Review & Giveaway: Bluebells in the Mourning

Jun 17, 2013 by

This re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice begins with a somber carriage ride. Mr. Darcy set out for the Hunsford parsonage with the intention of asking Elizabeth Bennet for her hand, but instead finds her in great distress. She has received word that her sister Lydia suffered a fall and then passed away. What is a gentleman to do but offer himself as an escort home?


This struck me from the beginning as a very interesting and original twist. For one, the Bennet family is in mourning, which means Darcy must delay his planned proposal for months. It also gives the story a mystery. How, exactly, did Lydia come to fall and did Wickham have anything to do with it? As the first chapter for a story, this caught me very quickly.

There was never a dull moment in this book from beginning to end. The author did a marvelous job in capturing the Bennets’ grief; her interpretation of the characters was just about perfect, in my opinion. I loved the interactions between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in particular. The story was not all sad; there were several moments of laugh-out-loud humor and the romance was enough to make anyone sigh.

For Elizabeth, there was no sudden revelation that Darcy was not the conceited bore she thought he was and for Darcy, there were no angry recriminations that led to a change in attitude. In Bluebells, things developed very slowly. Little things picked away at Elizabeth’s opinion and Darcy’s beliefs. I loved watching their gradual but significant character growth.

The only flaws I detected were a handful of anachronistic phrases. Other than that, I have nothing but good things to say about Bluebells in the Mourning. It was sad and sweet and memorable. I would highly recommend it.


4.5 out of 5 stars.



KaraLynne Mackrory is the author of two Austen adaptations: Falling for Mr. Darcy published in 2012 and  2103′s Bluebells in the Mourning.  She is happily married to her own Mr. Darcy and together they share the insanity inducing responsibility of raising four children.  You can get to know KaraLynne on Facebook and Twitter as well as on her website.


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  1. Good review, Natalie. It makes me want to get the book and read it. I would love to see the interactions between Darcy and Lizzy minus the first proposal scene and how they gradually come to realise that they are right for each other.

    I am international, btw.

  2. Welcome to Indie Jane as a reviewer, Natalie! We are excited to have you.

    This book sounds really interesting. I love seeing Darcy and Elizabeth take different paths. Adding it to the TBR pile!

  3. tgruy

    They are in mourning for Lydia??? Before or after she married? It sounds pretty mysterious to me.

  4. Kristi

    Sounds interesting. I have wanted to read this for awhile, and would love to have a copy.

  5. KaraLynne

    Thank you for the positive review Natalie! You made this lady blush. :)

  6. june7

    Very curious as to how Lydia died, and whether it was truly accidental or if someone pushed her. Excellent twist!

  7. Cyn209

    a re-imagining of Pride & Prejudice is enough for me!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  8. Ceri

    I have this book, and I thought it was lovely, definitely one for all you romantics. Although there is a death in the book it’s not a sad read, and it’s interesting to see such an original variation. I liked the gradual change in Lizzy and Darcy’s relationship, and also enjoyed seeing the changes to Mr and Mrs Bennet, as a result of their daughter’s death.

  9. Lillian

    I enjoyed Falling for Mr Darcy and can’t wait to read this one.

  10. Heather M

    I really enjoyed Falling for Mr. Darcy and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one, too. I’m glad to hear that even though Lydia dies, it’s not entirely a tragic story.

    Thanks for your review!

  11. Raquel Muniz

    Oh no, Lydia dies. That’s certainly a twist to P&P. I love her character.

  12. Nicole L

    I loved Falling for Mr. Darcy so this will be a must read for me. I’m very intrigued by any story where Lydia is out of the picture… And will she still cause trouble from the grave?

  13. Stephanie Carrico

    Good review…makes me want to read the book…poor Lydia….always causing trouble…like to read retellings of P&P and this one has an interesting twist…

  14. Kristy

    I love a good Jane Austin plot, so I’m intriqued about this, and the review makes me definately want to know more.

  15. ColleenL

    When I initially heard about this story I was thinking it was Jane that died. I don’t want to sound mean, but better Lydia than Jane, is that wrong of me?

    Looking forward to reading and thanks for the giveaway chance!


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