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Is Fitzwilliam Darcy who he thinks he is? Or does his past possess a secret that could alter his future and change his perception of himself? Darcy has been reared with pride in his birth and in his place in society, and thus he has learned to think meanly of those beneath him, even Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he loves. Yet will this reasoning cause Darcy to lose the only Is Fitzwilliam Darcy who he thinks he is? Or does his past possess a secret that could alter his future and change his perception of himself? Darcy has been reared with pride in his birth and in his place in society, and thus he has learned to think meanly of those beneath him, even Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he loves. Yet will this reasoning cause Darcy to lose the only woman he has ever wanted? Darcy has scorned Elizabeth’s ability to attract men of consequence due to her lack of fortune and lowly connections. However, when Elizabeth joins the newly wedded Charles and Jane Bingley in London for a season, what will the company of two men of consequence mean for Elizabeth’s prospects? Meanwhile, Darcy is confronted with his past and actions that could challenge his place in the world and destroy his opportunity with the woman he loves. Will Darcy unravel the mystery and avoid a scandal before Elizabeth accepts another? And along the way will Darcy discover what truly make men, Men of Consequence.


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Is Fitzwilliam Darcy who he thinks he is? Or does his past possess a secret that could alter his future and change his perception of himself? Darcy has been reared with pride in his birth and in his place in society, and thus he has learned to think meanly of those beneath him, even Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he loves. Yet will this reasoning cause Darcy to lose the only Is Fitzwilliam Darcy who he thinks he is? Or does his past possess a secret that could alter his future and change his perception of himself? Darcy has been reared with pride in his birth and in his place in society, and thus he has learned to think meanly of those beneath him, even Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he loves. Yet will this reasoning cause Darcy to lose the only woman he has ever wanted? Darcy has scorned Elizabeth’s ability to attract men of consequence due to her lack of fortune and lowly connections. However, when Elizabeth joins the newly wedded Charles and Jane Bingley in London for a season, what will the company of two men of consequence mean for Elizabeth’s prospects? Meanwhile, Darcy is confronted with his past and actions that could challenge his place in the world and destroy his opportunity with the woman he loves. Will Darcy unravel the mystery and avoid a scandal before Elizabeth accepts another? And along the way will Darcy discover what truly make men, Men of Consequence.

