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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Meryton Press (March 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UMEELFO
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The only thing I could not wrap my head around was Lizzy's anger towards Mr. Bennet. It was unfair and made no sense at all given how close they had been and how loving he had always been towards her. It didn't mesh well with Lizzy's personality which, otherwise, is pretty close to canon.
Luckily, after a convoluted but necessary process, all is resolved more than satisfactorily. And, better yet, you don't have to wait to 90% of the story for the HEA. The beginning of the happy ending starts at around 75%, so you can cruise through the rest of the book enjoying all the ends being happily tied, all the characters happy, and a glimpse into a well-deserved happy future.
“A Peculiar Connection” begins when Lady Catherine de Bourgh confronts Elizabeth Bennett in the prettyish kind of little wilderness at Longbourn and declares any union between her nephew Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth would be “a sin against Heaven itself!” and offers a mysterious document as proof. But as Elizabeth tries to accept the truth, Darcy cannot--and is on a mission throughout the novel to unearth long, buried Pemberley secrets. “Elizabeth, ours is a peculiar connection, but a connection I will endure. You must not doubt me, for I possess the strongest of wills. When I set my mind to a task, it is accomplished.” And though he puts on a brave face, the heart wants what the heart wants and Hahn’s achingly beautiful prose had my own heart in my throat for countless pages. I willingly suspended my belief as Hahn unfolded her shockingly, unbelievable tale and I confess to have been brought to tears several times as Darcy and Elizabeth bear this poignant torment and disavow their longing. “I looked away, unwilling to meet his eyes. ‘Elizabeth, I…’ ‘Sir, I pray you say nothing more.’ He turned his eyes to the window, and in doing so, he sighed deeply. ‘Then let us say farewell, and God bless you, Elizabeth.’ He raised my hands to his lips, and I caught my breath at the tenderness of his kiss.” (Gahhhh, like I said…I was gutted.)
Despite the torment, and as in Hahn’s other novels, written in the first person through the eyes of Elizabeth Bennett, we are privy to her sharp wit and amusing inner commentary to soften our sweet torture. “Once I did find myself without a partner, I witnessed Mr. Darcy ask Marianne to dance a second time. I decided I had made a mistake earlier, thinking she and might be friends. Of a sudden, I decided she smiled too much.” But have faith, blessedly, and in true Austen style, we are rewarded with a most satisfactory resolution.
Fans of Jan Hahn may recognize this as “Sins of the Father” that was first posted online in 2011. I remember reading this online as a work-in-progress at Mrs. Darcy’s Story Site in 2011 and waiting anxiously each week for her to post the next installment. Sundays soon became known in my household as "Jan H Night". Note, this latest has been professionally edited and tightened whilst the overall story remains the same…and I am delighted to own the kindle version (and await delivery of my paperback to be able to read in the bath and not risk electrocution.) Hahn’s writing is always well written and her characters never disappoint. Regardless of how far she may stray from canon, her Darcy and Elizabeth always honor Austen's originals (at least to me). I will wait in joyful hope for her next offering but until then, “A Peculiar Connection” is not to be missed. You can thank me later.
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