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The Second Chance: A 'Pride & Prejudice' - 'Sense & Sensibility' Variation (English Edition) par [Starnes, Joana]
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Soon after the Netherfield ball, a troubled Mr. Darcy decides to walk away from a most unsuitable fascination. But heartache is in store for them all, and his misguided attempts to ensure the comfort of the woman he loves backfire in ways he had not expected...

Why is it that the worth of a true blessing is never felt as keenly as when it seems to have become quite out of reach? In this tale of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ meets ‘Sense & Sensibility’, Mr. Darcy is compelled to reflect on this very question, as he struggles to come to terms with the effects of his wrong choices, and fervently hope for a second chance at finding happiness.

“Well, Sir, what shall it be? The joy of music or of the printed word?” she asked, in a manner so highly reminiscent of their past interactions as to make him almost giddy with renewed hope.
“The joy of you! My greatest folly was to ever walk away from it!”

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Dans cette variation, où se croisent et s'entremêlent les caractères de Pride & Prejudice et de Sense & Sensibility, l'auteur nous guide dans une variation originale. L'histoire commence à Netherfield, où séjourne Elisabeth qui est venue soigner Jane. Alors qu'Elisabeth fait une pose dans la bibliothèque, en compagnie de Darcy, elle reçoit une lettre urgente de Longbourn. Choquée, elle apprend que son père a été retrouvé inconscient et que l'on craint pour sa vie.

L'intrigue commençant avant l'apparition de Wickham et ses mensonges, Elisabeth n'est pas encore pleine de préjugés envers Darcy. Elle accepte donc le soutien que celui-ci lui apporte dans sa détresse. Plein de sollicitude, Darcy fait venir son médecin personnel de Londres et cela nous vaut de magnifiques scènes avec Mrs Bennet et ses nerfs, dont le comportement scandalise le bon praticien.

Eperdument amoureux mais persuadé qu'il ne peut pas épouser Elisabeth et souhaitant assurer son avenir, les jours de Mr Bennet étant en danger, Darcy décide de faire donation anonyme d'une maison et d'un domaine à ce dernier. Un geste d'un grand romantisme mais qui lui vaudra malentendus et échanges tendus lorsque la vérité sera découverte.

Nous retrouvons donc nos héroïnes dans le Devon où se trouve le manoir dont Mr Bennett a hérité. Leurs plus proches voisins sont la famille Dashwood, Mrs Jennings, le Colonel Brandon. Marianne, Elinor, Elizabeth, Lydia et Kitty deviennent bientôt amies.
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Par Tinkerbell TOP 100 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 15 février 2015
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Sans le moindre doute un roman qu'on savoure ! Outre l'écriture et le style bien maîtrisés, on a droit à une intrigue bien ficellée, où finissent par s'entremêler les protagonistes de Pride & Prejudice et de Sense & Sensibility.
Bien évidemment, c'est P&P et ses héros qui restent au premier plan, mais les Dashwood, le Colonel Brandon & Co apportent une bonne dose de piment à l'intrigue.
C'est rythmé, attachant et le lecteur n'a pas le temps de se lasser.
Un petit délice à savourer !!!! ;-)
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Très bien écrit.

L'histoire bien ficelée mais un peu longue dans la mesure ou l'histoire des misses Dashwood n'apportaient rien de bien intéressant à l'histoire de nos héros préférés.Bien sur,un Darcy jaloux du colonel Brandon c'est intéressant et ça donne du relief à l'histoire...

