- File Size: 1922 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (June 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H0UFFDE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Miss Darcy's New Companion: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Pride and Prejudice Sequels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lucy’s father was a scholar at Oxford, but he did not have a head for money and ended up involved in some bad investments. As it happens, Lucy had been jilted which is why she is still single. Lucy has been very well educated by her father and even speaks six different languages.
The Darcys need to ensure that Georgiana is well cared for while they are gone, in addition to help prepare Georgiana for her come out. In addition, the young girl will have a fortune of 30,000 pounds so she must make a good match. Elizabeth is impressed with Lucy and decides to hire her.
Lucy encourages Georgiana to be more outspoken when talking to young men so she does appear to be empty headed. Georgiana confides to Lucy that her brother would like to see her wed Alexander Farrington, the Earl of Fane, age 32. Unfortunately, Fane lacks the funds to properly repair his home, Bodworth House. Both his house and Georgiana’s home, Pemberley, are located quite close together.
When Fane and his brother, Hugh, call upon Georgiana, he is quite taken with the beauty of Lucy. Sadly, the meeting does not go well as Georgiana’s youth makes for stilted conversation. However, Georgiana invites Fane and Hugh to dine with her and Lucy and everyone has a nice evening even though it’s difficult to get more than one word answers out of Georgiana.
Soon, Fane cannot deny his attraction to Lucy but is worried about his home and lack of funds as well. Can there be a future for them?
This is a great story well-written in the Pride and Prejudice “style." I loved the characters and the angst suffered by both Fane and Lucy is well-expressed. In addition, it is very “clean” which is a huge plus to me.
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Lucy is supposed to prepare Georgiana to be the wife of Fane and bring her great wealth with her to relieve Fane of his debt and restore his estate. But the attraction Fane has is not to the young Miss Darcy but to Lucy and he is incapable of not thinking about her every moment of the day. Lucy is everything that Georgiana is not in terms of manner and sophistication and her eagerness to embrace life excites him in manners he never expected.
Fane tries as hard as he can to resist Lucy but there are times when no matter what the destiny is supposed to be love sets another course for you.
There were echoes of other stories for me as I read another “companion to Miss Darcy” tale. (I had recently read two other such tales.) Then there is Jane Eyre, a governess who falls in love with a rich man of society, a man who is thought to be destined to wed another, which came to mind as I read this novella. In the JAFF library there is a tale of the sins (how-be-it different sins) of the fathers, which is brought to mind in this tale as we read how both Alexander Farrington, The Earl of Fane and Lucy Wetherspoon are caught in a web due to the acts of their fathers: one’s father leaving him with a mound of debts and the other’s father losing the family home and forcing his children to be scattered where they may due to his bad investments.
Yes, as we read in the story description Elizabeth Darcy is forced to hire a new companion for Georgiana prior to the Darcys’ honeymoon on the continent. Her aunt recommends Lucy Wetherspoon, an educated gentlewoman who has her own sad history in the area of romance and fortunes and thus at the age of 25 considers herself to be a spinster. Lucy becomes a good friend to Georgiana and is constantly on alert to prompt conversation as well as chaperone her when a neighbor, Lord Fane, and his brother, Hugh, come to call. Darcy has asked this good friend to “keep an eye” on Georgiana, but there is also the fact that Lord Fane is desperately in need of an heiress to help with the restoration and upkeep needed for his ancestral estate, Bodworth. Those in attendance know that a courtship is considered not only likely but also necessary.
But as the cliché states, “The Best Laid Plans”. Fane is struck by the beauty and then the intelligence of Miss Wetherspoon and like Darcy fights within his mind to put need and expectations before wants and desires. Amusingly we read of how he names her “The Beauty” while thinking about her, while interacting with her and while trying to re-direct his mind to the necessary goal.
Lucy knows her place. And the fact that she must wear that ugly blue bombazine dress over and over again helps remind her of just that. She too fights feelings until a walk and personal interaction interrupt her scheme to keep out of the way and maintain that required “place” in the household. Oh that and the bumbling misdirected gossip of “The Soliloquist” leads the household and certain others to believe the future of Fane and a certain young woman have been settled as many predicted.
This was a short read. The ending was a little “too neat” for my tastes. But a discussion here would be too much of a spoiler so read it and let me know your own opinion. This book is the first of three but can be read as a “stand alone” book.
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