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The Meyersons of Meryton Paperback – April 2, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (April 2, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1723920584
- ISBN-13 : 978-1723920585
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.59 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elizabeth Bennet is primed to enter matrimony with handsome and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy as her oldest sister, Jane is to join her for a double ceremony with Charles Bingley. As they attempt to stem their mother's fretful focus on having a lavish wedding, their father announces a family who are friendly with their Gardiner relations are moving to Meryton and need to stay with them a night or so while their housing situation is finished being put in order.
Imagine their surprise when the Meyersons turn out to be a Jewish family and Jacob Meyerson is a Rabbi. But, that isn't all he is. Between introducing themselves and their religion and culture, Jacob meets with Mr. Bennet to share his secret reason for arriving in Meryton. Both men clandestinely work for the Crown in the war effort. It seems some of the Jewish gold destined to provision and pay Wellington's troops has gone astray and forged coins had replaced it. The counterfeiting operation was traced as far as Meryton.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth begins to have more than pre-wedding jitters. She is doubting the compatibility of she and Mr. Darcy. Mary is intrigued by the new arrivals and is challenged to step out of the shadows while Kitty is determined to lose her silliness. The arrival of the Wickhams really sets the Bennet household on it's ear. When the counterfeiting investigation takes a dangerous turn, everyone is forced to take stock of their situation and some are called to action.
I've been meaning to read this book since I heard about it. I was curious about the blend of Jewish cultural history with the classic story as told by an author with just such a heritage and love for Austen. I enjoyed learning more about the Jewish faith, history in England, and way of life and, particularly, in a Rabbi's household. There are explanations and religious discussions throughout the story.
The story does jump in very late in the Pride & Prejudice timeline so would best be appreciated by those who had read it or at least watched one of the film adaptions through to the end. That said, it wouldn't be completely impossible for a reader unfamiliar with the Austen tale to pick it up if one doesn't mind the sensation of a lot coming before the opening of this story.
In addition, there is the fun suspense element that got exciting and led to a surprising adventure for a certain library-bound character.
Alongside these other elements, the author pursues a bit of a twist in Darcy and Elizabeth's love story and offers a slightly different view of the Bennets that I enjoyed especially what was done with Lydia's character and Elizabeth's perception. There are some warm, emotional friendships formed like that of Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Meyerson that added a lovely extra piece to the story. All these variations made for a unique and fresh storyline that I appreciated.
All in all, I was well-satisfied with this variation, the characters, the backdrop and the plot. It had good pacing and developing though the end did rush a bit. There is a strong spiritual element that suited the story organically and some lovely family, friends, and romantic moments. Might not be for all Austenesque fans, but I can recommend it heartily to those who like the sound of what I've described.
I didn't buy Lizzy's insecurities she developed along the way. It just didn't feel like Lizzy. I think the author was trying to provide a conflict for their relationship but it felt contrived. And having the wedding postponed for Mr. Bennet's departure could have been the conflict in the romance on its own.
I wasn't really sure what the goal of the book was. It was part romance, part intrigue, part religion manual. The idea of having a different religion, in this case Jewish, become a major player in Meryton was intriguing and definitely different from any other Jaff I've read. Points for originality. And it was likely that the Bennets would know little of that faith and need much explanation but every time we got Jewish belief involved in the text, the pacing of the story slowed way down. I felt like much of the book just dragged because of it. The story stopped and the manual stepped in.
I didn't really buy Mr. Bennet's part in the intrigue either. It seemed too out of character for him.
I liked the growth that we saw in Mrs. Bennet and Kitty. They did not end the same people as they were at the beginning of the book. Both showed thought, kindness, acceptance and tolerance. Definitely thinking beyond themselves.
I think my favorite part of the book was Mr. Meyerson's talk with Mr. Bennet about his marriage. Mrs. Bennet had done her part but had Mr. Bennet done his? It was actually something to be mulled over in every relationship.
I wonder what Wickham would have done had the scheme not been interrupted. Would he have done something to save Mr. Bennet? He is Wickham's father in law afterall...
Sex: a lot of talk about the marriage bed. Out of character for an Austen continuation.
Violence: yes, some