The Fire at Netherfield Park: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

The Fire at Netherfield Park A Pride Prejudice Variation The Fire at Netherfield Park the final installment of McMann s and Hanford s season of smoke and fire opens with Charles Bingley s famous ball Smoke soon seeps into the room rapidly turning the even

  • Title: The Fire at Netherfield Park: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Author: Renata McMann Summer Hanford
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Fire at Netherfield Park the final installment of McMann s and Hanford s season of smoke and fire, opens with Charles Bingley s famous ball Smoke soon seeps into the room, rapidly turning the event from frivolous to dire Determined to save everyone, Darcy enlists Elizabeth s aid in urging the disbelieving assemblage to depart Darcy and Elizabeth prove as noble as The Fire at Netherfield Park the final installment of McMann s and Hanford s season of smoke and fire, opens with Charles Bingley s famous ball Smoke soon seeps into the room, rapidly turning the event from frivolous to dire Determined to save everyone, Darcy enlists Elizabeth s aid in urging the disbelieving assemblage to depart Darcy and Elizabeth prove as noble as one might expect, but who else will rise to the ranks of hero, who will escape the fire, and who will perish When the smoke clears, what will become of those who escaped the fire at Netherfield Park This Pride and Prejudice variation has approximately 70,000 words.

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    1. This is just the latest excellent variation of Pride and Prejudice penned by Ms. McMann and Ms. Hanford, and I think it's their best yet. The opening two chapters are absolutely gripping, with a fire during the Netherfield ball starting in the kitchen as experienced rather than observed by a young new kitchen helper. The POV switches to Elizabeth, who reluctantly dances with Mr. Darcy. During their dance, she sees him staring up at the high ceiling and looks up to see smoke starting to accumulat [...]

    2. I really enjoyed the way the book was set up. Each chapter continues the story from another character's experience. Have to say the Caroline shines as does Wickham. I just loved what happens with D and W in the beginning and throughout the book. This is my favorite Wickham story yet. Terrific read.Reread: Still love this one. Terrific book. I have to read more by the authors.Reread: Still my favorite Wickham story. Loved!

    3. At times I would use the descriptors: morose, melancholy, and even downright depressing to convey the feelings I got reading this book! I have not read the others in this series of “fire and smoke” variations by these authors. This novel is 222 pages. The authors presented this unusual premise with well thought out consequences and follow through. Several reviews give you details as to the premise and also point out that we are presented with constantly changing POVs. This variation has litt [...]

    4. Excellent non-canon P&P variationPlot surprises run amok in this Pride and Prejudice variation. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The flow of the book was smooth and the story made sense, though surprising. Excellent book!

    5. Spoiler alert! The fire at Netherfield ball results in the death of Mrs Bennet which changes the fate of all our characters in this novel and gives it a sober reading. Elizabeth realizes how much she loved her mom. Mr Bemnet is determined to end the entail so he remarries and wants to beset an heir. Living at Loungbourn changes due to economizing which means more chores for all. Jane gets a happy ending soon enough and Lydia's story differs though she still weds Wickham, their life is quite diff [...]

    6. Ambivalent…like the 3rd Matrix, I haven’t figured it out yet: This was the strangest book. I guess we go into JAFF with certain expectations and then, every once in a while, we run into something completely different. That was the feeling I got when I read this story. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just different.Take all the things you know and feel about P&P, shake them up and rewrite a completely new story, but use all the props and characters from the original. That is the best way [...]

    7. Having read almost 300 books in the Style or characterizations of Jane Austen I have a real weakness for plots that take the original story and really upend it. And this book creates a new story line. This book begins with the Netherfield Ball where, while Lizzy dances with Mr. Darcy, a fire breaks out. Darcy and Wickham take charge, thanks to Wickham's loud whistle. The house is quickly emptied. Alas one member of the Bennet household doesn't survive the fire and that death sets the entire cour [...]

    8. This is one of those P&P variations that make me regret giving so many 5 star ratings to other variations. I was pulled in from the start and couldn't put this book down. The storyline was so original which is difficult when you think of how many variations are floating around out there! I never read reviews as I like to be surprised at what happens in a story. The Fire at Netherfield Park was filled with so many new plot twists. I only have two complaintsFirst, Georgiana telling Miss Bingle [...]

    9. As people already said, the plot is really thrilling and the telling of the fire at Netherfield is really exciting and dynamic.Anyway, after the fire - the climax of the story - nothing really happens and I didn't see that fire (no pun intended) that JA's characters have. Lizzy was too bland, Darcy morose, the romance between Bingley and Jane annoyed me and Charlotte became a very boring character. And we rarely have moments between Darcy and Elizabeth (I couldn't even understand how she came to [...]

    10. Very well doneI was pleasantly surprised at this story. This was not the only fire at netherfield park work I've read. However unlike most of the books I've read in this genre, this one has well developed characters and plot.

    11. The Fire at Netherfield ParkA rather different, but enjoyable, variation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The night of the night Ball turns into a disaster of drastic proportions. Total loss of the house itself was bad enough, but negligent behavior of Mr. William Collins, Mrs. Bennet's dies before anyone can rescue her. Because there are multiple witnesses to his outrageous behavior, Mr. Bennet is remarried to a younger woman hoping to sire his long awaited heir so that the hateful man doe [...]

    12. I enjoyed different points of view on the tragedy of the fire destroying Netherfield. Observing different people behavior, some rushing to the rescue, some showing cowardice and ruthlessness was a great observation. The healing [process of the families affected by the tragedy was very realistic. And I especially enjoyed the outcome for the Bennet family (no spoilers here.)

    13. I absolutely adored how this story started off--the first couple of chapters were intense and drew me in immediately--and I was fascinated by some of the subsequent turns in the story. It kept me reading late into the night. However, I deducted a star because I feel like some of those turns could have been carried farther. There's a point later in the book when things start to take the normal plot path, despite the differences, and that was a little disappointing. Some specifics:(view spoiler)[1 [...]

    14. Possibly one of the best JAFF stories out there -this is a skilful "what if" where the Bennet family is forever altered by a fire that destroys Netherfield Park on the night of Bingley's ball. The plot is suitably changed and characters remain quite true to the original but with surprising new twists and changes. I enjoyed this up until the epilogue (which I felt was unnecessary and I'd have preferred to not know!) An unexpected gem, this is worth a read!

    15. This book went in directions that I was not expecting. The overall story plot was interesting. Mr Wickham was honest. Charlotte had an interesting role. Mr Bennett was able to direct his daughters and was unexpected. The evolution of Elizabeth and Darcy was not as satisfying and the Epilogue was not anywhere near what I wanted.

    16. Quite enjoyableI've read a lot of variations so it's nice when I read one that doesn't try to include every one of P&P's original scenes or language. The characters stay true to themselves as well.

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