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Elizabeth and Van Gogh

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I fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh when I was a teenager and started looking into art. His paintings marveled me. I loved the colors and textures, but most of all, I loved the feelings I could sense from his paintings.

As years passed by, I became even more passionate about Van Gogh, especially after knowing his life story.

I know I am not alone in my passion for Van Gogh, and I knew one person in particular who loved him more than even me: my friend Liliana Saraiva. She accompanied me in my craziness for him, and with her, I had long conversations about his paintings and his life. But most of all, together, we visited the most emblematic places in Van Gogh’s life: Auvers-Sur-Oise, Arles, St. Remy en Provence, Theo’s House in Paris, etc.

Liliana fought a long battle against a devastating decease, and at the age of 30 left this world. Today would be her 32nd birthday, and this post, and the review of a book that combines both our mutual love for Van Gogh, and my love for Pride and Prejudice, are my present to her. This the small tribute I can offer, and I like to believe that if she were here, she would be smiling with the contagious and open smile she always had.

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Elizabeth and Van Gogh takes place in 1888 in the Southern French village of Arles, and will show us the last years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life. In this cross over between Pride and Prejudice and Van Gogh’s life, Elizabeth’s love story will not be the main storyline as we will read about an intense and special friendship Elizabeth created with Van Gogh, and see how that friendship will influence the course of her life.

I think it is important to advise you that the characters we see in this book are not the same ones from the original book placed in a different era, they are descendants of Darcy and Elizabeth, and for that reason, their personalities are different. So don’t expect to encounter our beloved Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, you will see Cassandra Elizabeth Bennett and William Darcy.

Elizabeth is a washerwoman and an aspiring artist who is currently living with her aunt and Uncle Gardiner, and William Darcy is an American artist who comes to visit his aunt Catherine de Bourgh in Arles. Portraying both characters as artists was a twist I really enjoyed, even though I could not picture Darcy as a painter.

Apart from Elizabeth and Darcy, the other main character in this book is Vincente Van Gogh, and the story starts with him living in the Yellow House at Arles with Elizabeth and Jane being the only friends who genuinely care for him. He is living with Paul Gauguin, but Gauguin is what I would picture him to be: a selfish being who does not care for Vincent and is only interested in his mistresses. Elizabeth dislikes Paul Gauguin as much as I do, and knowing the author has the same opinion as me concerning this painter was something I found very shooting. I also liked the implication the author does regarding his involvement in the ear incident, and wonder if that was what really happened.

I loved the idea of P&P crossing over with Van Gogh’s life, it was the perfect premise for me, but unfortunately I did not love the book. It had some interesting ideas behind it, but I don’t think it was as accomplished as it could have been. I didn’t feel much intensity in Elizabeth and Darcy’s love and I could not relate to these new characters as I did with the Darcy and Elizabeth from 1812. Also, the ending was very disappoint for me. Darcy is placed in a position where he needs to choose between Elizabeth and his wealth and, he gives up on Elizabeth and their love. He does this after declaring to love her and making her go across the ocean with him to meet his family. I cannot believe our Darcy would give up on Elizabeth after he had acknowledged he loved her, nor do I believe our Elizabeth would forgive him so easily. I know these are not the same characters, but I truly did not like to see Darcy as a coward who would just let Elizabeth go after having admitted he loved her.

There were some other aspects in the book that I believe not to have been very well accomplished: Elizabeth introduces herself to Darcy as Cassandra, and at Rosa Parie everyone called her that, however without any explanation Darcy started calling her Elizabeth a bit later. Furthermore, I could not understand the reasons behind Darcy’s insult to Elizabeth at the art exhibition. I believe it was an attempt to establish a link between this book and the original insult at the Meryton Assembly, but it seemed to me a little forced.

I did like to see the author use the colors to create a metaphor with people’s personalities. I think it was very interesting and a plus to the book. I also enjoyed Col. Fitzwilliam’s character as he was interesting and intriguing. While reading the book I always felt curious about what he was discovering and what secrets he was hiding.

