- File Size: 4380 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Publication Date: November 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0775XT73G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Misbegotten Girl: A Pride and Prejudice Variation- Novella Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice with a gothic twist. It's November, and Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy hasn't been married or at Pemberley that long when her sleep is disturbed every night starting promptly at 2:00 am by the wails of a crying child. On one of her walks, she also encounters the ghostly apparition of a child in Pemberley woods, who pleads for her help.
Obviously, this must be a mental disturbance of Elizabeth's, since no one else hears this but her. This kind of derangement could get her sent away to Bedlam, if her husband was that kind of man. Of course, Mr. Darcy is NOT that kind of man. He and Elizabeth both do their best to discreetly investigate who this child might be, why she only appears to the Mistress of Pemberley, and what can be done to give the spirit rest so ELIZABETH can get a good night's rest.
I found myself very much caught up in the story. It's got a good spooky vibe and makes good use of Elizabeth's forthright character and Darcy's familial pride. Love this plot. The writing is a little awkward in spots, but it's much better than a previous book I've read by this author. There also are one or two places where it gets redundant.
I do not understand why Darcy refuses to bring Elizabeth with him to London. She's distressed that he's leaving, and he leaves her alone, knowing that this ghost is appearing to her every night?? I know he's eager to get answers, but they still have no idea why this haunting is happening or whether the ghost might have some evil intentions toward her. Bringing Elizabeth with him might have slowed him down, but he'd know she was safe and able to sleep soundly in their London townhouse. That would eliminate the urgency, since they already know this ghost has been around for a while (haunting Darcy's mother) and doesn't follow Mrs. Darcy outside the bounds of Pemberley.
Aside from that, I thought it was a really good ghost story.