When They Fall in Love is a beautiful Pride and Prejudice variation that places Elizabeth and Darcy in Italy. In true Simonsen fashion, we not only get a lovely story of Elizabeth and Darcy falling in love, but we also get a bit of a history lesson, and in this case, we get to tour Florence with beautiful descriptions of paintings and sculptures. When They Fall in Love is a new twist on an old classic!
It has been seven years since that disastrous proposal at Hunsford, now Elizabeth and Darcy will meet again. While traveling in France with the Bingleys, Elizabeth finds herself on her way to Florence after Darcy invites them all to visit him there at his villa. Elizabeth's feelings have changed for him since Hunsford, but Darcy married Miss Amelie Cantwell just months after his proposal to Elizabeth. Could Darcy transfer his affections so easily if he had truly loved her? Now he’s a widower, but too many years have gone by and Elizabeth is convinced Darcy would never renew those affections he once claimed to have for her.
Elizabeth and Darcy spend a lot of time together touring around Florence unchaperoned as Darcy is a family friend and rules of conduct were not as rigid in Italy. I was getting a little frustrated with Elizabeth. She is so sure Darcy would never renew his addresses to her that she misses every subtle hint Darcy drops!
I also had mixed feelings about Jane. At first, I thought she was a little self-absorbed - too caught up in her illness, but soon I understood Jane a little more, especially as I learned more about her illness, and I began to like her again.
Throughout the story as Elizabeth is touring the sites of Florence, Simonsen gives beautiful descriptions of the artwork and a brief history to go with it. Not being familiar with the art pieces I was curious to see them for myself. I was happy to find Mary has written a short article about some of the pieces on her blog.
When They Fall in Love is a beautiful story that enjoyed very much. It's a delightful book to curl up on the couch with and spend a relaxing afternoon!
4 out of 5 stars.
I was provide an e-copy of the book for my honest review.
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This completes my 7th selection of the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 hosted by Austenprose! You can see my list of completed selections here.
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