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I'm in the midst of a Pride and Prejudice variation spree, and there are certain things I'm always looking for: the characters seem true to the originals and haven't been poorly "modernized," the language passes as fitting with the original mood and time period, and the new plot is believable. This book passes on all three accounts. The narration was also excellent! Stevie Zimmerman does a great job with both male and female voices and various accents.
While we don't get to see much into Elizabeth's perspective, or Colonel Fitzwilliam's for that matter, about how their courtship and his proposal unfolded at the very beginning of the book, what we do see, largely from Darcy's perspective, is believable. And it is, as another reviewer wrote, exquisite torture! Poor Darcy is stuck between a rock and a hard place-- or rather, between his inextinguishable and too-late acted upon love for Elizabeth and his loyalty to Fitzwilliam and respect for his and Elizabeth's obviously sincere attachment. Later on we do see more things from Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam's sides, to round out the whole story a bit more. For the longest time you'll be wondering how in the world this whole thing could possibly be resolved! I enjoyed it all with a smile on my face.
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This is One of the Best P& P Varitions I Have read in Years ! I will only conclude
and hope for Sequel or Book 2 is in the near future. 😃😃😃😃😃
Would you listen to The Unthinkable Triangle again? Why?
I would listen to it again.... I listened to it after the reading the book a few months prior. This story is so brilliant, I read it far too quickly as a book. The audio version gave me the chance to listen properly. It's a long, detailed story. Definitely one of my favourites in this genre.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Colonel Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth and Darcy which is why this makes for such a heart breaking tale. I wanted them all to be happy... but clearly someone is going to be disappointed. Joana Starnes writes in a way that makes the reader these characters are known to them. You hear all their thoughts meaning you understand them. Very skilfully done, the characters ponder all their experiences, giving real insight into their feelings and behaviour.
Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favourite?
I like Colonel Fitzwilliam - despite the author being female, he has the tone, accent and inflection I'd expect if he walked into my sitting room for a chat!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This book is long! There is no way you could listen to it all in one sitting... but if I had the chance that us just what I would want to do. I found myself driving to work (and back again) slower and slower so I could listen to a bit more!
Any additional comments?
This book will not be for everyone. There is a lot of internal dialogue and issues are never quickly resolved... personally, I prefer this as it feels more realistic. When I get to the end of one of Joana Starnes books I feel exhausted and drained... but always completely happy and satisfied with the conclusion.
The idea of Colonel Fitzwilliam proposing before Darcy is just brilliant, but be prepared for the happiness, the heart break, the agony and the adventure!!