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- Print Length: 93 pages
- Publication Date: September 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075CPSHJS
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- Lending: Enabled
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In Spite of All His Endeavours: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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Admittedly the summary does need a serious work-over as it is indeed very confusing and does not make any sense. - But, unwilling to base my judgement on the summary alone I had a look at the sample, found it to be an interesting premise and then bought the book AND was actually positively surprised. The actual storyline is great and reading this work was an overall pleasurable experience, I have to say.
The story starts off during Elizabeth's stay at Hunsford, more exactly when she meets Colonel Fitzwilliam during his annual walk of the park in which he consequently remarks on Darcy's involvement in separating Bingley from Jane. Elizabeth, at this, is greatly shaken, however she does not stay at the parsonage but joins her party for an evening at Rosings, meaning Darcy does neither propose, nor does Elizabeth gets the explanatory letter from him. Due to the Colonel's remarks Elizabeth still slowly but surely figures out that Wickham is a scoundrel. At this point the story basically returns to cannon till Elizabeth travels with the Gardiners. Other than in the book the trip was from the start supposed to go to Derbyshire and as there had been no proposal there is no initial awkwardness on Elizabeth's side. They visit Pemberley where they meet Darcy, of course, and as he has never been reprimanded by Elizabeth he is still pretty much his former self. Yet, Mrs. Gardiner realises that this has little to do with arrogance but more with him being socially awkward and a bit shy. This changes Elizabeth's already changed perception of him even further (for the better, of course). Darcy introduces his sister, but doesn't mention the Bingley's are at Pemberley. This information is eventually dropped by Georgiana and Elizabeth is quite angry at that, as she recalls all Jane's sufferings. While in Lambton more and more about Wickham's true nature comes to light and the more she hears about it, the more she respects Darcy. Elizabeth and the Gardiners are invited to Pemberley and the following day Darcy proposes to her, just when she was about to read Jane's letters. Initially Elizabeth refuses Darcy, but after some sorting out (mainly the Jane/Bingley issue) she agrees to a courtship, Happily Darcy leaves and Elizabeth can read her letters. She immediately releases Darcy from all the just made agreements and promises and she hastens back to Longbourn together with the Gardiners. At first Darcy stays at Pemberley, actually he does so for more than a month, till at last he breaks down, realising he cannot live without Elizabeth. He finds Wickham and Lydia and they marry, though don't visit Longbourn as by then Lydia is pregnant and advised not to travel for a few weeks. Instead Bingley returns (by force of Darcy) and renews his acquaintance with the Bennets as does Darcy shortly after. Bingley and Jane get engaged. Then rumours start to spread that Darcy and Elizabeth are engaged also and sure enough Lady Catherine pitches up, though in this instance it is her and Darcy talking, after which the latter sends her on her way. Eventually Darcy proposes, which is actually a really cute scene, Elizabeth accepts, they get married and live happily ever after.
Throughout the story the emotional side of the characters is well described and believable, but never gets too much.
As said, the actual story is very well thought out, even though on occasion stays perhaps a bit too close to cannon and is nothing but a short re-telling of it, only to subtly stray from cannon ever so often, which works really great.
I already mentioned that there are editorial issues with this story, which should be taken care of as quite frequently the author forgets to use prepositions or is using the wrong ones. Also, the syntax is off very often in a noticeable manner. Still, having said that, there was not one sentence that was so warped that one did not know what the author intended to say. As all errors made are fairly similar I assume that English is not the author's first language - though admittedly this is mere speculation.
So, had it not been for that one 1-star rating which was based on nothing but assumptions, I would have missed a great story and I am now quite happy that this highly unfair judgement made me curious enough to give this story a chance. Hence, even though it needs some polishing up, for me this is still worth 4 stars.