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Yes, Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Paperback – April 24, 2016
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About the Author
Joy Dawn King started telling stories from an early age. However, she did not write any of them down until she was 57 years old. While living high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador with her husband and family, she read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the first time. It was love at first page. After she was done, she longed for more. When searching for another copy of Jane Austen’s writings, she happened upon several books that offered alternative paths to happily ever after for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. She purchased and read as many as she could find. Finally, in early 2014, she had an idea for a story about the couple that would not go away. Thus, her first book, A Father’s Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, was born. Since then, Joy and her husband moved back to the U.S. and plot bunnies kept hopping in and out of her imagination. Now, it’s all she can do to keep up with them. But, she tries.
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I was surprised by the emotional ride that this author invoked within my sphere of feelings. I ached, cringed, groaned, was moved to tears [but didn’t cry], touched beyond what I expected, gloried at the victory, grieved at the loss, laughed at the absurdity, and giggled at the revenge. Yes, J. Dawn King knows how to wring out every emotion you have so be prepared to experience it all.
This Elizabeth seemed younger, more naïve and innocent than canon. Even though she was different, that also allowed her a better understanding, more acceptance and a willingness to hear truth, believe it and then to act on it when needed.
Darcy also seemed younger and yet, was bolder, more decisive and demonstrated a willingness to go for what he wanted against all odds. I loved this guy. He was so cute and creative when in negotiations for what he wanted and surprise of surprises, it happened over a chess game. The face time with ODC was adorable, sweet, touching and I was moved by the creativity of the scenes.
Elizabeth, Georgiana, and Darcy meet at the beginning of our story. They all liked each other and then Darcy spent the next few months trying to find her. He and Georgiana both wanted her in their lives even before they knew who she was.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are extreme in this version. I did not like them, and yet they added the needed tension, comic relief and that push our dear couple needed to encourage their affections for each other.
Mr. Bennet was a disappointment and watching him fall in the eyes of his daughter was hard to endure. Even in canon, Elizabeth had a good understanding of her father and his actions [or lack thereof] in his marriage and with his protection of his daughters. Whatever relationship they had in this version fell with a loud crash as Mr. B. sacrificed his daughter’s happiness for his own comfort as easily as he would sacrifice his queen to an opponent. Since Mr. B. was a champion chess player from his university days, there were many chess related references. Even his plans were chess maneuvers.
Those plans were quite simple, Lizzy would marry Collins, they’d live at Longbourn [thus he wouldn’t lose her], when he died she’d become Mistress of Longbourn, taking on the responsibility of the estate, his widow and her younger sisters. What could be simpler…and at very little expense to himself. He could then spend all his time in his book room and let Lizzy handle things.
Mr. Darcy did not respect the Bennet parents. He understood their dilemma; however, he did not appreciate Mr. Bennet’s lackadaisical conduct, not his abdicating his responsibility for the care of his family. I loved Darcy comments regarding Mrs. Bennet’s disdain and ill treatment of his Elizabeth. Her future house would be “…small enough to match her thinking towards her second daughter…” I’ve never seen that response before. This Mr. Darcy was really straight forward in his thinking. He truly was a chess player and a good one at that. His strategies regarding Elizabeth’s family was awesome.
Darcy did not appreciate nor tolerate Mr. Collins attentions toward Elizabeth. What a toad of a man. He was awful. I cannot find words sufficient enough to describe his attitude and actions; clueless does not even come close.
Lady Catherine was livid regarding Darcy’s connection and relationship with such a family. Her revenge on Collins was swift and final. Her set-down of Caroline was fast and effective; I wanted to cheer.
Bingley and Jane found their HEA.
There was a most excellent Epilogue and a Post Script that was a delight. I LOVED them both, such surprises and a most excellent reveal. I cannot discuss anything in either as that would be a terrible spoiler. So you HAVE to read it.
Problems: Editing: I don’t know if this was an ebook problem but sentences were broken as though enter had been hit instead of allowing for text to wrap appropriately. That left the rest of a sentence dangling on the next line. That happened several times.
Lizzy meets him and Georgiana in Lambton before the arranged marriage is to take place and essentially Darcy is on a quest to find the girl who helped his beloved sister through a very rough spot, simply by lending an ear.
Once Darcy finds her now he needs to return the favor insofar as the Collins problem is concerned. And there is where our dear couple come together and very quickly find a happily ever after despite some grumblings from Bennet, Collins, and Lady Catherine.
I gave this 4 stars because, while a sweet story, there is absolutely no angst between Lizzy and Darcy. I tend to find those stories where they fight not once boring. Sweet, but boring. I also am noting that this author has a tendency to a redundant repetition of her title within the story. I first noticed it with the story "Compromised!" And now "Yes, Mr. Darcy' all over the place. It's cute but a bit corny for me.
My favorite parts and lines had to come from Lydia. She definitely is outrageous in her comments and opinions but I found that to be my favorite part of the story.
Nice, short story if you want zero angst :)
I also love that this Darcy was fearless in pursuing and defending Elizabeth. He knew who he wanted, and he didn't back down. To a woman like Elizabeth with a strong personality, he would be very desirable in her eyes. She had already been attracted to him that first day, and in meeting him again, it just confirmed what she had thought about him in the beginning.
Loved this story. Beautifully written. Look forward to Ms. King's other writings.