Christmas at Darcy House: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : December 5, 2017
- File size : 526 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 136 pages
- ASIN : B078D74RX9
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The synopsis reads that Lizzy gets a proposal from both men; what you’ll see is just how spectacular one proposal is over the other. That being said, I believe my favorite interactions with our favorite couple are the physical ones. They’re pretty PG-13, but I loved them. Wickham is despicable of course and I’m glad he gets what’s coming to him.
Which leads me to what I didn’t care for. The epilogue seemed to tie up loose strings in regards to Wickham and someone else. But it seemed almost too quick and hastily written to be enjoyable. I was honestly not a fan. Had the epilogue not been included maybe that would have helped, but we needed to find closure with Wickham, so a more fleshed our epilogue or an extra chapter would have helped.
I also greatly disliked Mr. Bennet and the Gardiners in this story. Very unusual in regards to the Gardiners, but I really resented their support of Wickham over Darcy until the very end. It grated on my nerves.
Despite all that, the story is worth the price and it’s a quick enough read for the holiday season. This author doesn’t really disappoint so it’s worth the read.
It's the Christmas season after the Netherfield ball. Darcy and Mr. Bingley are in London, but so are Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth Bennet in this imagining. She's staying with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Mr. Wickham, with his charm and easy manners, is a frequent visitor.
Having been encouraged by Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr. Darcy also starts calling. He's startled to see the favor Elizabeth and the Gardiners show to a man he knows to be untrustworthy. Although Darcy tries to warn Elizabeth, she doesn't believe him.
Ms. Grace really tortures Darcy in this one. The book is told mostly from his point of view, and the reader can feel his frustration with himself (because he can't express himself fluently to the lady he loves) and with the heart-rending situation.
The writing is lovely. I really love the romance. It might seem that Elizabeth's attitude changes too quickly except that the author makes it completely believable. I also enjoy the way some Regency Christmas traditions and seasonal London entertainments are woven into the tale, although it's apparent that the basic plot would work successfully at any time of year.
After a chance meeting with Elizabeth & her aunt, during a visit to the Bingley's London home, Darcy was irresistibly drawn to Cheapside to begin a tentative pursuit for her hand; only to by thwarted by her total lack of awareness regarding his desires, her relatives' reservations about the honourableness of his intentions & the disingenuous charm exerted by his personal nemesis - George Wickham (who was colluding with Caroline Bingley).
Darcy acted in an impulsive & out-of-character manner to overturn a minutes-old betrothal between Elizabeth & Wickham with some unsettling results. Georgiana visited Gracechurch Street to refute the lies & rumours that had been spread about her brother. After a walk in the park where Darcy kissed Elizabeth senseless, or was it sensible, they returned to the Gardiners' to be confronted by wall of opposition - an enraged father, infuriated uncle & irate aunt. Taking a stand against her relatives Elizabeth refused to return to Longbourn & announced her intention to remove to stay at her new friend Miss Darcy's home if the Gardiners would no longer house her. Her father capitulated & agreed to remain in London whilst she was courted by Darcy.
At a family outing to Astley's Amphitheatre more exciting things happened in the interval, in the privacy of the box, than in the arena during the show. Caroline continued to aid & abet her immoral cohort. Wickham tried to resume his engagement with Elizabeth & her family welcomed this development; however, she was not fooled by his smarmy act, anymore. He attempted to compromise her but was felled by single blow from Darcy's fist, thus, earning Mr. Bennet's heartfelt gratitude & approbation.
Christmas was being joyfully celebrated at Darcy House (obviously) only to have dinner interrupted by the unexpected & unaccompanied arrival of the pernicious Caroline Bingley (a plot point of incredulity, here) who, hoping to sow discord, informed all gathered about the role Darcy played in the removal of her brother from Netherfield Park. She was unaware that he had sought to make amends for this mistake until Bingley, also, arrived unexpectedly seeking Mr. Bennet's permission to marry Jane. An elated Elizabeth, finally, accepted Darcy's proposal & the Christmas gift given earlier in the day, supposedly from Georgiana & him, truly became her engagement ring. At the Twelfth Night wedding breakfast celebrations Elizabeth turned the tables on the scheming duo & declared their compromise, when an assignation gone awry was exposed to several of the wedding guests. Due to the potential for scandal it was a foregone conclusion that Caroline & Wickham would have to marry but the two newly-wed couples held out few hopes for a happy new year for that pair of miscreants (probably, depended on if marriage settlements favoured the bride & if the groom stayed around long enough to benefit). Maybe, next Christmas we will find out more.