Every great love has a beginning. In Austen's Pride and Prejudice, we meet with perhaps the most sensible, caring relatives a lovelorn young woman could hope for: Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. What is their story?
Edward Gardiner has just been refused by the lovely young woman he had intended to make his wife. Heartbroken and eager for a diversion, he accepts an invitation from his brother-in-law, Thomas Bennet, to accompany him along with his two eldest daughters to the north on family business. Gardiner's pleasure tour is interrupted, however, when his eldest niece falls ill and is unable to travel farther.
Stopping over in the scarcely remarkable village of Lambton, the men decide that Bennet must continue on, while Gardiner and the children remain. The only trouble is that Gardiner has not the least idea how he should care for one ailing niece and another who is ready to drive him to distraction...until he meets with Madeline Fairbanks.
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A delightful prequel to P&P
This audiobook is as much about the courtship of Edward Gardener as it is about young Darcy, Elizabeth, Bingley and Jane. Their interactions play out in delightful ways that are at once familiar and fresh. Nicole is particularly good at getting into the psyche of our beloved characters as children and teengers. I particularly enjoyed the young Darcy POV. This book is witty, charming and sweet - it is like a light summer breeze.
Young Lizzy and Young Darcy have a battle of wits and wills over a game of chess. Mr. Bennet is at his witty best with Lady Catherine. We get some insight into Darcy's relationship with his father., and why he is a good master and a great brother.
Stevie is angelic as young Jane and Lizzy and so on-point as the dramatic Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet.
A Pride and Prejudice Preunion (Sorry, couldn't help it.)