Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chaos Comes to Longbourn by Victoria Kincaid

(Thank you to the publisher and Poetic Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:
This humorous Pride and Prejudice variation begins at the Netherfield ball. While attempting to suppress his desire to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy flees the ballroom only to stumble upon a half-dressed Lydia Bennet in the library. After a shrieking, nerve-stricken Mrs. Bennet discovers them in this compromising position, Darcy is forced to make Lydia an offer of marriage.
A few weeks later, Bingley returns from London to discover that a heartbroken Jane has accepted an offer from Collins. Bingley instead proposes to Elizabeth, who accepts with the hope of reuniting him with Jane. Now Darcy must cope with jealousy toward Bingley and a fiancée who longs to get her hands on the grand estate of “Pembleton” (or is it “Peckersly?”). Lydia, in turn, is jealous that Wickham has proposed to Charlotte Lucas—who (much to Wickham’s dismay) does not find red coats nearly as appealing as clerical collars.
Although Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, he feels honor bound by his promise to Lydia. Elizabeth has also developed feelings for the master of Pemberley, but he has never seemed so far out of her reach. How can Darcy and Elizabeth unravel this tangle of hilariously misbegotten betrothals and reach their happily ever after?
my thoughts:

Chaos most certainly comes to Longbourn in this Pride & Prejudice variation by historical romance writer,Victoria Kincaid.  Yep, we have a bevy of mismatched couples that will have any Austen fan hyperventilating with shock and dismay.  I'm one of those Austen fans, so believe me its true! I was horrified to see Darcy paired with Lydia - the horror, the horror!  He happens to be in the wrong place at precisely the wrong moment and before you know it he's forced to propose to her - ack!  Oh, and don't get me started on the other three mismatched couples: Jane and Collins; Lizzy and Bingley; and Charlotte and Wickham.  Can you imagine!?! Well, Kincaid did and it made for quite a funny and engaging read.  I absolutely enjoyed getting caught up in all of the drama that ensues as a result of these four unlikely pairings.  Its pretty obvious how miserable and unhappy these couples are, but they manage to "keep calm and carry on."  Okay, not really.  Instead, they plot and plan to get themselves reunited with their true loves, which made for quite an unputdownable read.

I just LOVED Chaos Comes to Longbourn - it was such a treat to read! The writing was smart, the characters familiar and beloved, and the story was terrific!  I can't wait to read more of Kincaid's works. And I would happily recommend Chaos Comes to Longbourn to fans of Kincaid's writing and fans of Austen - you will fall in LOVE with this book!!

Here's the link to the Poetic Book Tour schedule for: Chaos Comes to Longbourn
Thank you to the publisher and Poetic Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Serena said...

I am so glad you loved this book. Thanks for being on the blog tour for this one.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Serena, I really did enjoy it. Thanks for having me on the tour :)

Lark said...

This sounds really funny. Just reading the premise made me laugh. As a die-hard Austen fan I have to check this one out! :)

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Lark, it really is funny and such a delight to read. I think you'd enjoy it :)

bermudaonion said...

I tried one Austen variation and didn't love it. I guess I need to try another one.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Kathy, I've had the same experience. They aren't all that great, but this one was :)

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