Y’all know by now that I love Pride and Prejudice. You also know that I love reading books that explore the lives of the characters from that wonderful work, and one of my favorite characters to explore happens to be Georgiana. I always feel bad for her in the P&P fan fiction world, as she is often relegated to being a minor character, and never the heroine. All this changes with Nancy Kelley’s second work in the Brides of Pemberley series, Loving Miss Darcy (for my review of the first work, His Good Opinion, click here).
Georgiana Darcy is conflicted. On one hand she is elated that her brother, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and his lovely bride, Elizabeth, are happily married and fully in love. On the other hand, her own personal love life is the complete opposite. After the disastrous events that led her to almost elope with Wickham previously, she hasn’t had the drive to face another Season full of potential suitors in London. Enter Richard Fitzwilliam, tasked by Darcy to watch over his little sister and find a suitable match for her. The problem is that Richard feels that no one is deserving of Georgiana, even though they may be a perfectly good match. Even Richard’s closest friends are no match for his stony demeanor. Behind this mask, however, a growing attachment is forming, and it seems that Richard is keeping others out in the hopes that he may have a chance, however slight. Will he give in to this growing attachment? Will Georgiana return his feelings?
One major item that I have to commend Kelley on is her ability to portray the angst of the teenage mind via Georgiana. Obviously, Georgiana is a teenager, and with that comes feelings of angst, confusion, and general awkwardness. Kelley is able to tap into that mindset and describe Georgiana’s unwillingness to enter the Season due to a variety of factors, chief among them her trepidation at what others will think of the “Wickham scandal”. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Richard, whose mindset is an unsettled war zone of nerves. He is confused about his feelings for Georgiana, and cannot separate his duties as her guardian from his desire to want to be with her. He also wonders if he should even voice his innermost feelings for her, as he fears that she will reject him due to the age gap between them, along with several other factors that keep his feelings in check. Again, Kelley shows that she is in tune with her characters in writing Richard, and together with Georgiana, she made this story one that I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to read the story of Elizabeth’s sister, Kitty, next in the series. If it’s as good as these other two works have been, I’m in for a treat!
5 out of 5 Stars
This is my second completed review for the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge
This is my sixth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge
Loving Miss Darcy by Nancy Kelley
Smokey Rose Press (2013)
eBook 244 pages
Special thanks to Ms. Kelley for my review copy!