Cozy Sunday- Jane Austen Edition: Hypothetically Married by Renata McMann

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Let me put forth a hypothetical situation. Let’s say there was a girl who read a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice variation, and she didn’t know what to rate it? Do you think there would be anyone out there willing to help??

Hello All!!

I’m sorry that I’ve been a little AWOL lately (I ACTUALLY missed a day posting!! πŸ˜•) I have been having some work issues that may affect my posting schedule for the next few weeks…. Hopefully not! You know I’ll catch up with all of you when I get the chance!

But, I couldn’t miss today because the last Sunday of the month is Jane Austen day!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ’–πŸ’–

Synopsis

What does an aging country attorney know about raising five young women? Apparently not enough, for the first of them to wed is the youngest, and her husband is a schemer. Trying to do better for his remaining wards, Mr. Phillips moves them to London.

Elizabeth is happy enough to visit London with her uncle and sisters, until town life throws her into the company of Mr. Darcy. She met him the autumn before, when he and his friends visited Hertfordshire, and found him thoroughly disagreeable. Now, it seems she must be in his company nearly every day.

Darcy is aware that Miss Elizabeth Bennet doesn’t care for him, which suits him perfectly. After all, he has no intention of courting the aggravating country miss. Even so, he must see her often and they develop a tentative friendship. Both make it clear to each other that it is friendship, not love. As those around them seek their help for their romantic relationships, Darcy and Elizabeth are steadfast in avoiding romantic involvement with each other. Or are they?

This is a Pride and Prejudice variation novel of approximately 59,000 words.

Renata McMann and Summer Hanford began writing Pride and Prejudice Variations together in 2014 and have since become immersed in the amazing world Jane Austen created. Whether you’re a fan of Darcy and Elizabeth specifically or of clean Regency Romance in general, you will enjoy both McMann’s ability to imagine variations of this classic love story and Hanford’s skill in turning these variations of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and their enduring love into entertaining stories.

So, to get on with this one, we’re going to go list form this time!!

Things that I liked :

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The argument between Lizzie and Darcy about art

β€œWhat is the point of painting the world as it is and placing the work upon your wall?” she pressed as part of their ongoing argument. β€œIf you wish to see the countryside, gaze out your window. That will always be lovelier than a painting. Art, therefore, is at its most useful when it depicts that which we cannot see. Love. Despair. Fear. Joy.”

A very cute debate

-Mr. Searle, my new favourite character, he stands up to Lady Catherine in a way that I have never seen and I give that man props!!

“Lady Catherine didn’t take her hawk-like gaze from Searle. β€œDid you find it difficult to be accepted at school?” Searle looked to Anne. Her shrug matched Darcy’s earlier one. Darcy frowned. Were he and Anne truly so cowed by Lady Catherine? No wonder his aunt felt she could force them to marry. β€œI suspect most boys find it difficult to adjust to school,” Searle finally said. β€œYou did not answer my question.” Lady Catherine’s accusation rang with triumph. Searle flung up his hands. β€œYes, I found it difficult. Where were you educated? How much money did you inherit?” β€œHow dare you speak to me that way,” Lady Catherine cried. β€œI thought we were interrogating one another,” Searle shot back.”

Darcy and Elizabeth working to pair everyone off while ignoring any feelings they may have themselves.

The inter-changing POVs between Darcy and Elizabeth (it’s nice to get both sides of the story)

The fact that their friendship made them so comfortable that it could be a detriment. They told themselves that had no attraction to one another…

“There was an advantage to Elizabeth’s disinterest in him, he realized. He could relax with her and not worry about raising expectations that wouldn’t be met. He could appreciate her without being concerned about hurting her. Perhaps they would not see each other often, but when he did see her, he could simply enjoy himself.”

I loved Darcy’s hypotheticals through the whole story

β€œDoes the man’s wealth have to be connected to land or does wealth from trade count?” she continued in that same biting tone. β€œBoth will buy the same comforts.”

