The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy
by Beau North and Brooke West
Historical Romance | Regency
Published by: Beau North
September 16, 2016
E-Book and Paperback | 179 pages
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
E-ARC provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
“He could no longer claim to be Fitzwilliam Darcy of Derbyshire, brother to Georgiana, master of Pemberley. In that moment, he was but a man. A man filled with more frustration than most souls could bear. A man torn asunder by his desperation, his fruitless dreams and desires.”
After Elizabeth Bennet rejects his marriage proposal, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself in the most unusual of circumstances. At first believing the extraordinary turn of events has granted him an inexplicable boon, he is eager to put the humiliating proposal behind him.
He soon discovers that he is trapped in the same waking dream with no end in sight and no possible escape. All that he holds dear—his name, his home, his love—remains ever out of reach. How will he find his way back to his normal life? Will one mistake haunt the rest of his days? It will take all of his fortitude to weather the storms of his strange new fate, and all of his courage to grasp the promise of his future. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32060041-the-many-lives-of-fitzwilliam-darcy
Reliving the same dreadful day over and over. What is this madness? Hell? Torturous Punishment? Or is it something more?
The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy opens with a ball at Netherfield where he has an acrimonious dance set with a woman who believes his rival, a vulgar family disgusts with their antics, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is left with the unhappy knowledge that the woman who captivates him can never be his. There are scenes unfolding that are ominous to the reader who sees that Darcy is making mistake after mistake due to pride, arrogance, and blindness to others until the fateful day when it all comes to a head. Then mysteriously Darcy ends up reliving that fateful day. He is the only one who realizes the day is reset so whatever the others around him know or whatever he set in motion happens fresh and new for all, but him.
The authors cunningly force Darcy to see himself and the others around him as they really are and force him to consider matters from other perspectives. It is brutal as he first is in disbelief, then anger, then frustration, then torture, indifference, and then finally understanding as he encounters the same day played out in various scenarios depending on his words and actions. There is one catalyst and he must work through all of them to find it and once he does, fix it and the other matters.
It’s a unique story of growth and change that happens by magical means. I enjoyed it and was pleased that the authors made it just the right balance of conflict with development of his story and romance. I loved that there was quite a bit that comes afterward to see how he has changed and has affected the unfolding events from that change so that a new direction takes place. Though, that said, this is a Pride & Prejudice variation story so readers familiar with the original classic will see familiar milestones just maybe in a different place and order.
The characters are interesting in that there are subtle differences that those who encountered them in Jane Austen’s original will perceive how the differences change the outcome. For instance, Jane Bennet has a sprinkling of spice to her and there’s some life to Miss Anne de Bourgh that captivates. I love that though this is very much Darcy’s tale and told only from his perspective that certain minor characters get much more page time and affect the outcome of the story more.
Oh, and I would suggest that the readers be up on the original story so that the brief set up scenes in the beginning make sense and do not confuse the readers.
It was intriguing to see what this mysterious device (which is never fully explained) of reliving one day can do to a story and its characters. I had fun with this one and recommend it for those who want to explore a bit of something different in their Austenesque variation romances.
My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.
AUTHORS: BEAU NORTH https://www.facebook.com/BeauNorthWrites/
BROOKE WEST: https://www.facebook.com/TheWordyWest/?fref=ts