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To Conquer Mr. Darcy (A Pride & Prejudice Variation Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Reynolds
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Book Description

What if...

Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?

What if...

Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?

What if...

Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?

In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible...

"Shows a different side of Darcy, a bold side unafraid of going after what he wants."
-Hollywood Today

"Sure to appeal to fans of lusty historical romance."
-Library Journal

"Abigail Reynolds sure knows how to steam up a page!"
-A Readers Respite

"If you always longed for Mr. Darcy to sweep Elizabeth off her feet, then this is your book!"
-I Just Finished Reviews

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"Reynolds stays true to Austen's beloved novel, simply taking a different route to the same outcome. " - Diary of an Eccentric


The main characters, in addition to the myriad of supporting cast, have distinct personalities and make the book so interesting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (9 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4BPXS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Abigail Reynolds isn't good at following straight lines. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.

A life-long lover of Jane Austen's novels, Abigail began writing variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2001, then expanded her repertoire to include a series of novels set on her beloved Cape Cod. Her most recent releases are Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections, Mr. Darcy's Refuge, A Pemberley Medley, and Morning Light, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. A lifetime member of JASNA and a founder of the popular Austen Authors group blog, she lives on Cape Cod with her husband, her son and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice re-imagined?, 7 Mar. 2010
"Darcy tried to focus his attention on her kisses, tasting the passion that was clearly sweeping between them, but the rest of his body remained all too aware of how little stood between them, and as he finally pulled Elizabeth to him, the sensation of her softness molding itself to him stole away any remaining rational thought." Chapter 7

In this retelling of Jane Austen's novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, author Abigail Reynolds re-imagines the famous plot and asks these burning questions. What if after Elizabeth Bennet's refusal of Mr. Darcy's first proposal at Hunsford, he does not disappear from her life, but arrives at her home at Longbourn determined to change her mind? What if Elizabeth seduced by his ardent attentions sets aside all propriety giving way to her base impulses? What if their mutual passion can not be abated, anticipating their wedding night? Ms. Reynolds then proceeds to creatively answer each of these questions with her spin on the retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE that might require some readers to suspend their disbelief and burning objections of altering one of the most cherished works in English literature, and just let go and let it happen.

The story opens with the arrival of Colonel Fitzwilliam at the Darcy townhouse in London. It is the summer of 1803 and two months have passed since he and his cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy had visited their aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh at Rosings in Kent. He is immediately informed by concerned servants and Georgina Darcy that Mr. Darcy is not quite himself, sullen and short tempered to the point of alarm. Darcy shortly reveals to him the cause of his misery; - the rejection of his marriage proposal by the woman that he loves, Elizabeth Bennet, and the reasons why she so flatly refused him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic version 23 Jun. 2009
Abigail Reynolds writes down all the dirty fantasies about Mr. Darcy and his Elizabeth we are all guilty of having. She describes her scenes with such attention that when Darcy first touch Elizabeth's hand I shivered with sensation - and it only gets better (or worse depending on your outlook) after this, leaving me wanting more of this version of the couple that lets their tempers show in the affection for each other. The book is well written and leaves you breathless, desperate for more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Variation 4 April 2008
Impulse and Initiative explores what might have happened in P&P if Darcy had pursued Elizabeth to Hertfordshire after she refused his first proposal. It is an interesting and enjoyable read, and on the whole I found the story believable. Although Reynolds portrays Darcy in a much softer light than the original, this falls in with Austen's conclusion that when they were finally united Elizabeth taught him to cast aside his reserve and join in her teasing. In parts some of the dialogue could easily be Austen's, and the areas where Reynolds works in passages from the original text are skilful.

Where it fails to be a true variation on P&P is the content- much of the book is given over to explicit physical attraction and some sexual relations, which would obviously never appear in an Austen novel. Although I would never have bought the book had I realised before that this would be such a key part of the story, I actually found it acceptable in the context of the book. It does stretch credibility in places- it is hard to imagine Mr. Darcy could have found so many opportunities to be alone with Elizabeth, or that she would allow his advances to such an extent, but the psychology of Mr. Darcy pursuing Elizabeth single-mindedly, of her being attracted to him but then pulling away, of her independence preventing her from committing to an engagement, is realistic when set against the relationship Austen establishes between them. It merely translates their relationship into a setting which would not have been discussed (and probably would not have occurred) in Austen's period.

