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Bluebells in the Mourning // by KaraLynne Mackaroy

Type: Variation

Setting:  Regency

Read Via: Kindle

Overall Rating:  4.0/5.0

Characters True-to-Original Rating:  4.25/5.0

Copyright:  2013

Pages: 238

Clean Rating:  G.  Nothing objectionable.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 

Is it true that. . . …nothing can be lost that love cannot find? Jane Austen’s beloved “Pride and Prejudice” is readapted in this Regency tale of love in the face of tragedy. Mr. Darcy is thwarted in his attempt to propose to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford when he encounters her minutes after she receives the sad news from Longbourn of her sister’s death. His gallantry and compassion as he escorts her back to Hertfordshire begins to unravel the many threads of her discontent with him. While her family heals from their loss, Darcy must search London for answers — answers that might bring justice but also might just mark the end of his own hopes with Elizabeth.

Review:

So you find this out within the first chapter anyway:  Lydia dies.  When Darcy arrives at the parsonage to propose to Elizabeth, he finds her distraught,  having just received two letters from Jane (“she wrote the direction on this one very ill”), the first one saying that Lydia fell down a little cliffside during a walk and injured herself; the second saying that she died from her injuries.  Instead of proposing, Darcy makes arrangements to get Elizabeth back to London so she can travel with the Gardiners to Longbourn.  Elizabeth, of course, has many conflicting feelings about Darcy because she hates him because he’s horrible… except he’s actually being super nice.

This was actually a really enjoyable variation, one of my favorite that I’ve read recently.  The characters are done very well, and I really liked the way that everyone grew/matured/changed from the experience of Lydia’s death.  Without the big clash at the parsonage, Darcy, of course, is ignorant of Elizabeth’s true feelings about him, so instead these issues are worked through with more mature conversation.  Georgianna was one of my favorite characters in this one as well.

There’s a bit too much angst-that-could-be-solved-with-one-conversation, but overall a very enjoyable little story.

Spoiler Review:  (complete with capital letters, exclamation points, and question marks)…

Wickham kills Lydia because she’s pregnant?!?!  This just seemed a smidge far-fetched when he could have just, I don’t know, bailed out of town??  Especially considering he bailed out of town anyway.  And Darcy’s insistence that he alone bears the guilt of Lydia’s death! – a tad melodramatic, aren’t we??  Still, it worked within the boundaries of the plot overall, so I was willing to let it go, especially since the rest of the characters/story were so enjoyable.

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4 thoughts on “Bluebells in the Mourning // by KaraLynne Mackaroy

  1. I must admit, there are time I read P&P and wish Lydia would’ve been killed off!

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