Has the Potential to Be Excellent
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
What if Elizabeth was already married to another man when Darcy first met her? What if Elizabeth’s husband was a wealthy, esteemed, yet terminally-ill duke? What if Darcy agreed to look after and marry the soon-to-be widow at the request of his good friend Rafael, the Duke of Deronshire?
What an extraordinarily unique variation of Pride and Prejudice! Instead of Elizabeth being below Darcy’s station, she is far above it. Instead of being a gentleman’s daughter with no dowry or connections, she is a wealthy widow with a multitude of admirers. One of which is the fastidious and haughty Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Although he falls in love with Elizabeth at first sight, Darcy cannot squelch his prejudiced assumption that Elizabeth is a manipulative and mercenary husband-hunter. Elizabeth, meanwhile, overhears Darcy’s detrimental comment about her not being “of his sphere,” and harbors a healthy resentment for that insufferable man. And when she learns that Darcy is prepared, willing, and extremely desirous of fulfilling the promise he made the late Duke, she let’s him know, “Hunsford-style,” just exactly what she thinks of him.