Story Title: The Gypsy Blessing
Author Name: Wendi (Wendi Sotis, Wendi Triplet Mom)
Category: Pride & Prejudice
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating: All Ages
Length: 107,200 words
Story Summary: Whilst taking a solitary ramble on her father’s estate, Elizabeth Bennet finds an injured woman, cares for her, and helps her return to her gypsy camp. Impressed that a gentlewoman would come to his wife’s aid, the king of the gypsies promises that she will find happiness through his wife’s special blessing. Forgetting the incident, Elizabeth thinks it merely odd when she begins to receive drawings in the mail with no return address—until she begins to recognize the scenes depicted in the sketches as they become true events in her life.
As I’ve mentioned before, very little delights me as much as an author who can blend a fantasy or magical element with the world of P&P in a seamless, natural way. Wendi achieves this beautifully in “The Gypsy Blessing.”
Wendi’s warm heart and compassionate nature shine through in this story. Elizabeth Bennet displays a kindness that is very familiar to those of us who learned to love her in Jane Austen’s book; there is a sort of liberality and equality in her good wishes for all mankind which were rather unusual for a lady of that era. Elizabeth’s egalitarianism leads to a blessing which will help speed her along to her own happiness, saving many of those she loves from great suffering along the way.
Wendi concludes this magnificent, dramatic, tenderhearted tale with the promise of a sequel which looks equally wonderful. I am absolutely wild to see what comes next when Wendi bestows the Gypsy Blessing upon the next recipient.
My Only Critique: I swore I’d try to be consistent by always including this section in my P&P stories. But what on earth am I to write about when there are no typos, no technical writing errors, and the narrative itself is perfect?