Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas
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Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

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"A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas "

In this enchanting and highly original retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Elizabeth Bennet sets out for the new world aboard the grand ship "Pemberley's Promise." She's prepared for an uneventful voyage until a chance encounter with the handsome, taciturn Mr. Darcy turns her world upside down.

When Elizabeth falls i...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published March 30th 2007)
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Jeannette
Very clever idea for a story and very well told! Miss Louise took all of the best parts of Pride & Prejudice and interwove her own new story of Darcy & Elizabeth falling in love and getting married.

At 500 pages I thought it would be daunting, but I enjoyed it so much that I had to force myself to put it down at night. There is enough of Austen's spirit here to satisfy any purist that these beloved characters were treated with respect. Plus, the author weaves in images from the 1995 &...more
Stephanie
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that I cannot get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Lucky for me, there are a plethora of books inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Of course, none of them can hold a candle to the original, but this one does better than most. I quite enjoyed it.

Darcy's Voyage is Pride and Prejudice in an alternate universe, where Elizabeth and Darcy meet and fall in love while on a ship to the Americas. The result: less pride and less prejudice (but mo...more
Soph
Update: Having just re-read this wonderful story I had forgotten how much I loved it and it was even better than I remembered! I highly recommend this story!

What a delightful story! I absolutely loved it! I was wondering how realistic it would feel with Darcy and Lizzy making their way across to America on a ship... but it surprised me how it really did seem feasible. I was also worried about the length, it being quite a long story compared to the other variations I had read, but I didn’t need...more
Nicole D.
Sep 03, 2014 Nicole D. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all P&P fans
Recommended to Nicole D. by: Sophie
Elizabeth and Darcy have a chance meeting 2 years before they meet again sailing on Darcy's ship Pemberley's Promise. Elizabeth is one her way to visit her aunt and uncle and Darcy to retrieve his sister. Darcy and Elizabeth's Voyage to love is just as delightful in this book as the original. Original lines and scenes are re-imagined in unique and realistically original ways. You can easily see these conversations taking place. New problems and old plaque are couple on there way to happiness. I...more
Chahrazad
Well Well... I can't believe how quickly I finished this one despite the length, but then it's all Austen's charm.

I approached this one with suspicion since I don't think anyone can compete with Jane Austen or appropriate her characters. and you know what? I was RIGHT!

I struggled at the beginning with comparisons; I couldn't get the original "Pride and Prejudice" out of my head.

The story brought different aspects of the heroes' personalities: Darcy wasn't portrayed as being arrogant but rather...more
Christine
This book was a 'delightful diversion' from a heavier, more intense book I am reading. I enjoyed the premise of Eluzabeth and Darcy meeting long before his arrival in Hertfordshire and the author intertwined actual P&P events nicely throughout the story.

An easy, enjoyable read that I would recommend for anyone interested in P&P what if's. The characters and dialogue were true to the original.
Ruth Hinds
In the beginning, when they're on the ship, I wasn't sure what I thought about the book. I wished the author had just made up her own characters rather than using Darcy and Elizabeth. However, as the story unfolded, and wove in and around the original book's events, I really enjoyed it! I think it was cleverly done.
Jules
A wildly imaginative Pride & Prejudice retelling! This book was so fun to read. I really didn't want it to end! It's official, I'm a Kara Louise fan for life!!!!!
Rhonda
May 15, 2014 Rhonda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Titanic buffs, Pride & Prejudice fan
Reading this book was very enjoyable. So much so, I actually have read it twice more since the initial read in 2011. I was a late-comer to the Pride and Prejudice story, having not read it in high school. Of course, once I read it and was eager for more stories about Darcy and Elizabeth. I am very particular about the spin offs or continuations I read. Kara Louise does a superb job at taking the basic elements of the storyline and characters and shifting them to something else entirely yet keepi...more
Gingub Gravette
i need to get this out first - what the heck is up with the book cover design. it looks like bad low resolution clip art swiped from the web? mystery uncovered, it appears publishing is a self publish system via online. graphic designer by trade i cannot ignore this crime - kara please take the time to find out if any art schools out there would like designing your book covers as a class assignment - there are so many royality-free masterworks paintings out there that would at least stir the ima...more
Kathleen Kelly
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Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne.[return][return]In Darcy’s Voyage, Kara Louise retells the timeless classic Pride & Prejudice in her own manner, begging the questions of what if fate and time were added to the relationship of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. While Darcy and Elizabeth meet in England, they do not truly become acquainted until they ride the same ship bound for New York. Darcy is headed to New York to escort his sister Georgiana back to England while Elizabeth is off to stay with re...more
Megan
Darcy's Voyage was such a delightful story, that I just couldn't put it down. To me, this is one of the best Pride & Prejudice sequels/retellings that I have ever read. It is so different from the original and yet keeps the authenticity of the classic story that we know and love.

