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- Print Length: 158 pages
- Publication Date: July 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0742K83P8
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
From Longbourn, With Love Kindle Edition
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Reviews of Volumes 1 through 5:
A delightful short set piece, exquisitely well-crafted in language and in tone, that evokes the world of Elizabeth warmly and with reverence for Jane's style and atmospherics. The dynamic among the sisters, the tantalizing distraction of the handsome physician whom Mrs Bennet wants for Kitty, but who seems indifferent to her and obviously strongly attracted to Elizabeth, the alarming vicissitudes in Mr. Bennet's health -- all made for an engaging and deeply enjoyable reimmersion in the world of Pride and Prejudice.
An Encounter at Longbourn
Short version: a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced and innovative addition to the myriad of universes in the multiverse of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction, written in an excellent approximation of early19th-century prose and Austen's own, inimitable stylistic register. The rest is just generally to limn the story to whet your appetite, but it's just slightly spoilerish, so you might want to skip it if you'd rather just go ahead, snap up and read the book (which I recommend that you do, in any case).
And now, for those of you who want it, something in the way of a teaser or a "trailer" from the actual plot (the "longer version" of the review):
Mrs. Bennet wants Catherine to land the estimable (and handsome) Dr. Hodges, the Bennets' family physician -- and Catherine urgently wants that, too (though so, perhaps, does her more passive sister, Mary). Regrettably, though, Hodges fails to reciprocate the romantic interest of either of the sisters, but is rather greatly enamoured of Mr. Darcy's sister, Georgiana, who outranks him on the social hierarchy, however, and Fitzwilliam is determined that his sister should not marry beneath him, for all that he, himself, is married to Elizabeth -- who takes a dim view of his attitude towards Hodges. Got that? It's an exhilarating and well-crafted romp in the world of Pride and Prejudice, with variations, romantic intrigue, and the intricacies of a triangle of attraction... or possibly a quadrangle... or possibly an octagon (I'm not serious, just lazy about counting the entanglements). But it's a page-turning roller-coaster ride to a happy ending, and an emotionally satisfying one. Guaranteed to entertain.
A Party at Longbourn
Exquisite sequel to Sharp's superlative and linguistically authentic "An Encounter at Longbourn." (Sharp does a first-rate job of recreating both the atmosphere and the 19th-century diction of Austen's novels, while introducing creative twists of her own.) Highest recommendation.
And from Longbourn, a Wedding Comes
Margaret Sharp's fourth installment of this inspired and worthy contribution to the P&P multiverse will not disappoint you. Mary Bennet's wedding day is approaching with alacrity, and much is afoot. An array of guests, among them the redoubtable Lady Catherine de Bourgh and the coquettish Lydia Wickham, are depicted with literary skill that effortlessly transports readers to Austen's time (and does an admirable job of replicating her 19th-century diction). In short, this highly entertaining title very effectively captures the atmosphere of the Regency Era. Strongly recommended for Austen fans, and fans of literary novelettes in general.
Much Ado at Longbourn
This fifth installment of Margaret Sharp's creative and inspired addition to the P&P multiverse may be her best yet... and is certainly immensely fun to read, as Kitty seeks to win the affections of Colonel Fitzwilliam (which, in truth, she already enjoys), and at least two members of the indefatigably snotty aristocracy are put in their place (though really only one of the two transcends odiousness to achieve whole new levels of revulsiveness). Virtually any normal fan of Austen's should get a kick out of this plot, though if you happen to be a billionaire plutocrat, then you might feel just slightly affronted :) ... but on the other hand, you're likely also to have enjoyed an education at Yale, so you might just be literate enough to appreciate Sharp's superlative reproduction of Austen's wonderful stylistic register. A definite winner. Five stars.
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