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Il club di Jane Austen – London holiday


Title: London holiday
Author: Nicole Clarkston
Publisher: White soup press
Year: 2018
Genre: romance
Rating: 4,5/5

Source: this book was sent me from Janet Taylor and is part of a blog tour for the presentation of the novel

…what if Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice was granted a last visit to her uncles’ home in London before she felt compelled to marry Mr Collins? What if at the same time Mr. Darcy had to hide himself to protect his reputation? What if the two had taken a well-deserved holiday?

These are the premises of the new novel written by Nicole Clarkston, London holiday, which, between a laugh and an unspoken sentence, manages to carry the reader in an exciting, albeit short, tour through the streets and monuments of London. Elizabeth, in fact, although she managed to get the complicity of her father, believes that the marriage with her cousin is inevitable to save Longbourn and its reputation, and hopes to see the wonders of the capital before the unwanted event can stop her. Darcy, however, finds himself fleeing to save his honour…I will not say much about this point because I don’t want to reveal too much to the reader, but I think the first encounter between the two characters is really hilarious – especially the scene in the carriage! While, for the sweetness I adored the scene in which Lizzy reads a book near a fountain.

The events take place before the dance of Meryton, so it will be rare to see the Bingleys and the Bennets, although each of them will make a small appearance.
Elizabeth and Darcy are characters whose psychological description is very deep and accurate. I really like, in fact, how the author manages to make the reader know even the inner thoughts of the two heroes. There are many amusing moments between them, that make the book seems a comedy of misunderstandings, that have really kept me happy.

As for the secondary characters, and in particular the vicissitudes concerning Lydia and Anne, I found that their stories were a little weak. This, however, did not affect the rest of the novel that, thanks to its main storyline, where there are also small cameos from other Austen’s novels, remains enjoyable.

I really liked this story because the author manages to instill in the reader humor, romance, and sometimes even a pinch of frustration, that keep you glued to the page. I read this book, in fact, in just two days, and sometimes I even regretted having to stop reading for the normal daily activities that I had to play.

I really liked, then, how the author managed to use the iconic phrases of Austen’s novels and to adapt them to the context of her own…and I noticed also a few winks to the film of 2005.

“She does have remarkably fine eyes…”

I always try, moreover, to find a morality in the stories I read, and this novel, in its small, in addition to containing criticism on the dangers of pride and prejudice, focuses especially on criticism of judgement on the basis of appearance. This has made me very happy, because, especially for young people, the appearance is becoming more important than the substance, and Nicole Clarkston with this novel shows us that this is not the reality at all.

Definitely a novel to read and re-read again!

The author

Originally from Idaho, Nicole Clarkston now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood.
Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties and she has never looked back. A year or so later, she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love.
She wrote P&P inspired novel and N&S inspired novel.

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25 thoughts on “Il club di Jane Austen – London holiday”

  • Thanks so much for your lovely and well written review, Loren. I appreciate your thoughts on this delightful novel. I liked your last paragraph where you mention the ‘morality’ you found in this book. Your pictures were an added bonus.

    Thank you for participating in Nicole’s blog tour.

    • Thank you Janet, without you this wouldn’t have happened!
      Thank you for your comment, I am an Italian mother tongue and I’m always afraid of making mistakes when I translate an article into English!
      For the images, I always try to find something that is linked to the plot of the book!

      • The pictures are great, Loren! Thank you so much for your review, and I, too, loved that you caught the moral threads. They weren’t meant to be overwhelming, but present. Good eye ;-)

  • Thank you for your review! I appreciated seeing your impressions of the book. I’m glad that you find ODC’s first encounter hilarious. I always enjoy hilarity, and wish there was more of it in the world. This is turning into a really fun blog tour.

    • Thank you for your comment Ginna! I wish there is more hilarity in the word too!
      Good luck!

      • We can always do with a good laugh, I say. I am so glad you are enjoying the tour, Ginna!

  • Thanks for the review. Nice illustrations too! Humor and tenderness and morals are all compounds to a good book.

    • Thank you Agnes! I tried to find images that are linked to the plot, in effect there is a lovely scene on board of a air balloon!

    • Yes, if you love a good laugh you will surely enjoy it! Thank you for your comment!

      • It’s definitely a story that doesn’t take itself seriously! I hope it gives you a few episodes of the giggles, Darcy.

  • Great review, Loren! Makes me want to read Nicole’s new book even more than I did already. I love your comment near the end about judging people on their appearance. You’re so right when you say that appearance is everything for young people nowadays.

      • It was fun to get Mr Stuff-shirt out of his usual attire for just that reason, Anji. Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy the book!

  • Not sure what’s happened to my comment! Lovely review and a dedinitely relevant comment at the end about appearances. I’ll call back later to see if my first comment has appeared.

    • Sorry Anji but comments must be moderated before they appear on the site because there are a lot of spam and link with viruses and I want to protect my readers!

      • Ah, no worries, Loren. I thought it might be something like that, except I didn’t see anything on the screen on my iPad that said my comment was awaiting moderation. I’ll know for next time!

  • Great to know that you enjoy reading London Holiday as I’ve heard many people praised this P&P variation. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this novel. I hope Lizzy change her mind to marry Collins or she will regret her choice for the rest of life.

    • In this novel there are many reason for Lizzy to marry Mr Collins, not only the question of Longbourn…
      Good luck in the giveaway!

      • Oooh, Collins would be a BAD choice. I hope she thinks better of it, too! (She doesn’t always tell me what she’s going to do on the next page until she has already done it! ;-D)

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