Can the haughty Mr. Darcy prove he’s more than tolerable at the next Meryton assembly?
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
Can you imagine sitting upon Mr. Darcy’s shoulder, like a little lovebird, and being privy to his innermost thoughts, fears and desires as he heads straight back to the Meryton assembly room one year after his initial meeting with Elizabeth Bennet, in an attempt to capture her heart and hand in what he hopes will eventually become wedded bliss?
Well readers, hang onto your bonnets and your beavers because you are about to enjoy a rollicking, and frolicking ride alongside Fitzwilliam Darcy; member of the landed gentry, blubbering, besotted fool, and socially awkward friend of the universally adored Charles Bingley. Tonight, both gentlemen are joined together to attend another Meryton assembly, and this time, they’re determined to win the affections of the ever-enchanting oldest Bennet sisters.
This portrayal of Mr. Darcy offers us a rare glimpse into the quick-witted musings and worrisome banterings stirring inside of Darcy’s head as he fumbles his way through an evening of dancing, drinking and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of romance. When a plethora of obstacles are thrown in Darcy’s way as he tries to steal a dance and possibly a few moments alone with Elizabeth, readers are treated to a well-developed novella that also reads like a self-deprecating comedy with a risque twist. As we travel through the evening, we are entertained by Darcy’s efforts to ingratiate himself amongst the residents of Meryton, while laughing out loud as some of his efforts backfire, right into his own smug face.
This novella contained all of the right moves for me. Ms. Croft’s combination of witty, outlandish humor, tender and humble romantic overtures, along with her tremendous capabilities for infusing the King’s English into this story, struck quite a memorable chord within my heart and my funny bone. If there’s an Austen hero that deserves to enjoy a good chuckle at himself, I can think of none other more deserving than the proud and staid Mr. Darcy. Ms. Croft helps him loosen up his cravat in a manner that is playful, poetic and utterly romantic.
A Blurb from this Novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities by J. Marie Croft
Told entirely from Fitzwilliam Darcy’s point of view, J. Marie Croft’s humorous novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, spans one moonlit, autumnal night upon the gentleman’s return to Hertfordshire in pursuit of Elizabeth Bennet.
“We take the turning which places us on Meryton’s main road, and—oh, gad! There it is—the base-court building which passes for an assembly hall in this godforsaken place. For me, the venue shall be either a heaven or a hell tonight. My palms grow clammy, my gut churns, and I regret that second helping of onion-laden vegetable pie forced on me before we left.”
Accompany Darcy as he, intent on reversing the disastrous first impression he made there, braves another Meryton assembly and seeks to win his heart’s desire.
Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”. Her light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight (Meryton Press, 2013), her humorous short story, Spyglasses and Sunburns, in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology (Meryton Press, 2015), and her novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities (Meryton Press, 2016) bear witness to Joanne’s fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter.
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