Mar 172017
 

The Abominable and The Adorable!

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Meryton Assembly

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Bennet Family, Bingley Family, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Collins

SYNOPSIS:

Both Elizabeth and Darcy cannot deny that they are attracted and intrigued by one another at the Meryton Assembly. And even though Darcy still utters his infamous insult, the two quickly form a pack to become friends and start anew. But that friendship is shaken several times due to untrue rumors (about Darcy), officious behavior (Darcy again), and heated tempers (okay, they are both guilty of this one!) and the two part expecting to never meet again. But a distressing report later brings Darcy back to Hertfordshire with all possible haste. Is he too late? Will Elizabeth accept his proposals? Or does she wish him physical harm? ๐Ÿ˜‰

WHAT I LOVED:

  • Attracted and Aware: I love how this story began with both Darcy and Elizabeth attracted and interested to each other. Oftentimes Elizabeth is portrayed as disliking Mr. Darcy from the very first moment she sets eyes on him. ย I enjoyed the novelty of seeing her admire and meditate on his handsome features. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Darcy is quick to notice his heightened interest and the admirable qualities in a young country miss…that is until he finds out which family she comes from!
  • Friendships: I love it when Darcy and Elizabeth try to be friends with each other! Especially when both begin the friendship without the expectation of it becoming anything more!ย In addition, there is another friendship developing in this variation, a friendship between Charlotte Lucas and Colonel Fitzwilliam! I think these two are a very likely pair to become friends โ€“ both have a realistic and practical view of the world. And I love how both agreed to be in cahoots with each other to bring Darcy and Elizabeth together! Colonel Fitzwilliam was sooooo adorable with wanting to report all his juicy news and observations to his friend, Charlotte!
  • Colonel Fitzwilliam: There were several interesting and unique twists to this story, but I think my favorite would have to be Colonel Fitzwilliam accompanying Mr. Darcy to Netherfield. He causes no small stir to the plot and usual order of events. Where Mr. Bingley is unassuming and unobtrusive, Colonel Fitzwilliam gets all up in Mr. Darcy’s business and is quick to detect his interest in Elizabeth! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I loved seeing how he effected the story and propelled it in a new direction. He was definitely my favorite character in this work! In fact, I think the title should be changed to The Abominable Mr. Darcy (and the Adorable Colonel Fizwilliam)!
  • Jane Austen Phrases: It is a common practice for authors to sometimes insert Jane Austen’s clever turns of phrase and quotes into their ownย works. And sometimes authors will play with the phrases and have different characters say them, or use them in a completely different setting. Which sometimes ends up feeling a little forced and unnatural. But that was definitely not the case in this story! Ms. King found such clever and skillful way to incorporate some Jane Austen phrases in her prose. It was artless and subtle! Almost like sheย did it unintentionally or subconsciously!

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

  • Slightly Disjointed: I really enjoyed the premise Ms. King created and seeing how her creative twists played out! But I did sort’ve feel that the last couple of chapters were a little too different from the rest of the tale. It might be because of the jump forward in time or because the drama with Lady Catherine felt a little incongruous to me. Either way, I found myself loving the other parts of the book more than I did the last part.

CONCLUSION:

The Abominable Mr Darcy is a splendidly romantic and enjoyable tale that was a true delight to read. This variation would most appeal to readers who are looking for a humorous, lighthearted, and imaginative tale of Darcy and Elizabeth to enjoy!

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  12 Responses to “The Abominable Mr. Darcy – J. Dawn King”

  1.  

    I read and enjoyed this story also.

  2.  

    Thank you so much for the review, Meredith. What an excellent tagline, “The Adorable Col. Fitzwilliam”. I wished I had thought of that. He is probably the character I have the most fun writing. One thing that endears me to JAFF authors is how the majority have taken the slight mention Jane Austen gave the colonel and developed him into the man we would all love to have as our best man friend.

    As always, your review is spot on (yes, even the last part). Thank you for sharing.

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      Thank you for sharing such a lovely story with us, Joy! I enjoyed it so much! I can tell you had fun with Colonel Fitzwilliam! He is indeed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  3.  

    I have this book on my Kindle and hope to read it in the near future. I really liked your revised ‘title’ for the book. I enjoy it when the Colonel and Charlotte are brought together! Thank you for this lovely review and makes me want to read the book that much sooner!

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      Thanks, Carole! I hope you get a chance to read it soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always feel bad for Charlotte’s lot in P&P. It is great to see her make other friends!

  4.  

    Meredith,loved reading your thoughts on this one. Believe it or not,but I have this book on my kindle,and for some strange reason,I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

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      Hi Mary! Thanks so much! It’s hard to keep up, so many books! I have 3 more I think by Joy that I want to read soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great how authors can keep us so busy!

  5.  

    I loved this book too and the Colonel is, as you say, totally adorable. Joy should definitely adopt your suggestion for a later edition!

  6.  

    Hi Meredith,
    It must be very sweet to see Darcy and Elisabeth begin as friends without any expectations of anything more…they must be some kind of naive people because how can is possible any of them think they’re perfect for each other? LOL I know they have strong characters and their own ideas but we all know how it will end at last ๐Ÿ˜‰
    My only quibble is not to know if Col. Fitzwilliam will be some kind of rival to Mr . Collins!

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      Hi Teresa!
      It is! I love the innocence behind it. Darcy was so cute enjoying the novelty of a female friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think even though they felt some attraction and friendship with each other, they are realistically thinking a marriage between them unlikely. Both are aware of the differences in their statuses, and while they like each other they know that Darcy is expected to marry someone from his rank.

      LOL! I don’t want to give anything away… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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