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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402240929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402240928
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In her sixth Pride and Prejudice variation, Reynolds imagines what obstacles might have stood in the way of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy s love had Elizabeth s father died, driving the Bennet family out of their estate at Longbourn. Elizabeth s older sister Jane is forced to marry a much older shopkeeper, and Elizabeth moves in with her uncle and aunt Gardiner. Despite Elizabeth s diminished circumstances, Darcy tracks her down, but when he finally gets around to proposing, she misinterprets his awkward bid for her hand as a request to become his mistress. As soon as that miscommunication is cleared up, Elizabeth s younger sister Lydia shows up, pregnant and abandoned by a feckless military officer. Lydia s situation necessitates Elizabeth return to her family, leaving Elizabeth to wonder if this latest disgrace will deter Darcy s determination to marry her. Austen purists won t seek out Reynolds takeoffs, but readers who can t get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth will find that Reynolds does an admirable job of capturing the feel of the period in this entertaining diversion. --Kristine Huntley

About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing the Pride and Prejudice Variations series in 2001, and encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking What if - ?A" She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Madison, Wisconsin.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't know where to begin with this book!
It is yet again, another fantastic "what if" scenario from Abigail Reynolds!!
All of Reynolds' novels have been fantastic to read but this had so much emotion! Imgining Elizabeth being demoted to living with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in Cheapside it hard enough. Then you have the proud Mr Darcy standing up to his family. I mean, most of Reynolds' books have a predictable ending, normally with Lizzy and Darcy getting married, but this one was unmistakably brilliant!! I read the whole book in a matter of hours, it grips you from page one!
You are so emotionally linked to this book that by the middle of the book you are so happy for the couple you could cry. Yet, more unfortunate circumstances drive them apart. Fistly, Lizzy wrongly interprets Mr Darcy's proposal of marriage for one to be his mistress! Then disaster strikes with Lydia who has not eloped, but is pregnant!
The characterisations are fantastic, even the upbeat Mrs Bennet who continues to swoon with her nerves and the polite Jane who marries a much older shopkeeper to secure the family. Lizzy's character is also extremely special, she continues her witty banter despite her cercumstances. The characterisations are also good of Mr Darcy's family, including new characters such as the sister of the fomer Mrs Darcy who is hilarious!
It is however, slightly more erotic than Reynolds' normal scenarios of "what if's". There are multiple references to mistresses and the taking of young working girls virginity as amusement. This however, only emphasises Darcy's love for Elizabeth who bluntly refuses his uncle's attemps to find him a suitable mistress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hasilor on 15 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It is a truth universally acknowledged that P&P derivatives are usually complete tosh, and unbearable excpet accompanied with a big glass of white. One occasionally feels the urge to go read one and comes away with the sicky feeling in the stomach reminscent of snaffling a MacDonalds and then remembering why you stopped eating them when aged 14.

And then up pops this novel. The plot sounds hopeless, you fear it'll be badly written, but you've got a Kindle voucher and decide you're damned well going to use it.

And what you get is a well-paced, well-written novel with a delightful story at its heart taking familiar characters and pushing them into different circumstances to which they react like the characters you know and love.

I read it and then went back and read it again. Praise doesn't get higher than that. Give it a go (big glass of white optional)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
I was thoroughly enjoying this novel during the first stages because of the interesting approach of changing the Jane Austen version of events to have Mr. Bennet die. Those of us who are familiar with Pride and Prejudice understand what a profound impact that situation would have had on the story line. Here, Mr. Bennet has died and Charlotte and Mr. Collins have taken over Longbourn, Mrs. Bennet and the girls have moved in with her sister in Meryton, Jane has married but still lives in Meryton and Lizzie is living with the Gardiner's in their home in Cheapside. Darcy tries to stay away from Lizzie but then discovers that she goes out for a walk early each morning. He contrives to meet her.

This story is presented primarily from the viewpoint of Darcy with only small segments of it from Elizabeth's perspective. Still, I was enjoying the story which gave me an indication of how much Darcy loved Elizabeth and how much he fought against that love, for reasons of family pride and social standing. Then it all began to devolve into a fairy tale with improbable new characters who were allowed to act in completely unrealistic ways for the times. There were evil relatives counterbalanced by worthy and kind and good urchins and servants. Lydia was still her same selfish self but with a problem that Darcy could solve. In fact, Darcy solved every problem for every single person in this story. It's a wonder the poor man didn't find himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He handed out money like it was water. And if Darcy wasn't giving out money then another good relative was sprinkling the fairy dust over situations right and left to make them come out with a perfect Happily Ever After emblazoned with sparkling lights and twittering bluebirds of happiness.
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quite a different take on p and p but very modern and you kept on guessing where the story would turn out a good read
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In all honesty I found this book a little bit of a chore. In all Pride and Prejudice variations we expect the happy ending but for me, this one lacked the passion and feeling of many of the other books by this author. I suspect that some of this may be linked to this tale being more in keeping with the times and therefore the obstacles faced by the characters more realistic. The relationships between them all were difficult and fraught with difficulties and objections.

Generally this tale is more in keeping with the times and does not have the sex scenes that can feature heavily in other variations. Mr Darcy finds himself being slapped around the face for attempting to steal a kiss!

I struggled to like so many of the characters in this book which perhaps says something about how well this book is written. However Aunt Augusta is fantastic and I wish we had seen more of her.

All in all a pleasant read but lacking in excitement and adventure!
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