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When Elizabeth's father dies unexpectedly, she is surprised to find that the proud, arrogant Mr. Darcy wants to marry her - and even more surprised when her uncle tells her why. But after they are married she begins to see a different side of her husband.

Darcy thinks that Elizabeth has married him for love, but slowly begins to realize that all is not as it appears in their marriage. Will he still love her when the truth is revealed? Will our two favorite characters overcome their misunderstandings and achieve a marriage based on more than duty and obligation?

This is a Pride and Prejudice variation brought to you by the author of Mr. Darcy's Persistent Pursuit, Love's Fool: The Taming of Lydia Bennet, and One False Step.

©2017 Kindle Press (P)2018 Esther Wyatt

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  • Teresa
  • 28-03-18

One of The Best Variations of Pride and Prejudice

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This audiobook was as enjoyable as I could ever had hoped for. I think that Jane Austen herself would have loved this variation that kept the characters as true to the original ones while at the same time giving us a new storyline perfectly compatible with the classic we so love. The interpretation was also superb giving life to all the characters. I like the fact that Darcy shows his true nature of a caring and more approachable character blossoming under the influence of his much loved Elizabeth. I enjoyed this story so much that I think I will listen to it again, and again. You must also. I promise you'll love it.

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  • Shy G.
  • 28-01-18

My Thoughts on Duty Demands

What if, when Mr. Darcy had first proposed, Elizabeth had an overwhelming reason to say yes. What if, instead of that unforgettable confrontation that, for me, changed the course of their relationship and lead to me seeing a different side of Darcy, they had married with all the issues unspoken and unresolved that came to light from that first proposal and refusal and the letter Darcy wrote after? Those what ifs are explored in this fantastic variation of Pride and Prejudice.

For me this book kept true to the spirit of the original and was a very believable twist. Plus I loved the idea of seeing Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after the I Do's.

The narrator for this book was fantastic. I just loved listening to her bring Elizabeth and all the other characters I loved to life in this story.

I highly recommend this one to Jane Austen fans.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Betababe
  • 24-06-18

A Kinder, Gentler Austen!

If you've read Jane Austen or even just seen one of the movies based on her original narrative, you are familiar with the story of the obnoxious Mr. Darcy and the rather declasse, overall, Bennett clan. Author Elaine Owen has absorbed the plot and retold it as a Regency Romance (replacing the ascerbic character of the original wit with a kinder, gentler humor) in a believable and entertaining tale which is beautifully enhanced by Siobhan Waring's lilting narration.

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  • rachel pohler
  • 19-02-18

what a surprise!!!

This was great! I wasn't sure that I would like this. I mean, really....how could you alter a classic like this!

But call me surprised. I loved it! it was well written to keep with Jane's style. It was like an extension of the original story. Just ever so slightly altered.

I recomend!!!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 27-01-18

lovely just lovely

personally me I don't like other variations to the same story but Pride and Prejudice are one of my favorites at all times and somehow this book was incredible I want make you any spoilers but I truly think you should listen to this book if you like Pride and Prejudice I loved the story very much

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Jan M
  • 25-01-18

More Intimate Variation

I very much enjoyed listening to this variation of Pride and Prejudice. I am grateful that I did not live in that time period with all of the restrictions imposed by society. I think the author did great with the imagery for this book and emotions involved, and current issues of society. The narrator did an excellent performance with her distinguishable voices for the various characters. With this book I became a much bigger fan of Mr. Darcy and his unselfish personality, although I thought he should have communicated better with Mrs. Darcy. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. I will definitely listen to more books by both the author and narrator in the future.

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  • bebe
  • 09-04-18

Very good Pride and Prejudice variation

The writing is good and has the tone, if not the brilliance, of Jane Austen. Same goes for the characters. The story is based on the premise that Elizabeth and Darcy marry due to the death of Mr Bennett. It happens in time before the P&P famous propose at the Collins' home. Elizabeth is unaware that Darcy is in love with her and thinks he wants to marry her for other reasons. She must marry him to save her family from poverty after her father's death. The story is interesting and held my attention throughout I listened nonstop until it was over. I highly recommend to all Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice fans.

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  • Heather North
  • 26-02-18

Great listen!

Great Pride and Prejudice variation with a great narrator. Fun listen. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Maria
  • 30-01-18

Another Great Variation

Seriously, who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice!
Most certainly the first first variation of its kind for me, I really, really enjoyed it.
Excellent narrative by S Waring

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  • HeatherY
  • 30-01-18

Lovely Pride and Prejudice Variation!

Duty Demands begins during Elizabeth's trip to Hunsford to visit the Collins'. Before Darcy makes his disastrous proposal, Mr. Bennet falls ill and Elizabeth rushes home to Longbourn. Mr. Bennet passes before she can say goodbye and the Bennet family is forced to leave Longbourn. With no money and no home they face separation and near poverty. But before that can happen, Darcy approaches Mr. Gardiner and asks for Elizabeth's hand in marriage.

Faced with her family's overwhelming need, Elizabeth accepts. Mr. Gardiner explains that Darcy proposed because her needs are few and her expectations are low. In the beginning, Elizabeth believes Darcy to be proud and disagreeable, and still believes that he separated Jane and Bingley and stole Wickham's inheritance. Slowly, she begins to see the gentleness within the stern man. But when Darcy learns why she accepted him, even his deep love for her may not save their marriage.

This was an angst filled variation that tugged my heartstrings! I love variations that begin after Lizzy and Darcy are married, when they need to resolve their differences from a more intimate place with higher stakes. This story really took the time to develop both of our main characters and show their life together. I love angst filled stories full of action, but I also love to read those special moments and conversations between our couple. This story had both.

You do need to have already read Pride and Prejudice to understand the plot of this story, none the events before Hunsford are revisited and it's assumed we already know them. It's a clean read with all the love scenes off screen. This is already on my reread list, I highly recommend it!

The narration was wonderful, Siobhan Waring had the perfect accent for the story, and performed different voices for each character. It was a great immersive performance. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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