This is a tradecover paperback romance and the premise of the story is that Darcy and Elizabeth’s passion precedes their matrimony. You can expect all the juicy passages associated with romance novels.
Although dear Jane did write about such affairs of the heart (remember, Lydia?), to make the quantum leap that Elizabeth’s independent spirit could be seduced into impropriety, even by the fabulous Mr. Darcy, is far-fetched and would have Jane rolling in her grave.
The premise introduces us to a Lizzie who is even more reticent about sharing her true feelings than her sister Jane is. A Lizzie who finds the improper attentions of Mr. Darcy so heady, she flirts with disaster and could rightly be said that “the shades of Pemberley [are] polluted”. While Lizzie is someone who follows her own heart (and we love her dearly for this), her reckless behavior injures her father and places her at the level of speculation, gossip and ridicule of that of her younger sisters.
I pick up my pen after reading this novel and I’m pleased to report that all ends well (relatively) in “To Conquer Mr. Darcy”. [spoiler]Lizzie is able to mend her relationship with her family and it wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without a happy ending.[/spoiler] Just what happens exactly I’ll leave for you to discover if you choose to read this book for yourself. A most diverting notion!
If you like Pride & Prejudice variations, you may also be interested in the following other books by Abigail Reynolds:
The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice
Mr. Darcy’s Obsession
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World
What Would Mr. Darcy Do?
I am on a Darcy & Lizzie binge now so don’t be surprised to see more Austen-themed book reviews appearing soon!
Do you have a great Jane Austen-themed book that you’d recommend? I’m always keen on a great romp in the Regency period. Leave me a comment and let’s chat Jane.