All is fair in love and war - or is it? What if Mr. Darcy's rival for Elizabeth Bennet's hand and heart is not some inconsequential stranger, but his dearest, closest friend? How is he to reconcile the claims of loyalty and kinship with the urge to pursue his heart's desire?
"Eyes tightly shut against the horrifying future, Darcy dug his fingers in his hair. Lost to him forever. Not merely lost, but promised to his cousin - firmly in his life, but never his! How in God's name was he to bear it and not become unhinged? How was he to have her at his table as Richard's affianced, and not betray himself? How was he to see her, time and again, and give no sign that he wanted her more than he had ever wanted any woman? How was he to keep up the pretence, day after excruciating day?"
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Unthinkable to give anything less than 5 stars!
I would listen to it again.... I listened to it after the reading the book a few months prior. This story is so brilliant, I read it far too quickly as a book. The audio version gave me the chance to listen properly. It's a long, detailed story. Definitely one of my favourites in this genre.
I loved Colonel Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth and Darcy which is why this makes for such a heart breaking tale. I wanted them all to be happy... but clearly someone is going to be disappointed. Joana Starnes writes in a way that makes the reader these characters are known to them. You hear all their thoughts meaning you understand them. Very skilfully done, the characters ponder all their experiences, giving real insight into their feelings and behaviour.
I like Colonel Fitzwilliam - despite the author being female, he has the tone, accent and inflection I'd expect if he walked into my sitting room for a chat!
This book is long! There is no way you could listen to it all in one sitting... but if I had the chance that us just what I would want to do. I found myself driving to work (and back again) slower and slower so I could listen to a bit more!
This book will not be for everyone. There is a lot of internal dialogue and issues are never quickly resolved... personally, I prefer this as it feels more realistic. When I get to the end of one of Joana Starnes books I feel exhausted and drained... but always completely happy and satisfied with the conclusion.
The idea of Colonel Fitzwilliam proposing before Darcy is just brilliant, but be prepared for the happiness, the heart break, the agony and the adventure!!