Overall, I liked reading this book because it made me wonder about Van Gog’s life. Might he have lived longer had he someone like Elizabeth at his side? Would his fate be the same? And what about his paintings, would they change with the presence of a friend who believed in him?

The friendship between Vincent and Elizabeth was something I could related with, and I enjoyed reading the scenes between these 2 characters, but the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy did not captivated me and that is why I did not gave a higher rate to this book.

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A Little Whimsical in His Civilities – Guest Post by J. Marie Croft

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Hello Dear readers,

Today I’m lucky to receive in From Pemberley to Milton J. Marie Croft with a guest post as part of her blog tour for A Little Whimsical in His Civilities.

Her guest post made me think about Mr. Darcy and whether he is whimsical or not. If someone told me that he was, I would immediately dismiss and deny it, but Mrs. Croft raised some interesting points, after all he does change a little…

I will leave you to read, think and comment J. Marie Croft’s, post, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

 

***Blurb***

Told entirely from Fitzwilliam Darcy’s point of view, J. Marie Croft’s humorous novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, spans one moonlit, autumnal night upon the gentleman’s return to Hertfordshire in pursuit of Elizabeth Bennet.

 

“We take the turning which places us on Meryton’s main road, and—oh, gad! There it is—the base-court building which passes for an assembly hall in this godforsaken place. For me, the venue shall be either a heaven or a hell tonight. My palms grow clammy, my gut churns, and I regret that second helping of onion-laden vegetable pie forced on me before we left.”

 

Accompany Darcy as he, intent on reversing the disastrous first impression he made there, braves another Meryton assembly and seeks to win his heart’s desire.

 

***Guest Post***

Thanks, Rita, for allowing me the honour of writing a guest post for your blog. Because you’ve been so gracious … and brave (After all, one never knows what nonsense might leak forth from my pen!), your reward will be an entirely pun-free post. There’ll be no wordplay, I promise. But, because I’m a word nerd, this will be about words … or, at least, one in particular.

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Within the pages of Pride and Prejudice, one of my favourite words is spoken by Mr. Gardiner while he, his wife, and Elizabeth are leaving Pemberley the first time.

 

“But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities,” replied her uncle. “Your great men often are; and therefore I shall not take him at his word about fishing, as he might change his mind another day, and warn me off his grounds.” ~ Jane Austen

 

When Austen used whimsical in that passage, she conveyed Mr. Gardiner’s leeriness of Mr. Darcy’s invitation to fish at the estate’s stream. He supposed such an eminent gentleman might be capricious – temperamental, changeable, unpredictable.

 

Whimsical may not be the first word one thinks of when asked to describe Fitzwilliam Darcy, but he is changeable. For the love of Elizabeth Bennet, he amends his ways and becomes a better man.

 

Accordingly, the word whimsical is used in the capricious context in my novella’s title. Albeit the outwardly well-mannered Mr. Darcy in that story might be described more aptly as a little snarky in his thoughts. For instance, initially he thinks of Mr. Jones as a pestiferous, hedge-born minnow. Later in the story, Mr. Jones is thought of as ‘the accommodating apothecary’. See? Mr. Darcy does change for the better, not only in his mind but in his outlook on life. He’s changeable.

 

I’m glad Austen used ‘whimsical’ instead of the more uncomplimentary ‘capricious’ (given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour). However, I prefer the word whimsical for its other meaning. Although Johnson’s Dictionary includes ‘freakish’, the second sense of whimsical is playfully quaint, oddly fanciful, unusual, especially in an appealing and amusing way.

 

Since fanciful means over-imaginative and unrealistic, some may say Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy is, indeed, whimsical in the fanciful sense — a ‘too-good-to-be-true’ fictional character.

 

He’s not all goodness, though. He has his peccadillos; and we all, at times, own churlish opinions. So, what insults, slurs, set-downs, or – heaven forbid! –bawdy thoughts might run through Mr. Darcy’s mind? Jane Austen gave us few clues as to what the gentleman was thinking. So I, rather audaciously, plunked myself inside the man’s head and changed the events following his and Bingley’s return to Hertfordshire in the autumn after Hunsford.

