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That said, I didn't like some of the repeated word choices, for example everyone was always pressing handkerchiefs around. Further, I thought the verb usage was far too active, almost frenetic; people rake their hands all over their persons, they pace relentlessly, and most of all everyone is spring-loaded. What I mean by this is quite often Someone or Another "sprang up" or "sprang forward" or "sprang over". Another sort of funny usage was the animation of Elizabeth's eyebrows; they are always up to her hairline, twitching, or going this way and that; I laughed to imagine it, to be honest.
I just didn't think the over-activity suited the scene, and that it would have been far more appropriate for the characters to be still at certain times.
Having said my piece, I will add to it that I recall reading original Austen and finding it funny that everyone "cried out" this and that; why were they always shouting? Perhaps Ms. Grace was just trying to be faithful in that way. At any rate, I read quite a bit of her books and I liked them enough to continue. Thanks for that!
Thru all this soul searching, he learned to trust, forgive and what he really wanted as a partner in life. Along the way there were disappointments with Georgianna but was forgiven after she learned the truth of Wickham's dealings.
He grew strength after reading his father's journals and became the man that his father was proud of and wanted him to be.
Well written and kept you interested and looking forward to volume 2. Thank you Ms. Grace for a wonderful inside to the real Fitzwilliam Darcy and also after a first meeting with Caroline Bingley in the novel, he knew he didn't want her as his partner in life.
The first book concentrates on Darcy. It gives us a great picture of who he is at the point where he and Elizabeth meet. The second book, focuses on Elizabeth in just the same way. The first books really set up the personal struggles each faces. Both wanting to be better people, showing both successes and failures.
With the stage thus set, the third book ponders the questions of appearance and substance. How do you take the measure of a man (or woman)?
Usually, I shy away from sequels to P&P - the coming together of Darcy and Elizabeth is what attracts me. However, I enjoyed these works so much, I would love to see this author tell me a little more about our favorite couple.
What I appreciated most were the characterizations of Georgiana and Caroline in this novel. They ring very true to their ages and naivety. I also appreciated Grace's choices in separating her story from Austen's canon in subtle (teenage tantrums) and major ways (George is wah???). The author was heavy-handed with the annotations though, which broke my concentration and pulled me out of story to scroll to the back page to see exactly what the colloquialisms spoken by the characters meant way too many times.
Overall, a terrific prequel that I'd definitely recommend to Austen fans. I'm looking forward to seeing how her changes in canon are reflected in the next volume, now that Darcy will soon meet Elizabeth!
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