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Cupid's Traps: A Matchmaker's Tale Paperback – June 8, 2015
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This is a story in which more than Mr. Collins seem to be bumbling oafs. But I must say the one incident that draw my skepticism is the first one in which SOMEHOW Elizabeth ties Mr. Darcy’s hands behind him and he is left in a rowboat drifting onto a lake. I can’t accept that big strong Darcy is overpowered by Elizabeth and the author does not explain that he allowed it.
Yes, Georgiana is our emcee to the goings-on at Rosings where she has showed up unexpectedly due to worries about her brother’s present problem, which she has narrowed down in her mind to be of the female variety. So she consults with her cousin, the Colonel, and demands that they work to solve this situation.
As another reviewer states there is one “accident” after another and they are not all innocent in appearance…yes, some viewing the slips and falls can’t dismiss them and have to paint the worst interpretation of what they saw in letters or in gossiping with acquaintances. Soon Meryton has Darcy labeled as a rake while London society has Elizabeth being the worst of seductresses.
Oh, Darcy has put forth his proposal and we know how well that went over, but now time after time he continues to offer to make things right.
Lady Catherine’s birds on the loose is truly a hoot to read…and Mr. Collins trying to untangle one of the birds from her “hair”. My, oh, my!
Elizabeth just can’t see that there is any need to worry about reputations…but then her father gets wind of the tattling tongues. Will he need to force a move or does Elizabeth come to realize that her feelings might have changed? This is a lovely short story told with amusing scenes.
Lady Catherine literally flipped her wig over every objection to Darcy fulfilling his obligation to his family and fortune. She was a pistol and I’ve never seen her collection displayed in any JAFF. Her delight in her solarium was unique and deadly to her daughter. How she refused to heed the physician’s directives as well as Anne’s caution, along with her very physical reaction was beyond a mother’s concerns for her daughter. To wave off medical concerns and advise with a simple “nonsense” was beyond the pale. But, that was not our story.
We were in Kent with Mr. Collins being the usual toad and of course his Charlotte was the voice of reason. Collins had an unfortunate accident that will have him thinking twice before sticking his nose in the affairs of others [literally]. Poor Anne, didn’t know she had it in her. We did find out that Lady Catherine has one weakness. We also found that the gossips in Hertfordshire have nothing on the gossip mill in Kent. I was surprised that gossip could spread that quickly from Kent to London to Meryton, and was even more surprised at the source. I don’t think I’ve see that character act in that manner before.
Our story of course deals with ODC [our dear couple] and how they managed to get together. Man, I wanted to shake Elizabeth. Never in the history of literature has there ever been a more obstinate, stubborn, illogical, determined to have her own opinion, and refusing to listen to reason, heroine. I was disgusted with her. Her behavior and attitude did not engender feelings for her with me at all. In fact, it did the opposite. I immediately took a protective stand with Mr. Darcy. Had I been there, I would have stood by his side and given snide, haughty, disapproving looks in her direction. [Shades of Caroline…I shudder] She put him through hell and I didn’t like it.
I know authors want to give readers those hero moments. They search for scenes that would play well on the screen of our mind. Those catch your breath moments prior to a kiss or near kiss. Those edge of your seat, heart beating wildly, catch of the breath moments. I love those and we were almost given those; however, time after time, there was something off. Whether it was Elizabeth being stupid or snarky, or they were falling, slipping or sliding and very quickly it became old and not romantic. What was with all those falling scenes? Propriety and proper decorum were tossed out the window from the first. I’ve never seen D&E so clumsy as in this work. It became old after a bit.
I enjoyed the new scenes, different locations and new experiences. However, those non-plausible scenes bothered me. Elizabeth’s attitude bothered me. Darcy was so strong and staunchly dedicated to preserving reputations while Elizabeth seemed determined to be obstinate. I didn’t like that about her.
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