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Posted April 7, 2013
There are times that I simply do not have the time to read a nov
There are times that I simply do not have the time to read a novel. When a book is really good I have this tendency (or obsession with the plot) to read all day and to keep reading into the wee hours of the morning. That is not always the best thing, especially when I have deadlines to meet. Therefore, an anthology of short stories is fantastic to have on hand. Abigail Reynolds’, A Pemberley Medley filled my desire to read about my favorite hero and heroine without spending the whole day and night (or more) doing it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The five stories in this medley are all well written and left me feeling completely satisfied at the end. I have read several books by Ms. Reynolds and she does an excellent job of storytelling. She makes me feel and see what she is writing. These short stories are no different as they did not disappoint.
I have to agree with the author about the first story, “Intermezzo”. She says in the preface that it is one of her favorites. The others are excellent, but this one was my favorite. It is filled with romance and tension, conflict and resolution…a very beautiful love story between Darcy and Elizabeth.
The letter from Darcy to Elizabeth in “Such Differing Reports” was swoon-worthy! Loved it! This was another very pleasing story.
In “Reason’s Rule” Mr. Bennet loves to give Darcy a difficult time and oh, he accomplishes it so well! Elizabeth tries to do what she thinks is best for those she loves and frustrated me to no end! All is well that ends well and this one surely did!
After the death of Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth makes a tough decision for the sake of her family in “The Most Natural Thing”. This story is lovely and shows the depth of emotion felt by Darcy and Elizabeth. It does have one intimate scene. Although my preference is for novels without explicit sex between Darcy and Elizabeth, I realize there are many readers that prefer it. I love to read about the passion, the romance and the sexual tension between them, but would rather leave the rest to my imagination. That being said, this scene is tender and well written, not crudely done. That is one thing I have also discovered about the novels by Ms. Reynolds that are for mature audiences. There are few explicit scenes, or none at all, and she doesn’t use them to pad her books. Her novels are about the story not the sex.
Rain, rain and more rain kept our favorite couple from having any time together in the last offering. They very much needed to be able to talk through their thoughts and previous misunderstandings. Darcy had just been paid the visit from his aunt and now had hope, if only the rain would stop. His suspense was almost unbearable. When he does ‘make’ the opportunity to speak to Elizabeth, the meeting was intensely romantic!
This anthology of short stories was very rewarding and was a delight to read. I was ‘most agreeably engaged’!
Posted March 14, 2012
Since I have read every single book written by Abigail Reynolds, the majority of the short stories in 'A Pemberley Medley' were good but they were the same as all her books pertaining to P&P. I have have loved all her books and admire her writing so I expected something more. I did enjoy the 'The Most Natural Thing' novella; that was a different spin but this is a story that could have been a novel. Although Mr. Collins took Lizzy, at the time we don't why or where he took her to. She does tell Mr. Darcy about it later. Information was missing that if written as a novel it would be great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2011
A Delightful Collection of Tales
I positively melted into this book, drowning in Darcy. I didn't leave my computer for two hours as I read the whole thing from start to finish. If anybody had looked in on me they probably would have seen a silly little smile on my face while they failed to catch my attention.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In Intermezzo, Darcy and Elizabeth have not reconciled in time for Bingley and Jane's wedding and Georgiana attempts to discover the woman who is making her brother miserable. I have read this story three times and still it makes me go aww. It is so sweet with a little humor and kissing and more kissing...sorry, spacing out in remembrance. Maybe I should go read the kissing scenes again, brb... In Such Differing Reports, Elizabeth gives more credence to Charlotte's theory that Darcy is in love with her and her boldness causes quarrels, a rather lovely letter and more kissing. The fights and awkward conversations in this story are wonderful. I love the premise that Elizabeth had an idea of Darcy's affections before he proposed at Hunsford. It changed their interactions completely and led to a whole new level of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I loved the scene where they were communicating with each other right under Lady Catherine's nose and she didn't have a clue. Reason's Rule is an excerpt of a variation of a variation. In this story, Darcy and Elizabeth are happily engaged when the news comes of Lydia's attempted elopement. Elizabeth tries to protect Darcy from the scandal, but he is having none of it. I loved Darcy and Elizabeth's growing relationship in this one. They are both in love and together, but they are still learning about each other. I loved Darcy's reaction to Elizabeth's letter when she tried to leave him to protect him. Utterly swoonworthy. The conversations between Mr. Bennet and Darcy were massively entertaining. Though I did get a little ticked off at Mr. Bennet at one point, Darcy's response was just perfect. I am going to have to get a copy of The Rule of Reason so that I can see how this version goes in its entirety. In The Most Natural Thing,the Bennet family is in trouble. Mr. Bennet has passed away and there is nobody that Elizabeth can turn to when Lydia's foolishness threatens to ruin them all. So she goes to the only person she can think of, Mr. Darcy, and offers him the only thing she has, herself. This story would probably be the most shocking to Austen purists. I mean, Elizabeth offering her virtue to Darcy as part of a bargain? And yet, I can see her doing something like that to save her sisters. Darcy's determination to be gentlemanly is strained to the limits; I loved the part where Darcy tells Elizabeth to throw him in a river.
This story has them underestimating both themselves and each other. Elizabeth makes incorrect assumptions about Darcy from her lack of knowledge of his character and Darcy believes lies about Elizabeth because he doubts that she could ever love him. Poor Darcy has a really hard time of it in this one, which makes the ending all the sweeter. A Succession of Rain is pure light-hearted fun. All problems are solved, Darcy has hope that Elizabeth might love him, Elizabeth has hope that Darcy still cares about her, but it is raining and they have no opportunity to talk. After days of uncertainty, will Darcy's frustration get the better of him? If it does, what will he do? This story made me laugh because of their annoyance at the circumstances conspiring to keep them apart. (Had to edit for site.)