Friday, July 31, 2020

Madness In Meryton by Jayne Bamber ~ Review

Title: Madness in Meryton
Author: Jayne Bamber
Genre: Pride & Prejudice variation
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: July 24th, 2020
Number of Pages: 373
Version Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Synopsis: When Jane and Elizabeth Bennet return home from Netherfield, two days of heavy rain confine them indoors with their unruly younger sisters, a mother in perpetual need of smelling salts, and the tedious Mr. Collins. When the rain clears, the ladies from Longbourn and the gentlemen from Netherfield are drawn to Meryton by the excitement of Market Day, setting in motion a series of significant events.

That night, Mrs. Phillips hosts a card party for officers of the local militia, where the charming Mr. Wickham tells Elizabeth his shocking history with Mr. Darcy, a man who has only given Elizabeth offense since coming to stay with his friend Mr. Bingley at Netherfield.

The next day, the same thing happens again.

And again, the day after that – and so on, for what begins to feel like an eternity. Elizabeth takes increasingly drastic measures to further the budding romance between her beloved sister Jane and their handsome neighbor Mr. Bingley. Along the way, she arranges improvements in the lives of all of her family, in an effort to end the relentless redundancy that only she seems aware of.

As Elizabeth’s frustration turns to madness, she soon realizes that her inexplicable dilemma is somehow connected to a certain officer and a certain gentleman of her acquaintance….

Elizabeth must forge unlikely alliances and devote her considerable wit to the task of achieving a perfect day for those she holds dear while facing familiar Fitzwilliam friends and foes, as well as all the mortification and delight of falling in love.

My Review: This book starts out with Elizabeth and Darcy both reliving the same day over and over but they don't find out that they are both experiencing it until Lizzy lets it slip during the card party. Eventually, they are joined by both Colonel Fitzwilliam and Caroline in their plight and we find out that Wickham is not really a bad guy in its story. I really did enjoy that twist ending with Mrs. Bennet and Baba Romilda at the end of the book. It was great.

I recommend reading this book if you are both a fan of Pride and Prejudice and the movie Groundhog Day.

Rating: 4 stars

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