Sunday, January 23, 2011
Review: MR. DARCY'S SECRET by Jane Odiwe
The bloom is off the rose in the Jane Austen sequel cum mystery Mr. Darcy's Secret by Jane Odiwe.
Mysterious passionate love letters from the past, supposedly written to Darcy, interrupt Elizabeth's newly wedded bliss. Even worse, there is a child who closely resembles Darcy. Is the boy Darcy's son?
Although Elizabeth can't change the past, the present is equally disturbing. Darcy reverts to type as he arranges Georgiana's loveless marriage to a "suitable" older gentleman. That Georgiana loves another, the landscape gardener, Tom, who also loves her, means nothing.
Full of the manners and mores so dear to Regency readers, Mr. Darcy's Secret is another fine addition to the Jane Austen universe. The worthy, if penniless, Tom must fight for Georgiana against the prevailing sentiment of marriage as a merger of fortunes and influence. In her turn, Georgiana must overcome her dutiful submission to her brother's wrong-headed ideas about marriage, ones he himself ignored.
And then there is the mystery. Ms. Odiwe keeps you guessing right to the end as to what the sad and shocking Mr. Darcy's Secret really is. The knowledge could either destroy Darcy's and Elizabeth's marriage or make it stronger.
Young love, old sins, characters we love, villains we love to hate, and a mystery threading through the whole--Mr. Darcy's Secret has it all.
Thank you all,
ARC provided by Sourcebooks