Story: Happily Ever After
Author: Pamela St Vines
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 55,300
Summary: Happily Ever After begins six to eight weeks after the first proposal when Elizabeth Bennet receives an unusual request from Georgiana Darcy.
This is a lovely, romantic, fluff piece. I enjoyed it very much and grinned much of the way through it. The author’s stated intent is to eliminate much of the angst and conflict that separated Elizabeth & Darcy post-Hunsford, but compared to others I’ve seen with a similar goal, she does a far, far better job in achieving that aim without making the story vapid and silly. Elizabeth is summoned to Darcy’s deathbed to reassure him that she doesn’t hate him. Instead, he recovers and they fall in love while he courts her in London. There’s at least one other version of this premise out there, but this is much better. I felt the author did an admirable job in keeping her protagonists in-character.
My only critique: As with any fic in which an avoidance of angst is the author’s stated purpose, this may be too fluffy or sweet for some. Personally, I found it to be just perfect. I’ve never seen Pamela sacrifice characterizations for fluff, and this story is a great example of how she manages to balance both.