From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
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From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (Pemberley Variation Series)

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The more he tries to stay away from her, the more his obsession grows...

What if ... Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever.

Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances after her father's death robs her of her family home.

What if ... Mr. Darcy can't stop himself fr...more
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Tamara
This variation is just delightful, deciding that I needed a book that would restore my equanimity after reading Consequences by C.P.Odom!(make sure you read Consequences great book) I knew that I could do no wrong with Abigail Reynolds!

When Darcy happens upon Elizabeth in the inn at Lambton whilst reading her sister Jane's letter, instead of leaving he stays. Abigail's Darcys are usually very passionate and I am not keen when authors portray him that way but Reynolds gets away with it. I absolu...more
Staci
Apr 07, 2011 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
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My Thoughts:
Ahhhhh...what bliss this book was! I loved the little twists that Reynolds put to her Pride & Prejudice variation. It made for an interesting read and she changed the story up just enough to keep my attention. This was certainly a fun way to spend a few hours!! I absolutely loved 'To Conquer Mr. Darcy' that I read last year and one of my favorite aspects of that book was the way the author added some steaminess to Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship. Well, she didn't let me down w...more
Anne Marie Macek
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Valentine's week should be spent in the company of Elizabeth and Darcy.

This book is neither the best nor the worst P&P "variation" I have read. My favorites remain the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy by Pamela Aidan, and Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange.

From Lambton to Longbuorn (more recently published with the title "What Would Mr. Darcy Do?") is a cross between Austen and a Harlequin Romance. The story picks up in Lambton where Elizabeth...more
Kim
I would like to hereby bestow the title of ’Queen of the Austen Retelling’ to Abigail Reynolds. Abigail is the author of six different variation novels and is in the process of writing a sequel to one of them, Mr. Darcy’s Obsession. She writes exquisite Pride and Prejudice variations that grip the reader from start to finish. Her latest publication, What Would Mr. Darcy Do? was originally published with the title From Lambton to Longbourn.

What Would Mr. Darcy Do brings us back to that fateful d...more
Abbi
Jan 30, 2009 Abbi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
Recommended to Abbi by: Kaitlyn
I do enjoy different angles on classic literature, and in particular, enjoyed Pamela Aiden's trilogy on Darcy. A friend lent me this book and also The Last Man in the World, and I had very high hopes for them. I thought the concept was brilliant - I love "what if" stories - but was very disappointed in the execution. I thought everyone was completely out of character, and the story was less Jane Austen and more Harlequin romance. I had hoped for a geniune story that describes an alternate ending...more
Lynette
I really enjoyed this book. It's a what if book. What if Elizabeth and Darcy spoke about their feelings for each other at the Inn in Lambton. The reason why I liked this one, is because I really believed all the charecters actions were realistic to how they are protrayed in Janee Austeen's work while giving them a fresh spin. While I enjoyed other adaptations, I somtimes felt that the charecters weren't really Darcy and Elizabeth. I didn't get that feeling with FROM LAMBTON TO LONGBOURNE.
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

This was another lovely Jane Austen variation from Abigail Reynolds. It was sweet, and it made me smile.


In this one the story takes a slight turn at that day at the Inn in Lambton. Instead of him going away at once they talk a bit, she cries a bit, and there is a promise to see each other again. What we have next is Bingely showing up to court Jane, Georgiana writing letters to Elizabeth, and Darcy pining over Lizzy. There are no big surprises or changes, but instead it's a closer lo...more
Beth
I'm always super wary of P&P sequels. I have yet to read one that was very good. But maybe I'm just being too hard on them because the source material is classic and kind of hard to follow in my opinion. This book was okay. It didn't wow me but I didn't dislike it and still finished it within a few days so it did manage to keep my attention.

This particular sequel starts just as Elizabeth receives word that Lydia has run off with Wickham and carries on from there, ending with the usual marri...more
Linda Banche

WHAT WOULD MR. DARCY DO? by Abigail Reynolds is a fast-reading sensual and emotional tale of love conquering all despite supposedly insurmountable odds.

