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The prologue opens with a young woman approaching a bank seeking help. Her husband is away, she has no notion where or how to reach him, her money is gone, the servants left, the landlord demanded the rent and when she couldn’t pay he cast her out. While on the street she was robbed of what little she had, including her wedding ring…and she was with child. Such a sad story until we learn she is Georgiana Darcy Wickham. Oh My Goodness!!!
We have misunderstandings, betrayals, fear and angst. Darcy didn’t make it to Ramsgate and Georgiana married Wickham thus forcing Darcy to fork over her dowry. The situation goes from bad to worse as Darcy attempts to hide Georgiana from Wickham. Everything that could go wrong does. Darcy uses false names to protect them and dresses down in order to look like a poor gentleman. Everyone thinks he is in diminished circumstances and his ruse was so effective that Mrs. Bennet didn’t want any of her girls to encourage or dance with him as he was too poor for them. That was a hoot.
I don’t usually like when Wickham is portrayed in a different light. However, we all are due mercy and forgiveness, an opportunity to make things right and a chance to change our behavior. Wickham really went out on a limb and could have hung from that limb due to his mistaken actions. He owes Elizabeth his life. She was the voice of reason and diverted a horrific outcome to this story.
We are given an up-close and personal account of the state and status of women in this novella. A woman of the era had little rights and little say in her circumstances once she married. This was abundantly clear when Darcy tried to hide Georgiana from her lawful husband. Her rights were forfeited when she married. She, and her unborn child, were the property of Mr. Wickham.
I was amazed at how Georgiana was forced to grow up…and quickly. She had to face several facts about her husband and we the reader had to face facts about her. She was way young and this was her first love and like most first loves…she would not relinquish it.
Elizabeth was so wise in so many situations. Her fear was real and during the kidnapping of the baby, held her wits about her and in the end saved many lives that day, but not her reputation. I won’t spoil what happened but I enjoyed this different variation.
This was really two stories. We have the Georgiana vs Wickham story and we have Elizabeth vs Darcy. It was delightful watching Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love. We spend a lot of time in Darcy’s head as he reasons his way through his feelings for Elizabeth. We also spend time in her head as she falls under the influence of the impoverish Mr. Harvey [Darcy]. It was a delight as they met in the middle and solved problems together, swoon worthy. It was a hoot as Elizabeth advised Mr. Harvey/Darcy on how to be amenable in public. I couldn’t help but laugh.
The epilogue was delightful. I love a good epilogue. There were several threads or questions left unanswered, but I can live with it.
My only dissatisfaction was the ending. Not sure why I found it so, but the book overall is a very enjoyable, clean and fun read. Congratulations again to two very imaginative authors. I look forward to your next book.
I don't like to gif potential readers too much info about the storyline, because I think it spoils the fun of the experience. I think it's well worth the time and very small expense to read this story and I will also say, that I WILL be reading more from this author.