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Undoing

Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Summary

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet always hoped to marry for love. That is, until she surrenders to her mother’s demands and marries the handsome Duke of Leeds.

Thrust into a society disinclined to accept the "country nobody" who entrapped one of their most sought-after bachelors, her marriage of convenience is nothing like she expected. Her husband confuses her, as he hides a scandalous secret he’s reluctant to share. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man torn. After meeting the Duchess of Leeds at a ball, he is fascinated by her intelligence and humor, but how does one maintain a respectable friendship with a lady - particularly when that lady is the wife of his cousin and godfather?

Yet, by spending time in her company, he loses more and more of his heart to a lady he is forbidden to possess. Tormented, his feelings must stay hidden from everyone, particularly Elizabeth.

How is he to keep himself under such strict regulation when he is constantly thrown into her company? How does one prevent their own undoing?

Note: contains scenes with adult content.

©2020 Leslie Broussard (P)2020 Leslie Broussard

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  • Mays Ramirez
  • 21-07-20

Loved This Completely New Story

Some people hate variations that differ so far from the original P&P story. I on the other hand love them. First off, I loved seeing a slightly younger Darcy interact with his father. Even though I knew George was going to die, it still hurt. Thankfully Elizabeth was there for Darcy. Elizabeth's first husband manipulates and deceives her so I was not sad at all when he died. Elizabeth and Darcy have an affair while she is married and conceive a child named Alexander. He is the sweetest baby. Elizabeth breastfeeding him was adorable and Darcy is a wonderful father. Jane and Bingley aren't a couple in this book but she does get a happy ending with Darcy's cousin. Not Colonel Fitzwilliam because he is a jerk in this variation. The narration by Stevie Zimmerman is amazing as always. Also the epilogue made me cry.

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  • KateB
  • 18-07-20

Painfully beautiful

Variations with Darcy or Elizabeth being married to someone else are not my favorite, but I love other books written by L.L Diamond and I the plot sounded intriguing. I really enjoyed this story, how Darcy and Elizabeth fell in love despise her being married to another man and against all their moral values.

Without giving a spoiler their circumstances were unusual. The character of the Duke of Leeds was very well written and he was not a villain I had expected him to be. It made me wonder how many similar situations existed in titled families when an heir was produced in an unorthodox way. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more of them than we realize.

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration was superb, she conveyed the yearning, the budding love and anguish perfectly. Every personality in the book was unique and alive thanks to her talent.
Highly recommended.

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  • JM Saenz
  • 10-07-20

Evocative

This is quite evocative. It is significantly slanted away from canon but it still very emotionally heavy. So much deceit, manipulation, jealousy, corruption but above all LOVE.

Mind you at first I was not keen with the whole adulterous nature of the storyline and this right after both becoming incensed with the Duke with his plans for his wife and his cousin. I still don't like the fact that they had an adulterous affair and their immediate relatives were okay with it even they had been "tricked". They really didn't have to have their arms twisted very hard. They themselves resolved to be okay with the situation almost immediately. Regardless of all that, the love story itself was moving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-20

It had possibilities

This was a very different story that started off well. The second half was kind of disappointment for me.I found myself wishing the story would end. I did find the epilogue very touching. The narrator was fantastic!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-08-20

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It was extremely well written & the narrator did very well w all the different parts.

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  • Morgana
  • 18-08-20

Undone

The only reason why I read this is because the wonderful Stevie Zimmerman was the narrator. Otherwise if I had known more about the plot I wouldn't have wasted a credit. L.L. Diamond has the unpleasant habit of twisting Jane Austen's immortal characters until they are unrecognizable. Can anyone imagine Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet pursuing an illict affair? Her husband was a cruel and unfeeling. Colonel Fitzwilliam a drunken wastrel? The ending was so sad.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 21-07-20

I’m Undone

Firstly, I’ve done reviews of books read by Stevie Zimmerman in the past, and sung her praises, but honestly it was usually at the end of a review, almost seemingly like an afterthought. That would not do for this review as her talent made this story telling pitch perfect. I only took a chance on this author, who was unknown to me, when I saw she was the reader and I wish I could shake for hand or hug her in thanks.

Which leads me to the story. I was nervous about the premise as picturing Lizzy married to someone else was bad enough, but then an affair with Mr. Darcy? However, it did not take long to see that, although their beginning was vastly different, these were still the people we know and love. Fitzwilliam and Lizzy are still the same, and therefore struggle to stay away from each other. They were “tricked” into giving in to their attraction. You just have to trust me there.
There are a few different characters, obviously, as Lizzy is married to someone else, but some characters we know are not the same.

Without giving too much away. Colonel Fitzwilliam is not Darcy’s friend and Bingley has a minor role. I do like the way the Bennet sisters are handled and Mr. Bennet finally takes a stand. There are new friends and foes, all woven into a beautiful love story. Please keep tissues handy during the epilogue, you’re going to need them.

There are some mature love scenes, they have an affair remember, but not overly explicit.