Mr. Darcy's Proposal Paperback – 22 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Ms. Mason-Milks says, “Writing stories inspired by Austen’s books offers a way to spend more time with characters I’ve grown to love. Just because the book ends, it doesn’t have to be the end of the story.” In addition to writing, her other loves include singing in "a cappella joy" (a women's barbershop chorus), reading, and yoga. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their three cats. In addition to her blog at http://www.austen-whatif-stories.com, she is also part of a group blog called austenauthors.net.
Top Customer Reviews
One thing I really liked was that some of the major points of P&P such as Lady Catherine giving Elizabeth a piece of her mind were kept. It loses one star for the Americanisms, pretty much all the spelling is American English, 'plow', 'inquire', 'parlor' and there were some turns of phrase which I felt were out of place such as 'I guess' which doesn't read as naturally as 'I suppose' would for a British reader and the worst of them all, 'fall' which jars every one of the dozen or so times that I read it in the text.
Of course, the characters remains the same, we know the final outcome, Elizabeth marries Darcy while he loves her but not the contrary, and there are several references to the normal plot of P&P, but there are so many other resemblances that I questioned myself about if we should not consider it too much like an improved copy of Mrs Reynolds' work (yes, improved because I really preferred this version).
Here are a few examples of this (but beware it will contain spoilers of both books)
Darcy wants to learn riding to Elizabeth, but as she is a bit frightened she request a small mare to do so. Then she is surprised he wants to learn her by himself and it surprises her (exactly the same situations)
Darcy orders to Elizabeth to be accompanied while she walk in the gardens and it makes her furious against him (same)
Elizabeth feels a little less unhappy about her life by distributing baskets of food to the tenants (same again)
At the end, Darcy finally believes Elizabeth's love because he heard her argument with Lady Catherine (in Reynolds' book it was with Wikham)
We end the story over Darcy and Elizabeth on a hill looking at Pemberley, Elizabeth being pregnant (same)
and so on...
But finally, as I said, I preferred this story because I recognized much more the characters invented by Austen. Darcy is less despotic, far more pleasant and Elizabeth is less weak, more frank, and continues teasing Darcy as usual.
It is a tale of misunderstandings, and takes a long time for it to reach its eventual, and predictable, conclusion, and I found myself getting bored towards the end. Also, Mr Darcy's restraint after marrying goes to a ridiculous extent, and had he behaved as normally newly-married men do, a lot of the problems in this book would, I feel, have been avoided.
So read the preview, which is probably the best part of the book, and if you are interested in seeing how it resolves, go buy it. It's not brilliant, but it's not bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this pride and prejudice variation and it is a much stronger and enjoyable read than other p and p continuations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by hennakah
This is a well written book with a twist - most enjoyable. I must look for more books by this author.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by jacdsmith
A good book and a great story I could wait to read it when I returned home I would recommend this bookPublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Darcyfan