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Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Reynolds
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Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it….

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth’s reputation….

Note: This book contains an intimate scene between a married couple.

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About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing variations on Pride and Prejudice in 2001 to spend more time with her favorite Jane Austen characters. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans persuaded her to continue asking “What if...?”, which led to seven novels in The Pemberley Variations series. She has also written two contemporary novels set on Cape Cod, The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice and Morning Light. In 2012 she retired from medical practice to focus exclusively on writing. She is currently at work on a new Pemberley Variation as well as the next novel in her Cape Cod series. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenage children, and a menagerie of pets. Her hobby is trying to find time to sleep.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2511 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615669751
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (22 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00919X9CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,150 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 28 Aug. 2012
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This is another of Abigail Reynolds what if scenarios on Pride and Prejudice. The book begins as Darcy is about to go to the parsonage at Hunsford to make his ill-fated proposal, but the difference is that it's been raining very heavily and the river bursts its banks while Darcy is there, before Elizabeth properly has a chance to reply. The village is flooded and Elizabeth and Darcy are stuck for days together in the parsonage with stranded villagers to look out for. Thus they are forced to spend a lot of time together and rather than have the heated argument followed by the letter and months of separation as in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and Darcy begin to get to know each other better. I particularly liked how Darcy's character unfolds in this time. I would like to tell you more but don't want to give away any spoilers.

Some of the other characters are portrayed slightly differently from P&P, I am not massively keen on Colonel Fitzwilliam in this book, he is a tad flaky, and he does something that I wasn't very impressed with, for the same reasons that Lizzy isn't, so I am in good company! Mr Bennet is different, his behaviour seems illogical on quite a few occasions, but reasons are given for this.

I have read a few other Abigail Reynolds books and I felt that this one had less serious themes than some, and was quite low on angst although there are obstacles to overcome, but that makes it no less enjoyable to read, I'd certainly be happy to re-read it. The spelling is American English, but the words are not noticeably Americanised aside from that. Also, for those who are bothered about sex scenes, there is a sex scene. Personally I don't mind them as long as they don't seem to be out of character, and I thought that this one was fine in the context of the story and generally nicely written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweetly diverting, very very enjoyable read 6 Sept. 2012
By hangnhu
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Although, technically 4.5* because I can't view kindle format on my actual ereader & have to make do with my phone, plus I felt Darcy was a bit too hapless in one or two chapters for my taste and don't forget it was too short, or maybe I was reading it too quickly (I was disrupting the office with my laughing and couldn't wait to get home to enjoy the rest).
I've read all (excepting Mr Darcy's Letter and which I will do so next) of Mrs. Reynolds works' therefore I can't say it's entirely refreshing, nonetheless I adore this one as much as the others.

The characters are all alive and engaging in their different ways and the scenarios believable that I wonder Jane Austen did not write of the actual flood herself, especially as the flood was real.
Colonel Fitzwilliam is adorable and comical here (Darcy's best, of course) and I very much prefer him over Bingley for Jane. I sorta love/hate the twist with Mr Bennet, while thank goodness for Mrs Bennet's lack of on-screen-time, though this line is one of my favourite - 'Mrs. Bennet's icy comments about how pleasant it was that she would finally be able to attend the wedding of one of her daughters.'
Hm, summary... stranded at Hunsford from a flood, Elizabeth and Darcy are compromised in the eye of society, and while Elizabeth needed convincing, the major obstacle turns out to be Mr Bennet (somewhat under the influence of one of Darcy's condescending relative). But don't worry, both Darcy & Elizabeth still have other sensible relatives to help them reach the altar of HEA, with the occasional arguments here there. Yes, Darcy still gets to be the Hero as canon and Wickham even gets the sword *_<
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jackie
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This is the first work I've read by Ms Reynolds which I was encouraged to read by all the good reviews.
To my disappointment I found this book just awful. It was let down not by the writing but by portrayals of the like of Mr Bennet and Col Fitzwilliam. And there is the quite unpleasant background story into why Mr Bennet is acting the way he does. The book misleadingly starts off really well but goes wrong rapidly when Darcy and Elizabeth come back from the village around about the first 1/3 of the book. I could only skim through the rest and found it getting worse and worse! I'm all for suspension of belief in Jane Austen fan fiction books (eg Darcy the pirate as in another book!), and don't mind a slightly bonkers story and I also accept that the characters are never quite as intended, but not when it takes on a nasty and cruel angle. Where's the fun? Where's the irony? What started as light-hearted silliness in this story turned into humourless lead.
I see this authoress has done a great deal of other writings however and hopefully this is not reflective of her other work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunsford made SO much better! 10 Nov. 2013
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I absolutely love variations where the dramas and pitfalls imagined by Jane Austen in the original story are avoided - only for our favourite characters to be faced with other ones! This is one such rewarding variation. Heavy rains and a terrible flood prevent Darcy from making his ill-starred Hunsford proposal and, moreover, the couple are trapped at the Parsonage by raising waters, together with a handful of distraught and dispossessed villagers.

During this trying time, Elizabeth gets to see facets of him she had not even anticipated. The strong man, the responsible master, the noble character who would not expect others to endanger their own lives by undertaking tasks he would not tackle himself.

Once a cousin with his own agenda is thrown into the mix, Darcy's palpable anguish is heart-rending but, as always, it makes for an absolutely delightful read, and it's wonderful to see how Elizabeth gets to know him, and how her previous dislike of him slowly melts into very different sentiments!

The path is not smooth, other stories are skilfully woven in, such as the very unexpected - and very damaging - effects of childhood bullying but, to me, the most delightful and the most rewarding is the story of Colonel Fitzwilliam's happy ending. I'm a great fan of the dear Colonel and I always thought he deserves a lot more happiness than most fanfiction stories allow him, and I was very pleased to see that in this story, he gets precisely that!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent variation.
While retaining all the characters and their particular characteristics this variation takes a different path. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 2 months ago by anela
4.0 out of 5 stars different
I like to read Abigail Reynolds as there's always an interesting twist. Lord Matlock here is a villian, Mr Bennett displays uncharacteristic obstinacy regarding Lizzy and Darcy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this variation but as with Reyolds other variation on ...
I enjoyed this variation but as with Reyolds other variation on Pride and Prejudice there was too much explicit sex descriptions which were unnessesary.
Published 8 months ago by teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 9 months ago by Berna Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit addictive
I really enjoy spin offs from the original Pride and Prejudice and I couldn't put this down. Think my boyfriend lost me for a few days! Will happily read again in the future!
Published 10 months ago by RachHolmes
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 *
It was an acceptable read but but nothing spectacular. Well executed all round but it won't find a fixed home in my library.
Published 11 months ago by J.A.J
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read, as always from Abigail Reynolds.
Delightful read,as always from Abigail Reynolds.
Published 11 months ago by Cecilia.M. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Well thought through variation
The Hunsford flood provides the excuse for Elizabeth and Darcy to be alone together and the usual tension and misunderstandings result. Read more
Published 11 months ago by TPG
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read for those who enjoy a P and P variation
I would have given this book 5 stars, but the behaviour of Mr Bennett stopped me. The book is a lovely turn on the original story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by fiona igo
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