Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review and Giveaway: A Fair Prospect: Desperate Measures by Cassandra Grafton

A Fair Prospect: Desperate Measures by Cassandra Grafton 

Publication Date: June 6, 2013 
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Paperback: 250 pages 
Received: e-copy from author 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



 
Wow! I LOVED this story! Desperate Measures is the third and the last of the A Fair Prospect trilogy. I have enjoyed all three of them! 

After being left with a big cliffhanger in Darcy’s Dilemma, Darcy and Elizabeth are under new misunderstandings, and they both go their separate ways - sure the other never wants to see them again. But fate would have it’s way once more, and they are thrown together again, when they both end up in Bath. 

Lady Catherine and Anne are also in Bath. I really like this Anne! She encourages Darcy to marry someone...anyone, so she will be free to live her life. Lady Catherine is expecting Darcy to marry Anne, and she doesn’t see the need for Anne to go out in society. Anne desperately wants to meet people - to have friends. She sees the attraction between Darcy and Elizabeth and tries to help get them back together.

Being one continuing story, I was worried that it would be too long, and drawn out, but most of the time that wasn’t the case. The story flowed well. I was getting a little frustrated in this book, Desperate Measures, with how long it took Darcy and Elizabeth to get together. However, the build up of frustration and disappointment, in my opinion, added to the incredible feelings I felt when they finally did come together. I felt the heartache when Lizzy thought she was saying good-bye to Darcy for the last time, and the high when they were honest with one another - finally professing their love! It was a beautiful thing! 

I loved Desperate Measures and the whole A Fair Prospect set! I highly recommend this set to an Austenesque fan! It is well worth the read!

I would give the whole set 5 stars!

I was provided an e-copy of this book for my honest opinion.

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WooHoo! Cassandra Grafton has offered to giveaway a set of the A Fair Prospect trilogy, paperback or e-book (winner's choice) to one lucky winner! This giveaway is open Internationally.To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The last day to enter is July 8th, 2013. Once the winner is picked, an e-mail will go out and the winner will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is picked.


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36 comments:

  1. I've only seen good reviews of this trilogy, it's definitely on my list to read. Having said that, I'm not sure what it's about! I understand it's a variation but I'm not sure what the variation is.

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    1. Ceri, it varies from P&P in three main ways:

      it opens with the first proposal which is followed by an innocent but intimate encounter that leads to Elizabeth to open her eyes and see Darcy in a different way;

      then, instead of going their separate ways for several months, they end up constantly thrown into each other's company as they strive to deal with the aftermath of the failed proposal and their feelings towards each other;

      finally, there is the prospect of a rival for Elizabeth's affections, someone she is very close to and has known all her life.

      That's isn't every difference, obviously, but it's probably the main three and the ones that cause the plot to progress the way that it does. :D Hope that helps!

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    2. HI Ceri! I was going to say pretty much the same as Cassandra. I felt this last one was more angst...maybe more frustrating, but a lovely ending! More lows and highs, while the others where more on a steady level. Does that make sense? Over all, I loved the story! :)

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    3. Thank you for telling me the variations. I am not keen on the other man already!

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  2. with all the good reviews I have read of this set I would love to have all 3 to read at once

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Vesper! Yes, I would definitely recommend reading them all at once. It's a little long, but well worth it! :)

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  3. Oh this sounds almost too good to be true! The newest books on my to-read list on a giveaway! The three books, where I have only seen positive and glowing reviews about, wow! Please enter me for the giveaway!
    And a rival for Darcy for Elizabeth's affections, I wonder how that is going to play out!?! It can only be exciting!
    sophiathorsen1(a)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Sophia-Elizabeth! I know! I was so excited when Cassandra said she wanted to giveaway a whole set!! So cool! I hope you get to read them soon!

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  4. Ooh! I love that Anne & Ady C. Are in Bath, and that Anne encourages Darcy and sees the attraction between D&E! :)
    I cannot wait to read A Fair Prospect! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Hi Jakki! Yes, I really liked that Anne and Lady C are in Bath too! I like this Anne! I hope you can read them soon! :)

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  5. Based on this review alone, it's enough to entice me to read this book. I have read an excerpt of Disappointed Hopes from other blog (I think it's Janet Taylor's site) and love the intimate moment between the couple that opens Elizabeth's eyes to Darcy's attributes. Do enter me for this giveaway as I would like to win all 3 books.

    Thank you very much

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    1. Thanks, Luthien! I think you will enjoy the whole set! I really enjoyed spending time with Elizabeth and Darcy. :)

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  6. Hi! I'm very intrigued by this trilogy! Can't wait to read all 3 books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Carmen! I hope you like it as much as I do! :)

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  7. Really looking forward to reading this series; it has been on my wishlist since April!

    Regina Silvia
    rcmsilvia(at)gmail.com

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    1. Hi Regina! I hope you get a chance to read them soon! :)

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  8. Oh, now that sounds promising! Darcy and Lizzy in Bath. Thanks for your honest thoughts, Candy.
    I look forward to reading these.

    Thanks for the giveaway too.

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    1. HI Sophia Rose! It is a wonderful series!

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  9. I want to read these Sooooooo Bad! I swear I will do a little dance if I win! (Lol probably shouldn't have said that, now you're going to make all my entries null and void, after putting that image in your head!) I'm glad you loved them, Candy.

    monicaperry00 at gmail dot com

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    1. Haha! Nope... if you win, you're going to have to do that dance, and we want to see the video! ;-D Lol!

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    2. Actually, I quite like to see that video too!!! ;)

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  10. I waited until they all came out as having read the reviews I wanted to be able to read them one after the other as I wouldn't be able to stand the suspense. I'm glad I did, I absolutely loved them! Thankyou, the wait was well worth it! Having read them on e-book I wanted real copies for my collection (that does not often happen, only the second one in the last 2 years!) and a giveaway, well ...

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    1. Hi Haze! Ooh! I like to have real books of those I love! I wish I could enter this giveaway too! :) I'd get the paperbacks!

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  11. Just a quick word to say thanks, Cassandra, for the happy hours I spent reading your fantastic book! I already have the full set, so there is no need to enter me in the giveaway, just wanted to say thanks and roll out the next one :)

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    1. Hi Joana! I'm looking forward to the next one too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Thanks for the lovely review. I've had this set on my to read list and now I think I'll have to move them up to the front of the list. I can't wait!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :)

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  13. I don't need to enter the giveaway as I already have the set of three books -- but I would heartily recommend entering to any of you who don't aready own them. I have loved this story from the get-go! Well written, love that the characters stay true to form even in the new situations, love the original characters and what they add to it -- and just a delight (if an angst-y one at times, LOL) from start to finish to read.

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    1. Hi Tess! I agree with you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment!

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  14. I have had my eye on this set for awhile and such a wonderful review. And now I can read it all together! How can I resist? Thank you for the giveaway!!

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    1. Hi Becky! I'm so glad these books came out so close together! I don't like waiting! :) I hope you enjoy them!

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  15. I cannot wait to start this series! So many wonderful things are being said about it and Cassandra seems like such a lovely person!!! So glad you enjoyed them all, Candy!

    I won't enter the giveaway sine I was lucky enough to win Volume One of Jakki's blog! :)

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  16. Sounds like a great series and a great give away!

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  17. sounds like a great read......and an even better ... a give away!!!

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  18. Lovely review, Candy. So glad you enjoyed it. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this trilogy. I am very eager to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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