Lady Catherine Regrets: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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In Lady Catherine Regrets, Ms McMann tells the story of Lady Catherine's refusal to accept Elizabeth as Mr Darcy's wife and taking her brother's suggestion in finding Anne a husband. We see how demanding and controlling she is over all decisions, and under the guise of love for Anne when they are in regards to Anne.
As the word has spread that Mr Darcy is no longer in the picture for Anne, the men come out of the woodwork trying to woe her. Lady Catherine attempts to obtain Anne's opinion on the gentleman, though Anne stays quiet and reserved in her answers to her mother. It not until Lady Catherine receives a letter from a suitor asking for a courtship that Anne finally talks. In her comments Anne mentions wanting to visit Pemberley and doesn't seem to understand her mother's reasons for never accepting the new Mrs Darcy.
After their visit to Pemberley, Lady Catherine and Anne go to their London townhouse. It is here when Lady Catherine's eyes are really opened.
As usual, I can not stand Lady Catherine, she sees nothing but her own comfort and importance. She can't even see that Elizabeth truly is very similar to her, just not as condescending, arrogant, or unbending. In fact, in a letter she wrote to Mr Darcy in the beginning she literally admits Elizabeth's faults which to me seem fairly similar to Lady Catherine's faults: "Elizabeth Bennet is too strong minded to be a lady. She has her own opinions and doesn’t hesitate to express them. .... You should have heard her pert answers when I asked about her background. She is not ladylike. She isn’t even pretty."
But as the book went on, I felt more pity for her blindness and her self preserve to never be wrong. The ending is cute and I was not expecting the outcome. I felt this story kept the characters to canon, though makes me have to re-look at Anne, she is written as a lady who has generally never made any decision in her life. I am not sure I liked this Anne for how weak she is.
Ms McMann writes her stories well, the editing is good so there is no confusion to what you're reading, and they do usually leaving you wanting more. I would recommend not only this book to all JAFFers but all her other books as well.