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An Unwavering Trust

Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

Two strangers with no one to turn to but each other. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy is in a difficult situation. His father is pressing him to propose marriage to the last woman in the world he would wish to take as his wife. With a fortnight to announce his betrothal, he makes the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennet, who is in a predicament of her own.   

Could Darcy be willing to consider Elizabeth as a solution to his problem and to hers? And can Elizabeth ascertain enough of Darcy's character to trust him upon nothing but a first impression? 

Contains scenes with adult content.

©2015 L.L. Diamond (P)2018 L.L. Diamond

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An enjoyable variation

What if Darcy's father was alive and tried to force his marriage to Anne? Elizabeth is just as desperate; Darcy overhears an argument between her two guardians that leaves her in an appalling position, and suggests marriage as a way to solve both their problems. Their growing love is sweetly written and, despite the initial melodramatic scenario, the story doesn't decend into villainous caricatures. The narration isn't bad, but lacks emotion. There's one scene where Darcy is having a furious confrontation with his father, but it sounds like he's offering tea! VW also speaks rather too quickly sometimes, which takes a bit of getting used to.

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a pleasing few hours

sadly the narration was a bit stilted and was lacking. the characters never really came to light, they were unnecessary posh and cold. the story was very good so would recommend the book.

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An innovative take on Elizabeth and Darcy

Another good story from LL Diamond. And good narration, too. Particularly liked how the different characters come across.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-07-18

One of the best

This is definitely one of the best readings I have had the pleasure of enjoying of a great story. Highly recommend.

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  • 15-10-18

difficult

The narrator's clipped style is a little off putting. It takes a while to understand.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-07-18

great story.

I really enjoyed this story, but the narrator not so much. I found the narrator's cadence annoying, so much so that it took away from my pleasure in thevstory. The story itself is a lovely variation of Pride and Prejudice goes beyond the timeline of the original.

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  • Laura A. Miller
  • 25-07-18

A Great Story That Needed a Different Narrator

I love the story. L. L. Diamond is one of my favorite JAFF writers. I will gladly purchase any audio book by her. However, I think this narrator was not the best choice for this story. I have enjoyed this narrator reading other books; I just don't think this was the best place for her talents. In scenes where Elizabeth Bennet is supposed to be teasing, she comes across as petulant. There also seemed to be some production issues - occasional background noise and poorly executed edits.

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  • Shopping Fan
  • 23-08-20

OMG!

This story by a favorite author has originality and enough drama to engage the reader with the characters. The narration was awful. The heavy accent was a detriment that I couldn't overcome. Read the book and enjoy this wonderful story by the author.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 22-07-20

Another good story ruined by a mediocre narrator

I hate this type of review, but if you can tolerate the narrator, and I do mean tolerate, you will like this story. The clipped tones and lack of correct inflection for the emotions portrayed in the narrative really do an injustice to this story. Darcy expresses outrage against Elizabeth’s foe, while he has said enemy pinned to a wall, in the same tone of voice that he tells Elizabeth he loves her. I have other issues with the reading, but won’t go into it as those may be a personal preference. The story is a great twist on the tale and we have new villains, including a sex trafficking Viscount (oops, slight spoiler) as well as a cameo appearance of those “cloying Dashwoods” from Sense and Sensibilities. We have minor characters from the original, such as Ann DeBourge and Darcy’s other family members with much more involvement, his Grandmother is a hoot, while Lizzy has almost no family at all. It’s an enjoyable story if you can stay awake through the reading. As their marriage takes place early, there are more intimate scenes, some hinted, some definitely not, but nothing too explicit, somewhere between R and NC-17 though. No 4 letter words or extra descriptions of what is happening. Jane Austen would blush for days. *Update: I’m listening to this a 2nd time as I remembered the story as being a good one and have reconsidered my earlier comments on the narrator. Previously, I declined further comment on the narrator but, this book needs to be recorded again. It would be wonderful and credit worthy with someone like Roaslyn Landor, Stevie Zimmerman, Tim Campbell....in fact almost, and I do mean almost, anyone else. The hard rolling Rs in a bad attempt at an aristocratic English accent, the monotonous reading and the impression of speaking with a mouth full of marbles RUINS this wonderful story. Again, this may be harsh and even a personal dislike, so use the sample option before committing to the story.

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  • Yas
  • 03-06-20

Good story.

Unfortunately, Ms Westbrook does not take the trouble to use the right intonation when reading dialogues. Everything is read with the same tone of voice. Which can be disconcerting...

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  • MHTex
  • 18-03-20

Plenty of conflict from outside their love story

I do love a story that, A.) Starts out very differently than canon P&P or even other Fan Fic variations, and B.) has an early coming together of Our Dear Couple (ODC.) This could be considered a Forced Marriage Story yet, an honorable offer was made and accepted in hope in the rightness of the offer even though both Elizabeth and Darcy needed rescuing for completely different reasons. From the blurb you know Lizzy's Uncle Gardiner wants to 'sell' her to the man he owes a great deal of money to, which is horrible enough in itself. But it gets more horrible than that. I really loved this story, have read it and listened to it at least twice each, but if I let enough time get away from me I forget the details or how it turns out. This is a long book, and there are a few new characters to love and definitely to hate. The villains get their eventual come-uppance but you have to wait until the end to find out how one horror is resolved. The premise of Lizzy being the only surviving member of her family after a carriage accident sets the perfect stage for many parts of the story to evolve; many for the good, some for the bad (bribery can buy you any evil false information you want, got enough money? Make up any 'facts' you please.) But so many lovely things come out for the good with Darcy's Fitzwillaim family taking to Elizabeth right away and standing with her. I especially love Darcy's Grandmother. Georgiana has a nice part in this story too. She's young yes, but she isn't stupid or resentful or spoiled rotten. Darcy's father, who is still alive and still believing Wickham's lies; lock, stock and barrel, force Darcy to stay away from Pemberley and Georgiana. His blustering machinations nearly bring Georgie her ruin. Darcy and Elizabeth settle into his estate, inherited from a relative and not under the control of Darcy, Sr., are doing just fine without Papa Darcy except they miss Georgie. Plans to go to Ramsgate and stay in the area so they can visit Georgie end up being a rescue mission. And thanks to Elizabeth, just in the nick of time. The ending chapters and the epilogue are a great soothing of the angst that swings us back and forth in the story up to that point. I highly recommend to all L.L. Diamond's readers, and all Austen fan fic lovers.

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  • Linda C.
  • 05-02-20

unfortunate narration for a good story

Totally different from canon, Unique storyline premise with an HEA. I almost gave up early in book because of the very disappointing narration. Do authors have any input to narrator's? If so, Verona was a bad choice in my opinion.

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  • Christine
  • 23-01-20

Love the book, not the audio

I have read this book numerous times and enjoy the story. I got the audio book to listen to at work, but the narration was not good. Very slow at times and she sounded robotic when "Darcy" spoke. I will avoid this narrator in the future.