Mary Lydon Simonsen treats Jane Austen’s characters from Pride and Prejudice with respect and spins wonderful variations with them. In a Wife for Mr. Darcy, the variation is that Mr. Darcy realizes that he insulted Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly and apologizes to her the next day. They realize their mutual attraction, but have to find a way to be together. Mr. Darcy has already started to court Letitia Montford and does not know how to honorably get out of his commitments to pursue Elizabeth. Will true love prevail?
While I loved her previous novel The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, I have a so-so relationship with A Wife for Mr. Darcy. While I loved the characters and reading more about the P&P world, I didn’t find the story that interesting. Truthfully the variation makes the story not at all as interesting as the original story. There is not very much conflict. Letitia Montford is insipid and is no match for Elizabeth Bennet. Other major plot points of P&P are easily resolved.
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