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Top Customer Reviews
The original characters are as they ever were with Lydia getting dallying with Wickham and with real consequences; and Jane falling for the estimable, Mr. Bingley. What was most pleasing was to read familiar Austen lines, tweeked of course, to fit this 1944 story... "Because their mother was so eager for her daughters to marry, even in the midst of a war, Jane decided it was best not to mention meeting Mr. Bingley to her mother because she would have jumped from having a cup of coffee at a canteen to a courtship and, from there, to a walk down the aisle in the blink of an eye."
Missing in action from this story is the domineering Lady Catherine deBourg and any real development of Mr Collins, Georgianna Darcy, Mary Bennet or the Gardiners. But the inclusion of the very much alive Mrs. Anne Darcy, Darcy's mother who is recently separated from his father, was a welcome twist. And THAT story line more then made up for any misgivings for not following the original story verbatim! Although the story arc is not about social class prejudices keeping our two heroes apart, rather the decisions they struggle with because of the war. It was all too gratifying to compare both works for similarities and was gladdened as well that this touching love story was in essence fresh and a story unto it's own. A favorite passage was when Elizabeth and Will spent a poignant evening together under a dining room table during a rather harrowing London bombing. I felt as if I was right there with them, finishing the eBook in almost one go--and well past midnight!
It would be all to easy to label this as yet another Pride and Prejudice love story... but author Simonsen has really done her research. Her skill for drawing us in, is masterfully depicted as we see the war ravaged landscape of London as well as the English country side in grim tales of rationing, death and gloom. I must say that Mary Lydon Simonsen has another hit on her hands. And if I might suggest, "Keep calm and read Darcy Goes to War." You won't be disappointed. (as per my review at AustenProse)
"Darcy goes to war" is much more than a tale of love and romance set in a war torn country. It is filled with historical events which vividly portray the trials of a people who are fighting against one of the most vicious, tyrannical regimes in all of history. You will love this story as many of the characters from the original P&P take on modern personalities and interact with each other in often unexpected ways. The Bennet family is in rare form and we even get a look at Anne Darcy. I would like to highly recommend this book and thank Mary L. Simonsen for another great story!
What makes this story so poignant, and at times, difficult to read is the authors depictions of a weary, war-torn England where rations, bombings, destruction and death have become commonplace in the country. The Bennet family struggles with their fellow countrymen as bombs rain down on London, and news of the Nazi onslaught have them reaching out to find what little life can offer them - local dances, handsome servicemen, and falling in love. I was about a third of the way through the novel when I realized that I no longer connected Jane Austen's characters with what I was actually reading. This story stands on its own.
But of course, the story is a brutal one. The author does not shy away from the horrific nature of the war, in this well-researched story. At one point, Elizabeth is driving into London, and I became just as overwhelmed with the results of the blitzkreg as she does. This is not an escapist, romantic adventure - it's the story of a family trying to make sense of their place with everything they know being stripped from them day by day.
Another great job!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
( Read in March of 2013 )
This could be any WWII romance and that would have been delightful the way...Read more
I enjoyed the novel. It was entertaining and insightful. The author is to be congratulated.
Ceri posted a comment on Goodreads that this book was on sale in the UK and she thought it might also be on sale in the USA.Read more