- File Size: 4125 KB
- Print Length: 674 pages
- Publisher: White Soup Press (October 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076VWXG4P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
These Dreams: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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In the end, I find myself searching for other JAFF that meet this standard of new-story creation with an almost reverent care to the original style, characterizations, language and legacy...and that may be the best evidence of my enjoyment of all.
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dream, we can be together all the time.” A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Anyone who wishes to read this story… be prepared for the long haul. This is no baby short story and it packs a punch within a few pages. There will be various triggers so gird your loins for a rating of PG-17 due to violence, sexual tensions, torture of ODB [our dear boy], near sexual abuse, and battering. I hate to list them up front; however, they are well done and the author pulls back before it becomes too unbearable.
Our story opens just as Darcy has set in motion the Bennet-Wickham wedding and the scoundrel’s transfer to the regulars in the north. Darcy never made it home as he was literally snatched from the streets, beaten and thrown aboard a fast ship out of London. A severely battered body was presented to his family for our dear Colonel to identify as his cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to Pemberley, Derbyshire.
OMG! I thought I was going to die, and so did Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn when she heard the news that Mr. Darcy was dead. After Wickham wed Lydia, he suddenly disappeared leaving her abandoned and high in the belly. When Lizzy heard of Darcy’s part in planning the wedding and military commission, she knew he would only have been in that part of town if he was working on Wickham to marry Lydia. Her despair deepened as she wondered if he had done it for her.
“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Edgar Allan Poe
OMG! The angst was as high as my blood pressure. This story was relentless. There was a scene where Darcy, after being tortured, cries out in anguish for Elizabeth. His soul reaches out of the darkness for her. Many miles away… her soul cries out to him, as she laments him. Somehow, they reach out to each other in dreams and it was so touching. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, when Rochester cried out to Jane and she heard him. I nearly lost it. I wanted to weep.
Due to profound circumstances and with the help of another, Darcy escaped and headed home, a nearly broken man. The things he overheard from his captors have made him distrustful and paranoid. He doesn’t know who he can trust.
Villains: “Some people are cowards… I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make that choice.” Tom Hanks
There will be many choices to be made in this story. But… who are the villains in this story? We could round up the usual suspects: Lady Catherine, Lord Matlock, Wickham, and even Caroline Bingley. Each came to this story with motives and goals they wished to accomplish. And each played a part in determining the future of Pemberley and the management of the grieving Georgiana Darcy, now an heiress and the most-wealthy woman in England. You will be hard pressed to figure out all the villains. I was stunned when they started popping up. OMG! I did not see that coming.
“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.” Plato
Darcy had to figure out who he could trust. “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” Niccolo Machiavelli
The visiting dignitaries from Portugal and their association to the Fitzwilliam and Darcy families was amazing. The author managed to create a link to the past and that became the main thread to watch as the story progressed.
My emotions were wrecked at every turn. Clarkston used a masterful hand in creating a scene, whether it was a love scene, a fight scene, a death scene, or torture. Love and hate were all wrapped up in a steel fist covered in a velvet glove. This was exquisite torture. I wanted to cry, to scream and to yell but it was 3:00 a.m. and I needed to go to bed.
Darcy struggled with that profound question… what did the enemy want? Something happened during the time of Darcy’s grandfather. Familia honor was at stake and justice was demanded by those involved. The true story was lost within the family history and only a vague journal left by Darcy’s grandmother left any clues.
“I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” Sophocles
It is impossible to convey the full force of this story without giving something away. I will not do that. If you enjoy angst and can handle the triggers, this is one story you will not forget. I am still reeling from the punch.
I believe that many are rating the book lower than warranted due to Amazon's problem with the upload. I had the same problem and the author promptly responded to my email with the completed book.
Look forward to more from this very talented author.
Also, I appreciate the very reasonable price.
The plot thickens, the words and characters were defined and you felt like you were right there experiencing what Darcy was going through with him right along.
Naturally, Wickham was there to cause trouble and tried to involve Elizabeth. I could not put the Kindle down reading this novel and it quite intrigued me with the plot. I advice anyone who likes mystery and suspense with some love and faith to read this novel. I won't go into the plot as to spoil it for the reader. It is a rather long novel to read.
Well done Nicole.
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This tale had me completely absorbed from the start. The perfect blend of angst and mystery and heartbreak and romance. Of course, the colonel featuring so significantly was a huge plus as I adore how his character has been embraced and expanded on by many authors. I savoured this book and appreciated the time that was put into it. I have read a lot of JAFF works of late and have been left very disappointed. Sometimes a sample will raise an interest, but it pains me to say, the story telling has been shabby in the process. And some are priced exceedingly high for the quality of same. Not all JAFF is equal,
I know that now. I'm so glad that I have found a number of authors that go straight to my pre-order list without needing to sample. Clarkston is one of them and I am never ever disappointed.
Ps: I have read the teaser chapter of her next N&S variation and wait impatiently for this also.
In the meantime, I await re-reading These Dreams with pleasure :) Thank you sincerely for a hugely satisfying read Nicole.
More pages than most variations ,with lots of extra characters but at the heart the love between Darcy and Elizabeth.
Lydia is shown in a different light finding in her more than the bonnets and the flirting.