The book as a whole is very well written. I would say there was too much sexual content, and it is certainly not for purists, but it is a very enjoyable read. On finishing it I immediately ordered the other books in the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't help but love this determined Darcy! 3 Sept. 2007
I love the Darcy Abigail Reynolds portrayed in this book. Despite Darcy's resignation to accepting his fate without Elizabeth at first, once urged on by the Colonel, Darcy returned to Herdfortshire to prove his love to Elizabeth. He didn't give up even though Elizabeth didn't show him any encouragement. Their journey to understanding was gradual and heart-felt.The library scene was romantic, sensual and moving. And I like the humour. I reread it a few times already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sequel 4 Sept. 2010
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I have been wanting to read this book for some time, not just because I like all sorts of Jane Austen sequels and variations, but because I like the what if question. Also this book is more the To conquer Miss Bennet kind of book. Darcy is a force to be reckoned with.

This book takes another route, after Lizzy has returned from that awful proposal Mr Darcy shows up with Mr Bingley. This time he will not take no for an answer and decided to court her, gain her friendship and all of her. And that he sure gets too.

I am weird when it comes to HR sometimes, and I end up thinking "no one buys the cow if the milk is free". Here it worked, because in the end, who wouldn't be seduced by Mr Darcy. Stolen kisses, embraces and I am seduced by it all too. But I guess the point here is that he wants her, and he is not going to tire of her just because something happened. Mr Darcy is the true gentleman. if I wasn't already in love with him I would fall for him in this book. He makes an effort to be a better man, a man she deserves, he pursues her, makes her laugh, makes her want him. And all while I am delighted and grinning. Jane Austen would be shocked for sure.

The romance is lovely to watch, she melts, and like I already wrote, Mr Darcy is worth reading this book for. I have never seen him like this, and I am loving it. We also meet Bingley and Jane of course and they get their HEA, and do not forgot Lydia's mistake. The book follows the general storyline and that is here too.

But I did miss one thing, and it had to to with Lady de Burgh, but then again who needs her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars different take on a well loved story
liked this book very much, such a different take on the Pride and Prejudice story
Published 19 days ago by jeffy
5.0 out of 5 stars passionate
Lizzy discovers her passionate side when faced with Darcy returning to Hertfordshire. He declares he's willing to take things slowly for her sake but in truth has no trouble at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Having enjoyed Abigail Reynolds novels before, I was really disappointed with this one.

The plot lasted about a quarter of the book before devolving into a long boring... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Another good book by Abigail Reynolds which I enjoyed very much. Although they do anticipate their wedding vows, this didn't bother me and it certainly did not put me off reading... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michelle Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Impulse and Initiative - reissued under a different title
Abigail Reynolds was my first introduction to the world of Austen fan fiction and this book - Impulse and Initiative under a different title - was the second story I read. Read more
Published 21 months ago by AustenAddict
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Reynolds does it again!
I have read a few of Abigail Reynolds' variations now and this was another great read!
We see the romantic side to Darcy and the physical passion between he and Elizabeth... Read more
Published on 25 May 2013 by Lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, quite shocking
It's quite enthralling to witness Lizzy fighting her emotions and growing admiration and desire. I was more shocked by their behaviour than a certain Christian Grey, mainly... Read more
Published on 13 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 'To Capture Miss Bennet' than 'To Conquer Mr Darcy'
This is a Pride and Prejudice variation that I read under the title 'To Conquer Mr Darcy' but it has also been published as 'Impulse and Initiative'. Read more
Published on 12 May 2013 by Ceri at Babblings of a Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done
A lovely story, you get really caught up in the way Darcy courts Elizabeth and I was so pleased when they ended up in bed together that I almost whooped. Read more
Published on 9 May 2013 by Kelly leafe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
There are far worse out there, I would have given a higher rating and I wanted to but this author seems to have forgotten that these characters are supposed to be based in the... Read more
Published on 14 April 2013 by fxyd
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