Thursday, November 22, 2012

One Thread Pulled Far And Away...

Published:  August 14th, 2012
One Thread Pulled: The Dance With Mr. Darcy
By: Diana J. Oaks
ISBN-13:  9781475149616

When the wealthy and handsome Fitzwilliam Darcy encounters the beautiful and lively Elizabeth Bennet at a small country ball, he loudly refuses to dance with her, declaring her to be merely tolerable. Fortunately for Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth has walked away and does not overhear his insult, thus snagging the thread that would have sealed her prejudice against the prideful stranger. 

Unexpectedly, circumstances thrust Elizabeth into the same household as Mr. Darcy, and her proximity unwittingly proves tempting, as her tantalizing wit and playfulness evoke desires that threaten to unravel his resolve against her. 

In this delightful re-imagining of Jane Austen's beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice, the players are the same, but the rules have changed as the dance between Darcy and Lizzy unfolds.


     Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are one of the greatest couples in classic literature.  But what if the initial misunderstanding and injurious remark towards Elizabeth, happened unbeknownst to her?  Would there still have been such prejudice and hardship on the way to love?  This is the book that explores that question and also changes the rules of the original book for other classic and well-loved characters.  Will they still get their happy ending or will Lizzy and Darcy be torn apart by something else? This was an interesting look at what might have happened if Lizzy didn't hear Darcy call her 'tolerable,' but other things were changed too.  Jane hits her head falling from a horse on the way to Netherfield, instead of becoming ill from the weather.  This causes her to be confused and say things that make her feelings obvious to Bingley.  This removes the doubt that was in the original P&P.  Also, Darcy tells Mr. Bennet about the nature of Wickham in more detail and also tells the leader of Wickham's regiment.  Fitzwilliam and Anne also play a more prominent role in this novel, with Lady Catherine pushing into things far earlier on in the story.  The changes in Caroline and Mr. Collins were slightly too convenient, but while stretching what was believable, they didn't ring entirely false.  I did enjoy the ending, but really wish that Diana Oaks had just ended it completely, instead of setting it up for a sequel.  Overall, probably the better of all the P&P variations that I've read - and I've read A LOT of them!  I highly recommend for those who can never get enough of Lizzy and her Mr. Darcy.

VERDICT:  4.5/5  Stars

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