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The Courtship of Edward Gardiner: A Pride & Prejudice Prequel Paperback – 20 Oct 2016

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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1537706284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1537706283
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was very interested on reading the courtship of Mr. Gardiner, the lovely uncle of the Bennet sisters and the one who, together with his wife, brought Darcy and Elizabeth together.

As usual I am going to avoid any spoilers for two reasons: 1) I do not want people spoiling books or films to me and 2) it will leave you with the need to read such an awesome book!

You may have gather already that I have immensely enjoyed this book and not only because it is related to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I believe Mr. Gardiner and Mrs. Gardiner are two of the forgotten characters when it comes to JAFF but I can understand that other characters give more chance to write about.

Let’s start: Mr. Bennet has to go north to see his brother as he is quite ill and some things need to be done. He takes his two oldest daughters, Jane and Lizzy, two lovely little girls but with already the behaviour and personality that later on is told in Pride and Prejucide. Mr. Bennet’s brother-in-law, Mr. Gardiner travels with them in an attempt to forget his broken heart after being refused when he proposed to the lady that he thought was in love with.

The trip is thwarted because Jane gets ill and after the insistence of Mr. Gardiner, the girls and their uncle are going to remain in the nearest town to take care of the eldest Bennet sister. This town is a small but apparently lovely town of Lambton. However, even being their uncle, Mr. Gardiner, once Mr. Bennet continues the trip, needs a woman to take care of the little girls. Thanks to the owner of the inn where they are staying, they found a Miss Madeline Fairbanks, a young woman whose father is not a gentleman but who has taught his daughter to behave as a lady.
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As this is about Edward and Madeline falling in love rather than Lizzy and Darcy you could be excused for thinking that it would hold a little less interest for us. This story is beautifully written and will hold your attention from the beginning with Lizzy and Jane's characters already forming, at ages 7 and 8, and of course Mr Bennett's wit. Darcy at 14 is introduced and his relationship with Georgiana is very tender and with his father is all it should be. Bingley and his father also make an appearance and this forms the basis of their later friendship. Wickham is there but constrained a little in view of Darcy senior still being around and Lady Catherine tries her best to be treated with the respect she thinks she deserves but happily is thwarted ..... and more than once. As my title says - a joy to read - and I hope Nicole writes many more P&P variations. well recommended.
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This was one of the best Pride and Prejudice variations that I've read. Darcy and Bingley meeting an 8 and 7 year old Jane while Mr Gardiner was courting his wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Courtship of Edward Gardiner: A Pride and Prejudice........... 23 Oct. 2016
By maryann - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful and though out novel of Mr. Edward Gardiner in his search to help Mr. Bennet and along the way he finds the love of his life, Madeline.
After failure to secure the hand of his first lady who he thought he was in love with and when he meets Madeline, he knows he found the perfect woman.
The author had through words described Lizzy to a tee as a child. I enjoyed reading about the adventure of their travels with Lizzy and Jane as children. The novel was interesting as well as entertaining and was an easy read.
Many of the characters were the same and not all included from previous novels and there were a few new characters added that made the plot interesting and added to the story.
At first when I bought the novel, I thought the courtship might have been one of the Gardiner children but low and behold it was the uncle. I gave it a five star review as it was worth everything a six star would be! Looking forward to the next novel from Nicole!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent prequel! 22 Oct. 2016
By KQ - Published on Amazon.com
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Clarkston has a well thought out plot and delightful characters. So many of Austen's characters figure in this prequel. We not only get to see the sweet romance of the Gardiners (could it be otherwise?) , but a glimpse as well of a sprightly young Elizabeth and a Darcy learning from his father how to be the master of a great estate. Well written and blissfully empty of modern phrases and sentiments. I shall be watching for more from this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and charming 29 Jan. 2017
By H. Bok - Published on Amazon.com
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I’m giving this one four stars for charm. Like the Austenesque novels of KaraLynne Mackrory, *The Courtship of Edward Gardiner* has characters you just want to squeeze and chuck under the chin. That’s of course both a strength and a weakness—the reader enjoys keeping company with them, but there’s nary an antagonist in the bunch.

The story focuses shrewdly—because who didn’t want to know?—on how Elizabeth Bennet’s aunt and uncle Gardiner came to be a couple. After Edward Gardiner’s first romantic suit (great opening scene) doesn’t prosper, Mr. Bennet has dragged his brother-in-law off on an expedition to northern England, intended as a visit to Bennet’s ailing younger brother. Benighted in Lambton by the timely illness of a nine-year-old Jane Bennet, Mr. Gardiner and eight-year-old Elizabeth are thrown into intimacy with a local young woman, the daughter of a bookkeeper. As with most contemporary romance stories, attraction is immediate, and with two such nice (in the modern sense) protagonists, little occurs to disturb the progress of romance.

Sadly, I must continue to rail, as I do ad nauseam, against the prevalence of modern language and modern sensibilities in period romance. In this case I have to deplore the use of unnecessary intensifiers in place of the serviceable “he said,” “she asked,” and the few other invisible signposts that readers can absorb without registering them consciously. “She intoned,” “he quieted her,” “he husked” (is that even a thing?), and their ilk are phrasings that simply distract the reader, and they are markers of the amateur writer. In a book as delightful as this one, it was a pity to find so many. Trust that your dialogue and action speak for themselves! I also had difficulty envisioning Mr. Bennet as a mischievous matchmaker, though in other regards his character was fairly entertaining. And Clarkston occasionally falls into the trap of over-intensifying the traits of original characters—Mrs. Bennet is one who is taken to extremes here.

The fact that most of the action takes place at Lambton should serve to alert the reader that many of the characters in *Pride and Prejudice* make an appearance in these pages. Sometimes the symmetries and coincidences got to be a bit much, but I was along for a pleasurable ride and so I went with it. Some of the crossing of social lines seemed a bit anachronistic, but in general Clarkston’s grasp of village society and working people’s lives seemed believable. And the basis she offers for the friendship of Darcy and Bingley is the most plausible I have seen.

I liked that the focus of the romance was on finding a good life partner, not on heaving bosoms and tightenings of the groin. And the children were all charming, leavening the tale and offering insights into their adult selves without overwhelming the story. This was a delightful read.
[I purchased a copy without being urged to do so.]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful; read. Do not miss this one. 24 Oct. 2016
By carol p - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a sweet story that has more than just the meeting and engagement of Edward Gardener and the lovely Madeline he found in Lampton. The young people in this story really make it a charming tale. The author captured Lizzy just as she must have been as a young child and Jane as well. But we get to meet Mr Darcy as a lad as well as Charles and even Georgianna. Mr Bennett is even more full of humor and not always fun and delightful. Very selfish. But he may have been that way. You do not want to miss this charming story. Be sure to buy this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read. 28 Oct. 2016
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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A thoroughly enjoyable read about, to my mind, the nicest, most loving couple in P&P. Reading about Edward and his wife when they were young and following their romance was lovely. We also meet some of the other members of the novel. Elizabeth, Jane, Bingley and Darcy were all young children here. Darcy's character turned me off a little. He was obnoxious and very hard to like. I did think the children acted a bit older than their years and at times some of the things they said made me think 'really?'. But overall a lovely book and a must for Janeites.
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