Monday, February 29, 2016
Duty and Desire - Pamela Aidan
This book covers the time in Pride and Prejudice between when Darcy leaves Netherfield after the ball (when Bingley’s sisters also convince Bingley to go away), and when Darcy goes to Rosings to see Elizabeth. The author takes the opportunity to send Darcy to a country house party that turns into a bit of a Gothic mystery. I think it’s also supposed to illustrate to Darcy that the women of his class aren’t really all they’re cracked up to be.
The book’s not a bad story exactly, but Darcy really does all his growing as a person after Elizabeth rejects his first proposal, and that happens in the last book of the series. I suppose, if you manage to work your pet Gothic romance into a trilogy that otherwise wouldn’t have one, and get paid for it, good on you. It’s just a little odd, in the middle of what is otherwise one of the better Pride and Prejudice adaptations I’ve read.