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Summary

Could anything be worse than to be trapped in a confined space with the woman you love?

Fitzwilliam Darcy knows his duty, and it does not involve succumbing to his fascination for a dark-eyed beauty from an unheard of family in Hertfordshire. He has run away from her once already. Yet fate has a wicked sense of humour and deals him a blow that not only throws him back into her path but quite literally puts him at Elizabeth Bennet’s mercy. Stranded with her at a remote inn and seriously hampered by injury, Darcy very quickly loses the battle to conquer his feelings, but can he win the war to make himself better understood without the ability to speak?

Thus begins an intense journey to love and understanding that is at times harrowing, sometimes hilarious and at all times heart-warming.

©2019 Jessie Lewis (P)2020 Jessie Lewis

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Altogether charming

Speechless is a beautifully written and very original P&P variation. The unusual twist to canon events offers Darcy and Elizabeth plenty of time to spend alone together and get to know each other -- always a big plus. A light, rewarding read, the story moves on at a perfect pace and finishes just when it should, not a dull moment in sight. I highly recommend it!

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  • Amy Nix
  • 04-10-20

A Darcy's View Variation - Beautiful and Different

Darcy has been gravely injured, and the weather has prevented any ability to call loved ones to come and help. In this way, Lizzie and Darcy are left to shift for themselves in an unfamiliar inn with only a handful of strangers around them...for days. It sounds ridiculous, right? It isn't. I put off listening to this one because the premise seemed so silly, but my advice is that you set that aside and just dive in.

I love this one. I've listened twice already, and there are only three P&P variations I can say that about. The writing for Speechless is exceptional. The circumstance created could have been awkward, unrealistic, or even an insulting departure from Austen's world in less capable hands, but it isn't. It is crafted so carefully and so convincingly that you completely buy in to the story.

The characters remain consistent and recognizable despite the totally different environment in which we find them. The story is filtered solely through Darcy's perspective rather than Elizabeth's, and so we are left to feel his confusion, fear, pain, and frustration rather than hers. Parts of the story are truly harrowing, but right at the point where the conflict might become tedious, the author puts a halt to the angst and brings the story to a timely close.

It is beautiful. You completely believe in the love story. The ending is unique and satisfying. It's brilliant. Give it a listen.

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  • Christina Boyd
  • 24-02-20

Wonderful storytelling

Author Jessie Lewis is a masterful storyteller as is narrator William Matthews. Enjoyable. Lovely voice.

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  • J Fairfax
  • 22-02-20

Great story

I love this story. It's extremely original, yet faithful to Jane Austen's characters. The story deviates from canon right after Bingley & Darcy escape to London. Darcy decides to return to Hertfordshire and happens upon a carriage accident. What follows becomes the basis of the tale.

The narrator is not overly expressive or strong in differentiating voices, but does a great job clearly reading the story. If you go into this expecting a pleasant reading of a unique take on Pride & Prejudice, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Heather
  • 02-12-21

best variation

This is one of my favorite P&P variations. It is so well written and performed!

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  • HeatherY
  • 08-07-21

One of my absolute favorites

I'm writing this review after my second listen to this wonderful Pride and Prejudice variation, and it was just as good the second time around. Be prepared to wring your hands and suffer along with Darcy, while wishing Lizzy could see just a tiny part of who he is inside!

The story is told from Darcy's point of view as he wakes in a strange room in utter torment. To his surprise, Lizzy is there with him and taking care of his every need. Slowly the truths come out as our couple learns to communicate with each other, and maybe finally understand each other as well.

I thought the author did an excellent job describing what Darcy went through physically and mentally, but without drawing it out unnecessarily. Every time I thought it was almost too much pain for him, something sweet happened to make up for it. It was the perfect amount of angst. With Lizzy and Darcy literally stuck in the same room together, they got plenty of screen time together, and I loved every moment of it.

The narration was well done, and pulled me right in to the story. I will be re-listening again and again!

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 29-06-21

Great read

I have read it as a book and listened to it. Great narrator. Great Jaff

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  • Marie Torres
  • 14-02-21

Very Dry.

This story line was extremely dry. The narrater voice did not make it any easier but I believe it was due to the actual story.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 22-11-20

Liked the story, the narrator, not so much

The idea was a good one but the narrator was just so very dry it was hard to get through.

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  • Coop
  • 08-02-20

Worthy of Many Kind Words

Charming. Wonderful. Delightful. True to Jane’s original characterizations in an absolutely unique setting and circumstance. I enjoyed every minute of Speechless!