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Particular Attachments (Particular Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 9, 2017
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About the Author
L.L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans before following her husband all over as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way. After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favourite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. Her most recent endeavours have included certifications to coach swimming as well as a fitness instructor. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolour is her medium of choice with one of her watercolours featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Leslie also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice! Leslie’s books include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, The Earl’s Conquest, Particular Intentions, and Particular Attachments.
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It does help to read Particular Intentions first so that one knows Darcy and Elizabeth's story before launching into the story of Georgiana and Nathaniel as well as Lydia and her Mr. Hanson. Four years have passed since the first book in the series, and Georgiana, who has delayed her come-out to age twenty because she plans to never marry, is finally convinced to enter London society. And the annoying Nathaniel is immediately at her side. She ignores him. She teases him. He makes her angrier than anyone else on earth...and the sparks fly! But Georgiana's past seems to be catching up with her, and she must tell Nathaniel a dreadful secret...one that will ruin her in society forever.
Once I got about a quarter of the way into this book, I couldn't put it down. I even brushed my teeth with Kindle in hand, eager for the next encounter between Georgiana and the persistent Nathaniel. A delightful book in every way!!
I rarely give 5's to any book except for classics, but this novel deserves it--and then some!
I enjoyed this novel better than the first one in this series and don't know why. Maybe because the plot was so different from many I have read.
The strength of each character was portrayed in an excellent light. I also thought that Darcy was much more relaxed than in previous novels.
The novel linked Georgiana's childhood to her adulthood through the Lindsey family. The author tied the link to the missing doll, Matilda to the story in a lovable fashion. I was glad to read a story where Georgiana's mother was involved in the plot.
The love and patience of Nathaniel Lindsey was written in word as if you were witnessing him with Georgiana.
Excellent plot and written wonderfully!
I'm sure I know some friends who have been raped, but I know no one who has admitted the fact. I'm glad the author had friends who had and they shared their stories with her. The emotions I felt for Georgiana, in the story, were more 'real' probably since the author had real people's stories to tell.
My thanks for a touching story.
This excellent sequel to Particular Intentions focuses on Georgiana Darcy. She's now twenty years old and years past the usual age of coming out in society. She may have recovered her spirits at home with close family since her traumatic experience with George Wickham, but Georgiana continues to be very fearful of London society despite the fact that he's now dead. She is certain she has no interest in ever marrying.
Lydia Bennet has recognized the need to behave with more decorum in public. She comes to the Darcys for a new start because her reputation is irreparably damaged around Meryton based on her previous behavior. I really love how Lydia has grown into a kind, warmhearted young lady, yet she's still lively, playful and sometimes a bit mischievous. She's older and wiser, but she's not unrecognizable from the girl she once was.
She and Georgiana develop a close friendship. Lydia, of course, can't understand Georgiana's reluctance to attend balls or her lack of desire to marry. Their two personalities are a complementary contrast, sort of like Elizabeth and Jane, or Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy.
Nathaniel Howard, Viscount Sele, keeps popping up. Much of the book involves Georgiana's preconceived notions based on what he was like as a boy. She didn't care for him at all then, and she certainly has no romantic interest in him now since she's not planning to marry anyone. Meanwhile, Lydia encounters Mr. Hanson, who was part of the Meryton regiment when she was younger. She is afraid that his knowledge of her past behavior, if he shares it, will poison her reputation once again.
Since this is set in the Darcy household, naturally Darcy and Elizabeth are present much of the time, as is their delightfully impish young son, William. We also get to meet Lord and Lady Lindsey, Lord Sele's parents, who were close friends to the parents of Georgiana and Fitzwilliam. Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and his betrothed, Julia, are also featured in part of the story, as is Richard's mother, Lady Fitzwilliam.
Even with George Wickham dead, Georgiana's past comes back to haunt her, threatening to ruin her present. Someone with knowledge of all that occurred in Ramsgate enters the story, and all that Georgiana has feared appears to be coming true.
The writing flows well most of the time, and I do enjoy entries into Georgiana's diary that are interspersed throughout the book.
I did find a recurrent grammar issue, though, which occasionally interfered with the flow. There are many instances where a pronoun is missing its correct antecedent. Usually it's "she" at the beginning of a paragraph. Instead of this referring to the last female mentioned, it refers to Georgiana. It took me a while to figure out this happens because it is mostly written in third person limited to Georgiana's point of view. In at least one instance, though, there is a similar situation where third person is limited to Lord Sele's point of view, and the unidentified "he" had me re-reading to understand the reference. Regardless of the point of view, though, pronouns always refer to the nearest antecedent. This error adversely affects the flow in a few spots.
Other than that, this is a lovely story.
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