In this latest of Ms. Reynolds's PEMBERLEY VARIATIONS, Darcy, instead of concealing his feelings at Lambton, proposes to Elizabeth after she tells him Lydia has run away with Wickham. Despite his proposal, Elizabeth convinces herself the disgrace to her family is too high for his love to overcome. She requests time to consider, while ultimately p...more
Marcie
Abagail Reynolds is one of my favorite authors when in comes to Pride and Prejudice variations. I have read several of her novels and have fallen in love with each one. She takes the question 'what if?' and applies them to the original story line. In this novel, What Would Mr. Darcy Do? Abagail Reynolds addressed the question, What if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were upfront with their feelings for each other at the Lampton Inn?" The storyline takes off in a new direction. Elizabeth and Mr....more
Julie Herr
I really really enjoyed this book. I was expecting to like it because I have heard many good things about Ms. Reynolds books but I could not put it down! I think one of the best things that she does it that she grasps the original characters so well. As soon as I started reading the book I could see the scenes happening. I didn't have too many moments where I would stop reading and think "would Darcy and Elizabeth really do this?" most of the time I thought her changes worked very very well.
I a...more
Serena
What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds is another variation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In this version, Elizabeth and Darcy have an opportunity to express their feelings following her surprise tour of the Pemberley grounds at Lambton just before the news of Lydia’s elopement reaches Elizabeth. The story begins months after her refusal of Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford, and the plot follows along much of the original story, with stolen kisses and embraces, as well as secret lette...more
Hawkgrrrl
I might even go to one star on this one. The premise is weaker than others in this series: Darcy and Elizabeth share their feelings before he departs Lambton to rescue Lydia from Wickham's clutches. There simply isn't that much going on here, except more talking about feelings, whoa whoa whoa, feelings. And lots of passionate making out that is fairly repetitive and gets tedious in the way that having a roommate frequently making out with her boyfriend in a public living space gets old. We get i...more
Soph
I’d always wanted Darcy to give some assurance to Elizabeth before leaving the inn that fateful day in Lambton and so this variation sounded very interesting to me. The opening scene when Darcy makes clear his feelings and is assuring Elizabeth that he does not wish to severe the acquaintance between them because of Lydia’s recent behaviour. Darcy certainly has a very successful way of comforting and assuring Elizabeth!

The development of certain well-known characters such as Bingley and Georgia...more
Alanna Mooney
I’ve read one of Abigail Reynolds‘ Pride And Prejudice variations before, Mr Darcy’s Refuge, and I absolutely loved it. I wanted to give another one of her variations a go and What Would Mr Darcy Do was the first of the remaining five that caught my attention.

What Would Mr Darcy Do? starts at Lambton, with Darcy coming across a very upset Elizabeth after she has received news of her youngest sister’s elopement with the dreaded Mr Wickham. The scene unfolds much as it did in the original Pride a...more
Megan
The story begins directly after Elizabeth receives the news that Lydia has run off with Mr. Wickham. Almost immediately there are subtle changes in the story and towards the end there are drastic changes.

Every time when Darcy and Elizabeth are left alone in this book, they end up in each other's arms. Here is an example of this:
Darcy & Elizabeth and Bingley & Jane are taking a walk. When Darcy & Elizabeth get too far ahead of them, to the point where the couples lose sight of each ot
...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Having read all of Abigail Reynold's published books and since I am eagerly awaiting her next one I consider myself a fan. What draws me to her works is the emotional development of Lizzy and Darcy, how the reader can see that they have moments of insecurities and vulnerabilities makes them seem more human and relatable. In addition, I love the fact that she can essentially take the wonderful novel of Pride and Prejudice, steer it in a different direction and have it end in a pleasing and satisf...more
Misty
Though I was familiar with Abigail Reynolds and her Pride and Prejudice/Pemberley "variations" series (and had even seen this book with a different title, From Lambton to Longbourn ), I had never actually read anything by her. I'm not sure why, maybe it was the covers or that there were just so many of them I was afraid they were churned out and passionless. Whatever the reason, I didn't pick them up, and I see now that I need to rectify that.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Did I enjoy it unrese...more
Ceri
This variation picks up Pride and Prejudice at the point of Darcy going to the inn at Lambton. Lizzy has just read the bad news about Lydia's elopement and the variation here is that Darcy doesn't leave the inn, but instead stays to comfort Lizzy. In fact, he does a remarkable job of distracting her from her woes so that when the Gardiners return they find Lizzy and Darcy in an embrace! She is unwilling to enter into an engagement straight away, as they don't know each other well and she is awar...more
Nonky
This was probably the most genteel and authentic feeling book of the Reynolds P&P variations. It had a passionate moments between Elizabeth and Darcy, but for the most part they are contained in heightened emotions as a result of Lydia's elopement or a sudden realization of mutual feelings. The make out scenes feel like aberrations, but it is acknowledged to be out of character both for the age and the couple. It's talky for a romance novel, and doesn't really add anything to the P&P sto...more
Laura
Abigail Reynolds is one of my favorite Austen authors. What Would Mr. Darcy Do? is a Pride and Prejudice Variation. This novel starts at the inn in Lambton when Elizabeth receives the bad news about Lydia and Wickham. It varies here from the original classic as instead of leaving, Mr. Darcy stays, expresses his feelings for Elizabeth, and is caught in a compromising position with her by Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.

