The Colonel shook his head. “So, you were both offensive and indiscreet. That is an expensive education well bought! One can only assume you missed the lecture upon how to recommend yourself to young ladies!” - C.Grafton
This trilogy was sooooo good I immediately contacted Cassandra to say how great the books were, praise was seriously deserved. It was good luck I stumbled upon this trilogy just as the third had been released, because if I had only volume 1 & 2 I do not know how I would have coped until the third came out!! It took me three days and three nights to read all three!
The author's command of the English language is truly enchanting.
We start off at Rosings after the proposal, a slightly different version but the same outcome. A remorseful Elizabeth has to dine at Rosing again in the company of Mr Darcy, after reading his letter, along with a curious Colonel Fitzwilliam who is wondering whats going on!
“Business, Darcy?” Lady Catherine boomed indignantly. “For what purpose do you keep a steward, a butler, a valet and all manner of servants? One should not keep a pack of hounds only to hunt the fox oneself. I never heard such nonsense!” - C.Grafton
I was convinced the author had travelled back in time to consult with Austen herself, because lady Catherine's dialogue was uncanny indeed.
If I go into detail I will spoil the story line but lets just say they meet again and it looks like they may get together, but an unfortunate misunderstanding arises separating them. It is a race against time to see if the unfortunate lovebirds will get their chance of happiness.
This story is wonderful because it has the advantage of spanning across three books giving enough time for detail and detail is the beauty of these books!
What are they thinking and feeling? What is the weather like? What are they wearing? What is the venue like? Every question seems to be answered. We get told what Elizabeth and Darcy are thinking but what is the Colonel thinking? Or Georgiana? Well you'll find that out also.
“It is too much to put upon Georgiana. She is not practised in hosting dinner parties, Cousin, as well you know.” “A paltry excuse, Darce, as well you comprehend. You are there to host, and what is there even for you to do, pray? Mrs Wainwright will deal with the preparations as competently as she does everything else.” The Colonel let out a snort. “If you are so ingrained with duty and require a hostess, I shall acquire a gown and slippers of my own!” Darcy did not respond to this piece of nonsense other than to throw his cousin a look of exasperation.- C.Grafton
The description of scenery and surroundings surpassed my expectations. Recently I was asked if I had been to Bath and I nearly replied that I had! Such was the authors description, the image so vividly etched in my mind! I am sure I could direct you from where either Darcy or Elizabeth stayed down into town. I have an image of the Gardiner's garden. I know what Bingley's hotel room looks like, you really feel like you are there. When I read the second book my patience was seriously tested as I knew I would be no closer to the resolution I needed and that it would only come with the third book.
“He admires you yet.” Elizabeth shook her head vehemently but said nothing. “It is apparent in his every movement towards you: the incline of his head when you are speaking – his eyes never leave you unless they must.” - C.Grafton
Please Please read this trilogy it will not disappoint, by the end of the book the Colonel had kept me so entertained, that I had not realised how much I had fallen in love with him and am now awaiting a proposal!!!