Sunday, March 8, 2009

Book Review: Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

The whole name of the book is: Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged) A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery

Darcy and Elizabeth & Jane and Bingley are married and at their wedding breakfast Ms. Bingley tells that she is to marry Mr. Frederick Parrish, American gentlemen, after a week. Darcy and Elizabeth has planned to leave to Pemberley right after the wedding, but the wedding of Ms. Bingley postpones their leave and they go to London. At their wedding night at London they are coming back from a dinner when they see Ms. Bingley walking alone in dark, unsafety street. This evening starts a course of weird happenings in the life of Caroline Bingley, and also in the lifes of her family and Darcy's.
Caroline tries to kill herself and the whole party leaves to Netherfield (party including Jane, Bingley, Elizabeth, Darcy, Mr. Hurst, Mrs. Hurst, Caroline and Mr. Parrish and american archeologist Mr. Randolph.) At Netherfield even weirder things starts to happen; Jane and Bingley almost die two times and there is also a murder in the house. Elizabeth and Darcy has their own thoughts about the situation, but there is some thoughts in Elizabeth's head that Darcy does not believe.
The end of this book is really suprising, and the whole book is exciting. I read the whole book in two days, because it was easy to read and I couldn't put it down.

This book was really different from the other P&P sequels I have read, but this was one of the best ones I have read so far.

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I finally finished with this book yesterday morning. Here is a little review about the novel.
From Goodreads:

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father's antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.
Late one night, while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer. As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.
I really liked this book. It stayed as a mystery all the way to the end and it forced me to read it as fast as possible. The story took me in to it. I did not like Margaret Lea as a character, but in some parts of the book I felt bad for her. Miss Winter, as a character, was probably the most interesting in the book.

I had very high expectations towards this book before I started to read in and they all were filled. This is one of the books from my list I think I will re read in some part of my life.