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Book Review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A tale of a gentleman and an officer by Karen V. Wasylowski
Publication Date:February 1, 2011
A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend...
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different, and that goes for the way each one woos and pursues the woman of his dreams. Darcy is quiet and reserved, careful and dutiful, and his qualms and hesitations are going to torpedo his courtship of Elizabeth. His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a military hero whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within, until he finds himself in a passionate, whirlwind affair with a beautiful widow who won't hear of his honorable intentions.
Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other. So it's no surprise when the only one who can help Darcy fix his botched marriage proposals is Fitzwilliam, and the only one who can pull Fitzwilliam out of an increasingly dangerous entanglement is Darcy...
Review:This book took me days and days to read. For me, it moved
rather slowly. I tried really hard to enjoy this book as I love Austen. But,
certain parts of it matched with the slowness of the read for me -- and I just
couldn't do it. Some of the language and comments through me off as well.
Perhaps it's just that it's not exactly how I envisioned the characters from my
I did find some interest how Fitzwilliam came out in this
book. So many of Austen's minor characters I've always wondered about. This
brought a new light to the colonel and gave him his own persona. Although,
perhaps not the one I would have chosen for him.
For those of us that love Austen, I feel all reads
pertaining to characters in her books are well worth the read. Sometimes you
get more of what quieter characters may have been like, others you may find
yourself arguing with the book because it's not how you pictured the character
to be. And either way, it's still good as you're thinking about what you're
reading. Pick this one up and give it a try?