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Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise

August 26th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Publication Date: September 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from When Darcy and Elizabeth meet on a ship bound for New York, neither can deny the sparks of attraction that fly between them. And when Elizabeth falls ill during their journey, Darcy will do whatever it takes to save her life, including proposing a shipboard marriage. Once the ship docks in New York, Elizabeth and Darcy will have to overcome an entirely new set of obstacles if they want to save their legendary love…

This is a nice addition to the Pride and Prejudice retellings.  Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books so I tend to be a little picky on which retellings and sequels I enjoy reading.  This one kept just close enough to all of the original characters and yet took an original spin on the story of how Darcy and Elizabeth meet and fall in love.  I felt at times the book could have been a little shorter but it was not that bad.  Darcy isn’t portrayed quite as rude and lofty as in the original book and I believe the author uses the fact that they are on a ship and headed for America to allow more open conduct that would never have happened if the story solely took place in England.  One minor odd thing I found was that Elizabeth even to save money would end up traveling in steerage which from my limited knowledge is where the poorest and most common of people would travel.  I would have thought someone of her station would have at least a small, shared cabin.  Then the fact that Darcy appears to take a great interest in the condition of those traveling in steerage and is outraged at the accommodations but at no point in the story is he really able to remedy it.  I thought at a later point in the story he would impress Elizabeth by changing the policy of doubling up children in steerage or something for future trips.  Still all in all this was a fun read as long as you are not a die hard Pride and Prejudice purist.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Classics, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Lori Hedgpeth (Psychotic State Book Reviews)

    I absolutely loved this book, so I think I may have enjoyed it a bit more than you did, Debbie, but you did bring up a good point regarding Darcy and the conditions in steerage – – it would have been a nice “resolution” to have Darcy fix it.

    In all though, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Kara Louise’s books.

    Thanks for your review, Debbie.

  2. [email protected]

    I can always appreciate a retelling, and the twist of being on the boat to America is interesting enough to make me want to read this one. Thanks for the heads up Debbie! Adding it to my tbr list :)

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