Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation
TIME FRAME: Begins a few weeks after the Hunsford Parsonage proposal. Mr. Darcy is at his London home and Elizabeth, just newly arrived at Cheapside.
SYNOPSIS: There is more than one delightful twist in this story! Darcy and Elizabeth encounter each other in London just a few weeks after his first proposal, Mr. Darcy travels to America to retrieve and assist his widowed cousin, and Elizabeth injures herself while on tour with her aunt and uncle!
WHAT I LOVED:
- Sweet, Sensitive Darcy: After being soundly rejected, Darcy doesn’t remain angry at Elizabeth for long. In fact, he quickly understand how right she was about him and how he must do all he can to prove worthy of her. There were so many instances where I fell in love with Mr. Darcy in this story. I love that he kept a journal, his feelings about “accidentally” meeting with Elizabeth on Gracechurch Street, and how he repeatedly recognized his love for Elizabeth Bennet and fervent desire to make her his wife. Swoon!
- Split Action: With Elizabeth touring Derbyshire and Darcy traveling to and from America, the story is split for a large portion of the book with some chapters from Mr. Darcy’s perspective and other’s from Elizabeth’s. I loved following both characters and felt equally engrossed with the drama of both story-lines. Darcy’s travels are quite eventful and dangerous in more way than one, and it was quite fun to explore the possibility of Elizabeth being in Derbyshire with Mr. Darcy’s relations, but without him! At times I couldn’t decide which story-line I enjoyed more!
- Eventful: I don’t really think anyone could describe this story as dull! There is so much going on and so many characters unexpectedly arrive onto the scene and cause mayhem! I really enjoyed the new original character, Lady Bianca, who causes no small amount of trouble. And I thought it was a perfect disaster that the Bingleys and Hursts showed up at Pemberley after they were entreated to postpone their visit! Talk about a bit of a fracas!
- An Awareness: I loved Ms. Sotis’s portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet, who she depicts as having strong feelings or interest towards Mr. Darcy from their first encounter. Even if his overheard insult quickly persuaded her to dislike him. I tend to think this way about Elizabeth Bennet myself and I enjoyed how she spent a lot of time analyzing her actions and their repercussions in this story. Elizabeth admirably admits her own faults, strives to improve when opportunities arise, and becomes much more self-aware.
- Georgiana: I also enjoyed Ms. Sotis’s portrayal of Georgiana Darcy in this variation. She isn’t too timid or insecure in her own abilities to make accurate conjectures about the leanings of her brother’s heart… I loved seeing her attempt to play matchmaker and I thought her developing friendship with Elizabeth genuine and gratifying.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Some Small Quibbles: With so much going perhaps I felt some elements or characters could have used a little more development or page time. And once in a while I thought some character’s decisions or alterations were a little abrupt, such as Lady Bianca’s and Lady Catherine’s.
What a charming and lively Pride and Prejudice variation by Wendi Sotis! This is the second work I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed by this author. A Lesson Hard Learned is an enchanting and introspective romance that is sure to delight many Austenesque readers!
In conjunction with my review Wendi Sotis is generously offering a giveaway of ONE paperback copy (open to US residents only) and TWO ebook copies (open worldwide) of A Lesson Hard Learned for me to giveaway to THREE lucky winners!!!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide (with some shipping restrictions). Thank you, Wendi!
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