by Abigail Reynolds
This volume contains five short stories based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice characters, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Some are continuations or alternate endings of the author’s existing variations, and one is a “dark” story. Abigail Reynolds is a fabulous Austen author and I have greatly enjoyed several of her books in the past year. This collection isn’t my favorite of her works, probably because they are too closely categorized as implausible due to the modern romantic style. Most of her other books keep more with the social proprieties of the era. Even so, the prose and engaging style shines through and are entertaining, quick reads. If you’re interested in Austen variations, I’d highly recommend beginning with one of Reynold’s full length novels and circle back to the short stories later.