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- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publication Date: April 7, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VS3EMS
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Additionally, Darcy and Elizabeth need character development for them to be more than the P&P lovers in name only. We are told how witty and intelligent Elizabeth is, but there is no evidence of it. Why don't we get to go to any of her salon meetings? And why do her feelings towards Darcy change? Plus, we get no explanation of why she won't confide in anyone when she thinks she and her sons may be at risk. Darcy's prejudices pop up from believing Caroline Bingley - really? More attention should be devoted to Darcy's suspicions/pride/prejudice and how he overcomes them. And where was he for the four months after the funeral of Elizabeth's husband?
An interesting subplot develops for Caroline Bingley, but it is ended abruptly by deus ex machina.
As with most self-published works, this needs a copy-editor. Plenty of grammatical errors, frequent improper word usage, and someone...needs...to remove...all the...ellipses.
I hope the author will rework this to include additional scenes for plot and character development (and perhaps come up with a mode of transportation more realistic than having a woman balancing twin toddlers with her on horseback). With an additional 30,000 words and thorough proofreading, this could become something a publisher would accept.
So this book left me with the feeling that Darcy was second best. This was compounded by how hard a time he had convincing her to give him her heart. Totally understandable as a widow grieving for the love of her life but it just drives home the fact that Darcy was not nor would have been her first choice.
Other than this, the book was easy enough to follow though the plot travelled at quite a slow pace. Wickham reared his head a few times and eventually got his comeuppance. Jane and Bingley were a big yawn. Their courtship seemed to be something of an afterthought. Caroline was entirely distasteful. This was one of those adaptations where she is obsessive about Darcy and borderline psychotic in her disparagements of Elizabeth. Her ending was strange to say the least and not in any way realistic.
Maybe it's not the worst adaptation but I wouldn't recommend it.
I'm a fan of Austen prequels, sequels, and remixes, so when I saw this, I thought it looked promising. And it had potential. Okay, so Elizabeth gets married to Darcy's friend, but he's very sick and soon dies, and then Darcy woos the widowed mother-of-two-Elizabeth.
But, here are the problems. First, Darcy is too attracted to someone who is his friend's wife. Being attracted is okay, being obsessed is not... especially since Elizabeth is married to his good friend Rafael. In the short time that Rafael is alive, Darcy is way too into Elizabeth. This seemed weird to me. Then Rafael makes Darcy promise to watch over Elizabeth and the children by marrying her after his death. Okay, I could believe that. But second, then Darcy pretty much ambushes Elizabeth shortly after his friend dies. Now I know that Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth in Austen's original Pride And Prejudice seemed out of the blue, but this was very strange. Not only did it seem rude, but heartless! Darcy's tops his explanation that his deceased friend had wanted their union with the fact that he had been attracted to Elizabeth while Rafael was alive... is just creepy and... totally out of character.
This is not the Darcy that every woman wants, or at least it is not the one that I want. I have to say that I did not even finish this book, because I was so put off my Darcy's behavior. I'm on to the next Austen spinoff instead, and I recommend others do the same.
I am glad I took a chance on this book and ignore some of the less flattering review. I look forward to Ms. Mushatt next P&P with more than 238 pages! I have only one complaint about this book, TOO SHORT!!
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I enjoyed the pacing.Read more