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Sunday, 7 April 2013

It's Monday! and I'm Reading.... 4.8.13

It's Monday!  April 8th
and What Am I Reading?

Happily, I've been steadily reading this past weekend
and have a couple great books to introduce ...

Maria Grace's debut novella , Darcy's Decision,
{referring to Mr Darcy of Jane Austen fame},
is 1st in the Given Good Principles Series.

"Six months after his father's passing, Fitzwilliam Darcy still finds solace in his morning reflections at his parents' graves. Only in the quiet solitude of the churchyard does he indulge his grief. None but his unlikely mentor recognize the heartache and insecurity plaguing him as he shoulders the enormous burden of being Master of Pemberley."
Offering a deeper character investigation, Maria provides
Some fascinating insights gained into our Mr Darcy's responsibilities
and occupations that would have been understood by society of  Ms Austen's day.
Then -
"In the midst of his struggles to reinvent himself, his school chum, Charles Bingley, arrives. Darcy hopes the visit will offer some respite from the uproar in his life. Instead of relief, Darcy discovers his father's darkest secret staring him in the face. Pushed to his limits, Darcy must overcome the issues that ruined his father and, with his friends and mentor at his side, restore his tarnished birthright."
Unusual perspectives created by the author's pen here,
including a much desired come-uppance of our villain, George Wickham!
A delight to read and at 128 kindle pages, not a huge time commitment.

Which allowed me to immediately follow up with Vol 2 in the series..

"Mr. Carver, Netherfield's current occupant, decides to remove his family from Meryton's savage society. He puts the blame, not on the militia officers, but on the shoulders of the Bennet family. The flirtations and boisterous ways of the youngest sisters are too much to be borne. Not even Jane’s renowned beauty and charm can make up for them. 
Elizabeth denies the allegations at first, but rapidly uncovers the shocking truth. The Carvers are not the only family to cut the Bennets from their acquaintance. Their reputations have been materially damaged and the family borders on social ruin.
Warned by Mr. Pierce, the local curate, that several of the officers have unsavoury designs on the local girls, Elizabeth must find a way to honour her father, rein in her sister and salvage the family’s reputation, all in the most ladylike way possible."

A single evening spent reading these fascinating 132 Kindle pages 
provided great background on the maturing of Elizabeth through familial
tests and struggles.  Perfect development for the woman she will need to be to fill
the role we're anticipating will be developed in the newly released Vol 3 
All The Appearance of Good!

As Pride and Prejudice prequels,
both books are perfect additions to the Pride and Prejudice
Bicentenary Challenge for 2013
and a pleasure to have spent my hours in company 
with some favoured story characters!

What new books have filled your reading hours this weekend?
I'm always happy to hear of them in Comments ...

Find more books read at Sheila's Book Journey linkup 
for April 7th


Anonymous said...

I've never read any P&P prequels but these two do sound pretty interesting. I feel I would make too many comparisons etc.
Here's to a good reading week :-)

Maria Grace said...

I was so tickled to find this today! Thank you!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Jade-I'm thinking you'd overcome the comparisons rather quickly as Maria does an excellent job of portraying the characters we already know and love in a responsible and recognizable manner...

Maria Grace-So glad. My pleasure! :)
ALso posted at Goodreads

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I haven't heard of these before so I'm going to have to look into them. Enjoy your reading!
Check out my It's Monday! Post :)
Have a great week!
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-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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