When I really am stressed out and want something mild, a bit romantic and nothing with murder and mayhem, my mind always turns to a P&P variation. I try to keep one on my kindle at all times for instances like these.
Jane getting sick with the influenza at Netherfield is part of an epidemic sweeping Hertfordshire. She survives but many die including Mr. Bennet. The ramifications of his death are felt immediately with Mr. Collins arriving post haste to claim his inheritance. With the rejection of his crude proposal by Elizabeth, the whole Bennet family find themselves turned out of their ancestral home with just a few of their belongings as according to Collins everything belongs to him.
Darcy and Bingley who have been part of the theatrics watch in horror and Bingley still under the influence of his sister is wavering in his decision to make Jane his wife. In the meantime the sisters along with Mary depart for London to Mr. Gardiner's residence whilst Mrs. Bennet with the two other girls go to live with her sister in Longbourn itself.
How Darcy keeps fighting his attraction for Elizabeth and of course finally succumbs and similarly for Bingley who puts his sister's evil ways for the goodness and simplicity of Jane is the final outcome of this well loved story.
As usual I find it very good! A recommendation from a blogger on Facebook and which I downloaded free from Amazon.