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Mrs. B was a little too selfish and greedy with no redeeming quality, but being thrown out of your home within days of your husband's death could make anyone seems unreasonable. It is hard to believe that no one thought it was appropriate for Lydia to return home after her father's death. And the Lydia who negotiated the settlement with Darcy seems totally opposite of the one who crashed the pre-wedding party. I would have liked for her character to have been more developed or not mentioned again after the encounter with Darcy.
Enters the evening of the first proposal from P&P. Mr Collins dies during the night due to a error done by lady Catherine. The grand lady does not admit her fault which makes Mr Darcy take on the responsibility of executor of Mr Collins will.
Returning to Longbourne, Elizabeth discover that her father is dying and he passes shortly after. My trouble with this story was how the inheritance of Longbourne was done, it does not ring true to me... My other issue was Elizabeth continuing to think the worst of Mr Darcy even after resieveing the letter at Hunsford.
That said , I could not put it down and there were new twists to the Lydia/Wickham debacle. Loved Bingley in this story, he grows a backbone... Mr Hurst was a pleasant surprise and showed an astute mind.
Kitty also made a good impression.
Mrs Bennet however, was on her worst behaviour.
There is an epilogue but it's rather short. Always want to read of ODC's happiness.
Heartily recommend this book!
Collins had faithfully followed Lady Catherine’s directions on the dosage and was horrified that Elizabeth would question his patroness. In his disgust and anger, he demanded his cousin apology to his patroness the very next morning and then her immediate removal from the parsonage. He would no longer tolerate her staying with them if she would dare question the wisdom of Lady Catherine. To prove his complete trust in his patroness, Mr. Collins drank the medication and promptly went to bed. Mr. Collins learned a very hard lesson, that there is a big difference between 6 spoonfuls of laudanum and 6 drops.
This set into motion a series of events that would be far reaching for our story. Darcy was called on by his aunt to help Charlotte remove from the parsonage. When they arrived at Hertfordshire, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. Longbourn soon experienced an additional tragedy that answered Mrs. Bennet’s worst nightmare. She brought on a lot of her troubles by her own actions and that mouth of hers. Her nightmare increased when she learned that Mr. Collins had a younger brother. He was a clergyman from the north near Lambton and Pemberley.
“Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.” Harry Emerson Fosdick
I have never disliked anyone as much as I did Mrs. Bennet in this story. She had ears, but didn’t hear; eyes, but didn’t see. She only heard what she wanted to hear and saw only what she wanted to see. I could forgive her actions and attribute them to her grief; however, I don’t believe that she grieved for a second, other than the loss of her position. Her feelings of entitlement were so outrageous that, over time, it became ridiculous. Way to go Bingley! You needed to stop that run-a-way train of thoughts before she got a good head of steam behind her. That was so cool.
“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” Gilbert K. Chesterton
Elizabeth finally came to the conclusion that she loved Darcy. About time… this was wasted time, took too long, was convoluted, disjointed and jumpy. She was all over the landscape and, once again, Wickham was allowed to plant seeds of dissension in her head and heart. Have I said I don’t like him yet? Well, I don’t. It took her a while before she decided to trust Darcy and not fall for the lies. Dah!
I was wrung out by the time it ended. There was little time with ODC together. Come on, give us D&E page time. I did like her declaration at the Netherfield dinner table. We never get to see Mr. Darcy championed in public. I wanted Mrs. B shot down and for her to go up in a fiery blaze. Elizabeth would be the only sister able to rein in her mother. That woman needed a set-down big time.
The tone of the story changed at about the halfway point… from that of the beginning. The ending felt rushed and I was a bit disappointed in not having a lot of page time with ODC. There was a nice epilogue seven years later. It was a clean read, although there were several scandalous marriages set in place. Nothing happened… well on paper nothing happened. We are talking about Lydia and Wickham… you know. I’m still not sure I approve of Wickham at the end. That seemed a bit strange.
way too much time wondering how the other felt. But being newly in love I
can understand their reluctance, especially Darcy.
I loved it.
I've enjoyed several of these authors' books and will continue to look forward to future writings. Way to go , Ladies.
My only question now: will there be a sequel to this sweet story?