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Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Romantic Fantasy Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07SWY9RCH
- Publisher : Meryton Press (14 June 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2974 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 247,944 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing was excellent; I cannot remember any jarring instances of terrible grammar or spelling mistakes. Kelly Miller, as a first time author should be commended, particularly because she is an American author who went out of her way to use British spelling and language reminiscent of the Regency period.
Well done Kelly. 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Based on my limited knowledge of the original Pride and Prejudice, which this is meant to be a continuation of, I’m assuming the choice of language was deliberate to ensure it remained as true to the original story as possible.
Given the blurb I was expecting Darcy to have a kind of three ghosts of Christmas experience. Yet Kelly surprised me by having the angel of death be surprisingly human and compassionate. By bringing more characters than just Darcy and Elizabeth into the fold Kelly was able to weave a story that reminded me of so many life lessons. The type that most people can only learn through experience.
By incorporating a raft of characters into this story Kelly was able to include more life lessons and considerations than would’ve been possible with just Darcy and Elizabeth. It felt so well done without being over the top that it really worked.
The key themes I felt expressed throughout were those of love, acceptance, forgiveness, thinking before acting and their impacts on others when either displayed, or not displayed. The little twist at the end was such a sweet touch that left me feeling really happy with how everything was left.
Darcys perfect life is shattered when Graham appears and claims that he saved his life. In return he wants to stay over at his house. Darcy is repelled by the idea but he has no power against the Angel of death. As the story unfolds we get to know more about the life's of other characters like Jane, Georgina, Anne and the always judgemental Lady Catherine.
It's an interesting mix, and I personally liked all sub plots coming together.
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Fast forward a few years and they have a two year old son Bennet and are perfectly happy in their life together.
The drama ensues when when Darcy avoids a potential lethal accident because of the intervention of an Angel of Death.
The resulting interaction when the angel decides to take a holiday on Darcy's estate Pemberley is both humorous and tense. Only Darcy is aware of the true identity of this stranger posing as an old school friend named Mr. Graham.
I was immediately struck that this was a Georgian era story reminded me superficially of the movie Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt.
There are several interesting twists and turns as Mr. Graham experiences what it is like to be human as he interacts and observes the Darcy's, their friends, neighbours and family.
Do not worry the obnoxious Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes and appearance as the protagonist intent on breaking up the marriage that ended her aspirations for her daughter Anne.
This plot is something that unwittingly Anne stumbles into and with the aid of Mr. Graham brings to an end by revealing secrets from Lady Catherine past to her as to why she became the bitter old woman that is was. Likewise he finds himself correcting many errors or deficiencies among the characters along the way excluding Darcy and Elizabeth who he deemed perfectly matched eventually.
All in all it was an entertaining jaunt with beloved Austen characters.
Characters are well-rounded and easily placed. You can’t help but adore the young Bennet and darling Elizabeth. Fitzwilliam is truly at risk of losing it all!
There’s mention throughout the novel that when looking at the Darcy’s, there’s no denying their love. There is truth in this because as you observe each stolen moment between Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth, you feel their happiness. Miller writes romance as it should be enjoyed: with a love that leaves lingering smiles and a fear of ever losing it. I was impressed at how mature and healthy the Darcy’s love remained despite the disturbances and obstacles their guests might have created.
I recommend this novel to any Jane Austen fan. Though the paranormal aspect steers the story, the smoothness of Miller’s writing does not let a detail feel out of place. Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley is the perfect reimaging of the Darcy’s future.
convinced me to try it. It was a mostt enjoyable read, in the end maybe a bit too much, Bit nevertheless recommendable.