Thrown from his horse, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is left to traverse the remaining fifteen miles to Pemberley on foot. Richard never imagined the first carriage to cross his path would contain the one woman he thought he would never see again.
Lady Aimée de Bourbon the only child of Prince du Sang Geoffroy de Bourbon, Marquis of Agen had captured and nearly broke Richard’s heart four years earlier. He had loved her and planned to give up his bachelor ways, but her father intended her to marry a royal, not an English Earl’s second son. Now Lady Aimée is affianced to Señor Duarte de Cortázar, a lesser Portuguese royal.
While lost in his thoughts of his prior love, the carriage is robbed, Lady Aimée’s dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured. Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal.
Ancient customs of Dom Duarte’s family forbids marriage without the dowry present at the wedding and now with the dowry stolen, Lady Aimée and her father fear the de Cortázar’s will call off the marriage. But Lady Aimée intends to have love and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means hurting the man she once professed to love.
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Why I wanted to read it: I love sequels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that focus on the secondary characters, especially Colonel Fitzwilliam.
What I liked: I’m really into novellas lately, especially since I have so little reading time these days, and I loved that I was able to read Pompous Schemes in one sitting. It’s the second book in Bray’s Pemberley series, and although there are some vague references to the first book, Cowardly Witness, it can be read as a stand-alone. There was a little bit of everything in this novella, from highwaymen to a love triangle to sweet moments between the newly married Darcys and even some humor and a mystery. It didn’t end the way I’d expected, and I liked being surprised.
What I disliked: I only wish the mystery surrounding Lady Aimée’s dowry had not been so easily resolved.
Final thoughts: Pompous Schemes is an exciting, entertaining novella whose original characters, Lady Aimée and her betrothed, take center stage, but there is enough of Austen’s characters to keep readers satisfied. This was my first time reading the work of Ayr Bray, but it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in the Pemberley series.
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