I love books, but because I write books, I don't like to comment on the work of other authors. On the other hand, I know my readers would like to know when a good novel comes out, especially an Austen re-imaging. To that end, I have asked Jakki Leatherberry to help me out, and she has agreed to post her reviews on my blog. For her debut, she has chosen to review Abigail Reynolds' Mr. Darcy's Letter.
Abigail Reynolds writes another Darcylicious novel, Mr. Darcy's Letter. Reynolds's decision to have Elizabeth not read Darcy's letter after his disastrous proposal changes many of the events in the story. In this version, there are a few more misunderstandings between Darcy and Elizabeth; however, I feel they add to the storyline and the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth.
Reynolds creates a roller coaster of emotions within the reader. Between characters being caught in compromising positions, moving on in order to avoid being connected to scandal, facing familial obligations, as well as a character's unexpected redemption, the reader is sucked in, and I was unable to put down the book at times.
I rather like it when authors develop Austen's minor characters and give them more dimension. Reynolds does this with Lydia. I was shocked at how much I found myself enjoying Lydia and a "new" Wickham.
As much as I enjoyed this story, I felt Darcy and Elizabeth anticipated their vows a little too soon after their first kiss. Though I am sure it was the author's intentions, I felt the wedding scene was a bit rushed.
I would recommend Mr. Darcy's Letter to those who enjoy Reynolds's other variations or Pride and Prejudice variations.
Jakki Leatherberry, former high-school language arts teacher and lover of all things Austen, lives in Georgia where she and her husband moved after graduating from a liberal arts college in Ohio. One of her greatest pleasures is reading and analyzing literature. When she is not chasing around her two children, Jakki can be found under a quilt, cup of coffee in hand, reading. She also submits her reviews to Amazon and B&N.