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To Conquer Mr. Darcy (Pemberley Variation Series)

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What if...Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?
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Published August 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published May 11th 2007)
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Rachel Friend
Gah. I realize that I shouldn't like this book as much as I do, but really it's pretty awesome. And it's almost possible to believe that it's not entirely out of character for Darcy and Elizabeth to behave the way they do in the book, right? Ok, maybe not, but it's a fun read anyway and who doesn't want to read about Darcy passionately wooing Elizabeth -- even if Jane Austen might not approve?
I debated just putting this book down and not finishing it many times while reading this. Why didn't I? Probably because nothing truly eye rolling popped up to make me say effe it. But it was close. And it all started around page 28 when I encountered this:
She fiercely renewed her attention to her needlework, with the unsurprising result that her needle promptly found its way into her finger. With a muffled exclamation of pain and embarrassment, she raised the injured finger to her lips, comple
It has to be said from the outset that Impulse & Initiative is not an Austen sequel. Rather, it is an Austen variation. Allow me to explain the difference: an Austen sequel continues beyond Austen's end to a novel; a variation re-tells the novel, playing the "what if?" game.

Impulse & Initiative is a retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. This time, though, what if Mr Darcy had not retreated after Elizabeth Bennet refused his first proposal of marriage and instead f
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
To Conquer Mr. Darcy, originally published as Impulse and Initiative in 2008, is another brilliant and impassioned novel in Abigail Reynold's stellar Pemberley Variations series. The Pemberley Variations series is a 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.

To Conquer Mr. Darcy opens with Colonel Fitzwilliam visiting his cousin, Mr. Darcy, who has been in
though occasionally amusing for sheer audacity
or bodice-ripping creativity (or lack thereof), truly awful.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This is a Pride and Prejudice possiblity. It is not in the style of Jane Austen. Abigail Reynolds has a style all of her own. It does have some scenes that are not suitable for younger people to read and might be a little awkward if you buy this for your grandmother. So be carfeul who you buy this for.

That aside, it is such a wonderful story. I love the story Pride and Prejudice and what could be better than to have that story retold and taking a different path than the original?

This story sta
I quit reading this book half way through. Sometimes less is more. I have no interest in Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett's premartial sex life. The author did not capture a tenth of the wit of the original and the characters could have been completely different people. Just calling it a Pride and Prejudice spin-off doesn't make it so.
I love Pride and Prejudice. I love the story and the setting. This book was nothing like that at all. I felt that it is a 21st century couple rather than a 19th century couple. It was "R" rated for me. Way to many steamy love scenes! Ew! I was really disappointed. I didn't like how it was written either.
Shala Howell
My goodness, this is a lusty variant. Blink blink.
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Kylara Jensen
I kind of like the idea of a "what-if variation" on Pride and Prejudice. After all, I read that kind of fanfiction all the time. That being said, I've read much better fanfiction.Yes, the idea of Mr. Darcy pursuing Lizzie and convincing her to say yes after the failed proposal is interesting, but doesn't work at all for the PRide & Prejudice story line.

THis book is just all kinds of ridiculous. It is little better than Pride & Prejudice porn. Yes, I know women all over have this obsessi
Pride and Prejudice re-imagined?

In this retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, author Abigail Reynolds re-imagines the famous plot and asks these burning questions. What if after Elizabeth Bennet’s refusal of Mr. Darcy’s first proposal at Hunsford, he does not disappear from her life, but arrives at her home at Longbourn determined to change her mind? What if Elizabeth seduced by his ardent attentions sets aside all propriety giving way to her base impulses? What if their mutual p
It was very fun to read, and I do recommend it to rabid P&P fans who need more more more of Darcy and Elizabeth. That said, the author is very easy on her characters, almost too easy. Most problems are resolved within a few paragraphs though frank conversation and mutual understanding. In a way, this is refreshing, compared to many of the authors I read who torture me though putting their characters through absolute hell, sometimes with no resolution, or not the resolution I wanted. Still, w ...more
Brooke Cunningham
Ok, Ok. I enjoyed it. As with my first encounter with Abigail Reynolds, I had mixed emotions throughout. At first I was upset at the liberties she took with the characters, then reconciled with some well placed original lines from Pride and Prejudice, then shocked at actions Jane Austen would have never approved of, and finally placated by just being able to read more about Lizzie and Darcy together both physically and emotionally.

