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Summary

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a gossip in possession of misheard tales and desirous of both a good wife and an eager audience need only descend upon the sitting rooms of a small country town in order to find satisfaction. And with a push from Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins sets alight a series of misunderstandings, rumors, and lies that create obstacles to a romance between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

This slightly unhinged romantic comedy follows Darcy as he sets off to find himself a wife and instead finds himself pulled into the mire of his aunt’s machinations and his own fascination with Elizabeth, whom he believes betrothed to another. As Meryton judges him the grieving groom of Anne de Bourgh and a caddish dallier with the hearts of others, Darcy must ferret out the truth behind his cousin’s disappearance, protect his sister from the fretful fate of all Fitzwilliam females, and most importantly, win Elizabeth’s heart.

©2020 Jan Ashton (P)2020 Jan Ashton

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Funny and sweet

If you are looking for a book written as Jane Austen wrote, this is not the book for you.
However, it is a brilliant book! I have listened to it a few times and laughed everytime. The story is more from Darcy and his Fitzwilliam family side and they are absolutely bonkers. I want to be a member of that family!
Mr Collins is, as ever, an idiot but funny. Jane is more realistic as she has faults and Kitty, who I always felt was overlooked, is able to shine.
I throughly recommend this book, it is light hearted and David Pickering is a very talented narrator. I will look forward to more of Jan Aston's book.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 06-12-20

What a Hoot!

This is probably the funniest JAFF I have listened to so far. David Pickering was a good choice for the narrator, but his droll reading is a double edged sword. You have to listen carefully to be sure you catch the heavy innuendo, and there are plenty, but a droll reading is the only way it should be done. I found myself rewinding a lot, saying “What was that!” This is not a listen for young readers (listeners) with so very many veiled references to tightening male breeches, parts springing about and one comical reference to a headboard. It is tastefully done, but be prepared for an Anne you have never met before.

Mr. Collins was always a buffoon, but he takes grand prize in this one for trouble making and gossiping that cause all manner of issues and confusion.

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  • Katie
  • 19-04-20

Much wit, less romance.

There were many humorous moments. While fun and witty, the pacing and tone of this book didn't leave room enough for emotions to fully bloom between Elizabeth and Darcy.

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  • Marie
  • 21-07-21

Soooo Good!

I have read the book twice and now the audiobook. Both are laugh-out-loud funny! I never tire of it, and the performance of David Pickering is the icing on the cake. He perfectly executes the bawdy Fitzwilliams and the dry Darcy humour. Such a fun book and the audiobook deliciously brings it all to life.

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  • Morgana
  • 15-07-21

We Fitzwilliams are breast men

The above is an actual line in this sad Pride and Prejudice variation. It only gest worse from that point on. Colonel Fitzwilliam is a skirt chasing dolt. Elizabeth and Jane have a disagreement and are never truly close again. Lord Matlock acts like a spoiled child. Sad to say, the only person in this book who acts like himself is Wickham. What a waste of a credit! The main reason why I chose to listen t this was David Pickering who does a splendid job narrating. If it has been anyone else I would have given up after reading that line.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 22-03-21

Interesting story

It is well written and very detailed. A bit too long for my taste. You could have cut out half I think. But the story is funny and catching.

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  • Coop
  • 07-06-20

Clever, Period Perfect, and Most of All, Fun!

Definition of Mendacity: Deception
Definition of Mendacity and Mourning: Fun!
Now, I know a story with "Mourning" in the title might not sound like you're heading into true pleasure but believe me, if you need a lighthearted P&P, with all your favorite characters and comeuppances, this is the book for you. David Pickering is fantastic and captures all the comedy in each voice of this lighthearted romp into misunderstandings, mischance, and mis-hearings. I laughed out loud at times while Collins and Catherine played the fools, Anne's mysterious disappearance grows ever more mysterious, Darcy digs himself deeper, and nothing was quite what it seemed. Ashton's Regency world is meticulously plotted and period perfect.
Extremely enjoyable and well worth the credit.

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  • Ruth Miles
  • 05-06-20

Hilariously wonderful!

I recommend that you do yourself a great favor and listen to this book!!! I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions while enjoying this fantastic P&P variation! I highly recommend it to any and all who love all things Darcy & Elizabeth! David Pickering’s narration was priceless! Bravo!!! I will re-listen to it often when I need a joyous distraction, just as I rewatch favorite movies!!!!