- File Size: 1039 KB
- Print Length: 69 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (July 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H0SYVHM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Miss Darcy's Secret Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Pride and Prejudice Sequels Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The vicar, Mr. Collins and his wife also visits at this time. He has an opinion on everything. He is so proud of the fact that he and his wife have dinner with Lady Catherine De Bourgh several times a week. Its really comical some of the things "George" thinks about him and how she tries to be nice to him. His wife on the other hand tries to ignore him.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
This is the second book in the Jane Austen Sequel Series by Cheryl Bolen. Last week, I reviewed the first book and came away eager to read the second book in this series.
In this second novella, the accomplished and highly sought after young heiress, Miss Georgiana of Pemberley, has just returned home from a very successful first season in Town, where she received numerous offers for her hand in marriage and is feeling the pressure to make a brilliant match, mainly for her dear brother’s sake. In an attempt to become better acquainted with one suitor, Lord Hampton of Rafferty, whose handsome estate is admired throughout England, she invites him to spend time with her and her family at Pemberley.
What she didn’t plan for was the return of her childhood friend, Robert Farrington, who has been the keeper of her heart for the past several years. However, as a younger son, his prospects are meager compared with Lord Hampton; yet, the worse news is that he is home from fighting in Spain to seek his brother’s permission to marry a Spanish noblewoman. Georgiana must decide whether or not she should focus her efforts in love solely on Lord Hampton as she decides in the meantime that it can’t really be any trouble to invite Robert to spend his evenings at Pemberley since his own brother, Lord Fane, is away enjoying his honeymoon?
What unfolds at Pemberley is undoubtedly entertaining as readers watch Lord Hampton and Robert Farrington participate in an undeclared battle for Georgiana’s attention and affection. Both men exercise their considerable “charms” in an effort to win her good opinion and wind up unintentionally displaying some of their less-than-stellar qualities. As Darcy and Elizabeth also interact with the gentlemen and develop their own ideas about Georgiana’s future, Georgiana seems to grow more confused about how to proceed with each gentleman. How can a wealthy heiress determine which man has her best interests at heart?
This book is twenty pages shorter than Ms. Bolen’s first book in the series and while it’s an amusing and light-hearted romance, there are two reasons why I was disappointed in this second novella. First, I felt that the quality of the storyline suffered due to its brevity. Instead of certain events unfolding in a more natural manner, I felt they were rushed and lacked the development found in the first novella. Secondly, of all of the possibilities contained within a JAFF story, why did Ms. Bolen’s storyline contain the very same travelers from her first book in this series to Pemberley to provide some comic relief again for our main characters? This move, combined with the story’s main storyline, made me feel like I was almost reading the same novella again in book two.
Robert Farrington hasn’t been home for four years, but now returns to get his older brother’s approval on Robert’s offer for a Spanish beauty with whom he fancies himself in love. But he finds his ancestral home empty, as his brother, Lord Fane, is off on his wedding trip. When Robert runs into his childhood friend, George (as he calls Georgiana Darcy), he’s happy to be welcomed at Pemberley. But he finds he no longer sees George as a tag-along neighbor, but as his dear friend who deserves better than the self-important, pompous Hampton.
Once again, Ms. Bolen tells a sweet romance filled with old friends from Pride and Prejudice (like Elizabeth, with her exceedingly fine eyes), and details of the time period that paint a lovely picture in the reader’s mind. How charming to think that Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to create furniture for Pemberley, and that Van Dyck and Gainsborough paintings graced its portrait gallery. And how fun to have the incomparable Shakespearean actor, Edmund Kean, used metaphorically in a head thought.
If you like a sweet and smart regency romance, this novella is for you. It’s as fun as the first, and now I’m off to read the third in the series, The Liberation of Miss de Bourgh.