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Book Review; “Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation”

Random Thought Process By Random Thought Process Published on May 9, 2016

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*4/5 stars*

“Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation” by Nicole Clarkston.

You can’t beat a Sunday for chilling out and relaxing with tea and a new book.

I’ve officially become kindle crazy. I’m obsessed with rummaging through the kindle store and finding bargains.

The daily 99p deals always get me!

This will come across as sacrilegious to some die hard Austen fans; but I first discovered Pride and Prejudice after watching Keira Knightly in the 2005 film version of the novel. In a way, I was lucky. I fell in love with the film and the novel was a hundred times better.

The novel Rumours & Recklessness is a variation of the original. I’m always cautious trying out a variation of a beloved classic because I tend to be quick to criticize. This book certainly did not disappoint.

Rather then follow the predictable- what happened next pathway; the novel takes the original and throws in a few curve balls. The novel begins just as Darcy is convincing Bingley to leave Neatherfield and return to London (About 40% into the original storyline).

This causes the story to take a complete turn and ends up with a similar but very satisfying ending. The language is true to the original novel, as are the characters. You also get to see an in-sight into one or two characters that were slightly downplayed in Austen’s novel, Mary Bennet and Anne de Bourgh in particular.

Overall, a fabulous read and a refreshing take on a classic. I will definitely be pulling this one out again for another read.

“Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation” by Nicole Clarkston.

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