β€œI suppose if comfort is all she is interested in, then it doesn’t matter,” he snapped back. β€œBut some forms of wealth make it harder to become friends with the right people.”

She cast him a look, lovely eyes wide and incredulous. β€œOh, the right people. Of course,” she said, putting on a good show of total surprise at the idea. β€œNow, why didn’t I think of that consideration?” Her smile was benign. β€œPlease enlighten me. Who are the right people?”

Darcy scowled, aware he was being baited. β€œCome now, don’t keep it a secret. Not when my future happiness might depend on knowing,” Elizabeth said. β€œI’m expected to marry eventually, after all. I want to make a good match.”

Things that I didn’t like:

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Why did they make Wickham so whiny??

β€œDon’t get upset about the money. When your legal debts are paid, you will start receiving the funds.”

β€œStill, you have no right to withhold it,” Wickham muttered, gaze on the floor.

The man was a child, Mr. Phillips realized sadly. Marriage to a man like Mr. Wickham was precisely the sort of thing he was supposed to prevent, but in spite of his bold words, he truly had little choice now.

β€œI have every right and have the legal documents to prove it.”

Mr. Phillips had made sure he had considerable control of his nieces’ money. He would never take a farthing for himself, but he wanted to be certain that no one else could do so, either.

β€œBy the way, I am not touching your gambling debts.”

Wickham’s head snapped up. β€œDebts of honor should be paid.”

β€œThen pay them.” Mr. Phillips shrugged.

β€œGive me the money to.”

β€œAbsolutely not.”

Now, I’m not saying that I like Wickham or anything, but he was a sly fox, a conniving weasel…. He wasn’t a whiny puppy kicking the floor and saying “but, I’m marrying her now, give me money…” He would just figure out how to take it and use it.

Darcy’s relationship with his sister is depicted as “neglectful” and “frightening”

Georgiana has always been timid, but in this, she is VERY timid. She seems afraid to meet anyone and doesn’t seen to take any comfort in others.

All in all it was an enjoyable read, and an interesting variation with both the Bennett parents dead and the girls living with their Uncle Phillip’s.

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Hypothetically Married is Best Served with a Glass of Port

Well, this one is pretty self explanatory

β€œSit down, Mr. Wickham.” Mr. Phillips made an effort to sound genially. β€œA glass of port?”

β€œNow may I interest you in a glass of port?”

“Mr. Phillips returned to his desk. He poured a second, much larger glass of port. Anything to rinse away the sour taste Wickham left in his mouth.”

CHEERS!!

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  1. Well…this might sound kind of dumb, but I was actually a bit worried that something might have happened. You not being on wordpress for a day is well not something that happens very often. Hope that the work situation is nothing too serious : oh and of course: welcome back! 😊
    As for this novel, well, this is one I going to pass up on (yes no use convincing me otherwise lol) as this is not really my cup of tea. Great post though! πŸ˜€

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    1. Ha ha! I know this one won’t be for everyone. That’s why I only allow myself a JAFF once a month. πŸ˜€
      I’m not completely back yet. Still going to be a little touch a go today. They moved me to a new store and it’s been a nightmare (I’m not even in their system, so today should be fun πŸ˜•) yesterday was my last day at my store so lots to do to prep for the new manager coming in, and today is my first day at the new store…. Sigh. It’s been a stressful week. Hopefully I’ll be back to my normal stalking, chatty self in the next couple of day!! πŸ˜•πŸ˜ŠπŸ»

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      1. Ughhh…that does sound horrible. Sorry to hear that things are so stressfull right now. Don’t rush it: as much fun as blogging is, real life always is more important, so just take time to get things in order. We, the blog, and all the other blogs are not going anywhere (at least not unless there is some kind of Doomsday event, but then I think we have bigger problems anyway lol πŸ˜‚). You take care okay? 😊