30 review for Men Of Consequence: A Pride And Prejudice Variation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.25 rounded to 4 stars This is an excellent book in many ways, though it also has a few flaws. The writing itself is beautiful. The primary plot builds, climaxes, and resolves as it should with well-defined characters, most of whom are complex and interesting. The main storyline is completely original, too. (Perhaps I should say it doesn't immediately bring another to mind). Although the point of view does shift, I'd say the majority of the book is from Darcy's perspective. Charles Bingley's cou 4.25 rounded to 4 stars This is an excellent book in many ways, though it also has a few flaws. The writing itself is beautiful. The primary plot builds, climaxes, and resolves as it should with well-defined characters, most of whom are complex and interesting. The main storyline is completely original, too. (Perhaps I should say it doesn't immediately bring another to mind). Although the point of view does shift, I'd say the majority of the book is from Darcy's perspective. Charles Bingley's courtship of Jane Bennet proceeds speedily, and the two marry just three weeks after the Netherfield ball. At their insistence, Elizabeth comes to stay with them in the Bingley townhouse in London. Darcy vainly fights his attraction to Elizabeth, believing she isn't wealthy or well-connected enough for him to consider marrying her. However, a friend of Bingley's, Frederick Lancaster, starts paying particular attention to her. "Lance" would be her perfect match in society's eyes. Like Mr. Bennet, his father is a "moderately wealthy landowner," and he's intelligent and kind. That's bad enough. Then, Colonel Strafford Saye also becomes intrigued by her wit and beauty. Colonel Saye is both a highly respected military man and he is master of an extremely prosperous estate, making him much sought after in London society. Both of these gentlemen are "men of consequence," and their obvious interest in Elizabeth leads Darcy to finally recognize what a jewel he may have let slip through his fingers. He starts to seriously pursue her himself. This becomes easier when Georgiana eagerly befriends Elizabeth. Caroline Bingley is in the picture, of course, but she's of less serious concern than Mrs. Francesca Waters. The author masterfully builds up the mystery surrounding this lady, who has a shared past with Darcy. She has secrets Darcy doesn't know, and his world gets turned on its head with her revelations. His business with Mrs. Waters adversely affects his wooing of Elizabeth. The tension really amps up as the story goes back and forth. Saye and Lance continue to call on Elizabeth frequently (to Georgiana's dismay) while Darcy is off trying to resolve things regarding Mrs. Waters when he'd rather be with Elizabeth. I can't emphasize enough how well this builds and builds. The turning point of this plot is outstanding. As I mentioned at the onset, though, there are some flaws. The book is longer than it needs to be for a couple of reasons. The first problem is how often Darcy's thoughts about Elizabeth are revealed. Although they're beautifully written, his reflections about how dark his world is without her, how much he needs her, how she's like air to him, etc., etc. occur frequently throughout the book. Too frequently. I found myself skimming through some of these passages, as well written as they are, wanting to get back to the events surrounding them. It's obvious that Darcy WOULD be feeling these things; the reader doesn't need to be constantly reminded. The second issue is the continuation of the book long after the above plot is resolved by extending Caroline Bingley's storyline. I admit, it's entertaining. However, it's an addition rather than an integral part of the major plot. It also pushes her character from believable (an opportunistic social climber bent on marrying Darcy) to unbelievable (a caricature-like madwoman acting irrationally). Eliminating Darcy's repetitive thoughts and the extended Caroline comeuppance would prune many pages from what would still be a long book. (view spoiler)[The villain is a bit over-the-top, too, and has what's probably an overly abrupt change of heart. I thought it was forgivable because that character's maniacal obsession is necessary to drive the major plot and its resolution. (hide spoiler)] There are also modern phrases that pop up from time to time: "What gives?" "Tough break" "Alright" "I get it" really stick out (not in a good way) in the midst of reasonably credible Regency language. Overall, this is a marvelous book that I highly recommend despite its length and minor missteps. Content is clean.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was an excellent variation. Comparable to Amy D’Orazio or Joanna Starnes. Lovely D&E. Tight plot, great dialogue and not one unnecessary scene. Who is Francine Rainey and where can I find more?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars This book kept my attention as the angst, the mystery, the "when will they fall in love" romance built. Jane and Bingley marry quickly after the Netherfield Ball and are off to London to live, taking Elizabeth with them. It is there that two "men of consequence" immediately find Elizabeth charming and pay much attention to her. They are only separated when Jane and Bingley take a trip and Elizabeth is invited by her new friend, Georgiana, to stay with her while they 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars This book kept my attention as the angst, the mystery, the "when will they fall in love" romance built. Jane and Bingley marry quickly after the Netherfield Ball and are off to London to live, taking Elizabeth with them. It is there that two "men of consequence" immediately find Elizabeth charming and pay much attention to her. They are only separated when Jane and Bingley take a trip and Elizabeth is invited by her new friend, Georgiana, to stay with her while they are away. Thus Darcy has much more time to correct his previous disdain of her connections and her lack of a dowry when he realizes what those other men see in her. This story does give us Darcy's thoughts about her over and over again. Those could have been written of less often or in fewer words. However, just when Darcy comes to believe he is making headway and can speak to her of his feelings, a figure from his past comes to his attention...in a big way. I won't describe what that surprise is as it is a main point and part of what draws your attention to the story. Darcy wants to do the honorable thing but on the other hand if this past event, this past consequence is revealed how will Elizabeth react or even will she turn from him if he decides to do his duty? When Jane and Bingley return and Elizabeth again stays with them we read of the return of her two suitors: Colonel Saye and Mr. Lancaster and both have honorable intentions which are not put off. Darcy has gone off to take care of his own situation and although he leaves her a note asking that she stay (They are now all at Pemberley.) and wait for him to return as he has "some s'plaining" to do he is not guaranteed she will do so. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to others.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David David

