Rating: **** – 4 Stars
GENRE: Regency Fiction
BOOK SUMMARY: Did you know that Mr. Darcy had an American cousin?!
In this highly original Pride and Prejudice sequel by British author Monica Fairview, Caroline Bingley is our heroine. Caroline is sincerely broken-hearted when Mr. Darcy marries Lizzy Bennet— that is, until she meets his charming and sympathetic American cousin…
Mr. Robert Darcy is as charming as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is proud, and he is stunned to find the beautiful Caroline weeping at his cousin’s wedding. Such depth of love, he thinks, is rare and precious. For him, it’s nearly love at first sight. But these British can be so haughty and off-putting. How can he let the young lady, who was understandably mortified to be discovered in such a vulnerable moment, know how much he feels for and sympathizes with her?
REVIEWER COMMENTS: Why would I want to read a novel where Caroline Bingley, one of the most hated characters in Pride and Prejudice, takes center stage? I have to confess that I decided to read this book only because it is the prequel to Fairview’s “The Darcy Cousins”, which I absolutely loved. I had no expectations of liking this book, but surprisingly, I did! I knew that Fairview’s regency writing style is superb, so there was no surprise there. But I also found myself liking the plot, which was so interesting from beginning to end, and the characters (Robert Darcy is funny, witty, and extremely attractive, and Fairview manages to develop Caroline into a likable person, which I though would be hard –if no impossible- to do). The dialogues were so masterfully written, that I could not put this book down.
SEXUAL CONTENT: None (only a couple of kisses)
ADULT LANGUAGE: None
*Conclusion: A clean and enjoyable Pride and Prejudice spin-off with a pinch of romance. I highly recommend this book for those who love Austen and regency novels!