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- Print Length: 442 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440421218
- Publisher: CreateSpace (September 27, 2008)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002K6E9CM
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Some find fault with things like how Alex was introduced to Lady Matlock by Georgiana in a shop and several other issues that did not quite fit the historical lifestyle at the time. I am much more interested in the plot and solid character development, which this book has plenty of.
I appreciate the fact that there are side plots and other characters to draw our interest other than Darcy/Elizabeth and Charles/Jane.
Darcy was not the Darcy JA created he was shy to be sure but he was a lot quicker to open up. You have to keep in mind his biggest trouble was the behavior from Lizzy's family. Elizabeth was different for the fact we did'nt see her with her father and sister but with her aunt and uncle. This took several immediate impediments out of the way and the understanding between D&E together sooner. There were some road blocks in the way but it was after the pair were aquainted better. Mr. Bennet was the biggest shock and I won't say why but I had trouble buying some of his methods for control. Wickham was evil as ever but too quickly disposed of. I liked this book over all and have read it a couple times. The length could have been shortened but still a pleasant read.
Love at first sight between ODC makes a very different road to HEA then canon but the road is definitely not without bumps...
Lady C, Wickham, Caroline are more wicked then ever but surprisingly Mr Bennet is joining them.
Loved the plot and the feel of the relationship between ODC.
Heartily recommend this book!
I love the first chapter; I love that in this story our favorite couple experienced “love at first sight”. I have read and re-read that chapter on more than one occasion. For me it was so endearing. So we don’t have all the accusations of a totally improper family or of class differences before cupid strikes.
We are told of Darcy’s father’s directions to his brother-in-law as to what he wants for Darcy in marriage and just why. We are told of an event in Darcy’s youth when the father takes the son to a brothel for sexual initiation BUT then makes him promise never to plant his seed outside of marriage as this could leave disenfranchised children in the community. And we also read why the father wants this for Darcy – a very powerful reason. And we learn that Darcy doesn’t know this latter purpose in the relationship he had with his father and in the relationship his father had with Wickham.
Then we are also told of Elizabeth’s relationship with her father. (Yes, this book has the fathers playing roles in past and present circumstances.) We know the Mr. Bennet of canon. Many of us don’t like that his indolence is a major contributing factor in the behaviors and personalities we witness in his daughters and even in his wife’s silly actions and shrill exclamations. In this tale Lizzy’s father has reared her more as he would have a son. He considers her his companion due to her wit and her demeanor. She gets his snide or humorous comments; they share opinions through just a raised eyebrow or a smirk. He DOES NOT expect her to marry and move away. But he has not faced just how that desire plays out until someone in whom Lizzy is seriously interested asks to first court her and then for her hand in marriage. This does not compute in his world. And the outcome is disastrous! If you like Mr. Bennet, you may not want to read this book. But one good effect to Mr. B’s observations about ODC is that he decides to change his treatment of his wife – oh, no, she doesn’t make a 180° change but she does “put a lid on it”.
We learn that Mr. Bennet has a past, one that no one has known about and one that now has a role in so many lives and relationships. You may be surprised most of all by a certain Mr. Carrington in this story.
On the other hand, I did like Lady Catherine’s change in character…even though it didn’t occur until there was a death in the family. The Fitzwilliam family’s role in accepting, supporting and then setting a standard for the “ton’s” outlook on the marriage was a positive one. Even within the family the older brother’s marriage of convenience is affected by this marriage of love between Elizabeth and Darcy.
I liked the development of Col. Fitzwilliam’s relationship with Darcy and with Darcy’s love for Elizabeth, his and Darcy’s acknowledgment of certain feelings and how he faced up to those, how he made a resolution to change and how he communicated the feelings, what they meant and how he changed. He does get his happy ending.
Darcy and Elizabeth begin a relationship which seems to be made in heaven BUT this tale gives them more than their share of trauma, of heartbreak, of learning how to communicate. And it was gratifying to read that there were others in the family who observed the need to point out to one or the other how they needed to share even the ugly parts of their lives. Darcy and Elizabeth grow and at times cling to each other against overwhelming events.
There are other romances in this story. Georgiana and, even Lydia, have love lives. Caroline Bingley acts in a ghastly manner on more than one occasion. Charles and Jane do not have the backbone to set boundaries with, again, horrendous results for ODC.
The only negative, (and this book does have 443 pages) is that in the epilogue some facts are rather vague. I had to wonder at offspring, (gender, names, etc.) and other events referenced which kept our couple steadfast in their need for each other’s support and love. But all-in-all this was a long and satisfying book. I would recommend it to all JAFF lovers.