Alethea Darcy has been married recently immediately finding out that her husband was not one she wanted to stay with as his cruelty was breaking her spirit. She had to find a way out. With her maid at her side they escaped in the middle of night disguising their appearance as men. Alethea will keep running as she finds little help from her sisters, with the exception of Camille who is out of the country. She will find a savior in the arms of an unlikely man who will help her find a way out.
The second book to the Darcys series is The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy. Elizabeth Aston brings us back to the world of Austen with the youngest sister in a bind. I loved reading about Alethea in the first book and was interested in finding out more about her. I loved her bravery in the book and was horrified with what happened to her, what her husband inflicted upon her. I was happy that Aston did give a happy ending for Alethea.
I loved Titus, our hero. He was a hard man to but he helped those in need especially Alethea who needed his help without question. I loved that a friendship grew and then to love especially as he had loved and it did not end well. He was able to get a second chance. The ending was perfect.
Our villain is certainly Alethea’s husband but there were several others who were her sisters I think. I was very angry with Georgiana who dismissed her sister and told her that it was her husbands right. If I didn’t like the sister before I would really dislike her now. Even Letty got worse with her religious banter.
This plot was more scandalous I thought than the first only because of what happened to Alethea. For me this is going outside of the realm of Austen but it was really well done as you could still feel for the most part it was Austen’s world with how the characters interacted and behaved.