An All-Consuming Adventure of Danger and Romance!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
In her second Pride and Prejudice retelling, author Jan Hahn not only takes our beloved Darcy and Elizabeth off course, she transports them to scenario rife with danger, tension, and romance.
Because of Mrs. Bennet’s endless tirade over Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins, Mr. Bennet sends Elizabeth to London to stay with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, in hopes that his wife will soon reconcile herself to the fact that Lizzy will not be the next Mrs. Collins. Although not the arrangement initially agreed upon, Lizzy ends up traveling to London in Mr. Bingley’s carriage with only Caroline Bingley, Louisa Hurst, and Mr. Darcy. Between deflecting Caroline malicious barbs and avoiding conversation with the infuriating Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth can’t possibly imagine a more uncomfortable or unpleasant situation…That is until a band of highwaymen come and rob them all and take Darcy and herself as ransom…
In order to protect Elizabeth from this band of dangerous men, Darcy declares Elizabeth to be his wife! Shocking, isn’t it? Especially since disguise of every sort is his abhorrence. Yes, Mr. Darcy, your quick and ready solution certainly has us raising an eyebrow… The consequences of Darcy’s rash decision are that Elizabeth and Darcy are now forced to act the part of husband and wife while in captivity. Instead of a coinciding stay in Kent, Darcy and Elizabeth cohabit the same debasing and solitary room. Instead of a chance meeting at Pemberley, Darcy and Elizabeth face the chance that their captors might make good on their death threats. With an ever-protective and officious Darcy trying to suppress his regard and an obstinate and misguided Elizabeth trying to suppress her resentment living in close quarters with no privacy, one might beg the question: can the intensity of this situation get any higher? Enter: Nate Morgan.
Nate Morgan, a strikingly handsome rogue, is the leader of theband of highwaymen who have captured Elizabeth and Darcy. He’s dangerous and brusque, yet he’s also a bit of flirt who seems to have fallen for our dear Lizzy. The few times Lizzy is alone with Nate, she witnesses his softer side, and it invokes her compassion and sympathy, but does he touch her heart?
Oh my, what a riveting and heart-pounding adventure! With a magnetizing and dangerous bad boy, a couple who believes their love for each other is unrequited, a damaged reputation, and the threat of scandal this novel had me consumed! I took great pleasure in how the story was told from Elizabeth’s point-of-view, giving readers the added insight of seeing everything through her eyes. And, I loved the uniqueness of this premise. It sort of has a western-feel to with the whole band of highwaymen holding them ransom, giving the story a lot of more adventure and action than one usually finds in an Austenesque novel. Lastly, I loved how Jan Hahn gave her readers a deeply satisfying conclusion, displaying that there are no regrets and that everything happened as it should. *sigh*
Readers who love the novels by Abigail Reynolds, Kara Louise, and Mary Simonsen will be sure to love these compelling, engaging, and skillfully-written offerings by Jan Hahn! I cannot wait to see what Ms. Hahn writes next!
GIVEAWAY!!! Thanks to Jan Hahn and the lovely people at Meryton Press I have ONE beautiful paperback copy and ONE digital copy of The Journey to give away to TWO lucky winners!
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