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In Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet never expects to see Mr. Darcy again after his disastrous proposal in Hunsford. But what if family business required him to stay at Rosings after giving her his letter? In this passion-filled variation, Elizabeth comes face to face with Mr. Darcy only days later, giving her a new chance to understand him... or chance for even more misunderstandings. Note: contains intimate scenes between engaged adults.

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33 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This hopeful romantic loved it! 9 octobre 2007
Par Christina Boyd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I own all Abigail Reynold's adaptations and am a huge fan. This one definitely is a departure from Darcy, Elizabeth, Mr. Bennet and even Georgianna's characters as we have all grown to know and love. Still, I enjoyed this clever take on what could have happened if. My favorite line in the book occurs in Chapter 3 when Darcy brings Bingley to see Jane in London: " 'Miss Bennet, it was not generous of me. I wanted to give you all that is mine, but to my misfortune, I discovered that I only possessed two things which you wanted: another chance for Mr. Bingley and your sister, and a book.' ... His voice carried finality as he raised her hand to his lips and kissed it lightly, trying to store the sensation to memory." Abigail Reynold's is a master at toying with our romantic sensibilities and this courageous departure from the original novel has much to recommend.
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Four stars plus two stars divided by two equals three stars from me! 16 juillet 2008
Par J. Lesley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I gave in to temptation and ordered all five of these Pride and Prejudice variations at one time. I have been allowing some time to elapse between reading each book because basically they are all telling the same story, just with "variations". From this point on, there is information in my review which some may consider spoilers.

This book, BY FORCE OF INSTINCT, was well written and pleasant to read. I have rated it with three stars because it just did not rise to the level of a four star book for me consistently enough. I enjoyed it but I also began to lose patience with it and wondered why the author continued to write when she had essentially solved the problem for the two main characters.

Our story begins just after Elizabeth Bennet has read the letter from Fitzwilliam Darcy explaining his feelings and misgivings about her and the true happenings between his family and Wickham. Elizabeth is mortified to know that she has misjudged Darcy so terribly and just wants to retreat into some private place to recover emotionally from what she now knows. But she will not be allowed to do that. Due to family commitments Darcy is unable to leave Rosings Park immediately as he had planned. He has to stay on for another week and he and Elizabeth are together frequently. It is an extremely trying time for both of them.

All of the Reynolds "variations" are explorations of what might have happened to these two people if just one circumstance had changed. In this book Elizabeth and Darcy are thrown together enough after "the letter" to give them a chance to view each other more realistically. I was actually fine with the book until it began to portray characters in such completely unfamiliar roles that they made me uncomfortable. Georgiana is an insecure, spoiled brat. I realize that she is a 16 year old girl but in those times she was old enough to be considered eligible for marriage so this was not a favorable aspect of her personality for me. She does something spiteful which causes a huge problem for Elizabeth and Darcy. Too much character deviation for my taste. Mr. Bennet makes a conscious effort to dislike Darcy, even after Elizabeth tries desperately to convince him of her love for Darcy and his innate goodness. I didn't understand Mr. Bennet's pigheadedness and the author didn't help me understand. Once again, too much character deviation for my taste. Elizabeth's Uncle Gardner played a pivitol role in the engagement but he was shown to be a very harsh, stern, immoveable person. Yet again, too much character deviation for my taste.

And now we come to the sexual content of the book. Never, in my wildest dreams would I imagine Elizabeth Bennet initiating a sexual encounter with Fitzwilliam Darcy but that is exactly what this book portrays her as doing. And from then until the final pages of the book it is just one time after another of the author describing these characters trying to keep their hands off each other and not always succeeding. Okay, this is not Pride and Prejudice, this is a story written by another author, b-u-t I didn't like this aspect of the book. One incident, maybe. On and on, no. They do get married I'm glad to say but that just seemed to reveal Darcy as being totally insecure. I wasn't prepared for him to need so much reassuring by Elizabeth that she loved him. And this book just contains one misunderstanding after another (indulged in equally by both characters which at least made it different from other romances).

My bottom line is this: if you enjoy reading historical romantic fiction, you will like this book. If you are a stickler for the straight and narrow Pride and Prejudice, you will not like this book. If you find yourself somewhere in between, you will enjoy parts of it and get really frustrated (and bored) by other parts of it. Three stars? Yes, it went up to a four star level sometimes and dipped down to a two star level during other portions. I did the math and came up with three stars!
46 internautes sur 51 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A joy to read 31 août 2007
Par Mrs. Sandra Platt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Amidst the quantity of P&P inspired books being published there is certainly a wide variation in quality.

Not, however, where Abigail Reynolds is concerned. I have read all her Regency variations and there is noone else who comes close to her standard. She is consistently brilliant!

This is again another wonderful 'what if' tale that continues with our two favourite characters detained in each other's company at Rosings. Learning to understand each other under the eye of a refreshingly written normal (ie teenage and slightly spoilt) Georgiana and a host of other relatives, the story draws you in and once again enthralls you with Abigail's grasp on her characters and their interactions.

If you are seeking a P&P variation that is of the highest quality in every respect, then buy this one. I have read it several times, and I am sure that you will too!
21 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This page-turner makes you wonder. . . 18 février 2008
Par Michele M. Arnett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Let me start by saying that the Pemberly variations series has nearly cost me my eyesight. I have been reading them back-to-back in recent days. Far be it from me to complain about the books, as I have throughly enjoyed being back in Darcy and Elizabeth's world. Mrs. Reynolds writes very much in the style of Miss Austen, and is to be commended for attempting probe, speculate, elaborate on and suggest different "paths" for the inhabitants of P & P.

That said, I must warn that the actions of the main characters in this story are not particularly consistent with Miss Austen's representation of the principles they act upon in the original work. Of course, it is true that many novels of that time depict the kind of barely-contained passion that Mrs. Reynolds invents for Lizzy and Darcy. I just find it troubling to imagine them acting on impulses which, in P & P are barely referred to, and frowned upon as representing weakness and selfishiness. It is possible that Miss Austen would like to have been free to say more about the feelings and desires of Darcy and Elizabeth, but it was not to be. Had she had that freedom, however, I believe Elizabeth would have chosen to keep her virtue all the way to the altar. In fact, it is precisely that aspect of the story, the character and principles of Elizabeth Bennet, that led to her being my heroine and the example I called upon in my younger years as the ideal feminine strength.

But back to the real world, (where I found my hero with much less propriety than Lizzy), I did enjoy the sexual tension and more descriptive language provided to the lovers as they explored their feelings and conflicts. So, if you are one of the so-called purists, you may find the sexual component of this what-if scenario not to your liking. But if you find you cannot get enough of this story, even find yourself reading the poorly-reviewed sequels just to get another look at the characters, then you must read this, and all of Mrs. Reynolds' variations. They are entertaining, upsetting, frustrating, heartwarming and sometimes shocking. But they are very enjoyable and satisfying vehicles for entering that world I so adore.
31 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A favorite 11 août 2007
Par Eee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is my favorite of the Pemberley Variations. Although I am a fan of the happy ending, sometimes I like my characters to work a little to get it. Abigail Reynolds creates some excellent tension between the characters. The relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy grows, and endures painful misunderstandings, interference from family, and the characters' own doubts. It is a lovely, balanced characterization. There are some added treats - the poetry, and discussion of the arts and ideas of the time, and we also get to see a rather petulant Georgiana, Mr. Bennet as an idiot, and Lady Catherine at her nasty best. There is just enough detail to give one a sense of the time.

All in all, an excellent choice.
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