Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fire and Cross by Enid Wilson

Fire and Cross
Pride and Prejudice with
a steamy mysterious twist
by Enid Wilson

Release date: December 2010
Genre: Jane Austen, Romance
Rating: 4

Description from the author:
The combination of a lethal blaze and a garnet cross have ensured that ever since he was a boy, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s future is promised to an unknown lady. With danger looming from a suspected spy, and with murder close at hand, will Mr. Darcy cross paths with Elizabeth Bennet and win her affections?

Mr. Darcy’s journey to overcome his pride and find eternal love in Pride and Prejudice takes on a mysterious twist. This sexy what-if story, told from Darcy’s viewpoint, explores the demands of family members and other involved parties. Fire and Cross takes this perennial favorite in another direction, bursting with overpowering emotion and surprising plot twists.

Romantic quote:
I hope to persuade her to marry me before Christmas. I am not a young man of one and twenty, Sir. And I have resisted the temptation of sirens and maidens for many years. I know my heart.
- Darcy speaking to Mr Bennet, chapter 8, page 80

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): macaroons
I enjoyed this romp with the Austen couple, Darcy and Elizabeth. The story is told in Darcy's perspective which makes for some hot scenes.

Entertaining dialogue, behind-the-scenes intrigues and gossip fill the pages with a mystery to solve.


Enid is currently contemplating the final cover illustration for the Fire and Cross. She posted the two options below on her site.

What say you?

Which do you prefer?

I like the one on the right. The red grabs me and it closely resembles the prototype cover which I like.


* read Enid's Pemberley Ball post: The Dance Steps Before the Ball which is an excerpt from Fire and Cross

* review copy courtesy of author

* for Everything Austen challenge

* part of Pemberley Ball


  1. This one sounds good, and I agree with you, I also prefer the right one (not knowing the story I don't know if Lizzie being in a mask is relevant.)

    And aw that quote, I could really feel Darcy's intensity and quiet but powerful resolve rumbling through that "I know my heart." Aw.. melting here :-)

  2. Oh it really sounds quite original and I love the addition of mystery and sort of steampunkery in it? Or maybe it's just my idea! lol

    I like the one on the right, too!
    The one on the left is nice too, but not as eye-catching as the other one.

  3. The one on the right for me too. The left one doesn't quite look like fire... I think I'll have to check this one out! It looks fun and I like a fun sordid romance every now and then!!!

  4. They both look great, but I like the male character in full dress w/top hat best.

    Macaroons!! hahahaha ... you crack me up ;D

  5. Totally the left cover. Stunning!

  6. Dear Velvet, thanks for the 4 stars! I saw an alert about your review on 4 Dec but couldn't access the page then. I thought I was seeing apparition! So sorry to drop by late. It's good to know you enjoyed it. Did you find this Mr. Darcy naughty?

    Thanks Stella, Kelly, hms, MAD, Darlyn for the comment. The final was the top design. We've used the body of lady on the right but we were too happy with the young man as Mr. Darcy.

    It will be delicious to have Colin Firth or Richard Armitage featuring on the cover. LOL. I'm dreaming. Big hugs from super hot Sydney.


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