Friday, June 2, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: A Man of Good Fortune by Ali Scott

Today Sophia Rose is reviewing the audio version of A Man Of Good Fortune by Ali Scott

A Man of Good Fortune by Ali Scott

Narrator Harry Frost

Historical Romance

Publisher: Quills and Quatros

Published:  1.27.23

Time:  9 hours 34 minutes

Rating: 4.5 stars

Narrator Rating: 5 stars

Format: Audio

Source:  Narrator

Sellers:  Amazon



GoodReads Blurb:

A RIDE ON A STORMY DAY has disastrous consequences for Fitzwilliam Darcy, who finds himself grievously injured and bedridden–and with no memory of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman to whom he has been married for several years. Recovery is slow as his head injury has made it difficult for him to read and write, and a suspected fracture in his leg has made walking painful.

AS DARCY’S RECOVERY PROGRESSES, snippets of memory begin to plague him and questions arise. He begins to suspect that his wife, and those around him, know more about the time leading up to his accident than they are telling him. Why was he riding on such an inauspicious day? And why does he keep dreaming of his mother’s brooch?

AS THE DAYS PASS, he finds he is increasingly beguiled by Elizabeth. She draws him in, despite his concerns for her loyalty to him. He wonders if he can trust her love even as he finds himself learning to be in love with her again. Will the shadows in the past and the obstacles they have overcome defeat them? Or will he find happily ever after, once again, with his Elizabeth?

A MAN OF GOOD FORTUNE is a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and takes place several years after the marriage of Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet.


Sophia Rose's Review:

This Pride & Prejudice sequel asks ‘what if Mr. Darcy was in a riding accident and lost the memories of his entire life with Elizabeth?  And, what if he slowly realizes there is a mystery involving his actions right before his accident and his wife is keeping the truth from him?  Talk about dramatic ‘what if’s!  I wasn’t listening for more than five minutes when I was properly hooked by this new to me author’s book as told by a long-time favorite narrator.


A Man of Good Fortune isn’t my first P&P sequel or variation involving the amnesia element, but I think it is the first one with Darcy experiencing it.  I loved how it showed the endurance and character of Darcy, offered a riveting mystery as he tries to work out what Elizabeth and others are hiding from him, but also catches up on what has happened with all the principle characters since the ending of Pride & Prejudice.  There is a solid look at the inside of a couples’ life in the after the Happily Ever After period.


I will confess right now that I’m not a fan of secret-keeping from a relationship partner.  This sort of story set up, therefore, stretched my tolerance and patience greatly, as a result, because the secrets don’t get answers until well into the last third of the story and by then, Darcy was well enough to go searching and get those answers and not because his wife would ever have dealt him into the game.


But, for all my frustration with the secret keeping being the main source of angst, I was totally into the overall story and Darcy’s personal journey back.  His injuries and his memory loss are a huge challenge to be husband and father to a wife and child he frustratingly can’t remember.  He was astute and could sense that dire events were going on and there was a conspiracy involving his wife to keep him in the dark.  The author took care of writing his amnesia to include common related difficulties of losing the ability to read and write and having to practically relearn these things and take help to even walk which was a tough blow to his pride.  My heart broke for him through his anguish, but I was cheering him on to come back from it all.


The first part of the book focuses on Darcy’s efforts to recover at Pemberley, but then the pace kicked into high gear once they were in London.  The cast of characters was greatly enlarged and Darcy was able to delve into the secrets being kept and get to the heart of the mystery.  The buildup was good stuff and there were a series of climax moments. 


There is a quick denouement and then an abrupt ending.  The story’s central plot was complete, but I wanted to spend a bit more time with Darcy and the others when they could enjoy the downtime after such dramatic events of earlier.


Harry Frost narrated this tale so well.  I’ve said it before, but his talented work brings the story into vivid life and adds depth to an already good story.


All in all, this was a deeply emotional sequel tale of struggle and triumph that was worth the early anguish to get through to the other side and see a couple find their love can survive the direst of circumstances.  For those who want to find out what came next after Pride & Prejudice.

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Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.





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