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Blinded by Prejudice by KaraLynne Mackrory
Published by Quills & Quartos Publishing on August 1, 2021
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Into what kind of hell had I emerged from under those ruins?
ELIZABETH BENNET ANTICIPATED NOTHING MORE than a pleasant day among friends and relations when the pleasure trip to the ruins of Bodden chapel commenced. But what began as mere diversion turns frightening when the walls of the ancient church tumble down around them, endangering lives, demolishing pride and propriety, and bringing a hero into focus.
AS THE EARTH BEGINS TO TREMBLE, Fitzwilliam Darcy sees Elizabeth Bennet is in mortal danger and acts on instinct to save her. But when the dust settles, there are unforeseen consequences to his actions, including a serious injury to his eyesight.
I could not be married to a man who could need me the rest of his life, but never love me.
BOUND TOGETHER under the most strained circumstances, Darcy and Elizabeth embark on a future neither one of them saw coming. Time can heal all wounds but will time allow them to see through hearts made clear and eyes no longer blinded by prejudice?
What if Mr. Darcy was blinded while saving Elizabeth’s life and they were trapped in a cave in? Now, doesn’t that change up things for Jane Austen’s most famous love story? I’ve enjoyed KaraLynne Mackrory’s variations in the past, for the layered characters and engaging plot, and so was eager to settle in for this latest.
Blindness is both a physical challenge for Mr. Darcy as he must learn to negotiate his life and his new challenge of winning Elizabeth’s heart without his sight. It is also a metaphor that the reader sees right away when it comes to Elizabeth’s stubborn adherence that she has Darcy pegged to a tee and resents she is being forced into marriage with such an arrogant man- an arrogant man who had a look of fear and desperation when he took the brunt of the falling building in her place, who treated her tenderly when she was terrified while they were trapped, who was gracious in the face of her rudeness and in spite of his circumstances.
It was almost painful at times seeing Elizabeth misread and assume Darcy’s expressions, words, and motives and struggle against the forced engagement that was caused by them spending the night together under the rubble of the ruins. But, her raw emotions and gradual coming to terms in this first person narrated book, were sprinkled with amusing scenes with the other characters, tender moments with her sister Jane, and swoon-worthy times when Mr. Darcy was enchanting as he worked to change her feelings about him. And, to be fair to the young lady, Darcy had not shown up well before the accident at the ruins. He really did have to live down what he set in motion, even though he had an epiphany through that long night when they were trapped.
One of the adorable things about variations is how authors can alter the storyline so something utterly surprising comes up it. There is a couple in this one brought together under the same circumstances that forced Darcy and Elizabeth together and I must have giggled so many times over this unlikely pairing and their antics. There is also the friendship that builds up between Elizabeth’s father and Darcy so they share a private joke and even the beginnings of a father-son relationship that disconcerts Elizabeth and is one of the evidences she is forced to reassess her prejudice against Darcy.
Blinded by Prejudice is a gently-paced, slow burn sweet forced romance scenario paired with steady character growth. Those who enjoy light Regency era courtship set against the Jane Austen world should give this a go.
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