Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
While indulging himself in a last glimpse of the unsuitable yet bewitching Elizabeth Bennet at the Netherfield Ball Mr. Darcy makes an observation about the newly introduced Viscount Billington, Lord Henry and the attention he is paying Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy suspects that the Viscount’s interest aren’t the most innocent or honorable and is pleased to see Elizabeth cleverly maneuver away from him. Despite the yearnings of Darcy’s heart, he leaves Meryton for London, and leaves Elizabeth to fall prey to the devious machinations of Lord Henry! When Darcy learns that Elizabeth’s reputation is ruined and that the Viscount is believed to have compromised her, he knows immediately how he must act. Forget reputation, society, and family – the only thing that matters is Elizabeth, and he must do what he can to save her and secure the happiness and futures of them both.
Unfortunately, Darcy finds himself faced with some resistance to his scheme, and it isn’t for the reasons you think! And so some heartache and trouble ensues… Can Darcy convince Elizabeth to be his wife? Can Elizabeth clear her name and convince others of her innocence? Or will Lord Henry achieve his dastardly scheme of stealing Elizabeth’s virtue?
Oh my! What a situation! This story immediately grabbed my attention and held me captive. Elizabeth finds herself in such a bad situation and with no one to turn to. My absolute favorite part of the story was seeing how deeply in love Darcy is with Elizabeth. Even before the scandal, he is fervently enamored and distracted with daily thoughts of her. I loved so many of Darcy’s scenes with Elizabeth and greatly admired so many of his actions in this story! His desire to reprimand the Meryton vicar, his surprise encounter with Elizabeth in the woods, his actions in London… *sigh* – he truly is the heroic, white knight, valiant rescuer with a heart so full of love it will make you swoon!!! (SLIGHT SPOILER: My heart completely melted into a puddle during the scene where Mr. Darcy acted in a very Colonel Brandon-like manner!)
Other parts of the story I enjoyed were the lighter moments of levity that were peppered throughout the tale – even with scandal looming and Elizabeth’s bleak future, Ms. Kincaid skillfully added some humorous anecdotes and conversations that will be sure to make readers chuckle and smirk. Mr. Collins of course was very instrumental in this endeavor, but also Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine, who may have a surprise or two up their sleeves!
Some may find the idea of Elizabeth being caught in a compromise like this a little implausible, but it didn’t really bother me. If anything, my wish was for the story to be a tad bit longer. I enjoyed the premise so much and the development of Darcy’s feelings and his admirable actions were so wonderful to witness. However, I wish we learned a little more about Lord Henry and his thoughts during all these events. As a villain, he felt a little incomplete. In addition, while we do spend some time in Elizabeth’s head, I thought her change of heart came about a little too abruptly. I would have loved to have seen a more gradual evolution of her feelings for Mr. Darcy.
Darcy’s Honor is a riveting and romantic tale that spotlights our beloved Mr. Darcy and his honorable and protective nature. I always find so much to enjoy with Ms. Kincaid’s writing – her creative and inventive premises, her beautiful way with words, her humorous characters – I know when I begin one of her stories I will be thoroughly entertained and enthralled!