At Legend’s End (The Teacup Novellas #4) by Diane Moody
So what is the difference between a book based on Jane Austen and a Non-Austen Austen Read for Austen Readers.
I puzzled over the very same thing reading this book. Where do you draw the line?
For most people it probably doesn’t matter, but for me I have two distinct listings and I’m trying to decide where to place this book.
After a long deliberation, I finally decided that a book goes on the Jane Austen list if they copy parts of the book or try to make it like an Austen novel, while a Non-Austen Read for Austen Readers is not based on the book or copies it, but reminds you of Jane Austen-in themes, certain moments, etc. Typically Non-Austen Read for Austen Readers are books that I enjoy and recommend, while based on Jane Austen books get a harsher critique.
Olivia Thomas is nearing middle age, has been working at bank for most of her life, and feels very stuck. Her best friend is married with children, she has no family, no boyfriend, and she just feels blah.
But one day that all changes with a note from a lawyer. It turned out years ago she helped a man’s loan go through when the business didn’t look as if it would be a sound investment but it did become one, it became extremely profitable and he sold his business, making billions and deciding to give her five million dollars!!!
Olivia is unsure what to do next? She has money, the opportunity to go anywhere, to do anything, etc. The only problem is, what does she want?
She decides to leave and think about her future, staying at the Captain Jonathan MacVicar Inn in Maine. When she arrives, everyone makes a big deal about it as it is a leap year and the Inn has a legend that ever since MacVicar’s fiancé Catherine lost her love on the 29th of February, every 29th of February someone else will.
She ignores it and goes on with her plans. She loves the town and the people in it, endearing herself to many people-so much that she joins the local book club.
One of the townspeople she meets is Trevor Bass, bookstore owner:
“…one of those guys who likes what he likes, disdains what he doesn’t, and isn’t hesitant to speak his mind.”
Yes Olivia is supposed to be Elizabeth and Trevor her Mr. Darcy.
Trevor is described as arrogant, stuffy (monogramed handkerchiefs), and stubborn.
Olivia is outspoken, speaks her mind, headstrong, and obstinate.
And while Olivia at first thinks of Trevor being cold and distant, she discovers she was wrong, as he is kind hearted and the two fall in love. However, a bad fight and a curse is working against them. Will they beat it or will one of them fall victim to the “MacVicar Curse”?
This story was not that good at all. They tried to copy elements of Pride and Prejudice but it is nowhere as good. The two quickly fall in love (like one week), fight (the fight they have is pretty dumb), and then *spoiler alert* they get back together. There is no character development and it just is a blah story.
Moody also tries to dot it with phrases from Pride and Prejudice and it is not enough.
And like almost every female character has a “M” sounding name making it hard to keep straight who is who.
I would skip it.
For more Pride and Prejudice, go to Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
For more retellings, go to Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken
For more Jane Austen, go to You Ever Notice That The Gossip Girl TV Show is a Lot Like Persuasion?