Review: These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan

108759These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan

Book 3 in the Fitzwilliam Darcy,Gentleman Trilogy

Genre: Pride and Prejudice Fan Fiction

Summary from Goodreads:

One of the most beloved romantic heroes in all of literature, Fitzwilliam Darcy remains an enigma even to Jane Austen’s most devoted fans. No longer. With this concluding volume in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, novelist and Austen aficionada Pamela Aidan at last gives readers the man in full.

These Three Remain follows a humbled Darcy on the journey of self-discovery, after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his marriage proposal, in which he endeavors to grow into the kind of gentleman he desires to become. Happily, a chance meeting with Elizabeth during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity to press his suit, but his newfound strengths are put to the test by an old nemesis, George Wickham.

Vividly capturing the colorful historical and political milieu of the Regency era, Aidan writes in a style evocative of her literary progenitor, but with a wit and humor very much her own. While staying faithful to the people and events in Austen’s original, she adds her own fascinating cast of characters, weaving a rich tapestry out of Darcy’s past and present that will beguile his admirers anew.

My Review

If you are reading this review I am taking it that you have read the original novel and the first two books in the trilogy if you have not then don’t read this review as there will be spoilers.

Just when Darcy has vowed to forget Elizabeth. He meets her again when he makes his yearly visit to Rosing Park to see his Aunt Catherine and Cousin Anne. Elizabeth is staying with her friend Charlotte who married his aunt’s parson Mr Collins. So begins the rest of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s PoV.

The author is very true to the characters of the original novel and that is one of the reasons I love this trilogy.The author also has a great grasp of period from language to the events of the time. Lady Catherine is even more insufferable than in the original book. I think that is because we got her is doses in the original novel. I loved that Darcy finally sees Lady Catherine for what she is one this visit. A noisy bully who would be nothing without a title. She has one of the biggest God complexes since Lucifer himself. That sermon she had Mr. Collins preach was disgusting and can’t believe a man of the cloth would even preach it even Mr.Collins.I thought it was Darcy was jealous of Fitzwilliam flirting with Elizabeth. A very new emotion for him. I love watching Darcy at Rosing finally admit to himself that he is in love with Elizabeth and will watch to see if she loves him back. I have always wondered how Darcy came to think that Elizabeth was in love with him and now I know. If he wasn’t so prideful I doubt he would have ever come to that conclusion. Being inside Darcy’s head when he makes his first proposal to Elizabeth is a dream come true for P&P fans. I know I wasn’t the only one yelling at Darcy what in the world were you thinking? I call his first proposal “How NOT to propose to the woman you are in love with” I wish the author would have included the letter Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and find that is the only fault I have with the book.

I thought it was Darcy was jealous of Fitzwilliam flirting with Elizabeth. A very new emotion for him. I love watching Darcy at Rosing finally admit to himself that he is in love with Elizabeth and will watch to see if she loves him back. I have always wondered how Darcy came to think that Elizabeth was in love with him and now I know. If he wasn’t so prideful I doubt he would have ever come to that conclusion. Being inside Darcy’s head when he makes his first proposal to Elizabeth is a dream come true for P&P fans. I know I wasn’t the only one yelling at Darcy what in the world were you thinking? I call his first proposal “How NOT to propose to the woman you are in love with” I wish the author would have included the letter Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and find that is the only fault I have with the book. Being in Darcy’s head after Elizabeth refuses his proposal(and rightly so)is heartwrenching. You just feel his pain and hurt. I loved being in Darcy’s head as be endeavors to change and became a man worthy of Elizabeth’s love. Darcy’s moment of self-realization of everything Elizabeth said was one of my favorite parts of the book. Being in Darcy’s head when he sees himself for the first time and changes is what I was looking forward to the most in this series and I wasn’t disappointed.

Darcy is trying to forget what happened at Norwycke Castle but he hasn’t seen the last of Lady Sylvanie as she and her new husband both show up and have gotten worse since their marriage and the events at the castle. There are revolutions and surprises abound about Darcy’s friend Dy Brougham. Who with his humor and warm heart as won mine. Bingley’s character grows a lot in this book. After Darcy stopped being his teacher,he become much more confident of his own judgment. You find out in this book how Darcy’s valet Fletcher quotes Shakespeare like he was a friend of his. I have always been intersected in the character of Anne and wish the author would have taken her character in another direction.

The part were Darcy tries to get Lydia away from Wickham and then has to pay him money to marry her really shows how Darcy has changed. How he handles it and his thoughts during it are proof of that. The compassion he has for Lydia is much more than she deserves. I also love how he deals with Wickham. I did always wonder about one or two points. Darcy learns the true meaning of love when he helps Lydia even if Elizabeth will never know about it. Love is doing something for someone and not looking for a return. I love the wedding. It was simple and perfect and just how I imagined it. Two pairs of soulmates getting together is the perfect ending any great romance novel. I highly recommend this trilogy to P&P fans who have always wondered what Darcy was thinking.

Rating: 5 out 5

Content Rating: PG

Heat Rating: Clean

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