Will Georgiana Darcy have the courage to follow her heart when a childhood friend returns to Derbyshire?
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
This is the second book in the Jane Austen Sequel Series by Cheryl Bolen. Last week, I reviewed the first book and came away eager to read the second book in this series.
In this second novella, the accomplished and highly sought after young heiress, Miss Georgiana of Pemberley, has just returned home from a very successful first season in Town, where she received numerous offers for her hand in marriage and is feeling the pressure to make a brilliant match, mainly for her dear brother’s sake. In an attempt to become better acquainted with one suitor, Lord Hampton of Rafferty, whose handsome estate is admired throughout England, she invites him to spend time with her and her family at Pemberley.
What she didn’t plan for was the return of her childhood friend, Robert Farrington, who has been the keeper of her heart for the past several years. However, as a younger son, his prospects are meager compared with Lord Hampton; yet, the worse news is that he is home from fighting in Spain to seek his brother’s permission to marry a Spanish noblewoman. Georgiana must decide whether or not she should focus her efforts in love solely on Lord Hampton as she decides in the meantime that it can’t really be any trouble to invite Robert to spend his evenings at Pemberley since his own brother, Lord Fane, is away enjoying his honeymoon?
What unfolds at Pemberley is undoubtedly entertaining as readers watch Lord Hampton and Robert Farrington participate in an undeclared battle for Georgiana’s attention and affection. Both men exercise their considerable “charms” in an effort to win her good opinion and wind up unintentionally displaying some of their less-than-stellar qualities. As Darcy and Elizabeth also interact with the gentlemen and develop their own ideas about Georgiana’s future, Georgiana seems to grow more confused about how to proceed with each gentleman. How can a wealthy heiress determine which man has her best interests at heart?
This book is twenty pages shorter than Ms. Bolen’s first book in the series and while it’s an amusing and light-hearted romance, there are two reasons why I was disappointed in this second novella. First, I felt that the quality of the storyline suffered due to its brevity. Instead of certain events unfolding in a more natural manner, I felt they were rushed and lacked the development found in the first novella. Secondly, of all of the possibilities contained within a JAFF story, why did Ms. Bolen’s storyline contain the very same travelers from her first book in this series to Pemberley to provide some comic relief again for our main characters? This move, combined with the story’s main storyline, made me feel like I was almost reading the same novella again in book two.
I do intend to read and review the last book in this series, “The Liberation of Miss de Bourgh” and from its description, it does appear to offer readers a very different storyline from the first two books in this series.
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