Awesome Read! Accepting Darcy by Jane Grix

Awesome Read! Accepting Darcy by Jane Grix

Accepting Darcy by Jane GrixA few months ago, I was in Wisconsin at the Midwest Horse Fair where my 15-year-old daughter was competing in the Epic Night of the Horse Youth Star Search with her wild mustang, Comancheria. I ran into fellow author, Jane Grix and, in true awesome-ness, she happened to have an extra copy of her latest Pride and Prejudice variation, Accepting Darcy.

Don’t you love when you run into people and they give you a new book? Greatest. Day. Ever. 🙂

Full disclosure: Despite my focus on writing Amish fiction and women’s fiction, I love Regency writing and have begun writing Regency under the name Catherine Eleanor.

I have to confess that I was more than thrilled at this new acquisition and I couldn’t wait to get back to New Jersey so that I could begin reading it.

Except I didn’t just read it. I devoured it.

The premise of the novel is a “what if” situation. What if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy’s first (and not very gracious) proposal?

Like a great detective, Jane Grix morphed a very plausible backstory that weaved into Elizabeth saying yes to Darcy, rather than giving him a piece of her mind. I had never thought about that possibility and Grix does an amazing job of realistically crafting an alternative ending to the novel.

My only complaint? It wasn’t long enough. I would have loved another two…no, three hundred pages! Her character development, witty dialogue, and accurate descriptions of the time period made the novel so enjoyable that I was actually sad when it ended! I wanted more. And that is the sign of a good book. No…a great book.

I’ve read one other novella by Jane Grix and several novels that she wrote under the pen name Beverly Farr, but this was my first Regency novel of hers that I have read. It won’t be the last.

As an aside, just like the Amish fiction genre, there are a lot of people who jump into writing Regency novels and novellas. Some, like my fellow authors who blog for Austen Authors, are top-notch, quality writers who focus on the literary aspect of Jane Austen as they create entertaining stories for our readers. But there are also a lot of writers who, frankly, can’t write very well (and don’t care), have no concern for Austen’s contributions to literature, and focus just on publishing books in the hope that Regency enthusiasts will buy them.

It irks me when I see the genre flooded by less scrupulous “writers” who create a cloud of noise for true authors.

So I felt extra compelled to write about this novel by Jane Grix. I was beyond impressed and have added her to my list of favorite Austen authors. I think you will, too.

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6 Responses to Awesome Read! Accepting Darcy by Jane Grix

  1. I actually have this book in my TBR pile and have yet to get to it. I am glad to see another author give it such praise. Thank you for taking the time away from your own writing to promote your friend’s book. I look forward to climbing the heights of my TBR pile and pulling it from the heap. Thank you for your kind words for your friend. Blessings in your own work and toward the launch of current and future work.

  2. I have read 4 of Jane Grix’s books. My hesitation basically stems from the fact that with my Kindle Unlimited membership and all the unpublished and thus free stories on JAFF sites I am up to my nose in books. Not to mention those that go on sale for $1.99, $.99 or even are free on Amazon. And I have also won a few books. So it is rare that I get to the point of needing to “buy” a book outside of those resources. There are certain authors that are favorites and whose books I pay for as soon as they are published. Not to say that I have not enjoyed Jane’s books. I do post reviews so you can read my thoughts about the four I did read. When I read reviews and they are all four or five stars, that is another time I will purchase a book. I do read reviews and am glad you so enjoyed this one.

  3. I downloaded a sample, which I will get to eventually.

    A brief story: Before ebooks, I was staying with my sister for a few weeks. My father asked me about how the visit was going and I told him it was great, but she had nothing to read. He asked me what kind of books that she had, and I told him. (As an aside, he didn’t ask whether she had books. He knew she had plenty of books.) He agreed with me. My sister had nothing to read.

    When my mother heard about this interchange, she asked my sister what kind of books she had, and my mother believed my sister had plenty of enjoyable books. Tastes vary.

    That is a long way of explaining why I downloaded the sample, but have no idea if I will buy the book.

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