I saw a conversation on twitter a while back between some friends, and they were discussing a scene in The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds. I had read the book a few years back, and I couldn’t remember the scene. So I thought, wow, I really should re-read it, and I did!
In this Pride and Prejudice variation...what if, Elizabeth is compromised by Mr. Darcy during his proposal at Hunsford? Assuming Elizabeth will consent to the marriage Darcy kisses her before she has a chance to answer. Just at that moment Colonel Fitzwilliam comes along and witnesses the kiss. Elizabeth is horrified, but to protect her sisters she marries Darcy. With the resentment Elizabeth feels toward Darcy, their marriage is bound to have problems!
Because Elizabeth never rejects Darcy, she never receives that letter he writes her while at Rosings. As a result, she still believes Wickham’s lies. It was breaking my heart that Elizabeth didn’t love Darcy. As she gets to know the good man that he is, she begins to fall in love with him, but will it be too late?
Georgiana is at Pemberley with Darcy and Elizabeth. Witnessing their odd behavior and not understanding what is going on between them, poor Georgiana is so confused! If this is what it is like to be married, she would rather be a spinster!
This time I enjoyed the story a whole lot more! You might ask," Why would that be?" Well, I’m not sure. It might be that I can handle the angst much better than I used to. Oh, the rejections and heartache! First, I want to shake some sense into Elizabeth, then I want to throttle Darcy! The story is so good!
What I love about Reynolds’s writing is that she really knows how to make you feel the emotion of her characters. She always pulls me into her stories. It had been a couple weeks since I had read this and I wanted to re-read something real quick before I wrote my review, and I was pulled right back in!
If you haven’t already read Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, you need to do so quickly!
(Originally published as The Last Man in the World)
5 out of 5 stars.
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