This is another 'what if' take on Pride and Prejudice. The what if in this scenario isn't a nice one - poor Elizabeth is assaulted by Col. Fitzwilliam while she is out walking in Kent, this happens at the point where in P&P she meets Fitzwilliam while out walking, so the Hunsford proposal and everything after that never gets to happen. Darcy happens across her a short time after the attack and helps her get to her Uncle's house in London. Elizabeth's confidence is shattered and the book deals with her physical and mental recovery as she comes to terms with and makes sense of what happened. We also see the different direction that her family's lives take as a result of the attack. I don't want to say too much as I don't want to spoil the story for any of you, suffice it to say that we get a happy ending.
I thought it was an original what if scenario. I read the sample and was in two minds whether to buy it, as I didn't like the thought of something like that happening to Lizzy but I decided to give it a chance due to the high ranking reviews on Amazon.com and I'm glad I did. Although it's not a happy read I thought it was excellent. I would recommend this book. The characters mostly run true to how I believe they'd behave, which is rare with these sorts of books. Also, the style isn't too modern, so often in these books you'll come across a modern phrase but none leapt out at me.
On the downside, there are sometimes American spellings which is a pet peeve of mine, and some typos which are a shame as they detract a bit but not enough to lose a star. Some of the character's names seemed a bit odd to me, e.g. one of the Gardiners' daughters is called Lacy, I don't know if that was a girls name in use in England in the early 1800s but it seems unusual. Also, there is an Epilogue a few years down the line which is good in itself but I would have been interested to know how characters other than Elizabeth and Darcy had got on. I would rate it 4.5/5