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Side by Side Apart Paperback – June 3, 2016
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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Elizabeth Bennet wakes up with a terrible headache and finds out that she has had an accident. She also has forgotten the last eleven years of her life. Not only does she find herself married to the haughty Mr. Darcy, but she is in the advanced stages of a pregnancy and there are several children of various ages that insist on calling her mama.
We know the background story of our beloved P&P and all the trouble that Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam went through in their journey toward their HEA. Well, all that is gone as Elizabeth no longer remembers that journey or their HEA. Elizabeth is very confused as to how she was prevailed upon to marry Mr. Darcy when she was so decidedly against him. How on earth do they have all these children? In her mind she is still a virgin. Why do they have Lydia’s children? What happened to her life that placed her at Pemberley?
I loved this Darcy. I’ve never seen him in this light. He was no simpering, fawning, love sick moon-calf. I simply fell in love with him [all over again] just from his actions toward Elizabeth. This must be a painful time for him. He was so controlled and never let on that this had thrown a major wrench into his life and the lives of his/their children. It was painful to watch him quietly and calmly answer all Elizabeth’s questions as she tried to sort out what became of her life and how she arrived where she was.
What changed her mind toward Mr. Darcy? The last thing she remembered was his haughty behavior at Netherfield Park, his separating Jane and Bingley, and his withholding advantages to Mr. Wickham. Nothing made sense and she would get a headache if she thought about it too much.
This was a slow and arduous journey for ODC. The language was most excellent. I enjoyed seeing the parenting philosophy that Darcy reminded Elizabeth that they had established with the children. The way the staff helped as Elizabeth recovered from her accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet arrived and caused problems in the Pemberley routine as any visiting grandparent can. Mr. Bennet spent his time in the Pemberley library. Mrs. Bennet minimized Elizabeth’s illness and other than telling her to do her duty, pretty much ignored her second daughter. She spent the majority of her time distracting the children from their studies and practice. It was hilarious how her thinking was so convoluted. That was Mrs. Bennet.
I was disappointed that to the very last chapter we saw very little improvement in Elizabeth’s memory. There was no epilogue and not a lot to bring the conclusion to a smooth end. It was rather abrupt. What the heck happened to everyone?
This is the second variation to cause tears. The letters were wonderfully written and the author has my praise for them.
Only downside of this book was the ending. I was on a kindle and surprised to see I was at the end. There was no epilogue, but perhaps I'm too spoiled with other variations and hence why I still gave it five stars. I was ticked off that the ending was so open ended, but after a day to think on it, the story of our favorite couple never truly ends. Though, I can still hope that the author might do a sequel.
Elizabeth wakes up after an accident, remembering nothing of the last 11 years. The last thing she remembers is the Hunsford proposal but not the letter. Confused, she suddenly finds herself married to a man she dislikes, is the mother of several children with another one coming.
Darcy has the patience of a saint though. When he realises that Elizabeth does not remember her children or the love they shared, he treats her with love and respect. Doing everything in his power to help.
For the better part of the book, the story focus on reacquainting Elizabeth with the events we already know from P&P. I would have preferred it to evolve around the years we know nothing about as it was a bit boring to my jaded self...
I really liked the beginning, when she wakes up, as it has its funny moments and the last part, where there was something new to be had.
I wonder if there will be a sequel as the book ended a bit abruptly and there where a lot of loose ends still hanging...
Taking a seemingly overused plot device (amnesia), Ms. Galvia gives it a twist that makes it seem brand new.
Aside from the main plotline, one of the best elements of this novel are the Darcys' five kids. Three of their own, a daughter and two sons, another daughter adopted from Captain and Mrs. Wickham, and another son, also a loan-out from the Wickhams whom we meet only by letter, who's already entered military service, despite his youth, as a "young gentleman" (i.e. midshipman) in the Royal Navy. You always knew the Darcys would be great parents and this book provides the proof.
Can't recommend it highly enough.