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Fitzwilliam Darcy: Gentleman

Fitzwilliam Darcy: Gentleman (3-book series)
Books #8: An Assembly Such as This, 9: Duty and Desire, 10: These Three Remain
by Pamela Aidan

Alrighty, Austen fans, flock around. If you haven’t read this series you should have. Pamela Aidan has created this three-book series to be a re-telling of the well-known Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, but in this series, the story is from the perspective of Mr. Darcy instead of (for the most part) Elizabeth Bennet.

Pamela Aidan has done a great job. She has broadened Mr. Darcy’s character to entices fans to fall in love with him even more than before (if that’s possible) and she also enlarges the reader’s view of Mr Bingley, his sisters Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Louisa Hurst,  and Darcy’s own sister Georgiana Darcy.

This review is short and late because I read the first two books of the series while I was in England a month or two ago, just know this, the books are great and any Austen fan will enjoy them immensely.  If you’re not an Austen fan, don’t worry, I’m sure your local library has a copy of Pride and Prejudice that you can take out and then you’ll be fully equipped to enjoy this lovely series. The books are a quick read and as they are written more recently than the original Pride and Prejudice, I find they are easier to read.

Spoiler-LESS summary.
The series is told from Mr Darcy’s perspective of his growing relationship with Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The story starts with Mr. Darcy’s friend, Mr. Bingley renting a house in Hertfordshire and the series ends with the infamous wedding… Whose wedding? My lips are sealed, you must read the story! =)

All in all, the series as a whole gets 8 1/2 our of 10 stars. All three books were equally well written, there was no lagging in the second book (as I find often happens in three-book series) and the story was well told. Recommended!

–  Becky


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Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Book #9: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball
by Donita K. Paul (Fantasy/Romance/Christmas/Inspriational)

I read this book the day after the last review I wrote, I just never wrote a review for it so…here’s a really brief one, again. Sorry!

This book is written by, again, one of my favourite authors, Donita K. Paul! =) My mum was picking up Dragons on the Valley from the library for me and saw this book and thought i might like it so she picked it up too! This one doesn’t take place in a fantastical world, it takes place in earth, but that being said, it is fantasy, there are wizards and disappearing/reappearing locations and stuff, but it’s fun, good characters.

This book is also filled with Christian stuff, much more openly than the full-on fantasy books that Donita writes. Cora (main female character) is a relatively new christian and Simon (main male character) and his sister Sandy come from a Christian family. Simon’s family encourage Cora as she grows in her faith and Simon chats with his pastor who gives him advice and jokes around (nice guy, not a main character though).

I really liked the characters, they were likeable and they were real, like they weren’t fake people or unrealistic people. They got angry, they misunderstood each other, they were nice, they worked overtime, they were paranoid, they had messed up family lives, they doubted themselves, they were real. Cora and Simon were good characters, nice people, cute couple, but Simon’s special needs sister, Sandy, was the one who made the book for me. She was adorable =) She said what she thought and noticed things others missed. She was the best, very loveable.

Okay I’m stealing an unspoiler-filled summary from Donita K. Paul’s website because I don’t feel like writing my own on right now.

“In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?”

Overall:  8 out of 10 stars. It was a really sweet book and I quite enjoyed it, but I don’t think I would buy it.

I’m going to write another review immediately so that that book doesn’t get forgotten like this one almost was. Okay, doodle-loo!
– Becky

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