on May 23rd 2017
Genres: JAFF, Historical Romance, Pride and Prejudice
Source: via Author
~ Pride & Prejudice meets Alternate History ~
Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England…
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.
But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.
Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves…
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.
Abigail Reynolds created an adventure full of twists and turns in Conceit and Concealment. It’s an intricately written alternate English history starring two most beloved characters meeting and falling in love in different circumstances.
In Conceit and Concealment, although we see a Meryton swarmed with men in uniform, the difference is they’re donning blue coats. They’re men of La Grande Armée, serving under Napoleon. Things are very different for the Bennets and people in Meryton. Most live in fear from some antagonistic soldiers and the terrible Captain Reynard. The only reason the Bennets managed to keep Longbourn is Lydia marriage to a blue coat and automatically going under his protection. Jane is in hiding since she unwantedly garnered the captain’s attention, and now she’s ‘indisposed’, the captain has set his sights on Elizabeth. Elizabeth absolutely hates the circumstances, but with her father doing nothing to really protect her, she can’t do anything about it.
An eligible gentleman is in town and is accompanied by his friend, a landed gentleman rumored to be an English traitor, and his sister. Elizabeth distrusts them already and was 100% sure she’ll hate them. Before she meets the visitors, a stranger bumps into her while she’s playing with her dog’s litter of pups. It’s a complete shock to discover that the stranger, her Theophilus Thistle, is none other than the rumored English traitor, Mr. Darcy.
Upon getting to know Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth is completely intrigued. The man is full of mysteries, and she just doesn’t know why someone like him would become an English traitor. But then when she finds out why, she’s forced to run away and cease contact with her family.
C&C is filled with twists and turns, including an arrest, Elizabeth and Georgiana taking off and using a disguise, secret identities, covert operations to overthrow the French, and so much more. The blurb promises an adventure, and the novel delivers wonderfully.
The author created a truly believable alternate history. She managed to describe what life is like in England if the French successfully invaded them, and for a while there, I was actually questioning if France did invade England. I was transported back in this alternate time, I rooted for the English, of course, but the author wrote a story that made me sympathetic to “the enemy”. The world truly isn’t black and white, but is also filled with multiple shades of grey.
It’s not hard for me to fall in love with Mr. Darcy, but wow, I love this Mr. Darcy so much. Like the canonical Mr. Darcy, this man is forced to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, loves fiercely, and would sacrifice his freedom for the people most important to him. Plus, he loves puppies. I repeat, DARCY LOVES PUPPIES.
There are new characters in this story, all interesting people. There’s an additional Darcy sibling, more Fitzwilliam cousins, and a kind French general that was a good friend to Mr. Darcy. Not much participation from Caroline and Lady Catherine, and for that, I’m grateful. Haha.
This book brought me to tears, made my heart beat so fast and come to an abrupt stop, made me laugh and fall in love. If you’re looking for a different Pride and Prejudice variation, I suggest Conceit and Concealment. What a treat!
POV: Third person, Dual POV
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