Elizabeth Bennet has lived a life of deprivation and penance for six and a half years. After refusing the pompous marriage proposal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, she embarked on a tour of enjoyment with her aunt and uncle—only to discover upon her return that scandal and tragedy had torn her family apart. After the dust settled, she found herself the governess of Charlotte Collins’s family, fixed in Longbourn in the employ of its new master. Without fortune or reputation, connections or resources, Elizabeth had only her resilient spirit and lively mind to keep her from sinking into regret and misery.
When a chance visit to Rosings Park throws Elizabeth again into the path of Mr. Darcy, she expects him to be angry with her—or at the very least, indifferent to her. She is pleasantly surprised to find that he is neither. His manners to her are everything a gentleman’s ought to be, and she begins to wonder if she could have been happy with him, after all. However, the point is moot. If the thought of marrying her when she was poor was enough to mortify Mr. Darcy six and a half years ago, how could so proud a man ever condescend to marry a governess?
This is the first book in the What Time Has Done Series.