by Amy D’Orazio
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Classical Re-write, Adult
Release Date: June 17, 2019
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Avoiding the truth does not change the truth.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, his heart is almost immediately engaged. Seeing the pretty lady before him, a lady of no consequence or fortune, he believes he should not form an attachment to her, unsuitable as such a woman is to be his wife.
What he cannot see, however, is the truth, that the simple country girl harbours a secret. Before she meets Darcy, Elizabeth has spent two years hiding from the men who killed her beloved first husband. Feeling herself destroyed by love, Elizabeth is certain she will never love again, certainly not the arrogant man who has offended her from the first moment of their acquaintance.
In time, Elizabeth surprises herself by finding in Darcy a friend; even greater is her surprise to find herself gradually coming to love him and even accepting an offer of marriage from him. As the newly married couple is beginning to settle into their happily-ever-after, a condemned man on his way to the gallows divulges a shattering truth, a secret that contradicts everything Elizabeth thought she knew about the tragic circumstances of her first marriage. Against the advice of everyone who loves her—including Darcy—Elizabeth begins to seek the truth, knowing she must have it even if it may destroy her newfound happiness with Darcy.
If you dislike feeling sad, then The Best Part of Love (TBPoL) isn’t for you. Elizabeth, and to a lesser degree, Darcy, is put though so much over the course of the story.
I knew something bad was coming when they got their happily ever after at less than half-way through the book. And I was right. Things got so bad that I skimmed over bits, skipping pages at a time to get past the depressing aspects.
While the story is, generally, good, and the book is well-written, I can’t say I like it. I hate to see characters put through so much. But, if that kind of story is appealing to you, or, at the very least doesn’t bother you, then give TBPoL a read.
About the Author
Amy D’Orazio is a long time devotee of Jane Austen and fiction related to her characters. She began writing her own little stories to amuse herself during hours spent at sports practices and the like and soon discovered a passion for it. By far, however, the thing she loves most is the connections she has made with readers and other writers of Austenesque fiction. A
Amy currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughters, as well as three Jack Russell terriers who often make appearances (in a human form) in her book.
Disclaimer: This review is based on an eBook I borrowed from Amazon on January 20, 2020 as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.