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To Conquer Mr. Darcy | [Abigail Reynolds]

To Conquer Mr. Darcy

What if... Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety? What if... Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding? In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....
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Publisher's Summary

What if...

Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?

What if...

Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?

What if...

Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?

In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....

©2002, 2008, 2010 Abigail Reynolds (P)2012 Abigail Reynolds

What the Critics Say

"Shows a different side of Darcy, a bold side unafraid of going after what he wants." (Hollywood Today)

"Sure to appeal to fans of lusty historical romance." (Library Journal)

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    Katie Herefordshire, United Kingdom 25/02/2013
    Katie Herefordshire, United Kingdom 25/02/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!"

    I wouldn't recommend this. How the author manages to use and twist the words of Jane Austen, almost word for word it seems at times, into this concoction of rubbishy nonsense and gets it published I don't know. Parts of Jane Austen's story are taken out of context and woven into the mishmash of Abigail Reynold's own story to make it make sense as something original, while still retaining it's connection with Pride and Prejudice. But it really isn't worth the time out of your life; you'd do better to get something written by Elizabeth Aston as she too does a Darcy collection. As for Mr Darcy he's positively sleazy and Lizzie Bennet isn't much better! The obviously American narrator however does her best to put on a strange hybrid of an English accent. As for this book I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Montefiascone, Italy 22/04/2014
    Catherine Montefiascone, Italy 22/04/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Reynolds repeats herself again and again"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut out the frequent desriptions of the sexual intercourse between Elizabeth and Darcy. Once "encounter" is more than enough in each book. I would shorten the narration by cutting out these repetitions and devote more time and space to investigating the psychology of the characters in greater depth.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Abigail Reynolds? Why or why not?

    I have now read/heard several of this authoress's books... She is beginning to repeat herself too much across books too.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She might have been more relaxed ; she seems to make too much of an effort to speak with a British accent which bestows a stilted air on the whole performance. Sometimes she "hyper corrects" her pronunciation and places the wrong tonic accent on some words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sheila
    Downers Grove, IL, United States
    24/09/12
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    "P&P Variation - Overstepping Just "A Bit""
    Where does To Conquer Mr. Darcy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having read this book many times in hard copy, I already knew I loved the story. The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, did a very good job and made it an enjoyable listen.


    What other book might you compare To Conquer Mr. Darcy to and why?

    I read quite a few P&P variations, and have read all of Abigail Reynolds books. It's not possible to compare it to another book other than other P&P variations, and Abigail's books rank right up there with others of the best of the genre.


    What does Elizabeth Klett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since I have read the book many times before listening to the audiobook, there could only have been a down side to her performance. I was happy that she did a good job and did not make the book more difficult to finish. Many times I have stopped listening to audiobooks because the narrator is terrible. Ms. Klett is quite good. I liked her performance better than the lady who did the other Abigail Reynolds book at audiobooks.


    If you could take any character from To Conquer Mr. Darcy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr. Darcy, of course, because he is Mr. Darcy and you can't get much better than that.


    Any additional comments?

    Abigail takes Darcy and Elizabeth's romance quite a bit further than the acceptable courtship niceties of the Regency Age; and this probably bothers many purists, but for those of us who like to believe Darcy and Lizzy as real people would have many of the same physical and emotional desires as any normal, redblooded, 20 somethings, anticipating their wedding vows can be accepted with a bit of a wink. I did feel, however, feel that Lizzy's actions before officially becoming "engaged" was a bit too much for our dear heroine. She had too much sense to let herself be carried away to that extent before she had a formal engagement. But then, it's Darcy, so who could resist?

    I am not opposed to Lizzy and Darcy having normal sexual urges, but Lizzy accepting it so readily BEFORE they were officially engaged, and so many times, was just a tad stretching it for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SandyH
    El Paso, TX, United States
    28/08/12
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    "Wonderful....."

    I love Abigial Reynolds stories, I have read this prior to listening to the audio. The story starts after Darcy returns to London from Hunsford and his botched marriage proposal to Elizabeth. He is convinced to go and try to win her instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself. Let's just say the poor Elizabeth never stood a chance (though she did try) once Darcy set on his course. It is a lovely story, reminding me again and again why I love P&P and the great characters.

    If I have to nit-pick, I was not sold on the narrator at the beginning. I had a bit of a time distinguishing which character was saying what, there wasn't a big differential in the voice used for each, but soon got with the flow of her voice and ended up enjoying it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Canada
    29/10/12
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    "One of my all time favourites"
    What did you love best about To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    This was one of the first Romance books I read. I was obsessed with Pride and Prejudice in High School.
    I love the "what if" idea. That Darcy goes back to Hartfordshire and tries to convince Elizabeth to marry him,
    They become engaged before she takes her trip to Pemberley.
    And Elizabeth becomes part of the plan to make Wickam marry Lydia.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    I really loved the the courtship scenes, and when Darcy tells Elizabeth, that even though they are not yet married by the church, he feels she is his wife. So sweet.