 

At one point in the novella, while thinking of (and lusting after) Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy dances with another young lady.

 

… I am so thankful you cannot read minds.

Casting me a distrustful glance, the lady tosses her head and looks away.

What? Oh God, you cannot read minds, can you? No, no, of course not.

 

Oh, Darcy, your dance partner can’t read your mind, but readers of A Little Whimsical in His Civilities certainly can.

 

Now I’d like to get inside your head and know your thoughts about the word whimsical and what it means to you. What sort of images does that word conjure up in your mind?

 

For me, whimsical often implies a sense of unworldliness, as in things mystical, imaginative, fantastic, or fey. Like this.

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These wooden dolls exemplify the playfully quaint kind of whimsy found in folk art.

WOODEN DOLLS

 

All manner of quirky, off-the-wall (or dangling-from-the ceiling) items – such as whirligigs, zany sunglasses, or eye-catching umbrellas – might be considered whimsical.

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Then there’s the ethereal, delicate sort of whimsy … things like fireflies, dandelion fluff, and twinkly lights.

                                                                                           dandelion fireflies

 

Those images were gathered for my Pinterest board, What’s Whimsical? Have a look there, and see if you agree with my choices. Another board, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities features quotes from the novella accompanied by befitting imagery.

Your thoughts on Whimsical (the word, my Pinterest board, or my novella ) will be appreciated.

 

***Author Bio***

Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”. Her light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight(Meryton Press, 2013), her humorous short story, Spyglasses and Sunburns, in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summeranthology (Meryton Press, 2015), and her novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities (Meryton Press, 2016) bear witness to Joanne’s fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

 

2/8: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club

2/9: Guest Post & Giveaway at Moonlight Reader

2/10: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day

2/11: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time…

2/12: Excerpt at My Love for Jane Austen

2/13: Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged

2/14: Guest Post & Giveaway at Liz’s Reading Life

2/15: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton

2/16: Review at Just Jane 1813

2/17: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope

2/18: Review at Margie’s Must Reads

2/19: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars

2/20: Guest Post & Giveaway at Skipping Midnight

2/21: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm

2/22: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Every time I talk about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to anyone, their initial reaction is to discredit it because how would Zombies match with a novel in the regency period, right?

Well, that was also my initial thought. But then I realised I love Pride and Prejudice, and I love zombies. And I don’t mean I started liking them after The Walking Dead, I mean I was already in love with these guys since Dawn of the Dead, so why not imagine an apocalypse in the regency period? What difference does it make to have someone killing a zombie in the 19th century or the 21st? And if there is a difference, how will it be? Would it be harder to survive? Would people be able to maintain some kind of normal life? Would a zombie apocalypse change society rules, and how? All these questions started coming to my head, so when I decided to read the book my expectations were every high!

Since the beginning of the book all I could picture in my mind was Lady Catherine turned into a zombie eating Mr. Collins intestines! Wouldn’t that be a perfect scene for this plot? Mr. Collins would serve her Ladyship until her very end…or even after that.

What about Mr. Darcy? Wouldn’t it be extraordinary to see him become a Rick Grimes? To see him fight the walking dead while maintaining his values towards the living? To see him struggle between his duty, his values and what needed to be done in such a scenario? And what would he do to protect those he loved from the unmentionables?

I could picture Mr. Darcy fighting this plague side by side with Elizabeth. I imagined him conquer her respect through his honour and fighting skills. And Whickam? I imagined him a coward letting other people die just to escape himself, or to become some kind of Shane.

Unfortunately none of this happened, and all my expectations went down the drain. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but there it is.

If readers are expecting a zombie book, this is not it. Of course zombies are mentioned, and of course there are some fights and killings, but nothing too exciting or even believable. I think the author tried to imprint some humour into the book, and it worked on some occasions, but it took the excitement of the zombie scenario away.

