MR. DARCY’S PRIDE AND JOY
#3 The Darcy Series
by Monica Fairview
Publisher: White Soup Press
Reviewed by Sophia Rose
E-Arc provided by author for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are Sophia Rose’s own except as noted.
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are engaged at last, and Mr. Darcy is preparing to take out a special license to get married quickly. But, just when everything seems to be going just right, he encounters opposition from an unexpected quarter. Then, when his engagement is announced – to someone else – Elizabeth, understandably, begins to doubt his sincerity.
Perhaps their love is doomed after all… (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30684929-mr-darcy-s-pride-and-joy)
Third time’s the charm- so one hopes! Poor Mr. Darcy has proposed three times to the same woman. The first two proposals were disasters and so much happened to reshape him and bring him to a place where a worthy woman finally gives to him his heart’s joy when she says ‘yes!’. Simple, light-hearted, and swoony historical romance!
This is the third installment of The Darcy Novels trilogy. It builds on the events of the two books that came before it so is best read in order.
In book one, the fastidious and arrogant Mr. Darcy, angered to be rejected by a woman who should be grateful for his proposal, makes a list of the ideal Mrs. Darcy only to constantly compare all candidates to the incomparable Miss Elizabeth Bennet. His young sister, Georgiana, isn’t too keen on his choices and determines to keep him from a lasting mistake.
Moving into book two, Darcy ends up on an adventure with Elizabeth and her family, his friends the Bingleys, and Georgiana when they head to Brighton to save Elizabeth’s youngest sister, Lydia, from disaster. Seeing that he has changed and he is an honorable man, Elizabeth changes her mind about Darcy.
Now, in the final installment, just when Darcy anticipates smooth sailing, new impediments threaten in this light and sweet comedy of errors variation. The reader is treated to a series of misunderstandings and misadventures that prevent Darcy from meeting with Mr. Bennet to secure his blessing and then Mr. Bennet himself throws up a surprising objection to the marriage. Darcy and Elizabeth’s families compete for the Most Trying award when Darcy brings them all together for a Pemberley House Party.
Darcy, Elizabeth, and Georgiana take turns telling the story. It’s a swift and easy read — evenly paced. I liked how it did the job of a final story and wrapped things up for the main couple and a few others — the ambitious Caroline Bingley being one. I would not be opposed to a follow up piece with Georgiana’s story since she was such an engaging secondary character throughout the series.
Humorous, light, and sweet — perfect for a lazy summer afternoon read for the Austenesque lover. The Darcy series variation is a complete story and the reader doesn’t have to be more than mildly familiar with the original Jane Austen Classic.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT MONICA FAIRVIEW
Monica Fairview is a long-time admirer of Jane Austen’s wit. She loves to laugh, and she is convinced that her cats can understand everything she says. She is the author of several Austenesque novels: two traditional Jane Austen sequels, one post-apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek Jane Austen spin-off, one multi-author novel THE DARCY BROTHERS, featuring Mr. Darcy’s rakish brother Theo, and now the trilogy, THE DARCY NOVELS. She has also written a Regency Christmas novel, A VERY MERRY CHASE, which was published as part of The Regency Quintet anthology and will be coming out soon on Amazon.
Monica Fairview’s real claim to fame is that she lived in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester as a teenager, in the days when it was faded and neglected, so you could say she has the smog of NORTH & SOUTH in her blood.
Monica lived in the USA for many years, where she taught literature to captive victims. She has lived in Illinois, Texas, Colorado, California, Washington State, Oregon, and Massachusetts. By some quirk of fate, she now lives in Surrey within the Greater London area, within a stone’s throw of Jane Austen’s picnic spot in EMMA, Box Hill. She loves visiting historical properties when it isn’t raining.
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