Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mr. Darcy's Promise by Jeanna Ellsworth ~ My Review

Mr. Darcy’s Promise by Jeanna Ellsworth 

Publication Date: July 17th, 2013 
Publisher: Hey Lady Publications 
Paperback: 358 pages 
Received: Paperback from author 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

How can an honorable promise become so vexing?

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! 


  1. I'm glad you liked it, Candy. I've read lots of good things about this one and, you know, woth all the reviews of it I've read, I still haven't figured out exactly what the promise is! lol I do have an idea.

    1. Hi Monica! Haha! Like Mary Beth said below, there are a few "promises" Mr. Darcy makes, but I think there is still one main "promise" that Elizabeth finds most vexing! ;) I guess you'll have to read it yourself to find out! lol! :p

  2. I read this last week -- in two days. I really liked the chemistry between the two characters and the lack of graphic sex scenes. I truly enjoyed the author's voice because it was very like - but not exactly - Jane Austen's voice. The "promise" is actually more of a habit that Darcy has of making promises. The promises are good and noble, but they tend to get in the way. I thought this was a very plausible, readable 'what if'.

    1. Hi Mary Beth! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too! Yes, Mr. Darcy is such an honorable man, and his promises do tend to get in the way, don't they! ha! :)

  3. I put this one on my wish list when I saw it on Amazon, but your review made me more certain that I would like to read it. I do love new P&P variations to enjoy. Thanks, Candy!

  4. Hi Sophia Rose! I love reading new P&P variations too! They are definitely my favorite JA spin-off!


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