on November 21st, 2018
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Beyond Pride and Prejudice - Miss Bingley’s quest for marriage
This is the story of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of Caroline Bingley, who has always believed she will marry Darcy. However, she meets and falls in love with Mr. Tryphon, and becomes torn between what she has always expected her life would be and her desire for Mr. Tryphon.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Miss Bingley Requests: A Pride and Prejudice Regency Variation by Judy McCrosky is a standalone story which as the title suggests is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but from Caroline Bingley’s perspective.
It is difficult to review this book because on the one hand there are of course many references and scenes used which were in the fabulous Pride and Prejudice. On the other hand, sometimes a better insight into characters isn’t always a good thing. I enjoyed the former but didn’t enjoy the latter. Even though he is a proud man I love Darcy and seeing how his love for Lizzie developed. In this book, he comes across as an ignorant, childish gossiping man. Caroline and her sister come across as really nasty pieces of work too. I found it very hard to believe that Caroline would fall in lust with another man (Mr Tryphon) when she is supposed to love Darcy so much. She was such an unlikeable character that it started to detract from the Pride and Prejudice story. I think that is the problem with variations of an already perfect story, it’s like fan fiction and what the author sees as a good addition to an already perfect story can come across as spoiling a good thing.
I will admit that there were a couple of amusing scenes that I did enjoy, but despite being well written this book was too long and only grabbed my attention when scenes were retold from the original story. It’s a shame really as the synopsis of the book sounded quite promising. Perhaps for a person who hasn’t seen or read Pride and Prejudice, this would be a far more enjoyable book. There would be no chance of them comparing the original characters to this author’s take on them.