“They wanted dancing and merriment… They got murder” – Back cover
I have been tweeted and recommended this book by many people since (and before) it came out in December last year. However, I was put off, expecting darkness to seep in, and “guilt and misery and such odious subjects” (as Austen herself said about her pen not dwelling on such) to become the focus. However, now I have read it, devoured it perhaps, I can safely say that this sequel is believable, faithful to Pride and Prejudice and an exciting, easy read. Continue reading
The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen’s Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters
Firstly, I must apologise for not having blogged in a while. However, this is due to a new addition to my life- my Kindle! I have been ferociously reading and the first book I have completed reading is The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman. I downloaded this eBook for free from Amazon on Jane Austen’s birthday and have only put off reading it due to not having my eReader when planned. It’s available free on Google Books. It was truly a joy to read this 400 page odd sequel.
This book managed to irritate and entertain in different parts. Perhaps it was the lack of choices, rather heavy reliance on a point system and the often awkward inclusion of characters, but it left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. If you’ve read a “Create your own Adventure” novel before, you will know what this book has in store when it subtitles itself “Create your own Jane Austen Adventure”. For the others, I will explain in full. Disjointed storylines are symptomatic of this book genre, a genre of which I am admittedly not a fan, and Webster did have a better attempt at it than most.
So, will you die a horrible death? Marry Mr. Darcy? Become a writer?…