- File Size: 2218 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073RQLQMD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Fortunate Alliance: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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I love the development of the relationship between Georgiana and Elizabeth when they first meet at an inn, stuck there for days because of torrential rains. Georgiana and Wickham are on their way to Gretna Green to marry, pretending to be brother and sister, but Georgiana is starting to regret her agreement to the plan. She and Elizabeth quickly become friends, and Elizabeth even helps her overcome her shyness about playing the pianoforte in front of others. Although I've read other books that start somewhat similarly, the author does a wonderful job of making their friendship seem natural rather than forced. However, I doubt either should be either hanging out in the common room of an inn or taking a walk in the woods near an unfamiliar town without a chaperone or footman for protection.
Darcy enters the story well into the book, frantically tracking the eloping couple. Unfortunately, this is where the story really loses credibility.
He and Elizabeth join forces in pursuit of his sister and Wickham, with Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner's permission. Makes no sense. Elizabeth's reputation would be ruined if anyone found out she was riding in a closed carriage with a man unchaperoned. What's more, it's unnecessary. Mr. Gardiner would be the more logical partner in order to help subdue Wickham, if necessary. It's not as though they're chasing Elizabeth's sister, which would give them more reason to ignore the impropriety since Elizabeth might be needed to convince her own sister to leave him. That's not the case here.
Also, the book never addresses formulating a plan to protect Georgiana's reputation. She's alone with Wickham for several days. His eventual fate will reveal this to others outside the small trusted circle of family and new friends.
I do enjoy that Georgiana is more of a factor in the story rather than being just a damsel in distress. But hers IS the main storyline here. With this as the focus, the plot reaches its climax and resolution, so the book should close once she's recovered.
It doesn't. Darcy and Elizabeth need more time to get to know each other so they will end up together; thus, everyone heads off to Pemberley. This whole thread should be an epilogue rather than a continuation of the story. It's a brand new plot that emerges from the one that already ended.
The writing itself is good in general, but there are a number of missing words, misspellings and grammatical errors that are all too common in self-published works.
I did like the book despite its flaws and hope the author will continue to develop her talent.
There were no obstacles between ODC. No Caroline, Collins, Bennets or Lady C. Most of the story revolved around Elizabeth and Georgiana, with a little Wickham thrown in. No romance for ODC either.
Sorry, but this was a simple and dull book, IMO.
I thought the story was very sweet and mostly devoid of the usual Darcy and Elizabeth misunderstandings. Wickham has tricked Georgiana into eloping. They meet up with Elizabeth and the Gardeners on the way to Gretna Green. Elizabeth befriends Georgiana who then confides in her about the elopement and her change of heart. When Wickham continues on his way with Georgiana, Elizabeth and Darcy team up to save Georgiana and her reputation. Because of their mutual adventure, they quickly come to realize their admiration for each other and we get our hea without further ado.
For a fast fun read with minimal angst, I highly recommend this story.