Monday, January 23, 2012

Lizzy’s Choice By Clytie Koehler

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth confronts Darcy on the dance floor at the Netherfield ball about Wickham. Darcy leads her out to the balcony and tells her all...including the near elopement of Wickham and Georgiana.  Later that night, Elizabeth has nightmares that she marries Mr. Collins. After the ceremony,  she is riding in the “carriage of doom” with Collins to Hunsford where Lady Catherine is waiting with a whip in hand! I found the dream, with the way Mr. Collins was looking at Elizabeth and Lady Catherine’s whip, rather creepy!

Darcy also has nightmares of Elizabeth marrying Mr. Collins. He cannot let her marry Collins!! He decides he must do something to stop the marriage. He takes a morning ride to think things through. Elizabeth also needs to clear her mind, so she decides to walk up to Mt. Oakham.  They cross paths, and after much discussion they agree on a courtship of sorts. They have plenty of issues to overcome, so they decide to keep the courtship a secret for a while. However, they do agree to confide with Mr. Bennet.

While I didn’t like the beginning of this book, I thought it got better! There is a lot going on in this story, with Lydia being seduced by Wickham and the family having to decide what to do if she “increases” to Caroline Bingley becoming mentally unstable and displaying some bizarre behavior!

I absolutely loved Jane’s talk with Darcy. Jane is very straight forward with him, and he finds out there is more to Jane than he thought, which leads to a better understanding between them.

There are a few things that I found out of place, for example, the family meetings they would have where they came up with the “Bennet Family Code of Conduct”. That seems too modern for a regency novel.

Overall, I liked it, but I felt it lacked something, deeper emotions maybe.

I rate it 3 out of 5 stars.

Buy a copy of Lizzy's Choice here.

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