Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel
TIME FRAME: About 1-2 months after the close of Courage Rises
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Sophie Hawke, Evelyn Hawke
SYNOPSIS: After their harrowing adventures apart Darcy and Elizabeth are together again at Pemberley and preparing to celebrate the festive season. The Darcys invite the Fitzwilliam family and Hawk sisters to Pemberley for the celebration. But Elizabeth’s poor health and constant illness are causing great concern. How can she bring a baby to full-term if everything she eats makes her ill? Soon their company arrives and helps distract the Darcys from their worries, but unexpectedly their guests begin to cause some surprising drama of their own. With family contention, willful servants, and a perilous rescue this festive season seems to be more tense and eventful than anticipated!
SERIES: Courage (Book 2 of 2)
NOTE: Potential readers should read Courage Rises first to fully appreciate and understand all that is taking place in this second book of the series.
WHAT I LOVED:
- Colonel Fitzwilliam: *sigh* Colonel Fitzwilliam is featured wonderfully in these stories and he is indeed all things swoon-worthy! I loved seeing the Colonel fall in love, feel nervous about declaring himself, and become adorable tongue-tied… 😉 I also loved seeing him determined in his love even though he does face some opposition.
- Men in Love: This story illustrates beautifully how fervently devoted Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Darcy are to their lady-loves. There are some wonderfully romantic scenes and tender expressions between these couples that will warm your heart. I especially loved seeing how Colonel Fitzwilliam would repeatedly (and repeatedly) defy the rules of propriety! His will is fierce!
- Family Conflicts: Unlike the first book that featured mysterious intrigues and danger, this story spotlighted familial strife and disappointment – how painful it is to feel unloved by someone in your family, and how important it is to show the love you have in your heart. I really enjoyed seeing this important message represented in two different relationships in this story. It is always hard to learn of your own failings, and I thought it was very moving to see two characters realize and address their mistakes.
- Sophia Hawke: Stubborn, intelligent, observant, hardworking, kindhearted, and incredibly courageous – Sophia is a delightful character and I very much enjoyed seeing more of her in this tale! I loved how she is a unique mixture of odd qualities and that she doesn’t conform to society. I loved seeing her take care of her estate (especially that scene with Mr. Hobson) and her blossoming friendship with Elizabeth Darcy – those two seem like they would have a lot of fun and mischief together!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Too Fast: Agh! I was loving the romantic tension between Colonel Fitzwilliam and Sophia and was hoping to see it build and gradually develop, but instead it rapidly progressed. This may not bother other readers, but for me, I thought it came about too quickly and suddenly.
- Small Quibbles: I really liked all the events that took place in this story, however, I did have some small quibbles that prevented me from loving this story as a whole. There sometimes was a bit more telling than showing, and in my opinion perhaps a missing scene of confrontation/resolution between Colonel Fitzwilliam/Evelyn/Sophia.
I thoroughly enjoyed these two thoughtful and compelling sequels to Pride and Prejudice! I loved seeing these admirable characters rise to their challenges and display their inner fortitude and courage. I almost wish for more books in this series, but there is a lovely epilogue at the close of this one that gives readers a wonderful view of the each character’s future. However, I am very excited to see that Melanie Rachel is working on a modern Pride and Prejudice story next!
Today Melanie graciously offers 1 book from her Courage Series (winner’s choice) for me to give away in conjunction with my reviews. (Paperback or ebook for US citizens. Ebook for all other countries.)
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- This giveaway is open worldwide (with some shipping restrictions). Thank you, Melanie!
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