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What a great Pride & Prejudice variation this is! One little change altered the events of the original to be almost unrecognizable. Even with a whole new set of events, the story was still believable and the characters familiar as our dear Darcy and Lizzy.
Elizabeth Bennett is attending the Meryton assembly when Mr. Darcy, Mr. and Miss Bingley, the Hursts, and Colonel Fitzwilliam arrive. She is immediately attracted to the tall handsome Mr. Darcy, and is happy to see Jane's eyes directed to Mr. Bingley. Mrs. Bennett gathers her chicks together to be introduced to Bingley and Darcy, but omits Elizabeth in the confusion. As a result, when Darcy meets Elizabeth's eyes across the room, he doesn't know that the lively beauty he admires is a daughter of the vulgar woman he just met. When Bingley asks Darcy to dance with a Bennett daughter, he doesn't know that the scathing comments he makes are about the woman he can't take his eyes from.
Elizabeth and the others near her overhear Darcy's comments and Elizabeth is humiliated and offended. Recognizing Bingley as one who might be easily led by Darcy, she formulates a plan to throw Jane and Bingley together while giving Mr. Darcy just what he deserves. Meanwhile, Col Fitzwilliam, a few years older than Darcy and one of the few people not intimidated by him, gives him a stern set down about his behavior at the assembly. Darcy recognizes that his behavior was ungentlemanlike and vows to apologize to Elizabeth and behave better in the future.
The early introduction of Col Fitzwilliam, a very mature and sensible version, completely changes the events of the story. He brings sense and shows Darcy just how he appears in public. Darcy doesn't need a botched proposal to humble him, although he and Elizabeth still have plenty of misunderstandings in this version without it!
The narration was well done, it didn't pull me out of the story and fit with the tone very well. I will be adding this author and narrator to my to read list!
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J Dawn King always writes wonderful P&P variations and this one is narrated by one of the top two readers (IMO) ... Pearl Hewitt and Stevie Zimmerman. You can't go wrong with this combo.
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