Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
With over 80 reviews on amazon – at least 60 of them 5 stars, I don’t think you need me to tell you this is one excellent and praiseworthy Pride and Prejudice variation…But I’ll tell you anyway. 😉 Haunting Mr. Darcy is brilliant, masterfully executed, and most deserving of all the praise it has received. So far, it is my favorite Pride and Prejudice variation I’ve read in 2014.
Both Darcy and Elizabeth make a wish on New Years Eve and fate surprises them by granting these wishes, but perhaps in a manner they both didn’t expect. After a carriage accident on an icy road, Elizabeth wakes up in Mr. Darcy’s library with some strange new capabilities (and limitations). She believes herself to be in a dream. Mr. Darcy, depressed, dejected, and overtired is able to see, hear, and converse with this vision of his lady-love but attributes it to his long-suffering heart and exhausted mind. Surely he is going mad! Poor Lizzy, tethered to the last man in the world she could ever be prevailed upon to marry! And poor Darcy, his staff and family are really starting to question his sanity! 😉
“You say you are dreaming, madam, but surely that cannot be, for it is you who haunts my dreams.” Mr. Darcy, Haunting Mr. Darcy
What I loved most about this variation was how this intricate/fantastical/paranormal premise and series of events was executed. Even though we were dealing with spirits, invisible tethers, and fate, the actions of this tale felt plausible and credible, not at all outlandish and unbelievable. I loved how the resolution was brought about in bits and pieces, and the obstacles for Darcy and Elizabeth were not easily solved. I delighted in every turn and twist the author made, just when you think Darcy and Elizabeth will come to an understanding and all will be well she lifts the rug out from under them! 😉
Darcy and Elizabeth go through an incredible journey together and separately in this tale. It was lovely to witness their begrudging acceptance of their situation, budding friendship, and charming playfulness with each other. Darcy was adorable as always – Karalynne Mackrory consistently creates a Darcy that I fall extremely hard for! *sigh* Loved how this Darcy was a little more informal and bold around Elizabeth (but that was because he truly believed she was a figment of his imagination!) He was all kinds of adorbs! And we mustn’t forget Lizzy! She was lovely too; I loved her impertinence, provocations, and saucy remarks!
I’m so very eager to see what KaraLynne Mackrory comes up with next, her enchanting and sensitive Pride and Prejudice variations belong in every Janeite’s library! Written with keen observations, sharp wit, and deep emotions – Haunting Mr. Darcy is the kind of story that enthralls the reader and keeps them captive until the very end (and haunts them all the while in between!)