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By Force of Instinct (Pemberley Variation Series)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  880 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet never expects to see Mr. Darcy again after his disastrous proposal in Hunsford. But what if family business required him to stay at Rosings after giving her his letter? Coming face to face with Mr. Darcy only days later could give Elizabeth a new chance to understand him... or a chance for even more misunders ...more
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Published March 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated
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tysephine
This is the second P&P variation I have read from Abigail Reynolds and they seem to follow a formula. Of course the whole point is that Elizabeth and Darcy come to a better understanding of one another, but so far both of the variations I have read have been very similar in outline. Basically: some detail changes, E&D go back and forth on whether they should be together/get engaged, premarital sex ensues, overwhelming passion blah blah, hurried wedding, happily ever after.

I think I would
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Cindy
Regency romance with sex. This is one of the many P&P variations AR has done.

This is a reread for me, but I've only read it once. I really didn't care for it much. This variation asks, what would have happened if Darcy didn't leave after Elizabeth refuses his hand. Actually, there's a LOT of angst. For 6 chapters its, he loves me. He loves me not. She loves me, she loves me not. Oh no! she won't make eye contact, she must hate me. He's acting cold again, he hates me. Arghh! There's a BIG P
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Venisha Ready
This is my least favorite of the P&P variations. The others made me want to run out and pick up more. After I finished this one I just took a nap.
Eliza Baum
This book wasn't awful, but I couldn't give it 3 stars simply because I consider 3-star books to be good enough to recommend to someone who likes the genre, and this isn't one I'd particularly recommend. That said, I wouldn't warn someone away, either. It's a benign 2.5 stars for me. I skimmed a lot of it and rolled my eyes through other bits, but I did finish it, and at least 50% of it was fine, if nothing special.

Hiding the rest of this review, as I'm not going to hold back on spoilers. I had
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Christina
I’ve always wondered what would have happened had Darcy not fled from Rosings after his disastrous proposal, and Abigail Reynolds attempts to answer that question in By Force of Instinct. This “what if?” novel is packed with misunderstandings, more pride, and more prejudice.

While I would consider this one Abigail Reynolds best Pride and Prejudice variations, I really did not like her portrayal of Georgiana or Mr. Bennet. Thankfully, Mr. Bennet isn’t in the story enough to really detract, but Geo
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Ceri
Well this is a 'what if' version of P&P. What if, after Darcy's proposal and Elizabeth's stormy refusal at Hunsford Parsonage, he unexpectedly has to stay in Kent rather than go away the next day? They both have to face each other, both are mortified, him at the refusal and all the accusations flung at him, and her at the realisation that she has been far too hasty in her impressions of both Darcy and Wickham, and the realisation of what her family's behaviour has cost Jane. The times they h ...more
Sameera77
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Nicole
I am devouring these, one after another, so I am becoming a bit of an expert on Reynolds.

So this one: lots of Elizabeth and Darcy misunderstandings. Yowza. I prefer it when she gets them together early, and then we spend the rest of the book watching them fight off the rest of the world together.

The Mr. Bennett stuff and Georgiana stuff are bold moves. Why not?

I do really dig the psychological investigation into Lizzy's relationships with her parents and what those relationships have done to af
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Kathryn
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Sheila Majczan
I bought this paperback book when it was first published and now, also, own it on my kindle. I have read it at least three times, the most recent, very carefully, not skimming, so as to have it fresh in my mind in order to post this review. I also read all the other reviews, some twice, in order to digest their input.

I have this to say. First, it is a variation - don't complain how the characters or their actions change from the canon. Second, yes, there is sex. But in thinking about why the aut
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Irene
Liked it, didn't like it... Well, I liked it for most of the time. Maybe not because it's a brilliant work of litterature, but because I really like Pride and Prejudice, and I was very interested to see some more of it. But this wasn't a very well written book, in my opinion.

What I disliked the most, in addition to the weak plot (from my point of view), was some of the character traits. Mr. Bennet was too harsh on Lizzie, something he'd never be in the original book, but that is well enough as t
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Georgiana 1792
Giocando a rimpiattino con Orgoglio e Pregiudizio

Immaginate se, dopo aver scritto la lettera esplicativa ad Elizabeth, Darcy fosse stato trattenuto a Rosings dall’arrivo improvviso degli zii Fitzwilliam, accompagnati da Georgiana. Sia lui che Elizabeth avrebbero dovuto sopportare la presenza l'uno dell'altra senza tradire i loro sentimenti. Lizzy avrebbe conosciuto prima Georgiana e fra loro sarebbe nato un certo affetto e un'ammirazione della più giovane delle due nei confronti dell'altra.
Darcy
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Tammy
I really had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I enjoyed the story, but I really had a hard time accepting all the character changes the author added. These were not the characters from my beloved Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana was not sweet. Mr. Bennet was not the doting father. And Mr. Darcy was definitely NOT proper.

