Review: A More Agreeable Man by Jan Ashton

Posted March 14, 2024 by Sophia Rose in Reviews Tags: , , ,

book cover of A More Agreeable Man by Jan AshtonA More Agreeable Man
Author:
Jan Ashton
Reviewer:
Sophia Rose
Rating: B+

What I’m Talking About:

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice gets an interesting twist when, instead of innocent girl Georgiana Darcy getting tangled with the rakish Wickham in Ramsgate while on holiday, sweet, trusting Jane Bennet comes home engaged to the smooth talking charmer.

Right away, I was agasp and narrow-eying Wickham wondering what was his game? No, I didn’t believe for a moment he had reformed. Fortunately, Jane’s next younger sister, Elizabeth, thought a holiday romance and rapid engagement was shocking and one long visit with Jane’s fiancé left her feeling things might not be on the up and up.

But, she’s the only one who isn’t utterly gaga over Wickham, other than her indolent father who thinks it’s all rather amusing. Her only source for the truth might be the very man Wickham declares is the reason for all his claimed troubles, the austere Fitzwilliam Darcy, who has fortuitously arrived in the neighborhood. Darcy is stunned when the Bennets are even openly hostile toward him and that is when he learns Wickham has shredded Darcy’s honor and reputation around Meryton and with the Bennets in particular.

A More Agreeable Man was fascinating and touched on how back in the Regency period, there were no easy way to run a background check on a person. Jane Bennet wasn’t a stupid woman, but she took people at the word, and Wickham’s “appearance of goodness” is his stock in trade since childhood. Rather scary what damage a rogue charmer can do, so some of the stiff Regency manners about forming new acquaintances make a lot more sense to me now.

But all this formed the framework of this quick-read novella that is Darcy and Lizzy’s slowburn enemies-to-lovers romance, but also their partnering to thwart whatever scheme Wickham is attempting by being engaged to Jane who has discovered her mistake too late. The antagonism in the romance pair was what it needed to be for a story of this brevity. It developed characters and relationships well and paced out nicely.

Whether you’ve read the classic or not, A More Agreeable Man can be enjoyed by all who like a sweet historical Regency Romance.

My Rating: B+
Sophia Rose

About the Book:

None of us like Mr Darcy, but I must determine the truth about him if we are to know the real character of Mr Wickham.

WHEN JANE BENNET RETURNS from a holiday at Ramsgate engaged to a handsome and charming young man, Elizabeth Bennet is astonished to find herself the only person at Longbourn questioning their attachment. Just who is the elusive George Wickham? What is it that has drawn him to her handsome elder sister who has no fortune, no family connexions to offer him?

WEEKS AFTER SEPARATING HIS SISTER Miss Georgiana Darcy from the attentions of the nefarious George Wickham, Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in Hertfordshire to visit his friend Charles Bingley at Netherfield Park. There, he discovers that Wickham has impugned his character and is now betrothed to a lady whose enchanting younger sister has both decided opinions and strikingly beautiful eyes.

MR DARCY’S DOUBTS AND ELIZABETHS CONCERN over the misalliance lead them to set aside their mutual distrust and determine the truth about Wickham’s true intentions, but the more they discover, the deeper they find their own hearts entangled.

Release Date: November 21, 2023
Publisher:
Quills & Quartos
Series:
standalone
Genre:
Historical Romance
Format(s):
paperback (176 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)