    Just finished reading this Pride and Prejudice variation by Francine Rainey. I loved how the author developed Darcy's cousin Richard, got some nice laughs how he teased Darcy, he really knew how to get under Darcy's skin but in good jest and a loyal friend. I also really liked how Georgianna labored for Darcy's interest in Elizabeth. Hilarious. I have found that some books lean too heavily on telling and fail to do the hard work of showing. Not so with Men of Consequence. This author painted suc Just finished reading this Pride and Prejudice variation by Francine Rainey. I loved how the author developed Darcy's cousin Richard, got some nice laughs how he teased Darcy, he really knew how to get under Darcy's skin but in good jest and a loyal friend. I also really liked how Georgianna labored for Darcy's interest in Elizabeth. Hilarious. I have found that some books lean too heavily on telling and fail to do the hard work of showing. Not so with Men of Consequence. This author painted such a picture that it made me feel like I was right there in the room where the action was. Coronel Saye definitely a man of consequence gives Darcy a run for his money. There is a dark plot that simmers throughout, and the romance that runs a thread throughout the story definitely alleviated the tension.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Gordon

    A Fine Story saturated with intriguing scandal & delectable mush There's a well-known author whose saucy stories are sprinkled with softer "romance" but ample "mush" as she likes to call the more intimate scenes. Unlike those books, this one has a strong addicting story that grabs the reader from the first pages. This Darcy captivates as well, first by his annoying obtuseness and soon after, by his depth defying romantic thoughts and expressions. Yes it's repetitive, but isn't that a fair aspect A Fine Story saturated with intriguing scandal & delectable mush There's a well-known author whose saucy stories are sprinkled with softer "romance" but ample "mush" as she likes to call the more intimate scenes. Unlike those books, this one has a strong addicting story that grabs the reader from the first pages. This Darcy captivates as well, first by his annoying obtuseness and soon after, by his depth defying romantic thoughts and expressions. Yes it's repetitive, but isn't that a fair aspect of obsession? And there's no doubt this Darcy, once determined and decided, is obsessed by his Elizabeth. Yes, it's fuzzy and warm, but it is, IMHO, lovely and marvelously mushy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Roe

    Awsome Loved it I loved this book! ODC was so great together. I hope this author continues the story I would Richard and his brothers story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fitzwilliam

    Since the story kept me very invested in, I'll give it 5 stars. But the ending was a little bit longer than necessary. Since the story kept me very invested in, I'll give it 5 stars. But the ending was a little bit longer than necessary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madenna U

    In this story, Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley marry after the Netherfield Ball. Elizabeth comes to visit them in London to help Jane feel more comfortable. They also plan to help Elizabeth find eligible suitors away from her mother. They have success as Elizabeth becomes somewhat of a Goldilocks from the fairy tale - one suitor is staid and steady, one is over the top and full of excitement, and one is just right. Elizabeth has to learn how she really feels and wants to spend her life. Darcy is j In this story, Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley marry after the Netherfield Ball. Elizabeth comes to visit them in London to help Jane feel more comfortable. They also plan to help Elizabeth find eligible suitors away from her mother. They have success as Elizabeth becomes somewhat of a Goldilocks from the fairy tale - one suitor is staid and steady, one is over the top and full of excitement, and one is just right. Elizabeth has to learn how she really feels and wants to spend her life. Darcy is jealous everyone else who is getting Elizabeth's attention. Much of the story is from his point of view. His rumblings are VERY VERY romantic - I loved it. He has to prove himself to be the right fit for Elizabeth's vision of her future life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Buturot

