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going after cacciato

Source: Personal library
Rating: ★★★★☆

“The point is that war is war no matter how it is perceived.  War has its own reality.  War kills and maims and rips up the land and makes orphans and widows.  These are the things of war.  Any war.”

(from Going After Cacciato, page 197)

Quick summary: Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1979 National Book Award, is one of the most unique war novels I’ve ever read. Tim O’Brien tells the story of a soldier during the Vietnam War who simply decides to leave the war and walk from the jungle all the way to Paris. The novel is told through the point of view of Paul Berlin, one of the soldiers who sets off on the mission to find Cacciato. O’Brien plays with the novel’s timeline, so readers alternate between following Paul Berlin on the journey to fetch Cacciato, going back in time to when Paul Berlin first joined the war and witnessing the horrifying things he saw during those months before Cacciato left the war, and moving forward in time to an observation post on the sea as Paul Berlin spends the long night contemplating what happened with Cacciato.

Why I wanted to read it: I’m a huge fan of Tim O’Brien. His writing is fantastic and thought-provoking. The Things They Carried is one of my all-time favorite books, and I’d let Going After Cacciato sit unread on my shelf for too long.

What I liked: I thought the shifts back and forth in time were clever, allowing the layers of detail about the various soldiers and the mission from Quang Ngai to Paris to be pulled back one by one. I also enjoyed the element of fantasy in this novel and how O’Brien kept me guessing about the events of the story until the very end. His writing always packs a punch, with vivid imagery that makes you feel like you are wading through the paddies or sweating through the jungles or marching the dusty trails alongside the characters. He manages to balance weighty discussions about war and its purpose with the reality of what the soldiers endured on a daily basis.

What I disliked: At first, the time shifts were jarring, but after a few chapters, I understood the structure of the novel and was immersed in the story. This definitely is a novel where readers just have to go with the flow and hang on for the ride without knowing what to expect.

Final thoughts: While I didn’t love Going After Cacciato as much as The Things They Carried, I am able to appreciate it as a brilliant war novel. O’Brien explores the blurred boundaries between true and fictional war stories in The Things They Carried, and in Going After Cacciato, he focuses on the line between reality and fantasy. Reading about what these soldiers endured makes it easy to believe that they would want to simply walk away from it all. Going After Cacciato focuses on the evolution of a soldier, the lessons he learns over time, the fear he fights to control, and the coping mechanisms that become necessary to simply survive another day.

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Book 30 for the War Challenge With a Twist (Vietnam)

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Book 28 for the Historical Fiction Challenge

Disclosure: Going After Cacciato is from my personal library.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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my own mr. darcy

Source: Personal library
Rating: ★★★★☆

Unfortunately, the friend who had kept my secret all these years had watched me govern my dating life by what she now called “my unrealistic Darcy expectations.”  Where once she’d been my ally in my desire to find my own Mr. Darcy, she had now become my enemy.  Well, not really my enemy.  Just where Mr. Darcy was concerned.

Lately, she’d been on a crusade to get me to “open myself up to other possibilities.”  Why didn’t she just say it?  She wanted me to settle.

(from My Own Mr. Darcy)

Quick summary: Karey White’s My Own Mr. Darcy is about how one girl’s teenage fantasy becomes an obsession and a potential obstacle to her happiness.  When Elizabeth Barrett was 16, her mother dragged her and her best friend, Janessa, to see the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice starring Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy.  She immediately fell in love with Mr. Darcy’s good looks, his brooding, smoldering stares, and how much he adores Elizabeth Bennet.  She decided then that she wants her own Mr. Darcy, basically an exact replica of Macfadyen’s Darcy, and because of her youthful dream, she never really gives the guys she dates a chance.  After blowing off high school science teacher Chad after a single lunch date, Janessa takes a tough love approach and convinces Lizzie to go on 10 dates with him before calling it quits.  Once she starts to realize she enjoys Chad’s company, bookstore owner Matt Dawson waltzes into her life, as handsome and arrogant as Mr. Darcy, and Lizzie thinks her dreams have finally come true.  But is Mr. Darcy best left in the pages of Austen’s novel?

