5 starstoo much misunderstandings even if they are already engaged and things have happened between them.
I love Mr and Mrs Gardiner, they are great Poor Jane and Bingley, too much suffering and refusal.
Another intriguing what if from this author s clever and poignant arsenal of Pride Prejudice variations What if Elizabeth Bennet never read Mr Darcy s letter Yes, I was very curious to know how the dominoes would tumble over that one And, because I felt such excitement over that question and it is, of course, the beginning of this new plot trail, I hesitate to address the summary so I don t spoil the story She doesn t read the letter so she goes home with her perspective unchanged and how does this alter the events in the story view spoiler not as much as one would think Wickham manages to tell some of the truth so Lizzy learns he lied to her originally and she still ends up at Pemberley The conflict ends up being bigger after they resolve their real differences and it felt like the conflict in their romance was contrived from that point with dumb misunderstandings hide spoiler reread 6 27 28 16 Another book I neglected to review and deleted the plot from my memory so I was obligated to re read Beginning immediately after the disastrous proposal at Hunsford when Mr Darcy offers Elizabeth Bennet his letter she refuses it believing that he is attempting to entrap her in an engagement Hey Lizzy you aren t that hot or desirable he later attempts to use Mrs Collins as a go between but Dizzy Miss Lizzy will not be swayed Of course Mrs Collins could have read the letter and related the details to Eliza but then this would be a short story and not a novel So utterly ignorant of Wickham s proclivities she returns to Meryton and continues to interact with him However Wickham is somehow unnerved and at their last meeting endeavors to lighten some of his charges against Darcy admitting that he did receive money in lieu of the specifics of the will although he doesn t admit the amount Then we go back to the source, the Militia and Lydia go to Brighton, Lizzy and the Gardiners go to Derbyshire and run into Darcy at Pemberley During the Mrs Gardiner, Lizzy visit upon Georgiana Miss Bingley mentions the Militia and Lizzy responds with Wickham s name which distresses the Darcy Siblings Soon after this Darcy learns that Lizzy burned his letter unread and he acquaints her with Wickham s history with Georgiana Which makes her cry and him kiss her The Gardiners leave Pemberley and Darcy plans to call on Lizzy the next morning He is late and sees the Gardiners driving away from Lambton with a weeping Elizabeth and he immediately concludes that she is still loathing him and goes back to Pemberley to sulk.
Weeks pass and Darcy receives a letter, albeit damaged and dirty, from an urchin that Lizzy wrote him but Pemberley s footmen wouldn t admit the child Hmm I m thinking the best master might be doing some bottom churning The letter doesn t explain the reason for her sudden departure only that she regrets that they will never meet again So Darcy immediately calls for his horse and rides for Meryton Nah, he talks Bingley into going to Meryton to visit and find out what s going on Bingley learns that Lydia you know the story and the good people of Meryton are shunning the Bennets When further news is discovered that Lydia has returned to the Gardiners unmarried Jane refuses Bingley s 1 2 hearted proposal and they quit the area.
When Darcy eventually learns of the problems Bingley s letter goes astray and Georgiana didn t feel it was her place to discuss the problem with her brother, he immediately goes to the Gardiners Lydia knows she must marry but refuses to marry anyone but Wickham And Wickham is reported to have left for Canada But have no fear because Darcy has a trick up his sleeve view spoiler There is a second, older, Wickham brother who is also in the military hide spoiler Disappointed Three quarters of the way through the book that up to that point was pretty much a retelling of Pride Prejudice with a few variations she decides Elizabeth Darcy will make mad, passionate love BEFORE marriage How UN Jane
I would have given this book 5 stars if Lizzi had not been portraited a bit to stupid especially at the begining Lizzi does not read Darcys letter and therefore are a bit to friendly with Wickham and hurts Georgiana at Pemberley Bingley are very fickle in this book I still recommend it though.
I love Ms Reynolds other books This book was a great disappointment Lizzie would never have behaved like the Lizzie in this story I didn t like Darcy or Lizzie The only people I did like were the Gardiners and Darcy s cousin Here s a fun game to play when you read the book, see how many time Ms Reynolds uses the word, ameliorate Find other words that just don t fit in this type of story Hire an editor This alternative raises the question what would of happened if Elizabeth Bennet didn t read Mr Darcy s letter She doesn t and of course her opinion of Wickhem doesn t change and neither does her opinion of Mr Darcy How is Mr Darcy to protect her and change her opinion of him I really liked this alternative because everything stays the same but the info not given changes Elizabeth, Jane and even Lydia s lives Of course this wouldn t be PP if Darcy didn t save the day somehow Anyway there is lots of angst and trials for our favorite couple and a new character who does surprise us with a little gallentry Anyway I love Ms Reynolds books but my favorite of hers are the ones where Darcy and Elizabeth don t anticipate there vows and that is why I rated this book a 3 star I just cringe when reading because I see Mr Darcy as being the strickist gentleman and would never take advantage of Elizabeth Definitly worht reading