Feb 152019
 

What If Elizabeth Met Mr. Darcy and Georgiana Through Their Aunts’ Charity Work?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: May-October 1811, London

SYNOPSIS: The two eldest Bennet sisters are in London for a lengthy stay with their Aunt Gardiner and all become heavily involved with charity work to support and build a much-needed hospital extension for wounded soldiers. Through their charity projects they become closely acquainted to Lady Matlock and eventually make the acquaintance of Miss Darcy and Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy form a much more favorable opinion of each other away from Meryton, the other Bennets, and Caroline Bingley. But Darcy, aware of his duty to his family, knows he must marry from the upper echelons of society. And Elizabeth’s aunt is cautioning her to carefully guard her heart and not give into romantic expectations…What happens when their attraction and connection cannot be denied?

WHAT I LOVED:

  • Elizabeth and Georgiana: This tale illustrates the most loving and tender-hearted relationships between Elizabeth and Georgiana. I enjoyed seeing their sisterly devotion for each other grow…even before Darcy proposes! The image on the cover beautifully represents their relationship in these pages. Elizabeth’s actions towards Georgiana are so protective and gentle. It was heartwarming to witness.
  • A Noble Cause: I loved seeing these characters involve with charity work, especially work that is important and worthy. I enjoyed all the events that took place at the London Hospital and it was moving to hear the stories and references to the soldiers the ladies encounter there. Also, I really love the idea of all these characters using their time and talents in such it way โ€“ it makes wonderful sense for Lady Matlock, Mrs. Gardiner, Jane, Elizabeth, and Georgiana to participate in such activities.
  • Sonatas and Songs: As the title suggests, music plays an important role in this story. And since the author is a talented musician and instructor, there are lots of mentions of musical works and composers from this period. I loved all the references to various songs and sonatas in this tale, and I loved that Georgiana and Elizabeth bonded so much over their shared love of music. For those that would like to listen to the music mentioned in this story, Jennifer Redlarczyk shares some lovely recordings of it HERE.
  • Unique Premise and Twists: With this story taking place solely in London it follows a very divergent path from the events of Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed all the fresh events, characters, and conflicts that came with this new path. Darcy and Elizabeth still have their obstacles, but they are of a different sort now.
  • Ardently In Love: I loved seeing such a stirring attraction between Darcy and Elizabeth. And even though both strive to think of each other as just friends, their hearts cannot be waylaid. Mr. Darcy’s devotion to Elizabeth is definitely something to swoon at in this story! And I appreciate the important lessons about love he learns.

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

  • A Picture of Perfection: While Darcy did still have his well-known flaws of pride and taciturnity, Elizabeth appeared to be flawless. Without her errors of judgment or stubborn outspokenness, I missed seeing Elizabeth evolve and grow in character.
  • Story Arc and Focus: ย I sometimes felt certain aspects of the story were left on the back burner periodically, such as the secret political intrigue, Lord Wolverton’s pursuit of Elizabeth and political activities, and Jane’s and Bingley’s relationship. Perhaps with so many elements to combine in one story there wasn’t enough page time for them all.

CONCLUSION:

I thoroughly enjoyed this creative and beautifully composed variation from Jennifer Redlarczyk! Filled with heartfelt words, swelling emotions, and harmonious tones this sensitive and romantic tale is sure to strike the right chord with many Darcy and Elizabeth fans! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  41 Responses to “Darcy’s Melody – Jennifer Redlarczyk”

  1.  

    I really enjoyed this work. I do agree that some elements tended to get pushed into the backseat, but the dual stories of affection overcame those modest shortcomings! Another delightful outing fro

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    It sounds so beautiful this premise!. Thanks for sharing Jen’s recordings WOW the music is so sweet and romantic! . And the cover is gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

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      HI Teresa! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I had a great time choosing music for my story and being able to record most of the songs for YouTube. The cover is a Renoir in public domain – Young Girls at the Piano. โ™ซ

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      Isn’t it though? I was listening to the playlist while writing my review. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meredith! Thanks so much for your lovely review. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my book and took the time to review it here. Thanks again! Jen Redlarczyk โ™ซ

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    Congratulations on the great review, Jennifer!

  5.  

    Lovely review, Meredith. I too enjoyed this book and all the references to the music.

  6.  

    Yes, this is one that languishes on my to read list. I definitely want to read it. Love that it starts out in a different place and new situation.

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    So pleased that you liked this book for I did as well. Jennifer’s tale is heartwarming, as well as so informative regarding the music. And the cover is just gorgeous!

  8.  

    Sounds like I need to read it.

  9.  

    Great review Meredith of this wonderful book. I agree that Elizabeth is a bit too perfect, but it somehow fits in this story. I loved the things you mentioned too. And the recordings are heavenly.

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      Thanks KateB, In this story, Elizabeth was humbled early on in her dealings with Lady Matlock and her committee. She often bit her tongue for the good of the work she was doing with her aunt. Just a little different take on her character.

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      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Kate! So glad to hear you enjoyed this one as well!!

  10.  

    What a nice review. I really need to queue this up on my Kindle!

  11.  

    I love the premise of this book! I’ve added it to my shelf. Can’t wait to read it!

  12.  

    What a delightful review Meredith. I love Jen’s choice of cover. It is perfect. I have this on my wish-list and look forward to reading it. Congratulations to Jen on the success of this work. Thanks Meredith for hosting this review [say hello to your Mr. Bingley].

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    I too loved this book Meredith. It made a nice change to have it set in London and not have to deal with all the problems they had in canon. What a lovely Darcy this was and he deserved a perfect Elizabeth in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Yes, the London setting was so much fun to explore! And I do agree Darcy was lovely…for the most part…but only after he made his unflattering first proposal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    I’ve been wanting to read this story for a long time. Loved your review. I love the premise of the story. I agree that this charitable activity is just the right fit for the characters, I can see plot possibilities dancing in my head. And the music part of the plot appeals to me so much in a bonding of two characters story. That’s definitely you cup of tea Meredith, yes?

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      Thanks Michelle H. I hope you get a chance to read my story, and when you do check out my Pinterest Page Jenred88 or even the recordings I have on YouTube of Lizzy’s songs. Happy reading!

  15.  

    I read this as it was being posted as WIP and then when it was published. I enjoyed it. I remember pulling up the various musical numbers while reading it.

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