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Mr. Darcy's Proposal

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  507 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
This retelling of Pride and Prejudice asks “what if” events prevented Fitzwilliam Darcy from proposing to Elizabeth Bennet that day at Hunsford parsonage? Darcy arrives with marriage on his mind, only to find that Elizabeth has just received news her father is critically ill and probably dying. In the process of offering his help to her in traveling home, he discovers what ...more
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Grove Place Press
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Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you love being tortured by Darcy and Elizabeth the way I do as the pair misunderstand each other and you truly enjoy having your heart ripped out every time these two fight, you will love the depression this story creates as much as I did! Be prepared to read 90% of the novel before coming to the happy reconciliation!

Mr. Darcy's Proposal is a what-if version that has Mr. Bennett ailing and Darcy coming to the rescue as he proposes marriage to Elizabeth. Despite her feelings of at best indiffe
Anna Fitzwilliam
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The plot is not new and I confess that sometimes I had the impression I had read the same story several times before. But I liked the pace and the flow of the story. We could see their feelings growing and maturing.
As Sheila well said, the misunderstandings were a little too much and this was utterly frustrating. But I found this obtuse Darcy very cute in his own way and when they [FINALLY] got together, they shared very sweet moments together.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A different approach

When Elizabeth accepts Mr. Darcy to secure her family's future, she takes a different path to HEA.
A really interesting way to developed a different story keeping to the characters traits and personalities.
Love is HARD WORK- Jane Austen got that. Her characters were given incredible challenges and personal conflicts that they overcame to earn the love they so deserved. Novelist Susan Mason-Milks decides to keep the idea of working at love alive in her debut novel, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal. Mason-Milks asks my favorite question when it comes to Jane Austen fan fiction: what if? This time, we’re treated to the question of what would happen to Lizzy and Darcy if he had not proposed due to circumstances b ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What if, before Darcy had a chance to propose at Hunsford Parsonage, Elizabeth received word that her father was seriously ill? What if Darcy offered Elizabeth assistance in returning home to her father, instead of offering his hand in marriage? What if Elizabeth, caught somewhere between infuriation, gratitude, and necessity, agrees to an unwanted arrangement to save her family?

In similar style to Abigail Reynolds, Susan Adriani, and Linda Wells, debut author Susan Mason-Milks pens a Pride and
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another one to love!
Carole (in Canada)
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
Shelves: favorites, variations
For me this book gave a very realistic view of this 'what if' marriage of convenience. I can't believe it has taken me this long to finally read it!

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are at Hunsford when Elizabeth receives a distressing letter from Jane indicating that their father is very ill and his chance of recovery very poor. Mr. Darcy had come to the parsonage to propose but finds Elizabeth in tears. He chooses to not go forward with his proposal and offers his assistance in taking Elizabeth
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This tale had angst but not the type I prefer. In this story (and I won't go over the story line as other reviewers handle it well) the frustrations and misunderstandings just got to be a little too much. Even towards the end when Elizabeth knew Darcy still loved her and when he overheard her tell his Aunt, Lady C., how much she loved him, they still couldn't come together and declare or show their love. A marriage of convenience with a man of his age not expecting just a little more physical co ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somehow, I've read a lot of variations of Pride and Prejudice which start with an illness or the death of Mr. Bennet. In Mr. Darcy's Proposal, Darcy arrives at the parsonage, ready to propose marriage to Elizabeth, only to find her reading a letter from Jane reporting on her father's grave illness. Saving his proposal for later, Darcy, along with Colonel Fitzwilliam, offer to take her home the very next morning in Darcy's carriage. On their way to Longbourn, Darcy discovers Elizabeth's true feel ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this twist! In this "what if" version of Pride and Prejudice, Darcy instead of proposing to Elizabeth in Kent (for we all know how awfully that went) learns what she truly thinks of him. This occurs as Elizabeth receives a letter from Jane that their father is very ill and not likely to recover. Darcy quickly offers his carriage to bring Elizabeth back to Longbourn. Lizzy accepts because she realizes this is the quickest way to get her home but not without telling Darcy how surprised she i ...more
Miriam Reeves
I read this on my kindle app so I know that the first 80% of the book is full of misunderstandings. SOOO many misunderstandings and then there could have been a happy moment but then for some odd reason Elizabeth or Darcy react horrible to the other and then they are not talking to each other again. There would be an angry moment and then it would say "a few weeks later when things were normal again" I am paraphrasing there but 80 % angst and misunderstandings is kind of hard to get through. I c ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I got a JA addiction and I love it ;)

