Friday, 7 March 2014

Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliot

Reviewer: JD Smith, author of Tristan and Iseult

What We Thought: Georgiana Darcy's Diary is exactly that, diary entries by the young sister of our beloved Mr Darcy, written in the spring of 1814, following the defeat of Napoleon. Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are married and settled in Pemberley, and they are about to host a house party. Along with scandal, deception, there is also romance in the air, as the family are on a mission to ... wait for it ... find Georgiana a suitor. No surprises there.

In fact, there aren't many surprises in this book, but despite that the plot fits well with the traditional and much-loved formulae of Pride and Prejudice. The narrative is more modern than Austen's original, so if you're expected it to be then you will be disappointed, but it does mean it is more accessible and suitable for all ages. 

Altogether a sympathetic yet refreshing slant on a beloved classic.

You'll enjoy this if you like: British stuff, Austen (obviously) and petticoats.

Avoid if you dislike: romance, Austen and reading.

Ideal accompaniments: Pimms, cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream
Genre: Romance, Historical.

Available from Amazon

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