This is one of my favorites out of the P&P stories which have a fantasy or time-travel basis to their plots. In this sweet, introspective tale, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth share a pair of dreams showing them what life would be like if they were married. Mr. Darcy inadvertently initiates the first dream, set on the night of the Netherfield Ball, at a time when he was struggling with questions about Elizabeth’s suitability as his wife. As a result of the dream, and the conversation they share the next day, several months of angst are averted for some characters. But Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth still have a ways to go before they can reach an understanding, which is helped along by the second dream some time later.
I liked that last bit. The fact that they don’t immediately fall into each other’s arms was a nice addition. As much as I often enjoy stories in which the pair are depicted as passionate and occasionally impulsive, I appreciate stories in which the resolution isn’t rushed, and where we still see them struggle to learn the lessons from canon. They each need to be humbled a bit. They each need to learn not to take things for granted. And they each need to learn the true worth of the other. Alicia does a great job of balancing those introspective moments and life lessons with the captivating fantasy elements. The story is truly moving in many places and well worth a read.
My only critique: I enjoyed it so much I wish it had been longer!
This post is a re-write of a much shorter rec originally posted in November 2010.