In this reinvention of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the author has reworked the same characters and some elements of the story to create an original work based on Austen’s classic, but not consistent with it. I did enjoy some of these new twists and turns, and appreciated the author’s exploration of the stigma associated with epilepsy in the 18th century.
I found myself conflicted not by these alterations, but by the fact that the entire story is written in present tense, which gives the story the feeling of a running commentary rather than a developed storyline. While that may be a matter of personal preference, I didn’t feel as though the narration did justice to the storyline or the important ideas the author wanted to develop and explore.
I also found it odd that the characters kept on using each other’s names every time they spoke during a conversation, which felt stilted and quite redundant.
All in all, this was an enjoyable enough read, but probably better for a reader less fussy about writing style than I am.
Falling for Elizabeth Bennet has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
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