Chaos Comes to Longbourn

chaos-comes-to-lonbournAuthor: Victoria Kincaid

Publisher: Victoria Kincaid

Release Date: July 2, 2016

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

If you love Pride and Prejudice and what might have beens, this is the books for you.

Mr. Darcy has been wrestling with his sudden thoughts about Elizabeth Bennett. In an effort to rid himself of the thoughts and the ball he is in attendance at, he decides to retreat to the library where he stumbles upon Elizabeth’s 15 year old sister Lydia, who is only partially dressed after she had been in a love session with someone else.  When others arrive, Mr. Darcy is mistaken as an attacker and has no choice but to propose marriage.  In an effort to ensure his friend Mr. Bingley doesn’t meet the same fate from Elizabeth’s older sister Jane, Mr. Bingley’s sisters talk him into leaving without the intention of returning.  This greatly saddens Jane (and Mr. Bingley), but he leaves anyway.  Soon Mr. Collins comes to call on a wife and selects Elizabeth, who promptly turns him down.  He then turns to Jane, who no longer has any prospects, agrees to the marriage in a effort to save her family’s home.

Upon arriving home, Mr. Bingley learns that his mother is very ill and will likely not live long. She had hoped to meet the young Bennet girl he had wrote to her about and was even hoping they may already be married.  Mr. Bingley tells his mother they are engaged and quickly returns to Longbourn to beg forgiveness of Jane and hopefully propose.  Once he arrives, he finds out that she is now betrothed to Mr. Collins.  He suddenly gets an idea that maybe he can propose to another Bennett girl in the meantime and after hearing his plan, Elizabeth agrees.

In a love rectangle gone mad, all four couples should never have been together. In fact, only three of the final couples are right for each other.  The last couple are both insufferable.  Even so, in the end, each gets their own.  This was a fun, quick read that had some much play on the original Jane Austen story Pride and Prejudice.  The characters all reminded me of the actual book, but some may have been a bit stuffier and more arrogant, if that is possible.  For people that enjoy the what might have been, this will be a great book to read.  Even if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, it is still worth it to pick it up and get a laugh.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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