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"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." When Fitzwilliam Darcy spoke these words to Elizabeth Bennet as part of his marriage proposal, they expressed his concealed feelings completely, but their meaning was at odds with the rest of his prideful and arrogant offer of marriage. It was therefore rather easy for Elizabeth to reject his offer in much ...more
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Published February 28th 2013 by Meryton Press
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Sheila Majczan
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheila by: Christina Boyd
4.5 stars: this book was a kindle loan.

I read all the longer versions of reviews on Amazon and, indeed, took much longer to think about what I wanted to write here than I usually take. I finished this book three days ago. Plus I have only recently been reading Mr. Odom's other books. I do enjoy his writings and kept in mind that this was a male author when reading the passionate nights/scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy.

I have to agree with Meredith and several other reviews that it was a stretc
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What if Darcy, remembering the many conversational faux pas he's made in the past with Elizabeth Bennet, spent some time contemplating and carefully selecting the words he would use in his proposal to Elizabeth Bennet? What if Darcy went to Hunsford Parsonage (after spending the night writing himself helpful cue cards) with an eloquent, heartfelt, tender, and most civil proposal? What if Elizabeth still refused him?

The Result: An emotionally charged exchange that was as intense as it was turbule
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James S
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A very well written and fun read. Darcy writes his proposal, so he is not tongue tied, and while writing it, turns it into a ok proposal.

Things move on from there. Some characters have small personality changes also, like many other variations.

So have I got you all riled up to read it? No, of course not. I'm depending on all the other reviews for that. I'm writing a review because there is a scene between Lizzy and Lydia you cannot miss. If this was a horrible book, this scene would still make r
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J. W. Garrett
“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.” –Gabriel Garcia Márquez Love in the Time of Cholera

Rating: MA: Mature Audience: yeah, they went into the bedroom: “It is not beauty that keeps a relationship alive, it is attachment. Without attachment, a naked body is merely a lifeless sex toy.” –Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

This review may contain spo
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Anna Fitzwilliam
This is a wonderful book. We don't have kidnaps, amnesia, murders, the story pretty much followed the canon timeline with some variations (of course!), but it was a realistic and delightful path.
I believe I never read the main characters being so good humored before as they are here. Elizabeth is so nice. She can be stubborn, but likes to laugh, she is positive and she isn't annoying perfect. Darcy is very Darcy, maybe he is more dearing and impulsive. But he isn't too perfect and unreal. Well,
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Elin Eriksen
Pride and Prejudice variation.

Pride and Prejudice variation with a forced marriage scenario.
Expound upon what would have happened if Darcy first proposal was uttered in a more civilised manner.
Rated: M

Entered at the Hunsford proposal which was conducted in a much more civilised manner although the outcome was much the same.
An excessively stubborn Elizabeth was little impressed by his addresses, civil or not...
Unfortunately, they continued to quarrel until the Hunsford party returned and the s
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Leslie
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
This is good story with reasonable twists and turns, no psychos, no sprained ankles and no bizarre accidents. Unfortunately tainted with several pages of unpleasantly explicit content. Having just read Consequences I found entire sections that had been lifted from one to another. Since I don't have an eidetic memory I am sure if I hadn't just read the book it would have been long forgotten.

This Pride and Prejudice 'What if” offers a proposal at Hunsford parsonage that isn't full of Pride and dis
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Sophia
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another engaging Pride and Prejudice 'What-If' Retelling that explores what would have happened if Darcy had offered a much different proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. What if he didn't insult her, but instead was civil? Would it make a difference? Would it change everything after that?

I will not offer a summary of this one because I want the reader as delightfully surprised as to what happens as I was. I will say that the story takes off right at the point where Darcy plots out his proposal and set
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Candy
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
Loved this story!! As you probably know by now, Pride and Prejudice variations/what-ifs are my favorite stories to read. A Most Civil Proposal is a variation that I am going to have to put into my top 10 favorites!! It’s that good!

What if, Darcy was more thoughtful during his proposal to Elizabeth? What if he took the time to think out his proposal, and write it down on paper before going to the parsonage to make an offer to Elizabeth? Would Elizabeth be more willing to accept him, despite her a
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Eliza Baum
I debated a bit on whether to rate this book 3 stars or 4 stars. Though I ultimately choose the lower rating, there wasn't anything about this book that was awful, and it's likely that the things that annoyed me probably won't annoy everyone.

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Erika
Great story writing

Okay so this is my second (maybe more) time I have read this story and still love it. I love the story telling of C.P. Odom. He just spun his tale and waited to catch his "victims," I just loved this Darcy. He was more introspective and cautious at times, and yet in essence he was still the same Darcy we all loved!! Oh and don't get me started on the proposal cause I might swoon!!! It is every female dream proposal!!

