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- File size : 718 KB
- Publication date : February 14, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- ASIN : B078YZ7JBW
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #209,087 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You can enjoy this story as pure escapism, but you must be willing to suspend all disbelief despite the illogical setup. Darcy-- who was so devoted to his family name and duty his entire life that he fought his attraction to the woman he loves-- ends up handing the Pemberley keys to Colonel Fitzwilliam as well as sole guardianship of his sister Georgiana so that he can go and become a sailing Robin Hood. He wants to be a better man, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor, and he decides this is the way he'll help them. He just ditches his responsibilities to his sister, his estate and his tenants in order to do so.
Darcy's new persona is Captain Maximillian Sterling. He's not given any backstory to explain how he knows how to captain a ship, yet he buys one and acquires a faithful and obedient crew (thanks to Colonel Fitzwilliam). Apparently he does a bang-up job of captaining for eleven years, even without any prior experience. He also never takes part in boarding the ships they plunder, which would probably be one of the most dangerous parts of the job and require the most leadership, resulting in the most loyalty. His first mate, Smead, takes charge there.
I really have trouble getting on board with the idea of Darcy willingly getting into piracy. I know I'm being a spoilsport about this whole Darcy-as-pirate thing, but I would've expected it to have been under some kind of duress rather than his own idea. He is supposed to be "stealing from the rich to give to the poor," which sounds very noble, but they're primarily stealing from companies. The gold they steal would pay wages to people who work for them (who aren't rich), and the goods they steal would be to fill orders for tradespeople (who aren't necessarily rich) who need to fill orders for these goods so they can stay in business. And the giving to the poor part doesn't extend to the rest of the crew, just to Darcy... er, Captain Sterling's cut.
Smead has a man thrown in the ocean while boarding another ship. The man is pulled back out and the captain disapproves of this when he hears about it, but "in the early days, the man would have been left as fish bait." Huh. And Captain Sterling still has this guy working for him?
There are other examples I could cite that strain credulity throughout, but I won't belabor that point. If you're in the mood for a fantasy romance, you probably won't care anyway.
Then Max Sterling comes across Elizabeth Bennet again. Only now she's not Elizabeth Bennet, but the widowed Duchess of Grafton, and she has her 8-year-old son Thomas (the current Duke of Grafton) with her. All Darcy's longing and love for her jumps to life. Because of the long hair, mustache and beard, no cravat or fancy duds, and his altered personality on the high seas after eleven years, she doesn't recognize him. He takes advantage of this, keeping her and Thomas captive on his ship, Absolution, hoping for a second chance to make her fall in love with him.
The romance part of the plot plays out pretty well, and it comes to a nifty conclusion for everybody. (Well, except for all those folks who got robbed by the pirates.)
I do like the way the book shifts back and forth between Elizabeth telling the story and Captain Sterling's version of the tale. Unfortunately, the writing starts by sounding very Regency in the Prologue (especially since much of it is lifted from the original Pride and Prejudice), but it quickly devolves ("ok" is used twice in chapter 2) until it sounds too much like a contemporary novel, and not a very good one. The writing isn't exactly bad but, even setting aside the too-modern jargon, it just doesn't flow smoothly. It gets clunky in spots, especially in the "Mature Adult" scenes.
If you choose to read this, don't set your expectations too high and just enjoy the fantasy.
Eleven years later when her father wants to take a trip on a ship, he convinces Elizabeth that she and her son should come as well. She put her uncertainties aside and agreed but when they are taken over by pirates, she hadn’t expected the feelings she developed for Max, the Captain or the secret that he holds. Is their love strong enough to overcome their very different lifestyles?
This is a very unique take on a classic story that draws you in with compelling characters. The narrator did a great job of bringing this story to life.
After receiving a letter of explanation and apology from Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth realizes her pride ruined any chance they have and after a year of looking out for him, she finally moves on with her life.
But sometimes fate plays her hand exactly where it needs to be played, and these two might just meet up again in the future.
This was such a refreshing, fun, and intimate take on Pride and Prejudice and was beautifully retold. Absolutely well done!
I do see a correlation between the book and the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. The title, the cover model, as well as the fact that Keira Knightley played both Elizabeth Bennett and Elizabeth Swan.
However, it’s well written and fun. I think most people will enjoy it.
Top reviews from other countries
.... managing to read 43% of this book. It was not good. At. All. Nope.
Would someone tell the Author that a room on a boat is called a C A B I N please? Author had Elizabeth Bennet continually calling her cabin, her ROOM. 😂 Cracked me up. 🤣 And the child was calling his mama, MOMMY. 😂
And Darcy? I just can't ....... 🙄
I'd always wondered what these wanna be Pride and Prejudice books were like; I was right. Definitely NOT Darcy and Elizabeth; definitely not Jane Austin quality of writing.
Wouldn't recommend it, sorry.
O prólogo é uma reescrita da proposta de Darcy e o capítulo 1 as consequências da recusa da proposta. O que leva a um Darcy desesperado para o mar e virando um pirata. Mas faltam detalhes mais profundos dessa transformação.
Em nenhum momento Elizabeth reconhece Darcy, mas pela descrição da autora não me parece que ele ficou tão diferente.
As cenas maduras são boas, mas não consegui me envolver. A autora descreveu a paixão que eles sentem um pelo outro, mas faltou emoção.
Gostei da visão de Elizabeth se colocar na pelo de Darcy quando ele explicou suas lutas para casar com ela, gostei de saber cada pensamento dos personagens envolvidos (Darcy e Elizabeth), gostei das cenas de argumentos, a premissa atrai e isso faz com que o livro seja envolvente.
Se ignorarmos alguns eventos que não foram explicados, o livro é um ótimo entretenimento. Com certeza, lerei a sequela.