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The Recovery of Fitzwilliam Darcy

I have no notion who I am meant to be.

In 1789, a terrible crime is committed, plunging one family into grief as another rejoices at the gift of an unexpected son. Two decades later, a chance meeting leads to the discovery of the lost heir of Pemberley and the man who knew himself as Mr William Lucas is restored to his birthright as Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley.

Discovering the truth about his past means leaving behind everyone and everything he has ever known and loved—including his childhood best friend and soon-to-be betrothed, Elizabeth Bennet. Tormented by questions about himself, and his place, Darcy struggles to understand and adapt to his changed identity and his new life. He must contend with a father buried in the shadows of the past and family relationships he does not understand.

The truth has come out. Some have gained by it, some have lost by it, and I am in the middle. I cannot possibly make everyone happy. No matter what I do, someone will suffer. No matter what I do, I shall suffer.

Somehow, he must find a way to do right by his new and old families, especially if he is to avoid losing Elizabeth forever. 

He thrust a sheet of paper into her hands, and she dropped into her usual chair.

I fantastic variation from Lucy Marin! The first quarter of the book had me feeling a bit unsure about how this variation was going to go, but once thing started moving it quickly became a story I couldn’t put down.

I have to admit something…. This book tempted me to do something I haven’t done since I was a child -peek at the end! At the half mark, I was so worried that a HEA wasn’t going to happen that I wanted to skip ahead and read the last chapter. I resisted the urge and kept reading. I was rewarded with a beautiful written story.

This was a highly imaginative variation that I believe even readers that are not JAFF readers would enjoy.

Lucy Marin developed a love for reading at a young age and whiled away many hours imagining how stories might continue or what would happen if there was a change in the circumstances faced by the protagonists. After reading her first Austen novel, a life-long ardent admiration was born. Lucy was introduced to the world of Austen variations after stumbling across one at a used bookstore while on holiday in London in 2002. This led to the discovery of the online world of Jane Austen fan fiction and, soon after, she picked up her pen and began to transfer the stories in her head to paper. Lucy lives in Toronto, Canada surrounded by hundreds of books and a loving family. She teaches environmental studies, loves animals and trees and exploring the world around her. Her first novel, Being Mrs Darcy, was published in March 2020 and was followed by a novella, Mr Darcy: A Man with a Plan, in July 2020.

Thank you so stopping in today to check out The Recovery of Fiztwilliam Darcy? Are you planning on grabbing a copy? Are you reading anything that you think I need to review for the blog? Drop me a comment below. I love to chat! Happy reading, Melissa

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.


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