Why I wanted to read it: It sounded like a sweet romance, and I’m a sucker for any novel with a connection to Jane Austen.

What I liked: Lizzie was such an easy character to like, even when she was being foolish and unreasonable.  I could understand her desire to leave her job as a bank teller to use her degree in interior design, and the way White worked that into the story was creative and made me want to spend an afternoon watching home improvement shows.  The difference between the two men in Lizzie’s life was striking, and it was entertaining to watch her navigate both relationships.  White made me think about what makes my favorite fictional characters so intriguing and whether their modern-day, real-world equivalents would be just as interesting.

What I disliked: There really wasn’t anything to dislike.  It was simply a feel-good, comfort read.

Final thoughts: My Own Mr. Darcy is a charming romance about discovering what you really want in a relationship and being brave enough to both take a chance on your dream and be honest about whether it really is what you need.  There is plenty of humor and cuteness mixed in with the tension and confusion, and I enjoyed how White even let Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine make appearances in Lizzie’s world.  Regardless of whether or not they think Mr. Darcy is a romantic hero, Austen fans will want to check out this delightful, fast-paced novel.  I was in the mood for Austen but didn’t want to read a re-telling, and My Own Mr. Darcy fit the bill perfectly!

Disclosure: My Own Mr. Darcy is from my personal library.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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texts from jane eyre

Source: Review copy from Henry Holt
Rating: ★★★☆☆

One new voicemail from Jane Fairfax
Press 7 to save your message
Press 8 to delete your message

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Command not recognized

8

Your message has been deleted

(from “Emma” in Texts From Jane Eyre)

Quick summary: Texts From Jane Eyre imagines text message conversations from famous literary characters, books, and authors, both classic and contemporary works.  These include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, The Hunger Games, The Lorax, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and even the Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club series.  It’s a fairly short book comprised of alternating text message boxes between the sender and the recipient, and readers could easily breeze through it in an hour or two.

Why I wanted to read it: I thought the premise was creative.

What I liked: Mallory Ortberg covers a lot of ground in Texts From Jane Eyre, so there’s something for everyone within these pages.  I was happy to see a couple of Jane Austen novels represented, and I appreciated the inclusion of both poetry and prose.

What I disliked: The premise of the book is clever, but I found myself skipping over the text messages from the works and authors I haven’t read because I didn’t get the jokes.  However, even when I was reading about a book, poem, or author with which I was familiar, I didn’t find the texts all that funny.  Some were mildly amusing, but there were few chuckle-out-loud moments for me, which was disappointing.

Final thoughts: Texts From Jane Eyre has an intriguing premise, but the execution just didn’t work for me.  However, Ortberg deserves praise for taking on an ambitious project that includes a wide swath of the literary world, poking fun at works that were assigned reading in school, as well as those that were guilty pleasures at home.

Disclosure: I received Texts From Jane Eyre from Henry Holt for review.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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the muse

Source: Review copy from Meryton Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

In envisioning his younger days, William suddenly thought of Elizabeth Bennet.  He thought of her dancing.  She was still clumsy in some of her movements, but she danced with an energy that he recognized: fierce and delicate at the same time.  In her eyes, he recognized a passion for expression that he, too, had once felt.  Elizabeth Bennet, he could tell, loved to dance.

(from The Muse)

Quick summary: In The Muse, an imaginative, modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet is a corps de ballet dancer at the Ballet Theater of New York, and William Darcy is a dance-legend-turned-choreographer.  After overhearing William criticizing her dancing and her body, Elizabeth is surprised to be cast in the piece he is choreographing, and she is even more surprised when he uses her to create the pas de deux — a move than angers prima ballerina Caroline Bingley.  William knows it’s wrong to get involved with a corps dancer, but the sensual moves he creates with Elizabeth make him feel alive.  Although his feelings for Elizabeth soften over time, she feels nothing but hatred for him for how he treated Greg Wickham, how he put a wrench in her sister’s career, and how his unwanted attention put a target on her back.

