Sunday, 1 May 2016

From My Shelf - Book Review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam - Karen V Wasylowski

Synopsis - Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different, and that goes for the way each one woos and pursues the woman of his dreams.  Darcy is quiet and reserved, careful and dutiful, and his qualms and hesitations are going to torpedo his courtship of Elizabeth.  His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a military hero whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within, until he finds himself in a passionate, whirlwind affair with a beautiful widow who won't hear of his honourable intentions.

Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other.  So it's no surprise when the only one who can help Darcy fix his botched marriage proposals is Fitzwilliam, and the only one who can pull Fitzwilliam out of an increasingly dangerous entanglement is Darcy...  (Quoted from the cover).

Review - I won this book in a give away a while back and must apologise to Karen Wasylowski for only just getting around to reading and reviewing her book.

You don't need any prompting with a title such as Darcy and Fitzwilliam where this story comes from and leads.  I love Jane Austen so I was intrigued to read Austen fan fiction.  We love Mr Darcy and naturally want to know more about his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Bennet but Colonel Fitzwilliam is lesser known so the author has more to play with in terms of character.

I enjoyed the book and it started out staying quite true to Jane Austen both in terms of writing and keeping to the period.  However, as the story progressed the language developed into more present day and some Americanisms dropped in.  I wasn't sure if this was intentional or not.  The story stayed pretty true to the period but again one or two things popped up that made me question if that would be done or said at that time.  For me the second part of the book was best as the author could play around with Fitzwilliam without really offending anyone. Darcy had to be kept in rein but we were given a reasonable account of how his story could have progressed.  If you like Jane Austen and Mr Darcy then I can recommend this fan fiction being worth a read.  3*

ISBN 13-978-1-4022-4594-7
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. 2011

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