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So Bingley grows a spine and goes back to win Jane's hand (and gets himself eyeglasses on the way...okay?). But now Jane isn't exactly open to just letting Bingley win her back. What?
The author claimed in her preface that many JAFF authors do a disservice to Jane and Bingley by making them pathetic or bitchy and cruel. So she thought to rectify that. Unfortunately, I still hated this Jane. I don't mind giving her more assertiveness, but even her own family hated what she was becoming. Mr. Bennet miraculously fixed things with the help of a cat, rat, and poignant metaphor. That was entertaining. But still, I found Jane annoying and not likable. Bingley less so.
So what about Darcy and Elizabeth? I'm starting to wonder if they were just thrown in there as collateral damage. Lizzy was just as immature and annoying as her sister. Luckily, though, once Darcy and Lizzy come to some sort of understanding, I like her again. And Darcy too. He was probably the most likable one, though that isn't saying much.
I gave this story 4 stars instead of 3 for a few reasons. The first is Mrs. Gardiner and her family. I won't go into details but her history with Darcy goes way back and it's an amusing one.
The other reason is Lizzy and Darcy's interactions, especially on their wedding night and beyond. Once they become betrothed (in the most unique way I've seen), they are so playful and so witty I enjoyed reading their interactions, even in the bedroom. So yes this story is for mature readers but I loved it!
So yes I'd recommend it but I'm still debating reading it again. Probably will at one point.
I love how this author was so well able to expand upon the relationships between so many dear characters. Yes, she did give Bingley as bit more of a backbone and Jane...I don't want to spoil the pleasure I am sure other readers will receive in reading on their own...but Jane has a bit more complexity to her character. She is not the all sweet forever forbearing Jane in canon. AND then to read of how Mr. Bennet and his object lesson with the barn cats sets Jane aright in her handling of Bingley's return was so amusing...right up to the time during the honeymoon!
There is some very serious matchmaking going on. And it is not just the four people you might think of.
First, Bingley does an about face all on his own after realizing that he seems to be "seeing" Jane Bennet every time he turns around in London. And this thought about Darcy, "When did Darcy ever engage in an extended conversation with Miss Bennet?" sets him to become his own man.
Elizabeth and then her father work to make things happen for Jane but even eavesdropping by the two only gives them some dismay as to Jane's words and actions.
Having his friendship with Bingley broken causes Darcy to do some meditating and some back peddling on his own and when he searches out Jane at the Gardiner's house he finds Jane gone BUT meets an old childhood antagonist. What a surprise for both characters and for the reader. Unfortunately Darcy's attempts at correcting his missteps are not related to Elizabeth.
When Darcy and Elizabeth meet in Kent Elizabeth is forthright with the Colonel in her reactions to his informing her about Darcy's "saving" a friend from an unfortunate marriage. BUT Darcy ignores his cousin's warnings and is off to seek her out. Love how the author here has basically the same results but with her own words and actions. Had to laugh at Darcy's warning to Elizabeth after she attempts to slap him a second time!!!
Subsequently when the author slips a lost love in for our dear colonel, I am lost…in tears and cannot read the text until I recover myself! I am so enraptured by the exchange of words in this lovely story and reading of the thoughts, even those of going further when one has gained a first kiss...especially during the ball honoring Jane at Netherfield!
Yes, this books is MA but it is one of those that does it well. Do you know of Aristotle's Masterpiece? I was so laughing out loud after looking it up on the Internet. And to read of how it was put into Bingley's and Darcy's hands!
This was pure pleasure to read. Well done.
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Lovely level of tension rather than angst will keep turning the pages. Sweet, romantic and passionate. It made me laugh and cry...Read more
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