After finishing the Elementals, I felt it was time to revisit the Bennets. I found The Bennets Take on the Ton on Pinterest. When I read the description, I knew that I had to read it.
In this variation, Mrs. Bennet, Jane and Elizabeth are in London, shopping for new dresses. Mrs. Bennet is determined for Jane and Elizabeth to be engaged before they return home. After leaving a shop, a man brushes by Mrs. Bennet without a ‘Pardon Me’. As a result, Mrs. Bennet smacks him with her parasol. The man turns out to be the Prince Regent.
This meeting turns everything about canon on its head. Elizabeth meets Darcy in the street. Prinny takes a shine to Mrs. B as he calls her and invites her and her daughters to his soiree.
Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)
In The Bennets Take on the Ton, Darcy and Bingley linger by the Prince in order to protect him from an assassination attempt by a Frenchman. Since Prinny invites Mrs. B. to help him with his planning, Darcy and Elizabeth meet multiple times at the behest of Prinny. Darcy falls for Elizabeth much like canon, but again, like canon, does a lousy job of showing it. Jane meets Bingley and falls head over heels.
The Bennets Take on the Ton is an interesting variation that has Mrs. Bennet playing a much larger role than in canon. While she still is silly and improper, it is that very characteristic that draws the Prince Regent to her. With her present, there is no chance of being bored. 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.