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Preview — Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (Pemberley Variation Series)
The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry?is her husband?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.
But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?
Like the two other novels by this author that I have read, the story begins on familiar ground at a certain point in Austen’s novel and then quickly takes a left turn—changing the course of the plot and the characters’ lives. In this case it starts at a very critical moment, the first pr ...more
the book is part of a series of might-have-beens riffing on austen's pride & prejudice. the conceit of this one imagines that lizzie and darcy were married after the first time he proposed instead of the second. it dawned on me in the opening pages of this novel that it would turn lizzie's wedding night into a semi-rape ...more
Edit #2: Just read this again. It's the beginning of November. Appears every 2 months = reread... Every time, I see these HUGE flaws, and every time I just don't give a teeny, tiny fuck.
*This review turned out super short. There are things I thought I wanted to say, warnings I wanted to give, but nope. This is it. If you like Jane Austen, romance, or butterflies-in-stomach, pick this up.*
I think it sho ...more
I was very stunned as I read to discover how out of character Elizabeth and Darcy were. Elizabeth was no longer the witty, intelligent young woman she was in Austen's no ...more
Somewhere in between moving bedrooms two times, pages out of my printed copy were lost, but I quickly found Reynolds’ story, as well as her other Pride and Prejudice variations, online and through the printed copy away. Then, almost a ...more
Finished in ONE SITTING. Forgive me if I'm a little incoherent. Ummm....overall, predictable, because of course we know the outcome, but still very enjoyable. It is like a favorite chick flick feel good movie. U know there's gonna b a happy ending, but u still like torturing urself till the last possible moment. Maybe it's my penchant for massochism. Lol!
Anyways, to ...more
Il s'agit ici d'une réécriture un peu différente car ce n'est pas le moins de vu d'un autre personnage ou l'histoire d'un personnage secondaire de l'intrigue principal mais bien une autre histoire. Un "Et Si". Nous ...more
Thoughts after reading
I enjoyed this book. The author has a very deft feel for the language of the times, and this is a clever 'what if' variation on P&P. I will probably read other titles by Abigail Reynolds.
I primi capitoli sono divertimento allo stato puro: immaginatevi cosa sarebbe successo se Mr Darcy al colmo del suo orgoglio e della sua arroganza non avesse atteso una risposta da parte di Elizabeth alla sua proposta di matrimonio, ma, sicuro che ne ...more
While I have no problem with D&E having conflicts, misunderstandings, or issues getting to know each other after they've met; now I know I DO have a problem with it tak ...more
In this Pride and Prejudice variation...what if, Elizabeth is compromised by Mr. Darcy during his proposal at Hunsford? Assuming Elizabeth will consent to the marriage Darcy kisses her before she has a chance to answer. ...more
The plot begins with Elizabeth visiting Charlotte and Mr. Collins at Husford. While she walks through the gardens she comes across Darcy who, after a brief chat, asks her to marry him and kisses her without waiting for her answer. Startled by his behaviour, Elizabeth is resolved to reproach Mr. Darcy but ...more
J''avais très envie, et depuis longtemps, de découvrir les "what if" dont l'idé ...more
Quelle joie de lire enfin Abigail Reynolds, une auteur dont les variations austeniennes m'intriguaient depuis pas mal de mois ! Mais d'autres titres sans cesse, s'interposaient, et cette traduction, très bienvenue, m'a enfin permis de sauter le pas !
Enfin ! C'est le mot ! Car je m'en serais voulu d'être passée à côté d'un texte aussi beau au service d'un roman aussi novateur dans le genre, à la fois tendre, poignant et brillant d'intelligence.
"Et si... Et ...more
Maybe I'm being unfair. It's really my fault for even picking up another Pride and Prejudice continuation/expansion novel. Out of the five or six I've picked up now, I'm only even sort of enjoyed one. No one can write Jane Austen like Jane Austen, so why do I keep trying?
I knew I was going to hate this novel, which explores the "What If?" scenario of Elizabeth "accepting" Darcy's first proposal, from the very first page. On this first page, Lizzy "dutifully" smiles a ...more
This one was actually rather heartbreaking in a way. Lizzy and Darcy got married because she never turned him down after that first awful proposal. Colonel Fitzwilliam showed up and saw Darcy kissing her, and they were married. Mr Darcy is in love with her and thinks ...more
As a huge Jane Austen fan, I was quite excited when I won this book through a contest on Apprentice Writer. What fun to see the beloved couple at it again! We just can't get enough of them can we? Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed in the Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy I found in this Pride and Prejudice spin-off. Gone is the strong, quick, and witty Elizabeth we ...more
I did not read the book first. I saw the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley first, and absolutely loved it. So romantic! And Mr. Darcy is so dreamy. I thought if the original book is this good, I must read it! So I did. And was vastly disappointed. There was no romance, not like there was in the movie at least. ...more
|Jane Austen Sequels: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (A Pride and Prejudice Variation), by Abigail Reynolds||1||8||Feb 09, 2014 10:45PM|