Elizabeth Bennett never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger.
But when Mrs. Bennett accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband's heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a chance at love given the happenstance of their hasty marriage?
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While Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy are conversing at a ball, Mrs. Bennet makes a scene falsely accusing Mr. Darcy of kissing Elizabeth when he is only talking to her. Rather than argue the point, Mr. Darcy agrees to marry Elizabeth and a quick wedding is planned. Immediately after, they travel to his home, Pemberley, which is quite beautiful and large. As Elizabeth and Darcy have essentially had no courting time which would allow them to get to know one another better, their marriage takes time for both of them to adjust. Elizabeth soon takes over the running of her new home and befriends Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, in addition to meeting families in the neighborhood. When Elizabeth and her maid end up assisting a woman deliver her baby, Darcy tells her that she needs to never venture from home without a footman. It turns out that Darcy is the type of man who likes to sleep with his wife and does so each night. Their private life quickly turns into affection and love for them resulting in a pregnancy for Elizabeth. But when Elizabeth overhears a conversation between Darcy and a confidant of his, she assumes Darcy has a mistress and becomes very distressed accusing him of being unfaithful to her which results in a terrible accident. Does Darcy have a mistress? Will Elizabeth and Darcy come to understand and trust one another better? This book falls into the category of a Pride and Prejudice variation which is a new term to me. Come read this variation presented in first person by Elizabeth. I found the book to be spectacular and enjoyed it immensely. How could anyone ever tire of this wonderful story?
Forced to marry a near stranger and not one she has a favorable opinion about. The new Mrs. Darcy makes the most of her situation and starts to settle into her new life with contentment and growing feelings for a husband that remains aloof until his secrets start to spill forth. What was a fragile union now may be shattered for good. Meanwhile, being mistress of a grand estate, going about in society, empathizing with one sister's disappointed hopes while another sister brazenly flaunts propriety, all serve to keep the new Mrs. Darcy busy. This story gave a brief summation of events leading up to the scandal of being caught in a near kiss and then it settled in to drawing the reader close with Elizabeth's first person perspective narrative. This was a well-written arranged marriage story. I loved only having the singly narrator because it lent some mystery to Fitzwilliam until the author was ready for his thoughts and motives to be revealed. I loved how the arranged marriage was handled. There is high emotion on Elizabeth's part, but she is so put together through it all. It was refreshing actually to have a mature heroine who doesn't engage in undue angst. She doesn't deny her husband his conjugal rights- in fact, this is the one thing they have that really works from the beginning- and she does her best to make it work even when she disagrees with Fitzwilliam and he disappoints her with his displays of pride and superiority over her family. Fitzwilliam makes plenty of mistakes while at the same time he is caring and solicitous. There is the sense that storm clouds are gather in the distance growing bigger and closer as his flaws become more obvious and she learns some shocking, hurtful things. It all built to a crisis point and then twisted its way a bit before giving a satisfying denouement. The story is a variation tale of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, but the characters and plotting is the author's own. There are recognizable moments, but not in the same order and there are many alterations, as well. I loved getting a fresh new story while recognizing and old favorite. I really liked the author's characters and what she did with that slow developing relationship and character growth. All in all, this was a splendid story on the sweeter end of the spectrum that I would recommend to historical romance and Austenesque Lovers. My thanks to Meryton Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.