Title: My Mr Darcy & Your Mr Bingley
Author: Linda Beutler
Publisher: Meryton press
My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley is the latest novel by Linda Beutler after about a year off from the austenian scene. The writer wondered how Mr Darcy could change and make amends in the eyes of Elizabeth if Bingley was not affected so much by his opinion.
The characters of Jane and Elizabeth were upsetting in the first part of the novel. Jane, in fact, with her behavior is very puzzling for the reader, because these way to do, do not suit her sweet temperament (I saw a so different Jane only in A father’s sins by Joy King). Elizabeth, however, in her stubbornness seems a bit an extremism of the original character, at times she is almost hateful. Fortunately in the second part of the book both become more pleasant and similar to themselves.
Mr Darcy is the most faithful to the original character and Mr Bingley seems only the amelioration of his canonical equivalent. It was nice to see how, after a breach in their relationship, the two gentlemen were able to restore it and make it almost like that between two brothers. Further, as regards Darcy, I really liked his childhood memories, both those related to Maggie, and that he decides to share with Elizabeth during their walks.
I also really liked the secondary characters that have been well psychologized and fitted with a solid background and a good story. I refer in particular to Colonel Fitzwilliam, now one of my favorite heroes.
The positive thing is that in this novel Wickham is not as usual the villain to defeat, indeed, he appears very little.
The scenes that I preferred were those where Mr Bennet uses cats to teach a lesson to one of his daughters (very pregnant with meaning and fun); and one in which Darcy makes fun of Caroline in front of her friends. Not to mention the way the Hunsford scene was played, really full of excitement and fun. Unfortunately, I had to remove a star to the novel because there were obvious errors when the characters speak in Italian and Spanish, were they wanted or were not noticed?
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Linda Beutler’s professional life is spent in a garden, an organic garden housing America’s foremost public collection of clematis vines and a host of fabulous companion plants. But one can never have enough of gardening, so in 2011 she began cultivating a weedy patch of Jane Austen Fan Fiction ideas. The first of these to ripen was The Red Chrysanthemum, which won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014. The next harvest brought Longbourn to London and in 2015 Meryton Press published the bestseller A Will of Iron. Now, after a year-long break in JAFF we have My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley bursting into bloom.
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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