Have you ever thought about the ramification Pride and Prejudice could have if Mary was Mr. Collins’ first choice and he married her instead of Charlotte? Jack Caldwell started The Companion of His Future Life with this premise and I admit I quite liked the idea.
In The Companion of His Future Life, instead of Lizzy visiting Hunsford alone, she is accompanied by Jane and that changes all the interactions in a very interesting manner. Apart from Jane being at Hunsford when Mr. Darcy proposes, she is also present when Colonel Fitzwilliam talks about Darcy’s interference in Bingley’s love live, and that will obviously have a big impact. This is not often seen, and I really liked the change.
In fact, one of my favourite aspects of the book was Jane and Bingley’s relationship, and the fact that she was also responsible for his growth and change. We all expect Jane Bennet to act in a certain manner, but I was positively surprised by her actions in The Companion of His Future Wife.
I loved Mary and Anne’s characters and their unexpected friendship. I believe these characters deserve more than soulless characterizations and Jack Caldwell gave them a much deserved attention and depth.
Mary’s character was funny, interesting and refreshing. Her relationship with Collins was not what one would expect either and I am really happy Jack Caldwell took them in this new direction.
Throughout the story there were a few matchmaking attempts, or at least assistances in the happy turn of events, and none of them came from Mrs. Bennet, which is also something new. In this case, let’s just say that both cousins tried to help one another, and luckily for the reader, both were successful.
The Companion of His Future Life is an interesting book with many appealing romances. Darcy and Elizabeth’s story was not the one I loved the most, but I loved the book regardless of that fact. I recommend it to any Janeite who liked to see different and interesting character developments.
This is the first narration I am rating as Kitty Bennet because even if the interpretation of Mr. Collins was the best I’ve ever heard, the other characters didn’t feel true to themselves, especially Elizabeth. The female characters sounded a little silly to me, and it appeared the narrator was not as knowledgeable of these characters as many others I’ve heard.
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