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The Only Way: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice

The Only Way: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice [Kindle Edition]

Ola Wegner
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Pride and Prejudice variation.

In this retelling of the beloved novel on the day of Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford, Elizabeth receives tragic news of her father’s sudden death.

Will this change her mind about accepting Darcy’s offer?

Will she decide to marry the man whom she dislikes in order to rescue her mother and sisters from destitution?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 21 Nov 2013
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Not too long.Easy enjoyable reading.I love Austen books.Not OTT just nice.
Recommend if you like to read going to bed.It enjoyable.Try a sample first & your find yourself buying the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Way 4 Feb 2013
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Another great book by Ola Wegner, my attention was held through every page, I loved the story, and felt every emotion
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. 1 Oct 2014
By J.A.J
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I'm sorry but this was so out of character and untrue to Austen, I couldn't bring myself to read it. I read the first few chapters and then skipped through, it got worse and worse. I wouldn't call them happy or in love, ridiculous!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another Pervy Darcy 1 Oct 2011
By Jennifer Gentry - Published on
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Where do I start? There were many things about this book that I did not like. I read most of the sample and the three other reviews (none of which mention what I'm about to mention unless I was just too tired to notice) and was convinced this was another clean continuation. Alas, if I'd actually *finished* the sample, I would've realized I was mistaken.

In Hunsford, Elizabeth had only just refused Darcy's proposal when she receives notice that her beloved father is dead. She sets out immediately to London to collect Jane and head on to Longbourn to be with their family. Upon hearing the news, Darcy follows her and, with Colonel Fitzwilliam's assistance, escorts her to London in his own carriage. Once there, he has a most interesting proposal. If she agrees to marry him, he will look after her mother and sisters. He will purchase a house in the area of Meryton and settle a sum upon her sisters as their dowries. A serious choice is before her. By marrying Mr. Darcy, she can, in essence, do what she would not do when Collins proposed--see to her family's support and safety. Of course, who in their right mind wouldn't choose Fitzwilliam Darcy over Mr. Collins? She unhappily accepts the proposal. This is a thoroughly interesting premise, so much so that I rushed into purchasing this book without really finishing my homework---a mistake I will *not* make again. If you are one who enjoys these romps in the hay with the Darcys, you may really enjoy this book, as there were many things to like (as well as *many* romps in the hay).

However, if you, like me, cannot stomach reading about most beloved characters' every sexual encounter, then you will not be satisfied with this book. I do not agree that Mr. Darcy kept lovers prior to meeting Elizabeth, despite the fact that I know this to be a common practice of the day. Jane Austen's Darcy, I believe, was above such a thing. Even in the book, he grew to heartily rue this behavior--even so far as to mentioning to the Colonel that if he ever had sons, he would discourage them from the practice. So I can take some pleasure in that. But still. There's no need to go there to begin with. I also detest reading about the sexual encounters of my favorite characters. I read the book and have seen the movies. I know that there was a love and passion between them. Moreover, I am married with four children of my own. So I can put two and two together as to what that passion translates into behind closed doors. I just don't want to read about it!!!!! I cannot put a stronger point on it than that. Yes, upon realizing what was to come, I should've just deleted it off my device. But I had this perverse need to know how it ended. Suffice it to say, there were many parts I skipped over.

Beyond that, however, there were other changes to my beloved characters that I just couldn't stomach. Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Jane are both respectability personified, who would never even so much as allow physical liberties to be taken with them prior to marriage--with, perhaps, with exception to a chaste kiss. Although, I do not recall ever reading about a kiss between Bingley & Jane and Darcy & Lizzy in the book after their engagements. Therefore, I do not believe Elizabeth would allow Mr. Darcy the extremely physical intimacies she permits him prior to their marriage in Ms. Wegner's book. Nor do I believe Jane would secretly conduct a correspondence with Colonel Fitzwilliam (what???!!!!!), agree to marry Mr. Bingley, and then, only weeks before the wedding, elope with the Colonel! She also allowed him to kiss her after only their third meeting. That is not the Jane Bennet that we know and love. Finally, as silly and irresponsible as she is, I do not believe Mrs. Bennet would encourage Lizzy to sleep with Mr. Darcy before their wedding, just to further ensnare him, nor encourage Lydia to entice an officer on her visit to Brighton and allow him to carry her off to Gretna Green.

These are not the characters I've come to love and admire over the years. But if this version of Darcy and Elizabeth is how the author views them, I will not be reading anything of hers again.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise! 18 Sep 2011
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As an avid Jane Austen fan, I have read many Pride and Prejudice variations and sequels, so it is rare that one surprises me. Even several of my favorites are fairly predictable- Darcy and Elizabeth meet, there is an attraction, Lady Catherine/Wickham/Caroline Bingley try to interfere, then they live happily ever after. Given that is true to the original, I can hardly criticize. This story is one of the few I have read that takes a truly unique take on Pride and Prejudice. It begins at the point in P&P when Elizabeth and Darcy are both in Kent. Darcy proposes and is refused; later that same day, Elizabeth receives news of her father's death. Darcy still wishes to marry her and even offers to take care of her mother and sisters. After some urging from Jane and the Gardiners, she accepts, even though she feels little for him. This story is not about their journey to the altar, but rather the difficulties they face as a married couple where one is deeply in love and the other is not. Just like the original, neither Darcy nor Elizabeth is ready for each other when he first proposed at Huntsford. They both have some growing up to do. The obstacles come from trying to overcome their shortcomings as husband and wife. Darcy has trouble at times waiting for Elizabeth to catch up to him in terms of affection, and Elizabeth feels guilty for essentially selling herself to save her family despite her growing attraction for her husband, all while mourning her father.
I feel that the author handled this story very well- their struggles are believable and the reader feels very much invested in bringing the already married couple together. My only criticism is how the secondary characters' stories play out. Jane's story in particular bothered me. Jane from P&P was very kind, if rather naïve, but went out of her way not to hurt others. Her treatment of Mr. Bingley in this story was very callous. I was quite glad that he didn't just instantly forgive her. Overall though, I was quite impressed with this story and would give it a high recommendation.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Only Way/No Other Way 5 Mar 2012
By cheska - Published on
The Only Way is a revamping of this story. The big difference between The Only Way and No Other way is the mature content. There are some steamy scenes that have been altered or added. If you are uncomfortable with such content then I would suggest No Other Way.
As with most variations the characters flirt around canon. The original is used as framework around which a new story is told. I am telling no secrets when I say that Mr. Bennet dies at the beginning of this piece. Ms. Wegner gives us an alternate scenario where the reader is asked the question "what if" this happens? This story shows how differently Elizabeth's life would be upon the death of Mr. Bennet. It is interesting and I believe that many JAFF readers will enjoy this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Interesting 18 Sep 2013
By jerry - Published on
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This tale of Pride and Prejudice is surprisingly interesting. While it deviates a good deal from the original the love affair of Darcy and Elizabeth is still at the heart of it. I read this somewhat thick book in one sitting and found it to be a very fun read and very interesting. Jane Austen probably wouldn't like it but the heart of the story is still all Austen. There are some tasteful sex scenes, but they are not too obtrusive and fit right into the flow of the book. Definitely five stars in my book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good work, Ms Wegner! 5 Aug 2013
By Laura H - Published on
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An abrupt shift from Austen's original story, Ms Wegner's plot grabs you from the start. The pathos of Elizabeth's situation leaves her with only one solution. This leaves Darcy in the unenviable position of seeming to have what he most desires, yet not actually having it. Read through to see how our dear friends wade through the quagmire and emerge whole.
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