The Second Chance: A 'Pride & Prejudice' ~ 'Sense & Sensibility' Variation Paperback – 25 Apr 2014
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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!Read more ›
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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Well written, a convincing story line, period language, style and manners. Unlike some others of the genre by different authors this books works on all levels.Published 19 months ago by Jim D
Earlier this year I read and really enjoyed The Subsequent Proposal by Joana Starnes which featured characters of both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by Ceri at Babblings of a Bookworm
I did enjoy this book; the plot line was intriguing. However, I was disappointed because the characters from Sense and Sensibility were more of plot points than well developed... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Absolutely one of the best in the pride and prejudice story. I intend too read all of these series. Thanks to the autherPublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Kindle Customer Pauline Goulding.
I was very impressed with how the author has adopted the style of Austen and has built in the characters from other novels. Clever and inspired. Well worth a read.Published on 22 May 2014 by Borderer