Il devient difficile de s'y retrouver quand les livres sont republiés avec titres et couvertures différentes. Le risque et d'acheter 2 ou 3 fois le même par défaut d'information sur le produit. Donc sachez que - "To conquer Mr Darcy" est le même que "Impulse and initiative" qui est aussi le même que "Rule of reason". 3 titres pour un même ouvrage. Pour ce qui est du contenu du livre, Abygail Reynolds a un style bien à elle et on est loin de Jane Austen. D'autres titres de cet auteur sont parus depuis et se sont avérés plus réussis.
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Third title, same book!25 juillet 2010
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To the previous writer, be thankful you only purchased two different titles of the same book. I, unfortunately, bought the same book 3 times under different names: Impulse and Initiative, Rule of Reason, and last but not least To Conquer Mr. Darcy. Don't get me wrong I do like the P&P variations that Ms. Reynolds writes. I am just at a loss as to why it is not noted that a work has been published under a previous title. I know that Rule of Reason is a toned down version of Impulse and Initiative. The sex scenes are more tame. Nowhere does it tell you this before you order. There is another book being released in October, I believe and I am afraid that I will be cancelling my order until I am better able to ascertain if it is new or a regurgitation of a previous work.
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Fantastic! But, this IS a romance novel, not from Austen's pen29 janvier 2011
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(This review covers the 2010 mass-market paperback edition of TO CONQUER MR. DARCY by Abigail Reynolds through Sourcebooks Casablanca publishing house, NOT any earlier published version of this book. Because this book was previously released under other titles and may have been changed or edited slightly for the different editions, I want to make it clear that this review is for the 2010 edition only.)
When the book begins, Mr. Darcy is mired in depression after the debacle that occurred at Hunsford when he proposed in his high-handed manner and was refused so vehemently by Elizabeth. He has been morose and begun drinking more than was his habit, and Georgiana and the members of his household staff bring this concern to Colonel Fitzwilliam when he drops in for an unexpected visit at the London Darcy residence. After some initial resistance, he is able to get to the heart of the matter with Mr. Darcy, and things begin to right themselves in terms of getting Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley back to Netherfield and working towards their goals of re-ingratiating themselves in the hearts and minds of the two eldest Bennet sisters. One nice addition is that Georgiana, though still shy overall, has the boldness to request to join them on this visit to Hertfordshire. I enjoyed her as a character in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, so I was glad that we were able to see more of her in this variation while still keeping her character consistent with how Austen wrote her.
Speaking of that, in terms of characterization and dialogue, I felt that Reynolds did an excellent job of writing all the characters in such a way as to be consistent with P&P while still allowing for the changes in choices, events, and situations that are integral to a variation. Also, her writing style seemed very consistent to Austen's in P&P, in my opinion, and I didn't notice her dropping any inappropriate "period" terms intended to put us in mind of the Georgian era and how people spoke at that time. (I've read customer reviews concerning some P&P variations that succumb to that mistake and unintentionally irritate the readers with distracting phrases when they think they're being authentic to the period. Therefore, I wanted to state flat-out that this book flowed right along for me without such problems with flowery language.) Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are still the characters whom we love, and I feel that we get to enjoy a little more time with them in their evolved incarnations (the ones depicted close to the end of P&P) and see more of how their changed perspectives and growth helps them achieve happiness. Mr. Darcy is especially enjoyable in this book as he works to learn from his mistakes with Elizabeth and become a better man, though Elizabeth also improves a little bit, too. (I didn't feel that she has as much ground to make up as a character in P&P as he did.)
One thing to be aware of: Never forget that this is, at heart, a romance novel. Because of that, we always know the resolution that we are working towards, no matter what is currently going on in the story. (This is why I feel safe alluding to their happy ending in this review, since anyone reading this book would want, and even expect, them to end up together.) Also, because this is a ROMANCE NOVEL written about one of Jane Austen's novels (and NOT one of Austen's actual novels), Reynolds takes the dramatic license of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's "passion anticipat[ing] their wedding," as the back cover of the book puts it. So, if you can't tolerate the premise of Elizabeth and Darcy expressing their physical attraction and feelings for one another prior to their marriage because it's not appropriate to the time period or for any other reason, then you won't like this book. Because they really, really like each other in this book, let me tell you. If you don't like to read about "adult situations" and would prefer that they just cut to the next scene, rather than describe such activities, you will probably also have problems with this book. Personally, I had no problem with this aspect because I was prepared for it going in and chose to think of the book as a published, well-written form of fan-fiction about our favorite characters, rather than something that Austen herself had written (which would have precluded such steamy moments).
To those who compare their behavior to that of Wickham and Lydia, there is a big difference, people. Wickham did not love Lydia and had no plans to marry her and spend the rest of his life with her when they first got together. Lydia was also an unashamed flirt who was dazzled by Wickham's manners and military uniform and not truly in love with him. She was more pleased at the idea of being the first of her sisters to marry, rather than feeling as if he were her soulmate. In addition, neither of them felt any guilt or embarrassment over their scandalous actions, UNLIKE Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in this book, who DO feel guilt and shame over what they've done when alone together. Mr. Darcy also doesn't try to escape blame from Mr. Bennet and other such important figures in their lives; he owns up to what he feels to be his sins in this matter. So, those two situations are not the same, in my opinion.
