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An Arranged Marriage: A Pride & Prejudice Alternate Path

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Can a marriage of convenience ever lead to true love? Immediately after Elizabeth Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy's proposal at Hunsford, her father dies, leaving Longbourn entailed away and little fortune to sustain his widow and daughters. Six months later, the Bennet family receives a visitor with a most unusual offer that promises to save the family from financial and social ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Meryton Press
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seton
Apr 25, 2013 seton rated it it was ok
Where do you draw the line when playing with Austen's classic?

For me, (unless you are talking about free fanfiction which this is NOT,) you can play with the events and play with the timeline.
Just don't ever turn Elizabeth Bennett into a petulant fishwife. I think I could have dealt with turning Darcy into the cliched, sardonic, historical romance nobleman altho I wasn't happy about that either.

DNF.
Tandie
A decent Pride & Prejudice spin. Mr Bennett dies shortly after Darcy's disastrous proposal where Elizabeth rejected him. He offers for her again 6 months later when her family is on the brink of having to move from Longborn. He makes a contract with Lizzy and will take care of her entire family if she'll marry him and put on a good public face. Darcy also promises not to demand his conjugal marital rights, that relations would only ever occur if Elizabeth came to him on her own. She's thinki ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Diverging her path from Jane Austen's just days after Darcy's disastrous proposal at Hunsford Parsonage, debut author Jan Hahn delivers a riveting Pride and Prejudice variation that is full of conflict, deception, mystery, and romance. Similar to Mr. Darcy's Proposal by Susan Mason-Milks, Mr. Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds, and To Have His Cake by P. O. Dixon the characters of this novel are greatly impacted and affected by the death of Mr. Bennet. Because of Mr. Bennet's premature and un ...more
Eliza Baum
Edit 3/8/16: Considering I've read this book more than once this year (and also skimmed the good bits a few times in between), I decided to up my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. I especially love the first Harvest Festival scene...with the pile of hay...so good. :-)

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Really, really good. I usually like stories where Elizabeth and Darcy marry before they understand one another, but it was nice that this one was for reasons other than them being compromised. Elizabeth definitely did not come to lov
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Charlene
Sep 11, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pride and Prejudice fans
OH MY GOD!!! I just loved this P&P alternative!!! Jan Hahn did a wonderful job writing this. I was totally entranced reading this story. She put romance and anst into the story that was believable and enjoyable to read. The story starts out on the wedding day, which seemed very unlikely but you soon learn how and why this takes place. Unlike the oringinal P&P Lizzy agrees to marry Mr Darcy against her better judgement and he is willing to marry her under certain rules. He of course is a ...more
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing
Back in 2012: I read this in one day and now, have again, read all the reviews. As someone mentioned you can request a "sample" for your kindle or "look inside" on your PC on the Amazon site to read an excerpt as well as read the book description by Amazon. It was because of the reviews that I ordered this book for my kindle.

Some SPOILERS: We all have different tastes and, as per mine, I do NOT like cousins marrying so the ending with Georgina and Col. Fitzwilliam marrying after a four year sepa
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Barb
Aug 21, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austenites
I have pretty much read every single Pride and Prejudice sequel, variation, etc. currently in print. In this way, I am a tiny bit of an expert. This one stands out as one of the best. Two factors, I believe, are critical to any P&P variation - the characters are true to the original, and the existence of "pride and prejudice" prevents the lead characters from establishing an early attachment. Both are true in An Arranged Marriage, leading me to at least respect the effort from the start.

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Sophie
This really was a compelling read. I couldn't put it down. It is told completely from Lizzy's point of view and this made it seem almost like a diary, it was brilliant. I got completely wrapped up in the story as I was reading it and I felt as though I was Lizzy!

