|Darcy on the Hudson|
Darcy on the Hudson by Mary Lydon Simonsen
To have the Bennets living in America and Bingley, Darcy and Georgiana traveling to America made for a great re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. The characters were true to their nature even in a very different setting. Well, except for Mrs. Bennet and she was delightful!
Poor Mr. Darcy was not a good sea-faring traveler. His bout with motion sickness was quite hilarious at times and got him into trouble with Elizabeth almost immediately upon his arrival to America. Misunderstandings abound across the pond too!
There was less of Wickham and I rather enjoyed that for a change. I have to say, that what there was about him, I liked! What that says about me, I am not so sure. I will leave that for you to decide when you read it for yourself. Colonel Fitzwilliam was not mentioned much and I missed him, as he is one of my favorites. Considering the story line though, his absence was understandable.
When Darcy helps a widow by climbing a ladder and picking apples, I was more endeared to him than ever. This was a bit of a turning point in the eyes of Elizabeth as some of her first impressions of the man were in error. Caroline Bingley was still in want of Darcy as a husband but she is not Charles’ sister! The history between Caroline and Darcy was different and interesting.
I loved the parts about Lizzy’s horse. They were sweet and tender and also made for some great encounters between Elizabeth and Darcy.
On more than one occasion, I laughed out loud. I even had ‘a little water’ in my eyes on others. I loved this book and I thank you, Mary Simonsen, for a good and rewarding read!
5 out of 5 stars
This is my 3rd selection for the P&P Bicentenary Challenge of 2013.