May 162014

Against His WillA Former Spy Who Unexpectedly Inherits an Earldom Must Settle Down and Find a Wife

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Sequel, Minor Character

TIME FRAME: About 3 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

SERIES: Brides of Pemberley

Volume One – His Good Opinion (Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view).

Volume Two – Loving Miss Darcy (Sequel to P&P, focuses on Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam).

Volume Three – Against His Will (Sequel to Loving Miss Darcy, focuses on Kitty Bennet).

RECOMMENDATION: Read Loving Miss Darcy before reading Against His Will (although both are stand alone)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Kitty Bennet, Sebastian Montgomery (original character), Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, Colin Maitland Continue reading »

Mar 082013

Colonel Fitzwilliam, Hero…*swoon*

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

For young ladies living in the Regency Era, being presented and experiencing one’s first Season can be exciting, stressful, and daunting. For Georgiana Darcy it’s terrifying and completely undesired. Can she overcome her past mistakes? Will her suitors discover the foolish actions of her youth and remove their suit? Will she be able to trust any of the young men, or will they all be fortune hunters and rakes? Even though it has been years since her youthful indiscretion with George Wickham and she has regained her spirits and some of her confidence, Georgiana still bears some scars from the incident. Will the love and support of Kitty, Elizabeth, Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam be enough to see her through her big debut?

Colonel Fitzwilliam is not one leave things to chance. He takes is role as guardian to Georgiana seriously and has been busy preparing himself for her big debut. Enlisting the help of his army comrades to act as decoys and spies, Colonel Fitzwilliam plans to have his eyes and ears everywhere. There will be no man whose history, family, vices, and worth is not known to him. But as soon as the Season begins, Colonel Fitzwilliam starts to question the motivation behind his fierce protection and covert manipulation – is it mistrust? Guilt? Fear? Or something more? Continue reading »

Mar 162012

Who Wouldn’t Want to Spend More Time with Mr. Darcy!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In the same manner as Pamela Aidan, Amanda Grange, and Maya Slater, debut author Nancy Kelley pens a novel that tells the story of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s perspective. Giving readers something they will all find extremely agreeable: more time alone with the handsome, illustrious, and brooding Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy! Ms. Kelley’s tale begins just before Georgiana’s imprudent elopement attempt and closes soon after Darcy and Elizabeth become engaged. Through these pages readers get to witness Darcy’s inner thoughts and reflections, and observe the close relationships he has with Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Want to get into Darcy’s head? Want to spend some more time with him? (Silly question, right?)

I just love reading novels that focus on the hero! Being inside their head is so enlightening and oftentimes very entertaining! What I enjoyed most about this retelling was Ms. Kelley’s depiction of Darcy’s gradual transformation from selfish arrogance and poor manners to painstaking civility and polite consideration. I like how at first he couldn’t comprehend Elizabeth’s low and unjust opinion of him. But later, when Darcy hears her words echoed by Colonel Fitzwilliam and his tenants, he realizes he must give Elizabeth’s reproach credence. I took great pleasure in the journey through Darcy’s transformation; it was interesting to witness him go from tortured despondency to anxious longing.

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