Most Truly by Reina Williams

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Most Truly: A Pride and Prejudice Novella by Reina Williams
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Most Truly is a light, sweet Pride and Prejudice Novella, book one in the Love at Pemberley series.

Colonel James Fitzwilliam is home. The war has left him weary, battle-scarred—and a free man of fortune ready to find a wife. He travels to Pemberley, his second home. There he meets Kitty Bennet. Her unexpected charms soon have him questioning his familial duty and his expectations. A fight looms on the horizon when his aunt—Lady Catherine de Bourgh—and his parents arrive with their own plans for his future.

Kitty Bennet has found happiness. At Pemberley, she has improved herself and formed true friendships with her sister Lizzy and Georgiana Darcy. Kitty is captivated by the gentlemanly Colonel Fitzwilliam. But she will not be silly over a redcoat again, and she will not risk her happiness—or his family’s displeasure—for his attentions. Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy, Lizzy, and Georgiana have their say, and Kitty learns a new lesson—love will find you at Pemberley.

Have you ever wondered what happened after Pride and Prejudice ended?

I must confess that reading Most Truly was my first venture in to reading a story that followed the beloved characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Furthermore, Kitty and Colonel Fitzwiliam aren’t characters that I spent a lot of time thinking about after reading Pride and Prejudice. However, after reading the blurb for Most Truly, my interest was piqued. I found myself wondering if Kitty found happiness like her older sisters.

I enjoyed getting to know Kitty a little better in this novella. My previous assessment of her wasn’t entirely favorable. However, I liked Ms. Williams’ interpretation of Kitty’s character. She is a sweet young woman with a great sense of fun and innocence about her. Kitty’s efforts to improve herself and form lasting and meaningful connections with the people around her are certainly commendable as well. By the time I finished reading, I found I’d be happy to call Kitty a friend.

I do think that the relationship between Kitty and Colonel Fitzwilliam progressed too quickly. I would have liked them to spend more time getting to know each other before falling completely in love. They have excellent chemistry, and I would have liked to explore that more.

There are a couple obstacles on the path to Kitty and Fitzwilliam’s happy ending, but they were resolved much too quickly. I would have liked the various conflicts to be teased out more. This would have added more suspense to the story. While I enjoyed how the tale concluded, I was left wanting a bit more depth.

I found Most Truly to be an entertaining read. Kitty is a breath of fresh air, and her story is a good book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon while waiting for spring to arrive. Anyone who likes their historical romance short and sweet should give Most Truly a try.

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