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Darcy, Lizzy and Emma: A Pride and Prejudice Regency Variation

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Publisher's Summary

What if Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen's most tenacious character, arrives in Meryton to visit her Bingley cousins and determines to perform a little match making?

Emma has a fortnight to meet her promise - three matches for her three friends, Elizabeth, Jane, and Charlotte. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go right? Take a full cup of humor; add a sprinkling of angst and stir. Bake for a fortnight, and presto: three happy endings, or maybe even four? This is a full length Darcy and Elizabeth Regency novel. I hope you enjoy it!

©2017 Barbara Silkstone (P)2017 Barbara Silkstone

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    Layla 15/08/2017
    Layla 15/08/2017
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    "An interesting variation of pride and prejudice"
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    I really liked the narrator of this book. Her voice suited this sort of storyline. She also gave each character there own voice.
    This is an interesting variation because the author brings in Emma from Jane Austins book Emma. She tries to do some matchmaking which don't go to plan.

    The reason I gave it three stars is because the characters go to Emma for advise or listen to her advise about getting the person they desire. I could understand Mr Collins listening to Emma but Mr D'Arcy! I find that hard to believe. He makes his own mind about things and doesn't really listen to others. However it is still a good read and I shall read other books written by this author.

    I would recommend this to all ages since there is no bad language, sexual content or violence.

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • HeatherY
    San Diego
    11/06/17
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    "Cute P&P and Emma Mashup!"

    On the eve of the Meryton assembly the Bingleys receive a welcome visitor, their cousin Emma Woodhouse and her good friend Mr. Knightley. Emma is fresh from her success with the match between Ms. Taylor and Mr. Weston, and is ready to dispense wedded bliss to all the unmarried people she meets. Emma meets Mr. Darcy and quickly puts him at his ease by reassuring him that she has no plans to marry. However, she does have plans for him and they don't include her cousin Ms. Bingley.

    At the Meryton assembly, Emma meets and befriends Lizzy, Jane, and Charlotte, and makes them an ambitious promise. She will find them all matches before she leaves in two weeks. Emma immediately notices that Mr. Darcy can't look away from Lizzy, and Jane and Mr. Bingley are nearly a couple already. But none of the men seem to do exactly as she wishes, and a more firm hand is needed than she's ever used before!


    Emma is my favorite Austen heroine second only to Lizzy, and I've never read a variation that puts these two heroines together. It was a treat! I'd describe this book as more of a rehash than a variation, despite the addition of Emma much of the plot follows the original novel. The dialogue between Darcy and Lizzy also remains mostly the same although it's changed slightly. There aren't any new scenes between Darcy and Lizzy, and since it occurs over two weeks and they don't go to Rosings, a good chunk of their meetings are missing.

    All of the new scenes are Emma's, and they really are sweet. She freely dispenses advice to everyone she meets, but we still love her for it. We're also reminded how truly kind she can be as she helps care for a sick Jane and puts Mr. Darcy at his ease. In the end, despite all her machinations only one marriage can really be attributed to Emma, and it's not one that she intended at all!

    Instead of traditional chapters from one or two character's point of view, the point of view revolves freely between Emma, Knightley, Lizzy, and Mr. Collins, with occasional paragraphs from Darcy, Mr. Bennet, or Jane. Emma's thoughts were of course my favorite, with her hilarious slights like honking goose and pompous toff. Darcy remains an enigma, and we spend a lot more time in Mr. Collins' head than Darcy's.

    Jannie Meisberger did a great job with the narration, she was wonderful as usual. The pace was perfect and her accent and character voices fit in well with the story. It was the perfect pairing of author/narrator, and I'll be looking out for more by both.

    I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.




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  • 🇺🇸DARA
    South Carolina, USA
    12/07/17
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    "Fun P&P Variation 🌠"

    This Pride & Prejudice variation was so much fun. With the addition of Emma (the matchmaker) to this story added a bit of spice to the plot. The humor, meaningful moments and familiar characters make for a delightful diversion. A must for Austen fans.

    The narration was perfect for this genre. She gave each character a unique style. 🌻

    I was Voluntarily provided a review copy of this audio book and I am leaving my unbiased review. My thanks to the author for the opportunity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    United States
    10/07/17
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    "More fun from Silkstone and Meissberger!"

    humor, pride-prejudice-characters, romance, historical-romance

    Who doesn't love a book by Barbara Silkstone? This is in the historical vein rather than a fun updated version, but you WILL laugh! It's really different, but that's a good thing in my estimation. The situational and verbal humor is pure Silkstone, and that makes it a real winner! The publisher's blurb gives the basics, and there is no need for spoilers, so get comfy and enjoy a good read!
    Jannie is perfect as narrator and really carries off the snarks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Norman, OK, United States
    07/06/17
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This story was GREAT, and so much fun!!
    Barbara Silkstone writes with such humor.
    Emma is bound and determined to help three of her friends find true love. Can one of them be Lizzy or her sister Jane?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
    09/08/17
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    "Time To Move On"

    I got this ARC via audiobook boom. Each of these adaptations that I have listened to is well written and retell the story very well. the narration is very good but I think it is time to move to the next stage. Write a story that goes beyond Pride and Prejudice. Delve into the lives of the younger sisters and how Lizzy and Darcy help them. You can continue the story rather than continuing to rewrite the same story.

