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review 2017-12-06 23:38
A joy to read despite the shortcomings
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do - Kara Louise

I’m such a sucker for these kinds of books featuring Pride and Prejudice. There are so many different types of retellings and most of them are good. This one has its moments and it was enjoyable to read.

 

So in this twist, our beloved Mr Bennet dies prematurely and Elizabeth becomes a governess. This was rather interesting, and it does suit Elizabeth rather well - although back then in the day it’s a drop in the society ladder and everyone she knows makes sure she knows it.

 

So she meets Rosalyn which I thought at first, was an ideal friend for our dear Lizzie. She’s a bit  vapid and valley girl type of character. Especially when Mr Darcy is around (can’t blame her, we all love Mr Darcy) but it’s almost to the point where she’s annoying about it.  It’s not until the latter half of the novel where Rosalyn does a complete 360 and she becomes a pretty awful person (including her mother).

 

The plot in this one tries to stay within the main one we’re all familiar with it just diverts the path a bit and comes back to full circle. Which is nice as it tries to stay true to the original story at the same time you just get a different “what if” scenario to enjoy reading. I’d have to say I enjoy reading Hamilton (another cousin of Darcy’s) playing along with Elizabeth. It was playful banter and he sounded like the type of rogue we all love to read and fall for (albeit, foolishly). It was a bit hard to get into at first but it’s worth going through to the end as once Rosalyn does her 360 turn, everything becomes much more interesting.

 

The only thing I did not enjoy reading is towards the end Darcy does something completely out of character and it just did not sit well with me. He’s not the type to be outspoken even when it comes to be madly in love. Don’t make him something he’s not. It nearly ruined the entire book as it was doing so well staying close to the true nature of the characters only to have him do something he wouldn’t EVER do (nor can you picture him doing so).

 

Also, the ending just dragged too much for me. We get it. We all know what’s going to happen. We all know what did happen. There’s no need for extra fodder in the last few chapters of the book. It could have just ended with the proposal or wedding and done. Perhaps the last few chapters could have been made into an entirely new idea for another book to be made. It was just so unnecessary.

 

Overall, it was a good read for those that love Pride and Prejudice “what if” scenarios and fans. I enjoyed it despite those changes in characters that nearly caused me to grind my teeth and yelling out certain expletives.

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text 2014-05-08 22:14
Reading progress update: I've read 460 out of 817 pages.
Darcy's Voyage: A Tale Of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas - Kara Louise

That was very well done. Perfect sense of timing.

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text 2014-05-08 21:42
Reading progress update: I've read 406 out of 817 pages.
Darcy's Voyage: A Tale Of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas - Kara Louise

“Longbourn?” she asked. “I do not believe I know where that is.”
“Oh,” laughed Elizabeth. “It is in a small, inconsequential village in Hertfordshire. If you were to blink while passing through it, you would miss it completely.”

 

No, no, no! What the hell!

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text 2014-05-08 21:17
Reading progress update: I've read 382 out of 817 pages.
Darcy's Voyage: A Tale Of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas - Kara Louise

Curses! Another miss! Was it necessary?? So many pages for angst!

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text 2013-12-12 22:12
Yeah! More books to read..."But they were a great price!"
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries - Otto Penzler
His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel - Nancy Kelley
Mr. Darcy's Obsession - Abigail Reynolds
What Would Mr Darcy Do? - Abigail Reynolds
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do - Kara Louise
Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer - Karen V. Wasylowski
Mr. Darcy's Proposal - Susan Mason-Milks

So I had a little over $27 burning a hole on my Nook account - early Christmas gift card - and I was fully prepared to wait and see what books caught my fancy.

 

I swear I really planned to wait.

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