TinkerbellTOP 50 COMMENTATEURS on 12 avril 2013
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Un bon petit roman qui se laisse lire sans difficulté et qui propose une histoire alternative intéressante et assez crédible, à travers les yeux de l'héroïne, Elizabeth, elle-même. Le père de Lizzy meurt peu après la 1ère demande en mariage de Darcy, laissant la famille dans une situation financière dramatique. Lizzy se retrouve mariée contre son gré à Mr Darcy. Commence alors une aventure où se montrent à la fois l'entêtement d'Elizabeth et le caractère fier, obscure et peu loquace de son mari. Intéressant donc, et assez divertissant. On a quand même envie, à certains moments au début, de donner une bonne fessée à l'héroïne ! ;-)
Pour le moment, c'est, à mes yeux, le meilleur roman alternatif de P&P !
I truly loved this book, the writing is delicate and beautiful, it is really faithful to the original style of Austen. Here the story is entirely told from Elizabeth's point of view, thus we have access to her inner thoughts, doubts and sometimes twists of the tongue, or here mind!
The characters are faithful to their original description, Mr Darcy being as charming as ever, Elizabeth witty and quite angry at times...
Most of all, I absolutely loved the twist in the plot "forcing" them to be married even if she strongly disliked him at first.
I also would like to thank the author for her marvellous ideas when it came to bring them close to each other by "mistake", how funny, sweet and delightful! The wedding night being one of my favorites, along with their reunion at the harvest ball! (WON-DER-FUL!)
So in a few words, if you love Pride & Prejudice as much as I do, there are 99,9% of chances you will absolutely fall for An Arranged Marriage!! :)
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Impressive alteration of Pride&Prejudice; told from Lizzy's POV; her voice just comes right off the pages!21 août 2011
Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd
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Debut author Jan Hahn's novel, "An Arranged Marriage" begs the question, "Can a marriage of convenience ever lead to true love?" In Hahn's impressive alteration of Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice," days after Miss Elizabeth Bennet stringently refuses the proposal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy at Hunsford, her beloved father dies, leaving the family with meager resources and an estate entailed to their toad-eating cousin, Mr. Collins. Half a year later, as the ladies of Longbourn are packing to make way for the new owner, Mr. Darcy offers for Elizabeth's hand once again. Despite her passionate dislike and distrust of the man, Elizabeth, with a grievous and bitter heart, accepts, saving her family from ruination and despair. Refreshingly narrated from Elizabeth's keen and often caustic perspective, we are privy to her inner most thoughts as she struggles to conquer her turmoil of the loss of her father; the disgrace of her youngest sister; the humiliation of her eldest sister; the anxiety of nearly losing her home; and of course, the distress from this arranged marriage. And yet most disconcerting to her psyche is her blossoming passion for the last man in the world she could ever be prevailed upon to marry.
Hahn's mastery of Regency eloquence, as well as the seamless injections of Austen's most famous prose is pitch perfect. Most appreciated is her deft understanding of romance-- sans all the tiresome throbbing and moaning one reads so often in many Darcy and Elizabeth adaptations. "His voice was as low and resonant as the diva's was high and clear, and I thought how lovely it would be to hear such words on his lips if we truly cared for each other. `Caro mi ben, credimi almen, senza di te languisce it cor.' `My dear beloved, believe me at least, without you my heart languishes.' With that last phrase, I turned and found him gazing directly into my eyes as he spoke." p.80. Without forced melodrama, Hahn spins an intriguing back-story, weaving Darcy's sister Georgianna, Mrs. Darcy's new lady maid, George Wickham and even Colonel Fitzwilliam through a snare of secrets and deception. Like Austen, Hahn successfully balances drama and humour. Even showing the stoic Mr. Darcy to behold a cutting wit in regards to his loose-lipped cousin, ""Fitzwilliam? What is he now, an old woman?" p.172
As in Austen's original, Elizabeth has not yet discovered that Darcy rescued Lydia from disaster, or comprehends that he could still be in-love with her after her headstrong refusal at Hunsford. His blunders as a new husband and his propensity to hold private matters close, feed her doubts and suspicion. I found myself holding my breath on more than one honest sparring - hoping and praying they would be able to "endeavor to practice the niceties of polite society." p.77. But as they learned to get on, more often I found myself laughing out loud at Elizabeth's musings. "He smiled and kissed my hand before releasing it. We then retired for the night, each to our separate rooms, and I was even more aware than usual that we lay sleeping with only a wall and an unlocked heart between us. Did I say heart? I meant door. Truly, I did. Indeed, I meant door." p.94
I first discovered the writings of "JanH" February of 2007 on-line at Mrs. Darcy's Story Site. In fact I read this very story in one sitting, into the wee hours of the morning, only to discover to my horror, for some unknown reason, my computer would not scroll past Chapter 12! Fortunately some kind soul at the site's Forum sent me a link so that I could finish the story. Ever since I have long wished that this talented author would publish her stories, so that this confirmed fan-girl could have them in my belonging. At last, this whimsical wish has come to fruition. Congratulations, Jan Hahn! In a demesne of numerous Darcy and Elizabeth books available these days, "An Arranged Marriage" is at the top of my stacks, ready to be re-read. Again. And again. Wherever the book falls open. It's THAT enjoyable! A must read. I look forward to reading her next offering, "The Journey" in Fall 2011.
