Friday, June 05, 2015

REVIEW: Mistaking Her Character by Maria Grace

Book Blurb: Lady Catherine de Bourgh is prepared to be very generous when it comes to medical care for her sickly daughter, Anne – generous enough to lure noted physician Dr. Thomas Bennet to give up his London practice and move his family to Rosings Park. But his good income comes with a price: complete dependence on his demanding patroness’s every whim.
Now the Bennet family is trapped, reliant on Lady Catherine for their survival. Their patroness controls every aspect of the Bennet household, from the shelves in the closet to the selection of suitors for the five Bennet daughters. Now she has chosen a husband for headstrong Elizabeth Bennet– Mr. George Wickham.

But Lady Catherine’s nephew, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is not so sure about his aunt’s choice. He is fascinated by the compassionate Elizabeth who seems to effortlessly understand everyone around her, including him. Lady Catherine has other plans for Darcy, though, and she forbids Elizabeth to even speak to him.

As Anne’s health takes a turn for the worse, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together as Dr. Bennet struggles to save Anne’s life. Darcy can no longer deny the truth – he is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. But Lady Catherine will do anything to stop Darcy from marrying her – even if it means Elizabeth will lose everything she loves. 

The Review: So this book starts out with the Bennets living in Kent because Mr. Bennet is Anne de Bourgh's doctor. Jane and Elizabeth are the step-daughters to the current Mrs. Bennet. Their mother died when they were younger but the reader is not told how she died. Lady Catherine proclaims herself as the mother hawk of Rosings and takes "care" of everybody within her domain. Personally I saw her as a controlling bitch. And Anne is just a copy of her mother. She seriously tries to get Elizabeth to be her new companion because Mrs. Jenkinson is not as lively as she is. Which I don't understand how she thought that was going to work as Lizzy is a gentleman's daughter and was not seeking a position. 

Lady Catherine is still trying to push her daughter off on Darcy in this book even though he has fallen in love with Lizzy. Richard even goes so far as to tell him to marry Anne and to take Elizabeth as his mistress. Then when Anne dies he should marry Lizzy after a three month grieving period. Most of society would have told him to do that but our dear Darcy has morals and refuses to do that. I love Darcy in this book just for that reason.

I will admit that I read a few chapters of this book when it was being released on Austen Variations. However I chose not the read the whole story and I'm glad I didn't. It enabled me to enjoy the story without knowing what was going to happen next. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to reading Ms. Grace's next novel.

Rating: ★★★★★


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