TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Variation - What if Elizabeth experiences a bad fall while out for a ramble in the woods and Mr. Darcy is there to help her home?
TIME FRAME: A day or two after Elizabeth's and Jane's return from Netherfield Hall
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins, Mr. Wickham
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- I feel like a broken record saying this, but...it's Meryton Press! Of course I want to read it!
- Variations are my #1 favorite type of Austenesque novel!
- I loved the idea of Darcy coming to Elizabeth's rescue so early in the novel and wanted to see how this interaction effected the course of their relationship.
WHAT I LOVED:
- Mr. Darcy: I greatly enjoyed KaraLynne Mackrory's Darcy - at war between his heart and his head, extremely tender and devoted in his care towards and protection of Elizabeth, and just utterly adorable when he engages in some flirting! Readers, be warned, he will steal your heart!
- There's More to Mr. Bennet than Meets the Eye: In many Austenesque novels Mr. Bennet is portrayed as neglectful, indolent, and irresponsible. But in Falling for Mr. Darcy, readers learn that all this time Mr. Bennet was purposefully trying to give the appearance of mismanaging his estate and being a indifferent parent. I loved the idea of there being more to Mr. Bennet and I LOVED how Ms. Mackrory inventively developed and added more depth to his character. I especially enjoyed the strong father-daughter relationship she manifested between Mr. Bennet and Lizzy. Seeing him act as her confidante and comforter was just so terribly sweet!
- Budding Relationships: Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship isn't the only one that is developing in this novel! I loved Georgiana's first encounter with Elizabeth in Falling for Mr. Darcy, meeting as strangers in a shop. Their pleasant and friendly exchanges were so endearing to witness! In addition, it was wonderful to see Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennet started to establish a relationship with each other. I loved how Mr. Bennet was able to find in Mr. Darcy the son he wanted but never had, and how Mr. Darcy could look to Mr. Bennet to somewhat fill the role of parent in his life.
WHAT I WASN'T TOO FOND OF:
- Mr. Wickham and Lady Catherine: As in many Austenesque novels, Mr. Wickham is hell-bent on extracting pain and retribution from Darcy, and Lady Catherine is determined he should marry her daughter Anne. When they both catch wind of where Darcy's affections truly do lie, they both make drastic attempts to ruin his future with Elizabeth. I am, of course, all for Mr. Wickham and Lady C being the villainous foils (they excel at it!), but in this case I found their methods just a teensy bit too extreme and heinous...(even for them).
What a splendidly romantic variation of Pride and Prejudice! Eloquent, tender, and beautifully composed, this is a novel I highly recommend! Congratulations, KaraLynne Mackrory, on a marvelous debut!