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Daring, assignation plot, spy thriller, unrequited love realized and OMG drama
on April 11, 2016
There was drama, spy thriller escapades as our dear Colonel worked with undercover agents trying to prevent an assignation attempt while Darcy tried to unravel the unusual circumstances surrounding the decline in Bingley’s business as well as his health. Throw in the surprise appearance of Elizabeth [who he hasn’t seen in five years] with a child and you have the mix for a mad adventure. I could not put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved it.
There is no need for me to provide an outline or go into great detail as there are several excellent reviews already posted. I also read an excerpt Webb posted on the Austen Authors website. I was hooked right away and could hardly wait for the publication. The wait was worth it.
In addition to the numerous story lines… our heroes had to deal with a plethora of villains. They ranged from a simple thug looking to make a coin to the homicidal bordering on insane. One villain in particular was a sociopath with no heart or soul. There will always be evil men with agendas that go against society in order to promote their own plans for revenge or gain, whether money or fame.
Our beloved Colonel was most excellent and in the end gained his heart’s desire. I loved seeing him in action as he worked to prevent the assignation. What a man. His brother, the heir, finally saw his way to becoming a better man. Lord and Lady Matlock were ever ready to do their best for their sons and nephew.
Mr. Darcy…Webb provided us a view of him never seen before… with an even deeper dimension to his character and talents [if you can believe it] then we have seen in other variations. OH MY GOODNESS.
Note: There were liberties taken… questionable liberties with propriety that would be considered imprudent and perhaps indecent for the times. Thank goodness Webb didn’t have ODC anticipate their vows and we were not given graphic sexual contact that would counterman their honor and dignity. We were provided with a few steamy scenes that got the heart to working.
The tension and action sequences were absolutely gut wrenching. One the one hand you had Darcy struggling in Scotland as he fought to save Elizabeth and on the other hand our dear Colonel, along with his agents in London, were fighting for the Crown in order to save a man’s life. Whew! Action packed as they unraveled the machinations of the assignation attempt.
******SPOILER******* One thread I thought was left hanging… our villain was attempting to take the child with him to Rotterdam in order to secure favor with his relatives and thus receive an inheritance. What happened to them? Did these relations even know about the child? Did they attempt to contact her or did she receive an inheritance from them after the death of her natural father? Did Darcy adopt her or get custody of her? Seems the law, they so feared would favor the biological father against Elizabeth, was largely ignored in the end.
Read it… I plan to read it again after I rest and recover from the excitement. It is a keeper.