How to mend a broken heart is the first novel written by L.S. Parsons and it tells about the obstacles that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have to face to stay together. In effect, in this variation of Pride and prejudice, they lose sight of one another after the disastrous Hunsford proposal and they met again three years later, when Darcy is already engaged with another woman. The story takes place during one of the famous season in London and its main characters, beyond Mr Darcy and Elizabeth, are Susan Matlock, general Richard Fitzwilliam and Mrs Virginia Wagstaff.
While Elizabeth is very similar to the original character, Mr Darcy seems a little bit too different, he follows his instincts and moreover he doesn’t take any decisive action and let himself be carried away by the ideas of others like he doesn’t have his own will. Susan Matlock is a very well done character, she claims respect but easily gains the readers’ affection, she does not make feel the absence of Elizabeth’s mother figures, Mrs Bennet and Mrs Gardiner. General Richard Fitwilliam is the most similar character in spite of his little vice. The original character of Virginia Wagstaff has little space in the novel, I admit that I wished she had more space in the events and that her presence had provoked more antipathy in the readers and not only just embarrassment.
The scenes with Mr Collins are the funniest.
The novel is full of mature contents that, in my opinion, are too many, and for this reason they steal space for a better and greater development of the plot. The first half of the book has a slow pace, but the second one attracts the attention of the reader and conveys angst because of the obstacles the two characters have to face. Despite everything, the book has its own moral, that is do not get caught up in a hurry making unwise choices and always give a second chance to themselves and the others.
An honorable mention goes to the cover, in my opinion, very nice and well-finished.
L.S. Parsons recently retired from a major computer company where she was employed as an Information Technology Specialist. She lives with her husband of 30 + years and their dog in Texas. She has been writing Pride and Prejudice fan fiction for over ten years, mainly as a hobby.
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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