Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella
TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Hunsford Proposal
SYNOPSIS: After receiving Mr. Darcy’s disastrous proposal and vehemently rejecting it, Elizabeth Bennet is quick to reflect on their exchange and cool down. Realizing that what Mr. Darcy said about her family (while painful to hear and offensive for him to say) was true and that Mr. Darcy’s reserved, private manner is similar to her sister’s Jane, Elizabeth engages Mr. Darcy in conversation instead of reading his letter. While the contents of the letter are revealed verbally, Elizabeth still hesitates to read the letter given to her. So Mr. Darcy writes her another one…and another one…What will Elizabeth do with all these letters from Mr. Darcy? Will they succeed in changing her heart?
WHAT I LOVED:
- Heartfelt Correspondence: I must be on a correspondence kick! The last three books I’ve read have featured some lovely exchanges of letters. In this story though, the letters are one sided for the most part. I loved how Mr. Darcy, who isn’t the best in expressing himself verbally has found his voice through his pen. And I loved reading the outpourings of his heart towards Elizabeth. In his letters, Mr. Darcy is eloquent, wonderfully romantic, and a little bit sly. 😉 Ah, the power of the written word! Well done, Ms. King!
- New Realizations to New Understandings: In this story Elizabeth is quick to understand her mistakes in judgement and analyze her own behavior towards Mr. Darcy. I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth gain new understanding about herself and Mr. Darcy. In addition, it was lovely to see Elizabeth have her eyes opened to some unknown/unobserved truths about Charlotte’s relationship with Mr. Collins and her father’s relationship with her mother. This introspective Elizabeth has a lot to learn about marriage, love, and listening to her heart and mind.
- J. Dawn King Staples: As I have now read half a dozen works by this author, I’ve come to realize there are a few things readers should always expect when reading a work by J. Dawn King: sweet scenes of tenderness that will make you sigh, light-hearted moments that will make you chuckle out loud, and lovely details that will touch your heart. I know that when I pick up a book by J. Dawn King it will not fail to charm and delight me.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Anne de Bourgh: While I always love to see Miss de Bourgh receive some attention and page time, I wasn’t as fond of some of her actions in this tale. I enjoyed seeing Anne take action and prepare to step out of her mother’s shadow, but at some parts her behavior was a little erratic and immature. (Maybe it was the author’s intent to illustrate these character traits as the result of Anne’s sheltered and constricted life.) However, I think perhaps a longer story would have allowed for Anne’s character and storyline to be properly and satisfyingly fleshed out.
While Mr. Darcy’s Mail-Order Bride is still my reigning favorite by Ms. King, I think Love Letters from Mr. Darcy comes in second! 🙂 Love Letters from Mr. Darcy is a perfect choice for readers who are looking for a novella-length read filled with tender romance, love letters, and touches of humor! Who wouldn’t want to read a bunch of soul-bearing letters from the reserved yet ardent Mr. Darcy!?! sigh