Published November 21st 2011 by Intertidal Press
ISBN 0615571417 (ISBN13: 9780615571416)
A lady’s reputation is a fragile thing. If anyone ever discovered that Miss Elizabeth Bennet had received a letter from a single gentleman, she could be ruined… or forced to marry a man she detests. In this Pride & Prejudice variation, Elizabeth takes the safer course and refuses to read Mr. Darcy’s letter of explanation.
Returning home unaware of Wickham’s true nature, Elizabeth confesses everything to him, putting both Mr. Darcy and herself in grave danger from Wickham’s schemes.
I was nervous about reading a ‘rendition’ of Pride and Prejudice, but once I got into this, I didn’t need to be. Abigail has managed to capture the essence and the tradition of the original book.
It is a variation though – it starts about half way through the novel after Mr Darcy has proposed to Miss Elizabeth Bennet and she declined. He wrote her a letter, but she refused to read it, instead burning it.
That small event manages to have large repercussions throughout the remainder of the book. Mr Wickham still seduces Lydia, but runs off before he is able to be made to marry her, so what is the Bennet family to do.
Elizabeth who renews her acquaintance with Mr Darcy and having met Miss Darcy, Mr Bingley renews his addresses to the senior Miss Bennet
Because of the disgrace the family is in, Mr Bingley is no longer able to propose to Miss Bennet and instead proposes to another lady.
The whole mess seems too much to be untangled, but Abigail does a wonderful job of bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion.
I could go on about the characters, and the settings, but they have already been analysed before in the original Jane Austen composition. You would seriously believe that this has been written by Miss Austen herself.