Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
What if the guests at Rosings drank some potent wine that made them switch bodies?
What if Mr. Darcy woke up looking like Mr. Collins and found himself in bed with Mrs. Collins, who apparently is really Elizabeth Bennet? Does that mean Mr. Collins is in Mr. Darcy’s body? This is quite a mix-up indeed! And it can be all laid at the door of Colonel Fitzwilliam, who purchased some delicious wine from a Romani woman in Bromley that warned him it had special powers when drunk during a full moon. (To read this scene, click here as it is not in the book.)
While I’ve seen Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy swap bodies before, I’ve never seen it happen to other characters as well! I love the reasoning behind each character’s body swap and thought Ms. Redlarczyk implemented some clever twists! In addition, it was so much fun to see how some characters had to go about the day acting like someone else! I think one of my favorite parts was seeing Mr. Darcy (in Mr. Collins’s body) prepare to attend Lady Catherine! He was quite adorable!
Instead of witnessing Mr. Darcy’s disastrous proposal and Elizabeth’s adamant rejection, it was a lovely treat to see these two thrown together unexpectedly and in a highly irregular circumstance. A lot is revealed and a some perceptions are quick to change as a result of these body swaps. And because it is a shorter work, their relationship develops with some swiftness. I enjoyed seeing how this unique predicament opened up some communication and clarification between Darcy and Elizabeth.
When I know an Austenesque work is a brief, light-hearted bit of fun (which I assumed given the title and the fact that this novelette is 48 pages), I like to save it for a time when I’m feeling a bit stressed and in need of some diverting entertainment to cheer me up. I’m so glad I had this book on hand as I was feeling some work stress and had a lot on my mind this week. It was just what I needed! If anything, I wish it was a little bit longer. It would have been interesting to see these characters continue on in each other’s bodies for a couple of days (probably a lot of lol moments!), and I wouldn’t have minded seeing the relationship development between Darcy and Elizabeth drawn out a little more.
A Very Merry Mix-up is delightfully amusing and farcical tale that is sure to pick up your spirits, make you smile, and provide you with a good laugh! A lovely debut release from Jennifer Redlarczyk! I cannot wait to see what she does next!