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By HeatherY on 05-22-17
Delightful "What If" Novella
What if Lizzy was injured during her stay at Netherfield with Jane, and she was forced to stay in Darcy's presence longer? This novella explores that option with great results. As Jane and Lizzy enter the carriage to return to Longbourn, Ms. Bingley is overcome with frustration at being ignored by Darcy and strikes out with her parasol, hitting the horse. Lizzy falls and is injured badly. In the moment of distress, Darcy realizes the depth of his feelings for her, but he knows she doesn't care for him in return. While fighting to protect her and save her life, he needs to change her heart as well.
This variation kept the characters true to canon, but enhanced some of their personality traits just a bit. It made some characters like Georgiana and Mary even more likable, and Mr. Collins even more odious. I actually enjoyed Caroline Bingley in such a small dose, and loved Mr. Bennett in such a large one. I thought the language and conversations were well done. The book doesn't rehash any of the events of the original story like the Meryton Assembly, just refers to them, so we're not slowed down by well known details.
The narrator was great, she had the perfect accent for the story. I thought she performed the speaking voices well. It was a few hours spent in good company visiting old and well-loved friends!
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