The best part of love, debut novel by A. D’Orazio, explores the story of Pride and prejudice through a different point of view. In fact it shows what would happen if Darcy had known Elizabeth, a widow in search of the truth about her husband’s death. The novel explores various genres; in fact, it is not just a love story set in Regency England, but also a mistery. Based on some uprisings against the regency of those years, the author manages to create a solid plot that includes betrayal, theft, violence, murder and even a treasure hunt.
Elizabeth Bennet/Lady Courtenay/Mrs Darcy is the most complex character of the work. While retaining the characteristic features of Austen’s Elizabeth in some parts of the story, in other she is extremely distorted, becoming a frail and sad creature. As she herself says in the novel, Elizabeth is made to be a lively and cheerful mind, and that’s why I found strange that she employed so much time to become aware of what she had under his eyes. The author has been very good to spread in the first part of the book a few precious clues that lead an experienced reader to suspect immediately what will be the plot twist of the story, and it is precisely this that makes the part of the novel that leads to the resolution of the story, a little boring.
Darcy is lovable in this volume, I love when he is suffering for love and is resigned to events that he can not control.
Overall, the everyday scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth (and especially their moments in Kent) provide great sweetness to the heart, although I would have eliminated the epilogue and finished the book with the last chapter. Despite the slow start and some boring passages, it is nice that the moral of the story is that true love always wins, no matter what the obstacle is.
The writer’s style is simple and clear and makes the read fast.
Amy D’Orazio is a former breast cancer researcher and current stay at home mom who is addicted to Austen and Starbucks in about equal measures. While she adores Mr. Darcy, she is married to Mr. Bingley and their Pemberley is in Pittsburgh – PA. She has two daughters who are devoted to sports which require long practices and began writing her own stories as a way to pass the time she spent sitting in the lobbies of various gyms and studios. She is a firm believer that all stories should have long looks, stolen kisses and happily ever afters. Like her favorite heroine, she dearly loves a laugh and considers herself an excellent walker.
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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