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on March 9, 2002
I really enjoyed reading this book. This time the main character is Georgiana Darcy and she is much more like Elizabeth in Austen's book than she is like the painfully shy girl that Austen portrays her as. This is of course due to Elizabeth's good influence on her. In many ways this book is like the retelling of Pride and Prejudice just with different characters. Then again it is more complicated. Captain Heyward, one of Georgiana's suitors, plays the role that George Wickham played in Austen's book. Except that in this case Georgiana is an heiress to a great deal of money and is therefore quite a catch for Heyward, whereas Elizabeth Bennet was heir to nothing and therefore only a meaningless flirtation for Wickham. Anyway, we spend much of the book watching fascinated while the Captain Heyward courts not only Miss Georgiana Darcy, but also Miss Anne deBourgh and Miss Caroline Bingley all at the same time. On top of all this one of Elizabeth's aunts is in jail for theft. Therefore, Mr. Darcy spends much of his time away from Elizabeth trying to save her family's good name yet again. Yet this time it is not he who saves them, but a Mr. James Leigh Cooper, a rising young architect who is remodeling Pemberly, who also happens to be in love with Georgiana, but there is a pretty big problem here-he is not of the same class, and therefore is not worthy of her. Like Austen's book, Georgiana spends much of the book thinking him to be a proud unlikable man; when in truth he is a much more honorable fellow than the Captain Heyward, who initially has captured Miss Georgiana's heart. The plot gets very complicated towards to the end of the book. I don't want to totally give away the end of the book for those who have not read the book. But it is safe to say that Captain Heyward breaks Georgiana's heart and is found out to be a first-class scoundrel. Elizabeth's Aunt is cleared of the theft charges and James Leigh Cooper is indirectly the one responsible for this.
I don't know that I like the fact that the authors decided that Georgiana Darcy should end up with someone whom most people will say is beneath her, like her brother did when he married Elizabeth.
This is a really good book and it is very fun to get to spend more time with Elizabeth, Jane and all the other wonderful characters that Miss Austen originally created in her book.
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