- 出版社: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (2015年5月1日)
- 平装: 340页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1511994673
- 条形码: 9781511994675
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 454 g
- ASIN: 1511994673
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One Love - Two Hearts - Three Stories: A Pride & Prejudice Anthology; the Library, Married!, Ramsgate (英语) 平装 – 2015年5月
Joy Dawn King started telling stories from an early age. However, she did not write any of them down until she was 57 years old. While living high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador with her husband and family, she read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time. It was love at first page. After she was done, she longed for more. When searching for another copy of Jane Austen's writings, she happened upon several books that offered alternative paths to happily ever after for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. She purchased and read as many as she could find. Finally, in early 2014, she had an idea for a story about the couple that would not go away. Thus, her first book, A Father's Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, was born. Since then, Joy and her husband moved back to the U.S. and plot bunnies kept hopping in and out of her imagination. Now, it's all she can do to keep up with them. But, she tries.
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In "One Love - Two Hearts - Three Stories," we see 3 different options for how Elizabeth and Darcy meet and marry.
1. The Library - what if Darcy could not help himself from looking - staring - at Elizabeth more than propriety allowed? What if they talked things through? What if Caroline was so clueless yet so brazen? (LOL had to throw that one in there!! Haha!). I loved this short story. It shows how flawed ODC really is and how arrogant and prejudiced they BOTH were. I loved the fact that they held a conversation and put things on the table!!! Well done!!
2. Married! - what if during the elopement, Elizabeth was on the same coach as Wickham, Georgiana, and Mrs Younge? What if Elizabeth was summoned home as the prospective bride of the slimy Mr Collins? This is a more full-length story, and very delightful in how Elizabeth and Darcy meet. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, it had just the right amount of angst that I wasn't a nervous wreck, but enough that it wasn't boring. Some may say it was to quick with the emotions and attachment of ODC, but that is the prerogative of the writer. This is not exactly canon, but it is in a way. I actually enjoyed the stubborn and entitled Georgiana struggling to understand how her decisions have consequences, and how Elizabeth is amazing with the reformation of Georgiana. I always felt she got off too easy in regards to her near elopement with Wickham.
3. Ramsgate - what if the Gardiners and Bennet's were in Ramsgate at the same time as Georgiana? What if Georigana fell fast in friendship with Elizabeth? This story was short but sweet. It starts with Elizabeth and Georgiana becoming fast friends while vacationing in Ramsgate. With this friendship, Georgiana finds she has someone to turn to when she finds things aren't as they seem. With Elizabeth's guidance and support, Georgiana sums Darcy to Ramsgate. Again some may not like the short but sweet, but I loved this story, it was refreshing to see Darcy not struggle so much with his affections, and to have the support of Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana.
All in all, I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any and all JAFFer, especially if you are in the need for a D&E book with reduced angst!!!! I look forward to what else the talented J Dawn King publishes in the future, she has a devoted reader in me!!!!
The characters are as Jane Austen established them, but Ms King cuts to the chase and brings them face to face much quicker than Jane.
Needing short stories to read when I'm detained some place, these three stories really fill the void. It is sort of like drawing a situation from a deck and developing how Elizabeth and Darcy would handle it. Some situations are lively, others are grave and then some are just sweet.
You go, Ms King. Keep the good reads coming. My schedule has been rushed lately and I've needed some short stories to keep my focus without going back to get caught up in a long novel. Loved the fact that I knew the book would contain three independent short stories.
Thanks for the epilogues. I think a lot of people are like me and we like to think about The Darcy Family over the years.
Book Two deals with Miss Georgiana's elopment with George Wickham and how Elizabeth Bennet saves Georgiana's reputation. When Elizabeth writes a letter to Darcy urging him to rescue his sister, she unwittingly surrenders her future to a complete stranger. A single unwed lady would never write to a single man whom she has never met. To salvage Elizabeth's reputation, Darcy offers to marry her. To explain Geogiana's presence, all are willing to swear she has traveled to attend her brother's wedding. This book deals with our young couple's marriage, the fallout of Darcy's not marrying Anne, the invalid daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and the courtship of Jane Bennett and Charles Bingley, who has two disagreeable sisters. During the span of this book, Georgiana comes to realize she is not as mature at fifteen as she thinks she is, learns how to bake lemon tarts, and is introduced to an officer's wife and sees first-hand how poor military families really are. Darcy learns that his uncle, the Earl of Matlock, and his aunt, Lady de Bourgh, are slave owners and owe their income to slavery. At this news, Darcy severs all ties with his family, who are shunned by society and flee to their country estates. This book also recounts how our couple falls in love with each other.
Book Three explains how Geogiana Darcy meets the Bennet family, how she sends for her brother guardian, Darcy, and her other guardian, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. It is another retelling of how Elizabeth and Darcy come to love and respect each other.
This is a charming book that rehashes a most beloved story by Jane Austen and predicts the future of these unique individuals. It was time well spent.