A guru at Pride and Prejudice variations, Abigail Reynolds presents Austen fans with a fun version of what might have been. We enter the story when Elizabeth and Darcy are meeting at Lambton, but what happens next is the magic. Reynolds creates a whole story about what would happen if Elizabeth and Darcy had made different choices that day, what if they would have been able to speak their mind or express how they truly felt?
This romance offers such a fun twist on the original Pride and Prejudice. I particularly enjoyed Reynolds attention to details in the book. For example, one that I enjoyed following throughout the story was that of the handkerchiefs. When
was busy stitching Forget-me-nots and Sweet Williams I couldn’t help but smile. Elizabeth
Another highlight of the book for me was the development of Georgiana’s character. I believe the friendship between Georgiana and Elizabeth really benefited the story. I loved the chapter containing Georgiana’s visit to Longbourn and how Mary and Kitty’s characters were enhanced by her friendship in this chapter as well.
I would like to warn that there are pretty graphic kissing scenes in this book. While they are that – just kissing, they are pretty sensual. If you are sensitive to this type of literature I still suggest reading the book, it truly is a fun story, but you might want to skip a few passages.
All-in-all I was pleasantly surprised with this fun book. I look forward to finding and reading more books by Reynolds. It’s a fun, quick read that I believe any Jane Austen fan would enjoy!