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The Second Chance: A 'Pride & Prejudice' ~ 'Sense & Sensibility' Variation Paperback – 25 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484817915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484817919
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Once again, the wonderful Joana Starnes seamlessly blends the characters from two of Jane Austen's novels; first Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion in The Subsequent Proposal and now Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in this brilliant story, The Second Chance. 

Starting off with the writing! I remember being very impressed with the writing in The Subsequent Proposal and it was just as brilliant, if not better, in this story! The style is just wonderful to read; it feels almost effortless as it flows so well and the language is perfect. It doesn't feel as though the author was trying too hard to fit with the era or imitate Jane Austen's style which was great, because I find when authors try too hard with it, it doesn't seem natural and flowing, but more forced. As well as flawless writing, Joana has an amazing talent for description, particularly getting into the characters heads and explaining their thoughts and feelings - she does it so powerfully! In addition to sad and intense emotions, there is also just the right amount of humour, which the author also does very well! 

This story begins to explore a different path much earlier in the plot than most variations I have read (which is a lot by now!) which made a nice change. We join the story at Netherfield Park where Jane is recovering from her illness, and very quickly the story takes a bit of a twist! Whilst at Netherfield, Elizabeth receives a letter, rather reminiscent of the one received at Lambton regarding Lydia's elopement, but this time it contains the news that Mr Bennet has taken ill. 

Given that we are much earlier in the story, Elizabeth is considerably less prejudiced against Darcy - Wickham hasn't come along yet, after all!
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By Roisin on 11 Aug. 2014
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I feel obligated to write a review for others out there who, like me, have purchased endless reams of fan pic only to be disappointed by the language/storyline/excessive lovemaking/x-rated lovemaking etc etc!

This was good. Quite good. So much so, that it has entered my top 3 along with Pamela Aidan's and Cassandra Grafton's trilogy.

The storyline was very cute and I liked the overlap between the characters of both novels. I found the author had put into words, my own thoughts that Lizzy and Elinor would have been the best of friends and she stayed true to the characters. Well relatively. It was an interesting take on the idea that Lizzy would have secretly been hurt deep down by her Darcy relatives rejecting her and the idea that she put on a front to the world, when really she could take things to heart a good deal. I found a new appreciation for Mrs Bennett after this one.

I enjoyed the language, the pace, the characterisations and found I had a pleasant few evenings of escapism reading this, over a cup of tea and a biscuit after a long hard day as a full time stay-at-home mum.

Not everyone wants to read X-rated fanfic (I avoid at all costs) - some of us just like to relive the simplicity & wittiness of the originals, re-told perhaps with some twists and turns, or from another viewpoint. I'm quite happy leaving everything else to the imagination.

Bravo to Ms Starnes & I hope to see more of this kind in the future!
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If you can tolerate P&P "what-ifs..." then this is a fairly enjoyable one. I like Joana Starnes writing style, but felt that the many characters included from Sense and Sensibility became a little confusing and were sometimes dealt with at break-neck speed. It is not one of her best books, in my opinion, but makes for perfect holiday reading, and I do not hesitate to recommend it as an agreeable way to pass the time of day.
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A little bit hard to get into but keep going its really worth it. The mixing of the characters works really well and the path taken lends itself to becoming very sympathetic to both the main characters. I really love both the classic novels and this was just a joy to read. I hope the other books by this author are as good because they have now found a home on my kindle, I'll let you know.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Joanna Starnes writes in a style very close to Jane Austen. I have read quite a few books of late from various authors which compare to Jane Austen but this has been my favourite.
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I usually like this authors work, however, this story just doesn't gel together. I became bored once the Dashwood girls became involved, it is like reading 2 books in one. Neither one really grasping your full attention. In Fact after reading three quarters of the book I stopped reading. Do not recommend.
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By Jean on 27 Mar. 2015
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I loved this story which is a very definite view of Darcy coming to realise the only way to find his future happiness. Mr Collins, Caroline B, Lady C. and Wickham all play only minor parts and even Lydia doesn't mess things up. Even when Lizzy discovers Darcy's 'interference' - this is the cause of the upset at Pemberley rather than Lydia - she handles the resulting situation with style ....... after a chapter or two. As well as "the upset at Pemberley" we find more conversations from the original being used in a different context and from different characters. Characters ftom Sense and Sensibility make an appearance with very little effect other than to create a little misunderstanding but as I love S&S it didn't bother me too much.
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