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Reviewed by Meg M.

Mr. Darcy’s Secret, the latest novel from author Jane Odiwe, is a story that explores the life after Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy say “I do.”

Picking up where Austen left off, this novel begins with the newlyweds’ journey to their home in Pemberley. Once settled in, Elizabeth begins to learn what is expected of the mistress of Pemberley, as well as her duties as a wife to Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth finds fast friendship with her new sister-in-law Georgiana. The two women accompany Mrs. Gardiner on a visit to an old friend, and it is there that Georgiana encounters a young man who is appealing in both his looks and his artistic sensibilities. But Mr. Darcy has plans for Georgiana to marry an older gentleman with whom they are all acquainted. Will Elizabeth’s encouragement of a romance between Georgiana and the young artist put a wedge between their new marriage?

After discovering that she is pregnant, Elizabeth finds a letter from Mr. Darcy to a past lover, Viola, the sister of Mr. Wickham. And when Wickham and Caroline Bingley become involved in spreading more rumors about her husband, will Elizabeth have the strength to confront Mr. Darcy? And all of these secrets or suspicions prompt an even larger question: just how well does Elizabeth know her new husband?

Odiwe’s novel is an intriguing look into marriage and compels the reader to ponder many questions. How well can you really know someone before you marry them, and can a marriage survive the mistakes of the past?

Unlike most of the Austen sequels that have come out in the past few years, Mr. Darcy’s Secret is true to the time – in language and custom – and to its characters. Though some of the plot twists are a little unbelievable at times, Odiwe brings everything full circle in a way that would make Miss Austen very proud.

Rating: 4/5

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

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