Fine Eyes & Pert Opinions storyline is very different from canon but it is clean, simple and captivating because it avoids major alterations that could scare away the reader.
The main difference in this book is that the Bennet family lives in Derbyshire and Mr. Bennet is a vicar whose patron is Mr. Darcy. The vicarage is but a mile away from Pemberley and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have known each other their entire lives. This changes everything in the story because when the book starts we see that Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are good friends and she is someone whose opinions he values and from whom he seeks advice. I found their relationship and comradery very soothing, and the Pemberley setting enhanced that feeling. Most of the story is placed at Pemberley and the restricted scenario along with the relationship between the main characters made this book a very agreeable story.
Unlike other books, Fine Eyes & Pert Opinions doesn’t start with a conflict or dislike between the main characters. Darcy and Elizabeth’s conflict free relationship was something I enjoyed during most of the book and I only wish Mr. Darcy hadn’t been so obtuse for so long. He had some attitudes that I didn’t like, but somehow, in this book, I could understand them. I believe that Maria Grace should be praised for her writing skills, because in fact, Darcy’s character is a little different then canon, but I loved him nonetheless.
The conflict only appears when Mr. Darcy decides to throw a house party with several guests, namely the Bingley’s, Anne De Bourgh, Col. Fitzwilliam and the Garlands, two original characters who will be the cause of much turmoil. I found those characters very interesting in the beginning of the book, but as the story advanced, I started to feel some discomfort towards them. If I think about their dialogues and behavior during the entire story, I can’t figure them out, and that was the main quibble I had with this book. I wish their motives and evolution as characters had been made more clear to the reader.
The other major difference in the story is Georgiana’s character. She is portrayed as someone with dyslexia, and that changes her personality because at the time people didn’t know what that was or how to properly teach students with dyslexia, which means her tutors thought she was either dumb or lazy due to her difficulties in reading or writing. She causes Darcy many headaches throughout the entire story and to be honest I liked that change in this book. Elizabeth’s creates a bridge between Darcy and Georgiana due to her maturity and understanding and I enjoyed to see her on that role.
Overall, this story is very pleasant and it gave me a feeling of comfort. It is clean, sweet and mature, which was one of the things I loved the most about the book. Elizabeth knows Mr. Darcy like no other and he loves her as the result of years of companionship. This maturity in their feelings is not always seen in JAFF and I loved it. I’ve seen some contradictory opinions about this book, and some readers may think that Elizabeth’s personality is not true to canon, but that was the whole point of this book. Elizabeth is not Mr. Darcy’s equal on Fine Eyes & Pert Opinions and readers who accept that will enjoy it immensely, I know I did and I usually don’t like books that don’t follow canon. I definitely recommend this book to readers who like cozy, sweet romances.
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