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Foiled Elopement: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Paperback – June 18, 2017
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Renata McMann and Summer Hanford began writing Pride and Prejudice Variations together in 2014 and have since become immersed in the amazing world Jane Austen created. Whether you're a fan of Darcy and Elizabeth specifically or of clean Regency Romance in general, you will enjoy both McMann's ability to imagine variations of this classic love story and Hanford's skill in turning these variations of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet and their enduring love into entertaining stories. Learn more at renatamcmann.com.
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This is an off-canon P&P story that will thrill, chill, and surprise the reader. The OOC [out of character] behavior of our main characters is only part of the problem. The other reviews have listed things that Darcy and Elizabeth simply would not do because of propriety. However, when someone is in a drastic situation, they are forced to act in a manner that they would not normally behave.
“I never wanted a big wedding. I never wanted to wear a white dress or throw a bouquet.” Taylor Jenkins Reid
What I liked: The page time between D&E. I love when Darcy and Elizabeth get to talk or interact. His first vision of Elizabeth is not the one we think. Georgiana had given him a description of Lizzy so when he walked into the Inn he recognized her. The only problem… Wickham was there and, due to his actions, holy crap broke out at the inn. No spoiler as to what Wickham was doing… just that it was bad. Darcy is my hero.
“Now that I could not go back I was not sure, after all, that I wished to go forward. It was a miserable sensation.” Anna Freeman, The Fair Fight
What I didn’t like: Too much explaining about Georgiana’s situation. Too many people given too much information and too many sworn to secrecy. It was like her story took on a life of its own. It just got bigger and bigger. It soon became the elephant in the room. I am surprised that Miss Bingley didn’t try to sniff out more information. I suppose what Darcy said to her in his office was enough to put the ‘fear of Darcy’ in her head. I certainly wouldn’t want to cross him. Her attitude changed rather quickly after that.
The ‘failure to inform’ trope was also present. That’s where Darcy fails to inform the world that Wickham is a disgusting, low-life, rat-bastard. Which leaves him loose on the landscape so he can inflict his proclivities on the unsuspecting female and mercantile populace at large. He tries to marry/seduce any female with money, runs up debts with the merchants and leaves without paying. Yea, that’s Wickham’s MO.
As the story description tells us Elizabeth has foiled the elopement of Georgiana Darcy and George Wickham. That statement seems rather clear and straight forward BUT the facts behind it are so very interesting. It takes courage and a bit of planning and even persuasion by Elizabeth to get all the ducks in a row. The whole affair takes place as Elizabeth is returning from Scotland where she was visiting her father's sister, her Aunt Beth, and traveling in the company of M/M Muir and their daughter. So her intervention with the elopement takes place far from home, without Darcy or any Bennets there to aid her. The Gardiners have placed their niece in the care of the Muirs so these kind people have to be informed of and agreeable to actions on Elizabeth's part. Additionally, there are the innkeeper, his family, the inn's regulars and visitor passing through. Events are not going to be done in secret and rumors, true or not, must be considered as they will definitely come to pass.
This story is very well written, developed with many aspects to consider and interweave. I loved it. Eventually Darcy shows up and then Mr. Bennet and Jane and what awaits them there is not at all what they might have speculated. And to keep the main characters on their toes...Wickham has disappeared but has anonymously let it be known that he WILL be revenging himself upon the person who foiled the elopement initially.
Without informing Elizabeth of the threat how does one go about keeping this independent, stubborn woman safe? Considerations at hand are the reputations of both Elizabeth and Georgiana, as well as the threat. Not to speak of are family and friends, their reactions and who to include in the real facts and just what tale is to be shared. Can the latter ones be trusted to 1.) keep the secrets and 2.) to remember what is to be said.
"But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence..." What did you say, Darcy?