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This variation begins at Rosings, but veers off course when Elizabeth decides to accept Darcy's Hunsford proposal, thanks in large part to the unwitting influence of Colonel Fitzwilliam. This story is as much about Elizabeth and Darcy's torturous road to love, as it is about Colonel Fitzwilliam's parallel, purgative journey. It is a tale about falling in love, falling outThis variation begins at Rosings, but veers off course when Elizabeth decides to accept Darcy's Hunsford proposal, thanks in large part to the unwitting influence of Colonel Fitzwilliam. This story is as much about Elizabeth and Darcy's torturous road to love, as it is about Colonel Fitzwilliam's parallel, purgative journey. It is a tale about falling in love, falling out of love, and just falling. Intended for ages 17 to 117, due to some implicit but more mature themes....

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  • Debbie Brown
    2019-03-28 06:02

    4.5 rounded up to 5 starsThis is a really excellent book in many ways, although I can understand why dedicated Darcy fans might not appreciate this portrayal of our usually more lovable hero. He's very humanly flawed and often flat out unlikable here; more like a real life man in his position might be. Aside from the loss of his esteemed parents, he's never been denied whatever he wanted. Considering all the women who have been throwing themselves at him for years, of course he would expect Elizabeth to be in love with him once he deigned to choose her. In addition, the Regency culture was heavy on manners but certainly not on honest, open communication. The reader instead finds a very sympathetic character in the more heroic and comparatively deprived Colonel Fitzwilliam, who also is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. This particular love triangle has been done before, but not with this level of realism. No, Darcy's cousin doesn't die or happily fall in love with someone else. His ending reflects a less romantic, more historically believable approach.On the grounds of Rosings, Colonel Fitzwilliam, after indicating his need to marry a woman of means and then inadvertently spilling the beans about Darcy's involvement in separating Bingley from Jane Bennet, continues his conversation with Elizabeth. He goes on to tell her about a woman with no brothers whose parents' estate was entailed to the male line. The full tale convinces Elizabeth both of her own vulnerability and also that Mr. Darcy has some redeeming qualities, as he had interceded to help the lady. This scene precedes Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal, of course. This time, with the Colonel's story in mind, Elizabeth finds herself agreeing.When it dawns on Darcy shortly before their wedding that Elizabeth doesn't share his feelings, he does not handle it well. She has stoically decided to keep an open mind and TRY to love her new husband at the same time that he distances himself emotionally from her. Interestingly, this is the beginning of a pattern between the two. One will start to believe things are better and tentatively reach out and, at the same time, the other will discover something about his/her spouse that leads to a pulling away. The reader is told that Darcy is a different, tender lover in the bedchamber, (although no truly intimate moments are described,) so they are compatible in that respect from the beginning. Their relationship is awkward as they try to settle into this life legally bound to each other.The other relationship, the bond that's always existed between Darcy and Fitzwilliam, is disrupted, too. At first Darcy doesn't understand, and then he believes his cousin is in love with someone, although not Elizabeth. Fitzwilliam avoids Darcy as much as possible, still loving him as a brother but also feeling bitterly jealous of him for the first time. He recognizes the strain in Darcy's marriage, and his heart aches for Elizabeth. Ironically, he finds himself pursued by a wealthy widow, Lady Henley, who is exactly the kind of wife he thought he wanted when he chose not to propose to Elizabeth himself. The result is a very emotionally charged story but one that I found compelling because it is more truthful than romantic. Elizabeth and Darcy do the best they can with the cards they've chosen for themselves, but each is unable to read the other's thoughts and it takes a long time for them to get to a place of honesty with themselves and with each other. If it had been this day and age, they might have given up and divorced. Instead, they persevere and come to appreciate, respect and love each other. The ending for Fitzwilliam perfectly takes the story back full circle, as he resolves his own difficulties with characteristic determination.The writing is absolutely beautiful. This author knows how to turn a phrase and keep the reader engaged. Her characters are well-drawn and believable, though I do think there should have been more scenes showing Darcy's more understanding, generous nature to give it a better balance. The story definitely is psychological rather than event-driven, yet it never feels like it drags. The two lines of the plot intersect repeatedly, as you might expect, and there's a definite climax. In short, this is an elegantly-written, nicely constructed book with a level of realism that may be uncomfortable for some readers.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-11 01:53

