by C.P. Odom
by C.P. Odom
Consequences is two novellas in one book. Both explore some of the possible changes that could have occurred in Pride & Prejudice depending on choices made or events altered. The book was very well-written and insightful! I will review it in two parts, the way it was written.
Book I: The Road Not Taken
Oh. My. Goodness! The depth and despair of Book I evoked immense feelings. I had a difficult time putting the book down! I can truthfully say I have never read a Pride & Prejudice variation like this one. It begins with Darcy walking to Hunsford immediately prior to his botched proposal and Elizabeth’s strong refusal of it. We are privy to Darcy’s thoughts and inner reactions, before, during and after that proposal. I particularly enjoyed reading these since they were from a man’s point of view. The author did a fantastic job of allowing this reader to feel with Darcy as Elizabeth brings home her anger and prejudices at what she believed to be his arrogance and pride.
The consequences of Lizzy’s decision could, most assuredly, have ended in disaster, instead of happily ever after. Book I: The Road Not Taken answers the following questions and more. What if Darcy’s horse was injured on that fateful day when Elizabeth was at Pemberley with the Gardiners and he didn’t see her? What if Darcy didn’t know about Lydia’s elopement and, therefore, was not able to force Wickham’s hand? What if something happened to Mr. Bennet? What if? The consequences of choices made and one incident changed transform this narrative from the original to what could have been. All characters are affected. Every action has such a domino effect that no one is left untouched. The saying, “No man is an island” has never been more clearly depicted.
When I finished Book I, I cried. I cried even before I finished it and I thought about it for some time. I continue to think on it, even now. My one consolation to those feelings of utter loss was knowing that Book II was the alternate possibility/reality/dream. Even though the first novella had much angst and sorrow, I would not have missed it for the world. It was riveting and emotionally charged.
Book II: The Sleeper Wakes
While visiting Hunsford, Elizabeth awakens from a horrible nightmare and is left with feelings of ‘loneliness, despair, hopelessness and fear’. Although the details of this dream are vague, the emotions aroused are not. A long talk with Charlotte elicits a promise from Lizzy which keeps her from spewing those angry words of refusal when Fitzwilliam Darcy surprises her with a proposal the following night. What if Lizzy decides to marry Darcy even though she does not love him? What if there is never an accidental meeting at Pemberley or the letter exposing Wickham? What if dear sweet Jane is allowed to show a bit of justifiable temper? What if? The consequences of choices made change this narrative from the original too, but not in a devastating manner. This happily ever after affects the characters in a positive light.
Both books have some life lessons that can be gleaned from the pages. Also, there were several thoughts introduced that I must confess I had never before considered. Bearing in mind the number of these novels which I have read, that fact was an eye-opener. I have purposely given few specific details as my intention was to entice not spoil!
There are some great quotes at the beginning of each chapter and an informative Q & A at the end of the book. Loved these extra bonuses!
Author C.P. Odom has outdone himself with this book. He has a good command of Regency language and tells a brilliant story. It is an exceptional read and one that I would encourage all Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice fans to peruse.
5 out of 5 stars
Great post for a great book!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Christina! It was a fantastic book! Great editing too! :)Delete
I agree. Great editing job. :-)Delete
I have been warned that the first story is a tough one and you're the second person to say it made them cry. Oh boy, box of tissues at the elbow sounds prudent...looking forward to it though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.ReplyDelete
I had heard the same before I read it, Sophia! My seventeen year old grandson was at my house when I finished it and he looked at me rather puzzled. He wondered why I was crying. When I told him, his response was, "But they are only fictional characters, Meemaw." That 'almost' made me laugh!Delete
Thanks for coming by, Sophia!
In many ways, the first story was tough to write, also. I definitely had not intended it to be so dark, but thoughts kept popping into my head, saying "things could have been worse." Then I would write that, and other thoughts would pop up. Needless to say, sometimes the writing muse takes an author into pathways that were not intended.Delete
But have courage. One of our family friends who lives down the street read it already, and she said that the angst of Book 1 makes Book 2 even more enjoyable, and she gave it 5 stars on Amazon.
Thank you very much for such insightful review which piques my interests towards this book greatly! I will definetely add it to my TBR list.ReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by and reading my review. I hope you get a chance to read the book soon. Be sure and visit some of the other blogs on this tour. Several are having giveaways. There is a link to the list at Leatherbound Reviews right below my 5 star rating of the review.Delete
Thanks for your interest, and I hope you enjoy it when it rises to the top of your list.Delete
I wholeheartedly agree with your review of Consequences. I haven't cried that much through a book in a long time. I understand that Mr Odom is continuing to write and I can't wait for his next book.ReplyDelete
Me either, Catherine. It made my heart ache with the bittersweet end to Book I. I too look forward to his next book!Delete
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Yes, I am continuing to write, plus I have four already completed novel-length stories which, like AMCP and Consequences, were posted as fan-fiction and might make it to publication, depending on my publisher. But Consequences is as close as I will ever come to a tragedy.Delete
Fantastic review, Janet! It's obvious you really liked this book even if it did make you cry. I'm not surprised, because Colin is a talented writer. I've enjoyed everything I've read by him, and this book sounds like he's continuing to write great stories.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jan, and yes, I really did like the book, tears and all. Colin is a very talented author and it is neat to read the stories from a man's point of view.Delete
Thanks, Jan. I appreciate such a comment more because I've felt the same about your works.Delete
Colin, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and respond to each comment. I know my readers appreciate it as much as I do.ReplyDelete
This book now ranks in my list of the best Austenesque novels. You are an excellent story teller and I hope to see those other four novel-length stories published one day soon. Best wishes to you.
Thanks for taking the time to do such a thoughtful review. Your comment about several thoughts in my book being original is especially appreciated. I wasn't sure if someone else had not previously came up with them, but they were new to me, and your comment indicates they were new to you also. But remember -- no more tragedies!ReplyDelete