However that being said, I did enjoy the story as a stand alone. I enjoyed the tantalizing scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth (even though my mind knew th
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Nonky
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K
Aug 26, 2011 K rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of P&P
Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite novel/story. I mean who doesn't love Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! So I was instatnly captivated by this book. I have read other P&P variations, sequels, and continuations. Some were def worth the read, and some where only okay. This one though I just absolutely loved. Basically, Reynolds asks the question of what if, and explores the different paths the story could have taken if things went just a little different. One of the things I really appreciate ...more
Shala Howell
I probably did this to myself reading all of these Pemberley variations one after the other, but there is a sameness to them. With the exception of _The Last Man in the World_, the "variation" seems to be an earlier acknowledgment of the attraction between Lizzy & Darcy and more time spent with them as a couple. This is nice for any P&P fan, but it means that _From Lambton to Longbourne_, _By Force of Instinct_, _Impulse and Initiative_, and _Without Reserve_, are basically the same book ...more
Djg
What if?

Elizabeth and Darcy didn't part immediately after the proposal in Kent giving her the opportunity to look at him through him without her prejudice. Then they meet again at Longbourn when Darcy returns with Bingley.

Like magnet and steel Darcy and Elizabeth are irresistibly drawn to each other. They have their rocky moments but the passion is undeniable.

Georgiana is immature and sullen. She causes a great distress in Darcy and Elizabeth's out of spite. However, she does redeem herself late
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Melbourne on my mind
This was probably more like a 2.5 star book. It was very readable - it took me approximately three hours to read it - but the content was indescribably cheesy. The basic premise is that Darcy ends up unable to leave Rosings after he proposes to Lizzy, and as a result they're forced to spend time together. Awkwardness ensues, along with many misunderstandings and some face-nomming, which leads to further awkwardness and misunderstandings. Rinse and repeat at the Gardiner's house in London until t ...more
Talia
This was the first one. I enjoyed it but some the behavior of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth was just too unbelievable. I don't mind sex scenes if a logical part of the story but I did not see how the characters as written would engage in that behavior at that time in the story. I don't want to spoil anything so I am being deliberately vague.

Story highlight for me was Bingley.
Jeanah
Okay .... I am amazed that I still liked this book. Normally I passionately HATE it when a P&P "what if" story DARES to suggest that Darcy and Elizabeth would forgo all sense of propriety and be completely intimate before their marriage, which Ms. Reynolds tends to do TOO often for my taste. Typically, I find it hypocritical and it cuts me deep.

However, By Force of Instinct was written in such a way that I was surprised that I was not too offended. In this version, Ms. Reynolds tweaks the b
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Elesha
I'll be fair, it was too bad, it was your typical Abigail Reynolds what if... the misunderstanding, the elopement, Darcy getting Lizzy in his bed, a few family objections and of course all the drama and everything just exploding at the end (tis Reynolds formula for all her what ifs and almost every book includes Lizzy's seduction). however the one thing i would not accept was Georgiana being such a spoilt little witch, so when it got to that point when i just knew she was about to do sometime sp ...more
Megan
3 stars. 4 stars for the beginning of the book, 3 stars for the middle and end. I enjoyed this book, but was a little frustrated that the characters of Mr. Bennet, Mr. Gardiner, and Georgiana were very different than the original Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen characters, and not for the better.

This P&P variation is what happens if Mr. Darcy, after proposing at Hunsford, doesn’t leave, he has family business that keeps him at Rosings. Does it give Elizabeth a chance to reconsider? Or ar
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Maria
This is one of the "what if's" for Pride and Prejudice. You can see my review on Impulse and Initiative for all the books in the series I've read - they're pretty much the same when it comes to forming an opinion: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Djg
What if?

Elizabeth and Darcy didn't part immediately after the proposal in Kent giving her the opportunity to look at him through him without her prejudice. Then they meet again at Longbourn when Darcy returns with Bingley.

Like magnet and steel Darcy and Elizabeth are irresistibly drawn to each other. They have their rocky moments but the passion is undeniable.

Georgiana is immature and sullen. She causes a great distress in Darcy and Elizabeth's out of spite. However, she does redeem herself late
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Sophia
I love this author's 'what-if' series in regard to Pride and Prejudice. Her writing style and the conversations of the characters bring to mind the original piece.
In this what if that takes off from the point of Elizabeth refusing Darcy at Hunsford, they both learn to look closely at themselves and effect change that leads to a change at how they see each other. Familiar character names take on new roles in how they effect the plot so the reader may be sure of the end result, but not how the sto
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Angie
I'm a little bit sad that this is the last of the Abigail Reynolds Pride and Prejudice variations that are available. This was a good one, but I really disliked the characters of Georgiana and Mr. Bennet, who were the antagonists in this version. These variations are clearly not for the pure Jane Austen fans who only want to read what they imagine Jane herself would have written. However, if you are like me and are obsessed with just getting more of Elizabeth and Darcy, not caring that this is d ...more
Shannon
The story began in a fine way, but the love story was written as a mere story of lust between two characters that were virtually strangers.
Vikas Rawat
All her books are just the same. Darcy and Elizabeth are so driven by passion that they can't keep there hands of each other.
Kim
Not my favorite of Reynolds's stories -

I felt that there were just way too many misunderstandings. Every time Darcy and Elizabeth resolved an issue, they suddenly lost faith in the other somehow and began to once again separate.

I'm all for angst in novels,(don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorite plot devices) but this was just too much. One or two less misunderstandings would have tightened up the story nicely.

Regardless of all of my above statements, Reynolds is a wonderful writer who do
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Michelle
This author tends to make Lizzie irritating in her books. The story was enjoyable though.
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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
  • The Last Man in The World
  • Mr. Darcy's Undoing
  • The Rule Of Reason
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