on April 13, 2017
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Elizabeth Bennet is relieved when the difficult Mr. Darcy leaves the area after the Netherfield Ball. But she soon runs afoul of Lord Henry, a Viscount who thinks to force her into marrying him by slandering her name and ruining her reputation. An outcast in Meryton, and even within her own family, Elizabeth has nobody to turn to and nowhere to go.
Darcy successfully resisted Elizabeth’s charms during his visit to Hertfordshire, but when he learns of her imminent ruin, he decides he must propose to save her from disaster. However, Elizabeth is reluctant to tarnish Darcy’s name by association…and the viscount still wants her…
Can Darcy save his honor while also marrying the woman he loves?
“They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; “they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.” (Mr. Bennet to Mrs. Bennet, Chapter One, Pride & Prejudice)
In Victoria Kincaid’s new story, Darcy’s Honor, Elizabeth Bennet’s life is turned on its head when an encounter with Viscount Billington, whose actions as an overzealous “suitor,” leave Elizabeth’s reputation in shatters. As the residents of Meryton, along with several members of her own family, turn their backs on Elizabeth, she is left feeling bereft and uncertain about her own future. Determined to stay true to her principles while attempting to keep her head above the fray, she unexpectedly finds herself the recipient of Mr. Darcy’s kind-hearted friendship. Confident that he can restore Elizabeth’s reputation through an honorable offer, Darcy is surprised to learn that his money and good name can’t buy him what his heart desires.
Elizabeth’s own plans also don’t unfold according to her intentions, and she eventually finds herself seeking assistance from a few unexpected allies. Through her growing relationship with Darcy and his sister, Georgiana, she is able to see the Master of Pemberley in a new light; yet, she still refuses to accept what he’s willing to offer her as a long-term solution to her troubled situation. Through her obstinate and headstrong determination to prevail on her own terms, she must decide how to live her life independent of her friends and family. Can she bear the knowledge that while her honor still remains intact, her reputation may remain shattered forever? Or is there still a chance that a plan can be hatched to reveal the true character of the individual seeking to destroy her happiness?
Once again, Victoria Kincaid has written a page-turner of a story, as she delivers a unique storyline filled with diverting scenarios that are a nice balance between romantic moments and ones filled with a more humorous and playful tone, similar to the tone she achieved in Mr. Darcy to the Rescue and The Secrets Between Darcy and Elizabeth. The humorous situations that were punctuated throughout the story, which also contained some of our favorite characters from canon, added moments of levity in just the right places of this story. Let’s just say I have a whole new picture in my mind when I imagine the “shades” of any home being polluted by Miss Bennet’s actions!
I also loved the camaraderie that was developed between Darcy and Elizabeth because it was built upon the slow, but steady development of trust and respect between them as their relationship evolved throughout the story. I felt that their collaborative efforts in this story mirrored, in many aspects, the ways that their relationship was crafted in The Secrets Between Darcy and Elizabeth, which was the book that started my love for Ms. Kincaid’s writing. Ms. Kincaid’s characterizations of Darcy and Elizabeth were spot-on and a true delight to read. I love her version of a besotted Darcy, especially when he tries to take charge of a situation for Elizabeth’s sake, as well as a strong-willed Elizabeth, who is determined to take charge of her own life, even when that path isn’t the easier one.
Ultimately, it is the liveliness of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s minds, along with some help from a couple of unanticipated allies, that helps to save the day for our dear couple. Ms. Kincaid’s fluid and engrossing writing style make their journey an absolute pleasure for her readers to experience!
Enjoy a sneak peek from “Darcy’s Honor”:
Darcy sank onto a stone bench, the surrounding cold seeping into his bones through his coat. Were his cousin Fitzwilliam present, he would laugh and remind Darcy that there were other women in the world, but that thought only made him queasier. The thought of paying court to another woman…finding another woman attractive without comparing her to Elizabeth… It was unfathomable, an impossible hope. And yet he must find a woman to marry and provide an heir for Pemberley. Picturing another woman in his bed, he experienced more than a little nausea. He imagined thirty years of living with this other woman, and the nausea grew. A lifetime of looking into some other woman’s eyes. How could he endure it?
If Elizabeth accepted the viscount’s offer, it would be a terrible mistake, but how could he convince her of it when he would never see her again? It would be highly improper to write her a letter. Further, could he, in good conscience, recommend her to refuse the viscount? And, of course, refusal would condemn her to a lifetime of solitude and shame.
In addition, Darcy had no standing in her life to convince her to reject the man. He was not a relative or even much of a friend. Darcy snorted a laugh. Indeed, the only honorable way to convince her to refuse the other man would be to propose to her himself.
Darcy stilled. He stared at the ice of the Serpentine as a cold breeze swirled around his legs.
I could make her an offer.
His mind turned over the possibilities.
There would be a scandal, of course. But Elizabeth would suffer far fewer cuts as Mrs. Darcy than as plain Elizabeth Bennet. The very act of making her an offer would be perceived as Darcy’s endorsement of her innocence and virtue. No few of Darcy’s relations would be appalled, but he was master of Pemberley and not beholden to their opinions. If members of the ton expunged him from their invitation lists, Darcy would not regret the loss.
Darcy would undoubtedly suffer some loss of reputation; the thought pricked his pride. His aunt and uncle would be scandalized that the Darcy name was dragged through the mud. Yet he must weigh that scandal against a lifetime of regret. The distaste at the thought of being ostracized from the ton easily gave way when compared to the heavy despair prompted by thoughts of losing Elizabeth from his life forever.
Darcy conjured his father’s face in his imagination. What would Papa advise? Long ago, in a conversation by the drawing room fireplace at Pemberley, his father had drawn a useful distinction between reputation and honor. My reputation might be tarnished, but my honor will remain intact as long as I know I have done the right thing.
As he gazed up at the sky, a pale winter sun finally broke through the heavy gray clouds. An omen? Yes, he could do this. He could be the one to free Elizabeth from the depths of her despair. Darcy pictured her face, alight with surprise and delight when he made his offer. He savored the image.
Meet Victoria Kincaid
Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two children who love to read, a cute (but clumsy) puppy, and an overly affectionate cat. A lifelong Jane Austen fan, Victoria confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice.
Please visit her website at www.victoriakincaid.com.
It’s Giveaway Time!
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Thank you to Victoria Kincaid for providing me with an eARC of “Darcy’s Honor” in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. I also want to thank you for another generous giveaway for my Just Jane 1813 readers!