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An Arranged Marriage

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  968 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
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
Nook, 232 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Meryton Press (first published June 7th 2011)
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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.

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 good. :-)


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
Sep 11, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 21, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sheila Majczan
Oct 03, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!
Nov 01, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2012 Maitou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The way Elizabeth lashed out and acted a bit immaturely bothered me in the beginning, but fortunately that tapered off and she became more true to the character Austen portrayed in the original. Once romantic feelings begin to surface I thoroughly enjoyed the story ;)
Suzan Lauder
Read published version in May 2016 and liked it better!
Feb 14, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 Evelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Anna Cisney Barclay
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
Apr 09, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2011 Candy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily Barnes
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.
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!!!
Jess Swann
Un what if dans le monde de Pride & Prejudice ! Dans cette version, Mr Bennet est mort... Lizzie n'a donc jamais fait le voyage dans la région des lacs avec les Gardiner, Lydia s'est toutefois mariée avec Wickham et Lizzy a bien eu la lettre de Darcy... Sauf qu'ils ne se sont pas revus jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit forcée d'accepter sa demande en mariage pour sauver sa famille ... On retrouve donc Lizzie juste après son mariage avec Darcy ( qu'elle déteste). Le récit est écrit à la première person ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Jeanah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
An interesting P&P What-if... What if Mr. Bennett died shortly after Mr Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth and her refusal in Huntsford and Elizabeth, in mourning, does not go to the Lakes with her aunt & uncle Gardiner and is not with them when Wickham's & Lydia's London excursion happens. Hahn's wording is not quite as close to Miss Austen's as one might hope to see in fan fiction, but memorable moments from Miss Austen's original tale are all the same incorporated, including Lady du Bo ...more
Carey Louise
I'd give this more of a 3.5. It was well-written, free of the usual spelling and grammatical errors in so many Pride & Prejudice fan fiction attempts. I liked the idea of Darcy wooing Elizabeth after marrying her. Also, it was free of melodrama and gratuitous sexual encounters. The story is told from Elizabeth's point of view, which appealed to me. I also appreciated how many of the conflicts resulted from the differences between men and women that have been complained about throughout time. ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
An arranged marriage è una variation della storia di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio che prende le mosse dopo la disastrosa dichiarazione di Hunsford.
Mr Bennet è improvvisamente morto, e la vedova e le ragazze si ritrovano a dover lasciare Longbourne, mentre Jane ha già sperimentato la triste condizione di governante, che l'ha posta alla mercé di uomini dalla dubbia moralità.
Elizabeth si vede, così, quasi costretta ad accettare la proposta di un matrimonio combinato da parte di Mr Darcy, e caldeggiata da
Jun 11, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books but I am not a purist who thinks that you can't re-imagine the story and characters. This story re-imagines that book from just after the first proposal by Mr Darcy. Mr Bennett dies and the Bennett family circumstances change. I liked the new direction of the story and enjoyed the story for what it what a light-hearted read.
There are however things that I found grating, some of the anachronistic language didn't sit well within the story. It would
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