Bluebells in the Mourning by KaraLynne Mackrory
This re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice begins with a somber carriage ride. Mr. Darcy set out for the Hunsford parsonage with the intention of asking Elizabeth Bennet for her hand, but instead finds her in great distress. She has received word that her sister Lydia suffered a fall and then passed away. What is a gentleman to do but offer himself as an escort home?
This struck me from the beginning as a very interesting and original twist. For one, the Bennet family is in mourning, which means Darcy must delay his planned proposal for months. It also gives the story a mystery. How, exactly, did Lydia come to fall and did Wickham have anything to do with it? As the first chapter for a story, this caught me very quickly.
There was never a dull moment in this book from beginning to end.
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