Good morning, everyone! The school year is officially over in my home town! It’s been a tough academic year for a lot of families, especially for everyone who had to alternate between in-person and online classes during the course of the year, and I know that both students and teachers are excited for summer vacation. I hope that you have a fun and, more importantly, restful break. You’ve definitely earned it!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our recent graduates! Whether you’ve graduated from high school, college, or graduate school, you’ve just achieved something tremendous, and I am very proud of you! Wherever life takes you next, whether it be to college or starting a brand new career, I hope that you have a fantastic experience!
This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read An Arranged Marriage: A Pride and Prejudice Alternate Path, by Jan Hahn. Please be aware that the following review does include a spoiler for Pride and Prejudice…
An Arranged Marriage is an alternative version of the second half of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. The book begins about six months after Elizabeth’s visit to the village of Kent, during which time she refused a marriage proposal from Mr. Darcy.
When Mr. Bennet passes away unexpectedly, and the family finds themselves in dire need of financial assistance, Elizabeth finds herself on the receiving end of a second, much more business-like offer of marriage from the man she originally refused.
Persuaded that her acceptance of Darcy’s proposal will save her mother and sisters from poverty, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees to the match. They get off to a fairly rocky start, but as Elizabeth and Darcy begin to navigate the challenges of married life, she gradually begins to see past her new husband’s pride.
As many of you already know, I am a big fan of Jane Austen’s work, and Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite novels. An Arranged Marriage was actually an impulse buy; a book I stumbled across while browsing Pride and Prejudice-related merchandise on Amazon. I’m really glad that I decided to get it, because I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Hahn did a really good job of capturing Elizabeth’s voice, and I thought that she chose to take the story in an interesting direction. I also really liked how she developed the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy over the course of the book. While I do prefer the original novel, I had a lot of fun reading An Arranged Marriage, and will probably revisit it again in the future.
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, and you’re open to reading an alternative ending to Pride and Prejudice, then I would definitely recommend giving An Arranged Marriage a try. I actually ended up reading the entire novel in a single afternoon, because I just could not put it down. However, since this book does begin about halfway through Austen’s original novel, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve read Pride and Prejudice first.
Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, June 5th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for this month’s Beat the Backlist update, and a review of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse trilogy.
Have a fantastic weekend!