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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 22 minutes
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- Publisher: Victoria Kincaid
- Audible.com Release Date: June 12, 2018
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- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07DLFQCD9
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Mr. Darcy to the Rescue: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book was very well written. The storyline was a bit silly and the plot lurched about a bit too quickly but it was full of sparkling wit and genuine feeling. Darcy's machinations were adorably ill thought-out and absolutely wonderful to read. I found myself enjoying his panic a bit too much. The characterisations were all spot-on, and there was some great dialogue. Mr Collins in particular had some great and thoroughly ridiculous lines.
My only concerns were for how short it was (and it really was). Normally reviewers say that in a kind of hyperbolic shorthand for how wonderful a book was ('I didn't want it to end!') but in this instance, I really did need more. I wanted more of Darcy at Longbourn and Netherfield on his own (how odd!), I wanted more of the Bennet sisters at Rosings (Lizzy and Lady Catherine sparring!), more of the Bennet sisters at Pemberley with the Bingleys (thinly veiled insults FTW!). I wanted more Georgiana meeting Lizzy, more illicit Darcy and Lizzy kisses, more of Collins getting his comeuppance from the neighbourhood. I would just be getting into a setting, storyline and the new characters which populated it before we were whisked off to the next. There were so many more scenes that could have been mined for comedic value and pathos and this author is too good to both leave us hanging and the novel a bit underdone. There were also many questions that weren't answered - the Gardiners just happened to be in Lambton and knew Jane and Lizzy to be at Pemberley but not the reverse? Huh? Their children were left in London not Longbourn? It wasn't summer, so why were they touring? Why was Lydia in Brighton? At best I could put the month at March, but that's a guess. And why would Darcy let Wickham stay at his townhouse!?
But regardless, this was a really great book and the author is very talented. I look forward to more of her work.
As an interesting aside, I am now fascinated by the idea of breaking an engagement in the Regency period. Most JAFF novels treat the concept as damaging to both man and woman, but a bit worse for the woman as she becomes damaged goods either way (either inconsistent in her character or compromised). However this novel suggested that it was less damaging for both parties if the woman broke it off. I trust that the author has done her research so I find that concept rather intriguing. I just hope that in the world of this story, Collins never married because he was seen as untrustworthy and deceptive, particularly in the way he boasted of his actions around Meryton!
Mr. Collins is as toadish as ever and the interactions with him and ODC are funny... I always enjoy the new perspectives that Ms. Kincaid offers in her books, which I won't give away here...
I also enjoyed how Austen's own words were incorporated in new ways in this text... Loved Darcy's plotting and the way he helps Aunt Catherine become useful to ODC once again... Blue curtains... Yellow curtains... Oh, that would have never worked out! LOL!!
I always enjoy stories where Darcy and Elizabeth have lots of interactions and this story didn't disappoint in that regards either. The only wish I have is that the story was longer because I really wanted to spend more time with this Darcy and Elizabeth! Victoria Kincaid shows us again why she's one of my favorite JAFF authors!!!
In Mr. Darcy Comes to The Rescue she puts the Master of Pemberley in the same situation only it's Mr. Collins he has to deal with which is downright sickening, not just for Mr.Darcy, but for those of us who love Lizzy. You could feel Darcy's angst and his anger at not recognizing how he feels until it is too late. But is it? How he deals with Mr. Collins and how he goes about trying to fix this unbearable situation and not worry about that toads feelings is truly comical. Using Aunt Catherine in his scheme , without her knowing, is masterful until it does not go the way expected. This is a lighthearted fair with enough angst to make you squirm on your seat. Just imagine Mr. Collins touching our Lizzy and calling her "Dearest" it's like chalk on a blackboard. Not to mention Darcy sitting there and watching it all getting angrier by the minute and not being able to do anything. Watching Darcy trying to check his anger it's almost Shakespearean a real "Comedy of Errors" just like a spoiled child. Of course we all know the how the story ends it's a matter of how we get there and Miss Kincaid did it nicely.
It makes us, today's woman, wonder how we would have handled being forced into a marriage with someone we essentially hated to save our families from starving in the hedgerows. I love my family, truly, but Mr. Collins?