How will a promise made to Charles Bingley alter Darcy and Elizabeth’s lives five years after Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford?
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
If you’re looking for a JAFF retelling that takes you down a long, curvy, and utterly romantic path, then Brenda Webb’s new release should be placed on your TBR list! After writing several popular JAFF stories, Ms. Webb is back with her latest Darcy and Elizabeth story, titled “Darcy and Elizabeth: A Promise Kept,” and I’m here to say that Brenda Webb packs all of her best moves into this story. Similar to her other books, Brenda takes a non-canon approach to this epic tale, peppering her story with a whole new cast of villains and obstacles along the way.
Fast forward five years since Darcy’s infamous Hunsford proposal to Elizabeth, where he finds himself still struggling to put the pieces of his personal life solidly back together. Knowing that he must eventually marry and that many “suitable” ladies are willing to become the future Mistress of Pemberley, he decides to enter into an informal agreement with an old friend, Lady Markham. As a mother and a young widow with lingering romantic feelings for Darcy, Lady Markham is eager to enter into this agreement, with the hopes that it ultimately will lead to her marriage with Darcy.
After some discussion, Darcy and Lady Markham decide to spend more time in each other’s company to determine the future of their relationship. However, her long-standing friendship with Darcy has made her all too aware that Darcy’s eyes reveal that he is guarding a long-held secret ever since his return several years ago from Kent; he’s still torn apart inside over his love for Elizabeth Bennet.
After settling into this new arrangement with Lady Markham, Darcy receives a letter from Charles Bingley, an old friend that he hasn’t seen in five years. Soon, Darcy learns that Bingley is quite ill and that he needs Darcy to fulfill a promise he made to Bingley several years ago. Can Darcy reenter the Bingley’s lives without facing Elizabeth Bennet again, and if he does come face to face with her all of these years later, what will the outcome be for both of them?
“Darcy & Elizabeth: A Promise Kept,” sweeps us up into an epic story that skillfully weaves together multiple storylines while bringing several interesting new characters into the fold. As Darcy tries to help Charles Bingley save his family, along with his business, it soon becomes apparent that foul play is involved. However, the cast of criminals is larger than initially expected, taking Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and their associates down multiple pathways in their quest to help the Bingley family. At the bottom of this, Darcy must also figure out how Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, née Bennet, fits into this picture and how his plans with Lady Markham will alter all of their lives.
Brenda Webb spins a story that is action-packed, while at the same time giving her readers a great romance story that has all of the sweetness and longing associated with lovers who find themselves rekindling the greatest love of their lives. Never one to take us on a simple journey, Brenda Webb finds a way to orchestrate several engrossing storylines and pull them together in unexpected ways. This is a story that will allow you to become immersed in a maze of deceit and revenge, while savoring the bonds that families build together based on respect, trust, and love.
I’m excited to tell my readers that Brenda Webb has brought two ebook copies of “Darcy & Elizabeth: A Promise Kept” for my Just Jane 1813 readers and one autographed paperback copy of this book for readers with a U.S. and/or Canadian mailing address. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by naming the title of your favorite Brenda Webb book, or one that you hope to read soon, by midnight ET on April 18th. The winners will be announced on this blog on April 19, 2016.
I want to thank Brenda Webb for her generous giveaways for my readers and for writing a JAFF retelling that takes our characters on an epic journey!
“Darcy & Elizabeth: A Promise Kept,” is Brenda Webb’s fourth JAFF book. Inspired by the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice, Brenda read all of Jane Austen’s novels and discovered the Jane Austen Fan Fiction genre. After reading everything she could find, she decided to write her own story. After positive responses from her readers, she published her first story. Later, she began her own forum, DarcyandLizzy.com, where she posts her stories before they are published. The forum features many other writers as well.