From best-selling author Ayr Bray comes the latest in her entertaining and satisfying Pemberley collection.
Thrown from his horse, Colonel Richard Fitzwiliam is left to traverse the remaining 15 miles to Pemberley on foot. Richard never imagined the first carriage to cross his path would contain the one woman he thought he would never see again.
Lady Aimée de Bourbon the only child of Prince du Sang Geoffroy de Bourbon, Marquis of Agen had captured and nearly broke Richard's heart four years earlier. He had loved her and planned to give up his bachelor ways, but her father intended her to marry a royal, not an English Earl's second son. Now Lady Aimée is affianced to Señor Duarte de Cortázar, a lesser Portuguese royal.
While lost in his thoughts of his prior love, the carriage is robbed, Lady Aimée's dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured. Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal.
Ancient customs of Dom Duarte's family forbids marriage without the dowry present at the wedding and now with the dowry stolen, Lady Aimée and her father fear the de Cortázar's will call off the marriage. But Lady Aimée intends to have love and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means hurting the man she once professed to love.
In Pompous Schemes, Ayr Bray continues her masterfully created world around Pemberley. A world that will make you want to submerse yourself into the fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and romance and never leave.
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This story had such promise. At first, I thought that Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwiliam might take part in an adventure, but the story quickly took a turn for the worst introducing a set of self-obsessed set of characters--Lady Aimée de Bourbon and her father. I understand that a dowry was of the utmost importance then, but the mystery of its disappearance left me wanting. I'm not typically the sort that predicts the outcome of a mystery correctly, but in this case, it was really obvious. Overall, I found the story pretentious and hard to get into, both because of the plot line and because of the narration.
Stevie Zimmerman provides lovely voices to the Darcy's and most characters, but the damsels in distress are given especially obnoxious voices. They are nearly grating. In this story, Lady Aimée de Bourbon is that character. She's such a big part of the story, hence it was really hard to bear which made such a short book seem endless.
I'm glad I powered through it ,though. If only because Ayre Bray presented the Darcy's with such candor.
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