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Charles was surprised by his friend's hypocrisy. Mr. Darcy had counseled him against marrying Jane Bennet because she was unworthy of him, yet he was announcing his engagement to her sister, Elizabeth. What could have changed in such a short time? Elizabeth's marriage was of utmost importance when an opportunity presented itself since none of her five siblings had been married yet to secure not only the Longbourn family estate but also her sisters' future. Despite being accused of being languid, Mr. Bennet was intelligent. He wanted what was best for his family and agreed to Mr. Collins's proposal to marry Elizabeth. Collins, being her cousin, would ensure that the estate remained in the family and that the other family members would be cared for. But Elizabeth is determined to run away from the engagement. To find out how she meets Mr. Darcy and overcomes various impediments, get a copy of Darcy to the Rescue by Martine Jane Roberts.
I always love books with strong female characters, and Darcy to the Rescue by Martine Jane Roberts did not disappoint. Set in the 19th century, when society was still largely male-dominated, it was nice to see a woman take center stage. The steady narration and the well-developed characters intrigued me as the story unfolded. Martine also used suspense and twists in the plot line, keeping me entertained. Just when I thought we were about to witness a happily ever after, something came up—for instance, Caroline's talk with Elizabeth that caused her to return to Netherfield. The characters' vivid descriptions of events and emotions also helped form a mental picture of what was happening. I cannot wait to read something else from this talented author.