Read Via: Kindle
Overall Rating: 3.0/5.0
Characters True-to-Original Rating: 4.0/5.0
Clean Rating: G – nothing objectionable
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
When Fitzwilliam Darcy’s arranged life falls to pieces, his father, Mr. George Darcy, gives him an ultimatum: Marry by the end of the London Season or risk disinheritance. Can Darcy cast aside society’s frigid attitude toward marriage and find true love? Or will his desire to honor his deceased mother’s memory hold him back?
Elizabeth Bennet faces the greatest challenge of her life: Find a husband by the end of the London Season or be forced to marry the heir apparent of her family home, Mr. Collins. A romantic at heart, will Elizabeth find a gentleman to meet her high expectations?
After a disastrous meeting, Darcy and Elizabeth determine not to like each other.
But, the London Season has only begun…
In this version, Darcy’s father is still alive (although Mrs. Darcy is not) and is getting impatient with his son’s reluctance to marry. Finally, he lays down the law and tells Darcy that he has to get married by the end of the Season, or face disinheritance. Darcy trots off to Rosings to confirm his engagement to his cousin Anne, but is shocked when she actually turns him down. Completely unsure what he should do next, Darcy meanders off to Hertfordshire with Bingley and runs into a completely unsuitable young woman with fine eyes. Back in London, fate decrees that they should continue to cross paths.
Jane and Elizabeth are getting ready to spend the Season in London with the Gardiners, who are in trade but are nonetheless well-to-do. Before the girls leave, however, Mr. Collins shows up, determined to land a wife. Elizabeth manages to convince her mother to let the girls have their Season, but the deal is that if she doesn’t find a man in London, she has to come back and marry Mr. Collins after all. The pressure of the hunt is on!
This version was fine, just rather boring. I was kind of anticipating the whole “Darcy has to get married OR ELSE” to play into the story a lot more, but instead he only seems moderately bothered by it, rather than pressured. Elizabeth is kind of the same way. So while the synopsis acts like there is going to be more or less a marriage of convenience, they don’t really seem super fussed.
The majority of the book doesn’t follow the real story at all, so it’s really more of just an alternative story with some of the same character rather than a true variation.
I think part of the reason that this book felt a little disjointed is that it is the first in a trilogy. The second book is about Anne, and the third about Colonel Fitzwilliam. Consequently, there are times that the author is setting things up for the next book, but sometimes it feels a little abrupt, and leaves some things disconnected.
This was a perfectly harmless story, but overall just wasn’t terribly interesting. I started the second book, but only read the first few chapters before realizing that I really didn’t care all that much.
No spoilers for this one – it’s a straightforward read. Comfortable, but somewhat bland.