|July 27, 2014
This review is from: Loving Miss Darcy (Brides of Pemberley Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Still another offering in the seemingly endless stream of Jane Austen sequels. However, this one is a little different because I found it better than many of them. Why? The author faithfully sticks close to the authenticity of Miss Austen’s characters and her original artistic intent.
Obviously, due to the title, this is Georgiana Darcy’s story and the events of her first season in London, as well as her budding romance with Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Being somewhat shy and retiring, she does not look forward to the social crush of London’s elite, for more than one reason. However Miss Catherine Bennet (‘Kitty’) accompanies her and due to her lively and engaging personality, helps to smooth out some of the bumps along the way.
Neither Georgiana nor Richard are aware of their feelings for each other. Georgiana still thinks the colonel treats her like a school girl or little sister. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s prime concern is to continue to be her watchful guardian during Georgiana’s season. Perhaps the colonel is doing too good of a job at keeping the rogues and undesirables away from her. He enlists the help of 3 former military comrades and charges them to discretely monitor her activities. Being former operatives in France, they are up to the task.
The other reason Georgiana is distressed is that the ton will discover her disastrous elopement with George Wickham, thus her reluctance and fear of being exposed and her reputation ruined. During the course of her first season, she and Richard sense someone is watching them secretly. But, who would wish to do harm to Miss Darcy? Also making appearances in this mystery/romance are Simon, Richard’s older brother, Richard’s parents, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, among others.
The mystery of who is out to expose Georgiana’s debacle with Wickham deepens throughout the story along with her confused feelings towards Colonel Fitzwilliam. The colonel feels likewise and cannot understand why Miss Darcy continually rebuffs him. The plot moves rapidly towards a surprise ending.
If you are a lover of Jane Austen “fan-fic,” you will probably enjoy this second offering in the author’s Brides of Pemberley trilogy.