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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: The Unforgettable Mr Darcy by Victoria Kincaid | guest review from AnaDarcy!

Joining us again this year is AnaDarcy, who is no stranger to Austen in August! This year, she's sharing her thoughts on Victoria Kincaid's The Unforgettable Mr Darcy, which you can enter to win here or below (it's the same giveaway, no need to enter twice -- but commenting on this review does gain you additional entries!).

Victoria Kincaid’s The Unforgettable Mr Darcy 

Dear Misty and readers at The Book Rat,

I am very pleased to participate on Austen in August once more, and this time I am bringing you a really enjoyable book: The Unforgettable Mr Darcy by Victoria Kincaid.

If you do not anything about this book, I will start saying that the first chapter is just shocking. It is so well written that even if your subconscious is telling you “it cannot have happened, it’s just the first chapter of the book”, you will be shocked. You may be asking yourself, why? I will tell you why…
Elizabeth Bennet is dead!! Apart from the Bennet family, poor Mr Darcy, when he gets to Longbourn, after a horrendous proposal, to be told that the woman he loves is dead due to some sabotage in a ship, must be agonising.

Darcy goes to France to revenge Elizabeth’s death but… spoiler… no, not really. I wrote it, it is only the first chapter and it is even written on the blurb: Elizabeth is not dead. He finds her, but she has lost her memory and for some “complications”, she is let to believe that Darcy is her husband. How on Earth does this make sense? It does, trust me. Thanks to this “mistake”, we can read lovely passages but also very torturing ones where Darcy is, as usual, flagellating himself. About this idea, we can read things like:

“Darcy had never blushed more furiously in his life”
“It was sheer bliss. And complete agony”

Remember that Darcy and Elizabeth are in France? France, an enemy to the English and they need to escape as soon as possible due to a spy going around and chasing them. Why? Advise: read the book ;)

We could say that this is an adventure book but with two of our favourite characters. Although, for Elizabeth, this is a double adventure/trip: a trip to survive and escape France and also a trip to find herself because:

“For what are we, after all, but the sum of our memories?”

In this case, she does not have any memories at all and it is scary for her and she only knows that Darcy is her connexion to the world. However, how would she react when she recovers her memory and realises the “mistake”? What would she say? What would she do? What would Darcy do?

I hope you like the way her memory comes back… the human mind can be an enigma even with fictional characters!


If you want to know more about this really good author, follow Victoria in any of the following links (or all of them):

Website         Goodreads        Facebook           Twitter

Good luck on the giveaway. However, the book is available to buy, among others, on:

Amazon US    Amazon ES     Amazon CA     Amazon DE   Amazon UK

I hope you stop by sometime at My Vices and Weaknesses and share your comments about other books that I have read, and I am reviewing.

(All the quotes are from Victoria Kincaid and can be found in The unforgettable Mr Darcy)

Thank you very much, Misty for organising this summery and very fascinating event where Austen is, again, Queen of the castle ;)

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  1. You bring up great questions, ones I would like to know the answer to. I especially would like to know how Elizabeth reacts when she realizes her mistake. I look forward to reading and finding out.

  2. Mr Darcy is my favorite of all of Jane Austen’s male characters . Slightly aloof but dreamy when you get to know more about him .... and now in this book Darcy in France .... what could be better ! :0) love it !

  3. Now, that does sound like a fun and exciting premise. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, AnaDarcy. :) Loved your review.

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. The premise is soooo good :) Thanks for the review!

  5. Ana, Thank you for that lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

  6. Oh yes, I really, really want to read the scene where it comes back to Elizabeth! The problem is, I can anticipate quite some anger and upset over her world (as she knows it after the memry loss) being turned upside down...
    Thanks for the review!

  7. Tis sounds wonderful. I love reading a tortured Darcy. I can't wait to read Lizzy's reaction when she regains her memory.

  8. Lizzy will have an unexpected reaction? I can't wait to read this book.

  9. I love the sound of this book! Love Victoria’s style of writing!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway chance! Regency espionage romance is one of my favourite genres, but when it includes D&E... sigh.

  11. A great review, AnaDarcy. It makes me want to pick up the book right away to learn more of the story.


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