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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Mason-Milks (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615529720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615529721
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ms. Mason-Milks says, “Writing stories inspired by Austen’s books offers a way to spend more time with characters I’ve grown to love. Just because the book ends, it doesn’t have to be the end of the story.” In addition to writing, her other loves include singing in "a cappella joy" (a women's barbershop chorus), reading, and yoga. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their three cats. In addition to her blog at http://www.austen-whatif-stories.com, she is also part of a group blog called austenauthors.net.

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This work is simply not all that readable and is painfully slow in being delivered. There are far too many common parlance Americanisms which in some instances would not have been known or encountered in regular English Society, Manners and Language Usage at a time when some Americans were considered somewhat Gauche by the English Upper Classes. Where Ms. Mason-Milks thanks her lady friends, her brother in Australia, and her husband early in her work for their assistance she might do best to enquire of both these men to tell her candidly and in straight talk how a newly married heterosexual man can withstand more than six months of no sex within the framework of his so-called marriage. The answers ought to be illuminating for this lady author and might well provide her with the plot of a rather racy novel that may well outstrip this lacklustre effort in sales fairly fast. She may well learn quite another literal meaning for the phrase she so often employs of her 'Elizabeth' becoming "The Mistress of Pemberley". With luck it may well pink up her cheeks quite a bit if both of these men can supply her with some reality and truth of what a heterosexual men then and now would do in such a situation especially one who has had to lay out money to provide for and support her mother and four sisters so early in the endeavour.
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Well this is not bad at all. It's a 'what if' story, the what if being that Darcy doesn't get to propose when Elizabeth is staying with Charlotte as when he goes to the parsonage she has just received a letter saying that her father is very ill. In her upset state, she lets Darcy know what she thinks of him. He decides to offer her a marriage of convenience, hoping that she will accept him for the sake of her family and fall in love with him after they are married. So it's pretty awkward going for them, as they really don't know each other well, and they misunderstand each other quite a bit. It's quite an entertaining story, although I felt that Elizabeth had more gumption than the Elizabeth in this novel and it's quite soppy towards the end.

One thing I really liked was that some of the major points of P&P such as Lady Catherine giving Elizabeth a piece of her mind were kept. It loses one star for the Americanisms, pretty much all the spelling is American English, 'plow', 'inquire', 'parlor' and there were some turns of phrase which I felt were out of place such as 'I guess' which doesn't read as naturally as 'I suppose' would for a British reader and the worst of them all, 'fall' which jars every one of the dozen or so times that I read it in the text.
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I very much enjoyed this Austen whatif, but I should say that I found too much resemblance with another Austen whatif from Abigail Reynolds (Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy: the last man in the world).
Of course, the characters remains the same, we know the final outcome, Elizabeth marries Darcy while he loves her but not the contrary, and there are several references to the normal plot of P&P, but there are so many other resemblances that I questioned myself about if we should not consider it too much like an improved copy of Mrs Reynolds' work (yes, improved because I really preferred this version).

Here are a few examples of this (but beware it will contain spoilers of both books)
Darcy wants to learn riding to Elizabeth, but as she is a bit frightened she request a small mare to do so. Then she is surprised he wants to learn her by himself and it surprises her (exactly the same situations)
Darcy orders to Elizabeth to be accompanied while she walk in the gardens and it makes her furious against him (same)
Elizabeth feels a little less unhappy about her life by distributing baskets of food to the tenants (same again)
At the end, Darcy finally believes Elizabeth's love because he heard her argument with Lady Catherine (in Reynolds' book it was with Wikham)
We end the story over Darcy and Elizabeth on a hill looking at Pemberley, Elizabeth being pregnant (same)
and so on...
But finally, as I said, I preferred this story because I recognized much more the characters invented by Austen. Darcy is less despotic, far more pleasant and Elizabeth is less weak, more frank, and continues teasing Darcy as usual.
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By AquaViola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2013
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Mr Darcy finds out from Miss Elizabeth Bennett that her father is seriously unwell. Instead of giving his proposal, he takes her home, and eventually gives her a Marriage of Convenience proposal, which she considers and accepts. This book shows Elizabeth in a marriage without her love, but eventually falls for her, just when she loses his trust.

It is a tale of misunderstandings, and takes a long time for it to reach its eventual, and predictable, conclusion, and I found myself getting bored towards the end. Also, Mr Darcy's restraint after marrying goes to a ridiculous extent, and had he behaved as normally newly-married men do, a lot of the problems in this book would, I feel, have been avoided.

So read the preview, which is probably the best part of the book, and if you are interested in seeing how it resolves, go buy it. It's not brilliant, but it's not bad.
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