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This was a unique Pride and Prejudice variation. It adds a new character which is willing to do just about anything to get what she wants. Lady Susan is pretty cunning and makes Caroline Bingley seems downright a small nonsense.
The narration was excellent and brought the story to life.
I really enjoyed the drama and humorous moments which were many. It is a clever addition to the Pride & Prejudice cast that weaves an interesting twist.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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This Pride and Prejudice and Lady Susan variation begins right after Darcy's disastrous Hunsford proposal. He walks away from the parsonage with Lizzy's words ringing in his ears, still reeling at her refusal. At Rosings, a distressed Lady Catherine informs Darcy that she has an unwelcome visitor arriving that day, her distant relation Lady Susan. Knowing that Lady Susan is an infamous flirt and worse, Lady Catherine tells her nephews to leave immediately. To her dismay, Col Fitzwilliam is intrigued by the lady's description, and Darcy is determined to get a letter into Lizzy's hands the next morning.
Lady Susan arrives, and it's just as Lady Catherine feared. She instantly fixates on Darcy, and wedding plans are made in that moment. Luckily Darcy only has eyes for Lizzy, and when he and Lizzy are thrown together after she receives his letter, she begins to warm up to him too. But Lady Susan still has plenty of tricks up her sleeve!
This mashup was just so much fun! I'm ashamed to say I've never read Lady Susan, but you don't need to read Austen's story to follow this plot. Lady Catherine, fountain of wisdom and knowledge that she is, fills us in on Lady Susan's past. I absolutely loved the sparring and maneuvering between the two characters. Devious Lady Susan with her rapier-like wit, and Lady Catherine with all the subtlety of a battleaxe. The author actually had me rooting for Lady Catherine of all people!
This book is equal parts humor, angst, and romance. Lizzy and Darcy get plenty of sweet moments of their own, with one of my favorite Austen characters arriving later to join in. Lizzy gets to see Darcy at his best as he stands up for the women in his care.
Jannie Meisberger did a great job as narrator, her delivery added even more to the humor in the story. Her character voices were well done and easily recognizable. I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I hope Barbara Silkstone continues to write these magical little mashups, and that Jannie Meisberger continues to narrate them!
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I really liked this book. I didn't know what to expect since there are loads of book variation on pride and prejudice. So I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it and found it to be enjoyable and funny at times.
If you want a light read with romance and some comedy then this is for you. I would highly recommend it.
There is no sexual content, bad language or violence. Suitable for all ages.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Most of us know how Pride and Prejudice starts and finishes. Some of us may even know the finer details. This variation is true to the over all progress of the story. The larger details are a match for the original as do some of the word choices, etc. But it is the differences that make listening to this book interesting.
Firstly, this book is set entirely in Rosings, when Lizzie visted the recently married Charlotte at the parsonage. There are new characters involved, namely Lady Susan and her daughter Fredericka. There is also an element of comedy with the crossing of wires and information and the ensuing misunderstanding and potential for mayhem. Of course, we know how it ends so we find our characters having to unravel the mess in order to return to the original plot.
It is a fun, light variation to Pride and Prejudice and is overall enjoyable. You can usually count on "All is well that ends well" with Pride and Prejudice variations.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.