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- Publication Date: June 3, 2017
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- Language: English
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Angel of Waterloo: Jane Bennet, War Nurse: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel Kindle Edition
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From the beginning pages, I fell in love with this new version of Charles Bingley. He's still very much a beta hero, but this Charles has depth and sensibility along with being a sensible man who would like the support of his family and friends, but is not governed by that need. He suffers the true pain of family loss, but also with the knowledge that he was always second best in his father's eyes to an older, heroic military brother. Though his father is dead, Charles is driven to prove himself. My heart ached for this tender man and I was pleased when he found his Jane.
Now, Jane- oh this Jane is a match for this Charles. She is all of her sweet, compassionate, and lovely self, but there is so much more. She has dignity and strength, determination and endurance. In truth, she is an amazing heroine who outshone Elizabeth and everyone else. What a refreshing take on her character.
The rest of the characters were just as interesting and written quite differently. This story captures and generally amplifies some unpleasant traits in most of the other characters. In most other stories, we are told Caroline is petulant and social climbing, but in this one, she truly is a heavily emotional and strong-willed woman who storms through her life in high alt all the time. She reminds me of a Marianne Dashwood's darker twin if she had one. This Darcy is not just said to be arrogant, but truly is. The kindest thing about him is that he truly cares for Charles and I think some of his actions and words are misunderstood. That said, most of his words and actions are understood just fine. It takes some getting used to, but yet, I really could see it. He's Darcy, but a Darcy that isn't misunderstood- a Darcy who has a long ways to go before he is worthy of a superior woman's love. And this version of Lizzy? Well... she's lovely, spirited, good-natured, by oh so impulsive.
The plot has some good strong bones and I loved it overall. It's a new take and turns the original on its ear. However, several times, historical authenticity was sacrificed. There are a pile of little errs along with large ones that I found distracting, but not a deal breaker. The final scenes with Elizabeth dashing off to do her thing, while making for exciting reading, and was improbable at best. The end was rushed and left me disappointed. I wanted more when Charles and Jane finally got their reunion and declaration. There are loose plot threads left open and unanswered. Dare I say even a minor cliff-hanger story? I'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt that there is a second part coming which might improve my opinion of this disappointing ending.
So, in summary, this one was a shock to the senses though still a moderately engaging story. It will probably not be for everyone particularly those who will struggle to see Darcy and Lizzy in the secondary character not so shining characters' role and will also not be for those who don't like their variations to strike so wide of the mark. Probably works best if its treated as Regency war romance as much as a variation on a classic.
Darcy is just an out-and-out ass. He never gets over the disdain he has for those below his class in society and he basically abandons Jane, Elizabeth and her chaperone after the Battle of Waterloo...although he does leave money for their return to London. He and Elizabeth, traveling with a chaperone to the battlefield rarely speak to each other. Darcy appears to be unwilling to support Charles Bingley in his desires to 1.) take up his brother's commission and 2.) to pursue his attraction to Jane Bingley after leasing Netherfield and meeting her at the assembly.
The book also ends with a cliffhanger. Oh, Jane and Bingley meet again in the end but Elizabeth is left hating Darcy and we don't hear about Darcy after he escorts a wounded Bingley back to England.
In this story Charles is a younger brother but becomes the heir when 1.) his father dies and 2.) his older brother, George, dies on the battlefield fighting Napoleon. Charles is offered a chance to take up his brother's commission, which he does in a effort to bring honor to the Bingley family name.
I cannot recommend this story. It does not follow canon except for the leasing of Netherfield and the assembly dance and Jane & Charles falling in love. I searched Amazon for a sequel but found none.