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- Print Length: 357 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976387175
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075LFYVV3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Now that I have the audiobook, I can be reading it with the narration or quietly without, get involved with something and have it continue from that point or any other and still be completely happy. I love the narrator. Stevie Zimmerman gives each character their own voice. She is a wonder!
It was a strange version of Darcy & Elizabeth's romance in that for almost half the book she was happily married to another man (& mother to their three very young children). This alliance was not offensive to this reader but delayed the 'main event' so to speak. I enjoyed the postive relationship between the Earl & his Countess (or Mr & Mrs Talbot - an inside joke that didn't amuse Caroline Bingley) that served as the backdrop for Jane & Bingley's romance. Darcy was almost a peripheral character during this time, although there were a few spirited interchanges between him & Elizabeth (all open & above board).
Part II of the book commenced with Elizabeth as a young (23), rich, titled widow returned to London society where she was soon thrown back into the matchmaking machinations of the Marriage Mart. Darcy decided he would like to woo Elizabeth, but being Darcy managed to say the wrong thing & Elizabeth misunderstood his intentions. After the resultant confusion had been resolved Darcy conducted a quiet, yet determined, suit for Elizabeth's hand & an honourable seduction of her senses. She challenged Darcy's reserved personality by exposing him to her large, extended-by-marriage family, that included Lord Devonshire a gentleman who bore no resemblance to her indolent father. Once betrothed they set about forging bonds of unity within the newly created family. The final chapter spannned a period of 16+ years & offered many insights into the growth of the Talbot/Darcy family, their lives & loves, as well as those of their siblings.
I am not going to detail the storyline you need to read this book yourself without the spoilers and appreciate it as much as I did.
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Not only has Elizabeth married very young, she soon has three children and she is very much in love with her husband.
We see the courtship and early marriage between Elizabeth and Robert Talbot. That is how he first introduces himself
– as plain Robert Talbot. Later, he confesses he is an earl and very wealthy. Elizabeth becomes a countess and
learns how to thrive in the highest levels of English society, all while she is becoming a Mother.
The story moves ahead to the Bingley/Hurst/Darcy party’s arrival at Netherfield. Elizabeth is visiting her family
at the time while her husband attends to business in town. At the Meryton Assembly, Caroline and Louisa
hear talk about a Countess but when they are introduced, Elizabeth gives her name as just plain Mrs. Talbot.
Some of the best scenes are with the superior sisters, especially when they finally learn they have been
disrespectful to a very highly-placed member of society.
Part 1 ends with the tragedy of Robert’s death from a riding accident.
No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories. ~ Chris Sorensen
Part 2 deals with Elizabeth’s grief and eventual recovery.
Darcy had formed a friendship with Robert and was present when he was thrown from his horse.
He supported the widow behind the scenes and wrote letters to the family.
Darcy had long admired the marital relationship between Robert and Elizabeth and was resolved to find a similar girl.
He never considered Elizabeth as a possible wife for himself until more than two years after Robert’s death when
Darcy sees Elizabeth as ready to consider marriage again and realizes that instead of a similar wife, he could pursue the original.
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion
and make it a sharer in her thoughts. ~ George Eliot
Oddly, I liked the first part of the story much better than the second half.
I liked Robert’s influence on Mr. Bennet to educate the younger sisters and curb their behavior.
I like to imagine this is how Darcy could have influenced the Bennet family in canon if only
Elizabeth had accepted his Hunsford proposal.
I liked the Caroline Bingley set-downs when she realized just how very far down society’s scale she was.
I liked Robert’s mentoring of his brother Bingley and his consultations with the much-younger Darcy.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes JAFF – unless you can’t accept ODC married to someone else.
There are those who'll bet
love comes but once, and yet
I'm oh, so glad we met
the second time around
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