And if readers are expecting a new romance between Darcy and Elizabeth, the book is pretty much the canon story. Nothing new was added. It’s just Pride and Prejudice with some zombies mentioned between some scenes.

The story is so close to canon, it became boring and predictable to me as I knew exactly what would happen next. There were minor variations, of course, but they were almost irrelevant to the course of the story.

Unfortunately I believe this book was neither a good zombie book, nor a good romance book. It appears the author tried to have both and ended up having none. And that is a pity, because I truly think this could have been a very interesting variation for readers who enjoy both subjects such as me. I my opinion, the book could have been interesting if we had seen a variation of Pride and Prejudice, if zombies altered the story somehow, but they didn’t.

I wasn’t convinced by this book, but I’m still looking forward to see the movie that will be in the Portuguese theatres in March. Maybe it will be more interesting than the book.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

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Earning Darcy’s Trust

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Jennifer Joy’s writing is so good that it gets me glued to her books for hours!

While I’m captivated by the premise in some books, in Jennifer’s I have to say that it is the way she develops her stories and her characters that keeps me wanting to read more and more. I’m not saying that the premises are not good in her books, by the contrary, they are quite interesting, but her writing is definitely her strongest characteristic for me. The way she writes increases the quality of her books exponentially. Earning Darcy’s Trust is the second book I read from this author, and for the second time, I go to bed after reading it wanting to write about it. That is something that does not happen with every book I read, and it has to be the merit of the author.

In this book Darcy decides to take Georgiana to Netherfield with him, and her presence will change everything! The storyline will be quite similar to the one Austen created, but Georgiana’s presence along with another new character and all the story that is behind him, will change the Darcy/Elizabeth relationship.

I liked the new Darcy/Elizabeth scenes the author created and their dialogues. Their discussions were very good, and the way they profess their love in the end of book really touched my heart. I think it is because I really identify myself with the way Jennifer Joy expressed Darcy and Elizabeth’s feelings and inner thoughts.

I particularly liked reading Elizabeth say “I am as much yours as you are mine” and Darcy confessing “she is my complement. Where I am week, she is strong”. For me these sentences are very strong and transpire a love that is transcendent. They correspond to what I believe Darcy and Elizabeth’s love is all about.

I also loved the way Jennifer gave some importance to Mr. Hurst and how she changed his character. Or should I say, how she showed us how he can be when not sleeping or inebriated?

I really liked seeing him take some action and actually speak. This is something I never saw in a JAFF book before, so it really stood out and got my attention.

The way Georgiana’s attitude evolved during the book was very interesting as well. I liked to see how Elizabeth’s influence helped her grow. We always see Mr. Darcy saying that Elizabeth’s presence will help Georgiana, but in this book we actually see it happen.

The only thing I didn’t like as much in this book is the reaction Mr. Darcy has when the true killer of his father is revealed. I would imagine him angrier, not being able to think of anything else. I would also prefer to have Darcy talk with Elizabeth about his feelings in a more private situation, but I understand the scene itself was meant to create some humour.

Overall, I really liked this Earning Darcy’s Trust, and because Jennifer’s writing was one of the things that made me like the book so much, I will leave you with 2 of my favourite sentences in this book:

“She loved a good challenge. Perhaps that was what drew her to Fitzwilliam Darcy at first. There was nothing simple about him”.

“They would fight. They would love. But most of all, they would live”.

Earning Darcy’s Trust is available at:
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Mr. Darcy to the rescue

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I had recently written that I would really like to read a book where Mr. Darcy knew of Mr. Collins proposal. I always thought it would be interesting to read about his reaction to this news. But in my mind I always thought about Mr. Darcy discovering Collins had proposed, rushing to Longbourn to try ascertain the situation and discovering that Elizabeth had refused Mr. Collins.

Visctoria Kincaid took this to a whole different level! What if Elizabeth was about to refuse Mr. Collins when she discovered her father was very ill and could die in the next months? What if this new information made her accept Mr. Collins to secure stability to her family? And what if Mr. Darcy discovered she was engaged to Mr. Collins after the fact?

