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A Nudge in the Right Direction: A Pride and Prejudice Variation - Novella Paperback – October 8, 2017
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The problem with this variation is in the execution of said storyline. Do only a few of these JAFF authors bother to read their books after they've written or, dare I say, dictated them? The obvious grammatical errors are not indecipherable but, rather annoying. It is a shame when it could be a totally enjoyable read. If these things don't bother you, enjoy it. It is quite funny.
The physical setting for the novella was Netherfield, Longbourn & Cheapside. However, the characters lived in a topsy-turvy world where the Bingley sisters were working at odds with each other & there was more to the idle Mr Hurst than sleeping, drinking & eating. Schemes were afoot to promote/foil at least one compromise on the evening of the Netherfield ball. Members of the Bennet family were innocently drawn into the chicanery. They (Lydia, Kitty & Mrs Bennet) only had to be well behaved at the ball for a supposed bet between the sisters to be won by Louisa.
Thrown into this mix was one engagement announced, one wrong couple compromised, one right couple compromised & a surprise elopement (leaving a compromised groom bereft of a bride - for a while at least ). Enter the most unlikely fairy god-mother figure with an abrasive, no-nonsense manner who set about making things right. Then with some straight talking, an affectionate embrace, a bit of matchmaking & discussion of intimate matters with the three soon-to-be brides (& one newly wed bride) all matters were resolved. Some of her advice bordered on the bawdy-side & was almost too much information on the intimate side of married life.
At the end of this marriage merry-go-round the three eldest Bennet daughters were wed ; Jane to Bingley, Elizabeth to Darcy & Mary to Mr Collins. The two deceitful conspirators, Caroline Bingley & Wickham, were joined in a nuptial & fiscal partnership. Finally, Anne de Bourgh married her beloved Col. Richard Fitzwilliam ( a source of confusion for Mr Collins who failed to understand which 'Fitzwilliam' nephew was betrothed to the daughter of his noble patroness). In the epilogue, it was revealed that Lady Catherine was most pleased that the inevitable consequences of practising her good advice had been achieved three times over (& once more besides).
So, while Lady Catherine was much more amiable and often downright funny (oh boy, her comments had me laughing out loud from time to time), Caroline was a bit more despicable as she is in the original, yet never over the top; and Mr. Hurst playing an active role took me by surprise.
To say that the ending had surprised me, would be an understatement, but it was the perfect finale to a well written story.
The editing is decent, though there is the odd mistake. But as they are minor ones and few and far between, it does not deter in the slightest from the pleasure of reading. At first it was a bit confusing that this was written in British English and not American English like so many other P&P variations, but once one gets used to it, this is actually very easy to read, does rarely stumble and I have not found a single incoherent sentence.
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A few spelling errors did stand out...the plural of Lucas is Lucases not Lucas'.