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- Print Length: 398 pages
- Publisher: White Soup Press (May 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071192MZP
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England has fallen to the French under Napoleon, so it's a very different Meryton as the story opens. Most of the English residents are miserable under the French rule. Lydia and Kitty aren't; Lydia has already married a French officer, and Kitty is similarity attracted to men in uniform, regardless of their nationality. Jane feints consumption to elude the amorous advances of Captain Raynard, the French commander, with only Mr. Bennet and Elizabeth aware that she isn't truly ill. Now Reynard has his sights on Elizabeth.
Fortunately, Mr. Bingley has just moved into the area as well as his friend, Mr. Darcy (rumored to be an English traitor) and Mr. Darcy's sister Georgiana. Although Elizabeth despises Darcy for his cooperation with the French invaders, he offers protection as a pretend suitor to keep Reynard at bay. Things get even more complicated when Wickham shows up, as he has willingly joined the French army and now has the ability to use his influence against Darcy.
As tense as these early scenes are, they're nothing compared to how bad things get when the story really takes off. Darcy is arrested for murder, while Elizabeth and Georgiana take off alone together as fugitives. The future of England depends on their successful escape and linking up with the underground resistance movement. Before the book ends, Elizabeth is arrested and facing hanging for treason.
Abigail Reynolds does a masterful job creating the atmosphere of a country chafing under the yoke of foreign rule. Her characters are richly drawn, with plenty of romance between Darcy and Elizabeth, who are caught in a swirl of events bigger than they are. Both are willing to sacrifice everything in service to their country. There are many secrets and surprises that keep you glued to the pages to learn what will happen next. Who can be trusted? How can there possibly be a HEA? Guess you'll have to read it to find out!
I absolutely adored how Darcy meets Elizabeth...his Titania to the Theophilus Thistle she calls him and then to throw in a puppy to be named Puck...oh, how dear - a fairy tale meeting. But when next they meet she definitely has much cooler regard for him as all signs and rumors have him as a traitor to his country who have saved his estate and wealth by collaborating with the enemy.
But events then pull her into his role in the wink of an eye when he is to be arrested and she is forced to take on major responsibilities without a second to prepare. So she is on the lam and it is all in secret.
There is so much creativity in this story and I, for one, hesitate to say much more as it would not only betray the author's role to tell the story but it would also take away the pleasure in discovering a magnificent story from other readers.
I cried in reading certain parts...even though I know that there has to be a Happily Ever After for Our Dear Couple. I hated to put this story down to go to bed last night and I defy anyone to say this is not enthralling.
The Order of the Hayloft....hmmm! Also I had much admiration for a General Desmarais...an honorable man in a difficult position who uses his wisdom to sort out a few difficult situations.
Please read this story. I do not hesitate to recommend it to all of the JAFF community...and even to those who love a good historical romance.
Other reviewers will provide you with teasers, so I will pass on that. I tend to skim reviews being afraid of reveals to the story that I want to experience on my own. My kindle says the book takes about nine hours to read - that is a massive amount of reading pleasure focusing on Jane Austen's most famous duo.
There is an obviously huge amount of historical research behind the story's premise - the details surrounding the scenarios really draw you in where you feel the emotions of the characters as they deal with life and death perils.
I saw no plot holes and am satisfied with the happy ever after ending. There are lots of characters surviving the chaos and the ending ties up their lives in very satisfying ways. Be sure to check out the Historical Notes after the story completes. Abigail shares insights into her vision of how history could have taken a massively different turn.
My recommendation is to slooow down your reading, especially the second half. Savor the story and characters.
Yes, this story is a keeper and will be in my kindle favorites collection. I rate it as well worth owning!
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I would definitely recommend this story and suggest a box of tissues should be close at hand I. Parts.
Six years of French occupation and rule has left many chafing at the bit to free England from its oppressors. The aristocracy have lost their titles, lands and in some cases their lives. Taxes are high and young men are conscripted to fight Napoleon's war. It is a double-edged sword for those who do cooperate with the French, for they are considered traitors to England.
Such is the setting when Mr. Bingley lets Netherfield Hall. He is allowed his liberties for his factories continue to operate and help fund the war effort while employing good English people. This helps soothes his conscience. His friend, Mr. Darcy, who comes to visit with his half-wit sister, Georgiana, has been able to keep his money and his land, for he cooperates with the French. This alone sets Elizabeth against him. But more is at stake than anyone could imagine. And bit by bit, what was concealed is slowly revealed.
"You cannot possibly understand my choices." (quote from the book)
So prepare yourself for an exciting, highly developed adventure that will leaving you gasping at its brazenness! Mr. Darcy is truly a man on a mission and Elizabeth is soon drawn into his web. The new characters created were well developed and added further depth to the story. But nothing can compare to the growing romance between Darcy and Elizabeth. It was a slow burn, that will singe them both as they are pulled further and further into concealing their secrets.
I highly recommend this totally 'outside the box' variation/adventure!!
Alle bekannten Charaktere des ursprünglichen Buches werden erwähnt und mehrheitlich behalten ihre Eigenschaften, aber was für eine abenteuerliche Variante. Historisch insofern überhaupt nicht akkurat, da Napoleon nie England besetzt hat und Informationen/Briefe zur damaligen Zeit nicht so schnell übermittelt werden konnten. Aber wenn man das ausser acht lässt, ist ziemlich vieles Epochen gerecht.
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