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An Unwavering Trust Paperback – May 20, 2015
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All of these drastic modifications could put off some Jane Austen purists, but this story is well constructed with wonderfully well-rounded characters, and it's beautifully written without a trace of grammar or spelling errors. (Well, I did catch one misuse of "effect" that should have been "affect," but in such a long, satisfying book, I was happy to forgive the uncharacteristic lapse.) Most importantly to those who love lots of Elizabeth and Darcy togetherness, they remain front and center with an appropriate amount of angst to maintain the dramatic tension throughout the book before all is finally resolved after the crisis in Ramsgate.
This story is my favorite type of fanfiction. It has an original, well developed story idea I have not seen before. I read it as a WIP on a JAFF web-site and preordered it the day I saw it on Amazon. I have read hundreds of FF stories and this one is definitely 5 stars. Purists will complain it is not cannon, but rather than rehash Jane Austen’s masterpiece, it is a “what if” story about Darcy and Elizabeth and their journey to an HEA. I won’t give away the plot since the book description on Amazon does a good job. Instead I will say the story has mild angst but holds the reader’s interest. It is a page turner to find out what happens next. There are “bad guys” but no physical violence against D&E. It has also been edited. Unlike the current trend, this story IS complete.
I would like to add the price of $3.99 is very reasonable considering some writers are asking more than that for a 60 or 70 page poorly edited novella. I appreciate it does NOT have dozens of cliff hanging sequels (there is one series out there with 20.)
Fast forward in time and we have Fitzwilliam Darcy going toe-to-toe with his father over his marrying his cousin Anne. George Darcy gives him an ultimatum… he has a fortnight to go to Rosings and do his duty and propose to Anne. If he does not, George Darcy will travel to London and make the announcement himself.
As Darcy was traveling to London, he made a stop in Meryton and overheard Gardiner and Philips discussing their niece. Gardiner had made a bad business connection with an unsavory partner and needed a cash flow to offset his debts. He was considering using his niece and her dowry as payment toward that debt. Philips was against the deal but Gardiner was adamant. Darcy spoke to Philips about giving the niece a ride to London. After meeting her, he decided to marry her, thus solving both of their problems.
Once in London, Darcy took Lizzy to his grandmother’s, the Dowager Countess Lady Matlock. She was a character featured in The Earl’s Conquest. I absolutely loved her. She is adorable and likes Lizzy immediately and takes her under her wing.
This story was off-off canon and I adore these characters. They are a bit OOC [out of character], but we have to remember they are different people. They have experienced a life totally different from canon and therefore, their responses are different. ‘We are who we are because of, or in spite of past experiences.’ I love this D&E. They have a hard time preparing for a quick wedding as they have to stay two steps ahead of Lady Catherine and George Darcy.
Villains and Villainess: Caroline Bingley and her sister Mrs. Hurst… we have their cutting snide remarks, which are overheard by D&E. Darcy reacts immediately and that was most excellent. We have Lady Catherine and her tirade. Wickham was ever present with Mrs. Younge. George Darcy still favored him over his son and even Georgiana. He simply would not believe any tales against the son of his good friend, the elder Mr. Wickham. Man, does he ever have an eye-opening experience. Uncle Edward Gardiner… I have never so disliked a person in my life. Miss Margaret, the love of his life, died before they married. He never recovered from her loss, never married and his life fell apart and we see what he had become. There were other villains and I was worried what they would do.
This was a story about family. Whether they were of blood or not. I loved how the Fitzwilliam family rallied around Elizabeth and helped her and Darcy create their wonderful life. It was so cute. The Epilogue was most excellent.
There will be laughter, gasps of horror, worry over the grief and angst galore. I nearly cried several times and I loved the Dowager Matlock.
Rating: Mature audience: explicit love scenes between a married couple. Yeah, they go into the bedroom.
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