Today’s review is about Miss Darcy’s Companion, written by Joana Starnes.
The first quarter of the book is light and idyllic. A simple scene where the characters are talking and doing ordinary stuff can be enjoyable without a twist every other page. We don’t need every action to become a dramatic scene especially when we can learn a lot about their days. Anyway, I WARN YOU!!! Don’t let the first six chapters fool you!!! No, no, no!! It wouldn’t be a Joana Starnes story if the whole book sounded like the first chapters.
I can count on one hand how many books gave me physical pain in my chest and made me sob uncontrollably… This was one of them. There will be a scene where something happens, but it’s not what you (well, I) expect. Beautiful or rather very clever and shocking is that it pulls the rug from under our feet, just like she did in The Unthinkable Triangle. After that scene I had to give up reading, walk to the shop and buy a double chocolate Magnum. It was not to be borne!
My favourite scene is the Christmas scene which is fascinating and thought through; and the Christmas presents are swoon-worthy. I won’t spoil it, but I’m sure you will want one too! Ms Starnes has found the present which – I believe- every Janeite needs and dreams about.
Bingley is absolutely adorable. I’m in love with him in this book.
Colonel Fitzwilliam is himself and with that, I told you everything. No doubt, Ms Starnes understands the Colonel.
As much as I hate Wickham, he was a nice addition to the plot but luckily there was not too much emphasis on him. The author cuts him short, but his letter is classic (just as Caroline Bingley’s). While I read the book, I thought of him (without any mention in the story) twice. Funnily enough both times he showed up in the next chapter or at the end of the chapter. Wicked timing.
There are many new characters, who are well written and fresh. I think my favourites are Miss Bradden and Martha, one of the housemaids.
I’m always surprised that every time I read a Joana Starnes book, I learn dozens of new words. (Obviously, I’m not a native speaker.)
I definitely recommend Miss Darcy’s Companion, but make sure you have an ice cream or a box of chocolates with you!