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My Own Mr. Darcy

My Own Mr. Darcy is not so much a modern retelling but an Austen inspired novel. In it, the main character is taken by her mother to the movies to see the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice film when she is sixteen years old and becomes obsessed with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy. She decides that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy and six years later she is still holding to this belief, so obviously, she hasn’t had a very active love life. That is when her roommate forces her to give the next interested guy ten dates before dumping him.

Because of that agreement Elizabeth finds herself dating Chad, a really nice, kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. However, things get a little more complicated when out of the blue she meets Matt Dawson, a wealthy bookstore owner who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Because she cannot dump Chad she becomes conflicted about the best course of action and continues to develop her relationship with both of them. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character and I could never relate to her, but don’t let my previous description put you down because the book is very clean and the relationship she has with them is mostly a friendship relationship.

I found it very interesting that none of these two male characters is a villain because it made the lead character rethink what she really needed for herself without the easy way out in front of her. The similarities of this book to the real life of an Austen addict is impressive, I mean, we all dream about Mr. Darcy, but would we love him that much if he was in front of us? Is Mr. Darcy the perfect match for all of us, or are some of us meant for Mr. Bingley? Elizabeth is faced with this dilemma and the need to find an answer will take her on the road for self-discovery which was really interesting.

Apart from that, there isn’t much more depth into the book, it is a rom com after all, and as all rom coms it is fresh and light. At times it even seemed too much of a young adult type of book for me, so if this is a genre you do not appreciate, this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you are into YA, then give this a try as it is a very sweet story.

My Own Mr. Darcy is an entertaining Austen inspired novel that I did enjoy reading, but I didn’t find anything particularly exciting about it. Being a young adult book, I believe it is a good one for mothers who want to read and discuss a book with their teenage daughters. It is clean and appropriate to younger audiences, plus it does have a moral that may be more relevant for young girls.

 

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A Storm Over Netherfield

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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Margaret of the North

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Margaret of the North is not so much a continuation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, but a continuation of the BBC series portraying Richard Armitage and Daniela Ashby.

This means the book starts with Mr. Thornton and Margaret’s reunion at the train station, and it is very interesting to note that the beginning of the book is not overly romantic with all the emotion display one would expect, it resembles very much Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing style and that is something I appreciate, it is in fact the most similar in style to Mrs. Gaskell that I have read until today.

The book continues with Mr. Thornton and Margaret’s honeymoon to Paris and subsequent travel to Cadiz to visit Frederick. It is a slow paced book and I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did, so with time, the book became less interesting for me. I never felt a true emotion while reading it, and even if this is an extremely subjective argument, for me it is essential to feel something while reading a book.

I also had some difficulty in identifying with Mr. Thornton. It was strange to see him so unpreoccupied about re-opening the Mill, and at times his speech seemed more like a speech Mr. Darcy would have. In this book John Thornton was too sure Margaret would accept him, and that he became a better person after her refusal. For me this is a description of Mr. Darcy and not Mr. Thornton who never believed such a woman could care for him.

Despite this fact, I believe the author was successful in showing us the class differences that existed at the time, and how Mr. Thornton learned from his experiences and changed his perceptions on how to improve the workers life conditions.

Margaret of the North is very descriptive, and for those who like this type of writing it will be very appealing as we get to read everyone’s opinion and perception on almost all subjects, but to me it felt too slow paced and lacking emotion. The book slowly describes the changes in the characters’ lives after John and Margaret get married. It gives us an interesting view of Margaret and Hanna’s relationship and the impacts that living with one another has for these characters. It makes us see and understand how Hanna suffered with this situation, and how all the changes had a big impact in her daily life and therefore in her disposition.

This is not a book of action, it is a book that gives us a more intense view of the characters’ lives after the wedding, their feelings and inner struggles. It leads us on a path where we focus on their personal growth and not on the story itself, so it might be an interesting read for those who want to analyze the development of these characters.

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Yours Forevermore, Darcy

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Can you imagine anything more romantic than Darcy writing letters to Elizabeth and signing them as “Yours Forevermore, Darcy”?

This was the idea behind Karalynne Mackrory’s latest book. The intensity of Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth led him to write her letters as a mean to cope with the feelings assaulting his heart and mind.

But what if she were to receive them? Would she change her mind towards him?

The plot starts after the Hunsford proposal, heartbroken Darcy leaves with Col. Fitzwilliam as it was planned, but unfortunate circumstances bring them back to Rosings almost immediately after they left. Mr. Darcy is then forced to be in Elizabeth’s present more often than he would wish at the time, but this will only allow her to see the man he truly is.

The letters are not actually seen until the middle of the book and the story will continue at a slow pace in a very similar way to the original.

I would have preferred to have more Darcy and Elizabeth scenes as we had in “Haunting Mr Darcy”. Karalynne Mackrory got us used to such wonderful scenes between them that I felt that in “Yours Forevermore, Darcy” there are too many scenes that are not between my tow favourite characters. But that also gives us the opportunity to read some interesting scenes of role reversal such as Jane telling Mr. Bingley that Lizzy has feelings for Mr. Darcy. Another interesting aspect of the book was the way Elizabeth exposed Whickam: it was very interesting, witty and Lizzy like.

The humorous parts of the book were also interesting to read, the Darcy/Richard carriage scene is hilarious and really made me laugh but what I really enjoyed in this book was the fact that Darcy is not the only one writing letters. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not read the book, but Elizabeth also writes letters, and the connection and intimacy that is established through these letters is just delicious.

Yours Forevermore, Darcy is available at:

Amazon.com – Yours Forevermore, Darcy

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Amazon.fr – Yours Forevermore, Darcy (English Edition)

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