Of Time Gone By by Bekah

Story:  Of Time Gone By
Author:  Bekah
Story URL: Story Link 1
Alternate URL: Story Link 2
Word count:  228,700
Rating:  Teen
Summary:   A tragic childhood illness changed the life of Fitzwilliam Darcy. When he meets a young gentlewoman named Elizabeth Bennet, his world is transformed again.

Gioia’s Rec:
This story surprised me with the way it so perfectly integrated both AU and canon-centric elements.  The AU aspect – having Darcy sustain a disability through illness – made the familiar story completely new.  The extremely canon-centric aspects – which would be virtually everything else in the story’s background and characterizations – kept it familiar and exciting. The excitement comes in seeing how the canon characters in Hertfordshire respond to this new Darcy.

Bekah does a great job of answering the obvious questions, such as how Darcy would be changed as a result of this disability, how Elizabeth would respond to him, and of course, whether Miss. Bingley would still pursue him. 😉  Her story is intriguing from the start and the deep glimpses she gives us into her characters’ minds make the story fun to follow. Best of all, there is a beautiful, inspiring romance here which makes one reflect upon the nature of abiding love.

My only critique: Toward the end of the story, in the section which the author labeled “PG-13,” there is a dramatic scene that confused me during a pivotal moment, as the author “jumped heads” repeatedly mid-scene, leaving me under the impression that Darcy’s disability had been cured. (It had not.)  However, given the length of this story, I’d say one such occurrence was no big deal.  Even JK Rowling committed this easy goof in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone!

Please note: The OOC tag is in reference to Darcy’s disability, which naturally makes his characterization different than in canon. This tag is always used here to indicate a story element; never as a criticism.  “Of Time Goes By” certainly does not merit any serious criticism of the writing quality and characterizations, as they are stellar!


About Gioia

I'm a wife and mother and, when not tied up with responsibilities, I read non-stop. I love to share my favorite stories with others, thus the existence of my blog.
This entry was posted in Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Conventional (Canon) Couple, Drama/Angst, Era: Regency, Het: M/F, Mr. Bingley/Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Out-of-character behavior (Deliberate), Pride & Prejudice, Protagonist with disability or impairment, Resolution earlier than in canon, Romance and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Of Time Gone By by Bekah

  1. Jackie says:

    I just found your site and, through you, this story. It is beyond beautiful and as a person who’s own mother is deaf, the love story touched me deeply. Thank you for recommending this beautiful story!

    • Gioia says:

      I’m so delighted that you enjoyed it, too! If you have a moment, please let the author know, too? I would imagine that your perspective on this moving story would be greatly appreciated. 😀

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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