The Return of the Gallant Vicar by Barbara Silkstone

The Return of the Gallant Vicar by Barbara Silkstone

A return with a twist to the writing and humor of Barbara Silkstone in her Austen-inspired story with a twist: and with Silkstone there is always a twist.  Please read on for my audiobook review of

The Return of the Gallant Vicar


It’s Elizabeth Bennett’s wedding, the one she’s waited ages to have, and the groom is none other than Fitzwilliam Darcy. But all is not smooth in Lizzie’s world (if it ever was) as an unexpected celebrant arrives in the form of Frances Martel, the replacement Vicar, determined to have something from Lizzie.

Everything that Darcy isn’t, Martel is suave and gallant, easily showing his affections for Lizzie: and she was quite enamored. But when push came to shove, Darcy stepped up and took the prize. Or did he?

Kidnapped for the want of a book of poetry, the disruption to Lizzie’s life opens the door to many questions: just who is this Martel, is he really a vicar, and where does America fit into his plans? Oh, and then there is his knowledge of Darcy, surely Lizzie was not so impolitic as to share ALL those moments.

Certainly not as snarky as most titles I’ve experienced from Silkstone, the feel is decidedly twisted Austen, making the most of the subtle humor of the original while never overworking the insertions to fuel this story.  Many questions arise and most are answered as the story proceeds quickly from one moment to the next in a chase that will unmask Martel and allow Darcy to redeem himself and reclaim Elizabeth’s heart.

A bit quick to wrap up, this is a story that is best read after The Gallant Vicar as the two are inexorably connected.  Although it did feel as if there was a rush to the end, the uniqueness of a ‘false vicar’ and poetry being the secret keeper so important to a spy’s cause kept me engaged.

Narration in this story is provided by  and I loved her presentation: a wonderful tone and delivery style highlight the subtle differences in volume and speed to enhance or indicate emotional moments. Small changes in delivery speed and pitch denoted each character’s voice, smoothly transitioning in conversations without stumbles. A wonderful performance.

In short – well worth the time for fans of Austen-inspired titles, slightly different from Silkstone’s modern-themed stories but carrying that underlying sense of humor, joy and twisted situations that toss characters into new and fresh situations.


Stars:  Overall 4 Narration 4  Story 4

The Return of the Gallant Vicar by Barbara Silkstone

Title: The Return of the Gallant Vicar
Author: Barbara Silkstone
Series: A Pride and Prejudice Variation #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Reimagined Classic
Narrator: Jannie Meisberger
Published by: Self-Produced
ISBN: 0997007230
Published on: 18 January 2016
Source: Audio Producer
Pages: 168
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 19 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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A Regency tale inspired by Jane Austen’s timeless classic ~ Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth Bennet considers the handsome new vicar at Hunsford parsonage to be everything Fitzwilliam Darcy is not. The Reverend Francis Martel is warm, accessible, and has no difficulty showing his feelings for her. Within weeks of rejecting Darcy’s offer, Elizabeth finds herself swept up in a tumult of emotions for the vicar. He shares her wit, her caring for others, and the simple life—so she accepts the vicar’s proposal. Will Darcy recover from his injured ego in time to intervene in their marriage? And how will he separate the couple—only days before their wedding?


Who is the Gallant Vicar, why did he disappear, and why has he returned on the day Elizabeth is to marry Darcy? Can his passion for Elizabeth be driving him or does he hold some darker secret? Will Darcy bring the blackguard down?

A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Series and the Mister Darcy series of Jane Austen inspired stories. Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”


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