Story Title: Sanguine
Author Name: KitKat925 (aka Kat25)
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating: Adult
Story Summary: It’s a Regency story beginning in the late spring of 1812. Neither Elizabeth nor Darcy visit Kent, but rather they both attempt to travel to North America for very different reasons. Along the way, a violent storm wrecks the ship and our favorite couple find themselves stranded on a deserted island alone together.
I’ll be honest and say this is an iffy-rec for me, but not for any of the reasons you might think. The story is very well written, the characterizations are perfect, the plot is captivating, the story-development is carefully managed and nicely paced, and the historical elements were researched enough to be interesting and maintain a sense of authenticity, without feeling like the author was tooting her own horn and forcing a lot of irrelevant facts at us (I’ve had that experience with other fics – it’s quite distracting). My problem is with what was, for me, an extreme amount of angst for about 1/4 of the story. The vast majority of those I know would laugh at my characterization of this as severe angst. But I was in agony for a portion of it and barely made it through to the ending. 🙂 However, what convinced me that I had to rec this story is the way it stuck with me for months afterwards, and the way I sought it out for a re-read quite some time later. The kicker was that even though I knew the ending, my second read-through was hardly any less agonizing than the first! That is certainly a testament to the author’s skill, as I was swept away with the story and couldn’t bear to leave the computer until I was done, even knowing that I was about to face the angsty portion. Well done, Kat25!
My Only Critique: There were a sparse handful of typos and a couple of grammatical errors, but certainly nothing major. Also, this is probably my angst-phobia speaking, but I wish there had been an epilogue or a longer conclusion to the story, as it felt a bit rushed in the end, with a few minor plot threads left unresolved.