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When I saw Elizabeth's reactions I was really struggling to see how this could all be resolved if they did change back. So I had to keep reading to the end. Which certainly didn’t disappoint!
I must say to anyone else who is unsure about reading this that if I can do it anyone can and you really don’t know what you are missing.
I would have given this an unofficial 3.5* or even 4* if, in writing a book about a Regency clergyman, she had done some little research. Mr Collins wears leaky shoes, frayed shirts, and has only pennies in his pocket and the implication is that stingy Lady Catherine doesn’t pay him a decent salary but he would have drawn his income from tithes and glebe, not Lady Catherine. He wasn’t her personal chaplain. It was also jarring to hear Mr Darcy’s extempore prayer. As a lifelong churchgoer Mr Darcy would have prayed like Jane Austen, not a modern evangelical. He also wouldn’t have had to worry about ‘Morning Vespers’. Vespers is an evening service named from the vesper (Gk. Hesper/ides) star which appears at dusk and the Church of England doesn’t have it; it has Evensong. In the evening. If you can find the wedding service from the Book of Common Prayer online you can find the rest of it too.
Still, give it a go. Elizabeth’s situation will make you shriek, giggle, and squirm. Worth reading for that alone.
This book is very long! Although there is something going on all the time, towards the end I found myself impatient for the end. When it came, the end for me was far too fast. I felt that there were missed opportunities with regards to the endings for the other characters and the main characters themselves. I also thought Mr Collins managed to pass himself off far too well as Mr Darcy. Although his character is explained by the author as contrived and quite calculating, to mind my mind he gets far too much credit. I really didn't like him though which is always a sign of good writing!
All in all a good read with lots of good humour!