Je recommande car très agréable à lire et même parfois haletante.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful!!! 4 mai 2014
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This was my first read by Ms. Stearns, and it is wonderful! It had the feel of Austen, and was so cleverly written. The seemless union of both P&P and Sense and Sensibility was fantastic and it was so nice to revisit old friends (Col. Brandon, Elinor, Marianne) and have them fit so well into the story.
The elements of romance were tasteful and sweet but still passionate, minus explicit sex scenes which don't blend well with the true characters. There is obvious desire, but it is controlled (although difficultly ;)).
I really liked this Darcy- quiet, loving, brooding, but not so much as appears on other books. He was very real-probably my favorite Darcy, other than the original.
A few things which needed attention: There were a LOT of characters- they often got lost in the mix and see med overwhelming, trying to remember who was talking and what was his relation to whoever was there.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Engrossing & inventive read, 4 1/2 stars 23 février 2015
Par Christina Boyd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One rainy day in December, I found myself reading in my pajamas all day author Joana Starnes’ newly released “The Falmouth Connection”. I was instantly engaged by the unexpected, surprisingly smart, and innovative handling of “Pride and Prejudice” in a very alternate universe where Elizabeth becomes an heiress to a fine fortune. Therefore, when Laurel Ann, our blogmistress, asked if I would be interested in reading Starnes “The Second Chance: A ‘Pride & Prejudice – ‘Sense & Sensibility Variation’ ” for review, how could I not jump at the chance!
“The Second Chance”, Joana Starnes' second crossover novel of “Pride and Prejudice” with soupçons of “Sense and Sensibility”, commences with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy still at odds at Netherfield but from there on, the story is all new. Albeit Darcy forbids himself to court Elizabeth because of her comparatively lower station in life and his obligations and expectations of his family, he cannot but be enamored by her verve and fine eyes. Alas when Mr. Bennet falls dangerously ill, he cannot abstain from coming to her aid. Not only does he send his own physician to care for the failing Mr. Bennet but makes secret arrangements to care for Elizabeth and her family should the worst happen and the girls lose their home to the heir apparent, Mr. Collins, an odious, groveling cousin. Unbeknownst to Elizabeth that Darcy has done even more than this one kindness of his own physician, her negative opinion of him does begin to change for the better. “He did not want her gratitude! ‘What is it that you want, then?’ The answer was simple and it came to him in a moment, readily accepted as the absolute truth. He did not want her gratitude. He wanted her love. Ah, but to what purpose? That was the material point!” But when the worst falls on Longbourn, Elizabeth soon finds herself removed to a lovely manor house in Devonshire.
Under the guise of an inheritance from one of Mr. Bennet’s old schoolmates, Darcy has gifted the Bennets his own Farringdon Lodge in Devonshire – and that is where we meet our “Sense and Sensibility” favorites: the Dashwoods, Mrs. Jennings, the Middletons, Edward Ferrars, and Colonel Brandon. (Do I unveil too much by appending that neither Jane nor Mary Bennet quit Hertfordshire because Fate has smiled on them at Longbourn in other ancillary plots?) Meanwhile, amidst the downs of Devonshire, romance and friendships blossom. I adored it so realizing Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Jennings were now to be fast friends bent on making good matches for all the girls. “ ‘Well, it appears that you have missed your chance, my dear,’ Mrs. Jennings said to Elizabeth one morning, nodding significantly in the direction of Colonel Brandon, who was sitting away from the rest of the party in earnest conversation with Marianne.”
Whilst Elizabeth begins life anew in her Devonshire environs, Darcy, try as he must, cannot purge her from his thoughts. “She had been with him everywhere he went. She had been in the house in Berkeley Square, smiling at him from across the long mahogany table; she had walks through the halls at Pemberley at his side; leaned over his shoulder in the quiet hours at his desk in his study and cut his sleep and his peace with dreams of her, day and night!” Though he seems resolute to take comfort knowing she is safely situated at Farringdon Lodge, when he hears from Colonel Fitzwilliam another Colonel might be wooing his Elizabeth, he can only act as his heart demands…and see her for himself. But is he too late? Was the friendship they had only begun at Longbourn enough of a start? And what happens if she should discover the truth of his altruistic bequest?
Through a comedy of errors, Darcy and Elizabeth miss each other on separate occasions and when they do meet again, there is much frustration (for the reader, too) and share of vexation delaying the inevitable happily ever after that we wholly expect. Nay, demand. “How was he to tell her that he loved her and ask her to trust him with her hand and heart if she would not talk to him? If she could even bear to look at him?”
All the while reading “The Second Chance”, I had a niggling sensation that I had read this before. After a quick confirmation from the author via Facebook Messenger, it turns out Starnes had written it nearly ten years ago as “Steady to His Purpose”! It was a crossover favorite of mine when I discovered it at Derbyshire Writer’s Guild eight years ago and is thus once again. Note: this 2014 published version remains true to its original plot however, the structure is a bit varied and a couple new chapters have been added.
“The Second Chance” is certainly more of re-imagining where “Pride and Prejudice” characters meet up with “Sense and Sensibility” set partly in Devonshire. To me, the “Sense and Sensibility” characters are only tertiary forces to driving the Darcy & Elizabeth story forward. I was not overly invested in any of those side stories but the narrative was so sound, it was of little consequence to my overall enjoyment. Though the book cover seems amateurish compared to others on the bookseller-mart these days -- and that may have been the only reason for me to have not read this when it was first released October 2014 -- I look forward to reading more from this author. Blessedly, Joana Starnes writes our beloved characters much as we always envisage though in entirely fresh scenarios. She masterfully sprinkles some of Austen’s well-known phrases throughout even reassigning dialog to other characters to deliver. But the mingling of favorites from “Pride and Prejudice” with “Sense and Sensibility”, giving them new storylines to traverse, contriving a new pairing or two, speeding up the inevitable for some whilst delaying our satisfaction for others, made “The Second Chance” an engrossing and inventive read. Like with all my favorites, not only do I have this on my e-reader but have also added it to my book room as “I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these.” It’s a must a read in 2015. Sooner than later.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The road to HEA is fraught with decisions and not all of them good ones 30 avril 2016
Par J. W. Garrett - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read Mr. Darcy’s thoughts? That is exactly what we get to do in this JAFF. In fact we get to read the thoughts of many pivotal P&P characters.

