Octavia Darcy is a delightful character of strength and grace who returns from India as a recent widow and decides that with her new fortune she need not marry and subject herself to the control of another husband. I love the fact that she does not shy away from placing her own political "man" in Parliament to better service the interest of her tenants and her estate. No only does she attract the attention of a "George Wickham" look alike snake, but she also seems to be on the mind of a very influential Lord of the Realm.
I like the friends she develops and her companion, however, I would have liked a little more "story" at the end. It seemed to end abruptly. We can use our own imaginations to develop where the story should go, but it would have been nice for the author to tie it up with a nice bow for us.
I do not shy away from novels that are based on characters other than those Jane developed in P&P. We know that the family grew and there were many stories to come from the Darcy clan. I suggest the readers start with the Darcy Daughters and move down the list to this novel, though is is not required. A lot of the characters in this story will be easier to trace back to our Darcy family in the earlier books.