I loved this story! I was struck by how many good things came out of this tragic event. Even though, there is a death in the family and, to that end, some grieving, it wasn’t a heavy book. In fact, I found Bluebells in the Mourning a fun and enjoyable read!
Darcy arrives at the parsonage just moments after Elizabeth receives news that one of her dearly beloved sisters has been in an accident and died. Instead of the planned proposal, Darcy offers to escort Elizabeth and Maria Lucas to London. On the way to London, Elizabeth makes a few comments that make Darcy realize she holds many grievances and misconceptions against him. Recognizing what a disaster it would have been to propose to her at the parsonage, Darcy goes about the business of showing her the real gentleman he is, but will that matter as the circumstances of Lydia’s death come to light. Could Darcy have prevented it, if he had been more forthcoming of Wickham’s true character?
What I found very interesting is, what affect this tragedy had on Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. It brought them closer together. It was really beautiful to see.
I loved Colonel Fitzwilliam and Bingley in this story. With the Colonel being Darcy’s best friend and always ready to go after Wickham. And Bingley finally doing what he wants, but still being cheerful and easy going.
Georgiana catches on pretty quickly about Elizabeth, and invites her and the Gardiners to stay at Pemberley while traveling to Lambton. Only she doesn’t tell Darcy until about a week before they are due to arrive!! I love this Georgiana; a little sneaky, with a nice sense of humor.
Let me tell you, Darcy and Elizabeth’s first kiss was amazing!! Sweet and lovely.
Bluebells in the Mourning is a delightful read! One I plan to re-read many times in the future!
5 out of 5 stars.
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This completes my ninth selection of the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 hosted by Austenprose.
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You can read my review for KaraLynne Mackrory's first book Falling for Mr. Darcy here.