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The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds
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Much to my own surprise, I liked this book very much. It begins with the famous first proposal at Hunsford, but Darcy approaches Elizabeth in the park and, in his enthusiasm, kisses her before she can let him know he is the last man in the world she could ever be prevailed upon to marry. Not a likely occurrence, but not completely unbelievable. The kiss is witnessed and Elizabeth feels obliged to go through with the marriage to the man whom she believes vindictively ruined Wickham's livelihood.

What follows is Elizabeth and Darcy often operating at cross-purposes as each misunderstands the other's true feelings. Elizabeth feels trapped in a marriage not of her choosing and Mr. Darcy feels deceived in a bride who never wanted him. Later, when Elizabeth realizes that she does love her husband, he rejects her attentions, believing them to be the result of a sense of duty and obligation, rather than true affection. At one point, Elizabeth's depression leads her to contemplate suicide. Reynolds is able to depict Elizabeth's growing despair thoroughly and realistically, so that the reader understands just how she has reached this point. With the diversionary path at the beginning leading the story away from its original narrative, Reynolds deftly weaves in the major plot points from P&P and manages to ultimately bring the Darcys to an understanding and appreciation for each other.

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October 14, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 15, 2013 – Shelved

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