Another complaint that I've read of this book is that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy act as though they think they will die if forced to be separated for any period of time. Well, I've seen many fairly-new couples act that way, and I remember my husband and I acting just as "lovey-dovey" when our relationship first began. We were always holding hands or sitting curled up together on a sofa. Young people do this in their first year or two together; it's not out of character for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to want to be together at every possible moment, too. Couples often hate to be apart when in the "courting" phase; it's normal.
Also, to people who question whether Reynolds or other such writers of variations have the right to do so or how Austen would feel about it, this is all beside the point. Novels are written to provide enjoyment to readers. If reading TO CONQUER MR. DARCY makes me happy, then there is nothing wrong with that. If a friend of mine prefers to stick to only Austen's work and never venture into such variations, that's okay, too. There's a reason we have so many choices of things to read: there's something for everyone. Also, one has to give this author (and any editors she might have had) credit for excellent proof-reading; you won't find typos and misspellings (which is more than can be said for some variations). That's a wonderful thing in my book; I hate it when I'm distracted from a story by such problems. Finally, whether Austen would approve of variations or fan-fiction is a moot point; she's not here to ask, so please just live and let live. And enjoy an entertaining book whenever possible.
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A Pride and Prejudice What if Scenario!28 janvier 2008
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This is a Pride and Prejudice possiblity. It is not in the style of Jane Austen. Abigail Reynolds has a style all of her own. It does have some scenes that are not suitable for younger people to read and might be a little awkward if you buy this for your grandmother. So be carfeul who you buy this for.
That aside, it is such a wonderful story. I love the story Pride and Prejudice and what could be better than to have that story retold and taking a different path than the original?
This story starts with Colonel Fitzwilliam trying to find out why his cousin is so out of spirits. After finding out that it concerns Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Hertfordshire and that Darcy after two months is still loving her. He scolds him for not attempting to win her a second time. He also berates him for not setting things right with Charles Bingley.
Elizabeth is at home, thinking often about Mr. Darcy's letter and when she least expects it, the man himself returns, with Charles Bingley! Of course she feels agitated and unsure of how to act.
I will not divulge any more of this wonderful plot for you. You will have to read it yourself. Just a couple of teasers though:
Can Darcy and Elizabeth(who never have a conversation without arguing) converse civily, hide their true feelings, or even become friends?
How does Darcy keep his attentions for Elizabeth secret from Mrs. Bennet or the very jealous Caroline Bingley?
I do however, recommend being familiar with Pride and Prejudice before reading this book as you can only really appreciate this story by knowing the orignal course it is suppose to take.
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Cream of the crop31 août 2007
Mrs. Sandra Platt
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I think of all Abigail Reynold's wonderful P&P variations, this will always be my favourite.
In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's Darcy confesses to feeling the 'utmost force of passion' for Elizabeth Bennet, and in this story you well believe it! Darcy's attempts to change himself to become worthy of Elizabeth are very human, being both erratic at times as he struggles to change his ingrained behaviour and highly entertaining!
There is plenty of humour in this lovely and imaginative story, as well as angst, emotion and romance.
It's a must for anyone who enjoys variations of P&P. Abigail always crafts a beautiful story. She is a superb story teller and sweeps you along with her characters on a wonderful ride through Jane Austen's world.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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I'm glad I borrowed it from the library19 février 2009
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This book really disappointed me. The concept for the book, "what if Darcy didn't take no for an answer", was excellent. I was excited to see where the author would take her variations books. But now I find myself wishing the task had been in more capable hands. I know this review will get me a slew of "hate" ratings, but I feel that the failings of this book need to be printed.
For one, the main characters deviate so much from the original book, as to make the story unbelievable. Elizabeth's behavior, i.e. allowing Darcy liberties against her better judgement, makes her more like a harlequin hero, than our dear Eliza. Darcy becomes a love-sick puppy, unable to act the gentleman, due to his "passion." The characters lack the moral fiber of the originals, instead stooping to the level of Wickham and Lydia, by giving in to their passion for one another, before being married. This puts them in a compromised position, forcing a wedding, rather than allowing for the wedding they "should" have had. But were these fouls against the characters not enough, Reynolds goes so far as to tarnish Jane. To the point where she has swollen lips, due to all the kissing going on. Compromising Jane in such a way, goes way beyond the line of believability.
The sex scenes in this book are straight out of an F rated harlequin romance. Perhaps (and that is a BIG perhaps) it wouldn't have been quite so distasteful, had they been more realistic. And after the sex happened, the book went downhill fast. Our hero and heroin become so "attached" to one another, that one starts to feel that they might die if they have to spend an hour away from one another. Heaven forbid that they be able to function outside of one another's company. The way they behave (like high school "lovers"), I would expect that a year or two after their marriage (via Reynolds), Darcy and Elizabeth would hate one another.
To add to character flaws, we are also left with a very thrown together ending. We are told that Elizabeth and Darcy will be attending Bingly and Jane's wedding, but are completely left out of the loop on that score. I just felt like the author just ran out of room, and decided to end things abruptly. In fact, very little is said about Jane and Bingly towards the end of the book...not even a mention of a visit to see their nephew.
This is not to say there were not some good things about this book. Reynolds is a decent writer. The book is not filled with typos and other grammatical errors. And the concept for it is excellent.
But at the end of the day, I am left wishing that someone else would have written it....someone who would have left the characters in tact, and not taken such liberties with this beloved story. If Darcy/Elizabeth premarital sex and harlequin romance novels are your cup of tea, I imagine you might like this book. If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, and don't like authors changing the character of Austen's originals, this book will likely annoy you.