Colonel Fitzwilliam, Hero…*swoon*
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
For young ladies living in the Regency Era, being presented and experiencing one’s first Season can be exciting, stressful, and daunting. For Georgiana Darcy it’s terrifying and completely undesired. Can she overcome her past mistakes? Will her suitors discover the foolish actions of her youth and remove their suit? Will she be able to trust any of the young men, or will they all be fortune hunters and rakes? Even though it has been years since her youthful indiscretion with George Wickham and she has regained her spirits and some of her confidence, Georgiana still bears some scars from the incident. Will the love and support of Kitty, Elizabeth, Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam be enough to see her through her big debut?
Colonel Fitzwilliam is not one leave things to chance. He takes is role as guardian to Georgiana seriously and has been busy preparing himself for her big debut. Enlisting the help of his army comrades to act as decoys and spies, Colonel Fitzwilliam plans to have his eyes and ears everywhere. There will be no man whose history, family, vices, and worth is not known to him. But as soon as the Season begins, Colonel Fitzwilliam starts to question the motivation behind his fierce protection and covert manipulation – is it mistrust? Guilt? Fear? Or something more?
Oooh! I just loved Colonel Fitzwilliam in this novel, and I loved that he was the novel’s sole hero (not something we get to see very often!) He kind of had a Mr. Knightley thing going on – unconsciously in love with a much younger woman who has been in his life for decades and has all of a sudden grown up. It worked really well and I enjoyed observing him question his intense concern for Georgina, unaccountable jealousy of other men, and the delicious moment when it all started to make sense to him. He most definitely is a swoon-worthy hero in this novel!
Another aspect of this novel I greatly enjoyed were the original characters Nancy Kelley crafted. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s comrades were an intriguing and entertaining bunch, and I took pleasure in their part of the story. Especially Sebastian Montgomery – perceptive, cunning, handsome, blunt, and…*gasp* completely averse to the prospect of marriage! I wonder what is to become of him…
While I greatly enjoyed the characterization and development of Colonel Fitzwilliam, I felt that Georgiana’s characterization occasionally lacked detail. I think readers needed to be in her head a little more, her behavior felt erratic – sometimes insecure and anxious, other times bold and furious. I would have loved to understand the development and course of her feelings and emotions better. In addition, I sometimes felt that some sequences and scenes, such as the Christmas scenes at Pemberley or the villain’s discovery and interrogation, were a little bit fast-paced and could have benefited from a little more page time.
Fans of Ms. Kelley’s writing will be delighted to read the latest installment in her charming Brides of Pemberley Series (book one: His Good Opinion). I’m so pleased to hear there is another installment in the works! I recommend Loving Miss Darcyfor readers who like men of action, men in uniform, and men that have trouble understanding their own hearts!