But also blasphemy, smut and trash are not uncommon adjectives used by her severest critics. Rarely has there been such a clear division of thought between two camps: those that fervently love her work and those that vehemently hate it. I for one am with Team Berdoll and at the risk of having my Janeite card revoked, boldly declare that Linda Berdoll sets the standard for this romance genre. The Ruling Passion, her highly anticipated sequel to the sequels, has finally come to fruition.
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Rarely has there been such a clear division of thought between two camps: those that fervently love her work and those that vehemently hate it.
I for one am with Team Berdoll and at the risk of having my Janeite card revoked, boldly declare that Linda Berdoll sets the standard for this romance genre. Regardless of what side you defend or how you receive my pert opinions, having sold nearly , copies, one cannot deny Linda Berdoll is the reigning Pride and Prejudice romantic sequel writer to date.
The Ruling Passion, her highly anticipated sequel to the sequels, has finally come to fruition. The Darcys still have an exceedingly loving marriage in this continuation of one of classic literatures most beloved couples. Time and children had not mitigated their passion whatsoever. If any consternation bedeviled them, it was finding privacy wherein to avail themselves of their desire, not want of it.
Or carraige. Or wherever she can entrap him. Whilst Reactionaries and Civil Libertarians rally for political support, and as radicals and rabble rousers incite riots in London, sadness falls upon Pemberley: the Darcys lose an infant son to a putrid fever. Elizabeth slips into a deep depression and closes herself off to her husband and his comfort.
But, imbedded in a muddle of fear and grief, she did not allow herself to take pleasure in their amorous inclinations. She clasped his nightshirt and buried her face against his neck as he took her. Therefore, as Elizabeth undertakes a circuitous quest for redemption from Pemberley to her childhood home of Longbourn and back, the Darcys too must find a way back to each other. Berdoll weaves a rich cabal by her own coloring of classic Austen characters as well as those she thusly contrived.
I laughed heartily at the tongue in cheek and other sensitive spots euphemisms of the burlesque, smirked at her quirky yet exacting vernacular, smiled at the quick-witted teasing, and sighed at the tender exchanges between a man and woman who truly adore one another. I might add, unlike the Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, when the Darcys were newly married and their conjugal proclivities numerous — and ubiquitous— this latest offering does not focus as much on those amorous seductions.
Alistair R. Yes, hold on to your bonnets as Linda Berdoll has quite done it again. B, two youngish children and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Bibi.
The Darcys: The Ruling Passion