A Fitzwilliam Legacy: Seasonal Disorder, Volume I by Tess Quinn
This volume begins on December 24, 1798, (the delightful prologue in November of that year) with Darcy and Lizzy happily married and hosting their first Christmas party at Pemberley. With their guests, family and friends, invited to share this special time, all are looking forward to the festivities that the season has to offer and even a few secrets to be divulged.
What would any party be without a party crasher or two? When one of those is Lady Catherine deBourgh, it only stands to reason that some sort of discord will follow. Indeed it does and with her machinations she upsets the lives and peace of everyone in residence at Pemberley. Much to her shock and surprise, an important person from her distant past is one of the ‘invited’ guests. Although everyone else is unaware of the connection between Cat and this guest, their reunion causes a strong impact that sets up a very interesting chain of events. This same guest also plays an important role in the lives of Charles and Jane Bingley.
An additional part of the narrative that I relished was the growing friendship between Georgiana and Kitty. Their girl talks and times together read like one would expect of two teenagers. There is love in the air for both of them and the author develops the men in their lives and the budding romances with tenderness and much insight. I am eager to read New Year Resolutions (Volume II) to see how their stories culminate.
Dear Colonel Fitzwilliam plays a very important role in the novel as it centers on him and a widow he is helping. As his feelings grow in intensity, there are obstacles that present themselves – and get presented – that make his desired outcome seem hopeless. I hope that Volume II will bring the resolutions to his dilemma that give him the life he deserves.
Throughout the book we see a very devoted and happy Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, who have a few surprises of their own. We get to see that life after marriage is good but not problem free. Volume I ended with Darcy and Lizzy just after midnight, New Year’s Eve with a very loving and chaste scene. Perfect!
A Fitzwilliam Legacy: Seasonal Disorder is an excellent book and one I found difficult to put down. The main plot and subplots flow into one seamless tale. Tess Quinn has a style of writing and story-telling that is superb. It is obvious she knows about the time period, the language spoken and the word spellings, as well as the customs and traditions of the Christmastide season. She uses her talent and skill to write a lovely and believable story, one that honors Jane Austen and her characters. Volume I would be an excellent read at Christmas or any time of year. I highly recommend it.
Who is Sir James Thornton and what is he concealing?
Will it be ‘happily ever after’ for Colonel Fitzwilliam?
What will happen to Anne deBourgh?
Will Lady Cat’s ploys come to fruition or will she be foiled? (and by whom?)
Will Georgiana and Kitty find true love?
Stay tuned my friends. For the answers to these and other questions, I will be reviewing Volume II, New Year Resolutions in the coming weeks.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In conjunction with this review author Tess Quinn is giving away one paperback to a lucky winner, US address only. She is also giving away one digital copy for an eReader to another lucky winner, and this one is international. The winners may choose either Volume I or Volume II. We want to hear your share in the conversation so please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. Good luck to all. Giveaway will end at midnight, January 29, 2014.