This premise was even better than what I had imagined. I loved it! Mr. Darcy realizes he cannot live without Elizabeth and he cannot bear to see her married to someone else, especially Mr. Collins, so he comes to the rescue!

Mr. Darcy travels to Longbourn in the hopes of ending Elizabeth’s engagement to Mr. Collins and gaining her affection, but of course, things are never this simple and we end up visiting Kent, Derbyshire and London as well. One of the things I loved in this book is that we visit all these places in the company of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

We are constantly reading about their interactions, of course there are other characters, but Elizabeth and Darcy are present in most of the book, and this is something I really enjoy. After reading so many JAFF books I confess I’m more and more interested in Elizabeth and Darcy’s interactions than the rescue of Lydia, for example. Even though I did like Lydia’s rescue in this book. I will not give any details as I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it is very funny.

The journey is lighthearted, fresh and funny. I adored reading the book from the perspective of both characters, and I loved reading their thoughts in the middle of the conversations. It made me feel closer to them, and it made the book funnier.

The Darcy in this book is romantic, decided, but with his natural flaws which just makes him perfect. Elizabeth is true to herself and we see her fall in love with Darcy in a charming way.

This is the 3rd book I’ve read from Victoria Kincaid, and once again she wrote a book that is never boring and that keeps urging us to read it without stopping. I was just sad it was so short. I would like to have read much more, for example, more Darcy scenes by himself at Netherfield, more interactions at Rosings between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine, but also between Lizzy and Darcy, more Elizabeth’s confidences to Jane in Pemberley, etc.

I consider this book quite different from the other 2 I have read from Victoria Kincaid (and that I loved!) which proves to me she is really a creative writer. She can write different types of books and provide us pleasurable moments each time. The only reason I didn’t rate this book higher is because of the length, but definitely a good book to read.

 

Mr. Darcy to the Rescue is available at :

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Ardently

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I read Ardently last month and I hadn’t read anything this good for a long time.

In fact, the book is so good that I could not stop reading it. I read in one day and once it was finished I could not go to bed; I had to write this review, because I could not stop thinking about the book and what it made me feel.

What if Lizzie does go to the Lake District instead of Derbyshire?

What if she never sees Pemberley or meets Mr. Darcy there?

What if Darcy marries Anne a few years later?

What if they meet in Bath 4 years after the Hunsford proposal?

Fear not with these what ifs! Anne dies a few months after the marriage and there are no children from that marriage (I can not conceive the idea of Mr. Darcy having children from someone other than Elizabeth). The romance and the love they feel for each other is not spoiled by this marriage, by the contrary, their past life is vital for them to see the strength of their love 🙂

In Ardently Mr. Bennet has a sister who is trying to re-establish a relationship with him, and after her husband dies, she asks for one of her nieces to keep her company. Elizabeth Bennet is the one choosen to keep her aunt company and when she makes her acquaintance, she discovers her aunt Mrs. Mountford is a clever, witty and educated woman with some very respectful connections acquired by her marriage.

The story starts 4 years after the Hunsford Proposal, a fact that I absolutely adored because we are presented with more mature characters. By this time, Mr. Darcy had married Anne and Elizabeth has been living with her aunt whom she adores. They meet in Bath and this is where the entire story will take place. I adore when stories are placed in Bath! It is such a romantic, magical and idyllic place that any book whose story occurs in Bath makes me dream immediately. But as I was saying, they meet in Bath and 4 years later they are slightly different people, more mature and with the weight of the last 4 years on their shoulders.

Mr. Darcy is absolutely charming! And Lizzie is an upgraded version of Jane Austen’s character. I absolutely loved how Caitlin Williams developed these characters.

Mr. Darcy realises he never forgot Elizabeth Bennet, and that she still is the ideal woman for him. Elizabeth also falls in love with Mr. Darcy and suffers with fear he will not correspond that love. I must confess this is one of the things I most love in JAFF. I love that Elizabeth Bennet is fully aware of her love for Mr. Darcy, and I love that she fears he will not love her back.

