The Events at Branxbourne: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : May 30, 2018
- File Size : 2561 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 233 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B07D7BHK1L
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #175,800 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The voice in this book reminds me of Jennetta James’s Suddenly Mrs Darcy—strong, isolated characters who find their way from darkness. While this dark first person narrative prevents us from viewing the whole tableau, it gives us a full view of the character. The book is narrated by both Elizabeth and Darcy; though their inner voices unfortunately sound the same, one can forgive this lapse because the book is so gripping. The narrative flows like poetry, and the dialogue is next to flawless, as well.
I deduct a quarter of a star for the identical voices, and a quarter for the poor footman.
In addition, Richard’s storyline doesn’t reach itsfull potential. When Richard’s key to happily ever after falls directly in his lap, it seems excessively cruel. This character has struggled so long, and having his storyline wrap up so neatly is a disservice to said struggles. Richard’s romance with his baby’s nurse would have had much more power, had Richard not had an easy out that melted into a perfect ending.
Aside from those few quibbles, this is easily one of the top three JAFFs I’ve read this year.
I do agree with others in that I was sad about the outcome of one of the characters, felt short-changed with another beloved character's too quickly wrapped up HEA. And I too wish there had been an epilogue. I wanted to see more of the future lives of the new characters introduced in this book. I'll definitely be rereading this over the years. I wish the author a long and productive writing career. Please!
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It’s at times like these that I’m hugely grateful for the peculiarity of our favourite genre: we know that in the vast majority of cases, there will be a happy end. All the troubles will be set right, obstacles removed, misunderstandings cleared, and our beloved characters will be together at last. The opening scene leaves us to wonder how they could possibly get there, and it’s thanks to Caitlin Williams’ mastery that the journey is a rollercoaster of emotions.
Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to town after a three-year self-imposed exile in the north of England, and is unavoidably thrown into the path of the only one woman he had ever loved, and who had broken his heart. Miss Elizabeth Bennet, now Lady Lambert, had refused his proposal and had later married a viscount. She moves in the same fashionable circles as Darcy, and there is no avoiding her at balls, at musical soirees or at the theatre. The thought that she is happily married to another is a torment, but an even greater torment is in store for him as Darcy gradually discovers there is darkness lurking beneath the glitter of Lady Lambert’s Cinderella-like whirlwind courtship and marriage. She is not happy. She is often left alone and her every move is scrutinised by servants. Lord Lambert is often absent, but he still is her lord and master, and does not hesitate to demonstrate that at every opportunity. Every form of common sense urges Darcy to keep his distance, and focus instead on finding an adequate life companion. But every form of common sense loses ground in the face of irresistible attraction.
Guided by Caitlin Williams’ masterful pen, we follow our favourite characters as they circle closer and closer to the flame, closer and closer to each other. There is no impropriety. They hardly ever touch. It’s their souls that touch, and the poignancy of their impossible and highly dangerous connection tugs at every heartstring.
The secondary characters tug at the reader’s heartstrings too: Georgiana, fumbling her way into the fashionable world and hiding her insecurities under borrowed feathers; Colonel Fitzwilliam, who thought he had married for material advantage, only to find himself a widower with a broken heart; and last but no least, a young lady who loves with no hope whatsoever of a happy ending (so lovely to come across such dear personages as Miss Mary Ann and the adorably flamboyant Countess Magdo!).
Elizabeth nurtures no hopes of happiness either, as the events at Branxbourne escalate into betrayal and unprecedented violence. Yet all the while, true, deep and all-abiding love stands guard beside her, until she and the man she loves can forge their ‘happy end’ at last.
A spellbinding novel, so powerfully written, with raw need and raw emotion leaping from every page and taking hold of your heart. I could *not* put it down!
is erratic and the plot stretched out, but who cares? I've just enjoyed it again, and now again.
The narrative really draws you in and you feel for the characters deeply. I love that just as Elizabeth was deceived in the character of Wickham in P&P, the characters in this book are also not as they first appear.
This is one of those books that you could read again and enjoy just as much.
Highly recommended purchasing this book!