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Two sisters, one man. Someone’s heart is about to get broken.
Elizabeth Bennet quickly realises she has misjudged Mr Darcy. In Kent, she learns first impressions are not always accurate. His proposal is disastrous, insulting even, but when she reads his letter her heart begins to thaw, and her objections and prejudices start to melt away. Elizabeth decides to offer Mr Darcy a sliver of hope, an apology, and a second chance.
Yet when he begins to call at Gracechurch Street, determined to become a better man and humbled by Elizabeth’s reproofs, he unwittingly stirs the romantic hopes of another lady altogether.
Jane Bennet is bereft and confused, rejected by Charles Bingley. She is fearful of becoming an old maid and eager to fall in love with the very first gentleman who takes notice of her. Mr Darcy just happens to be everything her mother has wanted for her; rich and handsome, the perfect suitor.
Through crowded, industrious Cheapside, to the elegant ballrooms of Mayfair, Mr Darcy chases Elizabeth Bennet, unaware that the quiet unassuming girl who smiles too much, is fully intent on chasing him.
When We Get Married by Caitlin Williams
Anyone familiar with Pride & Prejudice knows the behavior of Mrs. Bennet and her deep obsession with marrying off her daughters to rich husbands. We are also aware of the heartache, embarrassment and abandonment that beautiful Jane Bennet felt when Charles Bingley left Netherfield without a goodbye or even taking proper leave of the Bennet family. Caitlin Williams based the premise of her newest release on the ‘what-if’ factor. What if Jane Bennet responds differently to her feelings of betrayal, looming spinsterhood and the strong wishes of her mother? What if she decides to seriously consider the first man that paid her attention? What if Darcy, wanting to show Elizabeth that he had taken her words to heart, pays a visit to Jane in Cheapside, delivering a letter from Lizzy? What if Jane mistakes his attempts to gain Lizzy’s favor as attempts to gain her own favor? After all, she thinks Lizzy despises Mr. Darcy. Oh, what a mixed-up mess these what-ifs create and Ms. Williams handles them brilliantly!
What if Lizzy sees Darcy at Hunsford when she returns after reading his letter? That is exactly what happens and starts the novel with a ‘bang’. The scene that unfolds is quite fun and wonderful. I could visualize it playing out in my mind as I read. Lizzy’s efforts to let Darcy know she has wrongly judged him, were bold and clever. His response, discreet, and just as clever. The observations by Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam, who could tell something was going on between the two, just not sure what, were a delight to read. The first chapter had me hooked and I couldn’t wait for more. (And ohhh, I do love how the title of the book plays into the storyline! Awesome!)
When Lizzy and Jane finally realize what the true feelings of each sister are for Darcy, they have a problem. Can they overcome it? Both think they are in love with the same man and it hurt me for both and Darcy too. Poor man! He is clueless, but very true to character. In canon, Darcy didn’t have an inkling how Elizabeth truly felt about him and misconstrued everything. He does the same with Jane. He completely misreads her and is oblivious to her interest in him. The good Colonel can see so much more than his cousin which often happens when one’s feelings are not engaged. He does try to warn Darcy but those warnings fall on deaf ears. Even so, Darcy is swoon-worthy and I fell in love with him all over again. The story that unfolds is as delicious as it is ‘angsty’.
I had read the first two books by Ms. Williams and greatly enjoyed both books. I had been looking forward to this one and Caitlin Williams did not disappoint. This book was all I had hoped for and more. The writing style of Ms. Williams is lovely. Her story flows, she uses the British spelling of words, which I love, and she writes beautifully in a style like books I’ve read that were written during the Regency era. It is a book I highly recommend and especially so, to anyone willing to accept ‘what-if’ and then discover the delightful outcome! Well done, Caitlin Williams.
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Caitlin Williams is the author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both based on the characters from Pride and Prejudice. She’s a lifelong Austen devotee and lover of all things regency.
Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write.
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