Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review: DARCY'S VOYAGE by Kara Louise

Darcy's Voyage by Kara Louise is an ingenious and original retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Darcy and Elizabeth meeting on a ship bound for America.

Ah, a sea voyage--crisp, fresh salty breezes, a time far away from the cares of everyday life, and the ship's best private cabin, which provides desired solitude.

Ah, a sea voyage--stale steerage air, cramped quarters much worse than those at home, giving up your narrow cot to a sick child and sleeping on the floor.

Such are the opposite experiences of Darcy and Elizabeth as they embark on Pemberley's Promise. Darcy, crossing the ocean to escort his sister Georgiana home, is the owner of the ship, and occupies the best cabin. Elizabeth, on her way to visit her Uncle and Aunt Gardiner in New York, insisted her father secure the cheapest berth and sleeps in steerage.

As fate would have it, they meet on early morning walks on the upper decks. There attraction is instant, but something niggles at their memories. Did they meet two years ago on a short carriage ride neither forgot? And where neither asked the other's name?

Elizabeth thinks the reserved Darcy is proud, and Darcy thinks he should have nothing to do with a lady so far beneath his social level. But when Elizabeth falls ill, Darcy comes to her aid. By the time they disembark, they are madly in love. But neither has told the other and so they separate, causing themselves no end of avoidable trouble.

I like a book that sweeps me along wondering what the ending will be, even when I know the ending. Ms. Louise has succeeded in writing just such a story, proving yet again Pride and Prejudice's enduring appeal.

For the Regency purists out there, there are errors. Forget them and enjoy this delightful retelling of reluctant love triumphing.

Thank you all,
ARC provided by Sourcebooks


Sherry Gloag said...

It's fascinating to discover how many variations on a them can be achieved. I like the sound of this.

Linda Banche said...

Hi Sherry. I never knew there were so many variations on P&P, too. I enjoyed this one.

catslady said...

I too am surprised at all the variations - but it's a good thing!

Linda Banche said...

Lots of ways to write the same story, catslady, and I have more in the offing. Stay tuned for more reviews of Jane Austen variations.