A cute romance set in the home of now married Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Drama is a novella that takes the best parts of Mansfield Park and mixes it with a new romance between a governess and a charming stranger. The author even manages to add a dash of Northanger Abbey into this one.
When a trunk full of costumes is discovered in the attic of Pemberley, the guests who are trapped indoors by the rain, decide to put on a theatrical. Miss Beckford, their lovely new governess is called to produce a play she wrote years ago for fun family amusement. One of the guests, Mr. Aconbury, is much sought after by the single ladies in the house when it is discovered he’s made a sizable fortune overseas. Even Lady Catherine tolerates the theatrical to get her precious Anne in the mix. But Mr. Aconbury doesn’t want some young maid with eyes only on fortune. He wants a smart woman who likes him for himself. Miss Beckford may be just the one, because she felt for him before she knew about his wealth. Now he is the catch of the county, will he think she is only seeking the freedom he can grant her?
I found this a pleasant, amusing, love story with a smart heroin and not too much conflict sent in to torment us “happily ever after” romance lovers. I have and will always be an Elizabeth Aston fan and finding these little novellas after her death was like a present reserved just for me. They can all be found on Kindle now.
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