Sunday, September 9, 2012
Pemberley Manor by Kathryn L. Nelson
This book starts at the Wedding of Mr Bingley to Jane Bennet and Mr Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet and as you would expect Caroline Bingley is hating every minute and Mrs Bennet’s nerves are in shreds.
The couples head out to start their married lives and the story follows Darcy and Elizabeth, we are led to understand that Darcy has had a troubled child hood with dark undercurrents that he does not understand and this leads to his massive swings in temperament, one minute blissfully happy and the next thundering tempers of the blackest kind and in another tears of weeping remorse.
I have to say in this day and age he would probably be pronounced bipolar and put on prozac or at the very least valium.
This does not stop it from being a ripping yarn, but, you can’t help feeling that Lizzy really has bitten off more than she can chew. Jane definitely having got the better deal.
My other problem is with Caroline Bingley who is quite as ruthless and horrid as she could be, but at the end of the story (and even though I hate to give story lines away) she goes through an epiphany and turns into a Jane Bennet.
Why? Jane Austen was happy to have rotters in her books, why do so many feel the need to turn the bad good ?
We allow Elizabeth to change Darcy for the better that’s what all women cherish (of getting a leopard to change his spots) but Caroline is a Bitch with a capital B, she is not going to change the habits of a life time whatever she has done.
Please leave the bad guys bad, I like them that way as I am sure do many others.