Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£12.95|
Save £5.59 (43%)
The Best Part of Love Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
She meets, and is insulted by, Darcy who falls in love with her but deeming her ineligible he leaves for London. He admits to his two cousins that he loves her to distraction. When he learns her true identity he ignores Lady Matlock's warning that he has messed up and proposes. Elizabeth thinks it is because of her status and fortune but he insists he loves her and persuades her to at least let him be her friend.
No more spoilers except to say that parts of this book are totally heart breaking but I still couldn't stop reading. Highly recommended.
Besides the characters, my favourite thing in this book is how Ms D'Orazio hides Nora Ephronesque essays into the story. If you have seen You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, you might know what I mean. (Youtube- You've got mail: Starbucks scene) In the film, there is a scene where Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) stands in the queue in a Starbucks and thinks about what Joe Fox wrote to her once about these chains. Basically "for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.' Here, the author writes about marriage-remarriage, love at first sight, first impressions etc., without the reader realizing that actually it is the narrator's point of view or way of thinking put into a character's mouth. A little essay.
I'm not sure I have read a book where the characters were so deliberate. Because of the starting point (which is: Elizabeth is widowed with one child, member of the ton) there had to be some adjustments when it came to the original characters (like Mrs Bennet, Lydia, Kitty) and plot (for e.g. Lady Catherine and Rosings) , but Ms D'Orazio has done a splendid job, especially with Mrs Bennet. It was a great pleasure to read the parts where she showed up. She is true to herself: annoying and embarassing as always, but at the same time very funny, and it is because the turn of events. However, Elizabeth is very rich now, the main events are still happening, but with reverse conversations. For example, Mr Bingley is not good enough for Jane according to Mrs Bennet, because he is coming from trade. Or Jane is still getting ill and stays at Netherfield, but her mother wants to remove her sooner rather than later. I think the best scene is Mrs Bennet and Caroline Bingley's conversation in Netherfield. Hilarious! Besides Mrs Bennet, my other favourite characters are Mr Bingley and especially Darcy's cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam's older brother, Viscount Saye. Love his chats with Darcy.
Honestly, I didn't like Darcy at the beginning (well, almost through half of the book). So many horrible thoughts -for way too long- about a person he doesn't know AT ALL! In addition, I am really, really not fond of the idea that he doesn't approve Elizabeth as Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but when he realizes that she is Lady Courtney, he wants to offer for her within a heartbeat. It fits to the era's mindset (so in this sense it's not strange), but who wants to read that our "mighty" Darcy would really think about it in that way. For a moment I considered the book was written by a man under pseudonym. Anyway, by the end of the book when everything makes sense, you can easily forgive Darcy for this tiny fault.
I would name the "bed scene" as the big scene of the book. (It's somewhere halfway.) I started to like Darcy there. The two different kinds of love Elizabeth had; reveals here.
When a book questions your morals: namely you wish a nice guy to die, you stop for a moment, - but don't worry, there is nothing wrong with you.
As I mentioned, it is an off canon variation, but the essence of Pride and Prejudice is there. The author understands the characters and they are adjusted to the new plot challenges, it is well written and first of all Lizzy and Darcy's love is not damaged by the new events but contains everything (hate, love, understanding, fun) as originally thanks to the author's sense and dedication to Austen. It's a real page turner.
(1) When did Darcy return his mother's wedding ring to Elizabeth? This is a loose end, hardly important to the plot but it would have been important to our central couple.
(2) I find it impossible to believe that, even with twins, a wife would not know which was her husband, Elizabeth was not slow-witted.
Nevertheless, I was impressed from the start by the lack of mistakes in grammar, spelling and knowledge of English phraseology; oh, they were there, the occasional mistakes, frequent use of, "I guess", different than, but much less than I usually have to tolerate.
I have come to accept that most of these variations take Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as their models for Darcy and Elizabeth, whereas Jane Austen does not do much to describe our couple's appearance in any detail.
However, this "what if" story is, on the whole, nicely put together, very believable and kept me intrigued to the inevitable end. Indeed, there was one bit where our heroine was in danger, that I found myself reading faster to ensure I got Darcy there fast enough to rescue her before anything disastrous happened!
One of the better stories, particularly as it is more story with less romantic twaddle, no gruesome love scenes, all handled tastefully, with just a hint at, as the author puts into Elizabeth's words, "some naughty bits".
Very well worth a read, very enjoyable.
I really loved it.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category