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From there, this is just action packed, including (but not limited to) a rushed marriage, a secret marriage, two riots, several incidents of Darcy and Elizabeth in highly compromising situations (including one where he pretends to be a client embracing a prostitute to elude a rushing crowd of rioters), several characters beaten, one character struck blind from a head wound, several characters arrested, and one character shot.
The book would be just too serious if it weren’t for the ongoing comic relief of the fighting Fitzwilliam family. I just love them all. They constantly bicker and argue among themselves. Colonel Fitzwilliam and Jasper are always eager to throw themselves into the fray when there’s a good fight to be had. Lady Matlock doesn’t stoop to physical violence, but she uses her wealth and hauteur to produce favorable results. Frederica doesn’t have the maturity to have developed her mother’s tact, but she is intelligent, feisty and not to be swayed. Lord Matlock enters the story blustering, quickly disowning two of his offspring, but eventually shows himself to be an accomplished campaigner.
In the midst of all this mayhem, Darcy and Elizabeth continue to dance around each other. They find themselves in love but each is certain of the other’s disdain, and this causes a series of missteps between them. They have fewer moments of romantic intimacy than is usually found in Ms. Reynolds’ books, but their shared life-threatening experiences provide the intensity to fuel their feelings.
I appreciate the history lesson I learned by reading this. It clearly demonstrates the desperation of the starving working class and the lack of empathy by the authorities, whose response is to jail and execute the rebellion leaders. I also love the equality of the women displayed here, as Lady Matlock, Frederica and Elizabeth all prove their intelligence and mettle as convincingly as the men.
It is hard to identify a specific climax, as there are many threads of the story, and each have a particular turning point which don’t happen at the same time. You cannot pull one thread away without adversely affecting the rest of the plot, though, because they are interwoven effectively. Ms. Reynolds’ writing, as always, flows beautifully and conveys the mood of each scene.
Most JAFF readers are looking for romance, and I will say that this is more of an adventure book. However, be assured that there are two couples along the way in addition to Darcy and Elizabeth, and all three romances are given ample attention. But it’s a rollicking good story based on actual history, and it engaged my attention from beginning to end.
There was little contribution from the Bennet's, Bingleys and Wickham. I certainly didn't miss Wickham, especially since so many variations I have read of late have had him a central figure.
My only issue was with Jane. I found it hard to believe she would have reacted to the Bingley situation in such an extreme. Then Elizabeth dropped that bombshell on Darcy basically as a side note. That is just how it came across to me. Others may not feel the same way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a P&P variation that has a believable plot with a lot of stimulation and humor. There are still misunderstandings and angst between D&E. A lot of interaction and drama between ODC. No variation seems complete without some serious injury/illness that needs to be overcome. This author does not try to write in JA's style, which worked fine for me. There were no explicitly sexual scenes. Purists probably dislike this type of story, but I was entertained thoroughly.
I highly recommend this P&P variation . Love the one liners
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