Mr Darcy is adorable. I pitied him to begin with as Lizzy is rather rude to him, but then again, Lizzy is bound to fight him - she has been forced into a marriage with a man she doesn’t like, so she is always thinking the worst of him!
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Brenda
If I could give this book more than five stars I would! I loved this version of Pride & Prejudice. I read it in one sitting and had a smile on my face the whole time! I have been a FAN of Pride and Prejudice since I first saw P&P back in 1995 and while I quickly devour any and every TV/movie version of the book I have always been more hesitant when it comes to books written about my favourite P&P characters. After reading the reviews on here though I was convinced to give this book a ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Sep 11, 2012 Kathy * Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, 2012, austen-p-p
I have mixed feelings about this one, on one hand I liked how Hahn switched up P&P and made it her own. On the other hand, I think I would have liked it even more if she had just written her own regency with her own characters. I would give this four stars, but if it had been with all new characters I probably would have given it a five.

I thought it was really fun to see what would have happened if Elizabeth was forced to marry Darcy, before realizing her feelings. I’m a sucker for arranged
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Katherine
Sep 28, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pride & Prejudice readers who love sequels and spin-offs
What a good-read! This book goes down the WHAT IF situation of Lizzy being asked by all her family to accept Darcy (AKA an arranged marriage) to save her family from destitution when her father dies. At this point in the novel, Elizabeth has turned down Darcy's proposal in Kent, has received his letter but hasn't had enough time to properly digest its contents until months after her wedding. Darcy very much still loves Elizabeth but she doesn't realize this at the time and cannot understand why ...more
Maitou
Jul 28, 2012 Maitou rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Exquisite!

I truly loved this book, even more than Rainy Days I finished just before.
The writing is delicate and beautiful, it is really faithful to the original style of Austen. Here the story is entirely told from Elizabeth's point of view, thus we have access to her inner thoughts, doubts and sometimes twists of the tongue, or here mind!

The characters are faithful to their original description, Mr Darcy being as charming as ever, Elizabeth witty and quite angry at times...

Most of all, I abs
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Talia
Jan 17, 2015 Talia rated it really liked it
Jan Hahn has made one of the most impertinent, if not rude, Lizzy's out there but it works. I am a fan now after reading this one. I love the way she keeps changing her mind about Darcy. This is a coupling worthy of P & P.

Reread again: Yes, this Elizabeth is a bit extreme and Darcy might be a bit too stiff and unlovable but it is very much like a true gothic romance. Writing is well done too. Not my favorite but still a good one.
Erika
Such a lovely read!!!

Yes I loved this book so much that I just finished reading a second time. I really do love the concept of arranged marriage for ODC, though their obtuseness astounds me!!! I really loved this Darcy, though my only complaint of him is his secretiveness dealing with the maid. I would come up with the same conclusions as Elizabeth did. It was an emotional ride, but thank goodness not too high on the angst scale. All JAFFers will love this book!!!
Suzan Lauder
Read published version in May 2016 and liked it better!
Christina
Debut author Jan Hahn's novel, "An Arranged Marriage" begs the question, "Can a marriage of convenience ever lead to true love?" In Hahn's impressive alteration of Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice," days after Miss Elizabeth Bennet stringently refuses the proposal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy at Hunsford, her beloved father dies, leaving the family with meager resources and an estate entailed to their toad-eating cousin, Mr. Collins. Half a year later, as the ladies of Longbourn are packing to m ...more
Natasha
Dec 27, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people-who-like-pride-and-prejudice-adaptations
Shelves: favorites
A new favourite! It was fantasic! i couldn't wait to read this book and once i started i could not stop!! i love how the author has included original quotes but in different circumstances sometimes and from or to different characters obviously...i greatly enjoyed knowing Mr. Darcy a lot more as Jane Austen does not really reveal a lot about her hero. I found myself falling in love with Mr. Darcy all over again and more as we learn (to my great pleasure!) that he has quite the sense of humour and ...more
Evelyn
Nov 01, 2012 Evelyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-for-fun
Third foray into Jane Austen fanfiction. I liked this one the best so far. The romance is a little cheesy and melodramatic (I personally prefer an understated approach) but at least it was respectful.

