How will the Darcys handle the rumors swirling around Town regarding their marriage after they return to London?
Rating : 5 stars out of 5
This is the second book in Jodi Covey’s new JAFF series, “Progression,” which are sequels to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Readers who haven’t read “Progression: Vol.1,” will want most likely want to avoid reading the review below of “Progression Vol. 2.” because it will contain spoilers.
Now that the Darcys are in London for the Season, they’re also making plans for Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Richard’s impending departure to rejoin the military and Georgiana’s entrance into Society. As Richard’s parents begrudgingly accept that he is taking his place on the battlefield again, Lady Matlock steps up to support Elizabeth and Georgiana through their own transitions, which include’s their upcoming debuts at Almack’s Assembly Rooms.
In “Pride and Prejudice,” Austen alluded to the idea that Elizabeth’s transition into Society would be a rather arduous transition for her. In Ms. Covey’s sequel, Elizabeth certainly experiences the awkward and tense situations of a gently-bred lady who has married quite above her station. The Lady Patronesses, along with several other ladies of the ton do not intend to offer her an easy entry in their Society, especially since her earliest days as Mrs. Darcy were spent mainly secluded alone with Mr. Darcy. Throughout these experiences, I enjoyed the way that Elizabeth’s character was portrayed and the fact that Elizabeth didn’t turn into a shrinking violet as a consequence of her situation, while she also held herself in a dignified manner.
As Elizabeth attempts to make the best of her evolving situation, Georgiana struggles with the actions of the adults around her; first, with Darcy’s over-protective nature towards Elizabeth and then with the rather cold reception Elizabeth receives from Society. Georgiana’s relationship with Darcy starts to resemble one that is less like a relationship between a father and a daughter, and more like a relationship between two siblings; yet, this isn’t necessarily an easy transition for Darcy as he seems less prepared than Georgiana is for these changes.
Georgiana’s relationship with Elizabeth continues to play a prominent role in her life. Their sisterly bond is one of my favorite parts of this series because it’s refreshing to see these women develop a certain level of trust and companionship that allows them both to mature through their shared experiences.
Ms. Covey continues in this second volume the subplots from her first volume. We spend some time back in Kent with the Collins’ as Charlotte tries to come to terms with her recent loss, while her friendship with Anne DeBourgh becomes more intimate. When Anne makes a surprising decision regarding her own life, the Collins’ must prudently decide where their loyalties lie between Lady Catherine and her daughter.
Yet, my favorite subplot involves Caroline Bingley and her quest to capture the Marquess Thornhaugh, who continues to be quite an enigma! Charles Bingley becomes determined to avoid having his sister fall for any of Thornhaugh’s schemes, so he recruits the assistance of Darcy to help him continue to sketch Thornhaugh’s character. This leads Darcy to rely on the help of a man he despises since he alone is unable to determine the true intentions of Thornhaugh’s schemes. Marquess Thornhaugh, who acts to only serve his own selfish needs, is clever enough to remain a mystery where most people are concerned, while at the same time, leaving a trail of devastated victims in his path.
Ms. Covey does a great job bringing a good balance of angst within the storylines of this book. Where “Progressions: Vol. 1” laid the groundwork for this series, this book brings on the drama in a way that’s more intense, and yet, it isn’t heavy-handed or filled with outrageous schemes. This series remains to be a compelling read that delivers quite a few unexpected punches along the way. I felt the characters continued to stay true to Austen’s own characterizations while Ms. Covey’s own characters complimented the characters from canon.
Ms. Covey has started posting the first chapters for the next book in this series at FanFiction.net. There’s also a one-shot scene, titled A Conversation with Fleming, where Darcy has a private conversation with his valet that you can read along with either book in this series.
I’m thrilled to share with my Just Jane 1813 readers that once again, Jodi has offered a giveaway of her ebook, and this one is for a chance to win “Progression: Vol. 2.” Please leave a comment on this post by midnight ET on May 19th. The winner will be announced on this blog on May 20, 2016.
I want to thank Jodi Covey for offering another generous giveaway offer for my readers and for writing a “Pride and Prejudice” sequel that once again adds some nice touches of spice and charm, along with lovely doses of angst in her continuation of Austen’s most beloved story.
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