Monday, April 15, 2013

Review and Giveaway: When They Fall in Love by Mary Lydon Simonsen

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.

You can buy a copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
(Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, should you purchase the book through the link I will receive a small commission.)

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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.

* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

Mary has graciously ofter to giveaway one e-copy (kindle or Nook format) of When They Fall in Love! All you have to do  to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open Internationally. The last day to enter is April 22, 2013.
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  1. Pride and Prejudice, Prejudice and Pride, Pride and Pride! Any variation of this classic will be loved by me. That's why I'm desperate for a copy :)

    Great post thank you.

  2. I have loved the original since I was about 12 so any story about P&P I want to read, so thanks for the giveaway

  3. Hi Candy. So glad you enjoyed When They Fall in Love. Thank you for the review and hosting the giveaway.

    1. Hi Mary! It was a pleasure to read! And giveaways are always fun! Thank you for your generosity!

  4. I'm so glad this one was good. Thanks for sharing your review thoughts. I love the idea of a P&P what-if set in Italy.

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. I Love all of Austen's works and love reading anything Austen inspired~ thank you for the wonderful review and the giveaway! I am looking forward to reading "When They Fall in Love" ~ Beautiful cover art! Cheers~ Elizabeth

  6. I am delighted that Mary has thrown the couple in a different setting other than England and would like to see how they interact after such a long time has passed. I hope one of the party will feel awkward and the other... we shall see.

    Thanks for sponsoring the book, Mary.

  7. Lovely review, Candy. I am so excited to read this book. I love the idea of Darcy and Elizabeth in Italy!!

  8. So glad you enjoyed When They Fall in Love, Candy! It was an incredible read. Looking forward to picking up this book next time I want to experience Italy. :)

  9. love all your books Mary and can't wait to read this!! It's on my TBR list.

  10. Enjoyed your review, Candy. It sounds like it would be a good read. It is definitely on my TBR list. The cover is lovely!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I definitely want to give this one a read!

  12. I'm looking forward to reading this one, and I'm glad you liked it, Candy. I imagine Italy must be the most beautiful place in the world.

  13. Hey Everyone! Thanks so much for commenting! I usually reply to each individually, but I'm kinda pressed for time today.

    I also love the idea of Elizabeth and Darcy it Italy! And you really can't miss with one of Mary's books! They are all so good!

    Good luck to you all!

  14. Really looking forward to reading this book as I have so enjoyed all of Mary Lydon Simonsen's books!

  15. Darcy married Miss Amelie Cantwell just months after his proposal to Elizabeth.

    Eeps! Am I going to have to hide behind a blue sofa for this part? Scary! I will have to depend on Mary and her promise of a happy ending.

  16. Mary, I LOVE all your novels! No doubt you have another winner here! Can't wait to read it!

  17. I love all of Mary's books! Looking forward to reading this one.

  18. I have just finished reading: Becoming Elisabeth Darcy and it was wonderfull! It was a lovely and a loving story. I loved the storyline, the humor (discussing Pride and Prejudice), the good balanced sexual tension between Beth and "Will". It was a great story.
    So now I am curious about this new title! And it plays in Italy: the country of which we have planned to travel to next summerholiday.

  19. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I have loved your Previous books Mary Looking forward to this one :)

  21. I cant wait to get my hands on a copy of this!


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