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Mr. Darcy's Bargain: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Paperback – November 12, 2016
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Regina Jeffers, an award-winning author of historical cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, as well as Regency era romances, has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and author. Living outside of Charlotte, NC, Jeffers writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem, while mastering tension in her own life with a bit of gardening and the exuberance of her “grand joys.”
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While it is really a big stretch of the imagination to think that everyone could be drawn in...after all has no one learned that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is...just go with it. It sets the stage for Elizabeth in company with her uncle to travel to the Darcy town house and plead for Darcy's help. He sees it as a chance to gain what he has never been able to set aside in his thoughts. He makes a bargain with Elizabeth: his help, her hand.
With Mr. Bennet on what could be his death bed, plans must be very carefully drawn and there are several times when it seems that Wickham must have a fly on the wall as he sniffs out and confronts members of the Bennet family hoping to trip up and find out if they know of his real nature or if they have ceased to be charmed by him.
Sneaking back and forth to London, seeking out forgers, researching background of accomplices, and using sticky fingers to lift the journal of misdeeds...all add up to tense page turning. And in the end, when all is said and done...it still seems as if it is for naught. Stupid, stupid girl!
Mr. Bennet may surprise you...he did me. Usually he is portrayed as a man of sloth and indolence but as he sees his favorite cast away her own happiness he plots a different outcome and takes action to implement such. I was teary eyed but then sighing as we do get our HEA.
In this case, his crimes are financial as well as sexual. Wickham pre-dated Ponzi by 100 years and conned all of Meryton into his “investment”.
Mr. Bennet has been trapped with the others and his suspicions of the scheme caused a heart attack. Elizabeth and Mr. Gardiner travel to London to ask for aid from Mr. Darcy.
I have to agree with J. W. Garrett’s review. I, too, picked up signals that someone other than Wickham was behind the plot. How did Lady Catherine know so much? What happened to Denny?
Lydia’s story also seemed unfinished – did she agree or object to her fate? Was she reformed or still the impossible brat? I personally don’t believe in spanking, especially not in anger. Yet, in Lydia’s case, I always wish Papa Bennet would apply the riding crop where it would do some good. Once again, Lydia’s problem is handled with no consequences to her.
In spite of these flaws, I did enjoy this book very much.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. ~Jonathan Swift, A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind, 1707
This one I was a little excited about because, reading the synopsis, it looked like something a little different, sort of a Jane Austen caper story, with Wickham conning the good people of Hertfordshire and Lizzy and Darcy teaming up to thwart him. Unfortunately, the caper part of the story just never jelled, in my opinion, leaving me with just another Lizzy and Darcy tale. Yawn.
Of course, Elizabeth has read Darcy's letter from Hunsford until is is falling apart and she regrets her severe refusal of his offer of marriage. Needless to say, Wickham's scheme is not a simple one to unravel and it involves an American businessman who is in England to establish trade relations to save his own family's future.
Very good story with lots of twists and turn along with very sweet moments with our dear couple. You will keep searching for the next clue for Darcy and Richard so that the bargain can be satisfied. Wickham seems to be one step ahead of them most of the way and the chase leads to seedy areas of London and a mad chase to Brighton. The ending is priceless....Mr. Bennet saves the day. Love it.