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A Most Handsome Gentleman Paperback – 28 Sep 2017
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I loved the humour in this book. Mr Collins is such a character, quite true to form apart from his appearance. Elizabeth was the only woman who saw how stupid he was thank goodness.
I loved the proposal scene with Elizabeth.
Mr Collins arrives at Longbourn and is the most handsome man most women have ever seen... and doesn't he know it! He has his sights set on Jane, and is no way deterred by Mr Bingley. If he wants her, he should have asked her already. This leads to some ridiculous scenes between the two men. By the half way point, I was getting a little tired of everyone fancying Mr Collins. Fortunately, the half way point is where the rest of the story comes into play.
The story is told only from Elizabeth's point of view so her relationship with Mr Darcy is only from her perspective but where there is fantastic humour.
On another day, I might have found this story a bit ridiculous... it's for reading if you want something light and funny and are prepared to just go with the story. It is really good fun!
The tone seemed tending towards comedy at the beginning. Mr Collins description was a bit exaggerated, as was his attitude. But this tone is in some way lost as the story continues, until Mr Bingley and Mr Collins entered a discussion about Miss Bennet. In this point, what was supposed to be funny, looses its track and falls into the ridiculous.
Miss de Bourgh is another thing. It did not work.
A bit disappointing.
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I was definitely entertained with this story told from Lizzy’s point of view. So many hot men loitering around Longbourn merits the constant use of a lady’s fan. I think the funniest part is that Collins, though shallow and narcissistic in regards to his own beauty, was perhaps distinctive in his own taste for women. I won’t say much more. It was interesting and I found myself liking it and Collins a bit more.
The whole town (and beyond) loving Collins and his utterly perfect features was entertaining. Even men were mesmerized. And he was forgiven the verbal diarrhea constantly spewing from his mouth. Not me though haha.
Other than that, while we can read of Lizzy surprisingly falling in love with Darcy, the relationship still fell a little flat for me. I was definitely invested, but it happened a bit fast for me. I will say, though, I loved the proposal scene. Definitely as funny as the rest of the story.
I’d say this story is worth reading. It was a quick read for me and certainly a unique one.
Picturing an excessively handsome Collins was easier than I thought, luckily he had not lost his all ridiculousness...
The odious mans excessively long speeches dragged it a bit down for me hence the 4 *.
Entering when the eldest Bennet sisters leave Netherfield. Mr Collins' arrival is soon announced and what an entrance he makes.
Every female in Meryton are practically drooling over the handsome clergyman.
Setting his cap for the eldest Bennet sister, the battle is on between him and Mr Bingley. The fight in Longbourne' s parlour was hilarious.
The story follows the timeline of canon until the Netherfield party leaves after the ball.
The ball unfolds differently though as Darcy manages to slip Elizabeth some of his dealings with Wickham and Collins causes a lot more disturbance than canon.
Add lady Catherine and miss Anne and the cacophony reaches new hights.
The proposal towards the end was definitely more funny than romantic but a little passion saved it nicely.
Heartily recommend this book!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when Mr. Bennet's cousin comes to visit, all are rendered speechless! Mr. Collins is the epitome of male beauty. A Greek god if you will and he knows it! As this book is written from Elizabeth's perspective, we get to see not only her reaction to him, but the rest of her family and all of Meryton through her eyes!
"My entire family stared at the newcomer with undisguised admiration." (quote from the book)
This was a fun farce with some worthy moments of the ridiculous. Imagine, Mrs. Bennet mute...truly. That is until Jane Bennet becomes Mr. Collins' sole interest. He looks her over like he he would a horse and takes up the challenge of besting Mr. Bingley...literally! That scene was a favourite of mine!
Ah, but Mr. Collins has more than one secret. The first becomes very clear when he sees Charlotte for the first time! The second becomes clear when unexpected visitors arrive at Longbourn!
What kept popping into my head while reading this story was a visual of house cats preening and marking their territory. I could just hear the purring and hissing as certain characters interacted. Mr. Collins was a Siamese cat, as they are the most vocal and proud of all!
Overall, I enjoyed the fun within the pages of this gorgeous cover. My only issue was that the ending just felt a bit rushed and tied up too quickly.