Why I wanted to read it: I’m amazed at how many different ways Pride and Prejudice can be retold.  I can’t say I’m a big fan of ballet, but this variation was too unique to pass over.

What I liked: I don’t know if Jessica Evans is a dancer herself, but she’s definitely well-versed in ballet, from the behind-the-scenes operations to the dance itself.  I could picture the movements in my mind, and Evans brings the sensual dances between William and Elizabeth to life.  I loved how Evans incorporated the secondary characters and plot lines, and bringing Elizabeth and Darcy into the world of ballet was clever and definitely out of the ordinary.

What I disliked: There were a couple of parts that felt slow to me, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.  In fact, I think the problem probably was my impatience and inability to read faster to find out what happened next!

Final thoughts: The Muse is a novel about two strong-willed, passionate dancers stumbling through life on their own but whose movements are graceful and perfect when they dance together.  Evans’ take on Pride and Prejudice is a breath of fresh air in the realm of retellings, with just the right amount of drama, sex, and misunderstanding.

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Disclosure: I received The Muse from Meryton Press for review.

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lizzy bennet's diary

Source: Public library
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Dearest Diary,

Is he not the rudest and most insufferable of men?  My defence shall be to laugh at him, but the truth is the bee has stung my pride.

(from Lizzy Bennet’s Diary)

Quick summary:  Lizzy Bennet’s Diary is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for younger readers through the diary of Elizabeth Bennet.  Lizzy’s diary follows  the original novel, albeit in simplified form — complete with illustrations, letters glued onto the pages that readers can open up and enjoy, and various mementos she collects along the way.

Why I wanted to read it: I loved Marcia Williams’ war-related, scrapbook-like diaries, Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918 and My Secret Diary, by Flossie Albright: My History of the Second World War 1939-1945, so when I saw that she had transformed Pride and Prejudice into a diary, I couldn’t resist.

What I liked: I loved the adorable drawings, and I loved opening up the letters.  Although other authors have retold Pride and Prejudice in diary form, Lizzy Bennet’s Diary actually looks and feels like a real diary.  I am always delighted by Williams’ creativity and how she makes me want to drop everything and start scavenging for little tokens to glue into a scrapbook or journal.

What I disliked: Lizzy seems almost childlike in these diary entries, going on about clothes, etc.  I missed the intelligent, witty, and stubborn woman portrayed by Austen.  There were times I wondered if this actually was Lydia Bennet’s diary.

Final thoughts: Although I felt that the portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet was a bit off, I appreciate that Williams retold Austen’s novel in a creative way without changing the plot.  Lizzy Bennet’s Diary is a cute way to introduce young readers to the world of Jane Austen, with illustrations that are eye-catching and adorable.

Disclosure: I borrowed Lizzy Bennet’s Diary from the public library.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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the beautiful american

Source: Review copy from NAL
Rating: ★★★★★

The larger question: do they matter, simple facts?  America was in love with celebrities, the photographers and flappers with their short bobs and sexual daring.  The world was already in love with Lee and all she represented: the new woman, brave and bold, matching men in sexual freedom, and carrying secrets.  They were like their own photographs, full of dark and light, heavy with shadows.

(from The Beautiful American, page 43)

Quick summary: Jeanne Mackin’s The Beautiful American is the story of Nora Tours, an American living in southern France after World War II who journeys to London to find her missing teenage daughter.  Distraught and unsuccessful in her efforts to locate Dahlia, she bumps into an old friend from her days in the expat community in 1920s Paris.  Back in the day, Lee Miller, the famous model and war correspondent, had introduced Nora and her boyfriend, Jamie, a budding photographer, to influential artists, including her lover, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso.  While spending a weekend with Lee and her husband, Nora recounts her childhood in Poughkeepsie, her early days in Paris and the events that sent her fleeing, how she and her daughter survived the war in Vichy France, and the secret about a tragic event in Lee’s childhood that she has been keeping since she was a young girl.

