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on 17 October 2014
I really enjoyed the book The Engagement Ola Wegner, so I was expecting to enjoy this book too. Sadly, I was disappointed. Many things jarred with me while reading it. (Yes I know I read the entire thing).
I almost gave up on it a couple of times because of a plethora of editing errors and some of the language used that was much too modern for a book set in this time.
Prime examples are: Mr Darcy called his sister Georgiana "Sweetie" several times. It would have been more fitting if the word Sweeting had been used. Sweeting is an archaic form of usually Sweetheart/Darling which would have sounded much better. Another word that had me rolling my eyes was scumbag, which is a word that Mr Darcy used to describe the villain in the book. It was not a term that came into general use until 1967 or thereabouts.
Other things that bothered me was that Elizabeth was totally out of character here and came across as childish and spoiled on several occasions, nothing at all like the bold heroine in the original source material. I wasn't 100% sure what to make of this incarnation of Mr Darcy either. The plot was a little too melodramatic for my liking, but I read it all nonetheless, so it wasn't all bad.