by Lucy Marin
Genres: Regency Fiction
Release Date: January 24, 2022
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★☆
AT THE TENDER AGE OF TWELVE, Elizabeth Bennet vowed to protect her younger sisters from her parents’ neglect, brought on by their increasingly combative marriage. Jane is her partner in this endeavour—until her attention is diverted by the arrival of a handsome new neighbour, Mr Bingley. With him is his friend, Mr Darcy, who Elizabeth first dismisses as taciturn and rude. But as she gets to know him, other feelings arise—ones destined to end in heartbreak because of her promise to remain with her sisters.
SOON AFTER ARRIVING at Netherfield, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself intrigued by one of the local young ladies. There is something about Elizabeth Bennet’s kindliness that draws him to her, and as he learns more about her, his admiration grows. First determined to forget her, he soon wants more than anything to win her heart and her hand in marriage. But will the very thing that draws him to her be the thing that forever keeps them apart?
This was a fun, sweet read. I appreciated that even though Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s relationship is overtly horrible and regularly referenced, it’s not a downer. Ms. Marin manages to include and discuss the serious nature of their abusive relationship without affecting the sweet and romantic nature of the rest of the story.
I enjoyed seeing a different side to the Bennet sisters and Mr. Darcy. Mary and Lydia retain clear aspects of their Jane Austen characterizations while showing a more “respectable” facade thanks to Jane and Lizzy’s attentions.
I know there are people who don’t like “easy reads” that lack serious conflict. If you match that description, then this book isn’t for you. If, however, you enjoy light hearted books with happy endings, you’ll enjoy Her Sisterly Love.
About the Author
Lucy Marin developed a love for reading at a young age and whiled away many hours imagining how stories might continue or what would happen if there was a change in the circumstances faced by the protagonists. After reading her first Austen novel, a life-long ardent admiration was borne. Lucy was introduced to the world of Austen variations after stumbling across one at a used bookstore while on holiday in London. This led to the discovery of the online world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction and, soon after, she picked up her pen and began to transfer the stories in her head to paper.
Lucy lives in Toronto, Canada surrounded by hundreds of books and a loving family. She teaches environmental studies, loves animals and trees and exploring the world around her.
NOTE: This review is based on an eBook I purchased from Amazon on July 15, 2022.