This was quite the different what if. Since it all happens pretty quickly it's not like I spoil things. Lizzy's dad has a heart attack and Darcy offers to take her back home as she is visiting Charlotte. Here is where the story differs as he also waits with his proposal and asks her when she is back home. When she knows her dad will not get better. When the whole family's future is at stake. And she says yes. This is a story of how he loves her and she is pre
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a modern day feminist, and seriously never thought I'd be reading Jane Austen. I had the idea that
her stories were about bored, rich women looking for men. But - low and behold, I thoroughly enjoyed
Susan Mason-Milks' 'What If' version! Of course, I've done this completely backwards, since NOW
(at last) I want to go back and read the original.
I just hope I'm not disappointed when I do, because I've grown attached to the characters just the way
they've been written here - so much detail i
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I really enjoyed this "what-if" version of P&P! I agree with some reviewers that it seemed to take forever to have Darcy and Lizzy finally stop misunderstanding each other. I was so drawn in that it was even more frustrating because you are emotionally involved in the story and can see how silly they are being.

I loved loved loved the fact that their relationship wasn't all kisses and poetry. I'm always disappointed when I read what-ifs or sequels where everything is blissfully perfect. I lov
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This alternative start at Hunsford, but instead of Darcy proposing he realises that she has an ill opinion of him and he statizes on how to marry Elizabeth and win her love. As usual there are lots of misunderstanding and Darcy uses her father's illness to his advantage. Though it is a different premise I really don't feel that Darcy would be taking advantage of Elizabeth this way. That was really the only thing I was not comfortable with. Having said this I still enjoyed the journey. And as alw ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a unique retelling, picking up in Hunsford before Darcy's disastrous proposal. When Mr. Bennet is taken ill Darcy comes to Lizzy's aid and gets her home.

When he proposes at Longbourn, with the Bennets facing life in the Hedgerows should Mr. Bennet succumb to his illness Lizzy accepts.

Darcy knows she is not in love with him and their marriage is tested by her father's illness and their strained relationship.

Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mr-darcy
Too many words and not enough action. I probably won't remember this book in a day or two.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good

While this follows the original fairly well, there's some deviations. It starts at Rosings when Darcy goes to propose but Elizabeth has just received word her father is dying.
What is actually annoying in these adaptations is that no one actually talks to each other. Darcy and Elizabeth spend more time not communicating. She never tells him what she's going through. He never tells her his worries about poachers and other issues. Its not a matter of miscommunication but no communication a
Estance Moriarty
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-quite-good
Either I had already read it, or I read a book so similar that having read this one feels like reading a book I've already read before.
Lovely plot, still, I wish I knew for sure whether I had read it previously or not.

