Published by the author on August 1, 2008
Genres: Romance, Short Story
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This collection of nine short stories includes backstories, sequels and what-ifs to Jane Austen's beloved novels. Greensmith provides sympathetic insights into characters you love to hate. Her what-if stories are realistic, true to Austen's characters, and delightful to sink your teeth into. And always, Greensmith, Romantic that she is, calls forth the power and beauty of the natural world to heal, bless, and nurture the wounded, the misunderstood, the lonely, and the confused on their journeys through life.
Maybe it’s been too long since I read most of Jane Austen’s novels. I don’t remember all of the characters and few of the details, so I think I may have not been the best audience for this book. Out of the collection only two really struck me. The first, “Rainbow Around The Moon,” a sequel to Persuasion was a short, touching tale about Captain Wentworth and his daughter. I don’t think you necessarily needed to read the original to appreciate it. The other was “All I Do,” the last story and longer than the others. In this tale of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth is not married to Darcy. The characters are a bit fuller than in the others and I guess I remember the original story better than the others. It was enjoyable, seeing the “what might have been” and how in the end Darcy and Elizabeth still get happiness.
The others were neither here nor there for me. They weren’t bad, they just weren’t striking. I think this is a collection that will be better appreciated by true Austen devotees, not those like me who have read the stories, but don’t really recall them well.