I must admit that at first, I had a love/hate relationship with Mr. Darcy when I started reading this book. While he was sweet and attentive most of the time, the way he spoke to Elizabeth about her family floored me! Most of the time I was surprised that our feisty Miss Bennett didn’t haul off and slap him. And then as I read further, I realized that the one common trait they share is stubborness! Both think often about their faults and what they could do to change it, but neither is willing to speak the words aloud to the other. Then a sudden turn of events changes things – but only for awhile!
I really love how this book takes parts of Pride and Prejudice and intertwines it with a totally original and different storyline. As I was reading it, I caught myself thinking ‘oh, I remember that part!’ It’s a lovely story, though maybe a bit repetitive. There is a lot of misunderstandings, fights, making up, repeat. However, the making up is so sweet it warms you right up. Abigail Reynolds tells a terrific story, full of nice extras (I like how Lizzy started to visit the Pemberley tenants) and she keeps you wanting to know more about the characters. I will definitely read another of her books in the future.