by Lin Mei Wei
Genres: Classical Rewrite, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2018
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★☆
What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr Darcy’s proposal in Kent? What if they married before he stopped being the proud, arrogant man she detested? What if, in order to avoid the ruin of her beloved sister, Elizabeth chose to swallow her pride and say yes to a pre-reform Darcy?
Mr Bingley has left Netherfield, and in his stead a rich and unscrupulous man takes possession of the manor. While Elizabeth is in Kent, visiting her recently married friend Charlotte, she receives letters which tell her how Jane is soon to be wed to a man Elizabeth can’t stand. And then, unbelievably, Mr Darcy, the last man in the world she would ever choose to marry, proposes to her. Elizabeth is torn. But thoughts of rescuing Jane make her do something that will change the course of her life forever…
The Unreformed Mr Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice variation romance by the author of Stranded with Mr Darcy.
The Unreformed Mr. Darcy (TUMD) was an interesting, if somewhat predictable, story. I knew, when Elizabeth wrote her list, that it would be back to haunt her later. Similarly, I had a strong feeling we hadn’t seen the last of Wickham after his first major scene. (Sorry for being vague, but I’m avoiding spoilers.)
That said, I enjoyed the story. The final “adventure” was new and well thought-out. I question the speed of the characters’ mental recoveries, however. I would think something so traumatizing would have further reaching mental health issues.
I wish there had been a more extended epilogue. It would have been nice to see more of everyone’s lives, and to know Colonel Fitzwilliam’s fate. But TUMD was still a great read.
About the Author
Lin Mei Wei lives in England, in the Midlands (home of Shakespeare, pork pies, and Robin Hood) with her husband and her disreputable dog.
Writing is about escapism for her. She writes when she’s feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or sad, so as to relax and to be happy.
Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer are her biggest inspirations. She also loves cosy mysteries, historical novels and anything that features charming characters, witty dialogue, and a well-earned happy ending.
This is what she tries to achieve with her own writing.
Disclaimer: This review is based on an eBook I borrowed from Amazon on February 13, 2019 as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.