As we reach the weekend, I can take a moment to stop and breathe. It's been a very busy week for me on my blog tour, but it's been very enjoyable to see people's responses and interact with so many of you out there. It was great to see the different opinions about Mary and Mr Collins as a couple (Question 2).
The reviewers have been busy, too. Here's a summary of the latest reviews and links to the reviewers' websites. I must say I'm in awe of all the people who have time to read so many books and are able to summarize them so accurately and evaluate them so skilfully.
Barbara at Everything Victorian and More had a succinct but to-the-point review. Well, it really couldn't get more flattering. Barbara's verdict: "This book is so elegantly written, the reader would think they are reading Jane Austen."
mjmBecky at One Literature Nut talked about her process of warming up to Caroline (as a reader), and concluded that she "enjoyed this clean and charming read."
Grace over at Books Like Breathing talked about her initial resistance to reading about Caroline, and her similar reluctance to accepting this other Mr Darcy. Her assessment by the end of the book: "Monica Fairview did a wonderful job creating a likeable Caroline and an attractive new Mr. Darcy."
Speaking of Mr Darcy:
Pride and Prejudice: Question 3
The iconic wet shirt scene in the BBC 1995 mini-series wasn't in the original novel. Apart from its obvious appeal, how does it add to the story? Is it only there for sexual titilation, or is it a good addition in other ways? And, objectively speaking (I admit I'm not objective, but for the sake of argument), why should a man in a wet shirt be appealing? (Image above not wet).