Regina Jeffers writes a wonderful bit of Austenalia combined with a tightly written mystery in 'The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'. As is typical for me, I started in the middle of a series (again), so there are books before (and after) this one, but it didn't detract from the novel. The author gives just enough background between the canonical Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and her own works that come before the story to inform without intruding.
There are satisfying twists, wonderful character development of familiar characters, and new characters you can grow to love. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy has matured into a good wife with enough backbone and sense to stand up to her still-prideful husband FitzWilliam Darcy. The underutilized Georgiana Darcy finally gets to shine in this novel even though through much of the novel she is the object and not the subject of the action.
I liked the way that canonical characters from Pride and Prejudice and new characters were blended in this story. Elizabeth was well fleshed out, and I liked the characterization of Georgiana, but Darcy was just a touch off, for me. Of course, I'm of the minority opinion that his 'pride' was social anxiety all along, so there it is.
This is not quite as quick a read as other Austenalia I have read. It's a bit longer, there is a more convoluted plot, and more action. I fell into it every night until I finished it last night, and waited impatiently last night because my e-book was charging slowly and I had let it drain, so I couldn't just dive in like I wanted to.
The mystery is a true mystery, and was truly unpredictable. I was about three quarters of the way to the reveal before I had any idea of which direction the mystery was headed – and I'm pretty tough to fool.
If you love Austen and you love mysteries, 'The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy' is a two-fer, so be sure to add it to your library. While you're at it, explore the rest of Regina Jeffers' books.
- Kim's Review of Loving Miss Darcy (Brides of Pemberley #2) by Nancy Kelley (lifeand100books.com)
- The Modern Miss Bennet (cheaperthanrubies.com)
- A Closer Look at The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Episodes 27 - 34 (austenprose.com)