    One of the best I have read a lot of P & P variation books. This one is one of the best. It started with EB hearing FD day they cannot marry men of consequence because of their economic status... Then when she stayed with the Bingley's (Jane being Mrs Bingley), attracted men of consequence. It was engaging to hear the thoughts of each one and the strategies they did to outdo the other (including what GD did). It is non-canon but such a great entertaining story. P & P fanatics will.Love this one. One of the best I have read a lot of P & P variation books. This one is one of the best. It started with EB hearing FD day they cannot marry men of consequence because of their economic status... Then when she stayed with the Bingley's (Jane being Mrs Bingley), attracted men of consequence. It was engaging to hear the thoughts of each one and the strategies they did to outdo the other (including what GD did). It is non-canon but such a great entertaining story. P & P fanatics will.Love this one. HEA for all even CB.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phil Wright

    A thoroughly enjoyable read I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The storyline was exceedingly well developed, leaving me anxiously awaiting the next twist or turn. The interaction of the characters was so well developed, that they were a joy to follow, constantly leaving me in suspense as to what was to come. I highly recommend this book, to all who enjoy being thoroughly entertaining read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    An excellent variation! I really enjoy P & P variations and this was a good one! It provided differences that added to the story, while at the same time remaining true to certain components of the original.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall this book was extremely enjoyable , kept me captivated and was well written. Darcy controls his feelings for Elizabeth because she is unsuitable and heads back to London from Netherfield to forget her. Jane and Mr. Bingley have no interferences and marry quickly bringing Elizabeth to London with them for the season. Elizabeth has two suitors here which was an enjoyable addition to the plot. There are other versions were suitors weren’t necessarily worthy of Elizabeth but in this variatio Overall this book was extremely enjoyable , kept me captivated and was well written. Darcy controls his feelings for Elizabeth because she is unsuitable and heads back to London from Netherfield to forget her. Jane and Mr. Bingley have no interferences and marry quickly bringing Elizabeth to London with them for the season. Elizabeth has two suitors here which was an enjoyable addition to the plot. There are other versions were suitors weren’t necessarily worthy of Elizabeth but in this variation both men had something special about them in their own right to match up to Darcy which made it more fun and interesting. Mr. Bingley and Jane travel putting Elizabeth at Darcy‘s house with Georgiana where of course she begins to see less of his pride and more of his goodness and Darcy gives into his love for her now believing himself the one who is unworthy. Of course there’s angst and drama and they don’t just come together easily. There is a whole backstory that threatens to break up Darcy and Elizabeth and then of course Elizabeth’s two suitors. Again I absolutely love when Elizabeth is put a situation where she is more desirable on the marriage market and in this case with suitors that were both enjoyable in their own right. The passion between Elizabeth and Darcy was felt which is obviously important. I did feel like the writing got a bit wordy at times making the conversations seem a little less natural. The characters used each other’s names a lot even if we knew who was talking. There were also lots of descriptions that I thought were repeated too frequently. I lost count of how many times someone was holding their breath, breathing deeply or letting out a held breath. Also there was a whole subplot that was several chapters long involving Caroline after the engagement of Darcy and Elizabeth that felt over dramatic. Overall a very enjoyable 4 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James S