But of course…he does and the ending of the book is just delicious.

This book is witty, well written, with great dialogues between Elizabeth and Darcy, intense, interesting and the characters are very true to themselves. The new characters are also very captivating and a plus to the story.

I sure hope this author writes more JAFF books.

Ardently is available at:

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Pirates and Prejudice

pirates and prejudice5 stars

Kara Louise is one of my favorite authors and I was eager to read something else from her when Pirates and Prejudice was released.

But, just as to many other JAFF readers, this storyline appeared to be too weird for me.

Fortunately I read a review that gave me the courage to read it and I do not regret it. It’s a great book! It’s unbelievable, but Kara Louise did again! Once more she created a completely different scenario and managed to make us love it!

The story is indeed very different and difficult to believe in the beginning : After the Hunsford proposal, and rejection, Mr. Darcy wanders in the streets of London for a few days being mistaken by a wanted pirate. Once it is clear who he is, he is asked, and accepts to impersonate this pirate to help authorities capture him.

In the meantime, Elizabeth and her father travel to the Isles of Scilly to visit Mr. Bennet’s sister and end up traped in a desert Island.

So it is in the middle of the ocean, and in a small island, that our beloved characters reunite.

There were 2 premises in the book that I found hard to belive before reading it. If like me you are still suspicious, let me tell you how Kara Louise pulled it of.

First premisse – Mr. Darcy portraying a pirate? Yes, it sounds strange, but the book explains how this could happen very well, and it is actually charming. It is not that strange as it might appear. Mr. Darcy is not actually a pirate, he is just impersonating one to help authorities capture him.

Second premisse – Elizabeth does not recognize the man who purposed to her only 2 months ago? Again, it sounds strange, but it is very easy to believe it. When she sees Mr. Darcy impersonating a pirate, he has long hair, long beard, and an injury above his eye which is completely covered. Apart from that, he speaks as a commoner (something he learned before) and is in an island, so it is not obvious that it could be Mr. Darcy.

Also, she always thinks something is wrong, that he appears to be familiar, and discovers his true identity only after a couple of days.

So if you’re thinking about not reading the book just because of these 2 premises, give it a shot. The author is very good and did a great job explaining everything.

The book is very well written, very romantic, intense without any lack of propriety, and witty. The characters are very true to themselves, and I loved the fact that Elizabeth realizes she is in love with Mr. Darcy in the middle of the book. I always like when I read a story where she is also in love with him in the book and not only in the end.

If you’re expecting a lot of sex scenes, this book is not for you. It does not have a single one. If you’re looking for something intense and romantic, then this is perfect.

It’s for sure one of the best JAFF books I’ve read…but then again, it is from Kara Louise, so that was expected  🙂

 

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Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections

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I confess that when I bought this book my expectations were not very high. I’ve read dozens of P&P variations and the last ones were always a disappointment, but I was obviously unaware of the authors talent, or my expectations would have been very high indeed.

When I started reading Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections I could not believe it! I was finally reading something that was not only good, but marvelous! I was afraid the story would disappoint me as I continued reading, but it never did! In fact, everything about the book was close to perfection!

This variation takes us to a completely different scenario then P&P. Darcy and Elizabeth meet after the Hunsford proposal at Bentham Park, a house belonging to a mutual acquaintance, and it was refreshing to see a very different scenario with so many new interesting characters. These were excelente additions and the interactions between all characters were definitely a plus of the book.

Darcy and Elizabeth remain faithful to their own personalities and the interactions between them are absolutely wonderful. The love story in this book is amazing, it shows a connection and understanding between them that is very touching and romantic. Above everything the love story is touching and interesting without ever loosing propriety, which is always a plus for me. There is another love story in the book that keep me interested and that was also another positive point in the book.

I definitely recommend this to any P&P fan! Abigail Reynolds is one of the best JAFF authors, I’ve read and this book is a must read!

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