- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Meryton Press (December 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936009390
- ISBN-13: 978-1936009398
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...A flawless blend of brilliant new ideas and everything I loved from the original Jane Austen. It made me laugh out loud with shocked, horrified humor more than once, but also made me sigh at some lovely moments of pure sweetness." - Songs and Stories
"Wow! I loved The Muse!...The choreography in this story is beautiful and at times sensual." - So Little Time...
About the Author
Jessica Evans is the author or co-author of several projects in the New Perspectives Series and Illustrated Series. Jessica also works for Cengage Learning Course Technology as a Developmental Editor. She has edited over 30 books on programming languages, database concepts, SQL, Oracle, database applications, Office applications, and electronic commerce.
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In The Muse, Elizabeth is the newest corps de ballet dancer at Ballet Theater of New York. She has idolized William Darcy since she was younger, and has been cast in his latest work. With excitement coursing through her during rehearsals, she works hard to advance herself in the company. Though as we know all good things come to a halt, she overhears things she weren't meant for her ears thus turning her against Mr Darcy.
William Darcy is the dance legend turned choreographer because of an injury. He is a perfectionist who is both feared and admired. He has a particular method of working with his dancers to bring the best out of them, only this method seems to bring on Elizabeth's resentment even more all the while he is more and more intrigued by her. He singles Elizabeth out to sort through his ideas of the pas de deux in his piece. But when he singles her out in class the jealousies that run amok in the ballet world take a toll on Elizabeth and her dislike grows.
The Muse takes us through the lives of dancers. You do not have to be familiar with ballet terminology, though it would be helpful. My biggest negative for this book is that I believe Ms Evans should have included an index for the ballet lingo. I gave up quickly googling what the terms meant because it was detracting from my enjoyment of reading the book.
Ms Evans wrote a wonderful story that captivated me and had smiling with the banter or yelling at the characters for being such fools!! I loved how the characters were well written and developed, to see their growth as the book went on showing passage of time was flawless. I enjoyed the secondary characters new and old, though still hated Caroline and Wickham for their horrible antics at deception and separation of ODC.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Muse and look forward to any new books from Ms Evans in the future. I would recommend this to any P&P enthusiast, though you don't have to have read P&P to enjoy it.
I am not a dancer and so did not have the ability to interpret the moves/steps described in the various performances in this story, but even with this deficit I was able to understand the competitiveness, the politics, the funding, etc. in this world of ballet. And I found it fascinating.
And I loved the creativity with which the author brought all our favorite P&P characters and events into a modern American setting and the world of ballet. Truly - it was heartwarming to see the connections used in this new and imaginative way.
Yes, this Elizabeth Bennet does have some characteristics which add more angst than the original: her eavesdropping leads to anger and is not treated with the wit and humor we read about in JA's story. And even her jealously of Jane is written with more insight from a modern reader's knowledge of psychology adding to our understanding of from where this is coming. The complexity of her struggles in her relationship with Darcy and her sister as well as her role in the dance world and her peers there are intriguing. William's feedback as to her dancing ability and moves and his accusation that she is self sabotaging are, like in canon, burned in her psyche. She does not take it lightly. And, as in canon, William struggles with his attraction to Elizabeth and completely misunderstands her motives, her words and even why she has a one-night stand with him.
There is plenty of sexual chemistry and angst. Familiar characters take on new roles and relationships but not so as to be completely divorced from their original place in the tale. I loved being in both William's and Elizabeth's heads. This is a story I recommend to all and I will definitely re-read this in the future.