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- Print Length: 731 pages
- Publication Date: June 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0732PBLFJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Prince & Elizabeth A Fairytale Love Story: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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This is cute and the premise has a lot of potential but, even though it's a fairy tale, there are a lot of strange elements that don't work for me.
The first problem is with the way this particular monarchy is set up. While the country is never specifically identified, parts of the story sure make it seem like modern day England. The previous king, Prince Darcy's father, died 5 years ago, but the Prince still isn't King Darcy even though he's ruling the country. He's Prince Darcy until his coronation when he turns age 25. (He's now 24.) I always thought the successor to a throne immediately takes the title of "King" when the previous king dies. He's also required to be married by the age of 25, so apparently this country doesn't want a bachelor running things. It also seems peculiar that Colonel Fitzwilliam is the head of security for Prince/acting-King Darcy, which seems like an odd position for someone so closely related, even if it IS on the Prince's mother's side. The senior George Wickham apparently served in the same position before his death. I understand that this is a fantasy, but the bizarre illogic here bothered me.
Our hero and heroine have a significant first encounter as children; Prince Fitzwilliam Darcy is 7 and Elizabeth Bennet is 5 years old. She introduces herself as Beth, while he says he's Fitz. I enjoyed this scene between them despite the improbability of a young child who's heir to the throne wandering off without anyone noticing. They even share a sweet kiss. Except the writing seems to imply a more adult-like response to the kiss between the two, which made this reader a bit uncomfortable, considering their ages.
Many years later, Prince Darcy again meets Elizabeth incognito and tells her his name is Will Fitzroy, while she is... well, Elizabeth Bennet. Prince Darcy is intrigued with Elizabeth and loves having a "normal" relationship that isn't stifled by all the pretension and formality that comes along with being royalty, so he keeps putting off telling her who he really is. It takes a while for them to realize their paths crossed years ago. This is good stuff here. Love that Elizabeth recognizes Will resembles the Prince, but she is absolutely convinced that he isn't.
Bad guys abound. Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine, George Wickham, Lord Braxton, Lydia Bennet and Mrs. Bennet all get their licks in at one point or another. Much is made about a tax relief bill and a land development bill which would have a huge effect on Meryton properties, including Longbourn. In fact, this is the impetus for Prince Darcy to show up at Netherfield with his friend Charles Bingley. He wants to personally get the unvarnished feelings of the locals about these issues and, again, doesn't believe he can accomplish this without being an ordinary man rather than The Prince. Mrs. Bennet and Lydia, being city lovers, couldn't be happier with the idea of selling out and making way for big resorts to bulldoze their home, while Mr. Bennet, Mary, Lizzy and Jane are determined not to budge. (I can't begin to fathom why Mr. and Mrs. Bennet didn't divorce years ago; it's not like it's taboo in the 21st century the way it is in the 19th!) Lord Braxton and Lady Catherine both have financial stakes in developing the land into resorts, and Lady C. believes getting Prince Darcy to marry her daughter Anne would give her more influence over him. (Naturally, Lady C. would love to rule the country herself if she could!) This aspect of the plot is developed pretty well.
A recurrent scene becomes absolutely infuriating after a while. Whenever Elizabeth and the Prince are about to kiss and whenever one of them is hesitantly trying to reveal something important to the other, somebody jumps in at the very last second, interrupting them. After the first three or four times, this gets really, REALLY old.
There are grammar, spelling and punctuation errors of various types throughout. There's also a lot of repetition. Some of the phrasing, although technically correct, is awkward. And the daydreamed stories Elizabeth writes in her head (she is a published author) don't contribute anything to the plot aside from demonstrating the character's vivid imagination. A good editor was needed here.
BUT, I did like the storyline and the twist.
P.S. Why are these kindle books more properly edited???????????
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