That’s right, everyone, I completed the challenge. I’ve actually read and watched more than six, but I just finished Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange to round out my posts for this challenge.
I’ve been so into vampire books (in fact, my husband asked me if there were any left I haven’t read) that I was very excited when Jane Austen was connected to them. Two of my favorite genres in one! So, when I finally got this one from the library, I was quite excited.
This book picks up after Pride & Prejudice at the marriage of Elizabeth/Darcy and Jane/Bingley. Elizabeth feels like the happiest woman in the world until shes spies Darcy’s face just after the wedding and wonders if he regrets marrying her. The happy couple start their tour with a change of plans and head to Europe. Elizabeth continues to have misgivings, especially when Darcy fails to come to the marriage bed. And, from there, the story unfolds…..
I have to say that I was entertained with this book, but not until the second half. During the first half, when Elizabeth was still trying to figure out what was wrong with Darcy’s and her relationship, I was getting very frustrated. As the reader, it was quite obvious. I always thought of Elizabeth as a smart woman. She just seemed like a dunce to me. Also, I was annoyed by her lack of courage in talking to her husband. That’s not the Lizzy I remember from Pride & Prejudice. Plus, Elizabeth went along blindly with Darcy, even during very mysterious happenings without so much as a word of question. Does that sound like Elizabeth Bennet?
But, once the real action started and Elizabeth finally learns Darcy’s secret, the book was much better. It was exciting and the Elizabeth we all know and love seemed to return. Her bravery and loyalty were tested and she rose to the challenge. And, she put forth what she wanted even when it went against Darcy’s directives. The strong woman came back.
The author did present some great descriptions of scenery in this novel. This is especially true near the end when the Darcys are in the ancient temple. I could really picture the surroundings and they were breathtaking!
So, here ends my challenge. Of course, I’m sure I will never leave this genre behind. I would like to check out some more of Grange’s “Diary of” books. And, I also found some mysteries that Jane Austen stars in herself that I plan to check out further.