Lately, besides the editor and the first sentence, I also pay attention to the dedication. Chaos Comes to Longbourn Victoria Kincaid’s new book has nice and kind one: dedicated to all the JAFF readers and authors…
As you might have noticed I’m also fan of descriptions when the author speaks to the reader, trying to warn her character. Well, the writer uses this technique rather well.
It’s very interesting that the first time the narrator uses “chaos” is in Chapter 17 just before she untangles the web. “Chaos has descended upon Longbourn.” Don’t believe her! Ms Kincaid needs less than 10 pages to temporarily ruin all of her characters’ lives. You will see that one single thought leads to the biggest turmoil I’ve read about our favourite Pride and Prejudice characters. The main 8 characters are Darcy, Bingley, Wickham, Collins, Lizzy, Jane, Lydia and Charlotte. 8 characters 9 proposals… Do I have to say more? Using the author’s own sentence from the book “This could not possibly be happening.” Read it! Tangled web would not express faithfully what’s going on in this novel. Chaos did not only come to Longbourn, but also to Meryton. It reminds me of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream minus the supernatural part.
Most of the time I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. Probably the author uses humour to compensate for the sometimes “I could beat the author” turn of events. For example I have to laugh out loud every time Mr Collins or Lydia uses pet names and they do a lot, especially Collins as he is the master of sillyness and compliments. I have a feeling that by the end of the book he looses lots of sillyness and becomes an almost pleasant fellow.
The matches are surreal and I’m not giving away a lot if I tell you that the Darcy-Lydia proposal is not the only one. When you think Ms Kincaid has mixed everything up, I garantee you are far from the truth! We will meet Mr Bingley’s mother (I liked her) for a brief momnent, which allows the writer to make an even bigger mess and that’s still not everything! There are lots of bizarre but reasoned engagements.
There is a sparkle between Lizzy and Darcy every time they meet, and you can almost touch it during the second Netherfield ball right after their dance. My favourite part is that ball and I think the best scene is their talk after the dance, despite of the fact that soon after “The spell was broken.”
Charlotte and Collins have a bigger role which is nice to see as they are fully developed and they are true to themselves but at the same time we can see their new side, especially Charlotte’s.
As Austen says “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”, this clearly shows at the second Netherfield ball.
It’s good to see that Ms Kincaid doesn’t afraid to talk about and explain what the reader might think during reading Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth, namely that it is not romantic. You will see the explanation and you will be happy to know that the scene after is romantic. 🙂
One thing caught my eyes: the wedding trip lasts for one months and they go to Scotland, the Lake District and Scarborough which is according to my calculations is not possible considering they have to change horses in every 10 miles, they cannot travel at night or when it’s dark, and it highly depends on the state of the roads.
I have to say, at Darcy vs. Bennet, the author’s previous book, there was a character called Lord Pippenworth. In that review I said he must be an interesting character with this name and suggested to bring him back in the next book. Well, Ms Kincaid brought him back when Miss Bingley say ““What a shame Lord Pippinworth was unable to attend,” she drawled. Darcy nodded absently, wondering who the devil Lord Pippinworth was.” I only hope at the next book he will attend to the ball and we will see much more of him. After all Elizabeth knows him from Darcy vs. Bennet, and Miss Bingley mentions him in Chaos comes to Longbourn. #teamlordpippinworth 😀
If you can get over the fact that the most astonishing engagements are taking place in this book, I can tell you, you will enjoy it.
Let me finish with my favourite sentence: “While he bragged about Rosings Park, I might be tempted to push him out one of the expensively glazed windows.” -by the way you will be surprise to find out who said it. 😉