Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella
TIME FRAME: Almost one month after the Netherfield Ball
SYNOPSIS: What happens when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth unexpectedly encounter each other again in London?
Telling himself he was merely showing proper manners by returning the obligatory call to Elizabeth and the Gardiners, Darcy turns up at Gracechurch Street ready to enjoy a few moments in the company of the woman he can’t get out of his head. However, when he calls he is alarmed to find his old adversary is there as well…and not only is he a frequent caller, but apparently he is a favorite of the Gardiners. What is Wickham’s purpose? Is he pursuing Elizabeth just to torture Darcy? And what will Darcy do if Wickham is successful in his pursuit?
WHAT I LOVED:
- Asking a New Question: I love that the premise of this story deviates from a very real possibility – what if Jane sprained her ankle the day before her departure to London? I think it is very plausible that, rather than return home without any nieces accompanying them, the Gardiners would extend an invitation to their next eldest niece. And even though she dislikes Mr. Bingley’s sisters, I think Elizabeth would make the effort of paying a call on them if only to maintain the connection or in hopes of encountering Mr. Bingley for the sake of her sister.
- It’s Totes a Kissing Book: Ahhhh!!! I love the kisses exchanged in this story! I love how frequent they are, what brings them about, and everyone’s reaction to them…but perhaps Elizabeth’s the most! Note: While there is plenty of embraces and romantic moments to enjoy, no mature content takes place.
- A Range of Emotions: Darcy and Elizabeth experience a lot of diverse emotions in a quick span of time. I loved seeing Darcy in denial about his feelings and then a few days later irrevocably and irrationally in love! It isn’t often that we see composed and fastidious Mr. Darcy panic. And I loved seeing a more reflective and practical Elizabeth. Just weeks after Mr. Bingley’s departure and Mr. Collins proposal, she is quick to acknowledge that the luxury to wait for a love match might not be possible. In addition, I enjoyed how Elizabeth analyzed her past judgements, defended herself against any opposition, and does not bend to her father’s commands. Her strength and intelligence in this story are admirable as always.
- A Despicable Duo: It was interesting to see this unexpected duo team up in an attempt to achieve their own nefarious means. They both definitely deserve what happened to them in the end! Talk about poetic justice!! Ha!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Minor Quibbles: Occasionally some actions and conversations felt slightly out of character, and there was one or two instances that almost stretched my disbelief a little.
Filled with proposal schemes, compromises, passionate embraces – Christmas at Darcy House is another enchanting romantic novella by the pen of Victoria Kincaid. One that is enriched with seeing some of the seasonal gaieties and London attractions of the Regency Era. A wonderful Pride and Prejudice novella to enjoy this holiday season!
Today Victoria generously offers ONE copy ebook and ONE audiobook of her holiday release released audiobook, Mr. Darcy to the Rescue, for me to giveaway to TWO lucky winners! (one prize per winner)
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment about my review!!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Victoria!
- This giveaway ends December 22nd!