My September book for the Pride & Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge:
What Would Mr. Darcy Do?; Abigail Reynolds
A slender little book 225 pages long, this is a quick, light read.
The story opens with Elizabeth receiving the letter from Jane about Lydia’s terrible mistake. Instead of leaving nearly immediately, Mr. Darcy takes the chance to tell her about his feelings, and even in her confusion and worry over Lydia, Elizabeth manages to convey that she’s warming up to him, too.
What follows focuses less on reclaiming Lydia’s reputation, and more on Darcy and Lizzy. Several passages are quite recognizable as pieces from the original novel, though not in the same order of events as originally presented. The couple skirts the line of propriety several times, with far fewer repercussions than you’d expect–and these scenes, while sweet, don’t really add anything significant to the story.
Though there’s not much original or new in this little story, it’s still a fun way to spend a couple of hours for an Austen fan.