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Summary ´ The Engagement ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Engagement By Jan Hahn ✎ – Why would a gentleman ask a lady to conceal their betrothal Jane Austen writes of secret engagements in than one of her novels and in The Secret Betrothal author Jan Hahn explores theThe seaside town of Brighton he finds he is unable to tame his desire for the lady who has stolen his heart Do Darcy’s efforts to win Elizabeth succeed or does his sworn enemy lead her to the altar From the award winning author of An Arranged Marriage and The Journey. A Secret Betrothal by Jan Hahn Marriage in Regency times was the rock that built Society’s foundation Not only was it the most important step in a young woman’s life the union could advance her family’s social standing and wealth Throughout Jane Austen’s novels we are shown the maneuverings of families to obtain advantageous alliances for their children so when we see the secret engagements in Emma and Sense and Sensibility and their outcome we know the risk and scandal that can ensue With this in mind I am both curious and uneasy by author Jan Hahn’s choice of The Secret Betrothal as a title of her new novel Further in this reimagining of Pride and Prejudice she has boldly chosen to explore what would happen if Elizabeth Bennet entered into one herself Whatever would possess our favorite Austen heroine to take this risk—and what would Mr Darcy do to save her from such a follyFor reasons I shan’t give away here Elizabeth must keep this betrothal a secret and when she was told she could tell no one not even her beloved sister Jane“she felt a chill crawl up her backAlthough he lacked fortune it was due to no failing on his part and he had the promise of an adeuate future awaiting him But the possibility of waiting two years provoked a sigh from deep within her He had warned Elizabeth that they must avoid paying close attention to each other when in public so as not to raise talk among the gossips of Meryton Being a sensible woman Elizabeth knew that was necessary as talk of matches and mating was primary among Hertfordshire society Still it did not set well with her” 63A chance meeting at Rosings Park Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth re new their acuaintance and he comes to find out soon after his unpropitious declaration of love that she is already engaged Secretly engaged But he cannot comprehend why such an intelligent and fine a creature as Elizabeth would allow herself to enter into such an agreement Me either Why Elizabeth Why But of course that frustration is what we are designed to feel Through a comedy of errors the two are thrown together once again to aid the inhabitants of both Hunsford Parsonage and Rosing Park who have all taken ill after partaking in Lady Catherine’s apothecary’s prescribed tonic helping Elizabeth change her former prejudices against Darcy Meanwhile as the weeks pass and Elizabeth receives scant letters from her secret amour but continues to hear troubling news regarding his behavior from her youngest sisters Elizabeth further uestions her predicament Not long afterward Darcy’s physician suggests Mrs Charlotte Collins might best recover at the seaside so off to Lady Catherine’s Brighton home they go There at Waverly the story really heats up with some very sweet romantic scenes along the ocean’s edge“Why did I not recognize Mr Darcy’s true character earlier long before I pledged myself to the one man he could never forgive” At that moment Elizabeth realized she truly loved him She loved Mr Darcy and it was too lateShe rose to her knees and leaned out the window allowing the wind to softly drift through her nightgown causing her hair to blow from her face How she yearned to reach him to tell him how greatly she regretted all that happenedUnexpectedly the figure on the beach ceased his pacing Accented by the moon’s brightness Elizabeth could see him turn to cast his gaze toward Waverly She became aware that most likely he could see her outline that the candle behind her must be illuminating her figure in the window He did not move but stood absolutely still staring at her Neither of them moved until a sudden gust blew through the window and uenched the candle Now there was darknessElizabeth watched the figure walk out of the light and although she kept her vigil at the window for some time he did not return” 215I declare I was most inelegantly chewing my nails at this pointIn The Secret Betrothal award winning author Jan Hahn explores the heights and depths of a secret engagement and takes us on a frustrating breathless sentient and oh so satisfying ride I love all Jan Hahn’s previous works and have been anticipating her latest offering for months This was worth the wait Originally published on line as a shorter story called “The Engagement” this published work has undergone a thorough concept edit tightening the story and expanding where the on line story lacked As always Hahn writes excellent romance but I did not relish that Elizabeth and Darcy did not take the straightforward approach to solving their uandary But then that would have been a totally different story and a bit of angst in Austenesue fiction is most deliciously tantalizing The Secret Betrothal felt authentic enough to Austen Regency times I am a sucker for happily ever afters Fans of Jan Hahn will surely inhale this book and those new to her work should add this to their to be read list—sooner than later

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E reluctantly agrees to accept such a proposal When Fitzwilliam Darcy learns that Elizabeth has committed herself to such an arrangement his hopes of winning her hand are shattered As circumstances continue to bring the two together from Hertfordshire to Rosings Park to. In this variation Elizabeth agrees to a secret engagement with Wickham She is incredibly uncomfortable with it but Wickham is able to convince her that it's necessary As she slowly falls for Darcy instead she realizes she needs to end it with Wickham causing scandal and a very upset DarcyPros The book was definitely entertaining and well written I think it was an interesting premise and I'm glad I gave it a chance Darcy truly loves Elizabeth which is nice Lydia is as crazy as ever and Wickham is just as evil I like how he really becomes obsessed over Elizabeth in the end when he can't have her and how he really starts to believe his own lies I think compulsive liars are often like that they start to believe all their tales that they made up Cons Elizabeth really annoyed me This is another variation where she is just incredibly cruel to Darcy to begin with In this variation she even refuses to take his letter after the proposal In PP I always understood her prejudice against Darcy because of the way he treated her but some variations just make her overreact even when he's kind of being nice This is one of those variations Even in the end she just seems to be overdramatic in things that happen I know that sounds vague but I don't want to give away any spoilers Elizabeth overall just seemed very high drama It was good and worth at least one read through for Janeites

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The EngagementWhy would a gentleman ask a lady to conceal their betrothal Jane Austen writes of secret engagements in than one of her novels and in The Secret Betrothal author Jan Hahn explores the uestion of what would happen if Austen’s most famous heroine from Pride and Prejudic. Lovely variationThis was a nice read Lots of sweet moments and memories made in this story Darcy and Elizabeth seemed pretty true to character and shared a good story I am glad I discovered and read all of Jan Hahn's books this week