There are still misunderstandings aplenty between the couple, but through the events of...more
devra
i went into this book with genuine curiosity. it purports to be one of a series of might-have-beens regarding the classic pride & prejudice story. this one dealt with a question i have always wanted the answer to--what would have happened had lizzie and darcy spoken their true feelings for each other in the inn at lambton instead of months later in hertfordshire?

the twists and turns were occasionally creative, nearly always amusing, and the bodice-ripping done with such innocence that i felt...more
Shala Howell
What would happen if Elizabeth and Darcy had talked it out in Lambton, rather than having Darcy stalk out of the room somewhat mysteriously?

Well, for one thing, it wouldn't have made as good a book.

I probably did this to myself reading all of these Pemberley variations one after the other, but there is a sameness to them. With the exception of _The Last Man in the World_, the "variation" seems to be an earlier acknowledgment of the attraction between Lizzy & Darcy and more time spent with t...more
Caitlin
A light, quick read.

The story opens with Elizabeth receiving the letter from Jane about Lydia's terrible mistake. Instead of leaving nearly immediately, Mr. Darcy takes the chance to tell her about his feelings, and even in her confusion and worry over Lydia, Elizabeth manages to convey that she's warming up to him, too.

What follows focuses less on reclaiming Lydia's reputation, and more on Darcy and Lizzy. Several passages are quite recognizable as pieces from the original novel, though not in...more
GONZA
Molto carino questo spin-off di "Orgoglio e Pregiudizio" della mia adorata Austen. Cosa sarebbe successo se invece di fare i vaghi Darcy ed Elizabeth si fossero rivelati i rispettivi sentimenti in occasione della notizia della fuga di Lilly? Sarebbe stato troppo presto e tutto sarebbe andato a rotoli, oppure avrebbero risparmiato tempo prezioso e si sarebbero sposati anche prima?
Secondo l'autrice la seconda che ho detto, finalmente e senza tanti fraintendimenti Darcy e Lizzy avrebbero coltivato...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
I'm assuming if an Austen purist got their hands on this they would be full of shock and rage. I am not an Austen purist. And I thought this was adorable! :) It is simply a "what if" story. What if Darcy and Elizabeth did this instead of this sort of thing. And bonus they kiss more than once! An overall good escape read. Content warning: they make out...which would be quite the scandal for that time period! ;)
Angelc
3.5 Stars

This was a super sweet retelling of "Pride and Prejudice", picking up after Elizabeth's refusal of Darcy. As if readers needed to fall even more in love with Mr. Darcy, I think this book could easily make that happen! Without losing any attributes from the original, we get to see an even softer, sweeter side of Darcy. Readers get to see his true head-over-heels romantic feelings towards Elizabeth.

"Pride and Prejudice" lovers are sure to love this glimpse into Mr. Darcy's romantic musing...more
Lacie Ernst
First off, my sincere apologies to my Jane-ite friends Sandra and Kim who devour these variations! I so wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get past some things. The premise is this: What would have happened if Darcy and Elizabeth admitted their feelings to each other after first hearing of Lydia's elopement? Well, they would have made out A LOT and then discussed how improper this was with one another! Uggh, I just couldn't take it! I feel like it wasn't faithful to the times or the ch...more
Maria
This is one of the "what if's" for Pride and Prejudice. You can see my review on Impulse and Initiative for all the books in the series I've read - they're pretty much the same when it comes to forming an opinion: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What Would Mr. Darcy Do? (originally self-published as From Lambton to Longbourn in 2008) is another enthralling Pride and Prejudice variation by Abigail Reynolds. In this variation, Ms. Reynolds takes up her pen and asks: What if Mr. Darcy doesn't leave the inn at Lambton when Lizzy receives Jane's missive about Lydia and Wickham? What if Lizzy, realizing she had grossly misjudged him, extends an olive branch to Darcy by thanking him for his hospitality and courteousness towards her and her rel...more
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Abigail Reynolds has spent the last fifty years asking herself what she wants to be when she grows up. This month she is a writer, a mother and a physician in a part-time private practice. Next month is anybody’s guess. Originally from upstate New York, she indecisively studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school, a choice which allowed her to avoid any de...more
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