01 August 2011
Posted by Lynette
ISBN #: 978-1463643065
ISBN #: 978-1463643065
Publisher Name: Create Space
Date Released: July 2011
Genre: Romance/Jane Austen Fan Fic
Book Format: Kindle Version
BACK COVER BLURB:
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet as children. Over the years, their feelings for each other grow, but what will happen when unfortunate circumstances and interfering family members seek to keep them apart?
William’s distress was evident on his face. So confused was he by the turmoil of emotions churned up by this quest that he no longer knew how to find what he was looking for among the rows of publications on the shelves of the bookshop.
LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
WARNING – MY FILTER IS OFF. I APOLOGIZE FOR MY RANT IN ADVANCE.
PROMISES lead me into a false sense of security. I really enjoyed the beginning. It reminded me of contest entries I read of unpublished romance novels. The first fifty pages or so are really great because they’ve been read and re-read forever by judges and industry professionals, but when you get the rest of the book, you’re like WTF, what was this person thinking.
This is how PROMISES read to me, like the author never had someone critique her whole work just bits and pieces, because it didn’t fit together as a cohesive novel. So when I got it (and brought it with my own money) I was furious. The only upside is that I think PROMISES has cured me of my fascination with Pride and Prejudice Sequels. To be honest, I’m tired of wasting the little money I have on fan fic from any Tom, Dick, and Harry who wants to write a Pride and Prejudice variation and hasn’t really worked on the craft of storytelling.
I haven’t been this annoyed since I attempted to read Sharon Latham’s fan fic attempt. Yes, I know that she is a very popular author of P&P fan fic, but no many times that I have tried I have been unable to read past the first fifty pages of her first novel. Because nothing happens except sex, and I love you so much. Plus, it’s obvious that Ms. Lathan didn’t even read Pride and Prejudice when she wrote that story, just went by that crappy Keira Knightly movie.
NOTE TO SELF: LYNETTE TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND GET A GRIP.
PROMISES has a very interesting and intriguing premise. Mr. George Darcy and Mr. Thomas Bennet are old school friends who meet up again by chance in Mr. Gardiner’s bookshop. Fitzwilliam Darcy who is grieving the recent loss of his mother meets the nine year old Elizabeth Bennet and becomes enchanted with her wit and intelligence. Elizabeth has a photographic memory and is something of a child prodigy. So she and Fitzwilliam hit it off right away. Over the years they have encounters and when Fitzwilliam comes back from his Grand Tour and sees how the now sixteen year old Elizabeth has blossomed, the sibling love and affection he’s always had for her has blossomed into love. He proposes but Mr. Bennet states that they cannot marry until Elizabeth turns seventeen so that she can benefit from a season to meet other men and to make sure that marriage to Fitzwilliam Darcy is what she really wants.
Well, you’re asking, what’s wrong with that? Nothing at all, because this is the part of the novel that was very compelling and justified me spending my hard earned money on PROMIES, but what happened next went right into WTF territory and made me wonder what book I suddenly picked up and started reading because it wasn’t the same book that I had just started.
After Elizabeth and Mr. Bennet leave Pemberly there is a serious of WTF events which involve missing letters and misunderstandings. These missing letters occur year after year through asinine circumstances that a two year old could have figured out how to overcome. I mean really, I’m not a history buff or anything, but even I know that it was no big deal for Mr. Darcy to send a letter by express or personal message to get to Longbourne, especially considering the circumstances he was in.
So what happens when Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Elizabeth and Thomas Bennet again? Years later, to what I presume is when Elizabeth is twenty years old like in Pride and Prejudice when Darcy arrives at Netherfield . . .. Do they talk about the situation and figure out what was going on? Do they ask the most basic questions a two-year old would want to know? No they do not and the comedy of errors continues. And if PROMISES wasn’t on my Kindle and if I hadn’t had my Kindle replaced at least three times so far, I would have thrown it across the room.
Enough was enough. I stopped reading. My time is too short.
BTW. I am desperate for an awesome read (non Pride and Prejudice related please) to get the bad taste of this out of my mouth. I need to get out of my reading slump. So please in the comments below mention the most awesome book that you have ever read.
I need recommendations desperately to get out of this reading slump.
Purchased with my own money.
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