Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Author
In an attempt to avoid Caroline Bingley, Mr. Darcy thought indulging in a long ramble outside would be pleasurable and beneficial…Well, several moments later finds him lathered into a pique and sitting in a puddle of muddy water with a twisted ankle. Frustrated at how un-refreshing and unsatisfying his walk had been, Mr. Darcy determines it is all Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s fault. Because the idea of finding pleasure in long rambles came from her. And just when his day couldn’t get any worse, Mr. Darcy is found in his lamentable predicament and brought help by the one person he is determined to be upset with…Elizabeth Bennet!
Mr. Darcy is brought to Longbourn and the apothecary and his valet, Thornton, are summoned. While recuperating at Longbourn Mr. Darcy spends his time trying to satisfy his curiosity about Elizabeth Bennet and fending off the unwelcome overtures of her imbecilic cousin, Mr. Collins. But things soon take a truly unexpected turn and consequences are unflinchingly enforced. Mr. Darcy’s day just went from bad to worse…or did it go from bad to better??? 😉
What a delightful and diverting novella! I love how on the back cover the heading is “Timeless Romance for the Busy Reader” – so true! We all have those days where we could use a little something to distract us from our cares or bring a smile to our face, and this charming story definitely does deliver that!
Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day is a fast-paced tale that is told from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view, and focused solely on Darcy and Elizabeth. What I loved most about this story was being privy to all the adorable and candid thoughts that ran through Mr. Darcy’s head! This Mr. Darcy is a keen observer and I liked how he quickly found many more reasons to admire and appreciate the already more than “tolerable” Elizabeth Bennet. I also loved that this Mr. Darcy often displayed his protective nature. Quite endearing!
Other aspects of this story that I enjoyed were the vivid descriptions of the scenery and interior of Elizabeth’s bedroom and clothing, the Bennet’s particular donkey, Benedick, and the wonderful and unexpected surprise at the end! Can’t divulge any more as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone! I’ll just say Ms. King is a very clever and skilled writer, and you probably won’t see it coming! 😉
Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day is a sweet and lovely light-hearted romance that is sure to make you laugh and smile! With it being such a short read everything happens at a bit of quicker pace and there isn’t a lot of time for development, so I would go in with that expectation. A perfect choice for those who are like Mr. Darcy and are having a bad day, or those who are like Lizzy and “dearly love a laugh.” 😀