Feb 072018
 

What If Mrs. Bennet Did Indeed Never Speak to Elizabeth Again?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Netherfield Ball

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:

  • Lizzy Brandon is a new author for me, and I’m always game to try new authors!
  • The excerpt I read on Amazon stopped at such a surprising cliffhanger and showed that this story was taking a new direction, I was curious to read more.
  • To be honest, I love the lyricalness of alliterative titles! πŸ˜‰

WHAT I LOVED:

  • Unique Premise: In this story something terrible unexpectedly happens just after the Netherfield Ball and it sends our characters on a whole new course. It was interesting to see how this change affects not just our central characters, but the lives of many secondary characters as well. One of the first changes it produces is that Darcy and Bingley do not immediately leave for London and instead remain in Meryton.
  • Some New Developments: With a premise that instigates a lot of change, there were some surprising new developments in the lives of Charlotte Lucas, Mary Bennet, and Lydia Bennet. I really enjoyed these new alterations and paths. Some I did see coming, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment – I instead enjoyed the novelty of these changes and how skillfully and plausibly the author executed them.
  • Mr. Darcy: A protective Darcy who rescues Elizabeth?!? Be still my heart! But Darcy’s heroic actions are not the only thing to love about him in this tale… And I can’t decide which I loved most – Darcy’s inner thoughts filled with admiration and yearning for Elizabeth, his playful and revealing conversations with Elizabeth where he refers to himself as ‘the villain’ and tells about a magic rock, or his adorable awkwardness as he attempts to scowl less and become a more sociable man. I loved him for all the reasons above!
  • Reflection and Comprehension: I enjoyed how this variation focused on how people often make mistaken judgments about each other. Lizzy is the most guilty of doing this, and I liked seeing her eyes open about the different people in her lives. She isn’t just wrong about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. I admire how she learns to look at people with β€œnew filters” and realizes that she shouldn’t judge people based on their actions because she doesn’t always understand or know the emotions and thoughts that underlie those actions. I enjoyed seeing Lizzy do a lot of soul-searching and admired her ability to acknowledge her own failings.
  • Titular Themes: I loved how the author subtly and seamlessly alludes to the words in the title. She does it frequently throughout the book, and it never feels forced or too blunt. My greatest compliment to the author is that her clever and apt use of title and theme is very much in the style of Jane Austen.

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

  • Some Tiny Quibbles: I enjoyed a lot about this story, but just a few aspects that prevented me from giving it 5 stars such as Lizzy doubting/misinterpreting Darcy’s thoughts/feelings one too many times and the inclusion of some conversations from Jane Austen’s original text that didn’t completely feel like belong (i.e. Lizzy teasing Darcy about the Meryton Assembly after he already apologized and explained his actions).

CONCLUSION:

What a terrific debut release for Lizzy Brandon! With an original premise, some surprising twists, strong thematic motifs, and admirable character development this is a Pride and Prejudice variation I think many readers will enjoy! I am all anticipation to see what Ms. Brandon will write next!

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  17 Responses to “Folly and Forgiveness – Lizzy Brandon”

  1.  

    Lovely review Meredith, thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed this book as it is sitting waiting on my kindle and now I can really look forward to reading it.
    I do love the idea of a heroic, romantic Darcy and truly hope Elizabeth doesn’t give him too hard a time. I look forward to the variations you mention, who knows perhaps Lydia marries Mr Collins πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      Thank you, Glynis! I hope you enjoy this one when you get the chance to read it! πŸ™‚ LOL! That would be a first, can you imagine?!? Who would be the more tortured by that – Lydia or Mr. Collins?

  2.  

    Love your review Meredith! I have this one on my wish list and hope to add it to my TBR list in the near future!

  3.  

    This has been in my TBR. I’m excited to read this, Meredith!

  4.  

    Thank you for this review. I will definitely be looking into it since I dearly love reading about Darcy’s adorable awkwardness!

  5.  

    Thanks for your review, Meredith. I’d seen this one on Amazon too, but as Ms. Brandon was a new author to me, I wasn’t sure about it. But knowing that soemone like yourself things highly of it inclines me to add another title to my Wish List!

  6.  

    Loved this review. I must read this. Thank you for your thorough examination of this new author. I look forward to reading this and is is now on my wish-list. Thanks for sharing this with us Meredith…. I always enjoy your reviews. Say hello to Mr. Bingley…

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      Thanks, Jeanne! I’m happy to share my thoughts with you. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Lizzy Brandon! Mr. Bingley sends his greetings! πŸ˜‰

  7.  

    Sounds good. Will check it out.

  8.  

    Always appreciate your opinions on new books and authors. Loved the review. Adding a new title to the TBR list….;)

  9.  

    This is one I have not yet read but I do have it on my TBR list. Lovely review, which only makes me want to read it even more.

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