In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Wickham tries to compromise Elizabeth knowing Darcy will be willing to pay dearly to save Elizabeth. Thankfully, Darcy spoils his plans, but instead, Darcy is caught in a compromising position with Elizabeth, and they are forced to marry. Knowing Elizabeth is not happy with the situation, Darcy makes a promise that is hard for him to keep, and one that becomes hard for Elizabeth to live with!
When Wickham’s plan fails, he finds another way to seek out his revenge.
I really liked that Georgiana surprises Darcy by showing up at Netherfield unexpectedly. Her curiosity about Elizabeth causes her to do something very out of character and bold for her! I’m so glad she was there to help Darcy come to terms with his feelings for Elizabeth.
A forced marriage is not a good way to start a marriage. Lizzy has no idea that Darcy is in love with her. At first, Darcy’s afraid to tell Elizabeth how he feels. He thinks he needs to give her time to get to know him. And, of course, Elizabeth is not in love with Darcy ...yet. Understandings abound, but slowly they resolve them as they begin to understand each other.
I loved the recurring dream Elizabeth has of the swing under the cedar tree. It was so sweet, and I think it gave her hope for the future. But the metaphor with the chickens I wasn’t too fond of. I do realize that during the 1800’s people weren’t open with their feelings, and it was a way for Lizzy to express herself - all be it in riddles.
With no one to talk to, Elizabeth turns to her maid, Serafina, who wisely guides her through some difficult moments. I loved Serafina! She is loyal to Elizabeth and becomes a good friend to her.
I really enjoyed reading Mr. Darcy’s Promise! If you love Pride and Prejudice variations as much as I do, I think you’ll enjoy this one too! For those who care to know, this is a clean romance.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback of this book for my honest review.
Buy: Mr. Darcy's Promise
Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!