Why I wanted to read it: I must admit I was drawn to the cover right away, and I can’t resist novels set in England or France that touch upon World War II in some way.

What I liked: Mackin’s writing is simply beautiful, and there’s a haunting quality to the prose as Nora recounts her friendship with Lee and the life she made for herself and Dahlia after Paris.  I had never heard of Lee Miller before reading this book, and I was fascinated by her life, especially her work as a war correspondent who photographed battles and the concentration camps.  Both Lee and Nora were unconventional, but they were also opposites, especially when it came to their views of love and sex.  I was intrigued by both characters, finding things to like and dislike in both of them, but that’s what made them interesting.  Mackin also brings 1920s Paris and post-war Grasse and London to life, and I easily lost myself in the story.

What I disliked: I wish Mackin had told the story through both Nora’s and Lee’s points of view, mainly because I wanted more about Lee’s experiences during the war.  I definitely want to read more about her in the future.

Final thoughts: The Beautiful American is a story about loss and betrayal at a time of much social upheaval.  Mackin puts two strong women at the forefront of this novel, both of whom carry secrets and weaknesses.  Nora’s evolution over the course of the book was fascinating, yet not quite as fascinating as Mackin’s portrayal of Lee Miller.  It’s a novel about relationships that withstand the worst betrayals, the regret that can plague someone who doesn’t fight for what they want, and how motherhood and war put things into perspective.

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Book 29 for the War Challenge With a Twist (WWII)

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Book 27 for the Historical Fiction Challenge

Disclosure: I received The Beautiful American from NAL for review.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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rudolph

Source: Review copy from Media Masters Publicity
Rating: ★★★★★

Quick summary:  This special edition pop-up book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Rudolph doesn’t fit in with the other young reindeer training to be on Santa’s sleigh team because of his glowing red nose.  After being laughed at and bullied by the other reindeer, Rudolph runs away and joins forces with Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist instead of a toy maker, and the prospector Yukon Cornelius.  From the Abominable Snow Monster attack to a stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph, Hermey, and even Santa learn the importance of embracing one’s differences and turning them into strengths.

Why I wanted to read it: I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas specials…and who doesn’t love pop-up books?

What I liked: The story is a familiar one, as I’ve watched the television special every year since I was a child.  This book brings back memories by bringing this much-loved story to life.  The pictures are taken from the special, and the pop-up paper art is fantastic, breathing new life into an old story.  Also, the story is a heartwarming one, with an important lesson at its core.

What I disliked: The story is shortened to only a handful of pages.  While that makes it easier to keep the attention of the youngest readers and keeps the pop-up book from being too bulky, I was sad that it was over so soon.

Final thoughts: The Girl and I have a Christmas Eve tradition that I started when she was a toddler, and she still enjoys it as a teenager (for the moment at least).  Before we go to bed, we sit on the couch with some hot cocoa and a pile of Christmas books we’ve collected over the years, including The 12 Days of Christmas (which we sing, of course, in an assortment of silly voices), Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Night Before Christmas.  I remember when I would read them all to her, and now she reads some of them to me.  She didn’t read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with me for my review because she wanted it to be a surprise for Christmas Eve, and I am confident it will become part of our yearly tradition.  This special edition pop-up book would make a great gift for children and adults alike, creating new fans of the television special and bringing back fond memories for those who have watched it every year for as long as they can remember.

Disclosure: I received Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Media Masters Publicity for review.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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past encounters

Source: Review copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Rating: ★★★★★

In his previous life they might never have been his friends.  But here — well, they were who he had got to know.  And he needed friends, he realised.  It was difficult to live together and be civil in these conditions.  Here he was, hungry and cold and afraid, and still he was trying to play draughts.  How bloody stupid.

