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The Darcy Connection: A Novel Paperback – 4 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Elizabeth Aston is a passionate Jane Austen fan who studied with Austen biographer Lord David Cecil at Oxford. The author of several novels, including Mr. Darcy's Daughters, she lives in England and Italy.
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Eliza is not impressed by her sister's social success though she finds London an interesting place and soon starts to enjoy herself and meet some fascinating people. Those readers who have followed this series of novels will be pleased to meet old friends such as Pagoda Portal and Mrs Henrietta Rowan and Camilla Wytton and her husband.
But there is a return of a villain in the form of unpleasant George Warren who is determined to prevent the marriage of Charlotte to his Uncle the Marble Marquis. Eliza meanwhile has attracted the attention of banker Bartholomew Bruton who seems to know more about her than is quite comfortable. The book is an excellent read for those who like Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen. Elizabeth Aston's characters are always interesting and spirited and refuse to be bound by convention. The dialogue is sparkling and the plot intriguing. One of the best in this series in my opinion.
"The Darcy Connection" follows the fortunes of Mr. Collins' two daughters, Charlotte and Eliza, as they navigate their way through a merciless London season. Both Charlotte and Eliza are of marriageable age; however Mr. Collins, now Bishop of Ripon, has not the means to secure either of his daughters a desirous match. Fortunately for Charlotte at least, her wealthy godmother is willing to sponsor a London season for her, sure that her extraordinary beauty will ensure her a brilliant match. Headstrong Eliza however accompanies her sister not because an equally brilliant match is expected for her so much as to remove her from the sphere of a smitten suitor whose parents oppose of their son's attachment to Eliza. Defiant, Eliza is resolved to show no interest in London swains and fashions -- that is until a dismissive remark from a certain gentleman causes her to rethink her stance...
While quite the enjoyable and delightful read, Elizabeth Ashton did reuse many plot motifs and devices from previous novels -- like beautiful but remote elder sisters, and heroes who seem to disapprove of the heroine and who make initial cutting remarks that they later live to regret. So really, there was nothing terribly original or unique about "The Darcy Connection." On the other hand, it was a well crafted novel, full of thoughtfully depicted characters, that made for an absorbing and compelling read. So that even though I personally wished that Charlotte had been less of a cipher and that she had figured more vitally into the story at hand; and even though I thought that there was a missed opportunity not to have included Mr. Collins more into the plot, I will say that "The Darcy Connection" truly was a charming and delightful read.
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1) I personally do not feel that she would not have been so upset with the man if she had not been attracted to or felt something for him.
2) Inaddition, I also believe that because of her attraction for Darcy and due to the hurtful things he said, she without being consciously be aware of it, became comrades with Wickham in speaking the worst about Darcy.
3) I most ardently recognize that it was at Pemberly that she, via the Housekeeper Mrs. Reynold's, began to realize some of the positive true character of this man she was attracted to and it was pleasing to her minds thoughts. It was this "first seeing Pemberly" that she started to allow her mind and heart to begin to meld regarding her true attraction/feelings for him. After which and aside from seeing Pemberly, her heart continued to grow towards him even struggling with her feelings about his part in separating Mr. Bingkey from her sister. At Pemberly was a pivotal point!
4) And finally, regarding her comment to her Sister Jane, it could have well been a facetious comment made in humor, in response to the question regarding her feeling for Mr. Darcy. A comment made in a safe place to someone who knows both knows her character and loves her!
I really encourage readers who enjoy this type of story to pick up the previous books by Ms Aston and catch up on these characters. The Darcy's Daughters book, #1, is a hoot. Only Darcy and Lizzy could have five daughters with such personalities. But then that is another review.
Endearing main character, Eliza, is Elizabeth Bennet Darcy's namesake---she is the daughter of Elizabeth's hometown best friend Charlotte Lucas and the dreaded Mr. Collins.
Eliza's beautiful sister is being brought to London due to her startling beauty...it is thought to be a waste of money to do the same for Eliza as she does not have the same astounding loveliness. Eliza is not jealous---she loves the countryside rather than the city....and has recently developed her own romance with a childhood friend,who sincerely returns her feelings. When a hint of romance between them is discovered, the parents decide to squash the match due to the Collins family lack of wealth. she too must go to London alledgely only to assist her sister---but really to remove her from her romance. In response, they secretly pledge to marry one another when they come of age.
Eliza's sister is a one of a kind beauty and is being introduced to London society by her godmother. No money/clothing/social promotion will be focused on the main character, Eliza----which is just fine with her as she years to return home to the country and to her secret fiance.
Definitely the story of the sister who is the "underdog" in the Regency world where beauty, insincere and inane conversation are valued, and social status mean everything. Meanwhile, she is comfortable standing aside as a keen observer---yet reacts just like Elizabeth Bennet when she overhears others criticizing her appearance and describing her as so "provincial". This elicits her wit, intellect, and verve in conversation---yet these are not qualities valued in that social sphere---they are simply noticed, frowned upon....or....they also may spark an attraction. Eliza's situation certainly has moments of deja vu to Elizabeth Bennet (think mud on her dress after tramping through the fields to visit her sister). See what happens ....treat yourself by finding this book at your library or at a book store!
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