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Darcy's Wager: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Swan, Penelope]
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Sign up to be notified of new releases and other book news at: penelopeswan.com/newsletter Penelope Swan is the pen name of author, H.Y. Hanna, who also writes best-selling romantic suspense, mysteries and sweet romances under her other name, as well as award-winning children's fiction. She has been an avid Jane Austen fan since her teens and is delighted that she can now live out her Regency fantasies through her books. You can find out more about her and get in touch at: penelopeswan.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4231 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wisheart Press (24 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015T97NXI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penelope Swan really knows how to write in that period and stay very close to the real Jane Austen story with a slight variation keeping it fresh. Amazing book - a must read for all Jane Austen fans and others.
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A brilliantly written variation which kept me on the edge of my seat until I had read the end. Excellent
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really enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darcy's Wager: A Pride and Prejudice Variation 6 Oct. 2015
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This story takes place in London beginning with Elizabeth trying to reach a book on a higher shelf beyond. Enter our tall, dark, and handsome gentleman, Mr. Darcy. When leaving Temple of the Muses, the famed book emporium, Elizabeth is pushed to the street when some street ruffian grabs her reticle. All of her purchases are unscathed, but one. Mr. Darcy helps her and picks up her packages. It is raining and Elizabeth is soaked, and Darcy takes her home. The evening of the ball brings Darcy and Bingley. Jane has a new suitor, a Viscount. When sitting down for supper, Elizabeth notices her two younger sisters disappear into the servants' area behind the scene of diners. Elizabeth follows and finds them in the butler's pantry with the silver. Lydia has been told not to gamble, but she doesn't think that signing a water is a bet. When caught, her wager was to bring Wickham two pieces of silver in exchange for her IOU. When Elizabeth goes through the wall entrance, Darcy follows her. Lizzy confronts Wickham and pleads with him to release Lydia from the wager. Par normal, Wickham is the slimy cad he is portrayed as in most variations. Darcy sees her coming from behind the Palm tree decoration a bit later than Wickham. He told Elizabeth he'd give her the IOU if she'd introduce him to Georgiana. When Georgiana Darcy along with Mrs. Annesley wander into the music room, they meet Elizabeth and Wickham. Georgiana has never been told of Wickham's treachery so when she gets home relates the entire story. No Darcy is furious with Elizabeth for introducing the two, but that was the second assignation between her and Wickham. At the Assembly, Wickham takes the first dance from non other than Darcy. Desperate, Elizabeth goes to a money lender. Bingley sees her and returns her to Gracechurch Street. As things go from bad to worse, Elizabeth feels she cannot face this problem alone and finally tells Darcy what is going on, and Jane plans to the Viscount's proposal when he asks when she loves Bingley. The group goes to Vauxhall Gardens and when Lydia sneaks away to join Wickham's group of scum. Mrs. Bennet faints and is carried inside, and when Darcy and Elizabeth, Bingley and Jane return, they find Georgiana is missing. Quickly searching after Lydia tells them what she heard, Elizabeth and Darcy go running through Lover's Lane. When they see her under the pavilion, they race to Georgiana. Elizabeth convinces Darcy to not fight a duel, and when Wickham stirs his anger, Darcy strikes out at Wickham. Wickham wants to wager the very thing that separated them years ago. If Darcy wins he get the IOU, if Wickham wins Darcy will have to give him a yearly stipend since he took away his rightful inheritance knowing that Old Darcy rewrote his will. When Darcy takes his shot against the swinging lanterns, you hear the gunshot and then you hear glass breaking. When Wickham takes his shot all you hear is the gun fire. Yelling that deserves another shot, Darcy tells him no, one shot was their wager. Fight ensues and Wickham sits on Darcy's chest and tries to strangle him Elizabeth comes and kicks him off, but as they start again Wickham is again going for his throat. Darcy remembers the Fork Friend vin his pocket that he bought off of a street urchin and yams it deep in Wickham's cheek. Wickham is taken away and jailed. The Bennets are leaving London this morning, and Elizabeth has not seen Darcy since the Gardens. Happy endings for many of the Bennet daughters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, engaging "Pride and Prejudice" adaptation that even Austen would enjoy! 28 Sept. 2015
By BooksthroughBifocals - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Swan is my favorite author in this genre, and "Darcy's Wager" is my favorite among her books so far. I've read all of her books except the "Honey" series written as H.Y. Hanna. In my opinion, she is the most authentic, modern day voice of Ms. Austen, and writes convincingly of the time period with a similar tongue and cheek parody Austen is famous for. Darcy and Elizabeth share insights into and amusement over behaviors of the British ton (high society.) In this story, Elizabeth's younger sister, Lydia, is led into grievous mischief by Wickham, a rival from Darcy's childhood, who infects her with his obsession over games of chance. Elizabeth and her older sister, Jane, attempt to extricate her and so the story goes. Who will rescue their family from the impending scandal? Are the sisters doomed to lose the suitors their hearts desire? Don't miss this sweet, romantic variation to the classic. The characters are well drawn and engaging, the plot holds the reader's attention and is easy to follow, and the story is appropriate for any aged reader who enjoys sweet romance. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars! Note: After reading lots af Jane Austin fan club reviews of other adaptations and giving my own review additional thought, I decided that this book truly did deserve five stars. I'm trying in general as a reviewer, to be "stingier" with my ratings, since there does seem to be an inflation in these values, but truly "Darcy's Wager" is too close to a five star not to recognize it as such. My congratulations to Ms. Swan for a job well done!
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the Characters; Enjoyable Story 10 Oct. 2015
By Marjie, Mother of 9 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've enjoyed Penelope Swan's other P&P variations, so thought I'd give this one a try, as well. She remains true to the character of the Bennet sisters; Elizabeth is logical and not bashful, Jane is sweet, Mary is bookish, and Lydia and Kitty are scatterbrained. In this book, Wickham is recast as a compulsive gambler, who will wager on anything, and Lydia has begun to join in this wagering with Wickham and his group. When she is forbidden by Jane and Elizabeth to wager at cards, she begins betting on other foolish things, and this causes the problem which drives this entire story. Bingley is hesitant about his courtship of Jane, Elizabeth and ultimately Darcy become involved in attempting to settle Lydia's debt with Wickham, and there is even a love interest for Mary. Set entirely during the family's visit to Aunt Gardner in Cheapside, London, it's a nice variation. I think Penelope Swan does a good job keeping the characters within the original story line and adding events to it. I hope she writes more books like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but too short for the price 23 Oct. 2015
By Tina Bella - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good read and I enjoyed the wager plotline. I liked the portrayals of Darcy and Lizzy and pretty much all other characters with the exception of Lydia (critique against a very frustrating character, not the author's depiction of her). Storytelling alone could be 4 star rating but I had to dock it for the price which is too high for a novelette and Mary's and Jane's side stories, while enjoyable, could've used some fleshing out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy how Ms. Swan mixes the romance with the suspense! 30 Sept. 2015
By Deanna Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, the Bennet sisters are at it again.. The youngest Bennet sister, Lydia has gotten herself into a monetary bet that she can not repay. Elizabeth takes on the task of the fixer and we are taken from wonderful dancing at Balls to the beautiful gardens of Vauxhall and even to a gambling den.. I enjoyed watching how Mr. Darcy slips into the picture and then along with Elizabeth figures out the problem and a way to fix it! Darcy's Wager is full of mystery, a notorious rake and oh my, the romances... I really enjoy how Ms. Swan mixes the romance, intrigue and suspense!
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