    Pretty good story 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because the telling of the story was immersive. The plot about Darcy’s son was too much. It was not interesting enough to warrant so much of the story. Back in those times Darcy’s reputation would hardly have suffered at all. Children out of wedlock happened constantly. Of course he would have been angry when someone lied about him but his life wouldn’t have been impacted much. Except, that is, he would have lost Lizzy’s respect...maybe. After all a single m Pretty good story 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because the telling of the story was immersive. The plot about Darcy’s son was too much. It was not interesting enough to warrant so much of the story. Back in those times Darcy’s reputation would hardly have suffered at all. Children out of wedlock happened constantly. Of course he would have been angry when someone lied about him but his life wouldn’t have been impacted much. Except, that is, he would have lost Lizzy’s respect...maybe. After all a single mistake before he had met Lizzy could have been forgiven if he treated the son well, which he did anyway even though it was proven it wasn’t his son. I would have liked to have more courting scenes and perhaps more time with the two rivals There were editing errors, mistaken meaning of words, etc. I recommend the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Mercy is not strained Although I understand the reason, one type of JAFF bothers me - when Darcy and Elizabeth show no mercy and totally ruin the lives of their antagonists. I just have a hard time believing they would be so cruel to even those who attempted to kill them. In Men of Consequence, the author allows them to be merciful. I really appreciate seeing them accept the complexity of the lives of those who threatened them. They find ways for them to redeem themselves and lead a satisfying l Mercy is not strained Although I understand the reason, one type of JAFF bothers me - when Darcy and Elizabeth show no mercy and totally ruin the lives of their antagonists. I just have a hard time believing they would be so cruel to even those who attempted to kill them. In Men of Consequence, the author allows them to be merciful. I really appreciate seeing them accept the complexity of the lives of those who threatened them. They find ways for them to redeem themselves and lead a satisfying life after their evil plots have been thwarted by Darcy and his Fitzwilliam relations. To me it makes for a much more satisfying HEA. So, I have given this story 5 stars despite the misspellings, doubled words, etc.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    This book is excellent! It is written well and very entertaining. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The author took extra care to ensure that these characters felt real and were relatable. I felt as if I was there, in that era. This is an incredible love story that really makes you feel the love Dary felt for Elizabeth. Anyone who has anything less than positive things to say about this incredible love story obviously needs to remove the blinders from their eyes, the ice from you This book is excellent! It is written well and very entertaining. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The author took extra care to ensure that these characters felt real and were relatable. I felt as if I was there, in that era. This is an incredible love story that really makes you feel the love Dary felt for Elizabeth. Anyone who has anything less than positive things to say about this incredible love story obviously needs to remove the blinders from their eyes, the ice from your heart, the bitterness in their soul and accept the love this book has to offer. It is truly an astonishing read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne Peterson

    Fabulous, fabulous book! I put this book at the top of the list of P/P variations, and I have read many. I was never bored--not once--and the book is longer by far than most of the P/P variations. Another plus! And, it is a page-turner to boot. The plot, the dialogue and narration, as well as the continuity of our main characters, were all intelligently woven together into a great read. A lovely book. Anne Peterson )

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Layne-Forte

    Loved it!I Excellently written book, except for some areas of redundancies, and grammatical errors throughout the book. However, the book was so interesting and enjoyable, that these things hardly mattered. I highly recommend for adult readers who love Jane Austen, and Pride and Prejudice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky Hemphill

