Friday, April 05, 2019

REVIEW: Happier in Her Friends Than Relations by Jayne Bamber

Book Blurb: In this angsty fusion of two of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, the actions of their sisters cause challenging chain reactions for one of literature’s most celebrated couples...

Fitzwilliam Darcy is faced with a family crisis of epic proportions after the fallout of his sister Georgiana’s ill-fated elopement in Ramsgate, while his friend Charles Bingley is persuaded to abandon his scheme of renting Netherfield Park.

Elizabeth Bennet journeys to London to recover her spirits, after Jane’s unexpected marriage changes the sisters’ relationship forever, and the consolation of the Gardiners proves insufficient.

The bonds of friendship offer Elizabeth a lifeline after a series of tragic events causes her to fear for her future. The support she receives from her new neighbor Marianne Brandon and snarky socialite Lady Rebecca Fitzwilliam prove she is truly happier in her friends than relations.

My Review: I did hear about this book when it was first released but I never did get around to reviewing it. Little did I know that I would be getting myself into when I started it. This novel was addicting and if I didn't have to go to work I would have finished it a lot sooner. Don't start this epic-length story if you don't have the time to devote to it.

So I'm gonna say that I hated Jane in this story. She made the decision herself to marry Mr. Collins and then had the gall to get jealous of Lizzy and then tried to ruin Lizzy's life. I'm sorry I outright hated Jane and that little plot she tried to hatch at the end of the book made me glad when she finally disappeared out of everyone's lives.

Bingley was just a weak and spiteful blockhead and I was happy when Lizzy decided that she didn't want anything to do with him. Who would want a man that is easily led by his sister and who can let a pretty face turn their head from the lady they are courting? Another character who pissed me off was Wickham. What he did to Georgiana and then the Bennet ladies makes him truly despicable. I would have actually loved to see him hanged. That vague reference we get to him possibly being hanged for his crimes was not enough. I wanted to read it. Lol excuse me I'm a bit bloodthirsty.

I loved all the mingling from all the Jane Austen novels and to be honest I want more. I hate that Marianne lost Colonel Brandon as I enjoyed seeing them together as a couple but Richard Fitzwilliam was a good second husband for her. Also Lady Rebecca I love her. I hope she gets her own love interest.

So the elephant in the room is Darcy and Lizzy. They actually meet when he is still married to Anne (their marriage is one of convenience to protect Georgiana). Both are instantly drawn to each other but obviously they can't be together. I was delighted when Anne died because then They could be together. But both of those knuckleheads screwed up at Hunsford and they are separated until our dear Marianne talks some damn sense into Lizzy.  Then they marry so quickly. Oh, this isn't even the best part of the book. The thing I found the most enjoyable was that Lady Catherine finds out that Anne hated her, she accidentally kills Mr. Collins, takes Kitty under her wing and gets a lover. This mellows the hell out of her. I actually liked her after all this happens.

This novel is addicting and a page-turner. I definitely recommend taking this ride if you haven't you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for book two be released in the near future.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

*The author provided me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

  1. I definitely will be reading this. After this review...I am purchasing this book immediately.