Oh, this was just what I needed after reading three high angst P&P volumes. Ms. King's novella is exquisitely endearing and beautifully conveyed. This is an alternate path from canon with low angst between Darcy and Elizabeth, however, they do still have to contend with Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. How Darcy manipulated events to ensure Elizabeth did not marry Mr. Collins was well done.
I have yet to be disappointed in Ms. King's novellas/novels. I find all my emotions are engaged and my heart invested in the story. Just in the first chapter alone, my throat constricted and my heart was touched:
'Elizabeth could not take her eyes away from them. So much pain for two people so alone. Remembering her own troubles, she was surprised at her longing to climb inside those strong arms and hear his promises of comfort.'
I highly recommend this short but absolutely lovely story of love at first sight...