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The Darcys' First Christmas: A Sweet Tea Novella; Pride and Prejudice sequel (Sweet Tea Stories Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The author brings to light their mistakes in Darcy and Elizabeth's misunderstandings and how they solve them but their is heartache and loneliness for both along the way. All is resolved once most of the company leaves and love continues throughout the house.
You can always count on the closeness of Darcy and the Colonel to bring joy and togetherness and Ms. Grace brings that out in her writings.
Old traditions along with new traditions begin this first Christmas that was shared at Pemberley.
I loved the novel and in each life some sadness does bring much joy!
Thank you for a well written novel Maria Grace!
Couples newly married have not yet formulated their unified stance on issues of the family, where they stand on religion, the raising of children, the handling of duties in the home, who is in charge of what and how the management of everyday issues will be handled.
New couples [especially those of different stations] bring to the marriage everything they know and have been taught in how to handle situations in life. How they approach a social situation, how to avoid a sarcastic or rude remark, how to settle unruly situations with new relations. How to raise the battlements and armor against an attack or assault by unfriendly agents… um… relations.
No, fool hearted newlyweds tread where angels fear to go. And that is what our story is about. Poor Darcy and Elizabeth have not yet settled into their new life together. Instead of sequestering his new wife somewhere they could be alone for the Festive Season… Darcy took Elizabeth to Pemberley, along with Georgiana. Oh, how he will regret that decision.
Mrs. Bennet had taught Elizabeth and her girls [Jane at the least] how to manage an estate, work with the housekeeper and servants, plan menus, household budget, manage and take care of the tenants and estate business. Times that by 100 [or possibly more] and you can see how Elizabeth felt overwhelmed with the size of Pemberley and it workings. Poor dear. With the Festive Season upon them, Elizabeth attempted to host a small house party with her Uncle and Aunt Gardiner and their children.
And then everything went downhill when Darcy received a letter that the Matlock clan were descending on Pemberley… that very day. The Matlock’s stormed the estate and Lady Matlock [in true Lady Catherine style] attempted to undermine everything Elizabeth had done or was attempting to do with scorn, disdain, cutting statements and sarcastic remarks. In other words, Elizabeth could do nothing right and Darcy was caught in the middle. In his corner, at least, was his cousin our dear Colonel. Oh, I love him.
On top of the uninvited guests, they had to deal with a recalcitrant teenage girl. Oh, Georgiana… what have you done? When she was called to account for her behavior… Elizabeth knew exactly the ploy she was attempting in order to get everyone off her back. It did not work. Elizabeth had younger sisters and recognized her tactics immediately and called her on it. It was not well received.
What I didn’t like:
I did not like this Elizabeth. Where was her spirit? Where did this trepidation come from? I didn’t like the fact she was always misunderstanding Darcy and his actions. I realize she was using the tools that she knew, those learned at Longbourn from her father and mother. When things became unpleasant, Mrs. Bennet sequestered in her room and Mr. Bennet ensconced in his bookroom. And so, she shut Darcy out and THAT was simply unacceptable. I did not like it. I just kept on reading and trudged through, because I knew the tide had to turn. It simply took too long for her to rise to … or whatever that intimidating statement is.
One question… Elizabeth has been established throughout most JAFF as a most excellent walker, why is she always falling down and hurting herself? What is with her? Can she not walk a straight line? Does level ground give her problems? Does the ground rise up to trip her? And what is with this obstinate and headstrong stubborn attitude? When she had been admonished to take a footman with her, to not go out alone… why does she go out alone? This was not Longbourn terrain where she knew every inch, hill, ditch and gully. Why would she attempt it? ‘I vish to be alone’ gets old after a time. I know this was to drive the drama and angst but good grief.
They soon discovered she was missing, had no idea where she went or in what direction. And, of course, it was getting late as they assembled the men to search for her. As I was reading all the prep for the search party, I kept thinking what they really needed was a good dog. Well hello… low and behold, there was a kennel of hunting dogs on the property. Given a good sniff of her shawl, the dogs would have led them right to her. That would have been cool. But, they didn’t do that and even denied Darcy the hero moment. Oh well, I don’t like her appearing obstinate and stupid. It never turns out well for her.
Other than my disagreeing with the author… like I have the credentials to do so, I enjoyed this story. I knew ODC had to forgive and make up and that was the best part. How many of us, that have been married a few years, or even decades, remember those first hectic months of marriage? This one will go down in the journals of Pemberley, like all the other occurrences over the years.
Darcy makes several missteps that unintentionally put Lizzy at a decided disadvantage, and Georgiana hides in her room, afraid of her Aunt Matlock and avoiding the guests. When the harum-scarum Bennets arrive, all you-know-what breaks loose, and the Christmas celebrations become far more than Lizzy can handle...or bear.
A lovely follow-up to Pride and Prejudice, Maria Grace's novella takes us in a very different direction as Lizzy and William learn much about love and marriage in the hot water of disharmonious family relations in which his family is actually more troublesome than her own.... ;)
Definitely worth a read--thoroughly entertaining!