The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes
Author Joana Starnes does it again! Her latest release joins the ranks of yet another most excellent book by this author. With the multitude of emotions that I experienced as I read The Unthinkable Triangle, in my mind, it rightly became ‘the unforgettable triangle’!
This novel is replete with descriptions and nuances that put me in the middle of the action and allowed me to experience it with the characters. Ms. Starnes’s imageries of scenes are awe-inspiring, partly due to her firsthand knowledge of the country and area where the scenes are set but mostly due to her creative and ingenious talent for writing compelling narratives. Her words come alive on the page.
The novel begins at Hunsford with Lizzy visiting Charlotte. Just when Darcy decides to propose to Elizabeth, the unthinkable happens and Colonel Fitzwilliam asks for her hand first. A shaken Darcy tries to come to grips with this unexpected situation, his loyalty to his cousin, and his feelings for Elizabeth. How can he be around them, see their happiness? How in the world is he going to pretend to be only a friend to the one woman he loves more than life itself? Such torture, such torment for the master of Pemberley! My heart ached with his.
I truly adored the way Ms. Starnes chose to have the Colonel discover, quite by accident, Darcy’s hidden feelings for Elizabeth. The subtle revealing, in the dark of the night was poignant and heartfelt. I was so moved that I almost gasped aloud when reading the passage. Inevitably, I had to go back and read through it again.
Owing to certain circumstances, Elizabeth is much thrown in company with Darcy. As she grows to know the ‘real’ man and realize her love for him, her feelings of turmoil and betrayal are strong. As she struggled, I struggled with her. What was she to do?
I enjoyed Charlotte and her thoughts in this story. What can she see that Lizzy cannot? What about Georgiana? Does she see through her brother's facade? With the inclusion of the Colonel’s parents and a not so nice brother, the drama deepens. What role will they play in this unthinkable triangle? Then there is the addition of a well-developed new character and the triangle becomes even more complicated, or so it would seem.
This book elicited many emotions. I felt the joy of Colonel Fitzwilliam, then his confusion, frustration, and even his anger. I felt the deep love of Darcy and his anguish. (and he did agonize over his loss of Elizabeth and his devotion to the Colonel) Both men were good and even though I wanted Lizzy with Darcy, I didn’t want the Colonel to be hurt either. I had wondered and even worried how Ms. Starnes would ‘pull off’ the ‘happily ever after’ for Darcy and Elizabeth without too much trauma to the Colonel, but never fear, she did not disappoint! She handled it with her usual finesse. Well done, Joana Starnes. Exceptional writing and superb storyline! This is a book not to be missed!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my 'share in the conversation'. I hope you will have yours by leaving me a comment below. Author Joana Starnes is giving away one eBook of The Unthinkable Triangle to go along with this review and the giveaway is international. Be sure to leave me your contact info in your comment so I may get in touch with you should you be the winner! Thank you, Ms. Starnes, for your generosity to my readers. The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on the 31st of January. Good luck to all.