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Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.   Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.   Four Days in April.   Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.   After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.   Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.   Four Days in April.   Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.   After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Elizabeth Bennet an equally memorable letter.   What if she answers it with one of her own?   From the award winning author of Given Good Principles, Remember the Past and Mistaking Her Character, Sweet Tea short stories offer the perfect bite to transport readers back to the Regency era for the first days of new love.


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Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.   Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.   Four Days in April.   Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.   After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.   Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.   Four Days in April.   Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.   After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Elizabeth Bennet an equally memorable letter.   What if she answers it with one of her own?   From the award winning author of Given Good Principles, Remember the Past and Mistaking Her Character, Sweet Tea short stories offer the perfect bite to transport readers back to the Regency era for the first days of new love.

30 review for Four Days in April

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fitzwilliam

    Lovely, but too short. D:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved this sweet story but wanted it to continue! I wanted to see how hard Darcy would work at improving Elizabeth's opinion of him,how he would woo her..........where it would end in that special extra fortnight they had been granted..........! I recommend this to readers looking for a very short but sweet treat! I loved this sweet story but wanted it to continue! I wanted to see how hard Darcy would work at improving Elizabeth's opinion of him,how he would woo her..........where it would end in that special extra fortnight they had been granted..........! I recommend this to readers looking for a very short but sweet treat!

  3. 4 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    Delightful, funny, angst, and another look at our beloved couple This short story was simply a delight and I loved it. I fully intend to look at other work by this author. We are looking at a small window of time…at Rosings, after the disastrous proposal…just those four days. We are in Darcy’s head as he tries to make sense of what has just happened with Elizabeth. It is hilarious to watch him work through the process of what he said, what she said and then what he should do next. He is complete Delightful, funny, angst, and another look at our beloved couple This short story was simply a delight and I loved it. I fully intend to look at other work by this author. We are looking at a small window of time…at Rosings, after the disastrous proposal…just those four days. We are in Darcy’s head as he tries to make sense of what has just happened with Elizabeth. It is hilarious to watch him work through the process of what he said, what she said and then what he should do next. He is completely aghast that she didn’t know…suspect…or realize that he had genuine affection for her. How could she not know? It was so funny to see him examine his past behavior, recount conversations, evaluate his attitudes and demeanor and come to the conclusion that he had in fact acted badly. Then we are in Elizabeth’s head as she reads and peruses Darcy’s letter. She berates herself for accepting the letter in the first place…her reputation is on the line, after all. She is angry as she reads Darcy’s account of his involvement in separating Bingley from Jane. As she continues to read, she is horrified at Darcy’s account of Wickham’s story / half-truths / lies regarding his relationship with the Darcy family. She is humbled, and doesn’t know herself. What does she need to do…to apologize, to express her distress over losing his friendship? No spoilers…read it…it is quick, and a fun short story of four days at Rosings in April. This was a free offering from Kindle and an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol Perrin

    Four Days I in April: A Pride and Prejudice Variation; A Sweet Tea Short Story When Maria said short, she meant short! Good story of Darcy and Elizabeth at Rosings. Deals with the infamous proposal, Elizabeth's reaction to said proposal, and Darcy's letter. Upon reading his letter, Elizabeth was mortified beyond reason. Recognized her pride influenced her prejudice against Darcy so much so that she missed the man he truly was. Breaking propriety, she responds to his letter with a letter of her ow Four Days I in April: A Pride and Prejudice Variation; A Sweet Tea Short Story When Maria said short, she meant short! Good story of Darcy and Elizabeth at Rosings. Deals with the infamous proposal, Elizabeth's reaction to said proposal, and Darcy's letter. Upon reading his letter, Elizabeth was mortified beyond reason. Recognized her pride influenced her prejudice against Darcy so much so that she missed the man he truly was. Breaking propriety, she responds to his letter with a letter of her own. Not seeing Darcy but Colonel Fitzwilliam, when he asked for advice on how to get Georgiana to feel better about herself, she replies to what she would do. Taking the information he confronts Darcy in the library, strung out and in the worst mood ever. When they both are talking, both are discussing a different lady: he thinking it's Elizabeth and the Colonel talking about Georgiana. Communications break down between cousins so why would he expect Elizabeth to recognize his ardent feelings. Poor Darcy. Will he get another chance sooner than meeting at Pemberley? You'll need to buy the book to find out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I really enjoyed this book! It starts as Darcy leaves the parsonage following his proposal. He gives Elizabeth his letter the following day, but rather than leaving straight away, Lady Catherine has a dinner party forcing him to stay. It offers Elizabeth a chance to tell him how she feels about his letter. I really liked the way this book was written, particularly the mirroring of Darcy and Elizabeth's angry thoughts towards each other at the beginning. This is one of the shortest books I've ever I really enjoyed this book! It starts as Darcy leaves the parsonage following his proposal. He gives Elizabeth his letter the following day, but rather than leaving straight away, Lady Catherine has a dinner party forcing him to stay. It offers Elizabeth a chance to tell him how she feels about his letter. I really liked the way this book was written, particularly the mirroring of Darcy and Elizabeth's angry thoughts towards each other at the beginning. This is one of the shortest books I've ever read, I think it took less than 25 minutes to read, but it is a lovely story and highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James S

