A Novel of Manners with a Modernperspective

He Taught Me to Hope: Darcy and the Young Knight’s Quest (Unabridged)

Author: P. O. Dixon Date: 2013 Narrator: Pearl Hewitt Provider: P. O. Dixon Running Time: 8 h 34 min Audible Enhanced Audio What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? What’s more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own–an engagement of a peculiar kind. As dire as their chance for “happily ever after” seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them … The legend of King Arthur meets the timelessness of Miss Jane Austen’s endearing works in this delightfully entertaining Pride and Prejudice adaptation that takes you back to a magical time of enchantment and romance and lets you fall in love with Darcy and Elizabeth once again

 

Over the past few years, I have noticed a number of “fan fiction” works inspired by the brilliant prose of Jane Austin, particularly her Pride And Prejudice.  I have been curious to see whether modern writers could approach her writing skill, and just how modern writers would manage novels of manners.  While I won’t be visiting this sub-genre much, this book was well written, and retained much of the grace of the original.  One thing that I did find interesting, and even endearing was that, even though this story is told from a more modern perspective, it was true to the nature of 19th century novels, in that it was never quite explicit, while still managing to present intimacy, mostly through implication and innuendo.

 

The story itself is well told, and kept my interest throughout the book.  This was due, in no small part, to very good character development and presentation, especially of the main characters.  True, many of the young ladies reminded me of chattering sparrows, and reading about them was more tolerable than having to associate with them (just), but they flitted in and out of the main story so didn’t distract.

 

Such novels are a pleasant change from time to time, just as are occasional afternoons spent in ornate tea rooms, enjoying a full English tea with friends.

 

The narrator provided a professional narration in all ways, although some of the “sparrows” tended to be indistinguishable.

 

I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review from Audiobookblast dot com.

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