A New Unraveling of Austen's Classic
In her debut novel, One Thread Pulled, author Diana Oaks explores what would happen if Elizabeth Bennet never heard Mr. Darcy utter his infamous cutting remark about her being tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt him. With this thread pulled, how will the rest of the story unravel?
Resolved to strictly maintain a platonic relationship with the bewitching Miss Bennet, Mr. Darcy faces one heck of an internal struggle. Their friendly banter, laced with double entendres, only serves to wreak havoc on his resolve. After Darcy finally surrenders, he finds himself on a different field of battle facing his sworn enemy.
Seeking revenge for separating Georgiana and him, Wickham seeks retribution in a way that will cause Darcy pain equal to his own. Simultaneously, Caroline sets out with her own plan. Even though she possesses her trademark hauteur, Caroline’s character undergoes changes under Ms. Oaks’s pen, and readers are left wondering about Caroline’s mental stability. Add to these the contingency Mr. Bennet places on Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement, and readers are in for some interesting twists and titillating rising action.
As the book ends, the engaged couple sets out for a season in London, leaving readers anxiously awaiting the sequel. I am curious to know how Elizabeth will handle a Season amongst the ton as Mr. Darcy’s affianced. Moreover, Elizabeth feels Lady Catherine isn’t finished with her ultimate goal of preventing her and Darcy’s marriage. I was also left wondering if we have seen the last of crazy Caroline.
Replete with amusing and diverting dialog and scenes, Oaks takes Austen’s classic and expands upon her plot, filling in the gaps and proffering more detail to Austen’s scenes, while at the same time, giving the story a unique twist.
With this tome coming in just over 440 pages, Oaks uses her page count well with just the right amount of angst to keep the book firmly placed in my hands. I hope Ms. Oaks gets the sequel published soon!
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