Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mr. Darcy's Rival by Kara Louise ~ My Review

Mr. Darcy’s Rival by Kara Louise 

Publication Date: May 29th 2015 
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Pages: 362 
Received: e-copy from the author 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Blurb:

Mr. Darcy has learned he must prepare himself when he and his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, make their yearly visit to his aunt, particularly when it comes to Lady Catherine’s expectation that he marry her daughter, Anne. 

This year, however, will throw in a few additional obstacles to Darcy’s peace of mind with the presence of a nephew on the de Bourgh side of the family, and quite unexpectedly, Miss Elizabeth Bennet. 

An interrupted proposal, a letter written and unknowingly lost, a harsh accusation, and a rival all conspire to thwart Mr. Darcy in securing Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s affections when he visits his aunt at Rosings. 

Will Elizabeth find the handsome and engaging Mr. Rickland more suited to her than Mr. Darcy? And will a novel she reads that was written secretly by Miss Anne de Bourgh help smooth the path to the couple finding true love?

My Review:

Kara Louise is one of my favorite Austenesque authors, and I always look forward to one of her stories. I’m happy to report that she has done it again with Mr. Darcy’s Rival! It might be my new favorite of hers, possibly tying with Mr. Darcy’s Voyage!

What if, while in Hunsford visiting Charlotte, there happens to be another guest at Rosings. Not Darcy, but another of Lady Catherine’s nephews on her late husband’s side of the family, Mr. Rickland. He has arrived before Darcy and has a full week to get to know Elizabeth before Darcy arrives. Darcy is surprised to find Elizabeth visiting in Kent, and he is annoyed to find Rickland there as well with his easy manners, enjoying Elizabeth’s company. Darcy now realizes Elizabeth is perfect for him, and he can't live without her, but is he too late? Will he lose her to Rickland?

With Mr. Rickland, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Darcy all at Rosings there is much more excitement and activity! Poor Darcy doesn't stand a chance with both Rickland and the Colonel monopolizing Elizabeth's attention! 

I wasn’t a fan of Mr. Rickland, but of course, I’m never a fan of a rival of Darcy’s. ;) Elizabeth enjoys his company and likes that he seems to be singling her out. But I believe fate has a hand in getting Elizabeth and Darcy together in ways I’ll let you discover as you read the story yourself! But let me say, I took great pleasure in this version of “the letter".

I loved this Anne! She is still sickly and quiet, but she has a little something going on in the story that I quite enjoyed, and I loved how it turns out!

I would high recommend Mr. Darcy’s Rival for your reading pleasure! This Pride and Prejudice variation kept me up late into the night anticipating what was going to happen next! I loved it!

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  1. Thanks, Candy! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Great review, Candy! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, I already dislike Rickland :)

    1. Thanks, Ceri! Lol! Sounds justs like me, disliking one of Darcy's rival before you even meet him! ;) I do think you would enjoy this book too!

  3. I need to read this! It's staring at me from my kindle. Kara posted some of the chapters as a WIP (mostly Anne's story) and I want to read it all to see how that fits into the bigger story with Lizzy and Darcy and Mr. Rickland.

    1. Oh, yes, Monica! You need to read this! I think you would like it! I really liked Anne's story too. :)

  4. A rival for Darcy makes things interesting, but I'm with you when it comes to my loyalties. :)

    I look forward to reading this one.

    1. Hi, Sophia Rose! Lol! Yes, it does make it interesting! I hope you enjoy it too!

  5. Great review, you engaged my curiosity! I want to read this one now!

    1. Hi, Loren! Thanks! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  6. I love books by both Kara and Lori! Great reviews! Jen Red

    1. Hi, Jen Red! Me too! I think I've read almost every one of the books from both authors! Thanks!


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