Lizzy handed Georgiana the book. She fingered the cover, opened to the first page.
“A new story holds promise.” Lizzy’s tone reflected the anticipation of discovery.
Georgiana studied the words on the page. “All new endeavors do.” Georgiana smiled for a moment. But sometimes the promise was betrayed.
(from Miss Darcy Decides)
Miss Darcy Decides is the second novella in the Love at Pemberley series, and a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that can be read as a standalone book. The novella focuses on Georgiana Darcy, who is grateful to have escaped the clutches of George Wickham but a little lonely in the midst of so many newly married couples. She sees the happiness between her brother and Elizabeth as they await the birth of their first child and the love between Kitty Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam. Even her cousin Anne de Bourgh has found love.
Georgiana questions whether she could leave her home and all the memories of her parents, until she meets Sir Camden Sutton. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Sir Camden has a reputation for being a rouge, and Mr. Darcy is none too pleased about the looks passing between them. Sir Camden has endured the loss of everyone important to him, and the grief caused him to make some bad decisions. He says he is a new man, and Georgiana believes he is sincere. But why is he so intent on helping the unmarried, pregnant niece of Mrs. Wilton, a close friend of the Darcy’s housekeeper?
Miss Darcy Decides is a quiet, sweet love story and an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. It’s nice to see Georgiana as the main character, especially when there are plenty of amusing encounters with the overprotective Mr. Darcy. Georgiana has learned a lot from her near elopement with Wickham, so she is cautious where Sir Camden is concerned.
However, being a novella means there is only a little bit of tension and not as much character and plot development. I would have enjoyed more details about Sir Camden and his past and a few more obstacles in his path to winning over both Mr. Darcy and Georgiana. Still, Miss Darcy Decides is a charming take on a character who sits in the shadows in the original Austen novel. Now I’m curious to read the first novella in the series, Most Truly, to see how Kitty ends up with Colonel Fitzwilliam and the third installment, Miss Bennet Blooms, to see how Mary Bennet finds her happily ever after.
Thanks to Amy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for having me on the tour for Miss Darcy Decides. Click the image below for more information about the book and to follow the tour.
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