As per my review at AustenProse.
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Can't get enough!6 septembre 2011
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I first read this book in .pdf version when I was living in Senegal, West Africa. Loved it then, and still love it now! I was skeptical when I first started getting into these 'what if' stories. But I am a convert, through and through. Not to say that all of them are masterpieces, but Jan Hahn definitely deserves 5 stars for this masterpiece. It was clever, entertaing and did not delve too far from the expected. Ok, there were a few lingering looks and sexual buildups that would never be seen in an Austen novel of the time, but it was a great story and wrapped up very nicely. Keep them coming, please.
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Wonderfully romantic and intriguing book!9 août 2011
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Although this book is told from Elizabeth's perspective, one gains much insight into the character, and even childhood, of Mr. Darcy. The book transported me back in time to an era of romance and beauty, to Georgian England, London and Pemberley. I never wanted to stop reading. It was intriguing...a fascinating book and one I look forward to reading again and again.
I have to admit, Mr. Darcy is my favorite character in the original book, as well as this one, but Elizabeth does run a close second. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of Jane Austen and the books written of that era. You will fall in love with the characters all over.
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Finally, a clean but passion-filled variation!30 octobre 2011
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It is difficult to express my feelings about this book in a few paragraphs. It contains all the elements that I enjoy in a "Pride and Prejudice" adaptation. The characters are true to their canonical counterparts, the story makes me feel good AND it is filled with sexual tension betwen the main characters. Nonetheless, this is a clean romance book. You won't find any sex scenes or creepy descriptions in Jan Hahn's writing.
Darcy, ever the taciturn man, does not inform his wife about most of his doings, thus leaving her vulnerable to misconceptions. Otherwise, he is the perfect husband - patient and gentlemanly to a fault, and so much in love with his wife that this female reader would die to be in Elizabeth's shoes! Unlike in many other stories, this Elizabeth is not a whiny bitch but a brave and courageous person. Jan Hahn perfectly portrayed the uncertainty of first love. We have a passionate but innocent young woman who falls in love with her own husband - a man she had sworn to hate. I symphatized with our dear girl. For her, everything looks as if her spouse has fathered a child with a servant. But she does not tell him of her assumptions until the end of the book.
Most of the conflict is due to a lack of communication between our couple. However, I was glad for the abscence of melodramatics. Instead, the author gifted us with some tender, some passionate, and even some very humourous scenes. This is a feel-good-story, containing moderate angst and a very satisfying happily ever after. I have read countless "Pride and Prejudice" adaptations over the last years and this one ranks among my top five. Now I cannot wait to add "The Journey" to my collection. When read it on the internet, I was completely blown away by the magic of Jan Hahn's writing. There are very few authors who possess her tastefulness and sensitivity.
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A Beautiful Love Story.5 septembre 2011
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One of the best stories I have read in a long time. An Arranged Marriage starts where after Elizabeth refuses Mr Darcy's offer of Marriage her beloved father is killed in a shooting accident. Some months later Mr and Mrs Gardiner arrive with Mr Darcy to persuade her to take up Mr Darcy's offer of An Arranged Marriage.
At first she is reluctant to do so but after talking with him she agrees for her family. This is where the love story starts. Once in London they learn about one another until someone sends a note that they will kidnap Georgiana and so all the Darcy staff end up staying in London.
By this time Elizabeth has fallen in love with Mr Darcy and is upset he is sending her away without telling her why. This is such a beautiful story and well written I could go on and on about it. This book is one I would highly recommend to every one.