    Same terrible proposal...but Lizzie acts on it differently After Darcy writes his letter, Lizzie decides she must apologize and writes a letter of her own. Two letters, both dangerous if found out by others. The two letters, with their direct information gives both characters a small reason for hope. A morning meeting the next day engenders informed, hopeful sentiments and the story ends with a future bidden by hope. I recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Short, sweet tale begins after Darcy's proposal at the parsonage and creates a new bit of business with Lizzy replying to Darcy's letter. Short, sweet tale begins after Darcy's proposal at the parsonage and creates a new bit of business with Lizzy replying to Darcy's letter.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    Yes, it is a very short excerpt/variation on that insulting proposal of marriage to Elizabeth and the reaction on both parts while Darcy is visiting his aunt in Kent. I read it in about an hour while lingering over my breakfast. We all know of Darcy's long letter in which he defends himself against the charges laid at his door by Elizabeth in that totally unexpected refusal of his proposal. Propriety has already been ignored when she accepts a letter from a man to whom she is not engaged. But th Yes, it is a very short excerpt/variation on that insulting proposal of marriage to Elizabeth and the reaction on both parts while Darcy is visiting his aunt in Kent. I read it in about an hour while lingering over my breakfast. We all know of Darcy's long letter in which he defends himself against the charges laid at his door by Elizabeth in that totally unexpected refusal of his proposal. Propriety has already been ignored when she accepts a letter from a man to whom she is not engaged. But then Elizabeth meets Col. Fitzwilliam, and in discussing Georgiana (or is he?) when he uses a suggestion with a double meaning that a letter might serve the purpose of uplifting a certain depressed soul she takes note. Now Elizabeth has something to consider, but if she is to act on it then how does she get a letter into his hands? He is due to leave Rosings. She doesn't find him walking the grove. But then Charlotte announces a dinner party. Read carefully as there are hidden meanings in much of the communication. Yes, we always want more but this was a sweet little sip of possible communication between our favorite two. Enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    A sweet little morsel.... ....though leaving me with a giant desire to know more!!!! Ugh the bane of the short story!!! They can be a respite from the long, all consuming novels, bringing glimpses of stories for just a taste!!! Though I have to say Four Days in April is a delightful torture to read, it leaves me with wanting to read more of how ODC sketches each other's characters better and forms an attachment. Miss Grace is such a delight and has such a way with words in which to swirl her stor A sweet little morsel.... ....though leaving me with a giant desire to know more!!!! Ugh the bane of the short story!!! They can be a respite from the long, all consuming novels, bringing glimpses of stories for just a taste!!! Though I have to say Four Days in April is a delightful torture to read, it leaves me with wanting to read more of how ODC sketches each other's characters better and forms an attachment. Miss Grace is such a delight and has such a way with words in which to swirl her stories to life. I look forward to reading more of her spellbinding stories of ODC!!! I wholeheartedly recommend this short story to all JAFFers!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This story puts a spin on the events that happen immediately following Darcy's disastrous proposal in Kent. We are able to see both sides of the story - how Darcy works through Elizabeth's unexpected rejection, and how Elizabeth reacts after reading the contents of Darcy's letter. Four Days in April was simple and sweet, and I enjoyed reading it... although at a certain point in the story, I was almost certain that I had read the story before. But, no -the story was so very similar to many of th This story puts a spin on the events that happen immediately following Darcy's disastrous proposal in Kent. We are able to see both sides of the story - how Darcy works through Elizabeth's unexpected rejection, and how Elizabeth reacts after reading the contents of Darcy's letter. Four Days in April was simple and sweet, and I enjoyed reading it... although at a certain point in the story, I was almost certain that I had read the story before. But, no -the story was so very similar to many of the P&P variations that I've read before. Despite that, I still enjoyed Four Days in April.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love it for the most part, as with most of Maria Grace's books. It's a short sweet story that could have been fleshed out into a much longer one. My quibble is that instead of it just being about the two of them working out their differences, there were other "happy" moments of (unintentional) interference from other characters (such as Lady Catherine having a last minute dinner party). I found that in such a short work that it was too good to be true that everything worked out that way. I love it for the most part, as with most of Maria Grace's books. It's a short sweet story that could have been fleshed out into a much longer one. My quibble is that instead of it just being about the two of them working out their differences, there were other "happy" moments of (unintentional) interference from other characters (such as Lady Catherine having a last minute dinner party). I found that in such a short work that it was too good to be true that everything worked out that way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I truly enjoy Maria Grace's writing. This is a sweet tale of Darcy and Elizabeth resolving their differences while still in Kent due to Elizabeth answering Mr. Darcy's letter with her own. Short, sweet, and very appropriate. I truly enjoy Maria Grace's writing. This is a sweet tale of Darcy and Elizabeth resolving their differences while still in Kent due to Elizabeth answering Mr. Darcy's letter with her own. Short, sweet, and very appropriate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Short and sweet. Good bedtime read. Left me with a happy heart.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole D.

