Friday, February 24, 2012

Giveaway and Jakki L.'s Review of Mr. Darcy's Proposal


Late breaking news: Susan Mason Milks is hosting a giveaway of Mr. Darcy's Proposal. Please leave a comment and e-mail address. Jakki will pick the winner on March 1. The winner will be announced on March 2. Thanks, Susan! SUSAN SAID THAT IT IS OPEN WORLDWIDE!


From the Publisher: This retelling of Pride and Prejudice asks “what if” events prevented Fitzwilliam Darcy from proposing to Elizabeth Bennet that day at Hunsford parsonage? Darcy arrives with marriage on his mind, only to find Elizabeth has just received news her father is critically ill and not expected to live. In the process of offering his help to her in traveling home, Darcy discovers what she really thinks of him—and it’s not good. Should Darcy deliver Elizabeth home to be with her family and then disappear from her life, or should he propose another kind of help? Will Elizabeth be willing to sacrifice her future happiness to save her family from financial ruin? Or, do she and Darcy, two very stubborn people, have a chance of finding happiness together?


What if Mr. Darcy didn’t get a chance to make his dreadful proposal at Hunsford? What if Elizabeth’s father fell ill before any of his daughters were married? What if Mr. Darcy proposed a plan to save Elizabeth and her family? Susan Mason-Milks explores these questions in her debut novel, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal.

Throughout the book, Mason-Milks does a great job of showing rather than telling. Whether it’s tea stains on the carpet, horseback riding, fun games splashing in the water, or telling secrets, the scenes are real, vivid, and memorable.

Watching Elizabeth slowly fall in love with Mr. Darcy was both entertaining and enjoyable. She may not have wanted her marriage to Darcy; however, Elizabeth realizes it is up to her to make the most of it. With each proffered handkerchief (as she often finds herself without her own—one of my favorite parts throughout the book), Elizabeth slowly begins to see a new side to Mr. Darcy, realizing he may not be as arrogant and dour as she first thought. Darcy, who still believes Elizabeth is a woman worth being pleased, is persistent in setting out to prove this. As their relationship progresses, each look, each smile, and each touch help build the passion and tension. For those who do not enjoy explicit amorous scenes, this novel will be one of interest as Mason-Milks allows the reader to sense the passion between the couple without the details.

Even though there are some intimacies, it takes quite awhile getting them there as they have to work through a myriad of misunderstandings. The roles of Master of Pemberley and Georgiana’s guardian have heightened Darcy’s authoritative demeanor. For a man used to giving commands and having his orders carried out without question, Darcy does not realize his motives could be viewed as anything but proper. However, suffering from trust issues, Elizabeth misunderstands Darcy’s reasons behind his actions. At times, Elizabeth feels she cannot approach Darcy with her problems, causing her to bottled-up her frustration until it cannot be contained any longer and explodes.

About the time I was tiring of all the misunderstandings, Darcy and Elizabeth finally got everything out in the open. Whew! With those problems behind them, they now must figure out how to make their relationship work.  It was worth the wait.

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FTC Disclaimer: Jakki recieved a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. 

Note from Mary: Jakki chooses her own titles to review. The opinions expressed in her review are entirely her own.

37 comments:

  1. Jakki - Thank you for such a well-written, positive review. I'm thrilled you liked my story. You made my heart jump when you said "the scenes are vivid, real, and memorable." What a nice compliment!

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    1. Oh, I just loved all the handkerchief scenes! They were my favorites! :)

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  2. Each time I read an Austin fan fic book I can't help but chuckle & think of the TV show "3's Company"! But Georgiana is the perfect buffer to the new Darcy marriage, and in a way makes this relationship one of understanding & compassion. It helps me to look at the books & compare them to my "modern" issues and Jane Austin should be proud that we are dealing with many of the same things Elizabeth & Darcy dealt with all those years ago. Thanks for you wonderful books!

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    1. Also, thanks for the chance of the give-a-way ksirby@yahoo.com

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  3. I have read many good reviews on this andhasbeen on my list to check it out.
    Thanksfor the opportunity for the giveaway!
    Patkf2007@hotmail.com

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  4. This truly sounds like an intriguing take on the story. Usually I'm saying you can't dwell on the what ifs but in this case I'm thinking what if...
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Sounds like an intriguing book! I have read many good reviews on this book, and it has been on my list to check out for a long while! And I agree with Margaret that I am thinking "What if" even if you can't dwell on it. I hope I can get my hands on a copy soon!

