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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.
Yes, the time and place are the evening subsequent to her set-down of Mr. Darcy after his disastrous Hunsford proposal. At the parsonage, we read and shake our heads in disbelief, as the sycophant Mr. Collins, exasperated with his cousin’s and his wife’s unwillingness to take the dose of unidentified syrup for the latter’s recent problem of disrupted sleep, downs the dose himself. He then demands Elizabeth will apologize to Lady C. and leave the next day! We, the readers, are not surprised that he is found dead the next morning but only after Elizabeth has taken her walk and received the letter of explanation from Darcy.
Darcy is forced by circumstances to step in as executor of Mr. Collins’ Will and we soon learn that there is the possibility of two male heirs to the entailed Longbourn estate. BUT Darcy negotiates a plan that is acceptable to both sides of the argument and part of this agreement means waiting approximately six months until events come to a conclusion. As other reviews mention: Mrs. Bennet is soon despised by all to an even greater degree than in canon due to her words and acts here.
The sisters are soon scattered and Lydia’s elopement comes to be. I truly loved how the authors give us the “behind every great man is a woman” scenario as we learn of Lady Lucas’s abilities. She takes Elizabeth in for two reasons: she is Charlotte’s friend and she saved Charlotte’s life.
Elizabeth throughout the story begins her own journey of change and it is not just in her opinions about Darcy. She has a discussion with John Lucas which clarifies her viewpoint about love and she also learns to better understand the past decision Charlotte made in accepting Mr. Collins’ proposal of marriage. Yes, sometimes you just do what has to be done and life can make those decisions for you. Elizabeth is humbled but she learns and changes.
Darcy and Elizabeth are not together a lot in this story. Darcy has responsibilities to his estate and to the mill he owns. That business venture comes with a bad reputation for mill owners, as women and children are hired and many mill owners mistreat and/or overwork the employees and allow dangerous conditions to exist.
Another new character, with a living near Pemberley in Kent, works with Darcy and shares with him a sense of doing the right thing for others. (Even if there is no reward but maybe a down side to the good deeds.)
Throughout the tale we read time and again as Darcy acts generously but refuses to divulge his acts to anyone. He does not brag. This is something he relates that his family and friends, knowing him, will just have to know he does. Matthew 6: 3 - But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.
I have to say that these two authors presented well developed twists in the plot and in the behaviors of our characters. While many times readers have to just accept and go with an unusual twist, herein the authors worked it all out very believably.
We do have an epilogue. I missed hearing the details about children although it was mentioned that there were those in the lives of ODC. In this tale I also enjoyed reading as more than just Jane and Elizabeth came to a happily ever after. Well done.
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!
I loved Charlotte, The Lucases and Mr. Collins (you have to find out for yourself, no spoilers). The description of Mrs Bennet was fantastic, she was a selfish manipulator who believed she was entitled to have everything her way. It's how I always imagined her behavior under difficult circumstances.
The mill issue was very interesting and spot on. The fear of progressing development of industry was like the fear of the boogie man.
Good story, highly recommended.
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