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A Folly of Youth by Amy D'Oragzio
Published by Quills & Quartos Publishing on April 10, 2023
Genres: Historical Romance
My own folly had endangered me, my preservation I owe to the kindness, the integrity of another… IN 1808, ELIZABETH BENNET is young, curious, and in possession of an invitation to a London party which she ought not to attend. Unable to resist the temptation, Elizabeth indulges her wish to see a party of the beau monde and finds herself in a dangerous situation. She is saved from a desperate fate by Mr Darcy of Pemberley but relief is short-lived; Mr Gardiner arrives and demands satisfaction on behalf of his young niece’s honour.
BOUND FOR THREE YEARS—with no intent to marry on either side—Mr Darcy and Elizabeth both resolve to do as they must to end their unwanted almost-betrothal. Mr Bennet however refuses to allow it, fearing that Elizabeth’s character will bear a permanent stain that no amount of time or money could erase. Together, Darcy and Lizzy contrive a plan to overcome her father’s Darcy will find her someone else to marry, thus relieving himself of the obligation. THE FOLLY OF THEIR YOUTH, it seems, might be set to rights after all, until feelings arise which complicate the scheme. But will they realise their true attachment before it’s too late?
One naïve choice can and does change the course of one gently-bred girl’s life forcing her to take the long, painful road to lasting happiness and romance. Over the years, Amy D’Orazio has dazzled me with her intriguing story setups, plot twists, and colorful characters and A Folly of Youth was no exception.
A Folly of Youth speculates about what would happen if a couple met in London, when they were young and immature, fresh off some youthful mistakes. Then a little later, more mistakes out of misunderstanding and frustration when they encounter once again in Hertfordshire. But, then a parting for a longer period of time to grow in life experience and a little polish. To see something of the world and understand a bit more so the final meeting in Bath they see each other with new eyes though it takes a few encounters before old prejudices can be set aside and they slowly go from friends to more. Elizabeth was the more injured party as young women often were when at the mercy of selfish and heedless parents and societal view of a woman’s reputation compared to a man’s.
There was drama, but it was organic in keeping with their situations. To balance the drama, there is a secondary romance that was sparkling and light involving Darcy’s cousin, Lord Saye and Elizabeth’s friend, Miss Goddard. I enjoyed Darcy and Elizabeth’s hard fought, slow burn romance juxtaposed with Saye’s hilarious dialogue and his romp of a romance. Darcy’s antics once he started setting Elizabeth up with eligible suitors and then not liking them was amusing, but I liked him see what a prize woman he was missing out on and coming to realize it almost too late and by then, Elizabeth had pretty much lost all patience with his pride and blindness so she was getting ready to settle. Great tension and a riveting climax as a result.
All in all, I closed this book on a sigh of satisfaction for a deeply good romance and fabulous historical setting and cast of characters and their stories around the main couple. This is based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, but the readers unfamiliar with it can pick this up as a wholly original, standalone sweet historical romance and dive right in- which I recommend you do.
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