Actually, the title was enough to buy the book but WOW… I liked everything in The Trouble to Check Her by Maria Grace.
Lydia is a wonderful and complex character in this variation. In the beginning she is what we expect, supported by superb dialogues and when she changes it does make sense. Later on we learn that she is much more than we (or her family) ever thought she can be. The backstory (relationships within the family) is not what we know from the canon but it’s refreshing, clever and deliberate. We know lots of things from Lydia’s reminiscence and later from letters and conversations. She compares everyone to her sisters, whatever she sees or experiences takes her back to the family and friends. This book is the second in The Queen of Rosings Park series; the first one is Mistaking Her Character. You will learn more about the situation if you read it.
From the blurb you can guess that there will be a romance, but what is more interesting that when I was about half way through the book, I ‘complained’ to my friend that I know there will be a romance part and I don’t know why, because it could end with happy end without a marriage. Even though it could; it was for the best and anyway. After all, it wouldn’t be a true Jane Austen variation if it doesn’t end as it does… 🙂 And that part of the book is not a cliché, so enjoy.
Besides the dialouges between Lydia and Mrs Drummond, my favourite part is when ‘A tall figure, swathed in a fine, familiar great coat stepped in.” That part of the chapter is so powerful that the characters nearly step off the pages.
I highly recommend the book. I drunk in every word.