What if after the disastrous proposal at Hunsford Elizabeth had left the Hertfordshire and travelled to a cousin in America and get away from her feelings? How would Mr Darcy react to such behavior? And what will be its consequences ?
This novel describes the events that happen after the return of Elizabeth Bennet in England and the shock that she feels seeing things and people altered compared to how she reminds them. Especially Darcy looks totally shocked by the repercussions that a loveless marriage, which occurred during the absence of his true beloved, has had on him.
The main characters are obviously Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, who after two years of separation have to deal with the renewal of their mutual feelings and with the consequences of their actions. The secondary characters, that will take a greater importance in the second part of the story, are Emeline, the cheeky cousin of the Bennet sisters who does not like to submit to the rules of the English society, and Mr. Dalton, the stereotype of the reformed womanizer. I loved to see how the story of Darcy and Elizabeth is solved in a hurry, leaving plenty of space to these new characters that give a certain freshness to the volume. The author does not judge characters, as it often happens, but through these two new characters, she shows us how to be nonconformists and modern also in the society of that time.
To remember, also, the funny interludes between Mr. Bingley and Mr. Bennet.
The main theme of the book is the marriage, often organized by Jane, described here as a novel Emma Woodhouse, and that is seen as the best solution to most of the problems of society. The special feature of this book is that Jane is able to organize all marriages in the name of love and not of convenience.
Since this is a novella, the events will take place quickly, but I think the author has an excellent potential in uniting romance to mystery. The story is very pretty, its only flaw is that the characters seems a bit too much out of character, but, given that this is a short and summer reading, it does not bother much. In addition, this book contains some scenes involving our protagonists with a child that are really sweet to read and live with them. The author’s style is also fresh and simple, which makes the reading very pleasant and flowing.
A special mention to the cover of the book, which is really very pretty.
Amy George is a middle-aged woman who hates her “old lady/grown-up” car and refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a town in the middle of the country where the county fair is one of the biggest social events of the season and everything is fried. She has been writing since she was a child and was a frequent contributor to the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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