I, for the most part loved this Elizabeth as well, though li
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
This was thoroughly pleasant and engaging and I feel like I've forgotten much of it already. Kind of standard for an Austen continuation, not that I've read that many of them. It does the language pretty well, although there are some Americanisms in there. The tone feels right, as does the portrayal of places. Georgiana felt pretty spot on. The sex is good and felt somehow period appropriate. The problem is the complete lack of any bite. There's no angst, not really, or anything approaching the ...more
Sue
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did really like the premise of this book. I loved Darcy's coping techniques and how he writes things down before he endeavors to speak. Caroline was surprisingly well written and I loved her personality...after all she's not an unintelligent woman. The author had me in the prologue. I was hooked seeing Darcy's thinking process. All of the characters were very well fleshed out. I didn't realize I'd neglected to think of some of these circumstances or keys to their personalities. I was trying to ...more
Cettina Barbera
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nor Pride neither Prejudice have a big role in this tale and yet the author managed to create a very believable Darcy and Elizabeth.
If there was a thing I didn't like, it was the depiction of the evolution of Lizzy's feeling toward Darcy, I believe she was unnecessarily doubtful about her love for him for too much and yet she was so very... ehm... warm in the physical aspects of their relationship, I found it a bit incoherent.
Even so, there was very much about this novel that I liked, even love
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Ann Smith
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff
I really enjoyed this book - although I was amazed when I realised it was written by a man (sorry, sexist I know). The story starts with Darcy realising that the proposal he had in mind to make would be unacceptable and deciding to sit down and write down a more 'civil' version. Elizabeth still refuses him and there still ensues a 'brisk exchange of views' between the two but the overwhelming anger they both feel in the original is tempered by their attempts at civility. the scenes between the t ...more
Katherine
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obtained a PDF of this book from www.meryton.com
What an interesting twist! Darcy's propsal is actually beautiful and one Elizabeth will remember for years! Regardless of the mode of his declaration she still refuses him but they discuss Wickman and Darcy's involvement in the Hunsford cottage right after the proposal versus in a letter. However, now that Darcy and Elizabeth were seen by the staff alone for over an hour and even in the woods alone, a rumor starts that Elizabeth is his mistress. Wi
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Victoria
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
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Sandra
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent variation of P&P where Darcy offers a better proposal, one more thought out and decent and kind. Lizzie still refuses him, but after much discussion, they come to a better understanding of each other where she accepts him more quickly. Obstacles still remain in the way, Mr. Bennet being one of them. This story re-examines his character in my mind. Loved it!
Eden
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is quite late, since I first read this book a year ago - shortly after reading its unpublished version archived at AHA. It's one of the first P&P books I've ever read, and has been on my top five list ever since. I've re-read it many times since then. (The for me amusing and pleasing difference to the unpublished version: the one unnecessary squicky scene I won't mention that was in the unpublished version was stricken from the published version.)

I love Odom's writing style, and
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T
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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lori huff
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful

This new perspective was very satisfying, and answered the question of: why didn't Darcy defend himself when Elizabeth threw those accusations at him in the Hunsford parsonage during his disastrous proposal? This time he does, as he first proposes in a much kinder way, then asks for a rational explanation after she accuses him. I imagine a lot of us lovers of P&P always thought so much of the heartache could have been prevented if only ODC had been open and honest with each other. A
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Linda
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Most of this book takes place between Mr. Darcy's proposal in April 1812, through the wedding during the same month, up to Lydia's aborted "elopement" in August. A very satisfying read, except for the author's portrayal of Mr. Bennet, but at least father and daughter were eventually reconciled. I especially enjoyed the Epilogue, which encapsulated 45 years of Darcy marital history as well as other major characters' fates.
Jessica
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-p-variances
I am like 90% positive I have read this book before - or at least one so similar that they were one in the same. I am dedicated to adding books on here that I have read, especially P&P variances because I do read so many of them, so I think its unlikely that I read this and never marked it. But even if I have indeed read this book before, then it was just as good as the first time. 3.5 stars rounded up.
Jasmine
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, fanfiction
DNF- Got bored.
Warmisunqu Austen
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reseñas

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El autor sabe cómo engancharte desde el principio de la historia porque sigue las líneas del original pero de cada punto hace su propio análisis y profundización de los hechos con un ritmo trepidante por momentos y una continuidad natural de los hechos a partir de la variación.

Los sentimientos de Darcy son muy claros y profundos desde el principio de la historia y era un tanto frustante ver que Elizabeth era tan remilgada, pero e
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Erika
Great story writing

Okay so this is my second (maybe more) time I have read this story and still love it. I love the story telling of C.P. Odom. He just spun his tale and waited to catch his "victims," I just loved this Darcy. He was more introspective and cautious at times, and yet in essence he was still the same Darcy we all loved!! Oh and don't get me started on the proposal cause I might swoon!!! It is every female dream proposal!!

I, for the most part loved this Elizabeth as well, though lik
...more
Carmen
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-p-variation
A well thought out and orchestrated Pride and Prejudice variation. Loved it!

Synopsis from cover

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." When Fitzwilliam Darcy spoke these words to Elizabeth Bennet as part of his marriage proposal, they expressed his concealed feelings completely, but their meaning was at odds with the rest of his prideful and arrogant offer of marriage. It was therefore rather easy for Elizabeth to reject his offer in much the same manner. But what if
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colleen churm
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Most Civil Proposal.

Really great story about Darcy deciding to write out his proposal to Elizabeth, and it came out quite lovely, but she still didn't accept, and he still didn't give up! Unfortunately, gossip at Rosings Park caused a stir, with gossip to far and wide that Lizzie was compromised! Lizzie have Darcy a chance to woo her but Mr. Bennet wouldn't condone or bless their marriage. Strong minded Lizzie went on with her new life with the Blessing of the wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner,
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