Monday, March 24, 2014

A Lasting Love Affair by P.O. Dixon ~ My Review

A Lasting Love Affair: Darcy and Elizabeth by P.O. Dixon 

Publication Date: December 12, 2013 
Publisher: Regents and Cotswold Book Group 
Pages: 170 
Received: e-copy from author for my honest review. 
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A Lasting Love Affair is a Pride and Prejudice variation and begins with Elizabeth going to live with her wealthy aunt, Lady Vanessa Barrett, Mr. Bennet’s estranged sister.  In going there, the family hopes to heal the rift between the families. Lady Vanessa is a widow with no heir to leave her fortune to, and if all goes well Elizabeth will become Lady Vanessa’s heir apparent. By doing this, Elizabeth will also be saving her sisters and mother should anything happen to Mr. Bennet.

Lady Vanessa reminds me of Lady Catherine, dictatorial and rude. She has it in mind that Elizabeth should marry her nephew Lord Andrew, the future Earl of Bosley, thus uniting the two estates. But she did have her good moments like when she had a little “tete-a-tete” with Caroline Bingley! I enjoyed that!

It is in the village near Barrington Hill (Lady Vanessa's estate), that Elizabeth first meets Darcy. They get off to a bad start as they literally bump into each other, and both are rude to one another. But soon they are in each other’s company often as he is staying with Lord Andrew, and the two families spend a lot of time together. 

I was not happy with this Elizabeth. I found her to be a bit more curt than usual. There wasn’t the usual playfulness in the banter between Darcy and Elizabeth. But I do have to admit that Elizabeth has a good reason to have lost some of her sparkle. She has lost someone very special to her and is afraid to ever get that close to anyone else ever again. I was sad for her lost too.

Ms. Dixon is very good at using bits of the dialogue from the original and sprinkling it throughout her books, mixing them up, giving them to other people and situations. She does this in this book, as well. For instance, it’s Elizabeth who calls Darcy "tolerable" when asked to describe him.  
A Lasting Love Affair is good, but not my favorite of Dixon's works. Although, I would always recommend any of her stories, especially if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice variations! One of my favorites of hers is Bewitched Body and Soul. You can read my review here.

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of the book for my honest review.

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  1. Darcy, only *tolerable*!? Gasp! Lol

    I'm glad to read your review, because I could never really get a grasp on what the premise was for the book, based on teasers that I had seen online. I'm not sure if the author was trying to keep it mysterious or if I was just not looking at the right reviews. Lol

    I can only imagine how Mrs Bennet would act if she knew her husband had a rich, childless sister!

    1. Thanks, Monica! Yes, I can just picture Mrs. B having nervous fits worrying that Elizabeth will surely do something wrong to upset her Aunt and lose the inheritance! Lol!


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