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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
ebook, 232 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Meryton Press (first published June 7th 2011)
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seton
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.
Charlene
Sep 11, 2011 Charlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Barbara
Aug 21, 2011 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

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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
Katherine
Nov 01, 2011 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Soph
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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Maitou
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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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
Natasha
Feb 14, 2012 Natasha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people-who-like-pride-and-prejudice-adaptations
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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
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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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
Kathy
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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Maggie
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
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
Jeanah
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!
Sue
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.
Marcie
An Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn is a 'Pride and Prejudice Alternate Path' book. It is based on the original Pride and Prejudice but picks up after Mr. Darcy purposes for the first time. Mr. Bennett dies unexpectedly and Elizabeth is forced to return home immediately. I was sad about this fact because he is one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice. However his untimely death has some foreseen consequences. For example, the house is entailed to Mr. Collins and the Bennetts will have t ...more
IndieJane
"Plot = Conflict that forces your Character to Change." I said that a year ago in a blog post underlying the importance of conflict in fiction. It's a dictate writers of fanfiction have an especially hard time following, because 1) They love the characters and want them to be happy, and 2) Their readers love the characters and want them to be happy.

I must now confess to completely forgetting my own rule when I began reading An Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn. In this Pride and Prejudice variation,
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Kathy Jo
I am one of those people who is a complete sucker for arranged marriages and when I saw An Arranged Marriage pop up on one of my recommendation lists I was definitey intrigued and thought what the heck! Let's give it a try! And I was hooked from the very beginning. I really enjoyed Jan Hahn's twist on Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth has just lost her father and is forced to sacrifice finding her own happiness to help her mother and sisters. She enters into the arranged marriage with Darcy pretty
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Lainey
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
Grace
This book would have been a pretty good historical romance if the author hadn't try to turn it into an Austen spinoff. Basically, I feel a lot of books are more historical fiction than Austen spinoff, and that might have been the reason I couldn't finish the book. So I don't know the ending.

The reason I stopped was where I got to the point in the book that Mr. Darcy became SOOOOOO solicitous as to not seem Darcy-like. Basically, at this point in the plot, Darcy should still be extremely haughty
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Elesha
This is by far, the best P&P rewrite I have ever come across, and I've read and bought near twenty, all hail Jane Austen's true heir! Beautifully written, original tone and voice and not over sexed, you can tell there is passion in this marriage and there is no mention of how Darcy seduced his future wife or at least tried to, no Darcy is the same honourable gentleman of Austen's creation and Lizzy, well is just as stubborn as Darcy is proud and closed off.
My advice, READ THIS BOOK, a charm
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Mary
After a weekend Colin Firth binge (which always leads back to Darcy), I was on a P&P high and desperately wanted to extend the feeling. I succumbed and did what I've never done before... and reached into the world of P&P sequels, variations and fan fiction. An Arranged Marriage seemed highly recommended with glowing reviews and everyone giddy with praise. Well it better be good as I paid $9 on kindle for it, which is bloody outrageous! So, is it $9 worth of entertainment? Sadly no.

As I
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Kyllie Kylle
If you so ask why [with so little endeavor of civility] I rated this book with cold 2 stars, then I'd very much like to set forth the points where I have based my rating:

The feel of the era was too ungenuine. It had severely, to me at least, failed to embody the environment that Jane Austen had so much described in Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps it can be attributed to the too modernized writing of the author which made the complexity of the classic fade away. This I think isn't a big fault to the
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I20neorg
Mr. Bennet dies 3 days after D's proposal in Kent. 6 months later, E feels pressure to marry him to save her family. She remains prejudiced against D, just as he remains prideful. During the early months of marriage, she discovers that he is the greatest of men. F and G are main characters.
Megan
A very good Pride & Prejudice “what if” take. What would have happened had Mr. Bennett died and a marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth had to be arranged? This was such a page turner. I wanted to know what happened next, the tension between Darcy and Elizabeth after their marriage was touchable. The only reason why I have this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because (at least to me) after they grew to love each other I felt that there was no passion left, even though they had such an intense c ...more
Vikas Rawat
This book started off very well but somehow in the middle and near the end lost it taste. and i didn't like georgiana and colonel fitzwilliam shown together. on the whole a below average read.
Toni NB
I'm actually rating this book 3.75, but I tend towards the glass being half full, so I round up. I've read a few P&P alternatives, and I enjoyed this one as well. I'm not giving away any spoilers, but if you'd prefer no clues about anything in the story, then stop now.

I particularly liked the story line of Georgiana & the colonel; it was nice to see their characters fleshed out a bit more. The Bingley sisters practically disappeared & I missed their presence; they are always good fo
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Victoria
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
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