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- His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel
on Dec. 09, 2011
I have read a couple of Pride and Prejudice retellings from Darcy's point of view and I must say I loved this one!
His Good Opinion starts out just before Ramsgate where Darcy surprises Georgiana with a visit and ruins Wickman's plan to elope with her. Nancy Kelley is able to expand on some of the conversations that I always wished Jane Austen would have done.
Can I just say, I love this Darcy! I love being in his head, knowing his thoughts. We see him reflecting on what Elizabeth said when she refused him. He begins to notice how he treats people beneath him. I also like the relationship he has with Georgiana, he confides in her more.
Another favorite of mine is Colonel Fitzwilliam. I delight in the banter between him and Darcy. This is the Colonel Fitzwilliam that I like! He's funny, charming and loves to tease Darcy. There were times he had me laughing out loud.
This is Nancy Kelley's first novel and a beautiful story. A definite must read! She is currently working on another story about Colonel Fitzwilliam that I can't wait to read!
- A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes
on May 05, 2013
I loved this story! A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes is the first of an epic three volume Pride and Prejudice inspired story.
A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes begins at Hunsford right as Darcy has made his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth. Events are changed by Grafton, not only did the proposal take place outside in the rain, but they also have to endure another evening together as the party of the parsonage is invited to dine at Rosings the next day.
I loved seeing what Darcy and Elizabeth are thinking and feeling! Grafton doesn’t rush through each scene. She let’s us experience the moment from both Darcy and Elizabeth’s point of view. I could feel Darcy’s despair and anguish over losing Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s anger and then surprise as her feelings were slowly changing for Darcy. We see the awkwardness they were feeling as they dined together, wanting to know what the other was thinking.
Colonel Fitzwilliam, I so love him! He is just the way I like him to be in a story; humorous, loyal, and determine to get to the bottom of Darcy’s gloomy mood. And the Colonel can see clearly that Darcy needs his help, whether Darcy wants it or not.
I love Georgiana as well! She is stronger and smarter and has moved on from her episode with Wickham. Although Darcy doesn’t seem to realize it as he puts on a happy face in front of her, but she can see through his facade and is putting the pieces of his heartache together.
I'm also feeling a bit anxious about Nicholas, a childhood friend of Lizzy’s. I’m wondering if Darcy’s going to have a little competition in attaining Elizabeth’s attentions.
I loved A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes! The three volumes do NOT stand alone. It is a continuing story. You'll find a “To be continued in Volume II - Darcy’s Dilemma” at the end of this Volume. Thank goodness Volume II is already out, and Volume III should be out in May sometime! Which is wonderful! I won’t have to wait that long between Volumes!
**I was provided an e-copy of the book for my honest review.**