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      2. Ummm… Pretty sure if there was a doomsday type of event you would ABSOLUTELY want to tune into my blog!! I know weapons, I LOVE camping and outdoors stuff, and I work in a video game store, so in the zombie apocalypse who do you think knows how to kill them?? If you want to survive, you will want to find an internet connection… Or better yet, find ME and… “come with me if you want to live” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ»

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      3. Haha…great Terminator reference lolπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Well seeing as we are all still here and the weekend is over, I think we are all safe right now..but I will keep this in mind for future events. One can never feel safe when it comes to these things lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. YES TO EVERYTHING!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– I totally agree. I can watch that GIF forever. I pretend that he’s turning that sparkly, sultry gaze on me….. Sigh….. This variation was really good! I definitely enjoyed it! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      1. Well, I have a bar and a cellar full of booze! Ha ha! And my alcohol budget?? Well…. I don’t even want to think about it…. I really need to slow down on the drinks a bit, and not because I drink too much, just because it’s SO FLIPPING EXPENSIVE!! πŸ˜•

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    1. Thank you, Kim! It was definitely a weird first day at my new store. Everyone is used to things being a certain way, so I have staff trying to tell me “how things are done”, it’s going to be hard to teach them that things are done however I want them done since it’s my store now. πŸ˜•

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  2. But wasnt Wickham kind of a whiny schemer in the original book anyway? Not that I am questioning your review, I just always thought he was a little shrew of a weasel anyway. As much as I cannot stand cheesy romance novels, your review is probably the best thing about the book. Another winner! And of course, the drink looks good, as always.

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    1. I wouldn’t have described Wickham as whiny. He complained, but more in a “woe is me, pay attention to me and my sad story” kind of way. In this book he was depicted more as a sullen child throwing a tantrum.
      And thank you!! It’s been a tough week… I was up way too late trying to get this done and then was late for my first day at my new store today due to a misunderstanding… So, it’s nice to get off work to have lovely people saying nice things. You’re the best, Venessa!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ»πŸ˜

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    1. Ha ha! I haven’t missed a a day if posting in about 1 month or more! It was weird to not have anything up!
      The variations are other “what if” scenarios. What is Darcy was in a carriage accident and Lizzie had to care for them? What if they get caught in a cabin in a storm? What if Mr. Bennett died and Mr. Colin’s kicked the family out and Lizzie had to become a governess in London?…. I’ve read WAY TOO MANY of them! (okay… There’s no such thing…) but, they’re wonderful!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      1. Thank you for the great review! Especially the bit about the art argument. It’s really nice to know a detail like that is noticed. We’re happy you selected our book for your Sunday and very glad to know you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    1. You are the one who made me THINK of the Port!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ»πŸ’–
      Vanessa at Food in Books said the same thing! I never really thought of Wickham as “whiny” per se. He was more of a “I’m so strong to have survived this horrible person, let me tell you what makes me awesome” kind of person. This was a Whikham who would act like a sullen 8 year old who was told he couldn’t have the toy he wanted. It was a different feeling! 😊

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      1. Hahahaha. Glad to inspire the Port.
        As for Wickham…. LOL. but I guess he’s the everyone-loves-to-hate character in this case. Although, Collins is probably more whiny than Wickham! Jeez! I’d pick W over C any day!

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  3. Hmmm, by the sounds of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy working to pair everyone off, as you say, it sounds like they’ve crossed over into Emma territory a little…?

    I haven’t had a glass of port in AGES – not since I met a friend of a friend who (I shit you not) went up to the bar and ordered a PORT AND COKE. It turned my stomach, put me right off. I’ll have to pick up a bottle and rediscover my love… πŸ˜‰

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    1. YES!!! It was actually VERY Emma, because they where pairing everyone else up without thinking about how they felt about each other. Very Emma!
      Wow…. I would say that sounds disgusting… (and that sounds disgusting), but I won’t say that for sure because I always have to try it first (poor port…), I will never condemns anything I haven’t tried. (although, that’s so sacrilege..)

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