I have read numerous Pride and Prejudice variations but this was unlike many of the others. In many respects it is a more faithful retelling with variations on each of the main episodes. We see Mary marry Mr Collins, Jane refuse Mr Bingley and a guest appearance by Captain Tilney.
For those readers who prefer a novel more in keeping with the original this is much more traditional in style and the behaviour of the characters more in keeping with the times.
This book is thoroughly enjoyable, but lacks the pace and drama of many other variations owing to it being more in keeping with the original. Personally I liked that. I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 due to some spelling errors which distracting and a real pet hate of mine.
I am always a little apprehensive when reading a P&P sequel and have been disappointed by many. Not with this one though.
In the words of a much-loved comedian, "all the notes are there, but not necessarily in the right order". So it is with this book. The author has jumbled all the known scenes and speeches around, sometimes attributing them to other protagonists, but everything we loved in the Original is reproduced. He has added humour to the mix and some of the action in the original is fleshed out, notably the discovery of Wickham and Lydia and the exchange between Darcy and Wickham, which led to the eventual marriage. The time frame has also been tightened up so that Lizzy and Darcy acknowledge their feelings for each other much sooner than in the Jane Austen original. I must say that I liked this, as I have never been one to practise patience!
There are several deviations from the original in regard to Mary Bennett and Charlotte Lucas, but I will leave this for you to discover.
Jack Caldwell has done a cracking job here of a much-loved story. Thoroughly recommend it. It is a delightful, light-hearted tale.
Imagine a world where Mary marries Mr Collins. How could Mr Darcy even entertain the idea of such a ridiculous man as his brother? Would things be terribly different from the way that the original Pride and Prejudice played out?
This story begins at the time of Mr Collins proposal, only this time he asks Mary. What follows is a story that is fantastically enjoyable and at times laugh out loud funny. Caldwell cleverly includes passages from the original Austen novel - though often displaced in time or spoken by different characters. It works extremely well. I'm no expert, and the language in general may not be perfectly Austen, but it reads well and to my mind, was not greatly out of place. I'm not entirely convinced that some of the characters would quite behave as they do, but it was fun thinking about them in this way.
I read it from cover to cover in a day as I just couldn't put it down (although, going to bed at 6.30am for a 7.30am start was not ideal!). If you're a fan of P&P, Darcy and Elizabeth and are prepared to be a little open minded, I'm sure that you'll love it as much as I did!
But, although I enjoyed the variation very much it felt as though the ending was rushed and one more chapter would have balanced out the book nicely. Jack Cafdwell writes with humour and a knowledge of the period which adds to the enjoyment of the story. I will be looking out for his future work.
This was a brilliantly executed alternative tale the original one of Pride and Prejudice. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending this to all those who like regency love stories.
Mr Caldwell tells the story well and with some humour. He decided to add Jane in the visit to Hunsford and Derbyshire which adds a little to the original and it does give Jane a little more depth. The introduction of some personality into the character of Anne de Bourgh also adds interest and humour. An excellent read
Although very close in storyline to the original, this P&P variation manages to bring a fresh perspective to the tale of Darcy, Lizzie et al. Largely, by attributing original dialogue to different characters and slight changes in plot, the book manages to keep the feel of this classic tale. A few Americanisms creep in, as they often do with these books, for example, I cannot imagine any Englishman, today or in Georgian times, ever using the phrase "peace, cuz" when calming his cousin down. But otherwise this is a good example of an entertaining and well written Variation. Recommended.
I would recommend this book to anyone for enjoys Austenesque novels. I found it a good read and quite compelling. Only downside for me is the American English which I don't think fits with a story of this type and era. Though, I am one who dislikes the fact that English spelling is now being lost by those who don't know the difference between US English and UK English. But, that is just me being an old fuddy duddy! All that said, a good read.