Can Colonel Fitzwilliam find the type of companionship he longs for with Mary Bennet?
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Source: I received an ARC of this book for a fair and honest review.
I love when an author creates for Mary Bennet a storyline that treats her strengths and character with the kind of sensitivity she deserves. I appreciate when her quiet, unassuming manners are seen as an asset, and draw a man toward her delicate heart. Victoria Kincaid’s latest novella brings these sensibilities to this romantic story in a way that’s charming and quite heartwarming.
While Colonel Fitzwilliam is attending the wedding celebration of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, he finds himself thinking about the attributes that he would prefer within his own wife. As he comes to realize that he longs for the type of love his friends and family have found, we sense that when he meets Mary Bennet at this celebration, this could be the start of something meaningful in both of their lives.
After the two part, circumstances eventually find them together again, but this time they’ve both been altered by recent events in their own lives. As Mary spends time visiting her sister Elizabeth at Pemberley and does some soul searching of her own, she finds herself faced with an important decision. Will true love find another Bennet sister?
I enjoyed reading this novella which focused mainly on Mary and Colonel Fitzwilliam, while Darcy and Elizabeth played supporting roles in the story. I felt like I was spending some time catching up with some old friends. I loved the relationships between all four of the characters here and I thought the novella had a great mix of romance and humor, as even Darcy himself caught on to what was taking place around him.
I did think some parts progressed rather quickly and I would’ve liked to have seen some of the storyline more developed. I also would have liked to see Mary and Colonel Fitzwilliam spend more time in each other’s company to get a better sense of their growing feelings towards one another. However, I could easily see another story developing from this novella and I would gladly read more based on these characters. This novella is a sweet read that can be experienced and savored in one sitting.
A Peek Inside of “When Mary Met the Colonel.”
Without the beauty and wit of the older Bennet sisters or the liveliness of the younger, Mary is the Bennet sister most often overlooked. She has resigned herself to a life of loneliness, alleviated only by music and the occasional book of military history.
Colonel Fitzwilliam finds himself envying his friends who are marrying wonderful women while he only attracts empty-headed flirts. He longs for a caring, well-informed woman who will see the man beneath the uniform.
A chance meeting in Longbourn’s garden during Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding breakfast kindles an attraction between Mary and the Colonel. However, the Colonel cannot act on these feelings since he must wed an heiress. He returns to war, although Mary finds she cannot easily forget him.
Is happily ever after possible after Mary meets the Colonel?
Victoria Kincaid would like to offer one Just Jane 1813 reader the opportunity to win a copy of this ebook. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below and tell us the name of another book that gave Mary Bennet a storyline that you have enjoyed. If you can’t name one, please just leave a comment below. All comments should be left on this post by midnight ET on February 28th. The winner will be announced on this blog on February 29, 2016.
I want to thank Ms. Kincaid for this generous giveaway and for writing this sweet novella where Mary Bennet receives some well-earned sunshine.