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Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (Pemberley Variation Series)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,550 ratings  ·  174 reviews
This story follows Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find their way through the maze of their prejudices after Elizabeth, against her better judgment, agrees to marry Darcy after his first marriage proposal.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published June 24th 2007)
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This Pride and Prejudice variation asks readers “What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr. Darcy’s first proposal?” After reading this question in the book’s description my first reaction was, ACK, why would she?

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
this book was so horrifyingly awful that i actually had to stop reading it halfway through and re-read half of pride and prejudice just to get the sour taste out of my mouth.

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
Edit: Read this for the first time in June...and then again after I wrote my review in August.

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
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Jan 30, 2009 Abbi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
A friend lent me two of these books (the other was From Lambton to Longbourn), gushing about how incredible they were and how she couldn't put them down. I admit I was very excited about them - I love "what if" premises and thought that the ideas had really great promise... at least from what was written on the back of the book.

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
Rosa Folgar
Deliciously angsty!!!!! It literally hurt my chest to read some of the parts. It's a little Wuthering Heights/Pride and Prejudice.

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
Shala Howell
I continue to enjoy this series of variations on Pride and Prejudice -- this one, which explores what would have happened if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy's original proposal, is predictably the saddest of the bunch, but it also offers the most in terms of emotional range. The others are a bit one note, or I suppose, two note in that Elizabeth and Darcy are either passionately ignoring the proprieties or having fights. This one does a better job of capturing the ambiguous pain of being trapped in ...more
It took me two pages to realize that this is not for me. It seems every p & p sequel I have piled up to give myself for Christmas is garbage. I must be the only person on the planet who is not at all interested in Darcy and Lizzie's sex lives. You see all those classics on my booklist? There's a reason for that. Modern writing is 99% garbage. I think I 'll go pile up some Dumas and Trollope and dive in till I'm up to my neck in comfort. It's a good thing I don't drink 'cos this crappy book w ...more
Courtney Brown
What a perfectly horrid book.

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
I was first introduced to The Last Man in the World when a friend of mine found it online, printed the entire story, and gave it to me as a present. She knew how much I loved Pride and Prejudice, and her gift quickly fueled my thirst for more pride, more prejudice.

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
This book, as with most of Renyolds' books, fills a very specific niche in the literature industry. It a Pride & Prejudice related book, specifically a sequel. Elizabeth Bennett has often been called one of the most delightful creatures in prose, and certainly it is true that people want to read all about her. An entire sub-genre of Austen related books has sprung up. Whether you call it trash, fan-fiction or love it to death, it is important to look at Renyolds' book in context of this sub- ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy,” originally published as “The Last Man in the World” in 2007, is an engaging and clever variation of “Pride and Prejudice.” If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering this series, “The Pemberley Variations,” by Abigail Reynolds, it is collection of “Pride and Prejudice” re-tellings that asks the question “what if?” In these variations we see how one small change in the plot can alter the course of “Pride and Prejudice.” This is one of my favorite variations by A ...more
Merlin, celui-ci je l'attendais ! Ce n'est pas nouveau, je suis fan de Jane Austen et j'adore lire des dérivés autour des quelques romans qu'elle nous a laissé. Donc oui, je les connais par coeur, oui en général on revit la même histoire et oui c'est en parti pour cela que j'adore ça !

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
Lady Wesley
This Pemberley Variation was $8.99, but I just bought it for $1.99, which is about the most that I would spend on a work of P&P fan fiction and only because Laurel at liked it. We shall see . . . .

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.
Georgiana 1792
Non mi aspettavo di essere così coinvolta da questo libro. Spesso mi sono anche commossa. È la seconda Pemberley Variation di Abigail Reynolds che ho letto, ma la prima (To Conquer Mr Darcy o Impulse and Initiative) non mi aveva fatto questo effetto.

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
Having been bowled over by Abigail Reynold's Impulse and Initiative, I eagerly ordered more of her books to devour. Those of us who read P&P fanfiction are usually doing so because we can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and enjoy reading what it might have been like had it developed at different points.

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
I saw a conversation on twitter a while back between some friends, and they were discussing a scene in The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds. I had read the book a few years back, and I couldn’t remember the scene. So I thought, wow, I really should re-read it, and I did!

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.
This novel is part of “The Pemberley Variations Series” and it belongs to “what if” stories. The main question of this one is: what if Elizabeth had accepted to marry Mr. Darcy against her will?

