These Three Remain
About the Book
These Three Remain follows a humbled Darcy on the journey of self-discovery, after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his marriage proposal, in which he endeavors to grow into the kind of gentleman he desires to become. Happily, a chance meeting with Elizabeth during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity to press his suit, but his newfound strengths are put to the test by an old nemesis, George Wickham. Vividly capturing the colorful historical and political milieu of the Regency era, Aidan writes in a style evocative of her literary progenitor, but with a wit and humor very much her own. While staying faithful to the people and events in Austen’s original, she adds her own fascinating cast of characters, weaving a rich tapestry out of Darcy’s past and present that will beguile his admirers anew.
In the last volume of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, Aidan returns to Austen's original novel and the reasons I enjoyed her first book. From Darcy's arrival at Rosings to that fateful meeting at Pemberley, and from cleaning up after Wickham to finally winning over Elizabeth, Darcy transforms into a true gentleman.
Old favorites return, including Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana, Bingley, and Darcy's college friend, with more of the first book's witty dialogue and interesting side-plots. The scenes with Elizabeth are still my favorite, since I enjoy seeing Darcy's side of the conversations.
One of the disadvantages was the rushed pacing. It felt like the majority of Pride and Prejudice was crammed into this book, and by the end events just flash by. Characters from the gothic half of Duty and Desire also make an appearance, but thankfully that section ends quickly.
Overall, this was a fitting and entertaining end to the series. Despite its flaws, this trilogy is one of the better versions I've read from Darcy's point of view, and I highly recommend it.