Thank you for reading to the end of Lizzie Bennet's Diary! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
To those of you who have been reading along as I posted chapters: I admire your patience. I'm a slow writer even when I have plenty of time to write, which I usually don't. Mother Nature helped me out by dumping thirty inches of snow on Central Oregon the last week of February 2019. Since I literally couldn't leave my house for five days, I had nothing to stop me from writing like the wind to finish this novel!
To those of you who left comments: I love to read your reactions and constructive criticisms! Seeing those notifications in my email inbox spurred me to keep writing when I felt like giving up.
And to everyone who made it to this final post, thank you for your tenacity. You survived Mr. Collins' clumsy advances, Mr. Wickham's deceitful whining, and our dear Elizabeth's willful blindness. Jane Austen gifted the world with such timeless and complex characters...but egads, don't you want to clobber some sense into them sometimes?
I know there are hundreds of Pride and Prejudice retellings out there, and I'm grateful you chose to read mine. I imagined people would look at the title and think, "Ugh, not another one!" Thank you for clicking through not just once, but many times to get all the way to this page.
Bend is a real resort town, and I can't describe in words how beautiful the Central Oregon area is (when it's not buried under thirty inches of snow, though some people enjoy that sort of thing). If you've wondered what these places look like, below are some reference photos I took last August.
Here's a street in downtown Bend, where Lizzie takes a walk after meeting Winston.
The facade of Dudley's Bookshop Cafe, the inspiration for Annie's. (The building and quirky decor, not the characters and plot events inside it!)
The Old Mill District, where Winston delivers his memorable self-help serenade. (Photo from Flickr by Sipris licensed under CC-BY, because I don't have any good ones.)
Mirror Pond, where Will corrects Lizzie's misunderstanding about his "settling down on the farm" comment.
Crow's Feet Commons, historic home of important early-20th-century people and 21st-century provider of delicious Ocean Rolls from Sparrow Bakery.
Overturf Butte, the inspiration for the hiking trail where Will ruins everything. (The Bennets live on an unspecified fictional butte similar to many such neighborhoods on the swanky west side of Bend.)
The Deschutes County Courthouse and District Attorney's Office.
If you're into hiking, skiing, kayaking and/or sightseeing, give us a visit sometime!
- T. K. Marnell
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"Today I met a man, and I thought he was my soulmate, but then he turned out to be a conceited, judgmental, small-minded lemon-sucking jerk." When free-spirited writer Lizzie Bennet meets handsome lawyer Will Darcy at a party, she's smitten...until...