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Elizabeth Bennett (Lizzy) is again in the midst of chaos – with an insane Mr. Collins causing her friend Charlotte fits, and a less than romantic and more than slightly insulting proposal from Darcy, Lizzy is at a crossroads. Speaking her mind has often brought her grief – and with her discovery of his involvement in Jane’s life, she’s more than justified (she thinks) in refusing him. As Mr. Collins sanity leaves, so must Charlotte – ousted by Lady Catherine to make place for a new vicar.
Lizzy and Mary arrive at Hunsford to help Charlotte move house, and with justified anger and feeling less than valued, Lizzy is still stung and reacting to Darcy’s non-proposal proposal. Planning to clear out before the Vicar arrives, a quiet moment finds Lizzy in the vicarage graveyard when first meeting Francis Martell, the replacement vicar that arrived early, according to his own plan.
Still frustrated and confused with her emotions about Darcy, Lizzy is confounded and intrigued by Martell – she appreciates his naughty witticisms and the attention he pays her. But her sister Mary (and also Charlotte) are not as intrigued. And in a matter of days, a process that would require an investigation and time has been shortened, even sooner than expected. Darcy isn’t as amused with the newcomer, and he’s frustrated by Lizzie’s fascination. A confounding series of elements and sly humor highlight this story as we move closer to Lizzie’s decision: Darcy or the Vicar.
Narration in this story is provided by Jannie Meisberger and her voice and pacing are perfect for the story – not quite carrying the distinctive flatness of inflection common to the ton, but suitable (if restrained veddy British) lack of overwhelming emotion when those moments are called for. Internal monologues from Lizzy are lighter and often more tortured in her circular thinking, showing her confusion and conflicting thoughts. Martell and Darcy each had their own tone and delivery styles, as did all of the other characters. While the story isn’t quite concluded, and there was a bit of a rush to the end, the story provides a quirky and clever alternate moment in the life of Elizabeth and Darcy.
I received an audiobook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is exceptional for a first romp in regency writing from an author who writes modern Darcy comedic mysteries. The story begins at the time of Darcy's first proposal. The angst and misunderstandings are there and reconciliation is hampered by one who wants to keep Darcy and Elizabeth apart for his own nefarious reasons. This villain is totally unexpected and, in my opinion, worse than Wickham for his underhandedness and manipulations. I hated stopping the story to go in to work. The narrator has a beautiful accent that makes the story and characters come alive.
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