Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Giveaway Win!
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation in 3 Volumes
TIME FRAME: From the day of Darcy’s first proposal (Sunday afternoon) to 4 days later
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennet, Charles Bingley, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, Nicholas Harington (new original character)
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- I’ve heard many sooo much praise for Cassandra Grafton and this trilogy, and since I love Pride and Prejudice variations I knew it was something I had to read! The only question was when – because you definitely need to read this trilogy without break.
WHAT I LOVED:
- Inescapable: In this variation, Darcy and Elizabeth have a lot of unexpected and continuous contact with each other after his proposal. Darcy encounters Elizabeth (after delivering his letter!) at Rosings the night before he departs as Lady Catherine (in her celebrated generosity and kindness) invites Mr. and Mrs. Collins and their guest to one last dinner. In addition, instead of keeping the knowledge of Jane Bennet’s true feelings to himself, Darcy immediately visits Bingley on his return to town, confesses all, and encourages his friend to seek her out. Thus bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together again and again. It was enthralling to see them encounter one another again so soon – their first interactions post-proposal are fraught with awkwardness, suffering, and a heightened consciousness that wasn’t there before.
- Eloquent and Moving: Cassandra Grafton takes a very introspective approach to her storytelling, which I absolutely loved! She spends a lot of time in both Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s head and her prose beautifully illustrates the inner turmoil and emotional turbulence both are facing post-proposal. As I read these passages, I continuously felt awash with feelings of pain, tension, and compassion for these characters. Ms. Grafton’s emotive and contemplative portrayal of Darcy and Elizabeth beautifully conveys how the proposal and letter immediately triggers a change to both Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s perspectives, but at the same time is a long and gradual journey of self-discovery and true understanding.
- Simultaneous Perspectives: I love how two-sided this story is! In every chapter we see two or more scenes – usually one from Elizabeth’s perspective and one from Darcy’s. I loved knowing what both characters were doing, thinking, and feeling every day. And thanks to ornamental section breaks, it was easy to know when the scene and point-of-view were about to change.
- Leisurely Paced: With so many interactions taking place in such a short period of time, this story is told in a very leisurely pace. Volume I alone covers just the span of 4 and a half days. Even though this story is a bit slower in pace, I would never describe it as feeling too slow. These days are very eventful and the evolution of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s perspectives is engrossing and ever-changing.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- That real life kept getting the way of my reading time! 😉
I’m only one third into this story, but I already feel it is an exquisite and consuming journey! I love Cassandra Grafton’s expressive and sensitive approach to these characters and I can hardly wait to witness their next encounter with each other!
*My review of Volume II – Darcy’s Dilemma – will be posted Monday!
Since I just happen to be in possession of an extra paperback copy of Disappointed Hopes: A Fair Prospect Volume 1, I thought it would be a good idea to hold a giveaway for the lovely readers of this blog! It is such a beautiful story and definitely deserves to be shared!
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- This giveaway is open to residents worldwide (because we love our international friends!)
- The giveaway ends April 22nd.