What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other?
What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own--an engagement of a peculiar kind.
As dire as their chance for "happily ever after" seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them ...
The legend of King Arthur meets the timelessness of Miss Jane Austen's endearing works in this delightfully entertaining Pride and Prejudice adaptation that takes you back to a magical time of enchantment and romance and lets you fall in love with Darcy and Elizabeth once again.
©2011 P. O. Dixon (P)2013 P. O. Dixon
Although I enjoyed the story, it was painful when several of Austen's characters were rewritten. For example, Mr Bennet and Jane Bennet. I could not accept that Mr Bennet would support Jeffrey Collins over Elizabeth or that Jane would accept Jeffrey Collin's view of Elizabeth without question. These issues damaged an otherwise pleasant reading experience.
He Taught Me to Hope: Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest is a delightful alternative telling of how Elizabeth and Darcy meet and eventually fall in love. The story starts with Elizabeth marrying a young man of a wealthy family at age 17. Soon after, Elizabeth is widowed and 9 months later she gives birth to a healthy baby boy whom she names Ben. Flash forward five years when Elizabeth returns to Longbourn after the death of her father-in-law. At the behest of her father, Elizabeth becomes engaged to Mr. Collins out of a sense of duty -- to provide a future for her mother and sisters, and to secure a father figure for Ben.
Ben is simply adorable! He's imaginative and wise beyond his years. Ben's favorite past time is exploring the woods around Longbourn. On one such exploration he meets Mr. Darcy. Ben introduces himself as Sir Lancelot and Darcy plays along and says that he is King Arthur. Darcy's relationship with Ben is endearing. He lets Ben be imaginative, and basically falls in love with Ben before he realizes that Ben is Elizabeth’s son.
Like in Jane Austen's book, Darcy and Elizabeth meet at the Meryton Assembly. Their eyes meet across the crowded room and both of them feel an instant attraction. Throughout most of the book Darcy tries to persuade Elizabeth that Mr. Collins is all wrong for her, and after her broken engagement, Darcy persuades her to marry him. Darcy's feelings for Elizabeth never waiver and are steadfast.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Pearl Hewitt. She did an outstanding job, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters, young and old. Pearl's narration certainly contributed to my enjoyment of this book. Great job!
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