by Linda Banche
The third in a series of novellas, A Distinct Flair for Words follows the romance of Frank Wynn and Felicity White, two childhood friends who are reunited over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. When both agree that they liked Bingley best, Frank learns that Felicity has re-told the story from Bingley's point of view and hopes to publish her novels. Smitten with both her story and her charms, Frank agrees to help her find a publisher. Love soon follows, but will either of them find the courage to speak their feelings before it is too late?
Light and frothy fun, the story is a quick read and the author has done her research on the Regency period, adding such fun details as descriptions of the reading rooms and detailing the publishing process of the period. (Added plus for me: she seems to like ducks almost as much as I do.)
I picked up this book because of the Bingley angle - so many people prefer Darcy that stories about Bingley-ish characters are few and far between and I was curious about how this would turn out. While the ending wrapped up a little too quickly and easily for me, the story is goodhearted and sweet, an entertaining way to pass an hour and a half, and I'll probably be going back to read the first two entries in the series.