In Impulse & Initiative, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to her him in Hertfordshire, planning to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she despised becoming irresistible.
I immensely enjoyed Impulse & Initiative — probably more than I should have; although I don’t consider myself an Austen purist. Though Austen’s Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett would not have engaged in premarital relations, Reynolds writes Impulse & Initiative in a way so it is almost possible to believe this Darcy and Elizabeth actions are not completely out of character and social customs.
Renyolds replicates quite a bit of Austen’s style and wit, and writes a believable Pride and Prejudice variation — that is if Austen was around in the 21st century. Still, Impulse & Initiative is excessively diverting — a fun, enjoyable read about Darcy passionately wooing reluctant, stubborn Elizabeth.
- Reynolds, Abigail. Impulse & Initiative: What If Mr. Darcy Didn’t Take No for an Answer? Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2008. Print. 411 pgs. ISBN: 9781402213571. Source: Gift.