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Elizabeth Bennet's Deception: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Paperback – April 13, 2015
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Regina Jeffers is an award-winning author of cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, and Regency era romances. A teacher for thirty-nine years, Jeffers often serves as a consultant for Language Arts and Media Literacy programs. With multiple degrees, Regina has been a Time Warner Star Teacher, Columbus (OH) Teacher of the Year, and a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. With 5 new releases coming out in 2015, Jeffers is considered one of publishing’s most prolific authors. Come check out some of her 19 novels: Darcy’s Passions, Captain Frederick Wentworth’s Persuasion, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy, A Touch of Grace, A Touch of Honor, and The First Wives’ Club.
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She cares for him, even loves him and she will not ever think before she spews poisonous hate filled accusations at him. She will not hold still for 5 seconds to let him apologize. If she hears an apology she will misconstrue it anyway she can.
So how is there ever to be an HEA? Well Darcy early come to believe there is no one else in the world and he forgives her every word, her every action.
Is this a believable viewpoint for Darcy, for anyone. Is this how love is for lots of people? Both of Lizzy’s parent treat each other much better than Lizzy treats Darcy, and yet they don’t love each other much or at all anymore.
This books make me think I must just be a shallow person. I couldn’t possibly love anyone who treats me like Lizzy treats Darcy. And I often feel the same way in books where Darcy treats Lizzy that poorly.
Am I emotionally broken that I feel if I was Darcy in this book I couldn’t ever trust Lizzy after the way she has acted to him. After nursing Georgiana’s emotional wounds after Wickham scheme, could I trust Lizzy to not fly off the handle and cripple Georgiana and cause her to withdraw from the world again?
I know I would be so afraid for Georgiana and myself, I couldn’t trust her. There are other blue stockings in the world who must be nice and more emotionally stable.
So, good book, well written, but I fear I can’t believe in the ending HEA.
I must say, this Elizabeth was too much work. I wanted to tell Darcy to run, run far and run fast. She just wasn’t worth the trouble. But, when you are dealing with passionate people, their actions are passionate. If… for one second… they would allow the other to finish a sentence, allow them to explain and to reason out the truth, it would have saved them a whole lot of angst. I suppose that is what makes good literature. We were down to the wire on this one.
We didn’t have to deal with the Hunsford group, Lady Catherine, or even Anne. There was the Wickham incident and that was where the misunderstanding and the lie started. Mr. Darcy misunderstood the reason Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner were looking for Wickham. And, Elizabeth let him stew in his misunderstanding. I didn’t think they would ever come to an understanding. Elizabeth’s stubborn, self-doubt and recriminations got on my nerves after a while. But it was a good read.
OTOH this is an interesting variation, allowing Darcy to court Lizzy and we get to see how he gets her to stop guarding her heart and let herself love him back.