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A Beneficial, If Unwilling, Compromise Paperback – September 13, 2017
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About the Author
Bronwen Chisholm grew up in Central Pennsylvania, the youngest of four sisters by ten years. With such an age gap, she was left to her own imagination much of the time. She became an avid reader at a young age with a love for the classics, Louisa May Alcott, the Bronte sisters, Margaret Mitchell, and many others. Her love of books and literature could have led her to a career as a librarian. Instead, life and love carried her to Virginia where she took a position as a state employee and began raising her family. As her children grew and became involved in their own interests, Bronwen returned to her love of the written word. No longer content to simply read it, she began writing. Though the first attempts ended up on a shelf for now, she would not be discouraged. Deciding to set aside her Women's Fiction and Suspense Romance for a time, she finally became a published author with her Pride and Prejudice Variations. Bronwen was thrilled with the acceptance of her first offering, The Ball At Meryton: A Pride and Prejudice Alternative Novella. She takes great pleasure in searching for potential "plot twists" and finding the way back to a happy ending. Her love of writing has led her to several writing groups, and she is currently serving as the Vice President of The Riverside. She also heads up the Riverside Young Writers and is on the steering committee for the Lake Authors. For more information, visit her website at www.bronwenchisholm.com.
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We still have the nasty villains: Lady Catherine, Caroline, and Wickham!!! And we have many characters acting OOC: Bingley, Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, Mr Bennet, Mrs Bennet. And then there is same stupid, outrageous Lydia with her tail, Kitty. D&E's OOC just really results in an earlier understanding, now I will not tell you how and why.
I'd have to say that I really liked Mr Bennet in this story, and I can not usually say that. After certain events come to light, he is a more conscience father and has a surprise for everyone at the end!!! I too enjoyed this D&E. Now this will sound weird, but I tend to enjoy a very altered Jane, I can get so tired of the Angelic Jane that it's nauseating!! And I like how this Jane isn't completely bad, but that she challenges Bingley in some respects. I always feel that J&B get such an easy ride that I love when there is some strife in thief relationship.
My only complaints was that it was too short for my liking, had that I felt there was some detail that was missing or unresolved. But I will highly recommend this book to all JAFFers!!!
Once the principles are engaged, it is less of a challenge to see Jane and Bingley also engaged...or is it. Realizing the unkindness that Miss Bingley has shown her dearest sister, Jane refuses to accept the overtures of Mr Bingley until he can prove he will rein in his obstinate and grasping younger sister. No problem, right? Fortunately they do have family in Scarborough.
Due to Mrs Bennet's misunderstanding of part of a letter she reads she pushes her three eldest daughters to make "suitable" matches at the Netherfield ball, even if the daughter is not inclined towards the partner Mrs Bennet has selected... Darcy foils her plan to match him with Jane & effects an innocent "compromise" of Elizabeth ... Jane over imbibes & tells Bingley to exert more control over Caroline's nasty behaviours... Some misunderstandings are cleared up quickly, while others take more time but eventually the right people end up with the correct partner (alas Charlotte still accepts Mr Collins)... The reasons for Mrs Bennet's nerves are revealed by the Gardiners (due to how she was treated by her in-laws early in her marriage & more) & this helps Bingley to take a stand against Caroline... The Hursts are a nicer couple than in canon, Lady Catherine is unchanged, Wickham & Lydia's elopement is foiled & Mr Bennet reveals a secret related to the letter that helps to provide improved dowries for his daughters...