What is a young woman to do? One handsome young man has all the goodness, while the other the appearance of it. How is she to separate the gentleman from the cad?
When Darcy joins his friend, Bingley on a trip to Meryton, the last thing on his mind is finding a wife. Meeting Elizabeth Bennet changes all that, but a rival for his affections appears from a most unlikely quarter. He must overcome his naturally reticent disposition if he is to have a chance of winning her favor.
Elizabeth's thoughts turn to love and marriage after her sister Mary's engagement. In a few short weeks, she goes from knowing no eligible young men, to being courted by two. Both are handsome gentleman, but one conceals secrets and the other conceals his regard. Will she determine which is which before she commits to the wrong one?
|Publisher:||White Soup Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)|
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If you like your Darcy and Elizabeth to be charmingly charming, your Mr Collins with a few extra dashes of smarm, and your Caroline Bingley with a touch of jealous insanity, don’t hesitate to get Maria Grace’s All the Appearance of Goodness, the third installment in her Given Good Principles series. I truly enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation. Maria Grace takes the familiar characters we know and love (or love to hate) and gives each one a boost that seems to do them justice. This story enhances the melodrama and the emotional content of the novel. And all-in-all, it serves the original story very well. But this is not a straight-up retelling. So be warned of that, if you are a Pride and Prejudice purist. The story and characters are familiar enough to recognize and unfamiliar enough to be exciting. Maria Grace breathes new life into the characters and made me root for Darcy, boo for Collins, and gasp at some of the outrageous things Caroline Bingley does! And I was genuinely anxious when it seemed that Darcy & Elizabeth might not end up together. (Spoiler alert: they do!) Darcy here is incredibly shy from the beginning. Yet he still charms Elizabeth even upon their first meeting when he has gotten lost in the woods of Longbourn. Here they do not have such an antagonistic relationship as they do in Jane Austen’s novel. But this one works just as well. Especially since Elizabeth must choose between two men. And Mr. Collins, contrary to his portrayal in every Austen adaptation, is a charming and handsome man. He has come to Longbourn to see his future inheritance. And, as we find out soon enough, to court one of his cousins. In All the Appearance of Goodness, Maria Grace plays out their courtship in detail. And I must admit that I was coming to almost like Collins. At first he has all the appearance of being a good man (see what I did there?) and he woos Elizabeth quite well. But cracks soon start to show through. The first one being that Lydia Bennet cannot stand the man. Yes, Lydia. I particularly like that the author mostly redeems Lydia from her flighty status in Pride and Prejudice. Here she is a girl growing into a woman. There are hints of an almost-tragedy from an earlier book, but they seem to have made the young woman stronger. Indeed, there were times when Elizabeth got on my bad side for dismissing Lydia’s fears about Mr. Collins. And Mary. Poor, plain sister Mary who gets such short shrift in the novel actually gets a lovely little love story here! In fact, it is the anticipation of her wedding that acts as a nice frame for the book. Now might be a good point to mention that All the Appearance of Goodness is the third in a series of books. The stories of Lydia and Mary begin there and conclude in this volume. I do not feel that you have to read the other books to understand what’s happening here in All the Appearance of Goodness. But I, personally, liked Mary and Lydia enough to put the first two Given Good Principles books on my TBR list. And then, of course, there is the central romance of Darcy and Elizabeth. He learns how to break out of his shell and she learns how to be more trusting. Indeed, even more than in the original novel, Elizabeth must rely on Darcy’s help when things take a bad turn. Their story is sweet and filled with emotion. I will warn readers that the ending is good, but does have some darker elements to it. To watch the weasely Mr Collins get his comeuppance here is about as satisfying an ending as you can get for him. Caroline Bingley gets hers, too. But it all works out in the end and Darcy and Elizabeth, after suffering many trials and misunderstandings, finally get their happily ever after, which is all we can really ask for in any Pride and Prejudice adaptation. 4 out of 5 Just Desserts Originally posted on Indie Jane
All the Appearance and the prior two parts of the Given Good Principles trilogy give the reader a taste for the Regency period without stifling them with details or distracting from the plot. Although based on Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, Ms. Graces work is not constrained by it. Her willingness to explore the characters of Ms. Austen without being beholden to the same timeline was what drew me to the series. Its both a refreshing change and accurate statement about the time period she writes about, much less routine driven & certainly less predictable than our own. A light, interesting read with a quite entertaining cast of characters. Lets just say that the main characters aren't the only ones looking to secure their future, in more ways than one. In conclusion, a fitting end to an excellently written tale and trilogy which I shall be re-reading many times.