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A Matter of Chance is a well-written retelling of Austen'sbeloved novel, and while it could stand on its own without theconnection to Darcy and Elizabeth, I was delighted to follow them intoanother place and time. Diamond captures the essence of Pride and Prejudice in these pages, showing how timeless the plot and characters truly are. - Diary of an Eccentric
- ASIN : B00GRDP8VU
- Publisher : L. L. Diamond (December 25, 2013)
- Publication date : December 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3265 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 407 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #181,929 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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L.L. Diamond is one of my favourite authors and I trusted her to come up with believable modern Elizabeth and Darcy. I wasn't disappointed. Darcy is a exceedingly rich heir and business man who initially denies his attraction to Lizz, misjudges her and insults her. Lizzy, a single mother and artist is fiercely independent. When Darcy asks her out in an insulting manner, of course she harshly rejects and regrets it almost immediately.
Truly there's no angst in this novel. All the bad guys - Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine, Mr Collins, Mr and Mrs Bennet - are mostly mentioned or referred to. Even Wickham, Lizzy's first husband, whose actions have a big influence on her life.
If you're looking for a sweet modern Darcy and Elizabeth story to read after a tiring day at work or over the weekend, this is it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Especially intrigued by the unique and inventive twist to Wickham and the generous amount of pages with ODC together.
Single mom, Elizabeth, was introduced to her brother-in-law's haughty friend. His off-standish attitude did not endear him to her.
He was only trying to quell his attraction by avoidance but when he finally caved in and asked her out, the reply was not what he was looking for.
He managed to improve her opinion of him and a whirlwind romance followed. Loved the development of their relationship, it was delightful to read.
Ends in an epilogue and little vignette, some years hence.
The book contained descriptions of violence and mature content which makes it appropriate for adults.
Heartily recommend this book!
William Darcy has lost his family to a drunk driver and does not reside at Pemberley. His arrogance for his social status is still alive and well. He is a lawyer as is Bingley and Jane. When Charles introduces Jane's younger sister the attraction is there but the fact that she's a single, unwed mother does not escape his attention. So you can see that there are elements that are P&P similar but the language, local, and characters are altered making me forget this was D&E. In fact, if you are a fan of Catherine Anderson this book is very similar to her stories. It is based in the south, the h is a single mother with a violent past and her family for the most part disowned her. They seem to appear just out of torture and what confused me is that Jane even claimed them. I was furious when they showed up Thanksgiving (american holidays pulled you further away from considering it a P&P) but what made me most upset was Jane and Charles just sitting there. Darcy made that whole scene so much better as he defends Lizzy and Melly and their treatment.
Darcy, once having his set down by Lizzy, becomes a new man. He is so cute with 2 year old Melanie (AKA Melly Belly). This also is a weakness for me as I am a sucker when the H warms to kids. That bond you see here in this story is very endearing. This also has explicit sex scenes but what I loved is the clear friendship that is formed between D&E before anything else but like other L.L. Diamond books things could be shorter. I love spending time with the couple but others may feel a little less would be better. I think it needed more conflict to engage the reader a bit more. Wickham's part are very vague and we never really hear a true thought from him its elaborated by someone else's perception. Caroline Bingley was also touched on by William for playing such part in his past but you never see her. Mr. Bennet has no bond with Lizzy and the whole Bennet experience struck me like they were moochers from a trailer park. Oh and an honourable mention needs to go out for Bear. He is Lizzy and Melanie's four legged H that brought tears to my eyes. My rating is based off of my overall experience of the book not comparing it to a P&P variation. IMO there are key elements that need to remain the same in order to put it in that class I don't feel this one met them. Enjoy!
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With a no nonsense approach we get straight into this story. After Elizabeth's failed marriage to an alcoholic wife beater, Greg Wickham, (oh why does that not surprise me!) Elizabeth turns up on Jane and Bingley's door step battered, bruised and about to give birth. Fast forward two years and Lizzy is ready to move on, taking possession of an antebellum house called Longbourn, which was left to her by her aunt Gardiner. At the same time Darcy returns from England and is staying at Jane and Bingley's guest house.
