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A Father's Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

A Father's Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation [Kindle Edition]

J Dawn King
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How do Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet overcome the consequences of poor decisions made by their fathers when Darcy and Elizabeth were young?

In A Father's Sins, Mr. George Darcy, father of an illegitimate child raised by his steward, Mr. Wickham, agreed with his wife, Anne, that the firstborn son of their marriage would be heir to Pemberley. However, Mr. Darcy loved his eldest son, George Wickham, and indulged him by bringing him to Pemberley to live after the death of his wife. His heir, Fitzwilliam Darcy, paid a heavy price for this decision.

Mr. Thomas Bennet, an educated gentleman and father of five daughters, favored his second born, Elizabeth. Unexpectedly, his wife gave birth to a son and heir. Mr. Bennet, at the persistent urging of his wife, chose not to have his youngest children vaccinated for smallpox. When the plague hit Longbourn it devastated their family. Elizabeth paid the heaviest price for this decision of her father.

What happens when Darcy and Elizabeth meet? Will they be able to overcome the consequences of the choices their fathers made? When George Wickham, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. William Collins, and the Fitzwilliam family arrive in Meryton, how will that impact their growing attraction? How does the same decision by Mr. Bennet influence the relationship between Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley? Will love have a chance?

This is a stand-alone story.

About the Author

First time author Joy Dawn King fell in love with Jane Austen's writings two years ago and discovered the world of fan fiction shortly after. Intrigued with the many possibilities, she began developing her own story for Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Living high in the Andes Mountains of South America, Joy loves to take an occasional break from the Latin culture and bury herself in reading English literature about her favorite English characters. Joy, and her husband of 34 years, live next door to their only child, Jennifer, her husband, and twin grandchildren and is a native Oregonian. The author is currently writing about Mr. Bingley's and Jane Bennet's struggles with happily ever after and will follow with the tale of what happens when Colonel Fitzwilliam immediately falls in love with Constance Wickham, who hates him bitterly.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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By Sophie
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I was very pleased when I was asked if I would review A Father's Sins for the lovely Joy King.(I was provided with a review copy but this is my honest, unbiased opinion.) And I was not disappointed as I really, really enjoyed this book! It was perhaps a more serious variation than I usually would choose, however it was very unique and a very interesting idea to explore.

I found the writing in this book to be very good, especially being this author's debut novel. The language seemed appropriate and it flowed well as I read. There was a good balance between dialogue and passages of internal thoughts or description as well.

As I said, the story and theme of the book - how a father's bad choices or actions can affect the children and even the grandchildren - was quite serious and very sad at times because of seeing the effects on the children, most prominently on Elizabeth and Darcy. It was a really interesting route to explore and very cleverly done, I felt. As well as Elizabeth and Darcy, there are other characters that have been affected by the decisions of their fathers and the theme really was masterfully weaved through the story. What was also interesting was that to begin with, the story happens very much in canon to the original - Jane falling ill at Netherfield, Mr Collins coming to visit etc - but Lizzy is in a very different situation!

As well as the serious side to this tale, it was also very drama filled and fast moving! Joy certainly knows how to capture the reader’s attention from the very start! I was hooked into this story from very early on and it stayed that way until the end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a really enjoyable read 19 May 2014
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This was a very interesting view of the P&P variations and gave a really nice twist to the story line. The characters are well balanced and the story was certainly enjoyable and well written I enjoyed it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute tosh 8 April 2014
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Devotees of Pride and Prejudice should stay well clear as it will offend you. Written in a very modern childlike style with a plot line in which the main protagonists bear no resemblance to the finely drawn characters created by Jane Austin
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5.0 out of 5 stars a father's sins 27 Mar 2014
By katymay
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This was a really well written story about the love and misunderstandings that are the essence of the original tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed, very much 23 Mar 2014
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Actually 4 1/2 stars
Having not heard of this author, I will assume that she is new to JA fanfic. I found this to be a very enjoyable first effort. This book was actually better in content and editing than with some seasoned authors. I had no major complaints.
My favorite books in this genre seem to be the ones where Elizabeth is a strong, accomplished woman. I delighted in seeing her make something positive of her life with so much stacked against her at such a tender, young age. She had no choice but to grow up quickly. God bless the Gardiners. I actually love both Lizzy and Darcy in this book. They each overcame great adversity to reach their happy ending. The title sums the book up very well.
The story had enough angst and suspense to keep it moving along at a good pace. I never felt bogged down in too much detail. Darcy was completely a gentleman, never breaking propriety except for calling Elizabeth by her first name before they were engaged. I would rate it PG.
This one kept me up well past my bedtime. Kudos to this author!! I would definitely read this author again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between a 3- and a 4- star effort. 2 April 2014
By tachi1 - Published on
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The author should be commended for her extreme originality. The entire premise of P&P and the personalities of many of its characters are turned on their heads and we are confronted with many persons we don't know (and some we do).

