Title: Second Impressions
Author: Amy George
Publication Date: August 10, 2016 (Kindle Unlimited version)
The concept of Second Impressions is an interesting one. In this, Darcy ends up holding up the engagement to Anne Darcy, and Elizabeth travels to America to visit some family there in an attempt to get over her heartbreak.
A few years later she returns to help her sister who’s expecting a baby and she is reunited with a depressed Darcy whose wife has died. SHe and Darcy have to reintroduce themselves with who they are now.
The issue however, is that the book doesn’t really live up to the concept. In fact, the story seems to be almost more about Elizabeth’s gutsy futuristic cousin Emmeline Poston. There is her awkward romance with John Dalton, and the side plot that really only shows up in the last third of the book where an Ex of Emmeline’s shows up and decides to kidnap her at Elizabeth’s wedding.
The positives of this book include an expansion of character with Charles Bingley, Jane, and Kitty. They start to have more of a personality then in Austen’s original novel. Although Jane seems more outgoing then she really was in the original material.
I feel like there are two novels in here, just both didn’t have enough so she threw them together and they didn’t meld as well as perhaps the Author hoped.
Although it should be noted that I didn’t realise it was a novella (despite that being listed on the cover) till I was finished with it.