Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
For those unfamiliar with this light-hearted and elegant Austenesque trilogy, A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice, it begins with First Impressions, a Pride and Prejudice variation that asks the question: What if Darcy danced with Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly rather than insult her? And proceeds to take our beloved couple on a much smoother course to true love, one with a bit less pride and prejudice.
In Second Glances, a sequel to First Impressions, the story continues with the adventures and
marriages of Kitty, Lydia, and Georgiana, while also illustrating life of all the newly married Darcys and Bingleys.
The third book in this series, Holidays at Pemberley concludes with a happily ever after for Charlotte Lucasa as well as glimpses of some holiday seasons celebrated with the Darcys at Pemberley.
If you have yet to read First Impressions, you may be surprised to learn that unromantic and pragmatic Charlotte is saved from marriage Mr. Collins! (What happy a notion!) While we may rejoice in Charlotte’s fate, she does not perhaps share the same opinion. With the clock ticking and an older brother about to marry, finding a husband at Pemberley is Charlotte’s only chance to escape a life as a spinster and live-in companion to her brother and his unfriendly wife.
If you read my reviews of First Impressions and Second Glances, then you already know that I found Alexa Adams to be quite adroit at capturing Jane Austen’s narrative style and emulating the tone of her characters. That most definitely did not change with this novel! I most especially enjoyed how Ms. Adams portrayed some of Jane Austen’s most eccentric characters – Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. What fun it was to see Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet infuriate and contradict each other over the proper care of grandchildren!
How lovely it was to witness practical Charlotte have a change of heart! After living with Elizabeth and Darcy and seeing their everyday devotion towards each other, she begins to rethink her theories on happiness in marriage. I loved seeing Charlotte transform and spend time contemplating marriage with Mr. Westover, the rector of Kympton. I enjoyed the relationship between these two characters – it was a bit atypical and unlikely, and quite cute!
While I do love catching up with Darcys, Bingleys, and Bennets, part of me wanted more Charlotte and Mr. Westover in this novel. I know that there were a lot of loose ends to tie up, but I kind of felt Charlotte and Mr. Westover needed a little more development and page-time. And I must admit that I was “most seriously displeased” to see the odious Wickhams show up at Pemberley! Mr. Bennet’s scheme with them seemed a little farfetched and the Wickhams felt like a terrible intrusion on the joyous holiday festivities. The best part about their storyline was witnessing them receive their just desserts courtesy of Lady C! (Oh-ho-ho! and it was GOOD!)
Written with humor, reverence, and dexterity the A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice series by Alexa Adams is an ideal choice for readers wanting a low-angst, charming, and clever Austenesque read! Looking forward to reading more by Alexa Adams in the future!
Author Alexa Adams brings with her today ONE lovely copy of Holidays at Pemberley (winners choice: paperback or ebook) for me to give away to ONE lucky winner!
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