When Darcy and Elizabeth first meet, it is on a carriage where at first they are annoyed by one another, but soon they become quite comfortable with each other. When Darcy exits the carriage, to finish his trip in hi...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Darcy's Voyage, originally published as Pemberley's Promise in 2007, is a phenomenal Pride and Prejudice variation in which Mr. Darcy's and Elizabeth Bennet's first meeting is altered. Instead of meeting in the Meryton Assembly room, Darcy becomes acquainted with Elizabeth on a ship bound for America. Elizabeth is traveling to America to visit her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner who are in New York on business. Darcy's sole purpose for journeying to America is to accompany his sister Georgiana home from...more
Amy
I'm not sure why I keep getting suckered into picking up these Pride and Prejudice fan fiction books... they never live up to the original and in the end I just feel really silly for reading them.

Darcy's Voyage is no exception to this. If anything, I feel even more foolish for reading it than any other P&P knockoff. While most of the published fan fiction regarding Pride and Prejudice tends to be sequels, this book is a re-imagining of the story. Changing a few facts (such as how Elizabeth a...more
Brianna
A Pride & Prejudice fanfiction in which Darcy and Elizabeth meet on board a ship. The story continues on to England after the voyage. It has all the original characters and characterizations, and almost all of the major events of the original. The time period is the same, the financial situations are the same. So, I confess, I don't really see a point to this book.

I suppose the author wanted to have an opportunity to write the world's most beloved couple be in love over many more pages; a ch...more
Kim
Darcy’s Voyage, a Pride and Prejudice variation, was originally published as Pemberley’s Promise and is Kara Louise’s debut novel. The main variation of Darcy’s Voyage is that Elizabeth and Darcy don’t meet in Meryton, they meet briefly in a carriage ride, and then again two years later on a boat headed towards America. It was during that carriage ride where the two unknown passengers left lasting impressions on each other.

Two years later Elizabeth and Darcy again meet while on board Darcy’s shi...more
Heather
I really tried to wade through this one...I got about halfway but couldn't finish. The author put no mystery into the story. We know Darcy and Lizzie are in love with each other in the prologue...(in the original Darcy and Lizzie didn't really figure it out till much, much later.) I liked the idea of the retelling on a ship and in America but the key players weren't there...no Mrs. Bennet to grate on your nerves or Mr. Collins...at least on the boat. The characters were two dimensional. I didn't...more
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Las descripciones de Kara son muy vivaces, chispeantes y desde la primera página te atrapa en la historia y mantiene esa curiosidad viva a través de cada página. Se podría categorizar como una variación, pero en realidad lo veo más como una re-imaginación a partir de un previo conocimiento de la pareja, sin perder la esencia de sus personajes.

Kara sabe captar el carácter de los protagonistas y llevarnos por un viaje divertido y e...more
Christina
In this latest twist on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, author Kara Louise's Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas embarks on a tale of romance, intrigue and adventure. Setting the scene for all to follow, Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet meet whilst sharing a post carriage - and following the familiar Pride & Prejudice formula - Darcy and Elizabeth's first meeting is far from stellar. An inattentive, intolerable Darcy has of course offended Elizabeth by imp...more
Melbourne on my mind
Oy. This book was decidedly no bueno. Alterna-P&P books are kind of my guilty pleasure, and this was was a) cheap on Amazon and b) had reasonable reviews, so I figure where's the harm? EVERYWHERE. That's where the harm was. EV. ERY. WHERE. The problems started for me by page 18, where Totally-Not-Meant-To-Know-He's-Darcy-Yet says "I see the carriage from my country home is already here." Um. No gentleman would ever refer to his wealth in such a public way, especially to a woman whose name he...more
Deb
This book kept getting recommended to me on Amazon and Goodreads so loving P&P variations, I finally took the plunge and read this over the New Year's holiday. In this retelling, Lizzy and Darcy first meet on a carriage ride two years prior. They both make an impression on the other but they do not exchange names or details of their lives beyond their discussions of books and other interests. Two years later they find themselves on the same ship (Pemberley's Promise) and at first don't recog...more
Amelia Baldwin
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the first of Ms. Louise's books for me. It is an entertaining romp though Austen's characters.

