Saturday, 3 May 2014

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 267

I apologise for us being slower than normal recently, we have all had a lot on. We are now back though.

Over the past week I have read Tracy Kiely's Murder at Longbourn which I really enjoyed. The story is of a character called Elizabeth Parker who is planning New Year's resolutions after her boyfriend has recently cheated on her. She visits her Aunt Winnie's home who is hosting a murder mystery party on New Year's Eve. Rather predictably a party guest ends up dead and the rest of the story involves Elizabeth trying to solve the crime. The story is witty and had me laughing out loud in parts, many of Jane Austen's themes and characters are drawn upon and it is an engaging, fun read.

At the start of every chapter is a famous quote and there are some great choices used by the author.

Chapter 12 starts with Thornton Wilder's quote "It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home."
This stood out for me as I am always striving to have more adventure in my life, but when I do, I always think and long for the comforts of home.

From Chapter 28, a Pride and Prejudice line referencing Elizabeth Bennett talking to Mrs. Gardiner about the actions of Mr Darcy: "Is not general incivility the very essence of love?"

Finally Chapter 29 ends with the famous line from Pride and Prejudice: "That would be the greatest misfortune of all! To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate!"#

I think a lot of women out there can relate to this ...

Tracy Kiely Murder at Longbourn

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