A Lively Companion
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A Lively Companion by Corrie Garrett

01/15/2021
Lizzy Bennet is more insulted than flattered when Lady Catherine asks her to be a temporary companion to Miss de Bourgh. Yes, a visit to Tunbridge Wells would be an interesting diversion, but at what cost? When her father unexpectedly supports the plan, wanting Lizzy to gain a wider acquaintance and attracted by the ease of the opportunity, Lizzy reluctantly submits. Thus she stumbles feet first into a summer of misunderstandings, revelations, and unexpected proposals. When Mr. Darcy realizes Lizzy is not going home as planned, he feels foolish for nearly proposing due to an arbitrary deadline. Determined to make up his mind one way or another, he accompanies the party to the Wells. While Anne dutifully drinks the waters, Lizzy finds herself befriending Darcy's sister and cousins. Lizzy can't help feeling that this is a family she wouldn't mind being a part of... except for Mr. Darcy! A Lively Companion is a traditional variation on Pride and Prejudice, celebrating the humor, poignancy, and surprising inconsistency of life.
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Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the narrative takes place in the past. Historical books capture the particulars of the time as correctly as possible to get authenticities, such as societal norms, ways, habits, and traditions. Historical fiction is put in a real location during a culturally recognizable moment. The facts and the actions from the narrative can be a mixture of real occasions and ones in the writer's creativity as they fill in the gaps. Characters may be pure fiction or based on actual people. But what about them and their look and attitudes, how they talk, and issues that they face, everything which should match the era.

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