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Spies of Our Acquaintance: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
French spies in Meryton! Can the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice “keep calm and carry on” when Napoleon’s war comes to their neighborhood?
After Mr. Darcy apologizes for insulting her at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth Bennet begins to see another side to the gentleman she has sworn to hate forever. As their acquaintance grows into friendship, Elizabeth finds herself intrigued by this man from Derbyshire.
Darcy, meanwhile, cannot stop thinking about Miss Elizabeth. After the nefarious Wickham appears in Meryton, Darcy resolves to warn her of the man’s previous offenses. Matters become more urgent when Wickham proves to be involved in espionage for the French!
When Darcy and Elizabeth are captured by a French spy, they must work together to find a means of escape. With reputations and hearts at risk, what consequences will result from their perilous adventure?
- ASIN : B09DBS8X8S
- Publisher : Meryton Press (August 21, 2021)
- Publication date : August 21, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 76 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #554,755 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this story Darcy not only apologizes to Elizabeth for his insult and attitude but also warns her about Wickham much earlier. However, Elizabeth, not wanting to just repeat his words as they might only be considered gossip decides to follow Denny and Wickham when she sees them in a serious discussion in town, hoping to collect reasons to condemn them to her acquaintances on what she overhears. However, they realize she is following and snatch her. Darcy just happens to see them and tries to rescue her.
Elizabeth is taken to an abandoned barn. Darcy is also overcome and then is tied up but Wickham convinces Denny that they don't need to tie Elizabeth up for as a lady she could not possibly escape from the hay loft in which they are kept. Wickham and Denny sleep below making escape down the ladder impossible.
However, Elizabeth's skills as a youngster climbing trees come into play and they escape...only to have Wickham and Denny very quickly following them. There is some angst here as they try to find ways to run in which they will not be seen as they attempt to reach Longbourn.
Early on we have learned from the Colonel that it is suspected that there are French spies in Meryton and the conversations between Wickham and Denny reveal that to be true. We don't learn exactly what kind of information they are collecting for the French, but the punishment for any type of treason is the gallows.
Both realize that being in the hay loft together over night and then running through the country side together unchaperoned mean that Elizabeth has been compromised and that they must marry. Do they resent this? Read and find out.
I enjoyed this short story. I have read three other stories by this author and also enjoyed those.
During Elizabeth's stay at Netherfield, Darcy makes it a point to apologize to her for his insulting comment at the Meryton assembly, which she gracefully accepts. This leads to more pleasant interactions between the two, though he still believes he can't seriously consider marrying her. She shares that her sister hides her feelings from others - something Darcy understands because he does the same - and this eases his concern that Bingley's admiration for Jane might be one-sided.
After seeing Elizabeth with Mr. Wickham in Meryton, Darcy feels compelled to warn her about his childhood friend - much earlier than in canon. This has the unfortunate effect of arousing Elizabeth's curiosity, which gets her into trouble. When Darcy's attempt to save her goes awry, they both find themselves captives of the aforementioned spies.
The story is nicely written, particularly the dialogue. Elizabeth shows her quick verbal wit in conversation - something described but often not demonstrated at all or as well in other JAFF. Ms. Huey does a great job developing the romantic chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy as well as building dramatic tension when the two are trying to elude the villains. The plot moves at a brisk pace, as is appropriate for a novella.
I do think a little more depth regarding the spies' operation is needed, even if it's just communication from London or Colonel Fitzwilliam stating that more information is confidential and could not be shared. The total lack of curiosity about the spies' intended mission in Meryton doesn't seem credible.
Even though their story is far in the background here, Jane and Bingley's romance also feels a bit unfinished. When Darcy realizes Jane may truly care for his friend, he reflects on Bingley's ever-changing allegiance to his series of "angels" and hopes that Bingley will not hurt her in the end. Even a very brief exchange between Bingley and Darcy to reassure the latter of Bingley's serious intentions would clear this little hanging thread.
Overall, though, it's a quick, entertaining read.
It was ok.
If you're looking for the drama of true peril you may be disappointed. There are a few tense pages but most of the story is about Lizzy and Darcy learning to understand and love each other.