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Monday, November 22, 2010

These Three Remain - Pamela Aidan

I really meant to read a book in between (even tried, but that’s another story), but I just couldn’t help finishing Pamela Aidan’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy. You’ll note I said trilogy, but have only read two books. The middle of the books, Duty and Desire, takes place after Darcy had returned to town from Netherfield, but before he sees Elizabeth again at Rosing. The author took this opportunity to entirely make up the middle book of her trilogy, and I read numerous recommendations to skip that book. I may go back and read it someday (if I manage to get my hands on it, oddly enough, it’s the hardest to find, though it seems to be the least favorite), but it’s perfectly skip-able if you want to keep to the original novel’s story.

I enjoyed the wrap up to this story. Darcy really grows as a character, and it’s nice to see how much he works to repair Lizzie’s opinion of him. It’s also fun to see some of the historical context of what’s going on in London during this time frame, as Darcy would have been much more aware of those goings on, considering his fortune, which would have had to bring a certain degree of prominence. And I thoroughly enjoyed his reaction to Lady Catherine’s visit near the end of the story.

This is definitely an enjoyable Pride and Prejudice adaption – well worth seeking out.

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