obvious but I already have a copy of this lovely tale so no need to put me into the giveaway. 🙂

Sophie Turner

Hahahaha, probably too late for this one. Actually, there were more adult scenes in earlier drafts before I posted it online, but they were making the flow of the story feel off, and I was already a bit concerned over how even this much adult content was going to be received.

But…I’m already considering writing some of the other forks in the road from the original premise (Mr. Bennet dies the morning after the Netherfield Ball), and it’s possible there might be some more “nights” if I do. 😉

Stephanie Mudd Carrico
Stephanie Mudd Carrico

Would never have believed a version of P&P where Lizzy marries Collins actually sounds like a story I’d want to read.
Amazing review and now it’s on my TBR list.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Mariam
Hello Meredith, I couldn’t agree more with your review and the 5 stars. It is risky to choose to depict a Collin/Lizzy relation, yet it is remarquably well depicted. Four years are long in any Relationship and it can feel like years and years if someone Is That type of situation. It is interesting to ses how she Is going to overcome this hardship and start to believe in another man and have her own life. She will need time to heal. It never crossed my mind before This book That Collin could be That type man (though he is… Read more »
Eva Edmonds

Thank you for the enticing review. I am so curious to see how this is written and resolved because you are right – a marriage of Elizabeth and Mr. Collins is cringe worthy. I am sure that Elizabeth would not want to give up her independence. Thank you for the giveaway.

Susanne Barrett

I am always a fan of Sophie Turner’s books, and this one is no exception. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have an e-copy!!

Thank you for a wonderful review, Meredith!

Warmly,
Susanne 🙂

Sophie Turner

I’m so glad to see you enjoyed the story, Meredith! This one was a bit of a risk for JAFF, and I’m very appreciative of how everyone has been willing to give it a chance. 🙂

Carole in Canada

Totally agree with your wonderful review, Meredith! I just finished it today and will write my review. You captured everything so perfectly! Thank you Sophie for such a wonderful story!

LeslieGB

Thanks for the review. I’m not a fan of variations of P&P when Elizabeth or Darcy marry others but this has my interest. Thanks for the giveaway. Leslie

Kim P.

Love the review this book is definitely going on my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!

Joy

Sounds wonderful!

Chelsea

Thank you for sharing your review of this book as well as another chance to win this book.

Jo\'s Daughter

I’m so glad Darcy dossn’t accept a life without Lizzie 🙂 They belong together!

Debbie

Great review as always Meredith you seem to have a gift for making me enthusiastic about every book you write about! Thanks to you both for the giveaway!

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