Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella
TIME FRAME: Begins after Elizabeth returns home from Kent
The dastardly Mr. Wickham is even more contemptible in this variation – he is suspected of being a French spy that is leaking critical information to France! With the militia moving to Brighton soon, Colonel Forster is desirous to find out the other agents Mr. Wickham is working with and prevent any more sensitive information being sent across the channel. Knowing Wickham’s weakness for the fairer sex, Colonel Forster asks Elizabeth Bennet if she would accompany his family to Brighton as a chaperone for Lydia, but also as a spy who will report on anything suspicious Wickham may do or say…
WHAT I LOVED:
- Elizabeth In Brighton: While I’m never terribly fond of going to Brighton in P&P stories (mostly because it means Darcy and Elizabeth are not together!) I was so happy to travel to Brighton in this story because the contingent going to Brighton included our dear Elizabeth. I loved seeing Elizabeth enjoy Brighton with its sea-bathing and walks along the cliffs. As a beach lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Elizabeth learn to appreciate and admire the coast. Also, I really loved the uniqueness of this turn of events…not many stories show us Elizabeth Bennet playing an active role in the events that take place in Brighton.
- Feminine Espionage!: I really enjoyed the premise of Elizabeth Bennet spying on Wickham in service to her country. She takes her responsibilities very seriously – she doesn’t reveal her mission to anyone…even when it could irrevocably damage someone’s good opinion of her, and she bravely places herself in perilous/imprudent situations all for the sake of gaining the desired intel. I have to laugh at Elizabeth using some “feminine wiles” to fool and coerce Wickham…very clever! Also, loved that she used her sister Lydia as a source of inspiration of what to say and how to act! Lizzy, you are pretty badass in this tale!
- An Ardent Suitor: I very much enjoyed Mr. Darcy in this variation. I love that after such a rejection, he decides to apologize and possibly hope for the chance to court or woo Elizabeth. But poor Darcy faces some disconcerting complications… Is Elizabeth truly in love with Wickham? Does this change his opinion of her? Darcy’s fervent devotion and fierce protection of Elizabeth was definitely swoon-worthy and made me love him even more! *sigh*
- A Surprise Encounter: I shall not spoil anything, but I really enjoyed Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s encounter with a prominent historical figure in this story. Their scenes together made me smile and I’m glad this elusive personage made an appearance in this story.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Some Improbable Behaviors: Slight Spoiler Alert! Generally, I’m not too bothered improbable behaviors in Austenesque stories…especially if they involve being unchaperoned and stealing kisses. 😉 But I did find myself questioning some characters’ actions in this tale – Elizabeth in particular. I was surprised with how far she allowed her deception to go – not so much the determination to complete her mission, but what liberties she allowed and didn’t seem to have much qualms about allowing… Some other behaviors felt a little implausible, like visits and walks late at night and nefarious characters allowing silly interferences to delay their escape.
It wasn’t too long ago that Ms. Kincaid portrayed Mr. Darcy as a spy – I’m so happy to see Elizabeth have her turn at engaging in espionage! With French spies, treacherous situations, and characters deceiving each other left and right, Darcy and Deception is an exciting romantic adventure that fans of Darcy and Elizabeth will definitely enjoy!
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