Please Let This Be the Start of Another Splendid Series!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
In a style similar to Jane Austen’s Lady Susan and the first draft of Sense and Sensibility(Elinor and Marianne), bestselling Austenseque author, Amanda Grange’s newest novel, Dear Mr. Darcy, retells Pride and Prejudice in epistolary form. Want to see what Darcy wrote to his cousins while living at Netherfield? Observe the Bennet sisters’ correspondence with their friends, the Sotherton sisters? Witness the letters sent to and from Mr. and Mrs. Bingley and their children? Amanda Grange enables readers the opportunity to see all this and more in her illuminating and brilliantly executed Dear Mr. Darcy.
What I loved most about this retelling was the numerous and diverse list correspondents readers witness exchanging letters throughout the course of the novel. Besides Elizabeth and Darcy, readers observe the communications between Wickham and his cohorts, Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Gardiner, Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana Darcy, and Mr. Darcy Senior and his son Fitzwilliam amongst many others. These characters help give a thorough illustration of everything that takes place in Pride and Prejudice by portraying the events through their varied and unique perspectives. After a major event, such as the Netherfield Ball or Lizzy’s refusal of Mr. Collins, it was interesting (and amusing) to see the differing and detailed accounts recorded by several different characters. Continue reading »