The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry...is her husband?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.
But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?
In this installment of Abigail Reynolds's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice Variations, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy against her better judgment, setting off a chain of events that nearly brings disaster to them both....
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Keeping him true to the character Jane Austen created instead of this unrecognisable, insipid creature.
Certainly not a Prise and Prejudice variation.
Too rushed. Mispronounced Eliz-i-beth instead of Eliz-A-beth which annoyed me every single time she said it.
Marketed by Mills and Boone, and with the names changed it would have been tolerable as a romantic frippery but as a variation to Pride and Prejudice I would cut it all and take it off the shelves.
This is pure Mills and Boone and nothing whatsoever to do with Jane Austen. The characters were unrecognisable and absolutely untrue to those of Pride and Prejudice apart from (almost) bearing the same names. I have hesitated for a long time to read any of these variations and shall not be reading any more. It is nothing short of a total travesty to be marketed as anything to do with one of the greatest novels ever published. Hated it. I would have given it no stars in any category if I could have.
Though the story got off to an intriguing start, the second part of the story was excessively contrived. The solutions underlying the comings and goings of the main characters' thoughts and feelings were not credible.
She might have compressed the story or found different details to justifiy its length.
She might have pronounced some words more correctly.
To rewite the second part.
"BAD. SO VERY VERY BAD"
I love Darcy and Elizabeth. I think I must have read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year since I was 12. The couple in this story bear no resemblance in any way to the characters I love so much. It reads like bad fanfiction written by someone who saw the movie once.
I will not be bothering with any other offerings from this author.
It's difficult to tell with something so painfully bad as this how much of said badness the narrator may or may not be responsible for. Presumably she made it the whole way through the story at least once, which is a lot more than I could manage.
All of the above and more, but not in a good way.
"frustratingly 'proper' but romantic and tender too"
It has to be Darcy because I'm totally besotted with him. He's strong, thoughtful, loving and caring. He's far too 'proper and aloof' at first but then learns he is not the centre of the universe , just slightly off centre, and becomes lovable and appealing.
she has an easy voice to listen to. it's at just the right pitch and her tone and pronounciation is just right.
When Elizabeth contemplated suicide i was moved but I also wanted to shake her. That was too selfish for Elizabeth even though she tried to argue she was being selfless.
Devoting her time to Darcy in his illness was also moving as was his amnesia to her attention throughout his illness. Sometimes the good old stiff upper lip is far too frustrating.
Easy to read, very enjoyable for all P&P fans who like to read variations in the 'lives' of these wonderful characters.
This book is well written, as are the author's other P and P variations. This approach is very painful, however, because the misunderstandings occur while the character s are living under the same roof. This does explain the limitations and restrictions placed on women during this century. It is hard for me, as a 21st century woman to understand these sometimes.
"Another great read"
Just love books from Abigail Reynolds. She is witty and writes in a clever way just like Jane Austen. Highly recommend this book.
"A good spin on a great story."
I would. I think anyone who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice would most likely enjoy this. It is an easy guilty pleasure and covers a new look without removing much of the personality of the original characters. I would read it again (listen) myself.
As always, Elizabeth. She has a nice quality to her character here even when she is misunderstanding another person.
I didn't really laugh or cry in this story, but parts were somewhat touching.
I've read a few variations of Ms. Reynolds works and this is one of the better, cleaner versions. I actually returned another one due to it being completely off character and too focused on the bedroom rather than the storyline.
"Oh yeah, finally a real deal P&P 'what if'!"
The characters react like real people, I did get frustrated with F and E's assumptions of each other until they finally started talking to each other.
I like her accent
If you don't want to listen to intimate scenes between consenting adults, you best skip this one.
"If you like Pride and Prejudice-you'll enjoy this!"
I enjoyed hearing an Austen like alternative-version of Pride and Prejudice.
I wish there wasn't quite so much angst, but it all comes right in the end and we get our happily ever after! I'll be reading/listening to more of Ms. Reynolds books!
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