    This is a difficult book to rate and review. If I could only use one word it would be grim or joyless. This P&P what if begins at Rosings the day of Darcy's proposal. During her walk with the Colonel she learns of Darcy's efforts to separate Jane and Bingley BUT she also learns of his goodness to help an unnamed woman who was the victim of an entail and a bad marriage where her husband gambled away her dowry. While his 'help' was finding her a position as a companion; which face facts isn't going to make you rich, she at least wasn't left destitute. So Lizzy has to try to resolve the dastardly Darcy with the decorous Darcy. While pondering the dichotomy of Darcy he arrives in her parlor and proposes. And she accepts. So there is NO anger, argument, bitterness or letter explaining his reservations. And most importantly there is no improvement in Darcy's behavior, attitude or personality. Lizzy agrees to keep their arrangement a secret until after she returns to Longbourn.The trauma and drama of this story begins early for after his walk with Lizzy Colonel Fitzwilliam realizes, despite his flippant remark regarding fortune, that he has fallen in love with Miss Bennet and he is crushed when he realizes his missed his chance to propose. Darcy doesn't bother with Lizzy while she is staying at the Gardiners and doesn't arrive at Meryton until he hears from Lizzy that her father has been informed of their engagement. The Darcy that arrives is very much like the one from his earlier visit to Netherfield; annoyed at the Bennets, above his company and unwilling to lower himself to mingle. Georgiana accompanies him but he mostly keeps her at Netherfield, away from the bad character Bennets. And this Darcy is a little mental. He spends all of his time thinking about why things aren't working out exactly the way he likes. And why his bride to be seems to be so quiet and standoffish. In the days leading up to the wedding Lizzy and Darcy have several blow ups and he is a real douche. Honestly I wanted Lizzy to beg off or her father to recognize the loss of her good spirits and cancel the wedding. I need to stress this - Lizzy doesn't love Darcy, She doesn't Like Darcy, she doesn't esteem Darcy, she really hates Darcy and is aware that Darcy thinks her family are people who aren't worthy to lick his boots. Miss Bingley inserts herself into this morass and causes even more hurt feelings. And in this scenario Lizzy and Darcy marry with Col. Fitzwilliam as witness. Part of Lizzy's distress is caused by her witnessing Jane & Bingley's reunion and how she can see the couple falling in love and caring for one another while she prepares for her loveless marriage to save her family. Let me say that this is one of the few P&P what ifs where I really wanted Lizzy not to marry Darcy. I wished for anything to occur to end this engagement. After the wedding she and Darcy settle into a weird married life, they share a bed and a house but there is a real disconnect. She can't talk to him and he is aware she doesn't love him. When he learns of Fitzwilliam's unrequited love for Lizzy he can't believe that the two of them aren't actually in love. Nothing Lizzy says or does seems to placate him. Note: I would have taken a skillet to his head and moved on with my life. My heart broke for Lizzy living with this deranged, self-centered, asshole. Darcy escapes in drink and introspection and really can't communicate with Lizzy. He sees a piece of a letter that seems to confirm his fears but is too cowardly to ask Lizzy about it. I HATED this Darcy. Yet somehow Lizzy falls in love with him, which I found completely unbelievable. There is nothing Lovable about this Darcy. He keeps trying to create a moment to make Lizzy happy but it is done in secret so she has no knowledge. He is so furious at his cousin that he gets drunk at their ball and acts like an ass.In my opinion regardless of Lizzy's profession of love there could really be no happily ever after with this dark, douchey Darcy. The book is well written with few typos but it is just joyless.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-04-18 23:47

