Fortune & Felicity: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B086MJ4LRR
- Publisher : White Soup Press; 1st edition (April 28, 2020)
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1522 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,241 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So much is off in this story. I’m sorry Lizzy’s first husband died, because it sounds like she loved him and was happy with him. She certainly didn’t pine away for Darcy, any more than Darcy did for her in their seven years apart. I found myself hoping against hope that her husband would be found at sea so he could take her out of this book.
Once they’ve reconnected, there’s no chemistry between them, and no character growth. For example this Darcy feels but a momentary guilt for not telling Elizabeth about Wickham, a guilt he doesn’t reveal to Elizabeth. It’s a shame, because that guilt is an essential part of Austen’s Darcy and drives him to become someone worthy of Lizzy’s love.
In the end, I’m not even entirely sure he gets over his pride. Does he want to marry her? Yes, finally, I guess. Will he regret it in the back of his mind? All indications are yes. Elizabeth also lacks development. She certainly faces nothing that forces her to reconsider her first impressions or otherwise see life through a different lens. The characters are the same people from first page to last, which is unfair to both characters and reader.
Darcy’s cold parenting skills, while probably in line with Regency mores, do not make him appealing or noble to the modern reader. He already has enough strikes against him; seeing his relationship with Kathy did him no favors with the reader.
Finally, Austen places Pemberley is in Derbyshire; there’s no reason to locate it in Yorkshire.
I’m gonna keep this review short.
I borrowed this book on Kindle Unlimited and read it.
Then I bought it.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys JAFF.
The Best Yet from this Author!
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Meanwhile Mr Bennet died, Jane married a businessman, Elizabeth married a sea captain who drowned leaving her almost penniless. She was living with a Jane but knew she needed to be independent so decided to become a governess, fortunately Darcy thought she’d be perfect for his daughter. He was completely over her, wasn’t he?
Most of the story takes place at Pemberley with an extended visit from Georgiana with her husband and children.
Obviously there were many, many misunderstandings and Miss Bingley didn’t help but did get her just desserts!
I loved the conversation between Darcy and Elizabeth helped by Georgiana and Kathy!
She writes this book so wonderfully and in such an engaging way that my eyes were practically glued to the pages! I was constantly wondering what would happen to our beloved Elizabeth and Darcy, and the romantic ending made me wish for a Mr. Darcy myself!
If you want an easy-to-read, light-hearted and romantic story, this is the perfect book for you!
"She had been purged from his soul." (quote from the book)
I always enjoy variations where Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy do not meet for several years or more after the Hunsford proposal and a letter is never given to Elizabeth. Usually, this is to the detriment of the Bennets. However, we get to see a stronger more resourceful Elizabeth.
In this novel, Elizabeth decides to become a governess. She has been widowed for three years and is currently living with Jane and her husband, Mr. Grant, helping to care for their four children. The situation isn't ideal, and Elizabeth feels if she doesn't do something to change her circumstances she will forever be a burden and beholden to others. And that is where Mrs. Elizabeth Heriot comes to be interviewed by Mr. Darcy.
"She would rise to the challenge and she would not be flustered by what had happened during their last encounter." (quote from the book)
Mr. Darcy is in need of governess. Not just any governess will do. He needs one that will bring joy into his daughter's life. For his daughter, Kathy, is willful, obstinate and turning into Lady Catherine de Bourgh! When he sees an application with 'Elizabeth Heriot, Meryton' and further on sees Bennet, he knows he needs to interview her.
"The vivacity and vibrancy he had found so intriguing was gone. Before him, he saw a serious woman looking for a position, weighed down by circumstances, dressed in a matron's mob cap and plain dress. She was perfectly ordinary." (quote from the book)
He offers her the position and she accepts. Both are soon agonizing over their decision. They will soon have more to agonize over as life at Pemberley brings a stark reality to Elizabeth's new life. She not only has to find the best approach to dealing with Kathy and Mr. Darcy, she must also learn the best approach to dealing with Mrs. Reynolds and the servants.
"It was maddening to have no control at all over her situation." (quote from the book)
This was such a delightful variation that conveyed a real sense of what life was like for a governess in a good situation. The agony both continue to go through over the other was palpable. And finally, Mr. Darcy has words for Miss Caroline Bingley! It was priceless!
There are some exquisite scenes in this book that I loved: the brook in the woods; dancing at the ball; her turning point with Kathy. It is here where I have my quibbles. I wish there were more scenes between Elizabeth and Kathy to show the development in their relationship...for that is why she was hired. I also wish there was a further chapter or two or three that wrapped up a few more threads and gave us just that little bit more. I just wasn't ready for the story to end.
But despite my quibbles, I can highly recommend this variation and look forward to Ms. Fairview's next book!