This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Meryton Press
Released on January 22, 2016
From one passing phrase in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, an author is inspired to write a charming, light novella variation to the original story. All from Darcy’s point of view, this cunningly crafted piece allows the reader to join Darcy on the night he returns to the scene of his perfidy for his chance to make good with the woman he loves.
The story takes place in one setting and all in one night. This is one that there is an assumption that the reader is fairly familiar with the book or a movie adaption of Jane Austen’s original P&P. The variation falls at the point late in the original story after Darcy has seen Elizabeth once again at his home, Pemberley, after he helps save her family from ruin, and after he learns that Elizabeth stood up to his aunt declaring she wouldn’t promise to become engaged to him. His hopes are up and he is ready to show Elizabeth that he is changed by returning for a Meryton Assembly and revisiting the place he was arrogant and rude to her neighbors, her family, and herself.
His efforts to show his new ways are difficult, but he is determined. And his efforts to greet Elizabeth let alone dance with her and talk with her seemed doomed with one distraction after another. And once he has her in his sights, can he untangle his tongue long enough to speak with her?
It was delightful and fun to be along with Darcy for his big evening. His thoughts and observations are wry, witty, and amusing. He has not utterly changed though he really does try and the people are quirky and do not make it easy on him.
I found the writing clever and the puns amusing. But while amusing, I confess that it is somewhat distracting to untangle the string of words in my mind while trying to follow the story.
All in all, this was an afternoon’s quick and pleasant amusement leaving me with laughter and smiles. Those who enjoy Austenesque and want a quick entertaining read should pick this one up.
My thanks to Meryton Press for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.
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