In An Inconvenient Courtship, Miss Bingley’s jealously forces the Bennet sisters to remain at Netherfield a little longer. After Jane’s recovery, the sisters are ready to return to Longbourn but Miss Bingley’s reckless actions cause Elizabeth to have a severe head injury, and the story will progress from there.
With Elizabeth’s life at risk Mr. Darcy is forced to admit his feelings much earlier than in P&P, and this is a deviation from the original that I really like, however, some details in this initial scene, such as Mr. Darcy calling Elizabeth by her first name in front of everyone, made me a little reticent with the book.
It turned out to be a clean and quick novella that can easily be read in an afternoon, which is definitely a positive aspect, but I did have several quibbles with it. In my opinion, all characters were too outspoken, and some of them even out of character. Having Bingley chastise Darcy because Elizabeth is beneath him is something that is neither in line with Bingley’s character, nor Darcy’s at this point. I also found Georgiana’s intimacy with Elizabeth too sudden as they start calling each other by their given name 5 minutes after getting to know each other, and without even being introduced. This was actually a recurrent fact as Richard also talked to Elizabeth without being introduced.
Another fact I wasn’t particularly fond of was Wickham’s viciousness in the end of the story as I considered it completely unnecessary for the narrative, and a detail that would only be relevant if the book had further pages. This plot has a lot of potential but the amount of details that are added to the story do not match the books size. I believe the story would have been better if the author had developed it more; nevertheless, it is a romantic and clean story that may appeal to those who prefer fast paced short stories.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the narrator of this book who seemed to struggle with the differentiation between male and female voices. The delivery seemed somewhat forced and unnatural even if the narration itself wasn’t unpleasant, so I consider this audiobook’s narration to be at Mary Bennet’s level.
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