Apart from a few instances of perversive toxic masculine behaviour, this book was quite lovely.
Rusty Bullerman
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Bit Long

This is a good story, but I thought it could have been shortened by about a third. After the first two dozen or so misunderstandings, it became tedious. However, her story line is not one that I've seen and I enjoyed it.
pamela k cronister
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite interesting

There were some new people and familiar people, old plot and new plot but the way that it was put together was what made it such a great read
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mr. Darcy’s Proposal is a “what-if” variation of Pride and Prejudice by Susan Mason-Milks. What if before Darcy had a chance to make that first disastrous proposal Elizabeth had received news that her father was gravely ill? And what if Mr. Darcy had the chance to know what Elizabeth thought of him before he proposed and made strides to demonstrate different behavior to her? These two alterations in the story drive Austen’s classic in an entirely new direction as Elizabeth accepts a proposal of ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if Mr. Darcy didn’t get a chance to make his dreadful proposal at Hunsford? What if Elizabeth’s father fell ill before any of his daughters were married? What if Mr. Darcy proposed a plan to save Elizabeth and her family? Susan Mason-Milks explores these questions in her debut novel, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal.

Throughout the book, Mason-Milks does a great job of showing rather than telling. Whether it’s tea stains on the carpet, horse riding or fun games splashing in the water and telling secrets
This was an enjoyable book, however, not one of my favorite Darcy and Elizabeth marriage of convenience fanfics. When Darcy goes to propose to Elizabeth at Hunsford he soon understands that Elizabeth had just read a letter from Jane asking for her immediate return home due to a serious illness of their father (who is not expected to recover). Darcy realizes that he cannot propose to Elizabeth now, but instead offers his assistance and his carriage. Elizabeth agrees and then tells him what she re ...more
Virginia Hill
Yes, I very much liked this book, but more importantly, after reading it I find myself even more enamored of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. I think this is a true testament to how beautifully Susan Mason-Milks crafted this "what if" version of Pride and Prejudice. I purchased it on a whim, which is so unlike me. I am so pleased I made that impulsive decision. To be able to spend so much time with Lizzy and Darcy was heavenly! I so loved being privy to what each was thinking and why they ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
I always enjoy spending time with Darcy and Elizabeth. I especially like reading variations. This Pride and Prejudice variation begins in Hunsford, right before Darcy proposes to Elizabeth. Before he gets to the parsonage to propose, she receives a letter from Jane explaining that her father is seriously ill. He is not expected to live much longer and Jane pleads for her to come home quickly. In her distress, Elizabeth tells Darcy, who then offers her the use of his carriage. She questions why h ...more
Warmisunqu Austen
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reseñas

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3.5 Austen.

Es cómodo y agradable seguir la historia, los diálogos de Darcy y Elizabeth son cautivadores, tienen ese aura de contradicción o mala interpretación del uno por el otro, que te mantiene en vilo.
La autora mantiene una constante sensación de misterio existente alrededor de los sentimientos de Elizabeth por Darcy (me agrada, no lo entiendo, lo mal interpreto, quiero que se acerque, quiero que se aleje, me asusta, lo lasti
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this variation was just not one of my favorites. There are a few reasons, but the main one is I don't like Elizabeth in this one. I think Elizabeth is a really complicated character, but here she just seems like a stuck up snob for most of the book. I know it's not fair to compare it to the real pride and prejudice, but I don't understand why after she discovers the truth of Wickham, and Darcy fixes Jane and Bingley's relationship, and seeing how good and nice he is at Pemberley, s ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
I am not going with majority opinion and offer praise of this book. If it were renamed "Diary of a Selfish, Misunderstood, Misunderstanding House Nag," the title would explain the storyline. Eventhough this P&P alternative is not written in first person, it reads like the journal of a sad and frustated woman. The story is a series of not-too-interesting events, most of which involve Darcy taking financial responsibility for the welfare of her family or being over-solicitous of Elizabeth. Eli ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
What happens if Darcy never gets to propose at Hunsford and instead meets a distraught Elizabeth who proceeds to tell him exactly what she thinks of him? Lucky for us (and them) Darcy decides to mend his ways in the hopes that Elizabeth will learn to care for him. Ms Mason-Milks delivers a solid interpretation of this oft used what if storyline and outs a unique spin on things to keep it fresh. I'm a fan of a little angst in my Darcy/Elizabeth stories so this was perfect for me. An enjoyable rea ...more
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