I think one of the things I enjoyed about this book is the way it
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I've said a number of times that I love Abigail Reynolds stories, but I have a confession to make: it wasn't always so. Now, hear me out - I spent half a dozen+ years obsessively reading and rereading Austen's books before I knew there was such a thing as an adaptation or retelling. I stumbled upon them completely by accident when I was looking for more authors similarto Austen via a book recommender. To learn that people had actually taken Austen's worlds and characters and written new stories. ...more
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This was a really fun variation on the events in "Pride and Prejudice." I loved the author's writing style; the voices of the characters were true to form and sparkled with wit. I laughed out loud through the book and that made it all the more enjoyable. While I was not completely sure about the actions of Lizzy and Darcy, I reminded myself that this was a variation, a "what if" scenario played out in the mind of the author, and I could accept the storylines. As I said, with great writing and co ...more
I am generally not a fan of the idea of rewriting a classic and Reynolds' books do read like little more than (admittedly very high quality) fan fic, but they do fulfil that dark craving for more Darcy and Elizabeth! This is the second Reynolds book I read (after Mr. Darcy, the Last Man in the World) and I was much relieved by the improved writing style. The dialogue is quick and witty and Elizabeth is back to her normal feisty self. I don't really see the sex scenes as necessary but they did no ...more
Hm, this certainly can't be categorized as anything more than fluff. As a passionate fan of Ms. Austen, when I by chance came across this book, I just had to buy it. The premise intrigued me. I of course knew full well that it would be nothing more than fan fiction in print, but I couldn't help myself. Another reviewer described the Pemberly variations as "candy for bibliophiles", and they were quite right.

Is it damning to admit that I enjoyed this book anyway? Of course it doesn't compare to th
I immensely enjoyed Impulse & Initiative – probably more than I should have; although I don’t consider myself an Austen purist. Though Austen’s Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett would not have engaged in premarital relations, Reynolds writes Impulse & Initiative in a way so it is almost possible to believe this Darcy and Elizabeth actions are not completely out of character and social customs.

Renyolds replicates quite a bit of Austen’s style and wit, and writes a believable Pride and Prejudice
Let me begin by saying that I absolutely adore the story between Darcy & Elizabeth.
Their relationship is a timeless classic of love/hate relationships.
That being said, I completely understand that this book is a variation. The what-if's that everyone is always
dying to know. As per usual for myself, I write a list of pros and cons about the book... Warning, SPOILERS.

Let the list begin with the Cons.


1. Her lack of thesaurus. Dear Ms. Reynolds, there are other words that can be inter sw
Impulse and Initiative picks up after the disastrous Hunsford proposal and has as its plot-line: what if Darcy set out to actively (instead of accidentally as in the original story) pursue Elizabeth? What if, indeed and why not? The result is a story of the strengths and weaknesses of both Darcy and Elizabeth. One of my favorite lines from this sequel is when Darcy says Elizabeth’s failing is to tell no one of anything of importance. I’ve often thought that when reading the original. We know tha ...more
In Impulse & Initiative, Darcy refuses to give up trying to win Elizabeth's love; after receiving the harsh dismissal of his proposal at Hunsford, he soon follows her back to Hertfordshire... He woos her in the most romantic manner: the looks he gives her, she can no longer misinterpret; the whispers of sweet confessions; the secret hand holding... Many lines made my heart skip a beat. Or two! For example, my favorite all time "Pemberley Variations" Darcy line is in Chapter 4: "Regardless of ...more
This book put me in a really cranky mood. At first I was so excited to read a Pride and Prejudice variation. The book was full of sexual tension between Elizabeth and Darcy. I stopped reading when they had sex while they're engaged but not married. That is just not what would have happened with these characters, I don't care how attracted they are to each other. It bugs me when authors try to do continuations of Austen but are so untrue to her voice and the time period.
Yet another fairly enjoyable variation of P&P. After reading the fourth variation from Abigail Reynolds, I am feeling like there is somewhat of a lack of originality. There is a bunch of similar lines between books (and not even ones from the original P&P) and very similar events play out despite the different story lines. This is definitely not your grandma's Jane Austen, very much more like modern day chick lit in a 19th century setting.
This is obviously a light reading for Jane Austen fans. Which means, that if you're not such a fan you probably shouldn't read this book at all.

I liked the idea of "what if" explorations, and this is true for the five books of the series I've read so far. However, since these are professionally written and edited books, I would have expected a higher level of language (mainly a bigger vocabulary diversity) and in-character consistency for protagonists.

Reynolds uses various pieces of Austen's ori
I actually bought "To Conquer Mr. Darcy" which is the same book under a different name. Not sure why publishers feel the need to do this. Maybe so people will think it's a different story I guess & buy again.
This is one of the many P&P variations AR has done. This one supposes that after the disastrous proposal Mr. Darcy goes back to London where Col. Fitzwilliam tells him he has to go back to Netherfield & try to win Elizabeth. There's sex in this one. Actually, premarital (again
Whoa smut. I had a hard time putting this down. I thought it was an interesting take on the P&P story. I have to admit I found the lack of 'properness' a little hard to believe, though I don't know much about that time who knows, maybe Jane Austen was more old-fashioned and reserved in her writing. But Abigail dirty girl, you. :)
I'm giving four stars, but it's really more of a 3.5.

Is this Jane Austen? No. Is it fun? Yes.

The book moves at a quick clip--one of the benefits of basing it on a book everybody knows (Pride and Prejudice) is that you don't have to do a lot of background and character development.

Her interpretation of the characters is enjoyable. Minus Darcy, they all seem pretty much true to the original. And then there's Darcy. Oh boy. He certainly is rather forward in this book. I mean, there's initiative a
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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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Pemberley Variation Series (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • A Pemberley Medley
  • 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
  • By Force of Instinct: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • The Rule Of Reason
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