In the original Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s friend, Charlotte Lucas marries the silly and obsequious clergyman, Mr. Collins. But what if fate—and love—intervened?
Desperate to escape her parents’ constant criticism, Charlotte has accepted a proposal from Mr. Collins despite recognizing his stupid and selfish nature. But when a mysterious man from her past visits Meryton for the Christmas season, he arouses long-buried feelings and causes her to doubt her decision.
James Sinclair’s mistakes cost him a chance with Charlotte three years ago, and he is devastated to find her engaged to another man. Honor demands that he step aside, but his heart will not allow him to leave Meryton. Their mutual attraction deepens; however, breaking an engagement is not a simple matter and scandal looms. If they are to be happy, they must face her parents’ opposition, Lady Catherine’s disapproval, dangerous figures from James’s past…and Charlotte’s nagging feeling that maybe she should just marry Mr. Collins.
Charlotte had forsworn romance years ago; is it possible for her to become romantic again?
Victoria Kincaid delivers a sensitive and splendid secondary character story that illustrates the unknown past and surprisingly romantic nature of Charlotte Lucas! Readers who enjoy second chance romances and unexpected heroines will find much to enjoy. Austenesque Reviews
“I do enjoy a good reunion romance and this one was just the thing. While this is considered a Pride & Prejudice variation, it is really a separate story of a side character getting her chance at love. Austen fans will spot settings and some familiar characters in the background while newcomers won’t be lost in the least. I would recommend this to both Austen fans and those who enjoy a sweet, heartwarming second chance romance.” – Night Owl Book Cafe
“Buy this book! The storyline was original. It was nice to focus on Charlotte’s story, including her relationship with her parents. The book was thoughtfully written and entertaining. You will not be disappointed.” – Paula on Amazon
“Usually, I prefer books dealing basically with Darcy and Elizabeth gaining their HEA. However, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed this one about Charlotte and James. And I appreciated how Ms. Kincaid came up with plausible reasons why Charlotte is more of a wallflower type individual than her friend Elizabeth Bennet. I was delighted at how she and James found their HEA. I highly recommend this book.” – Karen on Amazon
“Here’s a refreshing alternative to all the Darcy-and-Elizabeth stories. I’ve always felt that Charlotte Lucas was an interesting character with lots of unknown/untold history. This was beautifully written and a lot of fun.” – Imelda on Amazon