ARC Review | The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James

ARC Review | The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta JamesThe Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James
Published by Meryton Press on May 29th 2016
Genres: JAFF, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance
Pages: 229
Format: Paperback
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“It is settled between us already, that we are to be the happiest couple in the world,” said Elizabeth Bennet at the conclusion of “Pride & Prejudice”—but was it true?

Charlie Haywood is a London-based private investigator who has made his own fortune—on his own terms. Charming, cynical, and promiscuous, he never expected to be attracted to Evie Pemberton, an independent-minded artist living with the aftermath of tragedy. But when he is hired to investigate her claims to a one hundred and fifty year old trust belonging to the eminent Darcy family, he is captivated.

Together they become entwined in a Regency tale of love, loss, and mystery tracing back to the grand estate of Pemberley, home to Evie’s nineteenth century ancestors, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. As if travelling back in time, a story unfolds within their story. All was not as it seemed in the private lives of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, but how can they ever uncover the whole truth?

How could they know that in 1817 Elizabeth Darcy began a secret journal? What started as an account of a blissful life came to reflect a growing unease. Was the Darcy marriage perfect or was there betrayal and deception at its heart?

Can Evie and Charlie unearth the truth in the letters of Fitzwilliam Darcy or within the walls of present-day Pemberley? What are the elusive Elizabeth papers and why did Elizabeth herself want them destroyed?

"The Elizabeth Papers" is a tale of romance and intrigue, spanning the Regency and modern eras, reminding us how the passions of the past may inspire those in the present.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What a lovely novel! I don’t usually read Pride and Prejudice stories that take place after the canon, but the intrigue of the blurb called to me. I’m so happy I got the chance to read this book because it was amazing! I devoured the whole book and was engaged from start to finish.

Private investigator Charlie Haywood found success and wealth thanks to his work and perseverance. When a potential client approached him with a more difficult case, he is determined to solve it. His potential client, Cressida Carter, is a recipient of the Darcy Trust and wishes to contest the eligibility of another recipient. A certain Fitzwilliam Darcy once set up the Trust to provide monetary compensation to his female descendants, and Cressida got word that Victoria Darcy, the ancestor of two of the current beneficiaries, is the illegitimate child of Fitzwilliam Darcy’s wife.

He goes off on a search and finds artist Evie Pemberton, Victoria Darcy’s descendant. He introduces himself under the guise of an art collector and mucks up his first meeting with her. The usually calm and collected man stumbles through their first meeting and leaves a less than favorable impression on Evie. There’s just something about Evie that flusters him. But he tries again and the two become close; he even gets to meet Evie’s little sister, Clemmie, another Darcy Trust beneficiary.

It’s harder to continue on with his mission now that he knows and cares for the people who the case could possibly affect, and even harder to continue hiding his true identity to Evie.

With his connections and skills, he discovers an article that could prove Cressida’s claim to be true. The very same Fitzwilliam Darcy wrote about a lost document written by his wife, Elizabeth Darcy, that could possibly have the evidence of Victoria’s lineage. He and Evie will now have to find it before Cressida does.

Like what Ms. Rita from Pemberley to Milton said in her review, The Elizabeth Papers “combines 2 different genres, sequel and modernization, in a perfect symbiotic storyline.”. It was interesting to see Elizabeth and Darcy’s life as a married couple, and to see the parallelism between Charlie and Evie’s love story and that of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s before they got married.

The dialogue and narrative transitioned flawlessly as the story jumped from one time to another. The past, which was told in Elizabeth’s POV through her journals, felt very Austen-esque, so to speak; like it was written in Jane Austen’s time or by Ms. Austen herself. We also saw Mr. Darcy’s POV through a few of his letters to his solicitor.

The present, written in the third POV, had a more casual style we usually read in contemporary works. It made the readers see a glimpse of both Evie and Charlie’s thoughts without giving too much. Nothing felt awkward and out of place, and I really did feel like I was jumping from one time to another. I could picture it all happening in my head. Personally, I think The Elizabeth Papers would make for a great movie or mini-series!

I love everything about this book! Elizabeth’s concerns as the Mistress of Pemberley seemed realistic and my heart broke for her, and Darcy’s love and dedication to Elizabeth and their family turned me into a puddle of mush. This man. This wonderful, selfless man. My heart is ready to burst!

I also loved reading about Charlie and Evie, their growth as individuals, and how they joined forces to find Elizabeth’s journal. Their trip to Pemberley was my favorite, especially when they met the present Mr. and Mrs. Darcy living there. I swear my heart was beating so fast when they were looking for the papers!

A tale of mystery and romance set in two eras, The Elizabeth Papers is a wonderful and well-written tale that I think all JAFF readers, Pride and Prejudice enthusiasts, historical and contemporary romance fans would enjoy and love.

P.S.

I always believed that Darcy and Elizabeth’s love and dedication to each other is constant, and I knew they would never betray or hurt the other! Go Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth!!

P.P.S.

I want my own Mr. Darcy!!!

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2 responses to “ARC Review | The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James

  1. Christina Boyd

    Fabulous review. I love when a reader just “gets it” And how about that scene when they are waving goodbye to their dinner company… Hairs on back of my neck neck stood up in anticipation for what was to come.

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