by Evangeline Wright
Genres: Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Romance, Classical Re-write, Adult
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★☆
We all know what Lizzy and Darcy did last summer… Or do we?
This variation on Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice asks two questions about the summer before Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s introduction.
What if Elizabeth visited Pemberley before meeting Darcy, and was prepared to think the best of him, rather than the worst?
What if Georgiana Darcy stayed home from Ramsgate, and Wickham’s dastardly schemes had not yet been revealed?
The answer: An ardent, inevitable love story that unfolds quite differently… but is, in essentials, very much what it ever was.
Ardently Yours was an interesting take on Pride and Prejudice, flipping two important events in the timeline.
It was interesting how Ms. Wright adjusted well-known events, like Mr. Darcy’s first proposal, to suit the altered storyline. The adjustments were well-done and fit in with new storyline created. I very much enjoyed the alterations to Jane and Mr. Bingley’s story arc, as happy characters make for better stories (in my opinion).
While well-written, Ardently Yours didn’t resonate quite so strongly with me as some of the other Pride and Prejudice variations I’ve read recently. I found it easy to set aside,and was unbothered by interruptions to my reading. Ardently Yours is worth reading, but not a book I’d press on someone as amazing.
About the Author
Evangeline Wright first fell in love with Pride and Prejudice as a teenager, and she never looked back. In her senior yearbook, she listed Elizabeth Bennet as her most admired person, and Fitzwilliam Darcy has owned her heart for the mumblety-some years since. She lives in California with her family, some cats, an awful lot of books, and a Jane Austen action figure.
Disclaimer: This review is based on an eBook I borrowed from Amazon on January 28, 2020 as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.