Darcy's Honor

Darcy's Honor

by Victoria Kincaid

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BN ID: 2940154098141
Publisher: Victoria Kincaid
Publication date: 04/22/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 397,267
File size: 844 KB

About the Author

Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two children who love to read, and an overly affectionate cat. A lifelong Jane Austen fan, Victoria confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice. Please visit her website at www.victoriakincaid.com.

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Darcy's Honor 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good variation. Perhaps a little less imploring by Mr Darcy and longer investigation into Lord Henry would have made this good story better
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
What would happen if the events of Pride & Prejudice went differently after Darcy and the Bingleys leave Netherfield followed by another dark event? Will Darcy lay aside his pride and think of his love instead? That is the question in Darcy's Honor. The story is a variation of P&P opening at the point of the Netherfield ball, but going down its own path from that point on when a new character, Viscount vies for Elizabeth's attentions. I enjoy variations on Austen's classic tales which the author does so well so I was glad to get my hands on this one. I thought it would be about a rival for Darcy and instead the theme of this one is a lady's tarnished reputation. How does her family, her community, and others beyond that respond when a young lady who has heretofore shown herself to be exemplary in all ways is suddenly, inexplicably found alone in slight dishabille with a young man? And then instead of doing the understood thing of accepting his hand in marriage, says 'no thanks, I don't like you.' Looking back, we know from the social custom of that time that it was not a fair thing. Whether they believe her tarnished or not, reputation is worth more than honest truth. Shunned and rejected on all sides though innocent. My modern female heart silently screamed at the injustice of it. But, it was an occasion for the proud, disagreeable (according to Lizzy) Mr. Darcy to really shine. Which he did. He was so gallant. He puts down the gossip occurring amongst his own set in Town, rushes back to verbally and actively support Elizabeth's version of events and he acts out of love and honor to offer marriage. I did have a few niggles. One was in the beginning with the set up to the compromise scene. I understand there needed to be some sort of device to get Lizzy into a room alone with the Viscount, but it seemed odd for her to naively be led into the Lucas' drawing room to see a painting that the Viscount stated reminded him of her. Charlotte's her best friend and the Lucas' near neighbors. Surely Lizzy would have known the drawing room and known there was no such painting. My next niggle was more an annoyance later on when Lizzy accused Darcy of pride and yet her rejection of his suit showed her pride was more at issue. She said her rejection was to protect him from her scarlet woman image. Her marriage to him would not destroy him (he explains this) and she insisted that she could not accept his name or his help, that she would find employment and lodgings somehow. Going it alone without a guardian, male parent or female chaperone was just as damning to a reputation if not more so than accepting Darcy's proposal and assistance. In fact, in those days, no decent person would hire a woman on her own with no reputation or referral letter and the same goes for lodgings which Lizzy already knew after failing at this earlier in the story. Hair shirt, Lizzy? Not that I didn't enjoy that entertaining grand finale scene near the end when it was her plan that bested the villain as a result of things playing out the way they did. It was a light story even if hitting a darker subject (men- and women- purposefully compromising and sullying a reputation to gain what they want). I enjoyed it overall even laughing at Caroline's attempt to catch Darcy and Lady Catherine's shocking actions that I absolutely loved. There was a good balance of humor and drama and build to romance with a solid conflict. I can't wait to see what the