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What if...Aunt Gardiner, who after all hailed from Lambton, was well-acquainted with the Darcy family, and knew of Wickham's misdemeanors? How would the story have been different? 

This tale begins with an exchange of letters between Elizabeth Bennet and her favorite aunt, discussing the happenings in Hertfordshire as the Bennet family becomes acquainted with their new neighbors, the Bingleys and their house guest, Mr. Darcy.

©2015 Catherine Bilson (P)2021 Catherine Bilson

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Mrs Gardiner knows about Mr Wickham!

I had wondered why Aunt Gardiner didn't know what type of man George Wickham was if she grew up in Lambton. In this variation she does know. In painful detail. When Elizabeth writes to her about the charming Mr Wickham she drops everything and comes to visit immediately to warn the family. In a fun twist, she's also distantly related to the Darcys of Pemberly. Mr. Darcy's reaction when he comes face to face with her at the Netherfield ball is worth the price of the book. Get it!

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Enjoyable story but problematic narration

I very much enjoyed reading (and later hearing) this story especially the twist with Mrs Gardiner's character. She was given a slightly darker aspect, which is understandable given her circumstances. I think I must have a vengeful personality because I so want Wickham punished for his crimes more than just sent off to the Americas. (Another author successfully did that using the Colonel in a short aside at the end. It was chilling.)

However I cringed with the portrayal of male voices. In my imagination, Darcy (nor any of the other young men) does not have a gravely voice. All the male characters sounded like they were gargling or had throat problems. It really needs another person to convincingly vocalize the men.

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Low Angst and Unsurprising

Ms Bilson has written other enjoyable books and this one hits a low angst, nearly dull, mark. For JAFF readers that understand the characters there are no real surprises here. If you want a very easy listen, this is it. Her male voices are a little raspy so sample before you buy.