Bluebells in the Mourning by KaraLynne Mackrory

I’ve been wanting to read this one for such a long time as I’d heard really good things about it. Safe to say, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest now that I’ve dug it out of my rather substantial TBR collection.

This story starts in Kent, assuming all the details of canon up till this point. Darcy is about to to make that ill-fated proposal at Hunsford when Elizabeth receives letters telling of tragic news at home. Some of you may know what that is, but as I try not to do spoilers, I won’t say what it is for anyone who doesn’t. That proposal is never made and Darcy sees to Elizabeth’s safe transport back to Longbourn. Coach journeys from Kent to London and London to Longbourn ensue. As there’s been no proposal and Elizabeth hasn’t made her less than diplomatic refusal, there’s no letter from Darcy explaining about his interference with Jane and Bingley or Georgiana’s near-elopement with Wickham. Other means have to be found for Elizabeth’s opinion of Darcy to change and for him to realise what a pompous prig he was to plan the proposal he’d been intending to make, amongst other things. I won’t say any more here though, apart from the fact Elizabeth and Georgiana meet a lot earlier and Wickham is even more of a villain than in canon!

There is an odd Americanism here and there (yes, we Brits can be very picky!), but Ms Mackrory is an excellent writer with a good feel for her subject. There’s quite a lot of angst involved before the HEA and several delicious love scenes but no sexual content so I can recommend this for all audiences.

Date read: January 2016

Source: Amazon Kindle purchase.

Review originally published on Goodreads, and

The Last Waltz by Pat Santarsiero

This story starts six years before canon P&P. Darcy and Elizabeth briefly meet at a memorial service for his late father in London. Life is good for Elizabeth at that time. Whilst staying with her Aunt and Uncle, she and Jane attend their first assembly in London. Shortly after this, tragedy strikes and life is never the same for Elizabeth again. Fast forward six years and Darcy is contemplating marriage to someone who isn’t Elizabeth! Whilst thinking it over, he goes to Hertfordshire with Bingley and to the Meryton Assembly we all know so well. Darcy and Elizabeth meet again but under somewhat different circumstances to canon.

I don’t write long or ‘spoilery’ reviews but as always, the path to true love still refuses to run smoothly for Darcy and Elizabeth on the way to their HEA. There’s no explicit sexual content, though there are several quite passionate love scenes, so I can recommend this book for all audiences.

I really enjoyed this book, despite like others, having a few queries about some historical details. It certainly had a different wrinkle to the circumstances. Definitely one to read if you haven’t already.

Date read: January 2016.

Source: Blog giveaway win.

Review originally posted on Goodreads, and