Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“Can two suitors truly be well-suited for the same woman?”
This book was recommended to me, by a fellow JAFF friend, the initial week of its publication. Once I had it in my hands and started reading it , I never wanted to put it down…
I love stories that begin at Rosings Park. I think it’s because as a JAFF reader, I am well aware of where our characters are in regards to their positions and affections, by the time their carriages pull into the park. I also love witnessing a confused and/or despondent Darcy, trying to figure out his game plan, in front of his humourous cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Once at Rosings Park, we get to see how Darcy will manage his predicament regarding Elizabeth, alongside his own family.
So, we begin here with Darcy rehearsing his proposal of marriage to Elizabeth, where his focus remains on finding the perfect words to convey his intentions and wishes towards their relationship. As he enters the parsonage and finds Elizabeth in the Collins’ drawing room, he receives a surprise that sends him reeling… Elizabeth…his Elizabeth…has already accepted an offer of marriage from another suitor.
As we try to catch our breathe, alongside poor Mr. Darcy, we begin along a curvaceous path, filled with numerous misunderstandings, palpable angst, and a journey of inner struggles, which force the characters to question their allegiances, their motives, as well as their own heart’s desires. Has Elizabeth really had the time to consider the depth of her feelings or does she believe that it’s only a matter of time until she will develop the kind of love for her new suitor that will sustain her happiness for a lifetime?
We bear witness to Darcy’s inner musings, as he berates himself for delaying his own proposal to Elizabeth, and for separating Bingley and Jane, as well as for losing the opportunity to gain the one lady he thought would make an ideal sister for Georgiana. There’s a lot here to sympathize with, while also acknowledging, that in many ways, Darcy has probably been the cause of most of his problems. Good grief, what a mess! To compound his difficulties, Elizabeth’s suitor is now counting on Darcy to give Elizabeth the warm welcome and acceptance that his own parents are withholding from Elizabeth.
Yet, time seems to become a friend to one man and an enemy to another. As Elizabeth’s marriage is delayed, leaving her behind in London to prepare for her new life, her betrothed returns to oversee the management of his new estate. After several weeks, he is summoned to return to help the Bennet family, as they find themselves in an unfortunate situation. This scandal forces Elizabeth to delay her marriage one again…From here, I recommend that readers dive into this story and go along for an entertaining, bittersweet, and romantic read because I don’t want to give away any more details that readers will enjoy uncovering for themselves.
I have enjoyed all three JAFF books written by Victoria Kincaid. I enjoy the way she paces her stories, alternating mainly between dialogue and actions, in an effort to allow the reader to enjoy a story that moves along at a consistent pace. She also interjects humor throughout her stories, often poking fun at her characters, (especially Mr. Darcy!) while infusing witty banter and amusing quips between them.
Her characters feel mostly true to canon, which adds another layer of credibility to her stories. She does a clever job of incorporating Austen’s own lines from “Pride and Prejudice” in new and fresh ways. I love reading how a different character from “Pride and Prejudice” can use a line verbatim, from Austen, infusing it with new intentions that fit perfectly within her story.
This was the first JAFF book that I read, which centered the plot around the idea that Darcy, Elizabeth and another suitor, would find themselves caught in an unimaginable love triangle. I am happy to say, this one does take on original plot twists, and offer creative solutions to this delicate situation. It was clever where it needed to be and sentimental in the right places, without feeling forced or artificial in its delivery.
Victoria Kincaid has offered our Just Jane 1813 readers an opportunity to enter a giveaway for an ebook copy of “Pride and Proposals.” To enter this giveaway, please tell me the names of specific JAFF authors, titles or series that you’d like to see reviewed here at the blog, which can include our upcoming holiday theme. All comments should be submitted by November 21st. The giveaway winner will be announced on this blog on November 22, 2015.
I want to thank Victoria Kincaid for writing such a delightful triangle story, which started my own love of this fun, and sometimes painful, sub-genre. I also want to thank her for supporting the launch of this blog, as well as for her generosity with this giveaway offer for our Just Jane 1813 readers!