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John & Margaret – Coming Home with me

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This book is a continuation of BBC’s adaption of North & South, not Elizabeth Gaskell’s book, this means that it starts right were the series left of: at the train station. 

I personally love BBC’s adaptation, and I adore the train station scene. As any North and South fan, I always wanted more! I wanted to know what happened during the train trip to Milton. 

This book gave me that! 

I loved reading the first pages as I was finally reading Margaret and John professing their love to each other and confessing everything that was in their souls. It was beautiful! However, after some pages it becomes too much and a bit boring. After a certain point I started to feel that there was no interesting plot, just characters continuously speaking of their feelings. 

But the book does come around and some twists are created. Mrs. Thornton becomes quite a villain making Margaret’s live a living hell, and we discover (spoiler alert) that she is the one who killed John’s father. Some readers might not like these twists but I did.

The book is not one of my favourites due to several aspects on the plot, character development and writting and I can not say it gave true pleasuse to read it all the time, but some parts were appealing, and the first pages are really good.

 

Coming Home With Me is available at:

Amazon.com – Coming Home With Me

Amazon.co.uk – John & Margaret – Coming Home With Me: A Continuation of North & South

Amazon.fr – John & Margaret – Coming Home With Me: A Continuation of North & South (English Edition)

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Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

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What if Mr. Bennet died when Elizabeth was 15?

What if Mr. Collins came to Longbourn willing to marry one of his cousins and Elizabeth sacrificed herself to prevent her family to be “thrown into the hedgerows”?

What if he died about a year later, Elizabeth inherited Longbourn and decided to run it without male help?

What if Mr. Darcy knew of this in the first assembly ball and decided to engage her into conversation?

What if they became friends and fall in love?

I have to say I hated the idea of Elizabeth getting married to Mr. Collins at the age of 15. Well, I would not like to see her married to him at any age. But I still decided to read the book due to some reviews I’ve read saying that Mr. Colins would not even appear. That much is true, he is dead when the story begins, so we do not have to see him married to our beloved Elizabeth, but we do have to read how Elizabeth suffered at his hands, and we do have to feel that she was once married to that man before Darcy.

Maybe I could I have dealt better with that if it weren’t such an important thing in the book, but it is! Elizabeth is traumatised with her first marriage and that is why she refuses Darcy’s first proposal. For me that was too much to bear.

Also, the characters are so different from the ones we knew in Pride and Prejudice, I could hardly recognise them. Darcy is not himself, and neither is Elizabeth. Unfortunately I did not fell in love with the book. The storyline did not convince me, but if you have nothing against the premise of the book, you could give it a try.

Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collin’s Widow is  available at:

Amazon.com – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collin’s Widow

Amazon.co.uk – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

Amazon.fr – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

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