Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
– What if Jane Bennet was away touring the Lake District with the Gardiners when Mr. Bingley first arrived?
– What if Mr. Bingley first encountered Elizabeth alone while his sisters and Mr. Darcy were still in London?
– What if Jane Bennet meets an attractive and eligible suitor while touring the Lake District?
Doesn’t this sound like a most intriguing and inventive scenario to explore?!? It is always fun to see stories that mix and match Jane Austen’s couples and bring about some new possibilities. And I especially love it when authors give Mr. Darcy some competition, whether it be Colonel Fitzwilliam, George Wickham, or an entirely new character! In this story we see a bit of unique romantic triangle forming as Mr. Bingley immediately shows a marked preference for the lovely and lively Elizabeth Bennet. And since Jane is not there to attract his notice first, it is plausible that Mr. Bingley would be drawn to Elizabeth – they both are very sociable, fun-loving, and active. But what happens when Jane Bennet returns? What about her gentleman suitor from the Lake District? What about Mr. Darcy?