What if One of Elizabeth’s Sisters Died?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Instead of receiving Jane’s misdirected letter and disheartening news at the Lambton Inn, Lizzy receives a letter (where the address was written “remarkably ill”) during her stay at Hunsford Parsonage. Instead of Jane’s news containing the ill-tidings of a sister’s elopement and possible ruination, she reports the unfortunate illness and unexpected death of a beloved sister!
What will happen when Mr. Darcy arrives just a few moments later to propose?
Well…Mr. Darcy doesn’t propose – doesn’t mention his unrepressed feelings, honest scruples, or struggles to overcome Elizabeth’s inferiority. He instead offers Elizabeth his shoulder to cry on, his sympathies as she grieves for her sister, and some much needed assistance with traveling to Meryton. Between various private conversations and stolen moments Darcy soon realizes Elizabeth’s true opinion of him (he is much more perceptive!) and knows that he would have been soundly rejected if he proposed to her that night. Through kind gestures, thoughtful gifts, mastering his selfish proclivities, and restoring Bingley to Jane, Darcy sets out to repair Elizabeth’s poor opinion of him in hopes that when his is able to offer her his hand in marriage (he must wait three months), he will have a more favorable reply…
As with Falling for Mr. Darcy, one of my favorite aspects of this novel, and of KaraLynne Marckrory’s writing I general, is her portrayal of Mr. Darcy. He is simply adorable! Whether he is mentally castigating himself for his mistakes, surprising Elizabeth with his rare moments of levity and humor, or indulging is some private reflections/fantasies about Elizabeth and his future with her – this Darcy was constantly making me smile and sigh! Oh! And he is an artist – which makes him all the more attractive in my opinion! I especially enjoyed his scenes alone with Elizabeth, such as the one where he finds Elizabeth in his study, their conversation in the garden at Longbourn, and their interlude amongst the bluebells. In this novel, KaraLynne Mackrory created scenes that are emotive, sublime, and memorable. Some I know I will be rereading again and again!
Other characters I greatly enjoyed in this variation are Georgiana, Mr. Bennet, and Mrs. Bennet. I like that Georgiana meets Elizabeth a little earlier in the novel and exchanges some correspondence with her. I loved the scene between them in the music room and how Georgiana attempts some matchmaking! In addition, I took great pleasure in witnessing Ms. Mackrory’s rendition and development of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. She provides a very unique explanation for why their marriage is filled with discontent and dissension which I greatly enjoyed.
13 out of 30 completed!