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- Publisher: White Soup Press (December 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077J51JC4
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The Darcys definitely have a way of attracting some chaos around Christmas time! Darcy and Elizabeth are looking forward to a comparatively calm Christmas in 1813, despite plans for Georgiana's come-out party on Twelfth Night, which are going smoothly. This changes with the unexpected arrival of Lady Catherine and her daughter Anne, who barge in requiring mediation.
Anne has become a handful for her mother after having been sent to a finishing school to acquire all the womanly accomplishments that she lacked. (What was the point of working at them when her destiny was supposed to be to marry Darcy?) Now Anne has tasted freedom and life away from Rosings, and she's expressing all the rebelliousness she's been holding in for years. Darcy had no idea his mousy-appearing cousin could harbor such thoughts, although Colonel Fitzwilliam has been a stalwart encourager and confidante for her.
Lady Catherine wants Darcy to encourage her daughter toward an appropriate match (since he was so unobliging as to marry Elizabeth instead of Anne). Anne is begging him and Elizabeth to get her mother off her back so she can make her own choice. That puts the Darcys in a bind to begin with, but things are even more complicated than that.
As over-sheltered as Anne had always been, she's extremely immature for a woman her age. Put that together with the genes she inherited from her mother, and you find her constantly taxing her hosts' patience. She manipulates an invitation to Pemberley for her friend, Miss Sarah Gifford, who brings 3 gentlemen along, all vying for Anne's favor: Sir Jasper, Mr. Sadler and Mr. Wharton.
Colonel Fitzwilliam is also at Pemberley. He proves to be a true friend to Anne, evaluating her suitors to determine which really care for her and which are after Rosings and the heiress's money. He also likes his brandy. A lot.
Darcy, Elizabeth, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana do get plenty of pages as they cope with all the turmoil the de Bourghs and Anne's friends bring to Pemberley, but it's Anne who really takes over the book. It's an interesting character study of a girl-woman who thinks she knows what she wants. Unfortunately, what she mostly wants is whatever others (especially her mother) tell her she can't have. You feel sympathy for her but also exasperation with her childish antics. I liked her even though I wanted to shake her... hard!
As it IS the Christmas season, Ms. Grace sprinkles in various Regency customs, which add even more interest. Her writing is always wonderful and the characters are easy to relate to. Darcy and Elizabeth are no longer newlyweds, but their devotion to each other is still apparent. The plot builds nicely as the Twelfth Night ball approaches. Will the unpredictable Anne ruin Georgiana's come-out? Read it and see!