His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelly review

Title: His Good Opinion
Author: Nancy Kelly
Publisher: Smokey Rose Press
Publication Date: Nov. 20, 2011
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Genre: Jane Austen variation
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Though tired of Society's manipulations, Darcy never thought to be enchanted by a country maiden. Yet on a visit to rural Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Bennet captivates him. Lovely and vivacious, she is everything he is not, and everything he longs to have.
Unfortunately, her connections put her decidedly beneath him, and the improprieties he observes in her family do not win his favor. Putting her firmly out of his mind, Darcy returns to London, but Elizabeth is not so easily forgotten.
When chance throws them together, Darcy can no longer deny his love, but Elizabeth, put off by his manners, refuses him. To change her mind, he must set aside his proud ways and learn how to please a woman worthy of being pleased. It takes a serious incident for his true character to shine, and for Elizabeth to learn just how valuable is…

My thoughts:
One of the first things that grabbed my attention of His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelly is this book is told entirely from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Pride and Prejudice is told from Elizabeth's point of view so we don't get to know the thoughts of Mr. Darcy whose character is hard to understand. It makes you wonder what's going on in his head while he's intensely staring at Elizabeth Bennet.  
His Good Opinion begins not in Hertfordshire with Elizabeth but in Ramsgate with Georgiana. I think this is an excellent addition to this book because in P&P we only learn about the misfortunes of Darcy and Wickham through the letter he wrote to Elizabeth. This sets the stage for Darcy's state of being. Nancy Kelley takes us through the story of P&P giving us a closer look at understanding Mr. Darcy. The struggles he undergoes, the desires in his heart and the yearning he can't explain. 
I really enjoyed this novel. I love how well Nancy Kelley kept true to the story Pride and Prejudice but also added her own interpretation of what Mr. Darcy is going through. I think the scenes from Darcy's perspective would be very similar if Jane Austen were to write them. The author kept true to Jane and her beloved characters. This book is a joy to read and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. 
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*I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.


  1. This sounds like a freaking awesome book!

  2. Thanks for the great review, Marcie! I'm so glad you enjoyed His Good Opinion.

  3. Sounds like something I would love. Thanks for the review!
    Sophie Frost


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