Sunday, December 06, 2015

REVIEW: A Peculiar Connection by Jan Hahn

Book Blurb: Will a mysterious note from the past doom the love of Jane Austen's most beloved couple? A Peculiar Connection begins near the close of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Bent on preventing the engagement of her nephew to Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh declares that any union between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth would be "a sin against Heaven itself!" Her shocking revelation, along with a cryptic message written over twenty years earlier, thrusts the couple into a whirlwind of heartbreak and disbelief. Could a deserted mansion in Derbyshire or a small church hidden in the wood hold the key to solving the puzzle? And why is Elizabeth inexplicably drawn to the portrait of three young boys in Pemberley's gallery? Determined to confirm or refute Lady Catherine's accusation, Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to embark upon a twisted trail into bygone days and family secrets. All the while, they must endure the exquisite torture of denying the indisputable desire that still hovers between them.

My Review: I have to say that while I am not a fan of the first person narrative in this case it works. The majority of this book kept me in anguish that Elizabeth and Darcy were going to end up together. I hate the fact that Lady Catherine is such a bitch that she kept the secret of Elizabeth's paternity from everybody. You have to imagine their anguish that they went through thinking that they were in love with their sibling. Had Lady Catherine just told the truth from the beginning Lizzy and Darcy wouldn't have been tormented through most of the book. However it was funny how jealous Darcy got of Colonel Fitzwilliam and his eligible male neighbors in Derbyshire.

Like I said earlier this book kept me in anguish throughout much of it. I was overjoyed when it revealed that they weren't brother and sister  and they could actually be together. I know how it is to have to deny your feelings for someone so I can sympathize with Elizabeth and Darcy. I usually enjoy reading the author's books and this one is no exception. I am looking forward to reading Ms. Hahn's future works.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

1 comment:

  1. I love all Jan Hahn's books. This is such a favorite. Delicious angst.