    First, I must say how I loved the language used in this story. It flowed so beautifully, IMO. I have read the author's second book and it earned 5 stars, also.Secondly: if you don't like angst, especially the deepest and long-drawn-out type of angst, this variation is not for you. Much of the story, almost from the get-go, gives the reader anxiety knowing that someone, one of our beloved characters, is not going to reach the happiest of endings. And we worry as to who else will suffer when the final resolution is presented? Will there be lasting scars?We have a triangle in this story and it does not dissolve quickly. That is all the more complicated in that choices have been taken away so there are regrets, remorse that "IF I had said or not said, if I had made another choice, if I could take back..." Elizabeth's precipitate response to Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford is almost instantaneously regretted. BUT the colonel holds the responsibility for her mind set when this occurs. (The story he told her about Darcy’s character reminded me of Colonel Brandon’s history in S&S.) But I also could not help but compare Elizabeth’s musing and reasoning with Charlotte Lucas’ decision about accepting Mr. Collins’ marriage proposal. So not only can Elizabeth not take back her acceptance of Darcy’s hand in marriage but he also seals the deal when he kisses her and Henry Fitzwilliam, his cousin, the colonel, witnesses such. The colonel has made it clear to Elizabeth that he must marry for money, as he thinks about how he enjoys the life style that comes with the level of society he was born into and frequents. That mind set comes back and bites him, more that once. However, as we progress, Darcy does begin to perceive the lay of the land.Without “the Hunsford letter” as in canon, Elizabeth has not confronted Darcy with his faults in behavior and in character. So everything that she resents, even hates, about him is still there…a silent but solid wall to happiness, to respect, to love, between them. We do read how each changes, both in actions, in prejudices and in respect of the other but it is a rocky and wandering path. There are new characters, who play important roles in this tale. We have the Countess of Catchold, (aka Countess of Cuckolds) and her son, Peter Henley. There is a Mrs. Stone who serves as a companion and she comes with her own tragic background story. Wickham is more in the background herein as Darcy shares some of that scoundrel’s behavior with Mr. Bennet when he meets with him. As Elizabeth and Darcy come together we read of each person’s thoughts. Feelings do begin to change BUT not before we read that Darcy confronts her with, “Do not pander to me now. I know well enough that you do not love me. I am asking about why you married me. Let us not confuse the two, or think they are mutually exclusive.”Yes, I had tears more than once in reading this variation and they were not always due to poignant, sweet moments.

  • lily johnson
    2019-04-14 06:11

    Interesting storyI like the conflict between Darcy and Fitzwilliam. Elizabeth reasoning during the entire book is singular. Overall good story and well worth the effort of reading this book.

  • Beth
    2019-04-06 05:07

    Well doneThis is different because we focus mainly on Lizzie and Darcy along with Col. Fitzwilliam. Both men have fallen in love with her and it causes great trouble once Darcy realizes it. One fortunate aspect of the period is that divorce was unheard of so they stuck it out. In this century people would walk away. The idea of a double standard for men and women and more importantly the rich and the not, is addressed when a governess is sexually assaulted by a Lord. Of course it's her fault for his attack.....I didn't like this story as much as others only because of the strife between the characters. Sometimes I want to reach into the page and shake Lizzie ! Headstrong girl !!

  • Madenna U
    2019-03-30 01:48

    This Pride and Prejudice variation has Elizabeth accepting Darcy's proposal even though she doesn't love him. At the same time Colonel Fitzwilliam also is in love with her. Darcy is so excited about her acceptance that he doesn't notice that Elizabeth isn't excited or that his cousin is behaving strangely. This book is mostly from Darcy's point of view and I found him to be so irritating. He as moody, jealous, overbearing, mean, etc. He does slowly figure out that he isn't the end all be all, but the switch seemed automatic rather than gradual. Mind you, Elizabeth was not the best version of herself either, but I was able to follow the evolution of her feelings. There were a few strange relationship situations for the Colonel and I understand that the author was trying to create a comparison. However, I felt that only one piece of that relationship helped moved the story forward.

  • pamela k cronister
    2019-04-04 05:13

    Darcy as a spoiled childI've never disliked Mr Darcy more than Wickham before, but this book manages to accomplish it. He spends all his time sulking.

  • Barb
    2019-03-20 03:49

    I really have a hard time with any JAFF that pits Darcy against Fitzwilliam. Especially if Elizabeth really does have some regret the Colonel could not offer for her. I started Practical Engagements, and then stopped for about a month.But, this story was written really well. It brought me to tears at several points as we felt the terrible pain experienced by the characters involved in this three-way relationship. While reading I thought I was going to give this one a 5 star rating, but the ending brought the stars down for me. Never forgiving eats away at a person. Never allowing for complete forgiveness would not allow for a true happy ending. Keeping a grudge is harder on the person holding the grudge than the person who is not being forgiven, especially if that person is repentant. I found the ending of this story did not fit with Austen's characters.

  • Sara
    2019-03-23 00:10

    *3.5 starsI am writing this review specifically because i read some other reviews and was afraid of the story. After reading it, I disagree with their assessment and wanted to write my own. That being said, please read Debbie and Sheila's excellent reviews for more information on the plot of this book. This was a troubling story. The best way to describe some of the decisions made is "fate" but fate is fickle. There is much angst between ODC and thus if you don't like angst, then this is not the book for you. I did think the story was well written, but there were some inconsistencies. Also, the end was very abrupt. The Epilogue was more like another chapter and gave virtually no glimpse into the future lives of the main characters. I did find it believable that Elizabeth fell in love with Darcy because at that point of the story he was trying to please her. I enjoyed their frank arguments and thought some of those lines were believable (and very clever). However, the happiness of the couple in this book is sporadic and brief on the page. This story is more gray than sunshine. Thus, if you like books with lots of joy and a perfect ending, then this is not for you. That being said, I was intrigued and the writer kept me guessing. I just wished it was more wrapped up in the end. This reminds me of a Disconcerting Happiness in terms of tone. If you like this book, then you will like that one too and vice versa.

