Thursday, March 9

Book Review: Hope for Mr Darcy by Jeanna Ellsworth

Author:  Jeanna Ellsworth
Title: Hope For Mr. Darcy (Hope Trilogy #1)
Genre: Historical Romance and Retelling
Pages: ebook
Published: April 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Amazon Freebie)

Still shaken from his horrible proposal, Elizabeth Bennet falls ill at the Rosings Parsonage upon reading Fitzwilliam Darcy’s letter. In her increasingly delirious state, unfathomable influences inspire her to write an impulsive response. The letter gives Mr. Darcy hope in a way that nothing else could. 

As her illness progresses, Darcy is there at her side, crossing boundaries he has never crossed, declaring things he has never declared. A unique experience bridges them over their earlier misunderstandings, and they start to work out their differences. That is, until Elizabeth begins to recover. 

Suddenly, Elizabeth is left alone to wonder what exactly occurred between the two of them in her dreamlike state. And for the first time since meeting the man from Pemberley, she finds herself hoping for Mr. Darcy to return and rekindle what once was. 

It has been a while since I have read a P&P retelling/variation. This was free on Amazon so I snatched it up. Was it worth it? Sure. Free is always worth it. 

Let's do something I haven't done in an eon. Let's divide and conquer this review:

The Good

  • The beginning was awesome. I was absorbed from page one. It started right after Darcy's terrible first proposal and goes from there changing the story a hair here and there.
  • The changes were fun. I especially found it intriguing how Elizabeth gets sick after a tromp outside in the rain. Makes more sense...girl was always running around outside even in the rain.
  • Mrs. Collins parts were good. Her and Mr. Collins story was really different and I totally did NOT expect what happened to happen.
  • I loved how real the author made Mr. Darcy in his POV. Almost losing forever figuratively and literally knocked that pride issue right out of him. He was so raw and real and I loved him. I think I love him even more now. I had no idea that was possible. 

The Bad and the Ugly
  • After the one crazy event that happened (I cannot say) I was bored. All the drama was over. I did get a kick out of Darcy and Anne tricking Catherine. It was funny, but yeah - nothing else kept my attention. 
  • Elizabeth was annoying. After everything Darcy did for you!!!!!!!! DUMB DUMB! *shakes fist*
  • Allowing Darcy to be with Elizabeth while she was indisposed and sickly was romantic and all, but he was not her fiance/hubby so it was so unrealistic. They wouldn't have let him go in and be hugging her and touching her. Sure exceptions were made if the person was legit two seconds away from death...but yeah Jane Austen would've blushed.
  • Too many POVs and not really called out. I did get confused from time-to-time. There were three or four POVs at play. Too confusing.

A quick story about Darcy and Elizabeth getting over themselves and finding each other. I'm a sucker for books like these. There were some issues and I  think the author should've cut this book in half. The first half was awesome. Second half meh. I recommend reading it if it is still free. I shall stamp this with 3 stars.  


Melliane said...

It's always fun to read P&P retellings

Blodeuedd said...

I have it ;)

Anachronist said...

Not for me but I'm glad you had so much fun!