Aug 272010

Darcy's VoyageWhat if Darcy and Elizabeth Fell in Love Sailing Across the Open Seas?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Darcy’s Voyage, originally published as Pemberley’s Promise in 2007, is a phenomenal Pride and Prejudice alternate path in which Mr. Darcy’s and Elizabeth Bennet’s first meeting is altered. Instead of meeting in the Meryton Assembly room, Darcy becomes acquainted with Elizabeth on a ship bound for America. Elizabeth is traveling to America to visit her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner who are in New York on business. Darcy’s sole purpose for journeying to America is to accompany his sister Georgiana home from her visit with Mrs. Annesley’s family. On a boat full of strangers Darcy is even more reserved and aloof than his natural wont. In addition, he criticizes his fellow female passengers as looking “meagerly tolerable” and deems them not “handsome enough to tempt” him. Elizabeth, on the other hand, while sleeping in the stifling and overcrowded steerage, enjoys befriending her fellow passengers and charitably spends her time tending to those who are unwell.

Even though Darcy claims to find no interest in the ladies on board, a vivacious young woman does catch his eye. This young woman, named Elizabeth Bennet, does not pay him undue flattery like all the other single women aboard the ship. This peculiarity and the fact that she enjoys early morning walks piques Darcy’s interest in her. Elizabeth is bewildered by Mr. Darcy’s attention and company, yet at the same time, finds her esteem and regard for him rising daily. As you can imagine, with no Caroline Bingley or George Wickham on board and with a lesser amount of pride and prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth are able to fall in love without much impediment. However, because they misconstrue one another’s feelings and harbor some insecurities they both hesitate in revealing their true feelings for one another…

This clever and unique version of Pride and Prejudice is one of the best Pride and Prejudice variations I have had the pleasure of reading. I read it three years ago as Pemberley Promise’s and after rereading it again as Darcy’s Voyage, it still remains one of my beloved favorites! I love the fact that my favorite characters are well-drawn and bear strong resemblance Jane Austen’s originals. In addition, I take great pleasure in Ms. Louise’s remarkable story-telling capabilities and attention to details. Her subtle nuances and nods to Pride and Prejudice are diverting to discover!

What really impressed me was how Ms. Louise entwined her story with Jane Austen’s so harmoniously. Even though she took the plot of Pride and Prejudice off course, by having Darcy and Elizabeth meet on board a ship, Ms. Louise dexterously weaves in various events and conversations from Pride and Prejudice. It was interesting to see conversations such as Darcy’s confession that his “good opinion once lost is lost forever” or Elizabeth’s visit to Pemberley occur out of sequence yet fit in seamlessly. Moreover, I delighted in seeing how Ms. Louise rewrote Lydia running off with Wickham and Lady Catherine’s visit to Elizabeth to correspond with her retelling. There are so many excellent scenes to choose from it is hard to find a favorite! I loved the tender romance between Darcy and Elizabeth, felt deep despair at their separation and uncertainty, and laughed out loud when Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam gave Lady Catherine her due!

If you are interested in reading a tale where the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth traverses an alternate course, Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise is a novel you will not want to miss. While some may find parts of Darcy’s Voyage a little extraordinary, “my mind was more agreeably engaged” on the beautiful, poignant, and wonderfully well-written love story between my two favorite characters of all time!

Note: I believe the only differences between Pemberley’s Promise and Darcy’s Voyage, besides the title, are grammatical. In addition, this is a very clean romance suitable for all ages.

This is my eighth completed item for the “Everything Austen Challenge II” hosted by Stephanie’s Written Word.

COMING SOON:  Interview and Giveaway with Author Kara Louise on September 4th!!!
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  11 Responses to “Darcy’s Voyage – Kara Louise”


    Really fantastic, well written review, Meredith. I am reading this book now and am loving it as much as you appeared to.

    This is my first book by Kara Louise and it won’t be my last!

    Happy Friday!


    So glad you reviewed this one, I really thought it looked like an interesting concept. Will definatley have to check it out!


    Just trying to find a copy of the older book is like pulling teeth!! This one sounds great and I want to read it so I put it on my wish list. Maybe my hubby will look at it for Christmas!!


    This looks very interesting. It’s definitely on my “to buy” list. Good review. Mary


    Oh, I want to read this!


    I loved this book too, but as I raced through it as soon as I got my advance copy, I feel I ought to reread before writing my review. I love all of Kara Lousie’s books. She is one of my very favorite Austenesque writers, but I never read Pemerberly’s Promise. Now I can’t wait to read Darcy’s Voyage again. Your review has inspired me. Thanks!


    Eighth item! I am feeling very behind!! Darcy’s Voyage was my first item. I have plenty more on my stack so I’ll get there one of these days:-)

    I loved the romance of this novel too and seeing how the different meeting slightly changed things.

    I was a bit annoyed by Elizabeth traveling alone without a chaperone though.


    Oh, this sounds like a fabulous read! I am adding it to my “to read” list right now! Thanks!


    Great review Meredith! Pemberley’s Promise is my favorite P&P alternate as you probably recall. I love how Darcy stays a gentleman in this book. I love that it’s a good clean read suitable for my granddaughter (she’s a teen). I enjoyed the whole premise of coming to America briefly and meeting beforehand. There are so many fun parts. (I haven’t read the new release but it’s on my TBR list and I’m behind on it but still hopeful.)


    One of my favourites and a book to re-read over and over again!


    Loved it!

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