Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 15th 2016
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Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein. When he first comes to Hertfordshire, Frankenstein Darcy is a man of secrets, wanting to find peace. Falling in love with a provincial nobody is not in his plans. Elizabeth Bennet is both intrigued by this tall, dark, handsome stranger and infuriated by his arrogance. Neither of them realize how dangerous falling in love can be.
Will the secrets from Frankenstein Darcy’s past keep him from the future happiness he desires to share with Elizabeth Bennet?
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
Welcome, my dear readers, to the one-year anniversary of Just Jane 1813! Today I am thrilled to share my first review for my Haunted Austen event. Frankenstein Darcy, by Cass Grix, is a fun mix between Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where the main character, Frankenstein Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man of science and mystery.
It’s 1804 and young Jane and Elizabeth Bennet are touring the estate of Pemberley on a trip to Derbyshire with Aunt and Uncle Gardiner when they meet twenty-year-old Frankenstein Darcy, After a brief meeting, the young master becomes the victim of a gunshot. The young visitors try their best to assist the Darcy family, but eventually they leave Pemberley without the complete knowledge of what has occurred to young master Darcy.
Two years later, it’s 1806, and another link in the chain of events takes place, and this time Darcy is summoned to return to Pemberley. While he is there, a great family secret is revealed to him. Will this knowledge change the course of his life? Propelled to dig further into his father’s life, Darcy seeks answers to questions that have haunted him for years; what was the purpose of his father’s work inside of his lab at Pemberley and what do these secrets mean for his own life? With Greenwood, his father’s valet beside him, he journeys into the next chapter of his life.
Fast forward to 1811, and Longbourn is the now the setting, as the Bennet sisters prepare for the Meryton Assembly. At this fateful event, Jane and Elizabeth meet the guests from Netherfield, and Elizabeth recognizes Darcy as the young man she met in Derbyshire nearly a decade ago. However, she receives a rather terse reception from Darcy and leaves the dance with a less than favorable impression about Darcy.
From here, the story closely follows canon’s storyline, while at the same time it also includes elements from Frankenstein. Confused by her feelings and impressions, Elizabeth struggles to figure out what the appearances of Frankenstein Darcy and George Wickham will mean in her own life. As the story unfolds, the reader isn’t sure exactly who is evil and who has truly good intentions. When various characters become victims of assorted crimes, it’s hard to say which characters can truly be trusted.
Just like in canon, Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth, but not only do his pride and haughty manners give Elizabeth reasons to refuse his proposals, Darcy also continues to be haunted by family secrets that he himself can’t find the answers to. Eventually, they both must decide if a person should be valued for his/her actions or his/her origins and if they are both willing to take the greatest chance of their lives for the happiness that can be found in unconditional love.
In this cleverly written mash-up, Frankenstein Darcy explores similar themes from Austen’s story, but with new paranormal twists that are a nice mix of spookiness, humor, and romance. The plot is mainly driven by the actions unfolding within the story, and while not a lot of time is spent developing the interior characterizations of the characters, I found the story engaging and well-written from beginning to end.
JAFF readers who can open up their hearts and minds to enjoying such an original variation on Austen’s story will find themselves engrossed in several hours of pleasurable reading, as Ms. Grix keeps us guessing up until the very end about whether or not Darcy and Elizabeth will truly ever receive their HEA. With Halloween just around the corner, this is a great time of year to pick up this story!
Later this week, I look forward to sharing my review of “Stealing Darcy,” by Cass Grix with my readers. Stay tuned!
Ms. Grix has offered three giveaways of this book for my Just Jane 1813 readers. Isn’t that great? To enter your chance to win one of her two ebooks or a paperback copy of “Frankenstein Darcy,” please leave a comment on this blog by midnight, ET on November 1st. The winners will be announced on November 2, 2016. To claim the paperback copy, the winner must have a U.S. mailing address.
Thank you to Cass Grix for writing such a fun story for JAFF readers and for her generous giveaways for my readers!
Please feel free to read my interview with Cass Grix that was published today and enter the giveaway being hosted for her other JAFF paranormal story, “Bewitching Mr. Darcy.”
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