Story Title: Snowbound
Author Name: Jack Caldwell
Category: Pride & Prejudice
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: All Ages
Length: 17,400 words
Story Summary: Elizabeth Bennet, on her way from Kent to London after receiving Mr. Darcy’s awful proposal and life-changing letter, falls victim to a freak spring snowstorm, and the only man who can save her is the one she had totally rejected as “the last man on Earth she could be prevailed on to marry.”
I’ve encountered other stories in which Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth seek shelter from the elements together. In some of those stories there is the same worry as is present in “Snowbound” of their being found in a compromising situation. I’ve also read stories in which Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are able to work out their differences more rapidly than occurred in canon as a result of their being forced to talk things through soon after Hunsford.
While this story does contain elements of each of the above plot devices, it is still wholly unique and very much its own story. The dialogue is charming, witty and utterly sweet. To be frank, I suspect this story would not be nearly as endearing were it not written by a man who is obviously happily married. Although told from Elizabeth’s perspective, this story is clearly written by a man who knows what it is to adore his wife, and that adoration comes through very plainly here.
I loved it.
My Only Critique: I hate it when Jack’s stories come to an end! It’s also terribly unfair that he and his talented Beta Babes deny me the opportunity to quibble over anything. Not a single typo, misplaced apostrophe, nor any other type of writing flaw is present. There – does that count as critique?