Darcy and Elizabeth Can “See Clearly Now the Rain Has Gone!”
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Two days before the Netherfield Ball, both Darcy and Elizabeth, taking advantage of the momentary lapse in rain, escape outdoors for a bit of fresh air (Darcy on horseback, Lizzy on foot). But because it is only a momentary lapse, they end up getting caught in a torrential downpour miles away from their respective dwellings. Fortunately, they are nearby an old fishing cottage and decide to seek shelter there together. Although they are protected from the rain and damp, this decision places both their hearts and reputations at perilous risk….
- Darcy realizes that Elizabeth has not been flirting with him
- Elizabeth realizes that Darcy does have some common courtesy and a sense of humor
- Darcy realizes he must listen to his heart
- Elizabeth realizes that Wickham’s conversation was too personal for so slight an acquaintance
With Darcy and Elizabeth losing some of their pride and prejudices in the first forty pages, one might wonder what other obstacles and conflicts can Ms. Lilian create to keep the reader engaged for three hundred more pages. Do not worry, dear reader, Darcy and Elizabeth still have their misunderstandings (they’re not pictures of perfection you know), and with Caroline Bingley, George Wickham, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh instigating conflicts and voicing their displeasure, Darcy and Elizabeth’s battles are far from over!
I greatly admired Lory Lilian’s imaginative plot twists, plausibly rendered characters, and leisurely paced style in this novel. I enjoy it when readers can witness the day-to-day details of a character’s life and how major events, like the ball at Netherfield, are extended into a couple of chapters. It gives the author time to fully develop the characters and the reader time to establish a more intimate relationship with them.
Speaking of characters…I just ADORE Ms. Lilian’s character creations! In Rainy Days, readers will encounter the precocious and candid Becky Gardiner, who cannot help but make one smile. At the young age of four she is wise beyond her years, proclaiming Mr. Darcy to be “pretty” and Mr. Wickham as having “the eyes of a snake.” Moreover, I loved Ms. Lilian’s accurate and fleshed out portrayals of Jane Austen’s characters, especially Georgiana, Mr. Bennet, and Mr. Darcy. Oh! her Mr. Darcy is just beyond excellent! Tender, considerate, flirtatious (only with Lizzy), impassioned, intuitive, and fervently devoted – yes, he is a little less flawed than Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, but I found him to be positively dreamy!
After savoring Lory Lilian’s deeply satisfying and splendid Pride and Prejudice variations, it is my dear hope that I will once again be afforded this same pleasure some time in the near future! Please keep writing, Ms. Lilian, your avid audience awaits!
(Note: due to a few brief intimate and romantic scenes, I’d recommend this novel for Mature Audiences only).
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