Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

Title: Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Author: Kara Louise
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402241038 (ISBN13: 9781402241031)
paperback, 356 pages

Summary: In this fresh and original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet's greatest fear comes to pass-Longbourn is entailed to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth finds work as a governess in London, widening the social divide between her and Mr. Darcy and making it more difficult than ever for them to find their way to each other...

I absolutely adore Jane Austen sequels and variations. When I received this book in the mail I squeeed while jumping up and down. My husband asked me what was the matter and I told him "It's Darcy and Elizabeth".  He just rolled his eyes and said he didn't understand how I could read the same story over and over again. I had to set him straight. This is an entirely different story. Yes, it has Darcy and Elizabeth in it but the journey to happily ever after is completely different. That's what I love about variations. I love seeing how the authors envision these beloved characters and the alternative direction they take this well known story. 
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is a fantastic variation. I found my self devouring this book page after page. This was a 'stay up all night to read' book. Kara Louise takes Darcy and Elizabeth and sets them on a different path. After Mr. Darcy's disastrous proposal,  Elizabeth gets the tragic news that Mr. Bennett has died leaving his estate to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth becomes a governess with a respectable family. She adores her pupil and is within walking distance of her most beloved sister, Jane. Elizabeth and Jane although content are a little disheartened about their present circumstances. They carry on as best they can. Elizabeth forms a friendship with her employers sister, Rosalyn. During their friendship it is discovered the Rosalyn has her sites set on none other than Mr. Darcy. 
I really like the direction that Kara Louise took this story. I really appreciated how she kept the personalties of Darcy and Elizabeth in tact. I was sorry that Mr. Bennett had to die because he's one of my favorite characters but it is necessary for the storyline. Kara Louise introduces some new characters into the story. Rosalyn, who has her eye on Mr. Darcy is a great character. I love seeing her transform through out the book. Mr. Hamilton is also a great new character. He doesn't think much before he speaks but he added some comedy to this novel. The author kept many of the original characters in this book but she gives an exciting twist to their stories as well. Of course the main focus of the book is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I loved seeing their story unfold bit by bit. Kara Louise gives us a glimpse of the softer side of Mr. Darcy. The banter between the two is great. I fell in-love with Darcy and Elizabeth all over again. I thought the story was fresh and deeply romantic. This is a book that I will definitely read again. 

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*cover and summary taken from Goodreads
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  1. Great review. This sounds like something I would really enjoy. I'll have to keep it in mind.

  2. I love P&P sequels/variations/anything to do with it really :) I'm going to add this to my to-read list right now, it sounds amazing!

  3. I lol when you said that you were sad Mr. Bennett had to die but it was necessary. Great review!

  4. This is a book I have been looking forward to getting my hands on. It looks like I am really going to enjoy it!

  5. @Jazz, Daisy, Alexis, Marla,
    Thanks for your comments. It is a great book that I think you'd like to read. I highly recommend :D


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