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- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publication Date: September 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075VXMB2H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Darcy's Tempest: A Pride and Prejudice Short Story Kindle Edition
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This was a short [32 pages] window of time where Darcy and Elizabeth were out and about and became caught in a thunder storm. They took shelter in a hunting cabin on Longbourn property and were forced to spend the night. We now have the marriage of convenience trope due to the compromise of a lady and the possible loss of her reputation and that of her family.
“In times of crisis, different people react in different ways. Some might try to escape. Others might attempt to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm in a safe have.” Cullen Bunn
I always enjoy page time with ODC [our dear couple]. It allows them a chance to talk and settle any problems they might still have. This was post Hunsford, and that disastrous proposal. Darcy was able to talk to her with no one around to interrupt or distract. Lizzy was able to see Darcy in a new light and to apologize for her feelings and emotions toward him. They soon worked out a plan and when the storm broke, they headed back to Longbourn to face her family… together.
The best part… when Lady Catherine stormed Longbourn in order to have her sentiments made known. Lizzy expertly deal with her just before Darcy was able to came to the rescue.
There were minor errors: one in particular… fiancé [male] vs fiancée [female]… was misrepresented several times.
Shame on the "author" (very loosely used) and shame on anyone who reads this (myself included for being duped!)
Is this one of the great P&P variation short stories? No, but it a pleasant read.
It was almost too easily resolved. Lizzy seemed to have become too practical in accepting her situation, that which would leave her reputation in tatters if she doesn’t marry Darcy due to their being in the cabin unchaperoned.
Then there’s one more minor obstacle on their wedding day and that’s it.
So in this case the story was enjoyable enough but I did prefer the author’s full length novel. I look forward to that next time.
The setting has been used before and the author has no qualms admitting that she uses many of Jane Austen's words. With that said I will add that I enjoyed this short story.
We find Darcy berating himself over the Hunsford proposal as he wanders the country side surrounding Netherfield. He has accompanied Bingley back the Hertfordshire after admitting he just may have been wrong about Jane's feelings. But he does not want to face that lady who still owns his heart so he takes as his companion a bottle...and nearly falls over when he is suddenly facing HER. He awakens from his drunken stupor to find that they have spent the night in a small cabin to shelter from the raging storm.
I am sure you can imagine what ensues. But the conversation between Darcy and Elizabeth is sweet. Lady Catherine does make an appearance but not as in canon.
I found this short story gratifying over my morning coffee. I do like compromise situations as such force a much quicker resolution between Elizabeth and Darcy.