I bought A Storm Over Netherfield because I was compelled with the premise. In this variation Elizabeth hurts her ankle in the Netherfield woods during an unexpected storm that strikes precisely on the day she and Jane would return to Longbourn after their residence at Netherfield.
I enjoy variations where characters are confined in one place because that allow authors to explore their interactions and focus on the characters dialogues, so I liked the beginning of this book very much. In it, Elizabeth and Darcy are forced to spend much time together and that enables them to get to know the other better which means they leave their prejudices behind and form a friendship. I enjoyed the beginning of the book when we see this happening, even if sometimes their flirting seemed a little modern to me, but I started to get a little distracted with the time that was dedicated to Caroline. She is the only villain in this story, and the author explores her point of view showing the reader that she is not a bad person, but someone who is desperate to get what she wants. This is an interesting point, and I admit I liked the fact that the author explored this character’s motivations, but I would rather not to read so much from her point of view.
I also had a few issues with a letter Darcy wrote and that is quite relevant to the storyline. I cannot believe he would write something like that, it seemed out of character and an exaggeration. I believe that one thing is to make the “not tolerable enough to tempt me” remark at an Assembly when he is out of sorts, but another very different thing would be to write so emphatically about Elizabeth’s lack of beauty and proper behavior to a friend.
Mr. Collins was a surprise, he was boring in the beginning but I did like his reaction to Mrs Bennett’s comments after the dinner party at her house. I had never seen an author take this approach which was funny and once more showed a talent to portray the secondary characters in a different and interesting light.
Overall I think this book is interesting and I believe readers who enjoy romances without much angst will like it, but some aspects in it didn’t allow me to give it a higher rating.
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