In The Gallant Vicar, Darcy and Elizabeth retain the same jousting banter contained in my Mister Darcy Series, but they have now returned to their own time, where insults are an art form and reputations the most valued of commodities.
What would happen if Mr. Collins finally snapped, and Elizabeth might be the cause of his breakdown? What if he were replaced at the Hunsford parish by a charming, unwed vicar who arrives on the heels of Elizabeth's rejection of Darcy?
Darcy is desperate to deconstruct the growing attachment Elizabeth feels for the new vicar. Determined to unearth the truth about the clergyman before Elizabeth is coerced into marriage, Darcy swings into action even as he fears he will appear to be jealous.
Will Darcy save the day? Will Elizabeth accept his help? And exactly who is the gallant vicar?
©2015 Barbara Silkstone (P)2016 Barbara Silkstone
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is exceptional for a first romp in regency writing from an author who writes modern Darcy comedic mysteries. The story begins at the time of Darcy's first proposal. The angst and misunderstandings are there and reconciliation is hampered by one who wants to keep Darcy and Elizabeth apart for his own nefarious reasons. This villain is totally unexpected and, in my opinion, worse than Wickham for his underhandedness and manipulations. I hated stopping the story to go in to work. The narrator has a beautiful accent that makes the story and characters come alive.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Elizabeth Bennett (Lizzy) is again in the midst of chaos – with an insane Mr. Collins causing her friend Charlotte fits, and a less than romantic and more than slightly insulting proposal from Darcy, Lizzy is at a crossroads. Speaking her mind has often brought her grief – and with her discovery of his involvement in Jane’s life, she’s more than justified (she thinks) in refusing him. As Mr. Collins sanity leaves, so must Charlotte – ousted by Lady Catherine to make place for a new vicar.
Lizzy and Mary arrive at Hunsford to help Charlotte move house, and with justified anger and feeling less than valued, Lizzy is still stung and reacting to Darcy’s non-proposal proposal. Planning to clear out before the Vicar arrives, a quiet moment finds Lizzy in the vicarage graveyard when first meeting Francis Martell, the replacement vicar that arrived early, according to his own plan.
Still frustrated and confused with her emotions about Darcy, Lizzy is confounded and intrigued by Martell – she appreciates his naughty witticisms and the attention he pays her. But her sister Mary (and also Charlotte) are not as intrigued. And in a matter of days, a process that would require an investigation and time has been shortened, even sooner than expected. Darcy isn’t as amused with the newcomer, and he’s frustrated by Lizzie’s fascination. A confounding series of elements and sly humor highlight this story as we move closer to Lizzie’s decision: Darcy or the Vicar.
Narration in this story is provided by Jannie Meisberger and her voice and pacing are perfect for the story – not quite carrying the distinctive flatness of inflection common to the ton, but suitable (if restrained veddy British) lack of overwhelming emotion when those moments are called for. Internal monologues from Lizzy are lighter and often more tortured in her circular thinking, showing her confusion and conflicting thoughts. Martell and Darcy each had their own tone and delivery styles, as did all of the other characters. While the story isn’t quite concluded, and there was a bit of a rush to the end, the story provides a quirky and clever alternate moment in the life of Elizabeth and Darcy.
I received an audiobook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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this was a good book. well writen and narrated.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
Hearing from my old friends Lizzie and Darcy.
I don't think I have but she was VERY good.
What moved me was my internal battle of "No! That's not right. That's not what happened!" or "she would never have said that!" and so on. I had to continually let that go, sit back and enjoy it for what it was. And I did find it enjoyable. Not fantastic and I was ready for it to be over with, but overall it was .....enjoyable.
I give credit to the author for her bravery of changing and adding to a beloved classic. I suspect the reviews might be harsh but I am quite glad I listened to it. Made me think about what I would have written instead. That's worth it.
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This is such a good story it doesn't matter who writes it, though I must admit that this is a great version.
In this one we have the antics of a slimy Vicar and of course he creates havoc in the lives of some of the characters, but it all works out splendidly and all live happily ever after.
A good job of narration here by Jannie Meisberger.
I would recommend this book or the audiobook quite happily. It was most enjoyable.
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This book was a lot of fun. Those Bennett girls seem to always be in the middle of trouble. Lizzy has such a strong personality. She rushes to the aid of her friend after her husband (the Vicar) goes off the deep end and is taken away.
Lizzy receives and marriage proposal from Mister Darcy, and she is sure he is an egotistical person and not one she wants to spend the rest of her life with. When the new Vicar comes to town Lizzy wonders if he is the one? He has a quick wit personality just like Lizzy's, but Mister Darcy is sure that something is amiss and is quick to find out what he is up to and win Lizzy's heart.
I am so glad there will be another book in this series.
This is a quick read that will make you smile.
The narrator was very good and brought the story to life including a different voice for each character.
Darcy is usually my favorite character as he epitomizes so many of us who have good hearts but seem to stumble over our words too many times and are misunderstood for it.
When Elizabeth realized that she only loved Darcy.
I had enjoyed reading the book but enjoyed the narration a tad better. Probably, that was because of hearing rather than reading it. And I appreciated the story more after doing both. Barbara Silkstone's book was well done.
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This is an interesting spin on the story of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I enjoyed this version.
The narration was well done, The characters were excellently portrayed.
The Gallant Vicar by Barbara Siltstone is an entertaining story using several characters from the classic Pride and Prejudice novel by Jane Austen. In this retelling, Mr. Collins has gone mad and is committed to an institution. Elizabeth travels to aid Charlotte after Lady Catherine tosses her out to let a new vicar stay in the home. Like in the original, Mr. Darcy proposes in the most insulting way, and Elizabeth refuses. Once the new vicar arrives, and immediately shows Elizabeth special attention, Mr. Darcy doubts his sincerity and investigates the vicar's credentials and history. And of course, the vicar ends up not being the person everything thought he was.
What I liked about this story was the mystery involved in trying to figure out if the vicar was sincere or not. Indeed the vicar seemed a bit smarmy by the end of the story (and reminded me a bit of Wickham). Even Elizabeth - on her own — didn't like how the vicar attempted to manipulate her and realized her heart was not touched by him. I also liked how Darcy took it upon himself to find out the truth behind the vicar, not because he thought his actions would force Elizabeth to accept him, but because he didn't want to see Elizabeth harmed by the vicar, even if she ultimately chose someone else.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Jannie Meisberger.
She did an admirable job and the narration definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this book. I recommend this audio to anyone who enjoys Jane Austin Fan Fiction.
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