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Friends and Enemies: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Paperback – May 31, 2017
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So when Lydia, Bingley, and Richard all call Darcy out on his character defects, he attempts to make changes. Which amounts to not so much for a lot of the story. What essentially triggers the change is when a tragedy surrounding Georgiana occurs. But even then, when circumstances drive Lizzy and Darcy together, he slips up again and again until FINALLY he gets it.
This whole back and forth of Darcy was, quite honestly, annoying. While at times his thoughts were humorous (usually when he was being a jerk), he was too wishy washy when it came to Elizabeth. His thoughts really were annoying after a while. Lizzy was slightly better and only because the story wasn't from her perspective.
What saved this story for me was Lydia, Richard, and the Matlocks. They were highly entertaining and I enjoy stories where Darcy and Lydia have a lot of interaction. She's more insightful than what is usually written, without ever losing her essential "Lydia-ness" we know from canon. Though there was that scene in the end where she really seemed mature but that just shows there's more to her than what she puts out. Or that she definitely has rough edges but she's worth the knowing.
The epilogue also was pretty entertaining. Wickham was pretty evil and that kept my interest until the end.
Overall the story was good, but this Darcy wasn't my favorite. But I'd probably read it again at some point.
Loved this captivating, thrilling, warm, thoughtful, romantic and sweet story. Rarely have I highlighted more brilliantly romantic sentences...
Kings approach to the sensitive subject of a miscarriage was done with respect and thought.
Darcy gets the set down of his life as he happens upon Lydia on a balcony at the Netherfield ball. He has to come to grips with his own fallibility as both Bingley and the colonel supports her claims.
Settled upon changing peoples opinion of him he races to Longbourne. Mr Bennet however, is not a willing listener. He flaunts Wickhams request for a private meeting with Elizabeth in his face as Darcy tries to warn him about the scoundrel. A bereft Darcy retreats to Netherfield only to be called away immediately to an ailing sister.
When all hope seems lost, an angel saves the day for both him and his sister and he can no longer deny his growing feelings for Elizabeth.
The lady herself, remains rather unimpressed...
Wickham is more sinister in this story than in Canon, he is however delt with accordingly.
Loved that the villans get their comeuppance in this story, Caroline is also delt with in a refreshing fashion. Darcy is faulty but resolute in his dealings to right his wrongs.
Bingley sort of grows a backbone as well, though maybe not turned in the direction it was most needed.
The twist to Lydia was creative and inventive. Not totally redeemed but with more depth than I have seen before.
The development of the relationship between ODC was absolutely lovely. Not a rushed or quick turn but built with tender love and care.
I absolutely loved this fabulous book and heartily recommend it!
Would have loved a longer epilogue though...
Can never get enough of seeing ODC happily-ever-after ;)
Joy writes a vicious Wickham as a very bad character of the worst kind. However, Lady Catherine is also portrayed pretty much the way she always is in most novels. These two aspects bring the characters into the plot with interest as to their actions.
Elizabeth is still the impertinent lady and it is a delight the way she was written into the novel with her wit and intelligence.
Georgianna was written in with problems but as the plot continues, you can see the way the author gives her strength and courage to mature.
Mrs Bennet naturally is always the same and I was shocked at the way Mr. Bennet was portrayed but it thickened the plot and made it much more interesting.
I love the Colonel in any novel and this was no exception. Also, Mr. & Mrs. Gardiner are always written very pleasant, loving and helpful and also admired by me as well as Elizabeth, Darcy and other readers.
Love prevails, Darcy finds a friend in Lydia and .he always knew that Wickham was his enemy!
Thank you for an enjoyable novel that made me feel sad at times and then happy in the end!!! A job well done~
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