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Darcy, Lizzy and Lady Susan: A Pride and Prejudice Regency Kindle Edition
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Of course, Elizabeth is the sane person in this group especially after she learned of Wickham 's past and his present lies.
Loved it !!!
I could not put it down.
This is such a delicious mash-up of characters and stories! Lady Susan Vernon finds her way to Rosings after having been booted from Langford by Mrs. Mainwaring for carrying on an affair with her husband. Sir Lewis de Bourgh was uncle to Lady Susan's late husband, so Lady Catherine feels obligated to allow the widow entry despite her scandalous reputation. She tries to get her two nephews to leave before the black widow arrives, but both are intrigued and eager to meet the lady. Besides, Darcy has written but still hasn't had an opportunity to deliver his letter to Elizabeth.
Naturally, Lady Susan decides to leap on this unexpected opportunity to snare a rich and handsome husband. Darcy's initial lack of interest only strengthens her resolve; Lady Susan does love a challenge. She learns of his interest in Elizabeth Bennet and decides to befriend the young lady in order to further her own scheme. This leaves Elizabeth struggling with lies confided to her by this Wickham-like character. Will she once again think the worst of Mr. Darcy?
This is a fast-paced tale. Darcy, Elizabeth and Colonel Fitzwilliam do their best to bring order to the chaos that blows into Rosings following Lady Susan's arrival. By the book's end, Mr. Bingley, Caroline Bingley, Georgiana Darcy, Frederica Vernon, Mr. Mainwaring, and Sir James Martin have all found their way there. Lady Catherine is seriously displeased at all these guests showing up uninvited! Her method of coping with the disruptions to her usually ordered world leaves her vulnerable to Lady Susan's machinations.
It's worth noting that the editing is excellent. I didn't spot a single grammar or spelling error. The writing style is more formal than I'm used to from Ms. Silkstone, but I think this is the first of hers I've read set in the Recency era. It flows nicely and fits the setting. You still can't miss the author's lively sense of the ridiculous, which shines through. A Rosings dinner party where everyone very stealthily tries to observe everyone else is particularly clever.
Lady Susan's character here may be more obvious and not as cunning as Jane Austen's creation, but it works in the context of this plot. Otherwise, characters are generally consistent with canon. (Ms. Silkstone copies Tom Bennett's delightfully idiotic interpretation of Sir James.)
The story is not one to take seriously. As long as you're not a stickler for believable Recency behavior, you should find this as entertaining as I did. Even if you've never read Lady Susan or seen the movie version (curiously titled Love & Friendship), I believe you'd enjoy it, though I would recommend both for maximum appreciation. It's more important to be knowledgeable about the plot of Pride and Prejudice
Note: Content is completely clean.
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I read and enjoyed different variations of the tale.
Barbara Silkstone did the original book justice.Read more