It is difficult to express my feelings about this book in a few paragraphs. It contains all the elements that I enjoy in a "Pride and Prejudice" adaptation. The characters are true to their canonical counterparts, the story makes me feel good AND it is filled with sexual tension betwen the main characters. Nonetheless, this is a clean romance book. You won't find any sex scenes or creepy descriptions in Jan Hahn's writing.
Darcy, ever the taciturn man, does not inform his wife about most of his doings, thus leaving her vulnerable to misconceptions. Otherwise, he is the perfect husband - patient and gentlemanly to a fault, and so much in love with his wife that this female reader would die to be in Elizabeth's shoes! Unlike in many other stories, this Elizabeth is not a whiny bitch but a brave and courageous person. Jan Hahn perfectly portrayed the uncertainty of first love. We have a passionate but innocent young woman who falls in love with her own husband - a man she had sworn to hate. I symphatized with our dear girl. For her, everything looks as if her spouse has fathered a child with a servant. But she does not tell him of her assumptions until the end of the book.
Most of the conflict is due to a lack of communication between our couple. However, I was glad for the abscence of melodramatics. Instead, the author gifted us with some tender, some passionate, and even some very humourous scenes. This is a feel-good-story, containing moderate angst and a very satisfying happily ever after. I have read countless "Pride and Prejudice" adaptations over the last years and this one ranks among my top five. Now I cannot wait to add "The Journey" to my collection. When read it on the internet, I was completely blown away by the magic of Jan Hahn's writing. There are very few authors who possess her tastefulness and sensitivity.