Interludes and Imaginings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
This anthology is a collection of sixteen short stories inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. These stories mostly include vignettes that take place during the timeframe of Jane Austen’s novel, sort of like behind-the-scenes “interludes.” There are also a couple variations, some lovely sequel scenes that take place post-Pride and Prejudice, and a modern adaptation. The stories range from seven to thirty-seven pages in length and are suitable for all audiences (no profanity or mature scenes).
Below you will find a breakdown of my top five favorites from this lovely anthology:
APRIL FOOLS (A CONFLUENCE OF COINCIDENCES)
- The Premise: Always one to poke fun at his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam decides to send Darcy (whom he knows to have developed a tendre for a certain lady) a letter requesting a secret rendezvous in the gardens of Rosings. Fitzwilliam’s plan is to lure his cousin to a meeting where he (Colonel Fitzwilliam) will be dressed in the disguise of a woman!
- My Favorite Part: I love how Colonel Fitzwilliam’s plan backfires and the joke ends up on him! The letter he intended for Darcy’s eyes only is viewed by more than one other person and Colonel Fitzwilliam receives quite a shock when he shows up for this secret meeting…
- The Premise: Finding herself alone with a couple unoccupied hours, Charlotte decides to venture to her favorite secluded bench in the gardens of Rosings Park and bask in the beauty of a glorious Spring day. Because of the bench’s hidden location, Charlotte is well-concealed by the garden’s tall hedge, and by chance overhears several conversations as people walk by.
- My Favorite Part: I thought this story was exceptionally clever! It was plausible and entertaining to see how Charlotte gained all her knowledge and insight about her friends and neighbors.
- The Premise: Darcy needs to conduct some business in the nearby village of Castleton and Georgiana agrees to accompany him and enjoy a day of sightseeing and exploring. The trip ends up being the beginning of a new chapter in their relationship as Darcy realizes that Georgiana is now a young lady.
- My Favorite Part: Such a sweet and endearing story! I loved the excellent visuals Tess Quinn created with this story, Castleton sounds like such a charming village! In addition, I enjoyed the relationship shift between Darcy and Georgiana. I wouldn’t mind seeing this story developed into a full-length novel!
- The Premise: An adorably romantic Darcy sets up trail of riddles and hidden clues that lead his his wife to her anniversary present.
- My Favorite Part: How cute is Darcy!?! I love how Darcy’s clue send Elizabeth on reminiscent tour of their first year of marriage and his love letter at the end of it…*sigh*… so beautiful and tender!
- The Premise: Fast-forward to present day, readers drop in our heroine, who works at a military academy, on a day she is in a black mood and bad temper. As she relates the reason for her black mood, readers may notice some parallels with a storyline in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
- My Favorite Part: This is a modern-day vignette was a nice change of pace! I like the idea of a Pride and Prejudice story taking place in the military field (we’ve already seen it take place in a courtroom, hospital, and on stage…) I especially enjoyed how the story started without much of an introduction. I wasn’t sure if our heroine was Jane, Elizabeth, Charlotte, or Lydia!
I found this charming compilation of short stories to be delightful! With some stories, I did feel that the narrative was a little too wordy and the exposition a little too lengthy, but other than that I thought this diverse assortment of stories was well-written, creative, and most deserving of praise!
16 out of 30 completed!