Dreadful. Numerous crimes against the English language. How is this author teaching English? She never uses the past perfect, even when required. She dangles modifying phrases. She uses words she obviously does not understand and her confusion leads to phrases like "perspective brides" (meaning prospective) and "dole character" (probably means droll). Not a paragraph that I read escaped some awkwardness or outright error. She admiringly reports a "gurgle in Elizabeth's voice" (Elizabeth isn't drowning at the time). She reproduces 21st century language misuse ("impact" is among the many nouns she uses as verbs, the first page of Chapter 3 speaks of "the irony of the situation" and "the travesty of the situation," without transmitting useful information of any kind). Read at peril: this book may actually degrade your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
The author claims, in her preface, that she is not trying to duplicate Austen. Yet she persists in using archaic words, not themselves found in pride and Prejudice, in order to sound authentic. I did not object to the retelling itself, but the book contains numerous failed attempts to quote from the original. What does failed mean? One attempt involved changing the sequence of words so that the quote had no meaning. More than one involved dropping a necessary word, again robbing the quote of meaning. A sentence was added to the scene of Elizabeth's acceptance of Darcy, that simply did not belong.
It really seemed to me that the author had no feel at all for English usage or grammar. I agree with the princess (below) in her notice of the problems, but sided with Elizabeth in looking for amusement in the errors.
After reading the previous 2 comments , I was expecting to find an unbearble read. Recognizing that there was only one copy of this book available through the libraby I purposefully searched for any typographical errors , incorrect elements of structure within sentences , clauses or phrases and verbal mis-use . What I actually found was a reasonably effective combination of archaic and modern words and phraseology .
Without meaning to be impolitic in putting forth this suggestion : perhaps having a dictionary at hand while reading this type of book will help in understanding words with which one is not comfortably familiar.
The story line in this book was tolerable but I fond that Amanda Grange's " Mr. Darcy's Diary " a much more enjoyable read .
This book seriously needs a good editor; or needs a seriously good editor. The typos, errors in grammar, syntax, tense, etc. etc. made it impossible for me to enjoy this, and I love Mr. Darcy!
I know, I know! Don't expect too much from imitators - but I have read some good Austen fan fiction - Pamela Aidan's Darcy tirlogy is an excellent example. This one, however, does not measure up, though Jeffers makes a valiant try. I'm willing to give the story itself a pass - we all have ideas of what happens after the happily ever after, right? The weakness lies in the writing, to the point I could never really let go and enter into the story. Too bad.
This book is faithful to the story, but imagines it through Darcy's point of view.
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