Friday, April 5, 2013

Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliott

Book Blurb
Mr. Darcy's younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after...

The year is 1814, and it's springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy's fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana's domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana's fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart--and rely on her courage, for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.


I don’t much care for fan fiction, having always felt that Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ needs no improvement and fictional stories using her characters never quite worked. However, I found myself drawn into Georgiana Darcy’s Diary, perhaps because she is a little known-character in the original and this book brings out the wit that lies beneath the shy girl who is Fitzwilliam Darcy’s sister.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Georgiana’s aunt, having failed miserably to affiance her downtrodden daughter, Anne to Fitzwilliam, turns her attentions to foisting an equally vacuous, but suitably wealthy and connected husband for Georgiana.

Backed by her spirited sister-in-law, Elizabeth, Georgiana is having none of it, though she would dearly love to find a man who wants her for herself and not her ‘thirty thousand pounds’. But the only man she really wants is Cousin Edward Fitzwilliam.  

In Georgiana’s words, the reader is shown how she feels about her late parents, her childhood, and her family, including her sympathies for the colourless Anne de Bourgh, and Caroline Bingley, when neither of these ladies truly deserves it. Georgiana's shyness hides a quick and intelligent wit, and she wants good things for everyone and hates disappointing people. In fact she’s quite perfect, but I didn’t dislike her for it and wanted her to have everything she wished for. Her love for the war-wounded hero Edward was touching, as was his almost-there declarations of love for his ward which he sees are inappropriate but also undeniable.

A very satisfying love story and I shall definitely be buying Volume 2, and maybe even Volume 3 which tells the story of Kitty Bennett.

Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is being released by Claymore Press in early 2013 under the name Anita Seymour


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