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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0849HM3RD
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- Language: English
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Beauty and Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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I read Sarah Courtney's first book, A Good Name, and really enjoyed it--and this book is just as good. It's certainly more complex with all the interwoven stories, and she writes with the same deft touch. I read it over the course of two sessions today (had to leave the house but didn't want to put it down) and I have to say--totally worth it. Highly recommended!
I hesitate to say too much for fear of giving away spoilers - Elizabeth and Darcy's fairy tale is obvious from the book's title, but part of the fun is matching up Lydia, Mary, Charlotte Lucas, Anne de Bourgh, Kitty, and Jane to their respective storybook characters and seeing how they'll play out in a Regency romance. The point of view isn't limited to these young ladies, shifting at times to what other characters are thinking.
There are several non-spoiler plot points to mention that I found particularly interesting. The first is how Lydia especially craves fatherly attention from Mr. Bennet - who doesn't come off well here at all. He's beyond disinterested in his family, callously treating them merely as objects for his own amusement. (I really loved Lydia's unusual storyline.) Another is poor Mr. Bingley's almost comical cluelessness when it comes to picking up nuances of conversation around him. He just doesn't read people well at all. No wonder it's possible to convince him that Jane doesn't love him. And Darcy's road to self-awareness requires more than one major prod to his haughty, overconfident arse.
Since each story gets a detailed, full-book treatment (even though each weaves through others), this is a LONG book. Again, if you approach it as several books-in-one (which it is), it doesn't feel long. Like any good fairy tale, the content is squeaky clean.
This is an ambitious, non-traditional way to write a book, breaking a major literary rule. Rather than leading up to one central climactic moment, each "fairy tale" has its own. Ms. Courtney's storybook approach makes it work here, and I found myself charmed throughout.
Her previous book, A Good Name, is equally impressive, though it has a completely different tone. I highly recommend them both!
The book bounces from the five Bennet sisters and Charlotte's love stories. Normally, I dont care about the other sisters, but this was so cute! I will say, other than "The Frog Prince," I did not really get the fairy tale story vibes. If I had not known that was the intent, I may not have noticed the inferences at all. But I am glad it was not so blatantly obvious as to be hokey.
I loved the choices the author made. Wickham accuses Darcy of WAY more than just cheating him out of the living, essentially assigning all his own sins to D, which makes D all the more repugnant to E.
I loved the growth of the 3 younger Bennets. Mary realizes that her overly righteous attitude is pushing people away, Kitty realizes that it is ok to be true to herself and not follow Lydia so much, Lydia craves a parents attention and discipline and, when she finds it tho not from her own parents, she sees the folly in always behaving as a flirtatious brat and discovers a love of politics and reading.
I loved that we saw true love between Charlotte & Collins and Colonel Forster and Harriet. And how Collins stood up to LCdB.
If I had any negatives it would be that there was very little real romance between any of the couples. And I was not crazy about Jane's story but she's never been a favorite character.
This will be a book I'll read again and again. And the blurbs at the end for Mrs. Courtney's next books have me waiting anxiously for their publication! Especially 'I Never Knew Myself!'
I loved the use of each chapter being the "voice" of one character's. The author keeps the characters consistent with Austen's novel, even as she weaves the story arc. This is a creative and charming story, and I really enjoyed it. The romance between E and D is well paced. Jane grows a spine. Mary stops being a prig. Kitty stops being Lydia's shadow. Lydia learns the difference between being popular versus being respected.
Hghly recommended! I'll be keeping this one permanently.
Elizabeth and Darcy are given their story, but they're not the only love story, and not even the most romantic one. It's great fun to witness the evolution of many sweet and unexpected relationships. I felt that Charlotte and Mr. Collins, surprisingly, was the most satisfying, but the book is overflowing with uplifting outcomes. For me, that was the beauty of this book, the fact that it is highly satisfying, and that many characters that are usually ignored got a lot of attention and a happy outcome.
This author is a master storyteller and wonderful writer, one who knows how to develop a plot, and create characters that you can care about. The book is well written and well edited. I recommend it highly.