    Sophia
    sophiathorsen1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Kelly, thanks so much for stopping by! I love that Austen, her characters and themes are timeless!

    Patricia, Margaret, & Sophia-Elizabeth, thank you ladies for stopping by! :) While in my real life I do not dwell on what-ifs, I do enjoy a good P&P what-if! I hope you enjoy this book once you get around to reading it. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  7. Great review, Jakki. You do a great job of making things concise, something I can't quite master Lol. No need to enter me in the giveaway, as I already have a copy. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. *wave*

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    1. Aw, thanks for stopping by, Monica! *waving back* I enjoy reading your reviews too. I love your humor! :) Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  8. Sounds like a great story, and I would love to win a copy of it. Congratulations, Susan. Thanks, Jakki! I always trust your reviews.

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I strive to write trustworthy reviews! Your words are very kind! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I have this book on my wish list because it sounds so good. I enjoyed reading Jakki's review affirming my own opinion. :D

    Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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    1. Sophia Rose, Thanks for commenting! I am sure you are like me, and your wish list and TBR list grow faster than what you can read! ;) Good luck with the giveaway.

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  10. Jakki, What fun it is to read your reviews. I love 'what ifs' and this is on my TBR! Thank you for the giveaway! cherringtonmb@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Hey, Becky! So glad to see you over here! Me too! What-ifs are at the top of my favorite JAFF genre. The possibilities are endless!

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  11. Excellent review! 'As their relationship progresses, each look, each smile, and each touch help build the passion and tension.'

    That got me! I can't wait to read their journey to happily ever after.


    No need to enter me in the giveaway as I have the book in growing my TBR pile.

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    1. Thanks, Nina! Your comments are always welcomed & enjoyed! I hope you enjoy the book!

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    2. Nina - I'm flattered you're planning to read my book! I hope you enjoy it.

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  12. I enjoyed some others variations, I like when lizzy starts falling for darcy and Realize that he is not as horrible wikcham had depicted him .

    thnak you for the giveaway :)
    arshi@live.fr

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    1. Lana, aren't those variations great?! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  13. Sounds great!
    Cindy H.
    cholub1968@aol.com

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  14. This is exactly what always worried me about those two!! What if Darcy hadn't had the opportunity!! I've had anxiety about this for the longest time...This book sounds like it may put my fears to rest once and for all. I hope I'll get a chance to win a copy!
    Deborah/TheBookishDame
    thebookishdame@aol.com
    PS: Don't forget to come by and sign up for several of my "For the Love of Miss Austen..." giveaways for this month, too!! :]

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  15. Great Review! This is just the type of story for my library. Darcy and Elizabeth ... HEA :)

    I'd love a chance to win!

    podixon@podixon.com

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  16. Cindy, Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!
    Deb, Good luck with the givaway and I hope you enjoy Mr. Darcy's Proposal whenever you get around to reading it! :)
    P O Dixon, Right? Who doesn't love (or want more of) a Darcy and Elizabeth HEA?!! Thanks for entering the giveaway! :)

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  17. I'm wondering is this open worldwide? I don't live in US or Canada but would love to read this book. It sounds intriguing.

    evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Luthien! I know not many giveaways are open worldwide!! :)

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  18. Luthien, I'll check with Susan and get back to you. Mary

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  19. I like the "what if's" idea for this book. If even one of them had been different everything is different. Can't wait to read this one.

    drcopeland@hotmail.com

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    1. Hey, Danielle! Thanks so much for dropping in and entering the giveaway! I hope you enjoy Susan's book! :)

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  20. luthien, Susan has agreed to open it up worldwide.

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  21. Thank you for letting me be a part of this fantastic giveaway!

    theroyalhistorian@live.com

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  22. Lovely review Jakki! I have heard so many good things about this book and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!=)
    kellik115@yahoo.com

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  23. Tabitha! Thanks for taking part in the giveaway! Best of luck to you!

    Hey Kelli! Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway! It is always a pleasure to see you stop by! :)

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  24. What a great opportunity - enter me for the giveaway please!

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  25. Nice review, I'll have to check it out!

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  26. Hi Jan! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Colleen! I hope you enjoy the book. :)

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