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Darcy's Christmas Wish: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Paperback – November 8, 2015
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Praise for Penelope Swan:
Penelope Swan has captured the essence of the characters and their "voices" so well that one would think the text was written by Jane Austen, herself." ~ Ingrid Holzman"
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1519141467
- ISBN-13 : 978-1519141460
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.54 x 7.81 inches
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- #80,420 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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The Gardiners were visiting Mr. Waverley and having tea while Elizabeth frolicked outside in the snow. She had wandered quite far when she discovered a young boy who had fallen into a small lake while sledding. She helped pull him out and covered him up with pine boughs before running for help. Darcy never forgot that; he remembered her eyes even though he didn't know her name, and made a wish that Christmas that he would someday find her again to thank her for saving his life.
Decades passed and once again many of Darcy's family were visiting with Lady Catherine and Anne, including Lord Hargreaves, Colonel Fitzwilliam and his young son George. They were celebrating Christmas with friends: Mr. Collins, his wife Charlotte and Elizabeth who was visiting with her friend. Darcy and Elizabeth had met long before this. When young George slipped outside into the deep snowy night in search of his new puppy, it seemed as if history was repeating itself.
This is a fun short story, specifically created for the Christmas season. I thought it was a perfect addition to add to my collection of seasonal shorts, a way to remember a favorite story, while none of the added details detracted from the original. The author writes several variations of this type. I enjoyed this one very much and I recommend it to you.
I found many aspects of this tale delightful: during a Christmas holiday 15 years ago, we have a young lad and a younger girl meeting because of a near death event. But they do not know each other nor can she be located or identified after he is found and taken back to the house and attended to by the people on his aunt's estate. Plus he isn't there when she brings help due to his condition and her physical inability to carry him to warmth and safety. He is told that no girl would dare step onto his aunt’s property as all in the area know of its exclusiveness, how Lady Catherine de Bourgh would react to any intrusion, how her estate is only for those of a certain level in society.
Years pass: Jane is married, Charlotte also, and rather than visit in London with her family Elizabeth accepts Charlotte’s invite to Hunsford near Christmas time. Thus our dear couple meets at Rosings but there are other things going on and it is on these rather than a possible romantic connection that the story focuses. Our dear Elizabeth's concern for others (think of how she nursed dear Jane) comes to the fore when she observes and later makes contact with a servant girl who is cast out, literally, into the cold (due to a “gentleman’s” accusations). Lady Catwitch has ordered that all ostracize this young woman. And, reader, know that great estates have far reaching tentacles as people rely on any income from Lady C’s employment or her purchase of goods, etc.
Elizabeth lets her conscience be her guide but finds obstacles along the way. Read here how she persuades those who care for her, i.e., Charlotte, Darcy, to bend the rules and even when they find they have to step back or even don’t buy into her interpretation of the girl’s circumstances, once again Elizabeth stands true to her nature. A servant girl, a lost pet, a young boy searching for his puppy in a winter storm all benefit from Elizabeth’s solace.
The feelings between our protagonists are not delved into with much detail in this story. Rather we read of long silent walks and love growing but the descriptions are not full of sexual tension and the electricity generated, per se. Rather I got a sense of a retelling about prejudices: against the servant class and against any animal not of pure breeding and, yes, some thoughts along that line by Darcy as he feels love stirring but also as he remembers the girl with the fine, brown eyes of years ago.
This was a short, sweet read. The title comes from a Christmas tradition concerning the stirring of the batter for plum pudding for the holiday meal. I did think that more could have been done with the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth but, despite that, I can recommend this as an enjoyable read.
Years pass Jane is married and Elizabeth is visiting Charlotte Collins in Kent. Darcy and Elizabeth have a different relationship and Lizzy has admiration for Darcy. The struggle is a falsely accused maid and how it is easier to believe the falsehoods of a servant than a man of wealth. I loved Darcy desire to claim Lizzys good opinion of his character.
I also loved that Colonel Fitzwilliam is a father in this one. His son George is 6-7 and he just adores his son. I always enjoy kids in a book. There really aren't too many moments we enjoy just our couple earning the others regard but there are a few. They were delightful but I wanted more. This is also a clean read filled with a mean spirited lady Catherine who actually becomes humbled for the holidays. Lots to enjoy just needed more D&E time. Enjoy!