But perhaps this was what civilisation was.  To move pieces round on a board instead of shooting each other.

(from Past Encounters, pages 112-113)

Quick summary: Set in England in 1955, Past Encounters is a novel about a marriage plagued by secrets.  Rhoda Middleton and her husband, Peter, have grown apart emotionally and physically, and when she finds a letter from another woman, she assumes he’s having an affair.  But the truth might even be more disturbing: Helen is the wife of Peter’s best friend, Archie Foster, and while they know about her, Rhoda has never heard Peter mention them once in their 10 years of marriage.  Trying to find out why Peter kept this part of himself a secret from her forces Rhoda to face the secret she has been keeping since 1945, when the film Brief Encounter was being filmed at the Carnforth train station where she worked and volunteered during World War II.  Davina Blake tells the story from Rhoda and Peter’s points of view during the war and in 1955, detailing Peter’s horrific ordeal as a prisoner of war and on The Great March through snow-covered Germany and Rhoda’s life on the home front.

Why I wanted to read it: I’d never read a novel about POWs or the Great March, and I must admit I was drawn to the haunting cover.

What I liked: Blake obviously did her research about conditions in the POW camps run by the Germans and the forced marches of prisoners at the end of the war.  I thought the parts of the book told from Peter’s point of view were very well done, and the details Blake provided really made the harsh landscape, the harsh treatment from the guards, and the tensions among the prisoners come to life.  Dividing the narrative between the two time periods also made it possible for me to really get to know the characters, what they endured during the war, and how the secrets they kept from one another took a toll on their marriage.  It was interesting to see how vastly different their wartime experiences were, with Peter experiencing the very worst of humanity but hanging onto his relationship with Rhoda, and Rhoda living a much easier life but finding it hard to manage the tensions within her family, the obvious dislike Peter’s parents had for her, and her confusion over her relationship with Peter, as they hadn’t been seeing each other very long when he went off to war.  Also, the inclusion of Helen and her interactions with both Rhoda and Peter added another layer to the story.

What I disliked: Parts of the novel were long and probably could have been trimmed without affecting the plot, but I really liked Blake’s writing, so the length didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the novel overall.

Final thoughts: Past Encounters is a beautifully written novel about how the past makes you who you are, how it can haunt you, and how finding peace requires that old ghosts be confronted.  Blake delves deep into her characters so readers can understand the depths of their pain, and her portrayal of Rhoda and Peter’s troubled marriage felt so realistic, given the different paths they took during the war.  It’s a novel not just about secrets but also the effects of war, the many different experiences of war, and how the ways we deal with grief and guilt define us and our relationships.

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Book 28 for the War Challenge With a Twist (WWII)

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Book 26 for the Historical Fiction Challenge

Disclosure: I received Past Encounters from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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mr. darcy's challenge

Source: Review copy from author
Rating: ★★★★☆

Unsurprisingly, his boots sank with a squelch into the mud.  He grinned with delight at the thought that he was experiencing what Elizabeth had experienced, stepping into the very same mud that she did.  Then he felt embarrassed and hastily rearranged his features into a more serious expression.

(from Mr. Darcy’s Challenge)

Quick summary: Mr. Darcy’s Challenge is Volume 2 of The Darcy Novels, a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the sequel to Mr. Darcy’s Pledge.  In this installment, Mr. Darcy, after his and Elizabeth Bennet’s paths cross again after an accident near Pemberley, is confident that her opinion of him has changed, and he sets off toward Longbourn like a knight on a white horse after Lydia goes missing from Brighton, sure that she will accept him this time.  But Mr. Darcy still has much to learn and much soul-searching ahead of him.  Monica Fairview’s imaginative retelling, told from the points of view of Mr. Darcy and his sister, Georgiana, takes readers on a journey with Mr. Darcy, from a night he is sure to regret at an inn on his way back to London to the seaside in search of answers in Lydia’s disappearance.

