From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Paperback – 11 Sep 2007
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"What Would Mr. Darcy Do is a diverting amusement in the crowded field of Mr. Darcy what ifs, and worthy of your consideration and enjoyment." - Austenprose --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing The Pemberley Variations series in 2001, and encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking What if - ?A" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a satisfying romance, even if you're not a fan of Pride and Prejudice. A great choice for lazy afternoon read.
The development of certain well-known characters such as Bingley and Georgiana are great to see in this variation. I particularly love Georgiana - she begins to grow in confidence, and she builds a wonderful relationship with Elizabeth and is a very useful source of information for Elizabeth in finding out more about her brother. One of my favourite aspects between these two is their correspondence; it allows them to become closer and there are many fun (and important) revelations in these letters, as well as few lessons in the art of teasing! Georgiana also builds up a fun relationship with both Mary and Kitty (which is to be expected given their similarity in age).
The Gardiners also are brilliant and very... useful in this story. They are very sweet towards both Elizabeth and Darcy (Mr Gardiner towards Mr Darcy in particular) and are helpful in dropping the odd hint or conveniently letting slip a piece of information (or concealing certain knowledge!) in the hopes it will help promote the growing relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. Mr Bennet was another interesting character and he and Mr Darcy have a very amusing relationship.
Now to the main two character of the story; Elizabeth and Darcy both go through a rollercoaster of emotions. The extent of the love they feel for one and another causes them both pain.Read more ›
While I enjoyed this story it isn't my favourite of Abigail Reynolds, not enough happens in the story for me, I felt it could have done with some more tension. This story focused very much on the emotional relationship between the couple; the insecurities and passion they engender in the other provides much of the meat of the story. There is a LOT of kissing, but those of you who prefer your books to stay out of the bedroom will be be pleased because there are no sex scenes and no pre-marital sex.
I don't really understand the wedding date changes later in the book, it seemed rather unnecessary to me.
I liked it because it gives you a real sense of Darcy's struggle and heartache over time, which is obviously implied in the original but this brings that to life. Mr and Mrs Gardiner are a delight as always, and there is a pleasing lack of Caroline Bingley throughout most of the book.
Some of the reviewers don't like the non-Regency descriptions of romance/love/sex scenes in Ms Reynolds books, but these variations are by a modern author telling the story for a modern audience so I don't have a problem with it. Of course the original is rightly regarded as a classic and will remain so forever but from the Austen variations I've read/listened to so far, this has to be one of my favourites and I will be seeking out more of Ms Reynolds work in the very near future.
Anyone who loves the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Fitzwilliam Darcy should give this a try. We still get the same Happy Ever After but how they get there is somewhat different and very interesting. Well done, Abigail!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We know that Lizzy and Darcy have a unique relationship despite any obstacles and that the it's passionate. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jean
I really enjoyed this variation. I enjoyed how Darcy stayed with Elizabeth at the Inn and reassured her. You also get an insight into their courtship. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Michelle Hall
A excellent read which compliments the original story line with some pertinent additions. I thoroughly enjoyed this version and found it really believable in such a short version. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by katymay
I didn't like it. In fact it seemed quite pointless. Perhaps I've just had my fill of p&p variations, but this one didn't engage me at all and it was so boring I didn't even bother... Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by fxyd
I really enjoyed this book and the story was great and I would recommend the book to my freinds and familyPublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Darcyfan