The writing was decent, too. I really liked how Hahn used the same lines from the original, but they were obviously used in slightly different circumstances. I also caught nods to Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. I'm wondering now if there were nods that I missed to Mansfield Park and N
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l a i n e y
Mar 30, 2013 l a i n e y rated it liked it
I read the first chapter of this book and was immidiately hooked. The atmosphere paved out suited the title and the writting was good. Unfortunately, after about 6-7 chapters, I found there was not nearly enough happening and the story got dragged out and ended up in an event for them to be apart for a time. I doubt I would mind any of that very much if there was more passion between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in place, I would have been happy with just angst. Ms. Hahn paid attention to other chara ...more
Anna Cisney Barclay
May 11, 2015 Anna Cisney Barclay rated it it was ok
I would have given this book one star at the beginning. I forced myself to finish and it was probably closer to 2.5 stars by the end. I love Pride and Prejudice, and it was a hard sale for me that Mr. Darcy would basically economically force Elizabeth into a marriage (her dad died, and Jane would have had to work for pervs to support the family if Elizabeth didn't basically sell herself off in marriage). Neither Mr. Darcy nor Elizabeth came across as particularly likeable for most of the book. A ...more
Maggie
Sep 02, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Maggie, in possession of a good Pride and Prejudice spin-off, must be in want of another.

And so I did! I liked this book pretty well. It wasn't written as diary entries, but Elizabeth was narrating the whole thing. I liked the sweet relationship they end up having, and Mr. Darcy is simply wonderful :) There was one part that struck me as very weird: they name their baby George Thomas. GEORGE? I would think that that name would be like swearing after th
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Candy
Nov 26, 2011 Candy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
I LOVED this story! Written in the first person from Elizabeth's point of view. Mr. Bennet passes away just days after Elizabeth refused Darcy's proposal at Hunsford. She is so consumed with grief she forgets about Darcy's letter and there for her opinion of him doesn't change much. Six months later Darcy shows up at Longbourn and offers to marry Elizabeth again. This time it is an arranged marriage. If she accepts, it would help out her family tremendously. Not a good way for a marriage to begi ...more
Victoria
Nov 12, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I loved this book! It was brilliantly written. I loved how Elizabeth wasn't immediately grateful and receptive to Mr. Darcy just because he married her when her family was in such a dire situation. There were times when her behaviour bugged me so much, but I know that's how she probably would have reacted in such a situation. I'm also pleased that Darcy wasn't immediately expressive in his emotions or quick to give up the stern nature he always had in the original. When he finally explained his ...more
Erika
Such a lovely read!!!

Yes I loved this book so much that I just finished reading a second time. I really do love the concept of arranged marriage for ODC, though their obtuseness astounds me!!! I really loved this Darcy, though my only complaint of him is his secretiveness dealing with the maid. I would come up with the same conclusions as Elizabeth did. It was an emotional ride, but thank goodness not too high on the angst scale. All JAFFers will love this book!!!
Jeanah
Apr 03, 2012 Jeanah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pride-prejudice
So utterly romantic. I loved reading this. There are moments so warm that I felt like floating on a cloud. I cried from sheer joy numerous times. While telling this version using Elizabeth's point of view, the author does a great job displaying many humorous moments and the ridiculous stubbornness of both characters. I sincerely doubt you could ever regret purchasing this book. Enjoy!
Madenna U
Aug 20, 2016 Madenna U rated it liked it
Darcy rescues Elizabeth after her father's death, but she hates him. They must find a common ground and find their love. This is a challenge because for the most part, Elizabeth acts as a small child until she has a revelation of her reality.
Sue
Aug 02, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Great plot. I really enjoyed the novel. I enjoyed elizabeth's sleepwalking. A lot of very cute and special moments with georgiana and the colonel. Very sweet and sentimental. This was nicely written.
Emilia Barnes
Jun 20, 2016 Emilia Barnes rated it really liked it
One of the better Pride and Prejudice what-if stories: what if Elizabeth and Darcy were forced to marry? It's well thought out and well written.
Constance Moriarty
Aug 20, 2014 Constance Moriarty rated it liked it
That was cheesy....
I liked it though...
Halah
Mar 15, 2014 Halah rated it it was amazing
PERFECT !
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