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by Jane Aylmer

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: 1813 England

2006 Historical Fiction Nominee

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Here is another chance to experience Pride and Prejudice, with all your favorite scenes and lines from Darcy's perspective instead of Elizabeth's. So this time you know about the treacherous Wickham right away, but you don't know that Jane loves Bingley. The author is careful to give us only what Darcy knows at each stage of the romance,
and to tell us only what he's feeling.

All of the great bits of dialogue
are included, even direct quotes
from Austen, but none of the interior thoughts of Elizabeth. In trade, the times that Darcy sits incomprehensibly silent are explained. We discover
him to be a reserved, even shy person, who envies his friends and their ability to meet new people. The more he is attracted to Elizabeth, the more tongue-tied he becomes.

Aylmer handles this change of
viewpoint very well. She expresses only feelings and ideas appropriate to the original; even the word choices are in the same style. This is a particularly fine revisiting of Austen's classic romance. (Aug., 269 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed By: Bunny Callahan

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: August 2006

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