  • MaryR
    2019-03-26 07:13

    A Most Captivating Character StudyWhilst character studies may not be every reader's cup of tea, many preferring the plot over substance, I enjoy them. This one is exceptionally good. All characters had their faults, especially the trio at the center. It is always grimace inducing to read the caricatures that many authors make of Miss Austen's beloved characters, either a person without fault or so flawed as to laughable. None of that it's done here, Ms Rae has written a story of how fragile relationships truly are with a very deft hand. All the original characters are here with a great many only in reference as need to enhance the storyline and as such, are not missed.There are some consent editing mistakes, and I think the warning about content is too strong. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this book, and hope you read the author's notes at the end, which add to rather than detract from the book.

  • L Ramsey
    2019-03-20 01:53

    InterestingThis is at first the more practical Lizzie and what ensues is fairly logical. I have often thought that a real young woman of the time, and in her circumstances would not allow herself to refuse the proposal, no matter how inept. Some problems were never resolved but such is life. There were also some glaring errors due to wrong uses of words "Similar as" for one. A bit irritating to come across but there certainly are worse cases out there, this was a fairly good read in spite of that. I was not that fond of Darcy in the later part of this book which meant that I was not convinced by the "Happy ever after". It feels somewhat unfinished.

  • Ann
    2019-03-20 06:51

    Never a dull momentThis has been one of the more unique variations I've had the pleasure of reading. Just when you expect the "normal", nope, the storyline does a 180. There were times that I just couldn't bear what was coming and had to put this book aside for a brief while and there were times when revelations came out of the blue. My only complaint is with the author calling Colonel Fitzwilliam "Henry" for he will always be "Richard" to me. My husband just commented that Henry is a name that would never work for a general...I must concur. Get this, read it, and enjoy all the many faceted twists and turns!

  • S.C. Lehman
    2019-03-27 06:51

    Darcy's a DickIf you want to read a piece where Darcy never learns the lessons in his relationship with Elizabeth, where he remains a giant douche, and still gets everything he wants in the end, then please proceed with this 6 hours (spread across 2 weeks because the plot is so terrible) worth of time waster.P&P is my favorite book and Darcy one of my favorite male characters, but I have never in my life or in reading variations actually hated him. I suppose there is a first time for everything.Other than sharing names and common events, these characters/this plot is so far departed from JA's novel that this variation might as well be called original fiction.

  • Auggy
    2019-03-20 01:50

    Pretty good and enjoyable P&P variation. Seemed to stretch a little long at the end. I admit, I get a little grumpy when all the drama in a plot could be solved with one slightly-honest conversation and that's where this went. Prior to that it was a 4-star for me.

  • Dee
    2019-04-05 04:08

    AmbivalentThat is how I felt after reading this book. It was very well written. The book also had some wonderful, tender scenes. Very descriptive. However, lots of heartache. Would have loved more romance between our favourite characters.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-28 02:05

    Darcy - brooding, surly. Elizabeth - I couldn't like her either. I found this book depressing to read.

  • Julia Baldus
    2019-03-24 04:03

    Believable! Enjoyed this rendition of the beloved P&P story. Characters were very believable which I really appreciated. It is worth the read!

  • Vaarin
    2019-03-20 07:52

    Unputdownable!This novel is filled with the anguish of unrequited love, love requited but not known and insights to own failure.Elizabeth accept on a whim the proposal at Hunsford. Darcy is ecstatic, Elizabeth is tormented and the colonel is jealous.We follow the characters through the ups and downs of the engagement period and the early stages of marriage.Darcy slowly realises that Elizabeth doesn't love him, Elizabeth falls in love with her husband and the colonel falls for his cousins wife... The colonel ventures on a dangerous path with the malicious Lady Henley. Georgiana has her own troubles in form of a friend in need. Their paths crosses and there is light in the horizon for all, although the end is more alluded to then explained.Would have loved a longer epilogue with their future more elaborated or a sequal would do too...Loved this novel for not making everything rosy but let the relationship with ODC evolve over time.I heartily recommend this novel, especially for those who enjoy a heart - wrenching tale.