Mr. Darcy’s Pledge
About the Book
Torn between his heart and his mind… Mr. Darcy must make a choice.
Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been able to keep his emotions under control. That is, until he falls under the spell of Elizabeth Bennet and surprises himself by blurting out a proposal to her like a moonstruck youth. Stung to the quick by her rejection, his pride in tatters, and left with no possibility that she will ever return his regard, Darcy determines to put all thoughts of Elizabeth behind him. But not even Town with its boundless opportunities for amusement can keep the image of Elizabeth Bennet from pursuing him everywhere he goes.
By the time Darcy leaves Town to travel up to Pemberley, he has learned one thing. There is only one way of overcoming Miss Bennet’s bewitching hold over him and Darcy is desperate enough to try it. The solution is to get married. And this time, he is not going to choose a wife by allowing his emotions to lead him by the nose.
His choice will be entirely rational…
In Volume I of this Pride and Prejudice variation, Monica Fairview traces Mr. Darcy’s journey as he struggles to come to terms with the upheaval Elizabeth Bennet has caused in his life…and his heart.
Mr. Darcy’s Pledge earns five stars as the first of a two-book variation to Pride and Prejudice. It starts shortly after the infamous proposal scene, with one key difference: Darcy never gave Elizabeth the fateful letter that changed her opinion of him. He’s also decided to marry someone else — anyone else — to get over her.
There was a lot I liked about this first book. Darcy’s voice is a great blend of conflicted and humorous, which makes the book a real treat to read. I enjoyed Fairview’s interpretation of Georgiana, as a sister who’s both trying to prove herself to her brother and to deepen their relationship. She wants to be able to move past what happened with Wickham, to show that she’s not a naive little girl anymore. And I was glad to see Bingley involved — I feel lots of books short-change him on his role as Darcy’s best friend.
I liked almost every original character, and how they either played the foil to Austen’s characters (like a certain Miss Marshall), or provided them with witty allies (like the sharp-eyed Lady Renwick). It was also fun to spot where Fairview had worked in other quotes from Austen, usually in a minor character’s dialogue.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like, honestly. There were a couple of inconsistencies, like at one point Darcy assumes that Elizabeth is thinking of Ramsgate. But she had no way of knowing about that, thanks to the non-delivery of the letter. There were also a few ridiculously awkward moments, worthy of any cheesy romantic comedy — but with the characters poking fun at themselves throughout, I didn’t mind.
Overall, I thought this was a great read, and was glad to have the next book immediately on hand.