Anne's Adversity: A Pride & Prejudice Variation: The Cousins, Volume 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lady Catherine has a secret....
When Anne de Bourgh discovers a family secret in an old letter, she is given two choices: Burn the letter and forget about it or leave Rosings and face disinheritance. How can a sickly lady past the bloom of youth, with no prospects and few friends, hope to stand on her own two feet? How can she learn more about her family's past without causing a scandal which would forever cast a shadow over the de Bourghs?
Luc Mauvier has led a life of freedom and success as a small theater owner in town. His tragic past has taught him to enjoy life and its pleasures to the fullest. When he meets Anne de Bourgh, she is opposite to everything he has ever known and he is soon reminded of how a gentleman should behave with a real lady. Can a tradesman win the heart of a lady? Even more important: How can he win Lady Catherine's approval?
What Anne reveals about her past gives her courage, but will it be enough?
Anne's Adversity is the second book in The Cousins Series trilogy. If you like falling in love with your favorite secondary characters as they fall for each other, then you'll love this sweet romance based on Jane Austen's timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 15, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #216,850 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,280 in Regency Romance
#6,927 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#14,587 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This story brought me to tears at the end. Yet one must remember this is a variation and variations take great license with the story line and with characters and their behaviors. This is one that reveals a surprising twist, or should I say twists, from canon. I loved what Jennifer's imagination and inventiveness allowed her to write in this story. Saying that I also have to add that it is going to be very difficult not to write any spoilers here as so much was new and different.
As we read in the book description: 1.) this book is part of a series about “cousins”. 2.) Anne is given a letter, a very old letter, a letter written after she was born. It FORCES her to make a decision, as stated. Here we have a new and different Anne. Here we begin to rejoice in this survivor and what she now makes of her life. You know, you must know, how Lady Catherine rules and reigns in her household, so hang on to your hats as you read of someone, Anne, not knuckling under to another of Lady C’s dictates. You will be cheering, but also wondering if Anne goes from depending on her mother for all her care and all her decisions OR if Anne will simply reach out to relatives and then switch residences upon the ultimatum here. But Anne’s handling of her long standing “engagement” with Darcy is another twist and gives her choice of where to go and upon whom to rely; a more limited range than one would think.
Now we do meet new characters in this book. We meet a family friend, who introduces her to an unknown aunt and she then meets others who come to play very significant roles in providing Anne with a chance to not only mature but to learn and grow in her talents and in deciding her own future. There is not only Luc Mauvier but also his sister. There is this aunt and another relative. There are two maid servants who play parts in not only how “the letter” got into Anne’s hands but also in showing Anne how one must take one’s talents and build on them and in how one can look for and embrace opportunities, even ones which show up unexpectedly. As Anne says at about 83% of the way through the kindle book, “Every woman should have a purpose; a reason to get up and accomplish something good…”
One thing that I kept pondering, though, was the air quality in London. Much was made of the fact that Lady Catherine would not allow air or sunshine into the rooms at Rosings. It was considered not healthy but then Anne’s health improves upon moving to London and going out, taking a walk (limited at first – she is still weak and of a poor constitution). Yet we read of how poor the air in London was at this time in history. I do believe Anne could have improved in health just getting out of bed and having an agenda for the day, but any mention of “taking the air” seems counterproductive in the purpose of regaining one’s health.
I truly liked this story for Anne. Having read stories in which she dies off at an early age, I find this so much more acceptable. We even get a wedding scene and a hint as to the next story of a cousin: one of my favorite, usually secondary characters, in JAFF. This is a standalone story but I am glad I am reading all in the series.
But what does Anne's mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, think of all of this? Read the book. You will not be disappointed. This author knows how to tell a good story, and I was happy to read a book about a woman reaching her potential, rather than leaning on a man to find her happiness. For that alone, it deserves a minimum of four stars.
And to the 2 star reviewer...I didn't find the words Okay or Knight. So your review is without merit, as it appears you didn't read the book. I'm not sure what you meant by the sentence comment. Maybe something like...saying, "Ma'am, perhaps you need to consume a bag of prunes!" rather than saying "Lady, you're full of crap!" Just saying!!!
Ms. Joy has put together a wonderful saga for the JAFF fans who like good characters and varied plots.
There were several new characters introduced that fit right in with Jane Austen’s other characterizations. Each with intriguing qualities marking the Napoleonic times, especially the prejudices of the time.
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst I'm sure Jane Austen would struggle to recognise some of the modern parlance and uncertain bending of historical etiquette, the plot was good enough to overcome any shortcomings in that direction - thoroughly well crafted and worth attention.
Having read Darcy's Dilemma first I can't wait to get onto the 3rd in the series.