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Dreams and Expectations

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  23 reviews
While staying true to the characters of Jane Austen's much loved tale, this novel takes Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy on a much different journey than Austen did in Pride and Prejudice.

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet quickly recognize their feelings for each other and form a friendship, but misunderstandings and a bit of mystery and adventure hinder their
Kindle Edition, 489 pages
Published June 2012
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J. W. Garrett
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

I must admit, the opening was a bit hard to read with Darcy as a child, Georgiana a mere baby, and their mother dying. In her last moments of life, she tried to secure a vow or promise from her son, that he would ‘marry well.’ After Lady Anne’s death, Darcy’s father was incapacitated by grief. Finding the grieving boy, Lady Catherine attempted to answer his question regarding his mother’s request. She sm
Sheila Majczan
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Having recently read Mr. Darcy’s Vow by a different author, I found the first premise in this novel similar to the plot in that: Darcy has made a promise, a staunch vow, upon a parent’s deathbed. In this book it is that he will “Marry Well”. However, as a 12-year-old boy he, most unfortunately, finds the first adult at hand to explain what that means to be his Aunt Catherine. She has no compunctions about interpreting this to mean that he must marry his cousin, Anne, and above all he mu
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I own two of Wendy Sotis' variations and continuations of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and I have loved them both, especially All Hallow's Eve. So when I came across a few more of her books in the Kindle Store, I couldn't resist.

What I loved about Dreams and Expectations is that Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love practically at first sight. While each is the other's "dream come true," Darcy has much higher expectations for his marriage and cannot conceive of marrying the daughter of a seemingly
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh dear, I fear I am starting all the reviews of my favourite stories in this genre recently with "I fear this would offend some of the Jane Austen purists"... but what can I say, I found this story absolutely hilarious! There's still plenty of misunderstandings but none of the antagonism between the main characters. Instead, the author replaces this with some of the most incredible yarnspinning tale of intrigue ever. It's not a perfect novel. The loose ends are tied up simply too conveniently a ...more
Madenna U
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The first pages of this book where some of the most touching I remember reading in a long time. However the alternate plot with Wickham and Collins was a bit much for me. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He apologized...

...and this story took a wondrous turn.

With very bad villains, lots of intrigue, adventure and some kites.

A very well written tale, worth the time and money.
D.L. Carter
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
God dang this was boring

Long long long passages were flipped past in search of story. Serous need for content editing. Head hopping and repetition.
Gail Frisby
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I will read this book again,it was long but very entertaining. Love how Darcy and Lizzy love each other at first. Like it when Wickham and Lydia don't elope.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a longish book. With too many endings. Seriously there are several places the story could end and leave the reader satisfied. But even after the possible ending, logical ending, long drawn out ending you get the 8 generations later ending..... by the time I reached the last 15% of the book I was ready for it to end.

This story begins with the death of Anne Darcy where; on her death bed, she charges her son to “Marry Well!” This is some of the best writing I have encountered in a P&P b
Elin Eriksen
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A prologue with a twelve year old Darcy, saying his farewells to his dying mother and a dream of his future wife, sets the stage for this book.

Entering into the timeline of canon, the framework is kept but with additions and subtractions. The most significant change is the instant pull between ODC as their souls seems to connect instantly which leads to less misunderstandings.

Darcy however, is willing to sacrifice his happiness due to his mothers last words and his aunt Cathrines manipulations.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wow, well I certainly didn't see this book coming,
Rusty Bullerman
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good Story, but L-O-N-G

Wendi Soros is a very good author has written a very good story here. She has taken several previous plot twists that I have seen in other variations and put her unique touch on them. She also has some new twists that she has created and weaves a very good story. I enjoyed the story with the exception of the length. Her descriptions are thorough and in several cases border on overkill. Some things (Darcy's second proposal, Elizabeth losing courage when she sees Darcy House
E. Davidson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Enough already!

Prolific is one word for this author; addicted to description is another. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finally plowed through one novel and several awfully wordy samples to be freed long enough to write a review. This author dragged in every imaginable detail her mind could devise, most of which were either tedious or in some cases entirely inconsistent (a few days after injuring a hand—no spoilers here as to how—so seriously the apothecary absolutely forbade any use of
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it

While i did enjoy this variation there were some radical changes in some of the characters. I enjoyed her other variation more.
Warmisunqu Austen

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3.5 Austen.

Es interesante cómo Sotis nos llena de muchos detalles de su propia interpretación a partir de las variaciones que introduce en esta historia. La primera variación es que el señor Darcy conoce a Elizabeth antes de la presentación en la fiesta de Meryton; la segunda, que los Bennet y Gardiners están familiarizados con personajes del primer círculo de la sociedad londinense; y tercero que Wickham, Collins y Lady Catherin
Miriam Reeves
This was a fun book. I read the first few chapters in the book and then read the rest from her original version from a fanfic site. So my review is on a different edition of the book. I think the original writing had a lot less steamy scenes. When reading the book I almost wanted to put it down even though it was a fun plot. This was because of a line that said something similar to "His pants grew in size" Or something like that when he was listening to lizzy sing.

I do not enjoy the Pride and P
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
400 pages read over the course of one weekend - it was that good that I couldn't put it down! What if Darcy had noticed Elizabeth before he was introduced to her at the Meryton Assembly? What if he wasn't proud in front of her since she made him feel at ease (though others perceive his shyness as pride)? What if she was not prejudiced against him since he quickly apologizes for his comment on her being "tolerable" and contradicts it? What if they readily acknowledge their attraction to the other ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have followed this story since it was a fan fiction & I have loved it! I don't consider myself an Austen purist, so I like stories that are completely different from the original as long as they stick to the period. This is an awesome story as is Mrs. Sotis's other P&P work. I have throughly enjoyed this book.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
Brilliant! I felt like I was reading a non-stop adventure. What a story!

Book-hangover of epic proportions. I really had trouble getting back to reality with this story, and kept wishing for it to be hometime so I could get on the bus and continue reading.

I was really impressed with this story, and look forward to reading more from the author.
pamela k cronister
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this

although a trifle long, I found the characters and plot were quite interesting. I like this better than the last book of hers that I read.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I would have given this book a higher rating if it hadn't been for the strange ending. One reviewer on here called it a "Scooby-do ending." Yes, that's what it was...weird.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, but a bit long
I loved it. It was a great read. If you haven't read it and enjoy P&P related items I'd recommend it.
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Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. Years ago, while searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since.

The Marriage Pact, and some of her works-in-progress, have branched away to Regency Romance and Contem