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The Trials: A Pride Prejudice Story Paperback – June 2, 2017
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I really don't want to spoil this story and the synopsis gives you a good idea. Lizzy is governess to Lady Catherine's ward, a delightful little girl named Emma. What I wished was more details of the child's parents. What we were given was vague and a lot of Lady Catherine spouting off how "filthy filthy filthy" the mother was. Which now leads to my next complaint...
I get Lady Catherine was nuts, but the repetition of her screaming filthy or whatever she chose to be upset about was annoying. It was way too much in my opinion and a bit grating to read.
Anyway, Darcy is blackmailed by lady Catherine (and forced to obey like a dog) into marrying Anne. Of course we know that won't happen but you even begin to feel the obstacles may be insurmountable at some point. The synopsis even hints at thay huge plot twist and I knew what was going to happen but I was still captivated to see where the story would lead.
Anne and Colonel Fitzwilliam are very unlikable in this story. I don't know if we were supposed to feel sympathy for one or the other, but for Colonel Fitzwilliam it was especially difficult.
But despite all the angst, Darcy and Lizzy live happily ever after. Though I wish I had more of an idea of how Lizzy's family fared. But that's a personal nitpick of mine.
Always enjoy this author's work for the sheer originality of the plots.
The question is: how much insanity gallops through the Fitzwilliam family and the inhabitants of Rosings?
Anne has Moments of Insanity.
Colonel Fitzwilliam has Moments of Insanity.
The Butler has Moments of Insanity.
The Maid has Moments of Insanity.
And especially the Cook has Moments of Insanity.
But … does the Governess have Moments of Insanity?
Elizabeth and Darcy have not met since the DHP (disastrous Hunsford proposal).
Mr. Bennet fell ill and died during the search for Lydia. Mr. Gardiner made a business
miscalculation and is bankrupt. He supports his family, his sister Mrs. Bennet and
Lydia’s daughter by Wickham. Lydia moves from “protector” to “protector”.
Jane and Kitty have married. Mary and Elizabeth found work as governesses.
Elizabeth is in fact a governess at Rosings – to an illegitimate girl born to a relative
of the de Bourghs. Lady Catherine is firmly of the “spare the rod, spoil the child”
mindset and enjoys punishing little Emma. Elizabeth loves Emma and protects her whenever possible.
Darcy is summoned to Rosings where he hasn’t visited since the DHP.
Lady Catherine has discovered Georgiana’s secret and uses it to blackmail Darcy into a marriage with Anne.
Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life. -- Edvard Munch
Anne has known sickness and insanity all her life. She wants to marry her cousin
Colonel Fitzwilliam who is much changed from the Easter visit of 1812.
Yet, Anne agrees to marry Darcy (insanity from AdB). Neither Darcy nor the
Colonel speaks to Georgiana about Lady C’s threats and the danger from Wickham (insanity from FD and RF).
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. -- Oscar Levant
I had a hard time with this book. It follows Canon more closely than many of the stories
from this author, departing where ODC misses each other during the Pemberley visit. This I liked.
But … some of the events seemed so out of character. The Colonel is sometimes not “Mr. Nice Guy”.
Anne is sometimes totally unbalanced.
I did like Darcy and Elizabeth who acknowledge their love early in the story and do everything possible to be together.
A murder is committed, someone is put on trial. A confession follows – but is the confessor the actual murderer?
Or is the confessor covering for someone else?
The title here is “The Trials” but we see only one courtroom trial. Does the plural refer to the control
Lady Catherine puts on everyone in her life? This control sometimes includes Wickham
who apparently had a personal relationship with LC in the past leaving him free to call her “Cathy”. (Yuck worthy!)
Overall impression: this is a well-told story that held my interest to the end. But I won’t read it again.
Psychopaths know the technical difference between right and wrong - which is one of the reasons
their insanity pleas in criminal cases so rarely succeed; they just fail to act on that knowledge. -- Jeffrey Kluger
But my 3 stars comes from the darkness in the story. It is VERY grim. There is a HEA but it doesn't show much happiness in it. The mystery isn't solved for certainty. But Lizzy gets to marry Darcy.
Think of this world is a world where there is no safety for the Bennet family when their papa dies.
I won't read this again but I think more people will enjoy this book than wont enjoy it.