‘Pemberley’s ancient halls harbour many secrets. Which one will affect Fitzwilliam Darcy and the love of his life? How is Mr Bennet to enjoy the comforts of a well-stocked library, when his wife’s premature demise had left him with the task of finding suitable matches for their daughters? What of a misleading encounter on a muddy lane in Hertfordshire, that renders a country-town assembly rather more tolerable than some might have thought?
Shades of mystery, meddlesome relations – not least a drenched Adonis – raillery, old errors and a very recent union make for a challenging courtship when Fitzwilliam Darcy is not on his own ground. Yet when love is the reward, challenges make it more worth the earning. “A fraught courtship? So, let it be fraught,” Colonel Fitzwilliam said with a nonchalant flourish of his hand. “A good challenge never hurt anyone.”
Joana Starnes’ new book The Darcy Legacy is very different from what we got used to from her. For a change, she hasn’t tortured her characters as much as she used to do in her previous books and she went for pure comedy this time. The book is hilarious. I was reading it at the airport and on a long-haul flight laughing and rolling on the floor like an idiot.
Humour comes from lots of sources in this case: giving comical scenes to serious characters at Meryton Ball; giving lines to other characters; twisting some important scenes; characters acting out of character; eliminating a crucial character but finding a substitute who is equally capable of doing the same job; Mr Bennet never failing to deliver witty, sarcastic remarks; and the author just using funny words and expressions.
I love that Darcy wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes anything to do with Elizabeth. He is just so adorable, clumsy and at the same time himself that you can’t do anything but feel for him. I loved seeing more of Anne de Bourgh; up until 90% of the book I liked Lady Catherine, and I liked that I found some of the characters very annoying which compensated for not having the high-level angst which is Ms Starnes’ trademark.
I have to mention from the narrative aspect the story’s time-telling is not to my liking; and a “Hello” slipped into the text. I think the author in some cases jumps big in time and she is to slow in others.
I can’t emphasise how funny the book is. The dialogues are top-notch. Even when they are talking about serious topics and Lady Anne Darcy blaming George Darcy, you can’t help but laugh. Ms Starnes has her way with words. I get lost in the language, words like rigmarole or aglow.
Besides the tissue, ice-cream, chocolate combo, I measure the author’s book with “OMG, Joana!! – moments”. Well, I had at least 5 “OMG, Joana-moment” (can’t believe in a fun way, not the angsty way) in this book and I think you’ll easily find it when you read it. Exactly what I needed during my holiday is this book. A light and funny read.
- 10 kindle copies of The Darcy Legacy
- 20 audiobook codes (for one of her audiobooks)
- 1 Amazon gift card of 25 dollars
The giveaway runs until midnight, July 16, 2018.