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Mr. Bennet dies and Lizzy never got THE letter! Jane is married to Mr. Bingley but Elizabeth still hates Darcy. Mrs. Bennet suddenly develops some common sense! This story spends a lot of time in non-sense and is quick when action is taking place. There is a lot about construction and furniture. There are things that would not have taken place in Regency. SPOILER Alert 1- Lady Madlock asking everyone, including Mrs. Gardiner, to address her by her first name. 2 - Caroline Bingley being the Viscount’s wife best friend? Really? 3 - Georgiana marry John Lucas? The last chapter is like an Epilogue and there are things that you need to let your imagination adapt to.
I enjoyed the characters - well - most of them had redeeming qualities - and those who didn't got the end they deserved. Mrs Bennett got to be pleasant after some of her pressures shifted... Darcy never gave up. What a supportive gentleman in the Bennett's time of need. Elizabeth's time of need. Plot line had overwhelming positives with concerted group effort or Darcy effort to solve each problem as them came up... Nicely written with its own unique story that I very much enjoyed. Great accurate editing! Yes! I am anxious to read more from this author!
The Pemberley meeting is dropped from this story, giving our familiar P&P characters an entirely new script. When Mr. Bennet dies unexpectedly, Bingley's marriage to Jane really does end up saving the Bennets from the hedgerows. Darcy arrives to help, and a derelict building on the Netherfield estate is swiftly renovated to become Rose Cottage, a new home for the surviving Bennets.
The romance of ODC takes place at Longbourn and Netherfield, rather than in Derbyshire. Elizabeth comes to regret her rude refusal, and Darcy proves his constancy.
Although the villains are somewhat over the top, which is a negative, like other reviewers I enjoyed this saner, more sensible version of Fanny Bennet. She regrets the unhappiness of her marriage and realizes they were both to blame for growing apart from one another.
Mary steps up to help Elizabeth, dropping her excessive piety. Lydia starts to grow up, which is such a plus it took my review to 5 stars, LOL.
The hero is unexpectedly not Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the violence in the incident is handled tastefully.
I'm impressed to learn this is a first novel. Although the lack of angst in the ODC romance makes it feel a little repetitive by the ending chapters, the pacing is consistent throughout and the added depth to the side characters is well executed.
This is an alternate second half to P&P, and definitely deserves your time. I'll be looking for future stories from this author.
The story ambles along without too much drama as Mr. Darcy fixes everything after Mr. Bennett dies. There is a lot of description of furniture and how things are put together at Rose Cottage. The book is nicely written but it is not compelling.
The beginning of the story is sad, but that is due to the circumstances in the storyline. From there this storyline is interesting, sweet, and inspirational. I truly enjoyed how the author made the story come alive with all the emotional aspects with in the storyline. Loved how Darcy won the love of Elizabeth, the "new" Bennet's attitudes and lives, and how real the plots are. Highly recommended to all to read
Very interesting take on P&P. I liked all the details describing the work that needed to be done to prep the cottage for the Bennett ladies to move into, and once Chapter 18 rolled around, I couldn’t stop reading. The author paints a vivid picture of a character who has truly gone to the dark side. A few passages took a while to understand, and there were some punctuation typos, but all in all one of better written P&P variations I’ve come across over the last several years. Kudos to the author!
I enjoyed this book but it did not inspire me or draw me in the way other variations have in order for me to give it 5 stars. I think the author did a nice job balancing the book with enough romance and action to keep the reader interested in seeing what would happen next. I would consider reading more by this author.
Nicely done with many archaic words to look up. But the premise is excellent despite the sad beginning. Elizabeth grows to love Darcy as she comes to know how kind he truly is. Then the schemes of the regular cast of baddies tries to separate them. Spoiler alert: they don't succeed.
What a lovely surprise. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It is true that there are no great plot twists. The usual villains are present. What I enjoyed most was the characters were written so well, in keeping with the original and yet they grew and changed in a very compelling way.
Sweet story with plenty of love between ODC. Darcy is determined to be an exemplary problem solver for Elizabeth, her mother and remaining unmarried sisters. Still, there is a vicious villain and an unsuspected hero in case the reader needed excitement.