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
This is a reread for me and one of my favorites by Abigail Reynolds. I chose this book as one of my reads for the P&P challenge. I love this alternative because the angst and trials that both Darcy and Lizzy have to go through to find there true love for each other gets me everytime. I can't help but cry when we come to the misunderstanding on both there parts. The story starts out with them coming to Pemberley after the wedding. Then we learn as Elizabeth is thinking back to how she got to ...more
Lisa Houlihan
When you can borrow bad books from the library as easily as good ones, sometimes you stumble. This posits Darcy proposing to Elizabeth in the park at Rosings and kissing her before she can refuse him. Col. Fitzwilliam happens upon this intimacy, so she feels caught and accepts Darcy rather than shaming her family. An unshamed Bennet family doesn't ruin Jane's chances to marry, and more directly, Elizabeth thinks that if she has to marry Darcy she might be able to bring Jane and Bingley together ...more
I couldn't believe what a quick read this was - probably because I couldn't bear to put it down! As a Jane Austen fan I was intrigued by Reyold's play on a "what if" of my favorite Austen novel: Pride & Prejudice, and, as I had often wondered myself what would have happened had Elizabeth, against her better judgement at the time, actually accepted Mr Darcy's first marriage proposal. Reynolds does a pretty good job at answering that question, although there were a few things I might have done ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
I love reading Abigail Reynold variations for the most part. This book was no exception. My only complaint was when she opened up to Fitzwilliam in a cruel manner and the two go through this long drug fight. Darcy won't except that Lizzy has fallen in love with him and is convinced she only tells him that because she thinks that's want he wants her to say. She kept things from him early on and than blurts it out very harshly and he feels as though every time he made love to her, early on, that h ...more
Jess Swann

Alors, j'étais sceptique mais au final j'ai bien aimé ce "what if ?". J'admets que le postulat de base ( Darcy qui embrasse Elizabeth sans son accord) est limite mais .... bon il est tellement persuadé qu'elle ne peut pas le refuser... que ça passe. La suite est plutot bien ficelée, j'aime le fait que Georgiana ne se prend pas tout de suite d'amitié pour Lizzy, que le côté fier de Darcy soit conservé tout comme les mensonges de Wickham et sa fuite avec Lydia... Je suis plus réservée sur les scèn
Voici venu un nouveau genre d'austenerie. Pas que la variation soit nouvelle mais si je ne dis pas de bêtise, c'est la toute première à être traduite en français. Il s'agit en fait d'imaginer ce qu'il se serait passé si un évènement du livre avait été différent. Ici, l'auteur imagine ce qui aurait pu advenir d'Elizabeth si lors de sa première demande en mariage, Darcy l'avait embrassée et qu'ils avaient été surpris.

J''avais très envie, et depuis longtemps, de découvrir les "what if" dont l'idé
Nous voyons comment un petit changement dans l'intrigue peut modifier le cours du récit initial. M. Darcy estime égoïstement que la réponse d'Elizabeth à sa proposition ne pouvait être que oui. Il n'envisage pas les choses autrement. La fierté de Darcy est ici un trait de caractère qui est exacerbé. Pourtant, il est en adoration face à Elizabeth dès les premières pages. Il est attentif et prévenant, mais totalement décontenancé par le nouveau comportement de son épouse. De son côté, Elizabeth ca ...more
Laura Darcy
Lien de ma chronique :

Cela fait quelques temps que je n’avais pas parlé d’une austenerie et par là-même du fabuleux couple Darcy/Lizzie. J’ai vraiment une obsession avec eux. Est-ce que cela se soigne? Apparement pas, au vue du nombre d’années que je suis atteinte par ce mal.
Connaissant bien l’univers de la fanfiction, j’apprécie beaucoup les austeneries qui sont des petites douceurs permettant de faire revivre les personnages de Jane Austen. J’apprécie d

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
Sheila Majczan
After reading all the other reviews I would like to point out that some of the reviews are repeats so if you are looking at the number of "stars" don't be fooled. Secondly, I read this book as The Last Man in the World, shortly after it was published, and have re-read it at least two other times. The reason for not posting a review earlier is that I only recently retired and now have time to devote to posting reviews. I wanted to re-read this one b/c in reading other reviews many claim this one ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I have a weak spot of Jane Austen sequels, variations and just about anything. I never get tired of the story, and I do love the What if’s. I have read some wonderful ones, some strange ones, and they are always witty and amusing.

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
Jan 30, 2010 Alanna added it
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What if Elizabeth Bennet didn't refuse Mr. Darcy's first marriage proposal? What if the circumstances arose that forced her to accept?

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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Pemberley Variation Series (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Mr. Darcy's Obsession
  • A Pemberley Medley
  • Impulse and Initiative
  • From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections
  • Mr. Darcy's Letter: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy's Undoing
  • By Force of Instinct: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • The Rule Of Reason
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