    What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

    I really loved her interpretation


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not so extreme, I just really enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's really worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ, United States
    25/09/12
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    "This is Not Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice"

    This variation on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice would definitely make Miss Austen blush. It contains explicit sex whereas the original novel hardly alluded to the sexual natures of Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth Klett's reading is superb; she has a perfect English accent and changes her tone of voice for the different characters. If Ms. Klett is blushing as she narrates the sex scenes, the listener will not detect it in her voice! Well-read. The author, Abigail Reynolds, has come up with an interesting and fun variation on the original Pride and Prejudice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Folsom, CA, United States
    12/02/13
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    "More boring than vanilla at Baskin Robbins"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't bore easily and is into very insignificant details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Abigail Reynolds again?

    No, I am afraid that her style is not one that I would like to experience again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There was a slight lisp that I have often heard in UK English which was very distracting.


    What character would you cut from To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    So many I can't even begin to count. The book was filled with insignificance things including many characters.


    Any additional comments?

    After five hours of listening to part 1, I came back to Audible to read the reviews in hopes that I would find the reason why I was interested in this book to begin with. Given the high ratings I thought it would pick up in the second half and become exciting with some deep life altering issues. But unfortunately the second half was as predictable and boring as the first. The characters Darcy and Lizzie describe themselves as private and not allowing people even the closest relatives into their lives. Well the same is true of us the listeners. I did not care for the characters nor their story. If this was friend or relative telling me about their life in the same fashion as this book told the story of Lizzie and Darcy, I would had politely walked away faking the sudden onset of a headache. Next time I follow my instincts and stop after the first hour of torture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia
    Bonheiden, Belgium
    04/02/13
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    "An Absolute Masterpiece"
    Would you listen to To Conquer Mr. Darcy again? Why?

    I would listen to this audiobook over and over again because it is incredibly compelling. And utterly believable. The story Ms Reynolds tells, could very well have happened, exactly that way. She manages to twist Ms Austen's plot in a subtle way but entirely true to the great author of romance herself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Darcy, because he is so much more amiable than in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
    He is more human, more pliable, more compassionate, more reasonable. He sees where his faults lie and acts accordingly to it. Which gives him what he craves for: the way to Elizabeth's heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first love scene in Darcy's bed. Here the two heroes are governed only by their mutual love.


    Who was the most memorable character of To Conquer Mr. Darcy and why?

    Mr Wickham. Ms Reynolds paints him as I would never have pictured him at all. As a man to whom money means everything, literally.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Clinton, UT, United States
    30/01/13
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    "Mr. Darcy..."

    A more fitting title for this book would be Conquering Elizabeth Bennet. I love just about anything to do with Pride and Prejudice and especially Mr. Darcy. I did enjoy this book, Mr. Darcy, not so much. I realize that while this is a what if story, I kept thinking no way would Mr. Darcy to this or act like that. I truly think I would have enjoyed this story much more if it hadn't been based on P & P and in fact started to pretend that there really wasn't any connection to the book and enjoyed ot much more. My lasting thought was while absolutely adoring Mr. Darcy, I love him much more as the man of mystery and hero that he is in my mind than someone elses characterization of him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susynne
    hartland, VT, United States
    24/01/13
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    "no no no!"
    What disappointed you about To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    Boring long drawn out.... just useless...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    None in this series. Probably a Stephanie Laurens.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Klett?

    Maybe. It wasnt memorable enough for me to even say.


    What character would you cut from To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    All of them. Start with Mr Darcy....


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • collette
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States
    24/01/13
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    "Ummm, not Jane believable."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It was a good idea to try and imagine what happens after P & P, but the language and the situations presented here are slightly unbelievable.


    Has To Conquer Mr. Darcy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just other books by this author


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Klett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the narrators voice is well suited to my tastes.


    Did To Conquer Mr. Darcy inspire you to do anything?

    to avoid any more by this novelist


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Crystal Lake, IL USA
    01/02/14
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    "ZZZZZZZZ"
    Would you try another book from Abigail Reynolds and/or Elizabeth Klett?

    No. I kept expecting this book to get better, after seeing the other reviews, but it just isn't happening. I should be near the split to the second half of this book, and I just can't force myself to waste the time on it.


    Has To Conquer Mr. Darcy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Klett’s performance?

    Reserving judgement on whether it was her performance or just the material I didn't care for.


    What character would you cut from To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Enough said.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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