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Lory Lilian , Jakki Leatherberry , Margaret Fransen
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1 July 2013
His Uncle' s Favorite ~ A Pride and Prejudice tale that takes a divergent path after the Netherfield ball and its residents' hasty departure. Shortly after Christmas, their Aunt Gardiner persuades Jane and Elizabeth Bennet to spend time with her in London. There, the girls encounter familiar faces and intriguing new acquaintances. As fate would have it, their aunt's Gracechurch Street home is frequented by intimate members of Mr. Darcy's family, and Elizabeth discovers that she and Darcy's uncle have more than one favorite in common. This is a tale of wrong first impressions, mistaken pride and prejudice, rights and wrongs - a divergent but familiar story of the struggle for happiness of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Meryton Press; Revised edition (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936009250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936009251
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turning Excellence 8 July 2013
By Melz
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Lory Lilian has done it again with a superb third novel. The story line is captivating, exciting and with many twists and turns keeps you page turning until the very end. The prose is fluid and descriptive that makes you feel as though you are 'inside' the story looking on at the characters as they move around you. There are many sub stories moving along with the main 'Darcy and Elizabeth' story and a wealth of characters both new and old. Have read both of Ms Lilian's previous novels and definitely was not disappointed with this one. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 15 July 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm a huge fan of Austen fan-fiction and have been reading nothing else for months.
I've dropped one star for the occasional typo as it does annoy me, and there is no excuse.

While the propriety of many characters in this book is perhaps not what you'd expect, I found it highly entertaining and, rather than feeling it to be inappropriate, instead found it refreshing. A lot of what happens in that respect is amongst close family, or to promote the closeness of two families and I can easily believe in the behaviours displayed.

If you are one of those hardened Janeites who prefers passion to happen behind closed doors you might also be offended by some of the scenes in this book. I find them completely acceptable as long as they are in keeping with the tone of the story and the characters. No, Miss Austen did not go into that kind of detail in the original; as is often the arguement against its inclusion in alternative versions, but I imagine that is mostly due to her own status and inexperience in that field. After all, the best authors only write about what they know.

I've heard it said many times that fan-fiction authors are trading on the success of Austen's beloved works, and that people like me just can't get enough of the characters, regardless of how well they are written. I feel that this author makes a good and very thorough attempt at creating an alternative P&P world. I'm already reading one of her other books and would highly recommend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 5 Mar 2014
By HSteell
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I really enjoyed this, one of the better P&P variations. The plot was original and the writing was strong. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read 19 Feb 2014
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I have read quite a few P&P varitations and this is one of the better ones. It had most of the basics of the original story but the majority of the action takes place in London rather that at Longbourn. The story begins after Bingley and Darcy have left Netherfield after the ball. There a quite a few new characters as well as the familiar ones making it an interesting read. I enjoyed the gentle story lines which kept most of the character's personalities intact. A lovely, gentle read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Surprising, and Character-Driven Romance 25 Jun 2013
By Gioia - Published on Amazon.com
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I love stories in which Elizabeth or the Bennets turn out to be wealthy, titled or have better social connections than in Pride and Prejudice, because of the way that it turns Darcy's expectations and attitudes upside down. I enjoyed the way Lory took a unique spin on this, by having the important social standing come through her supposedly inferior connections on Gracechurch Street. That really serves to throw poor Darcy for a loop!

There is much about this story that I thought I understood prior to reading it in its entirety. Lory had previously posted a short story by the same name which later inspired her to write this novel-length tale. Based on the short story, I was certain I knew what to expect in this novel-length tale. I was wrong. Lory is a talented writer who knows how to create a fantastic, riveting story which isn't in the least predictable. Even the title itself is far more of a mystery than I realized. Who is the uncle's favorite? It wasn't who I initially expected!

