Miss Elizabeth Bennet: Where the Heart Lives Kindle Edition
|Length: 184 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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Ms. Dixon made Elizabeth a strong leading lady in this novel because she stood her ground and gave up her family for awhile to do what her heart told her to do! She would not marry just anyone but only for love and she proved that with her actions and where her heart lead her to go!
This was a very light and airy novel and enjoyable!
But, for me, the problem is the fact that it was, one the whole, unpleasant and irritating to read. The attitude of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet was so selfish and unfeeling that it was disgusting, and Jane Bennet carries her vaulted 'goodness' to a ridiculous extreme. The familial reconciliation at the end was unsatisfactory and the moments of happiness in the entire book were few and not very fulfilling.
So, while technically well written and original, it isn't a book I particularly care to revisit.
Elizabeth awakens at Netherfield at night and sees the sky lit up in the direction of her home. This happens right at the onset of this interesting variation. She gets up to learn that Bingley and Darcy and most of Netherfield's male servants have gone to Longbourn, which IS on fire, to provide whatever help they can. Elizabeth insists upon going there herself, and she finds her home in ruins although her family, except for Lydia, is safe. At that point, Darcy stumbles out of the fire holding her youngest sister.
It's a very dramatic opening scenario, and the story continues in an intriguing direction from there. Mrs. Bennet is certain that Darcy must be in love with Lydia to have put himself at such risk. She also considers the fact that he was carrying her daughter to be a compromise requiring marriage. You can just imagine how embarrassing the behavior of the mother and daughter becomes with this expectation. The Bennet family temporarily splits up between Netherfield (where Elizabeth and Jane have already been staying due to Jane's illness), the Longbourn dower house (which was not affected in the fire) and the Phillips' household. Mr. Bennet is more indolent and infuriating than usual, to the point that the storyline involving Mr. Collins, who arrives soon after to survey the damage, plays out much differently than in canon. A deal is struck between the two men that Collins will assist in the cost of rebuilding Longbourn as long as he marries one of the two eldest daughters. Since Jane is expected to marry Mr. Bingley (though he hasn't yet declared himself), Elizabeth is expected to be the sacrificial lamb, as she learns after the Netherfield ball.
What a setup! It makes for compelling reading through to the last page. Georgiana plays a significant role here, and there's plenty of good interplay between Darcy and Elizabeth. It's well written, as usual for this author. Good stuff!
Mr Darcy is a knight in shining armour not that it is appreciated properly by several of the Bennets.
It is perfect for when you are in the mood for a short, clean and low angst read.
I enjoyed it very much but to give it another star it needed more depth and development of the plot.
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