I was once again in the mood to revisit two of my favorite characters- Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I found Miss Gardiner over on Kindle Unlimited so I quickly downloaded it. Even though I was supposed to write the blog post for The Marquis, I quickly got swept up in Miss Gardiner as it was a variation, unlike any I had read before (and I’ve read a LOT of fanfiction).
This has the traditional cast of characters- Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet, Charles Bingley, Fitzwilliam Darcy, etc. In this one, the Bennets are indolent and lackadaisical with their children. Elizabeth, having listened to her father and uncle, asks her uncle if she can invest in his ship. He grants her wish (she’s only eight). Elizabeth saves her money and gives it to her uncle regularly.
Yet, when Elizabeth is a teenager, her youngest sister Lydia steals her coin purse and gives it to their mother. Her mother and sisters proceed to spend all of Elizabeth’s money in Meryton. When her father won’t do anything about the fact that they took her money, Elizabeth asks to go live with her uncle Gardiner. This request is granted.
Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)
In Miss Gardiner, changes abound. Changes between Bingley and Jane as well as between Lady Catherine and Darcy are some of the major differences. Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy as ‘Miss Gardiner’ when she comes to help her uncle prepare an inventory of items for Mr. Darcy to sell.
Miss Gardiner has a premise that I hadn’t seen before in all of my reading of Pride and Prejudice fanfiction. It is well worth the read. This one is on Kindle Unlimited.
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And in case you hadn’t figured it out, my plan for 2021 is to write a blog post for each book I read. Last year, I read 150 books. We’ll see how I do this year.