Il club di Jane Austen – His choice of a wife
His choice of a wife is the variation inspired by Pride and Prejudice that marks the debut of Heather Moll as an author. Regular participant of sites and forums about Jane Austen and her world, the author managed to write a novel that has all the Regency love story themes with a touch of modernity, conquering the Meryton Press, who published the novel, first and then its readers.
After the Hunford‘s disastrous proposal and reading Darcy‘s letter, Elizabeth returns to the parsonage. Here she finds the gentleman and his cousin waiting for her to take their leave. In this way, while following the original narrative plot, the author manages to avoid any misunderstandings between the two main characters and to give us many scenes of affection and mutual respect between the two.
Elizabeth appears here in a more amiable attire, perhaps because she realizes her involvement with Mr Darcy earlier than in the original novel, and tries to act according to her heart. Fitzwilliam, on the other hand, appears even more lovable than usual; it is possible to say that the author succeeded in making the perfect man even…more perfect!
The events involving Mr Bingley and Jane, even if original, are entirely plausible because they are absolutely in character. The same can also be said for the storyline about Mr Wickham, made, if possible, even more, detestable and infamous.
I didn’t love Mr Bennet very much, but even in this case, his behaviour was completely credible and in line with the character. In contrast, I madly loved Colonel Fitzwilliam, outspoken, amusing but also reliable, courageous and tender (I hope the author decides to write a novel about him!).
As I mentioned above, the novel possesses all the Regency romance canons, but what amazed me the most are the modern themes that get perfectly along with the historical context.
Indeed, within the story there are mature contents, given that
Overall I find the story interesting and very well thought, with no holes in the plot. I read it all in one breath because it got me involved and excited me like it hadn’t happened for a long time. Surely it is a great start for the author’s career, who has earned me as a supporter thanks to the scenes between the two main characters, the true point of force of the work.
The style is very simple; in this regard, some reviews complained a lack of personality in the writing but, as an Italian reader, I was able to enjoy this book from the beginning to the end without finding any difficulty whatsoever, so I believe that the author’s message sharing is 100% successful.
I recommend this novel to those who like to spend an afternoon or two in the company of a very fascinating story.