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A Dance with Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Paperback – March 22, 2017
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As we read the poignant thoughts in each mind we again suffer those pangs due to memories of past misunderstandings, fate and the vile actions of others which led to this couples' being separated and believing the other had never truly meant anything with those smiles and gentle conversations, when they met at Pemberley while Elizabeth and the Gardiners visited there.
Darcy is snowed in at McCaffney's Inn. So he is there for more than one night. Neither knows the history of what happened after Pemberley but each knows that the other married. They soon learn that each has lost their spouse. But there is so much more to the story and how much each is willing to share. How open will they be?
Mrs. Wickham lives at the inn with Elizabeth. They have not seen family for over 5 years. While Elizabeth has made a success of managing the inn; she also has worked to correct the behaviors that forced Lydia's marriage. But we learn that Lydia is in a state of limbo. No one knows what became of her husband after he shipped her home and left for the war front.
There is so much to enjoy in this book even if your heart is touched at where we first find ODC. I loved how they came to acknowledge not only their continued love for each other but also the need to share what fears they carried from all the experiences in the time apart. And their plight is helped by Lydia, by Georgiana and a few others.
A Dance With Mr. Darcy is not only in consideration of an injury he suffered which may cause missteps but also the dance life has led this couple into and how they execute the steps.
1. Scars on his face from a crash in a carriage five years previous.
2. Scars on his ankle from that same crash – an injury that has never healed.
3. Another injury that has never healed? The pain of knowing Elizabeth Bennet married someone else when he failed to return to Meryton after Lady Catherine’s visit.
Elizabeth has scars.
1. Scars from her abandonment after Darcy didn’t return to her after Lady Catherine’s visit
2. Scars from Lydia’s abandonment by Wickham after Darcy had contracted their marriage
3. Scars from Jane’s second abandonment by Bingley after Wickham returned Lydia to her parents
4. Scars from her abusive husband – a marriage she entered to save Jane and Lydia
Sometimes you can head off a decision you'll regret by looking into your heart and finding regret already there. ~Robert Brault
After five years apart, Darcy and Elizabeth meet accidentally in Scotland. Both have been widowed and both still love the other. Five years is a long time -- regrets and fears have been conceived and matured.
The couple meets, fears, hopes, fears, supports, fears, regrets and fears again.
Will their fears – especially Elizabeth’s – be strong enough to keep them apart?
What will it take to confront and conquer those fears?
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. ~Author Unknown
This is a bittersweet story of love, loss and hope. I would recommend this to all JAFF readers.
Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus
Our story was about the road not taken, lost opportunities, failed proposals, grief, despondency, lost love and were just a few of the many themes of this story. We are years after the Pemberley visit by Elizabeth, her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner and Lydia’s scandalous patched up marriage to Wickham. So much has happened that the landscape looks nothing like it did in canon, and, sadly, even our characters are not the same. Disappointment and heartache changes a person and often leaves scars that will never go away. Both Darcy and Elizabeth have scars, the outward scars on the body and those that cannot be seen that were etched on the heart and soul.
Slowly through the angst we began to see an evil hand at work. The avalanche, that was the destruction of their lives, seemed to have started with a single act or push. I was horrified as threads, in the tapestry of the lives of our beloved characters, were severed and began to slowly unravel. The consequence of that action was far reaching and devastating.
I liked how our author brought the backstory forward in flashbacks, discussions and retelling to different characters. It was horrifying as secrets were revealed and actions exposed. Our canon dialogue was interspersed throughout this work and it was so neat to run into favorite speeches being expressed through someone else.
We had several beloved characters that made an appearance such as, our dear Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana. They, along with Lydia, were instrumental in working for ODC. We also get to meet many new characters that added to the story. Jane was not present; however, she received a lot of page time through discussion and telling. I know some do not like telling, but it worked in this story. There was so much going on that to show everything would have slowed down the story and would have made the plot too congested.
“Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.” T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
The love story was hard won. I felt like I had run a marathon when it was finished. This was not an easy read. I don’t think I have ever encountered so many failed attempts with D&E trying to 1) have a conversation devoid of pride and prejudice, 2) converse without being snarky or bitter, 3) actually listen to what the other person said, 4) overcome guilt and regret, 5) stop being a martyr, 6) totally misunderstanding, 7) push away, when you should pull toward, 8) walk away, when you should walk toward… and on, and on it went.
There were so many tender moments… you just want to swoon. The dialogue was so good between our dear couple at the end… I just couldn’t breathe when they were talking to each other. OMG!! It was so beautiful.
There were also scenes where you want to scream ‘NO’ and/or throw something [NOT the e-reader]. I wasn’t satisfied with the threads that were left hanging. Such as… 1) what happened to those persons I want to loath, hate and despise for all eternity? 2) Did a certain couple’s situation end in a HEA? 3) What about that situation that was supposed to go to court? 4) Was there a way to find out for sure what happened overseas?
I desperately desired an epilogue or something, as I like things wrapped up in a nice and neat package. It ended so quickly that I felt the jolt. I wondered if it was a set up for a Lydia’s story.
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