Sunday, September 9, 2012
Darcy and Elizabeth, Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll
Another weighty tome from Linda Berdoll this one comes complete with numerous plots and subplots.
It’s quite a challenge to keep all the different stories moving along side each other.
In the book the bad guys dominate the plots with Wickham very much to the fore front, causing disasters and leaving heartbreak on his wake. As he gets more desperate he becomes more despicable.
The ever vile Lady Catherine also comes to the fore but her plot line is a little strange and not as fulfilling.
Sex is again a big part of this book although at least it starts of fwith about going without.
One of my main annoyances comes about in one of the many sex scenes as Elizabeth and Darcy are romping in a spring fed weir in Derbyshire (which would be seriously cold) then a snapping turtle appears, there are NO turtles in England they could not survive in the climate even if somebody had brought them all the way from America, a tiny detail but so annoying.
Again lots of historical background covering a lot of issues of the day, the corn laws and work houses, lots of color in the dark side of London, Limehouse and the brothels, unrest and discontent on the streets, giving a sombre background to some of the plots. The addition of light hearted moments helps to lift the plots including a naked Bingley hiding in a barrel after being mugged by a mob.
Plenty of unexpected moments that kept me going through a very, very long book, one of the most unexpected was a Georgina so changed from the shy sweet girl of Pride and Prejudice now quite comfortable to lie and deceive to get her own way and a bizarre widow Charlotte Collins.
As usual I don’t want to give away any of the surprises that would spoil the fun.
Pour a generous glass of wine, settle down for a serious session of reading this is not a light read with a cup of tea.