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Summary

A secret alliance grows from an unwelcome olive branch...

When rumors of Jane Bennet’s impending betrothal to Mr. Collins begin spreading at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth Bennet vows to save her dearest sister’s happiness from being sacrificed in marriage. She finds an unlikely ally in Mr Darcy, the taciturn man whose heroics on the cricket field have made him the target for Lydia’s affections.

Overhearing a heated exchange between Elizabeth and Mr. Bennet, Darcy is stunned, not only by her devotion to her sister, but also by her defiant words to her father. An inexplicable desire to help Elizabeth draws Darcy into the match-breaking scheme, despite knowing that he should want nothing to do with a family like the Bennets.

As the new allies work together, they begin to understand and admire each other. But they must navigate a complicated web of sisters, parents, friends, cousins, aunts, and new acquaintances, all of whom seem contrary to being manipulated. A few of them may even be attempting their own manipulations and romantic schemes. Eavesdropping and jealousy abound, cricket balls go astray, and love blooms in spite of Mrs. Bennet’s mismatched matchmaking. 

This humorous Pride and Prejudice reimagining is novel-length and pays homage to the wit of Jane Austen.

©2019 KC Kahler (P)2020 KC Kahler

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It was ok

This story was ok, but it dragged a bit, and I was only ever tepidly interested in what happened next. Think some good editing to pull it together could turn it into a good book.

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Witty & heartwarming

In addition to being very witty and quite romantic, A Case of Some Delicacy is a sweet tribute to sisterhood, with one of the most heartwarming takes on the five Bennet sisters I've ever come across. The narration is pleasant to listen to and perfectly suits the tone of the story.

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Loved it!

Such a well written book. Narrator was brilliant, she sounds very much like Dawn French. Would definitely recommend it.

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Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this adaptation, it is the best one I have listened to so far and the narrator was very good too.

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  • Lucy in Toronto
  • 12-04-20

Engaging

A Case of Some Delicacy is an engaging story. With the entire book taking place in Hertfordshire, the is ample space to explore the characters of Elizabeth’s family, and I especially liked what was done with the three younger Bennet daughters.

The narrator was very good.

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  • Amy Nix
  • 30-09-20

Among My Favorite P&P Variations - It's SO Good

I absolutely LOVE A Case of Some Delicacy. After having read and/or listened to well over 35 variations in the past half year, this one is handily in the top three. There is angst, but there is no torturous belaboring of misunderstanding or horrifying despondence going on in this book. There is plenty of tension and plenty of genuine romance between Elizabeth and Darcy. I have never seen a variation that contrived such a wonderful way for the two of them to become truly acquainted and gain real knowledge of each other as they fall in love. It's just...a pleasure. I've listened to it twice (which is not something I've done with any other variation, yet).

The best parts of this story are the secondary characters. The Bennett sisters each have a fleshed-out and realistic personality. The sibling relationships are explored and actually dwelt on with care and affection. No one behaves like a caricature. They act like regular, normal young ladies with human quirks and failings. Darcy is lovely, reserved, and introspective without being a hopeless depressive or a neurotic stalker. Elizabeth is lively, challenging, and recognizable as the woman we know her to be from Austen. The introduction to several new members of the Lucas family is charming and smoothly done. Charlotte's younger brothers and her eldest become integral to the story, and they are marvelous.

The angst, when it comes, is short-lived, and we don't spend hundreds of pages or hours and hours mired in deathly depression or horrifying emotional pain. Everything comes to its resolution naturally, and the writing throughout is just wonderful.

Get it. It's so good. It's so very well done. If you're going back and forth between this one and another...pick this one.

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  • Bertha Carranza
  • 21-09-20

Amazing Story

I absolutely loved it. I wish the Charles Bingley in his story had been in the original Pride & Prejudice story. He would/should have fought for his love for Jane. It would have been amazing. The small issue I have is the character voices. They ate all almost in whispers and kinda makes it sound like all the characters have like colds or something. And there were some unrequired pauses here and there but other then this tiny issues, I absolutely loved the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-20

Disappointed

Not enough contrast in voice, hard to keep dialogue straight. Had to lower speed. Parts of story were unique, others very predictable.

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  • Ruth Miles
  • 22-04-20

Story and narration were excellent!

This story was not like every other P&P variation. I will definitely read it again and consider it one of my favorites. It can be enjoyed by all ages and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves P&P. I liked that the whole story took place in Meryton and I loved that Mr. Darcy began interacting with Elizabeth from the start...

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  • Christine
  • 07-05-22

Long and drawn out

The story started out okay but it took a really long time to get to a happy ending. I actually stopped at chapter 5 and listened to the last several chapters.
The narrator, for me, I really didn't like. At times her voice seemed put out when the part she was reading didn't work for the situation.
Not my favorite P & P variation. I will give it another try and may redo this review.

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  • Marie
  • 24-01-22

Delightfully Entertaining

Excellent narration by Sarah Jane Rose. I thought her character performances were brilliantly done.

I loved this dialogue-filled P&P variation. There’s humour, just a tiny touch of angst, and lots of matchmaking by Mrs. Bennet, of which none seems to go her way. I really enjoyed the changes the author gave to some characters, especially Lydia, and the overall relationship among the Bennet sisters. It’s quite a long trip, but getting to the HEA is a pleasant ride. I highly recommend it!

(Note: there is an occurrence of an assault towards the end of the book. The author may want to include a trigger warning in the book’s description.)

I also enjoyed her previous book, Boots and Backpacks, which I also highly recommend.

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  • margo
  • 22-01-22

A Better Ending to P&P.

Lots more interaction between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Very satisfying and
I loved it!

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  • Pamela K
  • 06-12-21

A great read!

This is a fun book—an almost fairy tale version of the original “Pride and Prejudice.” I’ve got at least a dozen sequels and this is going to be a favorite.

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  • Traci S.
  • 06-12-21

This one is GREAT!!!

I have thought I had found my favorite JAFF before, now this one has eclipsed them all. The dialogue is so clever and engaging. The story flows really well, it takes just the perfect amount of direction from the original but is completely new, while still staying true to the characters. I love Lydia in this one, and that may be a first for me, she is silly and self absorbed, but she also shows the growth that should happen in a 15yo. Mary is amazing and John Lucas is a favorite. the narrator did an excellent job - while she does not do a male-sounding voice very well, she does do accents and speaking styles really well.