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Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy by Barbara Tiller Cole
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Mar 24, 2012

it was ok
Read in November, 2011

Ms. Cole needs to learn how to finish a story line. Her epilogue goes on and on and on and on.
She takes too many liberties with the JAFF (Jane Austen fan fiction) she has read. (For example, she had adopted the same names for her characters as many in the JAFF community rather than take a more original slant.)
This is supposed to be a mesh of "A Christmas Carol" and "Pride and Prejudice," but it is simply a MESS.
Ms. Cole's knowledge of Regency terms and phrases is lacking. She uses words such as "honeymoon,"which would not be used in the early 1800s. She used more modern Christmas traditions, which would not have been in operation in the Regency Period. Yes, Queen Charlotte had a Christmas tree, but few people knew of it. Christmas trees came about with Victoria and Albert's reign.
Ms. Cole uses scenes from the 1995 Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth version of P&P in her book (the wet shirt scene with Firth, for example).
The books needs a good editor. Tense changes abound.

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