Last updated on February 14, 2023
by JP Christy
Genres: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Feeling estranged from her parents because they reject the future she wants for herself, Elizabeth Bennet visits her friend, Charlotte Collins, at the estate of Rosings Park, hoping it will be a refuge. However, when an unexpected death occurs at the estate, Elizabeth steps up to assist in the ensuing crisis. Very soon, she is embraced as a friend by the estate’s owners, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter, Anne.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy visits Rosings Park, he is suspicious at first of Elizabeth’s unlikely friendship with the de Bourgh ladies, but he soon recognizes Elizabeth’s useful interventions and becomes intrigued by her—the least-romantic woman he has ever known.
A murder throws Rosings Park into turmoil, which results in Elizabeth becoming the mistress of the estate. Then, the forces behind the murder set their sights on her. Can Darcy keep Elizabeth safe and convince her they are fated to be together?
This variation is low on romantic angst, and high on desire and discovery. While there is no explicit sex, there are frank (but never vulgar) discussions between ladies and ladies, and there are conversations of flirtation and curiosity between ladies and gentleman. If you prefer an Elizabeth whose raison d’être is marriage to Darcy, you might not enjoy this Elizabeth, who wants Darcy and more.
Elizabeth Bennet, Heiress to Rosings Park (HtRP) bears absolutely no resemblance to Pride and Prejudice beyond the character names — sort of. And it’s not remotely true to the regency era. But it’s so much fun!
I absolutely adored HtRP and had a hard time putting it down. This Elizabeth is a great character, as are this Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh. It’s obvious from the title and synopsis that neither Lady Catherine nor Anne would survive the book, but I kept hoping we wouldn’t lose them. They deserved the happy endings that were snatched from them.
I appreciate that, in the end, nearly everyone got what was coming to them. The Earl seemed, to me, to get off too easily, though. As did the Bennet parents. It would have been nice to at least see their reaction to Elizabeth’s inheritance.
As much as it pains me to do this, I do have to knock off one star for errors, as there were many. I noticed everything from missing words to repeated paragraphs as I was reading.
I enjoyed Elizabeth’s solution for Rosings, as well as the vast amount of quotable phrases. I plan to embroider and frame at least a couple of them. But, I’ll leave you with my favorite:
You changed to embrace the role to which you were born, while I struggle to escape my role so that I have no need to change.Elizabeth Bennet, Heiress to Rosings Park, Chapter 4
About the Author
I was unable to locate a website or author bio for JP Christy.
Author links: Amazon Author Page
NOTE: This review is based on an eBook I purchased from Amazon on November 7, 2022.