Monday, October 29, 2018

Chance and Circumstance by Kara Louise ~ My Review

Chance and Circumstance
by Kara Louise

Publication Date: Oct. 26, 2017
Publisher: Heartworks Publication 
Pages 304 (paperback)
Received: Gift from the author with no expectations of a review.
Rating: 4.5 stars 

Chance brings about an early encounter between Charles Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet soon after his move into Netherfield. He soon begins to favour this pretty and lively young lady. Circumstances have kept Jane Bennet and Mr. Darcy from the neighbourhood, thereby changing the events that Jane Austen penned in "Pride and Prejudice."

When Mr. Darcy finally arrives, will he be able to keep from interfering when he meets this young lady his friend so greatly admires? When Jane returns from touring the Lake District with her aunt and uncle, will the young gentleman who returns with her prove to be better suited for her than Mr. Bingley ever was?  

In this "Pride and Prejudice" variation, chance and circumstance greatly affect the way several of Jane Austen's characters arrive at their happily ever after, but not necessarily the way you think. 

My Review

Once again Kara Louise has written another delightful Pride and Prejudice variation that I adore! 

What if… Jane was with the Gardener’s, touring the Lake District at the time when Bingley first comes to Netherland.  He meets Elizabeth first and thinks he’s in love with her? And what if, while Jane is gone she meets another man? 

Because of my own personal dislike of situations that find Elizabeth or Darcy attached or married to someone else, I had a tough time getting into this story. It’s just not right that it’s Bingley and Elizabeth admiring each other. No! No! No, it cannot be! Lol! But it didn’t take long for me to become hooked to the story, and then I couldn’t put it down!

I did love watching Darcy, who was also falling in love with Elizabeth, struggle with Bingley’s attachment to her. Darcy knows Bingley is not right for Elizabeth. She is much more suited for him! But Bingley has claimed her first, and as a gentleman and Bingley’s friend, Darcy can do nothing about it. Or can he? 

When Jane comes home to Longbourn, Bingley finds his true angel. But Mr. Marshal, the gentleman she met while touring with the Gardener’s, has also come to Longbourn. Is Jane already taken? And what of Elizabeth?

I also loved Mary’s story in this book. Because the older two Bennett girls seemed to have made good matches they were not available for Mr. Collins. Still, he overlooks Mary, who is perfect for him and she likes him! Fortunately, Elizabeth notices and gives Mary some much-needed help.

I loved Chance and Circumstance! After a few twists and misunderstandings, all was set to right, and our dear couples have their happily ever after. 

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About the Author

Kara Louise grew up in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles. In 1991 she moved with her husband and son to Wichita, Kansas, where they lived for over 20 years. In September of 2013, they moved with their dog and 5 cats to the St. Louis area to be near their son and his wife. Four days after they moved there, they found out a baby was on the way and would soon be grandparents. They now have two very spoiled and very loved granddaughters, and a few other animals added (and subtracted) from the menagerie.

Kara began writing Pride and Prejudice variations in 2001 and has  12 published novels based on Pride and Prejudice: Assumed Engagement, Assumed Obligation, Master Under Good Regulation, Drive and Determination, Darcy’s Voyage, Only Mr. Darcy Will Do, Pemberley Celebrations, Pirates and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy’s Rival, A Peculiar Engagement, Chance and Circumstance, and Mr. Darcy’s Magpie.

Connect with Kara Louise

Here are some other books from Kara Louise that I've reviewed:

My favorite Kara Louise book:

Mr. Darcy's Voyage
I read this book way back (before I ever reviewed a book) when it was Pemberley's Promise.

Many thanks to Kara Louise for gifting me a copy of her book! :)

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you! 


  1. LOL! Yes, that would be a tough hurdle to read, but glad you were able to get into it and see so much to love.

    1. Hey, Sophia Rose! Yeah, that's the one scenario that I dislike the most. Especially if they are married to someone else, that kills me. Lol!

  2. Oooh! So glad to see you loved this one! :) I liked this scenario so much because it does feel plausible that Mr. Bingley would get on famously with Lizzy and be attracted to her. (Not saying I want to see them end up together though!) ;)

    1. Hello, Meredith! Yes, it totally makes since that Mr. B and Lizzy would get along and that Bingley would fall in "love" with her, or at least think so, lol! It's just the one scenario that's a HUGE stumbling block for me. Like I said above, it didn't take long for me to get over it, and then I just ate up the story! ;) So good!


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