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on 14 December 2008
I read Linda Berdoll's two books before I read this one which may have negatively affected how I viewed this book. Whilst Berdoll tries to keep the language and structure of Austen (not completely successfully) I found that this sequel by Altman started well but slipped into almost modern vernacular by the second half of the book and the story seemed a little at odds with how I perceived Austen's original characters.
Having said that it was much lighter and faster paced than Berdoll's two doorstopper books and I really did enjoy it. It took me about 8 hours to read the whole thing and I put the book down feeling satisfied at the resolution of the story (whereas with Berdoll I felt like I was still waiting for something else to happen). Despite the references to the Kama Sutra in the blurb which almost put me off buying the book, there is much less explicit sex in Altman's book than Berdoll's; its implied and 'after the fact' rather than accompanying the characters through a sweaty coupling in every room of Pemberley. The whole Kama Sutra theme seems to be less of a plot point than some of the more exciting aspects of the story (which arent mentioned on the back cover).
Wickham is virtually ignored, the villain's role is taken by a different character and several other characters take a definite step back which I found quite refreshing, but as I said, no-one behaved quite as I envisioned them doing.
Overall this is a sweeter and lighter sequel to P&P, a romantic following of the lives of our favourite characters with a little bit of excitement and adventure thrown it. I