Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World - Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Author: Abigail Reynolds
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Abigail's Website: www.pemberleyvariations.com
Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth Bennet and kisses her. Much to Elizabeth's dismay Colonel Fitzwilliam and a servant come upon them at that exact moment. Because of this, Elizabeth is compromised and feels that she must marry Darcy for the sake of her family. Elizabeth decides, since she will be totally in Darcy's power, to make the best of things and pretend happiness. Darcy, oblivious to Elizabeth's true feelings, soon after the marriage, realizes Elizabeth's true feelings. Will Elizabeth and Darcy grow to love one another, when their marriage starts out on such shaky ground.
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World is an entertaining read but doesn't develop some characters in a way that Austen might have, in my opinion. Elizabeth seemed far too meek and accepting, but Darcy behaved in a way that meshed with his characterization in Pride and Prejudice. Even so, this book is a poignant love story and makes a great read. Elizabeth, who has a very distorted vision of Darcy, begins to see his great qualities and grows to love him. Darcy's character and actions are explained very well and this reader's heart goes out to him. Through misunderstandings and interfering villains, the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth survives and becomes stronger.
All in all, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World is an exceptional read, but it may disappoint some Jane Austen purists.
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