Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Minor Character
TIME FRAME: Takes place four years after Particular Intentions, Georgiana is 20 years of age
SYNOPSIS: It has been five years since Ramsgate and Georgiana Darcy has still not made her debut. Because of what transpired with Wickham (which is sadly much worse than what happens in P&P), Georgiana has decided to eschew London society and has determined that she will not marry. Ever. But in order to spend the holidays with her brother’s family, Georgiana has decided to return to London after all this time. Georgiana’s time in London begins pleasant enough, but she soon encounters some people from her past – a childhood playmate whom she always found insufferable and a person guilty of causing her great harm and suffering… Will Georgiana overcome her past? Will her secrets cause her ruin?
WHAT I LOVED:
- A Journey of Moving Forward: Brava to Ms. Diamond for telling this story and featuring the continued emotional evolution of Georgiana after such an experience. Georgiana’s resignation to remain unmarried and her feelings of unsuitability are understandable. Her story illustrates how even though there is progress and healing, the past can still have power over you – no matter how many years go by. I greatly admire Ms. Diamond’s sensitivity and compassion in her projection of Georgiana’s feelings and evolution throughout the entirety of this series.
- Nathaniel Howard, Lord Sele: Oh my! How I fell hard for Nathaniel Howard in this tale! He is the perfect foil for Georgiana’s plans to never marry! He has chosen her for his future bride when he was twelve years old. And while Georgiana believes he said it just to provoke her, he truly meant it and has no thought of relinquishing his dream. Even if all Georgiana can promise him is her friendship! *sigh* I adore Nathaniel – I love his gentleness with Georgiana, his persistence (ahem…impatience!), and his boyish charm! His long-term devotion to Georgiana and his adorable ways of nudging her to open up to him completely had me undone. Definitely one of my favorite original Austenesque heroes!
- An Unlikely Friendship: I’ve often seen Georgiana develop close friendships with Kitty, Mary, and even Jane, but it is a rarer occurrence to see Georgiana become a bosom friend with Lydia Bennet! I loved witnessing the mature development of Lydia’s character in this story. Since her mother passed away a few years ago, she has grown more self-aware and has worked hard to improve her reputation. I thought it was sweet how she would treat Georgiana like a sister and want to share late-night confidences together. Her (no so gentle) prompting for Georgiana to let go the past was admirable, and I was glad to see that she still displayed some of her spirited proclivities (but only with family!)
- Four Weddings But No Funerals: It was absolutely lovely to see some of the secondary characters in this story have their own happily-ever-afters! I loved learning bits about their marriages and seeing them interact with their spouses. Colonel Fitzwilliam is a riot! 😉
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- If anything, I might have preferred to see some more page time for Lydia and her suitor in the second half of this story (can you believe I just said that?!)
Particular Attachments truly is a commendable and praiseworthy sequel to Pride and Prejudice! As always, I enjoy stories that spotlight Georgiana and show her developing strength and achieving her own happiness, but I loved this story all the more, particularly, because it delves deep into Georgiana’s emotions and displays an inspiring journey of her healing. Beautifully done, Ms. Diamond!