Title: The Exile – Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque
Author: Don Jacobson
Publisher: auto published
Genre: time travel
The Exile is the second volume of The Bennet wardrobe saga by Don Jacobson, which tells Kitty’s adventures in Victorian London and France at the time of the Belle Époque.
After Jane and Lizzy’s double marriage, Mr Bennet decides to punish Kitty, silent accomplice of her sister Lydia’s elopement, sending her to a seminary in Cornwall. Shocked by her father’s resolution, the girl begins to complain in the library. So she, unintentionally, puts her hands on the wardrobe, that catapults her in the future where she will begin her new adventure.
Kitty’s one, in particular, is a process of growth that leads her from being a little girl at the mercy of her own emotions, to a woman full of strength and wisdom. There are many difficulties in her path (and I admit that some of them have left me wide eyed and made me feel very sorry for her) but, thanks to new characters, the girl will manage to overcome them and become stronger.
Among them we find Henry Fitzwilliam, Colonel Fitzwilliam’s great-grandson, and Mag, the prostitute of one of Paris most famous brothels.
Among the most particular characters there are Mr Winters, a rogue nobleman, and his sister Astrid, a noblewoman with many surprises.
In addition, here, as in the first volume of the saga, there are characters that are well known to the reader and, I must say, in this volume, such insertions are more beautiful and integrated in the context. In particular I refer to Freud, Renoir, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty.
Probably this book wants to teach us how, through the difficulties, our own self comes out and how every action we take has consequences. Besides, if it had not been an Austenian variation but a different book, I could have given it four stars instead of three, but unfortunately I can not really see Jane Austen’s characters dealing with certain situations. Nevertheless, the reading is very enjoyable and the plot, especially thanks to the final cliffhanger, is very well-designed and exciting.
I look forward to the continuation of the series to know what is happening in the von Winterlich residence. Also, I feel that Elizabeth is not really dead as the author said in both of his volumes …
Don Jacobson has written professionally for forty years. His output has ranged from news and features to advertising, television and radio. His work has been nominated for Emmys and other awards. He has previously published five books, all non-fiction. In 2015, he published two novellas that found their roots in The Keeper. He holds an advanced degree in History with a specialty in American Foreign Relations. As a college instructor, Don teaches United States History, World History, the History of Western Civilization and Research Writing. He lives in the Seattle, WA area with his wife and co-author, Pam, and their cat, Bear. Don also enjoys cooking, dining out, fine wine and well aged scotch whiskey. His other passion is cycling.
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This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.