Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Sweet Finish....



Valentines day seems a good day to post my review of the final part of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series, These Three Remain. If for no other reason then its the one where he eventually gets the girl.
But boy oh boy, talk about having to jump some real hurdles before scoring her!

This book didn't disappoint, which is nice since it's where the most fundamental pieces of the Pride and Prejudice  story happen. The first proposal, and refusal, the visit to Pemberley, the Lydia drama, and the reuniting of the now happy couples.

Pamela Aidan did such a fantastic job of the reflected pieces of the original drama. To read Darcy's experience of the first proposal, was no less captivating and enjoyable then the original, and in some ways just as surprising (in it's own way).

One of the most gratifying scenes is his drunken confession of the whole debacle to his friend Dyfed. The first moment he begins to realize, with Dy's help, that perhaps listing Elizabeth's short comings and familial faults wasn't the best way to couch a marriage proposal, is truly enjoyable.

Word on the street is that Pamela Aidan is continuing on with her story of Darcy. I'm not sure that I require more, but I do love the new characters she's created for the Gentleman series and would gladly learn more about them. Maybe at some point she'll branch off and create a series for Dyfed, or perhaps for the underused character of Darcy's sister Georgianna.

One way or another, she's written a lovely spin off for Pride and Prejudice  lovers. A highly recommended Valentines read.

These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, By Pamela Aidan
Publishe by Touchstone, January 2007

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