Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature Audience
TIME FRAME: two years after Darcy’s failed proposal in Hunsford
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Darcy, Georgiana Ingram, Evan Ingram, Colonel Fitzwilliam, George Wickham, Charles and Jane Bingley, Count Stefano, Cecile Preston, Mr. Williamson
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- New Author For Me: Even though she has 3 books published and has been writing for years, this is my first time reading anything by Brenda Webb. (shameful, I know!)
- Highly Recommended: This book has been on my wish list for years as the the reviews and recommendations for it are overwhelmingly positive! It also won the vote I held last month!
Darcy goes to Scotland and Ireland for two years to escape his pain and longing for Elizabeth Bennet. Meanwhile Elizabeth is forced in marriage by dear Mrs. Bennet to a deceptive and delusional man who holds her captive. When Darcy returns to find Elizabeth a shell of her former self and in need of his help and protection, he is unable to refuse and commits himself to her in an entirely new and selfless way…
WHAT I LOVED:
- It is Sensational and Dramatic: What a dark and imaginative deviation! Wow! This story is a big departure from canon and follows its own course. This premise is filled with multiple villains, madness, and delicious melodrama! Our antagonists are different and instead of overcoming pride and misunderstandings, our dear couple fights Elizabeth’s dangerous husband and the evil plots others have against them. I thoroughly enjoyed these changes, new scenarios, and the unique adventure this story took me on.
- Compelling and Captivating: The premise had me spellbound; and the intense drama, evil plots, and danger were all well-constructed and skillfully executed. I enjoyed the author’s style and thought there was a great balance of dialogue, action, and flashbacks. The descriptions were vivid and the story was presented with just the right amount of detail. This adventure definitely had me consumed and when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about these characters and mulling over the drama in their lives. I love when a story does that!
- What a Darcy!: Being portrayed in the most heroic and swoon-worthy of premises, this Darcy is the ultimate romantic icon! Completely devoted, desperately in love, and dangerous to his enemies…*sigh* (excuse me while I collect myself from the puddle I have melted into!) I loved seeing this multi-faceted Darcy – he is both an ardent lover, taking care of Elizabeth with the tenderest of concern and a strong protector, ready to defend to the death! I loved Darcy’s principles and honor in this story. How he would defy society, alter the course of his life, and completely devote himself to Elizabeth stole my heart!
- Engaging Relationships and Dynamic Characters: There was plenty of new original characters in this tale and I especially enjoyed seeing these characters interact with Jane Austen’s characters. The new villains and antagonists were interesting and exciting additions, but my favorite relationships to observe were those between Mr. Williamson and Elizabeth and Darcy, Georgiana’s happy marriage with her husband Evan, and Mrs. Reynolds love for Georgiana, Darcy, and Elizabeth.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- While I did think there might have been one delusional woman too many chasing after Darcy, and I did find it a little odd that the Gardiners only came onto the scene at the end, I really can’t say either of those marred any enjoyment or pleasure I had in this story!
Looking for a Pride and Prejudice variation that pull at your heartstrings, enthrall your senses, and excite your mind? Fitzwilliam Darcy An Honorable Man is a wonderfully epic and romantic adventure, and I’m so very glad that I finally got to read a story by Brenda J. Webb! For those readers who enjoy heartrending romances and exhilarating premises, she is an author not to miss!
There are several intimate scenes between couples in love in this story – not very frequent or graphic though. And there are some scenes of mild violence. Would recommend for Mature Audiences.