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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The language in this story is modern and I must say the characters and the repartee seemed much like a gathering at a fraternity party at times. Everyone was very open about their feelings and about their observations and then their plans. I found little angst, of which I like a lot. So, if you like a perfectly sweet and straight forward romance with few misunderstanding and little, if any, pitfalls on the way to HEA, then this is the story for you.
As we read in the book description or in the sample, Elizabeth and Jane are sent to London, by their father, after Elizabeth turns down Mr. Collins proposal and Mrs. Bennet cannot stop haranguing Elizabeth about her ungratefulness, etc. Charlotte and her sister, Mariah, soon follow as Lady Lucas is aware of that event and wants to protect Charlotte from those same advances. As another review stated, there are just too many chance connections and coincidences in this story. Darcy and Lord Matlock have business arrangements with Mr. Gardiner. The Gardiners are aware of Wickham's propensities due to a family circumstance. Elizabeth has "martial arts" skills and Jane stands as her "second". These are not characters from canon.
What I did like about this tale is the relationships described between Elizabeth and the four Gardiner children, especially Master Andrew and then Darcy very comfortably also entering into playful and teasing relationship with those same children. Loved “standing under the gauge at the end of a court”. Those moments of interaction were precious.
Now…”who are you and what have you done with our Mary?” Mary and Anne was completely different people in this story…not that I didn’t like them, but they certainly acted out of turn. Good for them! One found her voice and the other her backbone…or maybe each found both.
Everyone liked everyone else it seemed except for Wickedman and Miss Bingley. But what else did you expect. I did like with Lady Matlock first met Elizabeth and was checking off the good qualities she observed against an internal list. Even standing up to the ladies in the ton met with approval as Lady Matlock observed Elizabeth handled Caroline’s barbs.
Everyone seems to find their mate if not their soul mate.
Let's play "Match the correct partners":
Jane................ Col. Fitzwilliam
Elizabeth.......... Mr. Collins
Mary................ Mr. Darcy
Anne................ Mr. Bingley
Charlotte.......... Thaddeus Fitzwilliam, Viscount Bladen
Lennie has given us a determined, competitive Lizzy that will keep Darcy on his toes all their lives. What fun it is to try and imagine what her children would be like and hope that the traditions were carried on from there. I like Anne and it is so special when she has a good future. I've always felt like she would bloom into a great lady with a strong husband to handle Lady Catherine. Mary is another of my favorite P&P ladies with so much inner strength just waiting for the right situation to be exposed. I also like a story that does not rehash the need to rescue Lydia from Wickham (Mr. Wickedman...thanks Master Andrew..that was classic).
The story could have been a bit longer with some of the interactions between Lizzy and Lady Catherine. That would have been fun to read. However, Lennie did an outstanding job of her epilogue. I love epilogues that take us into the lives of all these couples and their children. It was what I missed the most in the original P&P. I wanted it to go on just a little longer. But then, that left the door open for all the JAFF books.
I don't usually give novellas five starts, but I really enjoyed this one. The Lizzy in this sweet, funny story is one I would like to get to know..