Why I wanted to read it: I really enjoyed Mr. Darcy’s Pledge, and I couldn’t wait to continue the series.

What I liked: Mr. Darcy’s Challenge introduces some intriguing original characters, particularly the widow Mrs. Fortin and the young street sweeper David, brings back Darcy’s delightful valet, Briggs, and puts an interesting twist on the Lydia/Mr. Wickham affair.  Fairview sets a good portion of the novel in Brighton, and I loved getting to see the characters in a new environment.  But I especially enjoyed seeing Darcy evolve even further, reflecting on his impulsive, disastrous, and shockingly mean second proposal and putting Elizabeth first without having any hope of ever receiving her love.

What I disliked: Fairview does a great job wrapping things up in each book while also making readers eager to find out what happens next.  As with Mr. Darcy’s Pledge, there was nothing to dislike except having to wait for the next installment.

Final thoughts: Mr. Darcy’s Challenge is both a reflective and an exciting take on Pride and Prejudice, and I loved not knowing how things would play out.  Fairview’s decision to tell the story through the eyes of Darcy and Georgiana works, allowing readers to see a different take on Darcy from the point of view of the younger sister he is determined to protect.  Elizabeth makes numerous appearances throughout the novel, and Fairview skillfully allows readers to see her evolve even when Darcy cannot.  I can’t wait to see where Fairview takes her version of these characters next!

Disclosure: I received Mr. Darcy’s Challenge from the author for review.

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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the subsequent proposal

Source: Review copy from author
Rating: ★★★★★

The fact that she had seen fit to accept him did bring a measure of surprise, particularly in view of her stilted disclosures about her broken heart — but also brought some sort of mild contentment, at the full knowledge that, in Miss Elliot’s kind and capable hands, Georgiana’s future would be safe and well guarded.

And so was Pemberley’s.  And perhaps his own.

(from The Subsequent Proposal, page 23)

Quick summary: In The Subsequent Proposal, Joana Starnes deftly brings together characters from two of Jane Austen’s novels: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.  Reeling from his rejection at the hands of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy meets Anne Elliot through his Fitzwilliam relations, and they forge a bond based on friendship and their mutual understanding of lost love and heartache.  Mr. Darcy sees how Anne is treated by her family and vows to give her a better life, even if he can never give her his heart.  After Anne accepts his proposal, Mr. Darcy must go to Hertfordshire in support of his best friend.  When he finds that Elizabeth has caught the eye of a certain naval captain, he begins to rethink the decisions he made in the midst of his pain.

Why I wanted to read it: I wanted to see how the characters from two of my all-time favorite novels would interact with one another.

What I liked: Starnes tells the story through Darcy’s eyes, and she does an excellent job showing the roller coaster of emotions he rode after Elizabeth spurned his insulting marriage proposal.  Readers see the depth of his love and his despair at the thought of her not being in his life.  I loved watching Darcy and Captain Wentworth — two of my favorite literary heroes — in a competition of sorts.  But most of all, I loved that Starnes created a world where I could accept that Darcy and Anne would make a sensible match, even if she lacks Elizabeth’s liveliness and wit.

What I disliked: I honestly didn’t find anything to dislike in this novel, but at times I wished I could’ve seen some of the events through the eyes of Captain Wentworth.

Final thoughts: The Subsequent Proposal makes it seem as though the characters of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion were meant to be together.  I love it when Austen-inspired fiction shakes things up a bit, and Starnes certainly does that!  I enjoyed the many sides of Darcy that she presents throughout the novel, and I was delighted to see him go toe-to-toe with Captain Wentworth, Sir Walter Elliot, and Lady Russell.  This was the first novel by Starnes that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last!

Disclosure: I received The Subsequent Proposal from the author for review.

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