    This book opens right after Elizabeth rejects Darcy's proposal at Rosing from Darcy's PoV. It was interesting to be in Darcy's head the second after his proposal was rejected. I thought the author did Darcy and Elizabeth's voices very well and kept them true to the characters of the original novel. I thought all the characters were true to form and was very glad of that. I hate my JAFF with characters that have nothing in common with the ones I love. I loved the plot of this book and found the i This book opens right after Elizabeth rejects Darcy's proposal at Rosing from Darcy's PoV. It was interesting to be in Darcy's head the second after his proposal was rejected. I thought the author did Darcy and Elizabeth's voices very well and kept them true to the characters of the original novel. I thought all the characters were true to form and was very glad of that. I hate my JAFF with characters that have nothing in common with the ones I love. I loved the plot of this book and found the idea for this story both unique yet simple. Usually, short stories seem unfinished and leave you wanting more. This story doesn't do that. It doesn't feel too short or too long. The plot isn't too ambitious for a short story and really couldn't be told any other way IMO. The writing was good but not great. This story is the perfect length for a quick read while relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea. If you love JAFF true to the characters, short stories, and great what-ifs then I highly recommend this story. Rating: 4 out of 5 Content Rating: G Heat Rating: Clean

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kasia Burlakoff

    A very sweet, short post-Hunsford story. ODC started to communicate the next day and it went from there. No angst, just D&E interactions, plus Colonel Fitzwilliam in good form. a perfect book for a rainy afternoon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    What if, after his disastrous proposal, Darcy delivers his letter to Elizabeth and then hangs around a few more days? What if she writes him back? Lovely! Just lovely. And of course it leaves me wanting more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Check out my review on Diary of an Eccentric Check out my review on Diary of an Eccentric