In "His Uncle's Favorite," Elizabeth and Darcy both have their Hunsford epiphany, but it doesn't occur at the same time, place or manner in which it does in Jane Austen's book. The protagonists have a similar road they travel, learning about each other and themselves, but it's a very different road from that which we already know. Don't expect this to be a rehash of canon or even of other Jane Austen-inspired books. The story is primarily based in London and is populated by a large cast of original characters (OCs) who are extremely well developed. Those OCs have such a huge impact on the plot, that it helps to prevent this original, unique story from having a "been there, done that" air. I loved it.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected from this author 3 July 2013
By M. Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read other books from Lory Lilian and have enjoyed them in the past. This one, in my opinion, doesn't live up to her past books. The story had interesting twists but was not interesting enough for it's lenght. I was frustrated by the juvenile dialogue throughout the book. On a plus side, I always enjoy seeing direct quotes from Jane Austen and some were placed in interesting places to accommodate the altered storyline. However, I don't like modern and Austen mixes like "twenty-four families" and the reference to Miss Bennet. In the era, Miss Bennet referred to the oldest daughter when both were present. Always. Elizabeth would not be confused with this reference and I was confused by her questioning "Which one?" when Jane and Elizabeth were in the same room. This story spends a lot of time in Cheapside. That's fine, but I can't accept that Mrs. Gardener receives almost daily visits from an earl, his son, his daughter and the Darcy family members. I also really don't like books that erase the time requirements of travel and dress of that era. Running to and from between Grosvenor Square and Cheapside in a horse and carriage takes time and was not often completed multiple times in one day. Some variation books seem to smoothly blend modern and Austen era dialogue, customs, travel and experiences. I can't say that this was one of them. Overall, there just isn't enough to recommend it and many reasons to avoid it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90% great book and well worth the money 23 Aug 2013
By TLeighF - Published on Amazon.com
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I truly enjoyed this book and found it very satisfying. I would give it 4.5 stars if that was possible. The story is interesting, the characters are fun, and the writing is pretty good (there are some typos, etc., but fewer than many other variations I have read, and not enough to detract from the story). I actually read it through twice back to back, I liked it so much. My only complaint is that the in last 10% of the book, right after they get married (sorry for the spoiler), it turns into a very graphic sexual romance novel. All of a sudden, Darcy and Elizabeth are going at it like rabbits all over the place. I thought it was unnecessary and not at all in keeping with the rest of the book. I personally don't like that kind of graphic detail, but I know some people do. If you are like me and don't like it, then still read the book but skim through the last 10% to just get the plot twists there. The book is long enough that you will still get your money's worth, even if you don't read the ending.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What if Mrs. Gardiner and Lord Matlock Were Dear Old Friends? 9 Mar 2014
By Meredith - Published on Amazon.com
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In Lory Lilian’s third and much anticipated Pride and Prejudice tale she explores what would happen if characters like Mrs. Gardiner and Lord Matlock were more involved in the lives of their respective neice and nephew. She asks several what if questions: What if Mr. Gardiner passed away two years ago leaving Mrs. Gardiner a young, wealthy mother of two children? What if Mrs. Gardiner invited not only Jane, but Elizabeth to spend some time with her in Cheapside after the Netherfield Ball? What if Mrs. Gardiner and Lord Matlock were dear old friends and as a result the Bennet sisters spent a lot of time in his company?

Oh, how I ADORED Lord Matlock! Brava, Lory Lilian! Brava! Original characters that are delightfully eccentric, precocious, and overflowing with personality seem to be a staple in Lory Lilian’s novels. Similar to the unforgettable and vibrant characters Georgette Heyer creates, Lory Lilian has fashioned some very memorable and lovable creations of her own – sweet little Becky Gardiner from Rainy Days, daring and charismatic Lady Cassandra from Remembrance of the Past, and now we get to meet outspoken, mischievous, and impertinent Lord Matlock in His Uncle’s Favorite!

And yet…Lord Matlock isn’t the only original character introduced to us! (Oh happy day!) We also meet Lord Matlock’s daughter Lady Selina, who clearly has inherited her father’s forthright manner, Lady Brightmore, Lady Selina’s mother-in-law who is known to possess peculiar notions, and Lady Sinclair, who, even after marrying a man with wealth and title is still trying to catch Darcy in her traps! One my favorite aspects of this novel was seeing these new creations interact with Jane Austen’s beloved characters. I loved it when Lord Matlock teased Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley about the Bennet sisters, when Lady Brightmore issued thinly-veiled insults to Caroline Bingley, and when Elizabeth deftly redirected Lady Sinclair’s barbs!

Another area where Ms. Lilian’s talent truly shines is illustrating the ardent love and tender attachment between Elizabeth and Darcy. Darcy’s struggle and perseverance and Elizabeth’s discovery and growing affection were beautifully and exquisitely rendered. I loved Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s sweet moments together – on a horse-drawn sleigh in the snow, on Darcy’s horse Thunder, and on their private walks. (Note: in the last forty pages or so the embraces between Darcy and Elizabeth become a good deal more intimate and amorous and for that reason I’d recommend this novel for Mature Audiences only.)

As can be expected, Wickham comes onto the scene at the most inconvenient time to wreck havoc. But in this variation, things looked like they may take a different course…(Yes! Some new developments of Wickham’s character!) [POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD] I loved learning more about Wickham’s past relationship with Lord Matlock; it plausibly explained why Wickham was weak, why he had a sense of entitlement, and why he was so obsessed with the Darcy family. I was thrilled to see Lord Matlock become involved and I loved seeing Wickham finally receive the dressing down he deserves! (Go Lord Matlock!) However, I was disappointed that this change in course didn’t last…Not more than a few hours after having his demands denied and told he will receive no help from anyone (Yes! Good! Take that, Wickham!) Wickham is informed that his debts will be paid, a new commission bought, and a special license purchased so he can marry Lydia. (Gahhh!!)

Any disappointment I felt about Wickham’s fate was far exceeded by my delight in Lord Matlock and his fate! He almost stole the show away from Darcy and Elizabeth! Well done, Lory Lilian!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, entertaining read 15 Oct 2013
By KindleLover - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The new characters added a lot to the story and Lord Matlock was sooooo entertaining. Just finished it for the second time and this one will go into my keeper file.
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