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- Print Length: 148 pages
- Publication Date: August 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0753HGYJF
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Kitty's Lucky Charm: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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This is a good imagining of Kitty's personal evolution after all the events of Pride and Prejudice took place.
In the absence of Lydia, Jane and Elizabeth at Longbourn, she is adrift as the story begins. Finally recognizing that Lydia's behavior was not proper, Kitty wants to shed her reputation as a "silly" Bennet sister. Unfortunately, the whole neighborhood knows how close she and Lydia were and they're aware of Lydia's disgraceful history with Wickham. Mr. Bennet shows he still thinks of Kitty as dismissively as he always did. She's seriously lacking self confidence, and Mrs. Bennet's constant criticism reinforces her belief that she can do nothing right.
Mary only wants to sit and read or practice the pianoforte, and neither activity appeals to the more active Kitty. She finally notices, with admiration, how easily Mary seems to shrug off Mrs. Bennet's negative comments. The two remaining sisters at Longbourn gradually become closer, and Mary encourages Kitty to develop her talent for drawing.
The real turning point for Kitty is having a chance to get away. By leaving Meryton, she hopes to reinvent herself among those who have no preconceived notions about her. Kitty's new maid, Tilly, proves to be a less-than-ideal traveling companion, especially when they have a significant mishap on the road to London.
I really enjoyed most of this coming-of-age story. It limits the reader's knowledge to Kitty's point of view. The author paints Kitty as someone (for most anyone who suffered a lack of assurance in those difficult almost-adult years) we can certainly relate to. There's a nice bit of romance woven in where she pines for Mr. Maddox, a gentleman she first encounters during her trip. She's painfully aware she isn't suitable wife material for him. Tilly is annoying, as she is meant to be. The Gardiners, as always, are a positive influence. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy appear, and their healthy, loving relationship provides a good model for Kitty.
There are several glaring editing-type errors, although generally the writing flows well. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm impressed. I hope she continues to add to her JAFF bibliography, but I also hope she does a better job of proofreading in the future.
As Kitty emerged from the fog of Lydia’s influence, she began to see and hear for herself. Her basic truth of her own self-awareness had been damaged by Lydia’s cruel and controlling ways… and, it had not been helped by their mother. This was not a pleasant revelation; however, it was necessary for the evolution and growth of our girl.
Mrs. Bennet was as bad or worse than usual. She still had two chicks at home and was more determined than ever to marry them off, and she didn’t seem to care to whom they were married. Her cruel and insensitive words were hurtful to her daughters and she refused to see her error. Her behavior was embarrassing and even their neighbors tried to turn aside at her outrageous behavior. Poor Mary and Kitty endured it as best they could.
When Kitty traveled to London prior to going to Pemberley, she was involved in a carriage accident. A young man had stopped to help them and that was when Kitty met Mr. Frances Maddox. I liked this guy. I just wish the author had spent a bit more time in developing this relationship. It was forced, rushed and I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. We were told not shown certain events. That left a few confusing scenes and dialogue regarding consent and other matters.
For those D&E fans, we had a brief encounter with Darcy and Elizabeth as she had gone into her confinement for their first child. Kitty arrived just in time to visit with Lizzy before the birth. Kitty was able to enjoy her time at Pemberley and her new relationship with Georgiana. A visitor quickly upset Kitty’s equilibrium and that sent her back home rather despondent and determined to live her best life. Also, what was the deal with the lady’s maid. Nothing was ever said about that. What was her problem?
Errors: yep there were errors. At 49%, the travel time from London to Pemberley was in a day. Most JAFF stories have it as several days, 3-4 at the least. At 71%, there was a mix-up of baby names between Darcy and Wickham… that was unconscionable. At 77%, who is Lady Browning? In the context of the sentence, I assumed it was Mrs. Bennet. Another problem… the descriptions of Lucas Lodge made it out as a manor larger than Longbourn. Sir William’s acquisition of the homestead was different than canon. In canon, Longbourn was always the principal estate in Meryton, surpassed only by Netherfield Park. Plus, Kitty was surprised by the music room when she supposedly grew up with the Lucas girls. That seemed strange. Lady Lucas was a bit ‘more’ than canon. I think I am in agreement with another reviewer that this was a London story repurposed to be JAFF. Not that that was a problem… authors do it all the time. Having said that, the author should have been more careful in remembering to correct all the names when making the changes.
The book was mostly about Kitty, it also had ( ODC ) in it and Mary. I was glad to see it did not have much about Lydia with as many of these books I have read Lydia starts to sound like a broken record.