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The author of the book: L.L. Diamond
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Edition: L.L. Diamond
Date of issue: November 18th 2013
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There is a great deal to enjoy in this book and I would dearly love to give it 5 stars, but I was disappointed in the author's choices in tying up many of her plot lines.
Starting with the positives, this is beautifully written with great character development. I was delighted with the "what if" deviations from the original, particularly in 3 areas: Mr. Bennet's determination that Lizzy must marry Mr Collins (not at all unbelievable, given the Regency times the story is set in), Jane's attitude toward Mr. Bingley being exactly as Mr. Darcy believes rather than heartbroken when he leaves Netherfield, and especially Georgiana's adolescent petulance and LACK of hero-worship of her big brother. Specifically addressing the last one, it made perfect sense that an over-sheltered orphan going through puberty with only a brother who has no parenting experience would have some issues being under his authority. Well done, Ms. Diamond!
However, this book is not for those looking for happily-ever-after endings. While not exactly a Hamlet, this is NOT a lighthearted Much Ado About Nothing. Not wishing to spoil the surprises in store for those who will read Rain and Retribution (which, honestly, is well worth reading), I will say that I was reveling in the author's skill at giving compelling motivations to all the characters for their actions, I was vicariously cheering for Darcy's and Elizabeth's strong marriage despite the challenges Georgiana presents throughout, I was immersed, I was enchanted, and I was anticipating that, just as in every P&P variation I've ever read (which number in the hundreds), all would be well in the end, when, all at once, I was startled to realize that all would NOT be well.
From roughly the time in the book where the news hits that Lydia has run off with Wickham, things get ugly. The plot goes from refreshingly believable to over-the-top melodramatic complete with a raging storm keeping our hero and heroine apart, and most particularly in the pivotal scene, where one character is exposed as dangerously insane and 2 major characters are killed. At the conclusion, families are still irrevocably broken apart and the Bennet family is more or less ruined. Not how one expects a feel-good romance story to end, is it?
I would still highly recommend it, as long as you are forewarned that there is as much tragedy as there is romance in the concluding chapters.
Oh, and yes, there's lots of sex throughout, but those scenes are as well written as the rest of the book and are only after they are married. There's perhaps more of it than is necessary, but that's a matter of personal taste. I know there are some who think ANY explicit sexual content is abhorrent, so, if you're one of them, this book isn't for you.
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Read information about the authorL. L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends, and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she has spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans until she followed her husband to the ends of the earth as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.
After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading most of her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favorite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction.
Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolor is her medium of choice with one of her watercolors featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!
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