    Wonderful and soul wrenching My heart beat so hard in anguish for the characters at times I truly was in a despicable state. Expertly written.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    3.5 stars. I really struggled with how to rate this book. The variation was unique and it certainly kept my attention through most of the book, but there were also many things that were hard for me to embrace. Bingley and Jane are married right away in this book and the main story begins when Jane appeals to Lizzy to join in her in London for the season to help support her as she strives to take her place in society. This, naturally, throws her quite often into company with Mr. Darcy, who has be 3.5 stars. I really struggled with how to rate this book. The variation was unique and it certainly kept my attention through most of the book, but there were also many things that were hard for me to embrace. Bingley and Jane are married right away in this book and the main story begins when Jane appeals to Lizzy to join in her in London for the season to help support her as she strives to take her place in society. This, naturally, throws her quite often into company with Mr. Darcy, who has been trying to resist her charms since they were in Hertfordshire. At the same time, a web of lies, deceit and revenge is being spun that would threaten Darcy and any hopes he would have of a future with Elizabeth. The story is very good and well thought out, but one problem is you keep changing from one POV to the other. Sometimes you almost get whiplash from changing back and forth so often, in some chapters, almost every paragraph is a different setting and person. I would rather finish one and then move to the other instead of all the back and forth. Next, our heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, is everything that is lovely, full of wit, vivacity, intelligence, grace, well read, an excellent chess player, an accomplished musician, etc. In a nutshell she is perfection itself. While EB is not only my favorite Austen heroine, but my favorite literary heroine, she is not THAT perfect. Part of her charm is that she is human and subject to human folly and err so we can relate to her. As you read this book, the author paints a picture of her as everything Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley describe in the original P&P as an accomplished woman and even more. The very same woman that canon EB says could not exist- yet in this story she does exist and everyone who meets her is immediately amazed and falls instantly in love with her. Men and women alike (unless you perceive her as competition, for who can compete with perfection itself?) She has rich suitors falling at her feet and who can blame them given her list of qualities and accomplishments! It was just too over the top for me. Another issue is that the book was much longer than it needed to be. There was a little too much time spent reading Darcy's thoughts about how wonderful and perfect Elizabeth is and how he can't imagine living without her, etc. It was well written, but how many times do we need to read it, I understood the depths of his feelings after the first couple of times. When the main plot line is resolved and we get to an understanding, we then get to watch ODC start to act like twitterpated teenagers who are far too lovey dovey and seem to have an unspoken competition to see who can say "I love you" the most. It was also a bit over the top for my taste and seemed out of character for two very confident and sensible people. In fact, I felt like the book should have ended at about 90% and the last 10% was a struggle to get through. It was not only the lovey dovey stuff but there was a small side story about Caroline that seemed unnecessary and didn't really add much to the book. I hope this review doesn't come across too critical, because it really is a great story and I enjoyed so many things about it. It is well written and well developed and had a great and captivating story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    So, in these strange times when the news is bleak, but I have to keep my day to day as normal as possible for the sake of my kids and work, I need the release I find in reading fiction. I wasn’t surprised by my disinterest in more serious literary fiction since COVID-19 hit, but I’m actually having some trouble with contemporary romance too. All that is to say, I have been reading exclusively Pride and Prejudice variations for the last couple weeks (this was my 5th in a row; I normally sprinkle So, in these strange times when the news is bleak, but I have to keep my day to day as normal as possible for the sake of my kids and work, I need the release I find in reading fiction. I wasn’t surprised by my disinterest in more serious literary fiction since COVID-19 hit, but I’m actually having some trouble with contemporary romance too. All that is to say, I have been reading exclusively Pride and Prejudice variations for the last couple weeks (this was my 5th in a row; I normally sprinkle them in amongst more varied reading). I didn’t have high hopes for this one given that I hadn’t heard of the author and the cover is slightly cheesy, but it was such a lovely find. The pacing was very good. The book is a little on the long side but nothing felt superfluous. I would call this a plot-driven book, but that doesn’t get in the way of the development of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. I thought the rendering of the emotional connection was very good, which is something the more plot heavy variations sometimes miss. The depiction of Darcy’s competition was maybe the best I have read in P&P variations. The backgrounds and circumstances of the two gentlemen made them very believable suitors for Elizabeth and just the right amount of story was spent on them. I don’t want to hear TOO much about a suitor other than Darcy, but those characters must be believable as possibilities and Ms. Rainey toed that line perfectly. There were a few flaws (such as an over the top ending for Caroline Bingley, a villain who goes from maniacal to quite rational very quickly, and more typos than I would like), but I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Rainey does next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Valeria

    Plain and simple This is just a really good book and definitely worth reading. I have read it twice with no regrets. I won’t give away any details just know that all characters are true to form and more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    mrs aminat olubaji

    Could not put it down A charming retelling, some interesting twists and turns, great to see Caroline bingley eventually get what she deserved. Thank you

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam H.

    I was surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. While it could have been shorter (there was a lot of repetition) the characters portrayed were relatable. I found myself wishing I could meet this Mr. Darcy, as unrealistic as he is... Definitely one of the better P and P fanfictions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    lori huff