Ms. Louise has captured the essence of Austen's characters and then put them in very different situations without changing much of the background subplots. I laughed and laughed reading this.

Part of what is so entertaining is how well Ms Louise has read those characters in Ms. Austen's style. Darcy, Lady Catherine, etc. All are just spot on. She even utilizes some...more
Monika Barbara Potocki
I read this book in one day, so maybe I did not do it justice. There were certainly parts which I just could not wait to get to (like during Darcy's and Elizabeth's separation...I could not wait to see them together again!). The beginning could have been a little less repetitive, however. Also, I am the sort of person who likes relatively straightforward storylines, so all the Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Wickham drama during the last few chapters of the book was a bit much for me, but I...more
Kimberly
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Rachel Thompson
This book is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which I'd never read until just recently, so I read this book first. Based on my first impressions, I probably would have given this book a higher score, but after reading the original, I just can't justify it. While this book was enjoyable, I found the first half to the be the highlight, while the second half tries to cram in the events that happened in Pride and Prejudice while sticking the inventive plot the author has concocted, and it just di...more
Haley Mathiot
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth meets a strange kind man in a carriage when she is eighteen, and they both hold on to the memory of each other for two years. Elizabeth gets a chance to visit her aunt and uncle in America when she is twenty, and Mr. Darcy travels to America on his ship, the Pemberly Promise, to get his sister. But Elizabeth falls ill in the steerage, and Darcy is concerned for her more than he thought he would be, though he can’t explain it. Darcy makes a deal wi...more
Hannah M.
Elizabeth Bennett has been invited to join her aunt and uncle in America for a time and so she boards a ship to cross the Atlantic. Mr. Darcy allowed his sister to travel to America with her companion, but as she’s fallen ill, Mr. Darcy must travel to America to bring Georgiana back to England. The unlikely couple eventually become friends sharing morning walks among the deck of Pemberley’s Promise. When Mr. Darcy notices that Elizabeth is beginning to fall ill and hears about the illness in ste...more
Cindy
Wow! I loved this adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice"! Darcy and Elizabeth meet on his ship when they are traveling to America (for different reasons) and get married on board so that Elizabeth won't have to continue to sleep in steerage, where illness is spreading. This is at first a marriage of convenience. But because of misunderstandings and lack of communication, they part ways without saying goodbye when they reach America. They both come to realize their true love and admiration for each...more
Lori
I am an Austen snob and as addicted as I am to Austen sequels and inspired books, I can be very demanding with them. Taking on established and very beloved characters is a risky business for an author - - readers will inevitably ask "Would Jane Austen have allowed Lizzy to do that? Would Mr. Darcy have said such a thing?"

Kara Louise's Darcy's Voyage (previously published as Pemberley's Promise) is nothing short of a virtual love letter to not only Jane Austen but Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy....more
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Kara Louise has been writing "Pride and Prejudice" novels since 2001. She has published 8 novels, 2 that were published by Sourcebooks Publications. She was born in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, but moved to Kansas in 1991. She lives just outside Wichita with her husband, sharing their 10 acres with an ever changing menagerie of animals. They have one married son who lives in...more
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“It is amazing, is it not, Darcy, how a violent storm can rise up out of calm, idle waters so unexpectedly? I am always surprised, but never caught off guard. We can be travelling through what we think are tranquil waters, believing everything is going exactly as planned, heading in the exact direction we want, when in the blink of an eye, everything around us is jostled, tossed around, and completely shaken up. When it has passed, we are not at all where we thought we would be when we first set out.” 3 likes
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