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The Subsequent Proposal: ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion ~ [Paperback]

Joana Starnes
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25 Oct 2013
A number of broken-hearted characters from Jane Austen’s best novels are thrown together by the vagaries of fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them – and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place?

“Elizabeth… Elizabeth... Elizabeth…” he murmured against her lips, her skin, her hair, and then her lips again. “I cannot forsake you! I cannot! I cannot lose you! I cannot bear to think of a life without you – ‘tis not worth living, ‘tis but a slow death! I cannot lose you! I beg you, do not send me away again! I love you! Elizabeth, I love you!”

Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices and a duel – Fitzwilliam Darcy’s life is never dull! ‘The Subsequent Proposal’ – a story that is primarily about him – follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet’s feelings – and to correct the worst misjudgement of his life…

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (25 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492874884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492874881
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joana Starnes is the author of 'From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley', a 'Pride & Prejudice' sequel, 'The Subsequent Proposal ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion' and 'The Second Chance', a 'Pride & Prejudice' ~ 'Sense & Sensibility' variation.

Her current project is 'The Falmouth Connection', a 'Pride & Prejudice' variation where Jane Austen's beloved characters are compelled to leave their 'comfort zones' of tame and reasonably peaceful lives in the south of England and travel to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few - if any! - are what they seem to be...

Joana lives in the south of England with her family. A medical graduate, in more recent years Joana has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with Georgian Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency Period its charm and sparkle.

You can find her on facebook at - on Twitter at - or on her website at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Plot 4 Nov 2013
By Rita
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first read the plot of this book I could not believe how perfect it was!

All I could think was how I never though about it myself, as it has the characters from my 2 favourite Jane Austen books: Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion, and getting them together the way Joana Starnes did makes perfect sense!

The idea could not be better! After Elizabeth's refusal in Hunsford, Darcy meets Miss Anne Elliot and believes she would be the perfect wife for a marriage based on contentment. She is amiable, kind, intelligent and her family is perfect for Darcy's family standards. On the other hand, Captain Wentworth meets Elizabeth Bennet and also believes she could be a perfect wife if he can not have Anne's love.

At a certain point the four of them meet and they are forced to face they true feelings. Even though Anne appears to be (in the eyes of society) perfect for Darcy, she is obviously not his match. She is not his other half, and the same applies for Captain Wentworth and Lizzy.

The book is extremely well written, and it's a truly passionate book, with deep feelings and no excessive dramas or incredibly bad villains. It's a believable story, perfectly situated in the era. There are no lack of propriety and that does not prevent us from reading a truly romantic story.

We read the book from Darcy's perspective and for me, one of the best things about the book is that Darcy is not seen as the only one at fault. The author really understands develops both characters just like Jayne Austen created them and not as a version of them as many authors do. Unlike many books, Darcy is not see as someone full of faults that changes completely just to please Elizabeth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I’ve read lots of Pride and Prejudice variations, but none which crossed over with another Austen book as much as this one. What if, after the disastrous Hunsford proposal, Mr Darcy went off heartbroken, in the belief that Elizabeth Bennet would never reconsider her feelings towards him? What if he felt he could never love another, but had found a friend in a lady who soothed his feelings and proved herself a genuine good friend to Georgiana? A friend who is unappreciated by her own family? Darcy needs to marry at some point, and meeting and getting to know Miss Anne Elliot (from Persuasion) provides some balm to his wounds. He is persuaded by Colonel Fitzwilliam to think of matrimony and the story begins with Darcy actually proposing marriage to Anne (Nooooooo!).

Darcy is honest with her that he loves another, and Anne hints at her own disappointment in love. I felt quite sorry for Anne at this point, but let’s be honest, a loveless but respectful marriage with a good man would be better than having to live with HER relatives. Sir Walter insists on a long engagement that will not be announced for some time, to give Miss Elizabeth Elliot chance to make a match rather than see the indignity of having two younger sisters marry before her (although there is no delay mentioned in Persuasion Captain Wentworth is less of a catch financially than Darcy, so I felt this was plausible). After sealing their tepid deal, Anne goes to stay with Lady Russell, and Darcy back to town. Here he meets with Bingley who tells him that both of the elder Miss Bennets have been to Pemberley while travelling with the Gardiners, in the company of one of Mrs Gardiner’s school friends, Mrs Croft, her husband and her brother, Captain Wentworth, who seems disposed to court one of the Misses Bennet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 8 May 2014
By fxyd
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This is most clever, sensitively realised and romantic JA variation I've ever read! When I first read the synopsis I thought that combining the two couples and mixing up their fortunes might be a little 'gimicky' so I started the book with trepidation.

However the story pulled me in almost immediately and before I knew it I was half through, utterly hooked and racing too quickly toward the end (Thank god the author has two more books for me to enjoy)

My only objection was having Darcy ever be engaged to anyone but Elizabeth but that hardly matters there is enough substance in the tale to nullify that and the drama builds to the happy conclusion we variations lovers crave.

This is a brilliant tale well worth purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It really captured my attention 11 Feb 2014
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Lovely twists, great characterization. Love this Darcy. I heartily recommend it. I wanted it to last longer, I would have loved to hear more from Captain Wentworth.
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By Sophie
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I was very much looking forward to reading this story as the idea of combing the characters from Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion intrigued me. And to have Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth in one book... well I’m not complaining!

I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this story very much. I really enjoyed seeing the characters from Pride and Prejudice and from Persuasion interacting with each, and I think it worked very well. The idea of Darcy and Anne as a couple, although strange to the imagination (Darcy is meant for Elizabeth and Anne for Wentworth or course!), actually felt like quite a reasonable match. I could understand how each might be happy to settle for the other; both are nursing a broken heart and think that the ones they love are forever beyond their reach, and so settling for a marriage of companionship with at least mutual respect is perhaps a wise and sensible decision given the circumstances. (But it is strange, I warn you, to see Darcy with Anne and then Wentworth courting Elizabeth!)

This story is told completely (well, pretty much) from Darcy’s point of view. I really enjoyed this and I feel it added to the story in that it made his journey through the novel and its subsequent happy ending so much more pleasing for me as the reader, as we have experienced all his anguish and pain which he has had from the beginning with him, and we have been following Darcy’s emotional journey very closely, knowing all his inner thoughts and feelings.

I felt very sorry for Darcy at many times through this book. The author portrays his inner struggles and his torment very vividly and powerfully and you can’t help but pity him!
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