Set in the USA in 1869, it is a very different premise from the JAFF that I normally read but I was intrigued after reading the blurb, you can read it here or carry on with my review.
Charles Bingley is lonely and there are not many single women in the west so he sets his cap on the older nice of a Mr Gardiner. However, Charles writes very poorly so he asks his friend Will Darcy to write the letters. Darcy helps him but he does not expect to fall in love with the person who writes those letters and he is also heart-broken as that lady is destined to his friend. Jane Bennet, the addressee of those letters, begs her sister Elizabeth to answer them as she is not able to imitate the quality and feeling of those missives. What happens next is that Elizabeth also falls in love with the writer.
Darcy is desperate and with the last letter, he proposes to Jane’s sister and he is accepted. Let’s say that the first impression is not good at all from both sides because Elizabeth has a little accident and she is not wearing her best dress. Moreover Darcy is just spellbound by Jane and does not pay attention to Lizzy at all. As it happens in Pride and Prejudice, Jane and Charles are made for each other, nothing can separate them.
Soon enough, Darcy and Elizabeth realise that they are the authors of those letters but it is not enough. The following day there is a quick double-wedding and they start the journey home.
Jane + Bingley = love at first sight, happiness
Elizabeth + Darcy = no talking unless is to argue
the following day after their arrival at Pemberley, Darcy has an accident and his leg is broken and his back is painful so he has to be in bed for a few months. Elizabeth starts being the one who takes care of the state and the people in it. Darcy is very grumpy and crabby. Their relationship does not look good as he is not able to even realise everything his wife is doing for the state and for him. Do not forget that he cannot leave his bed at all… (at all, means that he cannot leave the bed at all 😛 )
I think that it does not help that the Bingleys are so in love. It does not help either having Darcy saying another woman’s name while sleeping. There are quite a few visitors like Georgiana, Caroline and a couple Miss Bennets to add up, and some danger… a fire, Wickham…
We can read about a strong Elizabeth with fears and worries that she wants to overcome. Darcy is still proud and has his ego converted to show a better side of him, although it takes time.
Nevertheless, something must happen to make them happy, how they manage? Wait for it!! It is complicated, very complicated but it is very sweetly written and I promise you that you will enjoy it.