A sweet romance inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Though part of a series, this is a standalone novel.
When Anne de Bourgh discovers a letter that reveals a family secret long hidden, she refuses to marry Fitzwilliam Darcy. This act of boldness infuriates her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and soon Anne finds herself without a home. Forced out of everything she has ever known, will Anne have the courage to seek the truth from the letter? Will her health allow it? Most of all, can she avoid scandal if her family's secret is known?
Luc Mauvier has led a life of freedom and success as a small theater owner in town. His tragic past has taught him to enjoy life and its pleasures to the fullest. When he meets Anne de Bourgh, she is opposite to everything he has ever known, and he is soon reminded of how a gentleman should behave with a real lady. Can a tradesman win the heart of a lady? Even more important: Can he win Lady Catherine's approval? What Anne reveals about her past gives her courage, but will it be enough?
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"Anne stands up to Lady C!"
I listened to the first book (Darcy's Ultimatum) in Jennifer Joy's Cousins series late last year. Anne's Adversity is the second volume in the series.
In Darcy's Ultimatum, there's a scene in which Anne appears with a mysterious letter. We don't get to find out the contents until this book and it's quite a revelation but I won't give away any spoilers about it here. It results in a major split between Anne and her mother, the overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Anne ends up living in London and meeting a number of new people, including the rather delicious sounding French refugee Luc Mauvier, and his sister Adelaide.
This is the first JAFF story I've read, so far, that has Anne de Bourgh as a main character and it was really enjoyable. The narrator, Emma Lysy, did a pretty good job with the story, too. There was a problem with her pronunciation of Grosvenor (as in the Square of that name) but that's as nit-picky as I can get.
There's no explicit sexual scenes so I can recommend this book and/or audio to all audiences. The same goes for the first volume of this series. Both are definitely ones to add to your JAFF lists.
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