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The Secret Betrothal: A Pride And Prejudice Alternate Path (2014)

by Jan Hahn(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 2
Meryton Press
review 1: Very enjoyable. Although Elizabeth makes a huge mistake, I believe she is still true to the Austen Elizabeth. She rushes to judgement with her usual flare, but this time to the extent of agreeing to an engagement. Her regrets come almost as soon as the words of agreement leave her mouth. And, keeping it a secret doesn't sit right with her. She is correct; in the long run, she finds she should have told someone and discussed it at length.This adds another layer to her misunderstandings with Mr. Darcy. They have the same issues as in canon, but now, after Hunsford, he is the only one who knows about the secret betrothal. She lets him know she is secretly engaged in order to explain why she will not take the letter he has written regarding her reasons for refusing his ... moreproposal. He wants to step away, but knows it is not an honorable man that asks for a secret engagement. So, he finds he must persuade Elizabeth against it, even if it does not turn her towards him.In the meantime, a serious medical problem keeps Elizabeth and Darcy at Rosings, and she begins to see a side of him she could not believe was there. Now things become even more complicated. Elizabeth is engaged secretly to a man she is learning more and more about, and not to the positive. And, she is working side by side with a man she thought she loathed, but is now learning to respect. Of course, this has your normal HEA (or I couldn't read it!). I found this a very feasible variation and enjoyed the authors writing. I felt all of the characters were true to canon. I would recommend to other JAFF lovers.
review 2: In her latest and much anticipated Pride and Prejudice variation, author Jan Hahn has boldly and daringly done the unthinkable…she has engaged Elizabeth Bennet to George Wickham! And she’s not just engaged – but secretly engaged! *gasp* Can you believe it? What on earth is Elizabeth thinking!?! ;)I must admit I didn’t find Elizabeth’s behavior all that unfathomable. This is partly because Jan Hahn did an excellent job creating a believable sequence of events that gradually lead Lizzy into such a predicament. Lizzy doesn’t immediately accept Wickham’s proposals or request for secrecy, but she does eventually consent due to her compassion for Wickham and her inexperience with men (master manipulators like Wickham are definitely beyond her ken!). I think Elizabeth’s sympathetic nature, sense of justice (Lizzy champions the wronged!) and her belief that she may one day have a love match like her aunt and uncle (who she just discovered weren’t in love when they wed) also steer Lizzy on this unlikely path. Keeping secrets from her sister and engaging in a deception is definitely not a part of Lizzy’s character…but women everywhere often make mistakes for the men in their lives.Another reason I found Elizabeth’s actions so believable is because it strongly reminded me of another intelligent and sensible Jane Austen character – Jane Fairfax from Emma. Jane had the advantage of growing up around “right-minded and well-informed people,” yet she was dishonest to her loved ones and kept secrets from them for months! And like Elizabeth, Jane too receives a lot of pain and discomfort from her secret, not to mention the torture and humiliation of seeing her betrothed flirt with and pursue other women. Poor Lizzy! And poor Jane! After witnessing what Lizzy went through with Wickham and Mary King I have much more sympathy for Jane Fairfax!There were several elements I enjoyed about this variation…besides its inventive and daring premise. ;) I loved witnessing all of Darcy’s emotions and reactions to Elizabeth’s betrothal – he definitely has a lot of conflict to work through! I loved the scenes where he shows his ardent admiration for and constant protection of Elizabeth. I thought the episode with the spring tonic was brilliant. (Way to go, Lady Catherine. High five.) I enjoyed seeing Darcy, Elizabeth, and Colonel Fitzwilliam work together to take care of all the invalids. In addition, I delighted in our sojourn to Brighton! The ocean, the sand, the rocks – what a gorgeous backdrop! I loved how the diverse and dynamic scenery reflected the turbulent emotions experienced by both Darcy and Elizabeth while staying there. And those walks on the beach…loved the vivid descriptions of Elizabeth’s rambles on the sand!The one main aspect of this variation that I wasn’t too fond of and the reason I can’t give this story a higher rating is George Wickham. I felt that as a character, George was a little inconsistent. I don’t mind it when characters are complex or hard to figure out, but by the end of the novel I want to understand them. I didn’t feel that with Wickham. Like Lizzy, I tried making out Wickham’s character but felt I did not “get on at all” and the differing accounts I witnessed did “puzzle me exceedingly.” In addition, I wasn’t too fond of how prominent Wickham was towards the end of the novel – what he did and what happened to him stole focus from the beautiful and long-awaited happily-ever-after the author skillfully constructed.Despite some quibbles, I was quite enraptured by Jan Hahn’s emotive and evocative storytelling! Definitely not an easy book to put down! If you are curious to read a unique Pride and Prejudice variation or gain new sympathy for Jane Fairfax, you might want to give The Secret Betrothal a try! less
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Loved this book! All of Jan Hahn's retellings of Pride and Prejudice have been wonderful.
Wonderful! Great twists. Well written.
It was quite an enjoyable read.
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