It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. Well, that's what her friends and relations say. But recently-widowed Octavia Darcy disagrees. She hasn't forgotten her impoverished girlhood. Now, when she unexpectedly finds herself an heiress, her ambition is to lead an independent life not to marry again.
So she sets off on her travels, during which she meets and crosses swords with Sholto Rutherford, a man as strong-willed and disinclined to matrimony as herself. Then the shadow of George Warren, the old enemy of the Darcy family, falls over her - and she is threatened with the loss of her inheritance and her reputation...
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No, it's not THAT Darcy, and the novel is more of an homage to Georgette Heyer than an Austen spin-off, but it does have near encounters with the Hertfordshire and Derbyshire crowd and winks at a plot device of Mansfield Park.
If a "PG" rated Regency romance is your remedy for a bad day at work, then this will cure a week's worth better than a good tisane. I would spend further credits on this author's novels if she had more on Audible --especially if she added a bit more social history detail.
Good old fashioned happy ending romance set in the Regency Period in England. Attitudes of the time are fascinating, especially from the perspective of how women weren't automatically able to inherit from their husbands, and weren't considered able to hold a political opinion, nor look after their own finances. Widowed Mrs Darcy finds herself in semi poverty when her husbands estate defaults to a distant male relative. But when she unexpectedly inherits from a wealthy aunt, society suddenly welcomes her into its bosom, in spite of the fact that she is an outspoken woman, with a mind of her own! The narrator reads all characters with zest, humour and elegance. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, listening to it almost in one sitting.
Wonderfully read and a real joy to listen to - but the story is honestly quite dull and predictable. It is a good listen when you have a million other things to do and it doesn't matter if you miss a sentence here or there. So if your life has been a bit shaky and chaotic, this is a great choice to regain stability.
"Another good book"
One of the better “what happened after Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam's got married” books. In fact, all of Elizabeth Aston’s books on here are well worth listening to.
This one is story about a Darcy by marriage and how she has to fight for her rights as a widow against pernicious cousins who have an eye on her inherited fortune. All the story and the characters ring true and I think Jane Austen would have been interested to read this one.
I do enjoy the characters Elizabeth Aston has created and developed and, again, Phyllida Nash reads beautifully.
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