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The story's development needs polishing.
on October 25, 2016
While the premise of a courtship conducted almost exclusively by letter has some originality, the way that this courtship evolves is, in my opinion, somewhat stilted. From Darcy's point of view, it makes a little more sense than from Lizzy's. She runs the gamut from hate to love and every emotion in between and half the time doesn't know which state she's in. The reader, of course, knows how this is going to end so her vaccinations and ridiculous conditions are just irritating.
The feminist Lizzy in the final pages came out of nowhere to take charge of things. I didn't feel this was a smooth transition. Nor did I feel that Darcy, Fitzwilliam, and a soldier referenced by Fitzwilliam embracing submission to women of strong character fit in particularly well with the story line. Character strength in Lizzy is good, but character strength in Lady Catherine and Anne is bad. This whole subject needed a bit more thought and polish.
Don't get me wrong, the book is entertaining. But it had the potential to be so much better if Lizzy's character, her feelings, and her actions had been better thought and fleshed out. It was too short a book to take on so much. If it had just been a romance with no subliminal messages, it would have been better.