Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
What if Darcy, after spending two miserable weeks in London trying to forget Elizabeth Bennet, decides he needs a stern reminder of why he should not pursue Elizabeth and ask for her hand in marriage? What if Darcy wrote all his conflicting thoughts about Elizabeth Bennet down in a letter – expressing both his ardent love and his determined resolve that they can never be together?
What if Elizabeth, troubled by many hours of disquiet and disappointment over Mr. Darcy, decided to work her feelings about him out on paper? What if, while putting order to her thoughts, she discovered that the reason she reacted so strongly to him was because she had latent feelings for him that she was try to hide?
What if both of these letter writers, because they were either slightly intoxicated or not fully alert, accidentally sealed and addressed these letters that were meant for their eyes only? What if these letters were picked up and sent in the post??? You’ve…Got…Mail… 🙂
(Oh dear! They really got themselves into a tricky predicament now!)
This variation was a lot of fun to explore! I love letters and letter-writing and I think it was lovely to see letters (inadvertent and not) featured in this novella. I love how both Elizabeth and Darcy found freedom and honesty when they put their thoughts on paper. In addition, I liked how these letters were instruments that revealed Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s true hearts to each other, and how both were able to make discoveries and realizations from reading these letters. I especially liked Elizabeth’s revelations, her thorough introspection, and self-discovery. Very perceptive.
Filled with quick decisions and actions, this novella goes along a fast pace, keeping readers engaged and unsure of what to expect next! I enjoyed how some plot twists caught me completely by surprise! One of my favorite aspects of the story was seeing how these letters and the proceeding developments impacted Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Yes, Mr. Bennet is pushed into action and for once isn’t so negligent and indolent! It was wonderful to learn more about their past and understand why their marriage seems so unhappy. I thought this story-line was believable, well-written, heartwarming to witness.
However, one aspect of the story I wasn’t too fond of was Lydia’s story-line. With such a fast-paced tale that contains a good amount of story and character development in a short period of time, I felt her story-line at the end (while pleasing to witness) to be a little detracting. This may be just me, though. I was more interested in seeing sweet scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth, Jane and Bingley, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet than I was seeing Lydia obtaining some maturity and understanding. 😉
Charmingly heartfelt, this Pride and Prejudice novella variation is a sweet romance about Darcy and Elizabeth learning to listen to and obey their hearts. Letters from the Heart is perfect for readers looking for something light, unique, and entertaining to read!