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  • Vickie Oehring
    26/07/17
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    "triple FUN"

    what a great combination, Emma , cousin to Bingley. Love seeing Emmas match making skills put to thr test. one of my favorite Pride amd Prejudice variations!

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  • elizabeth wittreich
    15/07/17
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    "No imagination."

    The premise was good and had much potential, but not one single risk was taken (you got close with Miss Bingley and Wickham, but you chickened out). No one ended up with an unexpected partner, and I could practically say each line of all the dialogue that was going to be said before each character said it, with one notible exception...when you rediculously put the words of the practical in love Charlotte into the mouth of the over the top romantic Emma. What was that!?

    Also, Elizabeth and Darcy's love was hard won in P&P, you did not create nearly enough of a foundation for them to reach an understanding. Same to a lesser degree with Emma and Knightly. We all know they are prefect together, but you needed to put a change of feelings into the mind of Emma once or twice too. Until her epiphany in Emma she didn't have the slightest clue that she was in love with him. Although I will say the way you had Knightly propose was very sweet and prefect.

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  • Teresa
    Cambridge
    03/07/17
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    "A Very Pleasant Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
    If you are a Jane Austen's addict, you will absolutely love this book. It is a fitting sequel to many of Austen's most beloved characters. Yes, by any means, read it or listen to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I must say that I always felt sorry for poor Mary, which didn't seem to get enough credit and just rewards for all her efforts. I am glad that in this version she also got her happy ending...


    Which character – as performed by Jannie Meisberger – was your favorite?

    I did like how she performed Emma, but wasn't as pleased with Lizzy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jane Austen's heroes and villains revisited.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to read or listen more from this author...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lidia Chymkowska
    29/06/17
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    "Jane Austen would probably like it, too:)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely reccommend this book/audiobook to all fans of Jane Austen, even those who generally avoid retellings of her books for fear of finding too many changes to the stories they love:)


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a very nicely done retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" with Emma Woodhouse from "Emma" playing the matchmaker for the Bennet sisters:) I love Austen's books and was curious as to whether it would be possible for Ms Silkstone to give the story a fresh "feel" and still keep both the basic plotline and that very characteristic style of writing Austen had... And I'm very glad to say she managed to do both excellently:)
    The storyline keeps all the basic elements of the book we know so well and all the changes are masterfully woven into it;) The language used to tell the story, the way characters speak to each other, the way they behave are true to Austen's original; and this is probably what I like best about Ms Silkstone's book - that although she has written her own version of the Bennet sisters' romances, all the characters retain the qualities Austen gave them, and we feel like rediscovering an old favourite:)


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

    It's always difficult for me to answer this question as - at least in my case - reading a book and listening to an audiobook are two totally different experiences. I pay attention to and focus on completely different things in both cases...
    This being said, I think in case on this particular book it's Ms Meisberger's ability to convey the characters' emotions that added a nice flair to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few moving moments in the book, but I'll mention just two (spoiler alert!:)) One is obviously the same scene that always moves me in the original version of "Pride and Prejudice", that is Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth and her refusal; the second is original to Ms Silkstone's story - when Jane receives Bingley's letter and reads it to Elizabeth... his words are really heartbreaking... But there are also a few scenes that will make you laugh:)


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book narrated by Ms Meisberger I listened to and I like this one better than "The Damnable Legacy":)
    I like Ms Meisberger's voice, it's pleasant to the ear; and she is really good at differentiating female characters. With the previous book my problem was with the male voices, but this time I find the voices of male characters equally well done as the women's:)

    Generally, I like the tempo of Ms Meisberger reading, the way she acts out conversations and the way she interpretes the background events. I will definitely look for another book narrated by her.

    DISCLAIMER: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiasdolls
    28/06/17
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    "A Must for Pride & Prejudice fans"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. While Ms. Meisberger has a lovely voice. I found the rhythm of the narration halting. She would read a few sentences then pause...read then pause...read then pause. I couldn't help but picture my chidren's Story time teacher who pauses as she turns pages. IMO, the narration style did not match the story. It was more of a Story Time/Children's narration. All this being said, I believe Ms. Meisberger would be perfect to narrate in the genre of children's books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I found this spin on the classic overall entertaining. However, I would recommend the book not that audiobook to add to your library.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy via audiobook boom. In turn, I was delighted to show my thanks by submitting an honest and unbiased review. Thank you.

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