…of most interest to Bennet was Mr. Darcy of Pemberley.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy attends the Meryton assembly, he befriends a quiet, intelligent gentleman. In frequent visits to his friend’s home, he becomes acquainted with the Bennet family of Longbourn. Yet Mr. Darcy is distracted by a strange feeling of having met some of them before.
This is a different Bennet family from the cleverly crafted one in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. This Mr. Bennet is a responsible gentleman who takes an active role in the education and upbringing of all five of his daughters, manages Longbourn to be prosperous, and displays loving guidance toward Mrs. Bennet—a gentle, caring mother and wife.
There is a mystery lurking at Longbourn—a secret unknown even to Elizabeth Bennet—and Mr. Darcy is entangled in its extraordinary revelations.
Who is Thomas Bennet?
And although Darcy and Elizabeth act predictably close to their Canon selves, the mystery at the heart of the story keeps you on edge.
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I enjoyed the sense and cleverness with which the story unfolded, taking into account the variation introduced, Lauder follows the lines of the original story, but makes it her own when she includes her personal interpretations into the dialogue, making the content very entertaining, dynamic, and lively surrounded in a halo of mystery and intrigue [translated from Spanish]
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Read the full review [in Spanish] at Warmisunqu’s Austen
I was pleasantly surprised by Lauder’s elevation of Mr. Bennet to the status of hero alongside Mr. Darcy, but it made for a book that I simply couldn’t put down.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.
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