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Source: Personal library
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bingley blinked in astonishment. “I can hardly believe it. This is not like you, Darcy.”

“No, I have been a boring stick in the mud for years. But I have been reborn. I am a lover now.” He laughed at his own foolishness.

(from A Valentine for Darcy)

Jane Grix’s A Valentine for Darcy is a novella variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that I couldn’t resist reading for Valentine’s Day. In London after the Netherfield Ball, Mr. Darcy receives a valentine that he is sure is from Elizabeth Bennet. In all of his excitement to return to Hertfordshire to ask for Elizabeth’s hand, he doesn’t realize the valentine is from Caroline Bingley, who isn’t about to give up her quest to become Mrs. Darcy so easily.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth is shocked when Mr. Darcy arrives with a besotted Mr. Bingley, and even more so when he asks to speak to her father. But she has seen a change in his manner, so she is willing to hear him out. However, when her sister Lydia goes missing just before Jane and Bingley’s wedding, Elizabeth and Darcy are forced apart just as her feelings toward him are softening.

A Valentine for Darcy is a sweet tale featuring a more romantic Darcy who is willing to go after his heart’s desire. There’s still a bit of arrogance and pride in him, but he doesn’t have as many sharp edges. I enjoyed the romance and the humor, and Grix even manages to insert some drama and tension with Caroline, Lady Catherine, and Wickham. Despite the quick resolution, I felt completely satisfied at the end, though I would’ve loved a full-length novel that developed the Caroline and Wickham aspects of the story a bit more. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Grix!

Disclosure: A Valentine for Darcy is from my personal library.

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Source: Personal library
Rating: ★★★★☆

“What amuses you?” she asked. “Tell me. I could use a distraction.”

“I was merely thinking of some of our pleasant times together.”

She glanced up at him, her eyes gleaming with amusement. “I recognize that smile. Let me guess. Were both of us less formally attired?”

“Mrs. Darcy, I am shocked,” he said with mock severity, which made her laugh.

(from An Heir for Pemberley)

Jane Grix’s An Heir for Pemberley (available for free on Kindle as of this posting) is a charming short-story sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Set three years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding, the couple await the imminent birth of their first child. Elizabeth is in labor, and she and Darcy spend their last moments together before the midwife’s arrival in a slow walk around the garden, enjoying some playful banter despite their nerves.

This is a sweet story, with Darcy playing the role of the devoted and anxious father and Elizabeth contemplating their happiness in marriage. Darcy thinks about how Elizabeth changed him for the better, and Elizabeth thinks about how she’s glad they didn’t have a child right away so they could get to know each other better first.

An Heir for Pemberley is the perfect story to read with a cup of tea or when you only have a few moments to slip into a book. Grix gives Pride and Prejudice fans a glimpse of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marital bliss as they prepare to embark on their next adventure. This was my first time reading Grix’s work, but it definitely won’t be the last!

Disclosure: An Heir for Pemberley is from my personal library.

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