pages ISBN 1905016123
Egerton House Publishing (December 2006)
Jane Austen's characters, I am happy to say, are not too far off the originals. Elizabeth and Darcy are very quick studies. He learns to tease and laugh at himself within a couple of weeks. Darcy's wedding gift to Elizabeth is a beautiful horse and though she is no horsewoman, her natural althletic abilities allow her to become an accomplished equestrian within a few days. The Darcys are a passionate couple who tease and laugh and banter a great deal.
We soon learn that Mr. Darcy has only spent small amounts of time at Pemberley since his mother died when he was thirteen. It turns out that he is estranged from his father and that Pemberley's closets are full of skeletons. Moving back there unearths the demons within Darcy. It turns out that his bad behavior at the beginning of P&P was actually because he had been taught by his mother to look down upon all those not deigned to be his equal. But his reserve is due to living for so many year with secrets and a desire to hide the demons inside.
Many sequels portray Darcy as a saint, but this one gives those qualities to Elizabeth. At one and twenty, she knows how to handle any situation and how to charm all but the most hardened neighbors. She fears nothing and nobody and always uses her wit, charm and vivacity to solve any problem. Now that his demons have come out to haunt him, our Mr. Darcy is subject to temper tantrums. But, no matter what he does or says, our Lizzie forgives him and causes him to vow to improve his behaviour by her example.However, in spite of all that, I found this book to be very entertaining. In the end, all demons are vanqished and all skeletons are routed and everyone lives happily ever after. I recommend that you give it a try.