It was the blend of old and new, Austen's original dialogue and constant nods towards canon that endeared me to the story. The mixture of traditional and modern continued seamlessly throughout. For example when Darcy, Richard and Bingley would retire to Bingley's study for glasses of scotch it reminded me of the Regency customs of propriety. Darcy was always the gentleman holding car doors open, (heck any door for that matter) offering his coat and the list of gentlemanly gestures went on!!
Darcy offends Lizzy as per usual and instead of the grand gesture of saving Lydia, he has another grand gesture in mind. This goes some way towards making amends for his proud, haughty and insulting behaviour, wow 200 hundred years later and nothings changed! With references to the restoration of his ancestral home Pemberley, the author very cleverly ties in the current restoration work that is taking place at Chatsworth house as her model for a painting Lizzy does. So it would seem Austen's Darcy is modern Mr Darcy's ancestor.
"Lizzy was shocked when she came in the room to find her daughter sleeping soundly in William Darcy’s lap. What was even more incredible was that he didn’t seem to mind it in the least. In fact, he was stroking her hair softly as he spoke with Charles. She’d noticed early on how handsome he was, but he’d often ruined her appreciation of his looks with his haughty demeanor. Now, he was sitting there, cradling Melanie in such a gentle manner, that she found herself genuinely attracted to him. What was it about a man holding a baby that could generate lust in the most frigid of women? Jane had commented after Melly was born how sexy she found Charles when he held the baby. Lizzy had never seen Charles as anything more than her brother, so she hadn’t truly understood the comments until now." -L.L.Diamond
This Darcy was likeable and swoonworthy! Put into one word, he was adorable. Funnily enough Darcy was the prejudiced one, while Lizzy was the proud one. Lizzy is a lovely person (no surprises there) and I took to her quickly. Her daughter was cute and watching Darcy take on the role of her father was heart warming to see. Jane, Bingley and Richard were there in the all the essentials and you could definitely relate them to canon.
Witnessing Darcy gain Lizzy's trust after her terrible marriage to Greg Wickham was enjoyable. Although not a clean read I enjoyed how the author tackled the issue around such subjects and it was very tastefully done. Elizabeth had already been married and Wickham had been her only partner. While Darcy although no stranger to the bed, was a gentleman in all the ways I would imagine him to be in the 20th century, where old ideals are so far and few between.
Elizabeth is an artist in this and considering the Author is also, it was easy for her to portray Elizabeth as an artist also. As we know food plays an important role in Austen's books and tells the reader a lot, simply by the dishes that are cooked. I can only surmise that the author is a lover of food because you are often left hungry. I have a very unadventurous palate as I am a fussy eater but even I was left curious as what some of the dishes would taste like. Oh how I could I forget! Mrs Reynolds is in this and is as delightful as ever, she can cook too!
If I must offer any criticism is it petty and will be short lived, so here goes, as in Diamond's other novel Rain and Retribution the remaining Bennets are antagonists that I loathe dislike, there I said it!
Back to pleasantries I really enjoyed seeing what a modern day Darcy would be like, I think what is unique in comparison to Regency set JAFF's is that you get a mixture of what Darcy is like before and after marriage. For instance when Darcy is at Elizabeth's house while they are dating, he would often come up behind her and give her a hug, these are what I call 'sweet Darcylicious intimacy moments' that you would only get after marriage in a Regency novel. I have no scruples in admitting that as a result of these 'Darcylicious moments' I am now eager to read some more modern takes on Pride and Prejudice! Thank you Diamond for a delightful introduction to 'modern Mr Darcy'!
Originally posted at My Kids led me Back to Pride and Prejudice http://tamaraausten77.blogspot.com/ I gave this 4 and half stars!