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    What if Elizabeth wasn't content to read Darcy's letter and suffer her revolution of feeling in silence? This short story begins as Darcy storms out of the front door of Hunsford Cottage after his proposal, shocked at Elizabeth's words in refusal and angry at the injustice in them. Still angry, he pens his letter and forces it into Elizabeth's hand the next morning. She reads his letter, and is immediately sent into turmoil of her own. This is where we break from canon. Colonel Fitzwilliam encoun What if Elizabeth wasn't content to read Darcy's letter and suffer her revolution of feeling in silence? This short story begins as Darcy storms out of the front door of Hunsford Cottage after his proposal, shocked at Elizabeth's words in refusal and angry at the injustice in them. Still angry, he pens his letter and forces it into Elizabeth's hand the next morning. She reads his letter, and is immediately sent into turmoil of her own. This is where we break from canon. Colonel Fitzwilliam encounters Elizabeth in the woods, and a chance conversation convinces Elizabeth that he knows about the proposal, and a letter from Elizabeth will solve everything. She runs home to write it and find a way to pass it to Darcy unnoticed. Luckily, Darcy is not leaving immediately and she finds her chance. Despite this being a short story, Darcy's and Elizabeth's angst after the proposal was well developed. Not much time is spent rehashing things we know by heart, like the contents of the letter or Elizabeth's entire thought process after reading it. But we do get to see how Darcy felt after the proposal, and what led to his letter. In the original novel, Elizabeth's change of heart takes months for her to go from denial, to acceptance, to reluctant admiration, to gratitude, and then to love. Darcy also takes some time to realize his behavior was wrong. This process is sped up in the short story but was still believable. Overall, it was a sweet short story of what could have been. I would read more from this author!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    This was a super short novella. I felt like we were just getting started and then it was over. Had it been expanded into a novel there would have been many twists before resolution but there wasn't time for those. For example, the Colonel is talking about a letter for Georgiana but Darcy misinterprets and assumes he is referencing Elizabeth. And then there is nothing more about Georgiana or the mix up. That conversation is simply the means to get Darcy to expect a response from Lizzy but goes no This was a super short novella. I felt like we were just getting started and then it was over. Had it been expanded into a novel there would have been many twists before resolution but there wasn't time for those. For example, the Colonel is talking about a letter for Georgiana but Darcy misinterprets and assumes he is referencing Elizabeth. And then there is nothing more about Georgiana or the mix up. That conversation is simply the means to get Darcy to expect a response from Lizzy but goes no further. So the story is just the four days when Darcy attempts his disastrous proposal and those few days after. Obviously the HEA comes much quicker than in P&P. If you just want a quick taste of Darcy and Lizzy without a big time commitment then this novella is a decent way to do it. No sex, violence or language issues.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jean Stillman

    This was only a blurb of a different senario following the letter to Elizabeth from Darcy, following the proposal at Rosings. I felt it was just too short and did not give enough incite into what was going on with Lizzy after the letter. I would have enjoyed a little more of what would have taken place in the next two weeks.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    This book is the perfect way to take a ramble into the woods of Rosings Park despite it being the domain of the not~to~be~overlooked or ignored Lady Catherine de Burgh. Beautifully crafted so as to immerse the reader into Jane Austen's world. This book is the perfect way to take a ramble into the woods of Rosings Park despite it being the domain of the not~to~be~overlooked or ignored Lady Catherine de Burgh. Beautifully crafted so as to immerse the reader into Jane Austen's world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    A very satisfying read All's well that ends well. This brief story centers around the Hunsford proposal. Although the proposal scene is not here, we all know how it proceeded. First Darcy, then Elizabeth take the very great risk of putting their words into letters, thereby clearing up their misunderstandings before leaving Rosings Park. They were each able to learn valuable life lessons from their exchange. 8 A very satisfying read All's well that ends well. This brief story centers around the Hunsford proposal. Although the proposal scene is not here, we all know how it proceeded. First Darcy, then Elizabeth take the very great risk of putting their words into letters, thereby clearing up their misunderstandings before leaving Rosings Park. They were each able to learn valuable life lessons from their exchange. 8

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Nice quick read Really cute, short read. I was looking for something sweet to read in a day and this was perfect. Loved Elizabeth's reactions. Nice quick read Really cute, short read. I was looking for something sweet to read in a day and this was perfect. Loved Elizabeth's reactions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Whitmore

    Four days in April Very short story based on "what-ifs" in the Pride and Prejudice tale, set in Hunsford. Leaves the reader open to make up your own ending. Four days in April Very short story based on "what-ifs" in the Pride and Prejudice tale, set in Hunsford. Leaves the reader open to make up your own ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberleigh

    Super quick read. The storyline was pretty good, but there were quite a few grammatical errors that were distracting. The ending seemed rather abrupt. Not bad for a freebie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anita D

    Writing is pretty good but wayyy too short

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    A cute, quick read :) If you want something to just make you happy this is great, but you do need to be in the mood for it and suspend disbelief.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richelle

    Very strong writing I love P&P variations and I really enjoyed this take on ODC’s time at Kent. I would love to read a continuation.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Mr. Darcy Makes a great read to fill in between the lines of what could have happened with Mr Darcy and Miss Bennett. I like it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Very sweet, short story!

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