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She swore would never marry!
Georgiana Darcy is a lady with a secret! The last thing she wants is to return to London, but what else can she do when her brother and his wife make plans to spend the Christmas season in town. When Lizzy’s youngest sister, Lydia, joins them, Georgiana gains a confidante, but will Lydia’s outgoing nature cause problems when Lord Sele, son of a family friend reappears in Georgiana’s life?
As an insufferable boy, Lord Sele vowed he would marry Georgiana, but was his return from Ireland a coincidence or was his sole purpose to pursue her? He admits to desiring friendship, but Lydia is determined his desire is Georgiana and she will stop at nothing to see her best friend happily settled.
What is Georgiana to do when faced with the society she has managed to avoid for her entire adult life as well as the one man determined to change her mind about marriage? Will she be able to overcome her fears despite the spectre from the past that seems to be haunting her? Will she be forced to tell her secret and choose happiness or will someone from her past ruin everything?
Can a single heiress, in possession of a good fortune, be convinced she wants a husband?
Last summer I had the pleasure to read and review the first book in this series by L.L. Diamond, Particular Intentions. After listening to the requests of her numerous readers, this year she is back with the second book in this series, Particular Attachments, where the focus of her story is now on Georgiana Darcy and the events of her life several years after the marriage between her brother, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
I have to say this is one of the best alternate character JAFF stories that I have read based on the character of Georgiana Darcy. This is because I not only loved the way Leslie focuses on Georgiana’s story, I also adored the new supporting characters she created for this story as well as the way her plot unfolded throughout the entire story.
As Georgiana attempts to move her life in a new direction after a few years of being secluded at Pemberley with Darcy, Elizabeth, and their adorable young son, William, she heads to London with the Darcy’s to help her decide if she wants to spend a season in London making her debut in society. Prior to emerging on the London social scene, Georgiana has been resolved in her decision to forgo marriage and brings along the one person who not only offers her companionship in London, but who also understands many of the desires and concerns she shares at this age: Lydia Bennet.
Yes, I said Lydia Bennet! Lydia and Georgiana have become close confidantes as a result of Lydia growing into a more mature, thoughtful, and more refined person and Georgiana feels safe in having Lydia near her throughout her time in London. As they head to London together, Georgiana believes she will stay single, while Lydia is determined to meet an eligible suitor since Meryton holds no matrimonial promises for her. Of course, once they settle into their daily lives in London, their best-laid plans go a bit off course and take readers on a really fun ride!
After many years, the Darcy family reconnects with the Lindsay family, who were very close friends of Lady Anne and George Darcy. As young children, Lord Sele always pestered Georgiana Darcy with his pranks and his teasing ways. Believing that Lord Sele meant to only cause her dismay, Georgiana is hesitant when he displays a new side to himself to her. Is there more to this handsome, grown man who seems to only have eyes for Georgiana and is she willing to overcome whatever is holding her back to give him a chance to prove any attachment her may have to her? The answer to this question becomes the major obstacle for these characters to overcome throughout this story.
Thank goodness Lord Sele knows how to court a lady in a more swoon-worthy manner than Fitzwilliam Darcy! Not only is he handsome, eligible, and yes, a wealthy and titled gentleman, Lord Sele has two parents who support his intentions and who want to help him make a match with the beautiful girl they’ve known since she was a little girl. Lady Lindsay not only is a champion of her son’s hopes for the future, she also becomes key in helping Georgiana face the demons that are haunting her own past. I just adored her relationship with Georgiana because I’ve always had a soft spot for the fact that Georgiana lost her mother at such a young age.
The gradual way that Leslie builds the romantic tension between Lord Sele and Georgiana is done thoughtfully and through the uses of many of our senses. A meaningful glance, and soft, yet thrilling touch, and a shared love for beautiful music makes readers feel as though they too are part of their courtship journey. I really want to believe that a Lord Sele exists for every woman after finishing this story!
I also loved the way Leslie wove her supporting stories based on our other favorite characters into this story. Colonel Fitzwilliam plays a role in supporting Georgiana is London, while finding his own path to happiness. Readers also spend some time with Darcy, Elizabeth and their precocious son, Will, as they handle some personal challenges in their own lives. As a fan of Pride & Prejudice sequels, I enjoy spending time with the Darcys and witnessing their delightful banter again.
Yet, the biggest surprise character in this story for me was Lydia Bennet because she’s a more mature and ladylike character and these traits are established in a believable manner because Lydia still retains some of the younger and more impetuous aspects of her character too. I love when an author can actually get me to empathize and root for a character I normally dislike from canon.
Readers will be swiftly turning pages to learn what dreadful secrets Georgiana is harboring from her past and how these secrets have the ability to come back to plague her future too. My heart really felt for her throughout her trials, and even though I hoped she would have a future filled with happiness and love, I wasn’t sure how her past secrets would be received by others once they were revealed to them. Leslie did a good job keeping this part of the story suspenseful without making it drag along.
The structure of the story also really allowed me to easily relate to Georgiana’s thoughts and feelings because numerous entries in Georgiana’s journal are interwoven throughout the narrative. I really enjoyed these shifting perspectives and I found myself looking forward to reading Georgiana’s inner thoughts and musings on various events and situations. I also thought that Leslie shaped this main storyline in a way that kept me eagerly engaged throughout the story because I felt it was handled with the right amount of angst and romantic tension and the way Georgiana personally came to face her demons made me cheer for her happiness even more!
Particular Attachments is a delightful read and one I highly recommend for JAFF readers. This is a very strong addition to this series and when an author can make me empathize with Lydia Bennet and find ways for me to enjoy spending time with her character, I am pleasantly surprised. By the time readers turn the final pages of this story, they will be completely enamored with Lord Sele and find him to be a worthy and charming match for Fitzwilliam Darcy’s little sister!
Connect with L.L. Diamond
L.L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans before following her husband all over as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.
After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favourite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction.
Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. Her most recent endeavours have included certifications to coach swimming as well as a fitness instructor. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolour is her medium of choice with one of her watercolours featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Leslie also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!
Leslie’s books include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, The Earl’s Conquest, Particular Intentions, and Particular Attachments.
The Particular Attachments Blog Tour
Sept. 8: Just Jane 1813 – Review
Sept. 9: Babblings of a Bookworm – Character Interview
Sept. 11: From Pemberley to Milton – Excerpt
Sept. 12: More Agreeably Engaged – Character Interview
Sept. 13: Austenesque Reviews – Outtake
Sept. 14: Austen Variations – Release Day Post & Giveaway
Sept. 15: Just Jane 1813 – Character Interview
Sept. 16: My Jane Austen Book Club – Outtake
Sept. 17: My Vices and Weaknesses – Excerpt
It’s Giveaway Time!
Leslie is offering an eBook of Particular Attachments to one Just Jane 1813 winner. Readers can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog by midnight, ET on September 16, 2017. The winner will be announced after this date on this blog.
Leslie will also be back soon to share a character interview for this story next week. I can’t wait to see which character(s) joins us!
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