Thursday, May 12, 2011

Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas - Kara Louise

Darcy's VoyageIn this enchanting and highly original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet sets out for the new world aboard the grand ship Pemberley's Promise. She's prepared for an uneventful voyage until a chance encounter with the handsome, taciturn Mr. Darcy turns her world upside down.

When Elizabeth falls ill, Darcy throws convention overboard in a plan that will bind them to each other more deeply than he ever could have imagined.

But the perils of their ocean voyage pale in comparison to the harsh reality of society's rules that threaten their chance at happiness. When they return to the lavish halls of England, will their love survive?

I GIVE THIS BOOK 1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

'Darcy's Voyage' was such a delightful story, that I just couldn't put it down. To me, this is one of the best 'Pride & Prejudice' sequels/retellings that I have ever read. It is so different from the original and yet keeps the authenticity of the classic story that we know and love.

When Darcy and Elizabeth first meet, it is on a carriage where at first they are annoyed by one another, but soon they become quite comfortable with each other. When Darcy exits the carriage, to finish his trip in his personal carriage that is waiting for him, they both realize that they never got the other's name.

The story then jumps ahead two years to when Elizabeth, who is going to visit her Aunt & Uncle Gardiner in America, again meets Mr. Darcy aboard Pemberley's Promise where they literally bump into one another on two different occasions - though neither of them remember that they had met two years before. Darcy is traveling to America to escort his sister Georgiana home, whose companion has had a family emergency and can't leave America for a unknown amount of time.

Elizabeth cares for the women in steerage who have fallen ill, even giving up her bunk to one of them - she then sleeps on the floor! Darcy keeps noticing Elizabeth, that she cares for her fellow passengers welfare; that she, unlike the rest of the women aboard ship, seems to take little notice of him and that she enjoys taking early morning walks. While on one of these walks, Darcy joins Elizabeth and they begin to converse. After a few days of early morning walks together, they realize that they have a lot in common and that they really enjoy each other's company. With most of the original cast of characters not aboard ship (i.e. Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Wickham, Miss Bingley and Lady Catherine de Bourgh), Darcy and Elizabeth are able to fall in love without anyone or anything to hinder them - though neither lets the other know of their feelings. When Elizabeth falls ill, Darcy is so deeply concerned for her welfare that he makes a most unusual proposal.

I won't get into too much detail about the rest of the story or I might give too much away, but I thought that the characters were very well written and that the story makes you want to keep reading until you reach the end. The story flawlessly intertwines many parts of the original story, such as the conversation where Darcy says that his"good opinion once lost is lost forever".  I loved how even with such a twist in the story, it somehow stays true to Jane Austen's style of writing - you feel as though these are the real Elizabeth and Darcy, just in a different situation and not just someone's interpretation of them.

Darcy's Voyage has now become my favorite Jane Austen fan fiction book. I absolutely love this book and it is one that I could & will read again and again. I highly recommend that you read this book, especially if you love 'Pride & Prejudice' fan fiction books.  I hope that this is one that you will love as much as I do.


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