This book is based on the premise that both fathers, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennet were despicable people whose actions and decisions unfairly affect, target and hurt Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth. Wickam is more evil and resentful than usual (with more reason than usual), and Jane is insipid to the point of catatonia. I'm not sure why Jane's personality had to take such a downward turn, but I suspect it has to do with forthcoming books.

The story has twists and turns that I have not come across in other variations, which is a big plus. The story is fast-paced, action-packed, the evil fail, the good prevail, and the happy ending is a given.

But, to me, a big minus is the heavy hand used for defining the primary plot-mover's personalities. First, there is Elizabeth's saintliness. No one can be that good and noble, especially after the traumas she has had to endure. Darcy, too, is a little too perfect. Since Mr. Darcy is dead, there is no possibility of redemption for him, but Mr. Bennet's repentance doesn't ring true to the same extent that his initial (and subsequent) sins stretch credibility a bit.

While I welcome a new author to the P&P variation roster and applaud what, especially for a first effort, is really much better than many authors who have been at it longer, the book missed being really great despite the imaginative story line. There was a need for a little subtlety that would have made actions and reactions more believable; the author needed to tone down the melodrama a tad and fine-tune the personalities to make them a little more credible. A shade of gray here and there would not have been amiss.

But I don't mean to discourage anyone from reading A Father's Sins. It has definite entertainment value, the editing is pretty good, and the additional story lines she has in the works also sound interesting. I, for one, will be looking forward to them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Bennet! 29 Mar 2014
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Pretty entertaining adaptation of P & P. Elizabeth is estranged from her Bennet family and circumstances arise that force Elizabeth to nurse Darcy from an injury. Darcy and Elizabeth bond during this period and fall in love though are confronted by their class differences. The typical characters are around who make life difficult for the blossoming couple (e.g. Miss Bingley, Lady Catherine, Collins) though the biggest surprises are the author's portrayals of Mr. Bennet and Jane. Overall, the book is well written and edited though I do wish the author expanded on character thought processes and emotions to give them more depth.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to future stories by this author. 4 April 2014
By M. A. Schertz - Published on
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The story was original, easy to read, yet detailed. I wanted to reach into the story and shake the daylights out of Mr Bennet and Jane, making them face reality. Seeing Bingley have a strong character is pleasing, I hate seeing a weak willed Bingley who allows everyone to trample over him. I look forward to reading any future stories this author writes for us.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, engaging read! 29 April 2014
By Michael P. Zimmerman - Published on
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A P & P fan (of both the original and subsequent fan works), I found this book to be a fresh and unique take on the "what if" genre. It was well-paced and written, with a thorough amount of original and just plain funny witticisms that left me laughing out loud throughout the book.

If one is an Austen or Regency purist, there might well be room for brooking disappointment...the author's creative liberties in interpreting the characters may put some readers off, but it is this differing account that sparks an energy that propels this story forward so effectively. That said, if one is open to a new perspective involving some of literature's most beloved characters, then I heartily recommend this evening well spent and a book that deserves its place amongst other revered P & P variations!
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