I really looked forward to getting this book from the library.This would be third party of the Trilogy Fitzwilliam Darcy , A gentleman by Pamela Aidon.
This book covered the next critical phase of the Darcy – Elizabeth relationship – the proposal, the rejection and the turnaround.
The story opens with Darcy and Colonel’s carriage flying on its way to Rosings Park – for their annual and much dreaded trip to see their aunty, Lady Catherine.Little does Darcy know that Elizabeth would be at Hunsford visiting her cousin Mr Collins and her closest frined Charlotte Lucas , who is now Mrs. Collins.
All the conflict in Darcy’s heart about Elizabeth resurfaces again and as he spends more time with her at Rosings Park , he is convinced that “she is the one”. Then comes the landmark proposal – so haughtily made and so haughtily rejected.
Darcy returns to London a changed and a distraught man. We see Lord Brougham assuming a more significant role in the book – as Darcy’s confidante and Georginana’s friend. His feelings towards Georgiana become more apparent and as a reader you are not shocked at his confession – you had already seen it coming. Darcy decides to move from London to Pemberly to escape the political chaos and it is there that he chances to encounter Elizabeth again.From then forth the narrative sticks strictly to the orginial PnP story line.
What I really liked is that Aidon has stayed true to the script of Jane Austen for dialogues between Eliza and Darcy. There are sections in PnP when we wanted to know more details – as of the frequent visits Darcy made to the Collins’s home, the several times he met Eliza on her walks – Aidon supplies them beautifully.
We see the transformation of Darcy from the well-meaning but conceited gentleman to the benevolent yet prinicipled person that Elizabeth can admire. Its intersting to see how Georgiana also contributes to this transformation.
This book largely focuses on the relationship between Eliza and Darcy – which is both the best and the worst thing about this book. Best, coz dont we all want to know what happened inside Darcy’s head as he was falling in love with Elizabeth, worst , coz we know the inevitable and there is nothig new to discover in the PnP world ( unlike Duty & Desire)
Recommended for all Regency Romance readers.