    Loved it A wonderful and original story. This is a re-imagining, rather than a simple variation, since most of the central characters of the original P&P are just barely mentioned here, and there's a new set of players, both good and evil, to round out the plot. As in the original, Darcy meets Elizabeth in Hertfordshire, insults her at the assembly, and reluctantly falls under her spell, so feels he must separate himself from temptation and return to London. While still at Netherfield Park with E Loved it A wonderful and original story. This is a re-imagining, rather than a simple variation, since most of the central characters of the original P&P are just barely mentioned here, and there's a new set of players, both good and evil, to round out the plot. As in the original, Darcy meets Elizabeth in Hertfordshire, insults her at the assembly, and reluctantly falls under her spell, so feels he must separate himself from temptation and return to London. While still at Netherfield Park with Elizabeth there nursing Jane, Darcy delivers the statement about the Bennett girls not being able to attract men of consequence because of their inferior social standing and their poor connections. Of course Elizabeth overhears these insulting remarks and thinks none too highly of Mr. Darcy. Months later in London, Darcy and Elizabeth encounter each other again, and he discovers that Elizabeth is pursued by some very eligible prospects, which gives him the push he needs to decide to pursue her himself. However, some evil forces are at work to capture Darcy's fortune and consequence, whether he wants it or not. A youthful dalliance comes back to bite him hard, and threatens his hopes for happiness with Elizabeth. The story is filled with drama, but also filled with romance. Once Darcy fully acknowledges to himself that he loves Elizabeth, he falls hard and becomes quite the flirt. It's entertaining to see the stiff and serious Mr. Darcy acting like a lovesick puppy, practically tripping over himself to improve Elizabeth's opinion of him and keep her away from her other suitors. It's quite wonderful. The villains are wonderful, too, resulting in a fair amount of suspense and horror. Their plot against Darcy is complex, devious, outrageous and chilling. I deducted a star for a couple of reasons. First, while the book is well written, the editing is lacking. There were enough words missing or misused that it interrupted the flow and became distracting. Second, one of the main villains is not given a resolution. What became of aunt Lilly? Can't believe she just fades away without further trouble. Other than those reservations, I recommend this book highly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Marshall

    A Soppy Love Story This story was over the top in a sad attempt to be romantic and steamy. They passionately love each other, we get it. It’s not necessary to use soppy language over and over. There were just too many attempts to impressive us with the passionate love of the two main characters. There was too much angst. Fitzwilliam spent too much time agonizing about his love for Elizabeth Bennet. It was over the top. This author takes a theme and drives it into the ground. She doesn’t know when A Soppy Love Story This story was over the top in a sad attempt to be romantic and steamy. They passionately love each other, we get it. It’s not necessary to use soppy language over and over. There were just too many attempts to impressive us with the passionate love of the two main characters. There was too much angst. Fitzwilliam spent too much time agonizing about his love for Elizabeth Bennet. It was over the top. This author takes a theme and drives it into the ground. She doesn’t know when enough is enough. Too much time spent on Francesca Waters. I think too much of the story is about this character’s life. Most of the story is spent on Darcy, then Francesca and finally Elizabeth has a little time. That’s odd as this is Elizabeth’s love story. Much of the story felt contrived. The author couldn’t make the story flow. People don’t usually talk the way they did in this story. The conversations seemed stilted or unrealistic. This story did have its moments. The thoughts and words of the characters (dialogue) were not well written. The author had better success when she just told the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michele Packard-milam

    Great Story - Needs Editing This variation has some really fresh concept and ideas. I enjoyed the story very much, but the typos, malaprops and punctuation were frustrating. Still - a good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    E. Davidson

    Some fine moments... ...but most of these had to do with women whose last names are not Bennett. Anything of interest to me and, I would say, of originality in the variation did not include the two pairs of lovers. I never let spoilers into my reviews, but I will observe that sparks fly only when Darcy & Elizabeth are not together.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I found this was extremely long and the author switched POVs in the middle of the chapter...., 3-4 POVs in some chapters. This story had me screaming about the obliviousness of males (who should know better) and the frustration of them taking forever to get to the point.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carey Louise

    Please, for the love of Jane, people, PROOFREAD!! It's incredibly frustrating to read a book with so many grammatical errors and misused words. Please, for the love of Jane, people, PROOFREAD!! It's incredibly frustrating to read a book with so many grammatical errors and misused words.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ilvnsing

    Awesome Didn't think it was ever going to end and I would have been happy with more than you very much Awesome Didn't think it was ever going to end and I would have been happy with more than you very much

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