Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued by Anna Elliott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Following Jane Austen is an incredibly hard act. I liked the concept of this, but went in knowing nothing compares to the original.
For anyone familiar with Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana Darcy is a minor character in the original work. The younger sister of P&P's hero, Mr. Darcy, we're first introduced to her via a letter Darcy sends Lizzie. At fifteen, Georgiana was the subject of scandal and saved from folly by an accidental visit from her brother.
Elliot's work takes Georgiana Darcy from minor, but crucial character to the main one. Some of Austen's pivotal characters are featured in this work. It was nice to catch up with them.
The story opens with Georgiana Darcy on the marriage market thanks to her aunt, the austere Lady Catherine De Bourgh. The problem is: Georgiana's heart is already taken and has been for a long, long time by her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.
There are fortune hunters and potential matches, misunderstandings, and reappearances of characters you never want to see again.
Georgiana grows from a shy young woman to someone who can stand up for herself and helps other people to find their own happiness.
I enjoyed this story, but I have to say that there was a presentist, 21st Century, feel to it, which took me out of Austen's time period and into this one. There were also plot holes and a lot of repetition - returning to information that had already been explicitly stated. Some of the characters' actions made me squint e.g. Caroline and Lady Catherine De Bourgh's. In the context of the time period, it just didn't make sense and as such, it hampered the enjoyment of this book.
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