Title: Miss Darcy Decides
Series:Love at Pemberley
Author: Reina M. Williams
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Heat level: Sweet
From the author—
While visiting a young woman—who was not so fortunate as Miss Georgiana Darcy in escaping the persuasions of a rogue—Georgiana meets Sir Camden Sutton, whose reputation causes Georgiana to wonder as to his motives. Her wondering soon turns to a different feeling when Sir Camden comes to stay at Pemberley, showing himself to be a very different man than was rumored. While Sir Camden struggles with his past and his commitment to his future, as well as the ill intentions of haughty Caroline Bingley, Miss Darcy must decide whether to listen to others, or the words written on her heart.
I’m not much of a fan of romance. It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with it or “beneath me” or any other such nonsense, I just don’t care for it. Having said that, I make one exception—anything by Jane Austen and, in particular, Pride and Prejudice. I really love Austen’s work and think there are only a handful of authors who approach Austen, one possibility being Georgette Heyer.
When I was offered a chance to read one of the novellas by Ms. Williams described as being related to Pride and Prejudice, I jumped at the opportunity. What fun to find out what happened to some of the secondary characters! I’m happy to say that Miss Darcy Decides is indeed fun albeit a little too lightweight for my taste. I would have preferred a full-length novel, I think, because the resolution of Georgiana’s dilemma comes a bit too facilely and, also, I would like to have spent more time with Georgiana and Camden and their family and friends for they are all MY friends, too.
Still, it’s important to note that I wouldn’t have wanted that additional time if Ms. Williams hadn’t done a nice job with this novella. At times, i felt the prose was a tad stilted but, otherwise, I enjoyed the author’s style, an emulation of Miss Austen herself, and I certainly appreciated this romantic interlude.
There are two other novellas so far and I understand there will be several more. I’ll be reading more of these as soon as I can and I suspect I’ll savor those just as much as this one.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2014.
About the Author
Reina M. Williams loves period dramas, sweet reads, fairy tales, cooking and baking. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two boys, who hope to someday take a research trip to England with their mom.
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