Monday, November 17, 2014

Stop the Presses ... This Just In!

~~Dearest Friends~~
Authored by Pamela Lynne

This variation begins after the Netherfield group leaves post- ball.  It is also where it deviates from canon.  Darcy and Elizabeth meet unexpectedly in London where they are able to reach an understanding much sooner.  Many of the prejudices have been resolved by others before they meet again in the shopping district of London. It is an adventure in order to elope, but can it really be considered an elopement as most of the family is accompanying the couple?

This was by far, one of my favorite regency retellings, the story was great and exceptionally well written.  However, I have to admit I was especially drawn to this variation by the dialogue and actions of the characters.

E & D are true to canon at the end of the original, since they have resolved their issues early.

But, while I LOVE a pleasant, loving ODC, it is the secondary characters that enthralled this reader.

Mr. Bennet is just bad, but you will have to read about that. Jane is not worthy of Elizabeth’s dirty petticoat, she’s a jealous narcissist. Mary is truly a blessing.

Darcy soon learns that, although in trade, the Gardiners are a force to be reckoned with in London society, even Lord Matlock can’t deny their power.

Mostly, I loved the Fitzwilliam/Darcy family.  There is a chapter where Darcy invited Elizabeth and the Gardiners to dinner to meet the extended family that made me laugh until I was crying, seriously!

And, you will never guess who does the Hunsford speech, but I’m not going to tell!  It was a first for me, and it worked so well.

My only complaint is that I could have read so much more of this story, and that a certain couple didn’t end up together.  However, I am sure that if we bug her enough, Pam will compose a part 2, where that will be resolved, and everyone can have their HEA.

This variation should definitely be put on everyone’s TBR list, I give it a rousing thumbs up!  Amazon Link: Dearest Friends


Here are some of Dearest Friends
Amazon & Goodreads Reviews!

"Pamela Lynne has a subtle intelligence that won't long be found in genre literature. I predict a novel of distinction coming from her fertile brain." 4 1/2 Stars

"The story begs for a sequel." 4 Stars

"Pamela Lynne writes well and the plot is imaginative." 4 Stars

In other awesome news - Vanity & Pride Press (Cat and Pamela's little indie publishing group)  announces their Mini-Blog Tour upcoming events.  Check them out for giveaways and get to know the author content!:

Dearest Friends - Leatherbound Reviews, Excerpt - November 18th
Dearest Friends - Babblings of a Bookworm, Guest Post - November 24th
Lucky 13 - Leatherbound Reviews, Guest Post - November 27th
Lucky 13 - The Happy Jaffer, Author Chat- December 5
Lucky 13 - My Kids Led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice, Review - December 10
Dearest Friends - Right Here, Author Chat- December 12

Vanity & Pride Press Facebook Christmas Party - December 17 12:00 Noon EST.

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