There are several excellent reviews already presented by Sophie, S.L. Majczan, and Christina Boyd [Vine Voice]. They helped me decide that I wanted to read this JAFF. Thanks guys for the excellent reviews.

In this stirring version of our beloved P&P classic, we are privy to the intimate thoughts and desires of Fitzwilliam Darcy as he struggles with finding himself in love with Elizabeth Bennet. We are in his head for a good portion of the book. We also know the thoughts and desires of Elizabeth.

There are several levels of acceptance as we advance in Darcy’s mind quest for happiness. First up, his rejection of her for all the reasons society and his family would present. He knows them all too well. He constantly repeats them in order to convince himself that he cannot have her, should not.

Next, his avowal [as he walks away] that, he will always love her, and he only wants the best for her and her family. This is the basis for his faulty decision that could have destroyed them all. If it were made known, she and her family would suffer immeasurable harm, more so then he and his. Society would forgive him as a rake, but would have crucified her and her sisters.

Next, his acceptance that he cannot live without her, and his quest to find a way to make amends to her and her family. The ultimate test is when he is faced with the prospect of her possibly loving another. Can he endure it? Can he move on with his life?

Finally, his struggles as he attempts to gain her affection, and his ultimate goal, her hand in marriage. This is the most difficult part as the rest of the story is fraught with misunderstandings, interfering relatives, and missed opportunities. La, I needed something to calm my nerves.

Starnes was so creative with the intersection between P&P characters with those from Sense and Sensibility and other JA novels. The juxtaposition of conversations from one character to another always kept me on edge. You never knew who would say those favorite lines we love so well. It was fun, and rather shocking, following the marriage match up with characters we didn’t expect. How fun. Hey, it is a variation so the author gets to have a little fun. I enjoyed the mix-up. And, in reality, some of the changes were appropriate and I could see how it would work. Great job with the Wickham situation, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud…so creative, KUDOS on that alone.

I simply loved the Epilogue. It wrapped everything up so nicely and was a most excellent surprise.

Note to readers and reviewers: Those accustomed to reading the quick and dirty novellas will not enjoy or appreciate the thoroughness of the work here. They will think it is too long. Well, if you want a novella, then read novellas. Don’t carpe on the full length of a novel when you know the number of pages before you start reading it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not perfect, but so enjoyable you don't care 13 mai 2014
Par tachi1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It would have been perfect if it hadn't taken so long to straighten out a perfectly resolvable problem. Darcy comes through as a confused snob, a clumsy do-gooder, and just a generally awkward (but loveable) excuse for a hero who has an uncanny ability to always interpret words and actions the wrong way--this prolonging his torture. In other words, he's pretty human. The poor man royally puts his foot into it, realizes his mistake, and in his efforts to put things right (this time) chases Elizabeth all over England.

But, other than that, it is a sweet romance with excellent character development. The author's writing style is way above the norm and her descriptions of people, places, thoughts, and feelings is beautifully expressed and make the story come alive. Elizabeth's journey to love is beautifully and believably drawn.

The interweaving of characters from Sense and Sensibility is an added plus and very well handled. I like this Marianne a lot better than the original, as a matter of fact, and her romance with Colonel Brandon is also well defined and smooth flowing. As a friend of Colonel Brandon, Colonel Fitzwilliam is the connection between the two books and they blend together pretty seamlessly. Edward and Elinor are only stick figures in the story but, actually, this was a wise editorial decision. There would have been too much going on had there been an additional story line and the other, more important story lines would have suffered. As it is, it worked perfectly and it made sense that the personalities of Elizabeth and the Dashwood sisters would blend well and bring about a deep friendship.

All in all, it was a tremendously entertaining and fulfilling reading experience which I highly recommend, and I look forward to other books by this talented author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 but I find that a great accomplishment when the writer can make their reader emotional ... 15 juillet 2014
Par Nicole TX - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A thoroughly enjoyable book that combines characters from both Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. It actually had me crying at a few parts, but I find that a great accomplishment when the writer can make their reader emotional about events in their beloved characters lives. This is the first crossover I have read of the Jane Austen kind and I am happy I did. Ms. Starnes stays true the characters in both Jane Austen's novels, but she puts them in each other's company to make the friendships and relationships formed between the main characters very natural. I hope to read more stories form Ms. Starnes.
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