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The amazon.reviews for this book have roughly 4 stars so it may be the performance that ruined this book for me. The narrator's voice is is actually pleasant and she has a decent accent and good diction but the flow in which everything is read is a bit painful. I took me weeks to go through this book it was so hard to sit through.
The author uses far too much description, every object and moment is imbued with too much metaphorical significance, it really slows down the narrative and makes it kind of cheesy. The whole book is both overly sweet and unnecessarily melancholic.Both Mary and Nathaniel muse endlessly about their loneliness, inability to understand love and lack of acceptance. Those are normally legit feelings to muse about but their was so little action and so much musing it was waaayyyyy too much. I've read some good Austen fan-fiction but I'd pass on this one.
I read A LOT of Jane Austen fan-fiction. I like the idea of this story and it could have been amazing, but... It was too wordy in places and not wordy enough in others. Very choppy in the reading. There is a lot of "and she said" "and she then nodded". I will probably read more by this author because I can't get enough of the Bennet family, however I do feel this one should have been priced lower due to the quality of work. This is just my opinion...