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Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

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When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men--until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate ever ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Skyhorse (first published October 1st 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I'm sick as a dog. I have the flu. My head hurts. I read this book curled up in bed in the wee hours of the morning while every cell in my body was aching.

This book was just what I needed. It is one of the best Pride and Prejudice reimaginings I have ever read.

I read a horrifying amount of Pride and Prejudice fan published fiction. There is just something about Darcy and Elizabeth and Jane and Bingley that keeps me wanting more. I want to know what happens when they get married. I want to know w
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
4.5 stars! A Challenging Courtship Full of Concealment and Conflict

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Variation

TIME FRAME: Darcy’s Proposal at Hunsford through early June + epilogue

CHARACTERS: A very Darcy and Elizabeth centric story, but all our old friends make an appearance

SYNOPSIS: What if Lizzy didn’t say no? What if, after hearing Darcy’s insulting proposal, she focused on his surprisingly ardent love and passion instead of her previous judgments and impressions about him? What if, Lizzy felt Mr.
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J. W. Garrett
“Oh, Lizzy! Do anything rather than marry without affection.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

In this what-if variation of P&P, our author asks the question what-if Elizabeth didn’t refuse the Hunsford proposal. What-if she was honest with Darcy regarding her feelings of surprise and being completely unaware of his regard. He actually thought she returned his feelings and was expecting his proposal. The story progressed as Darcy attempted to ease her mind and offered to give her time when sh
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Pallabi Dutta
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 glorious stars

WOW. Just WOW.

I was already a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice. Like it's my favourite and I have read it three times already. I think I even memorised some of the lines from the novel. Which is weird considering I am never able to remember my business class notes. Nada.
Then when I was mulling over my thoughts of how I wanted to read more about Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and low and behold Goodreads-my darling-recommended me this book. It was just lovely. Goodreads knows
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Sheila Majczan
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read most of the longer than-a-sentence-or-two reviews on Amazon and have to agree with many of the positive comments. This book is excellent. It is one for which I would warn you that you will want to read slowly and contemplatively. And I read it in one day, starting early in the morning and ending late in the evening. PLUS it is one I will re-read.

The premise that Lizzy doesn't refuse Darcy at Hunsford but instead asks for a week to consider is one which is difficult to swallow. BUT this au
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Brenda
I have read many retellings of Pride & Prejudice now, many of which have portrayed Darcy as not really proud and disagreeable but merely misunderstood. I had forgotten that he does start out as proud and disagreeable in P&P and that he had character flaws that he had to work to overcome to be the man we all know and love and admire so much.

In this retelling Elizabeth does not tell Darcy in his first proposal all the things she does not like about him – what he did to Jane, his treatment
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Eliza Baum
(10/1/18) I've pretty much stopped counting how many times I've read this. It's an audiobook go-to when I can't make up my mind what else I wanna read.

Third (?) reading (10/26/16):

I'm officially changing my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars, as this has become one of my not-so-guilty pleasure stories. The audio book is fabulous, and it makes the raw emotion of it all that much more intense. I think I originally rated it down a star because there wasn't as much external conflict to make the story ex
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Leslie
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Soph
At some point in every P&P fans life they will ask did Lizzy really love Darcy? And after a few days of soul searching and reading they will decide yes, of course. Lara Ormiston runs with that question and creates an incredible book.

This is a P&P variation; where instead of Lizzy's famous set down of Darcy, following his proposal at Hunsford parsonage, she asks for time to think about it. Yes every one knows that Lizzy and Jane have sworn to only marry for the deepest love; but Lizzy is
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Mila
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,25 stars

This was wonderfully written and extremely convincing in its characterisations. I would really recommend it to anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice.
Laurel
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This Pride and Prejudice “what if” starts out one third of the way into the original novel at the pivotal moment when Mr. Darcy proposes to our heroine Elizabeth Bennet. This scene contains some of Jane Austen’s most brilliant dialogue revealing two protagonists so totally at odds with each other that we cannot see how they could possibly end up as a loving couple by the end of the novel. Mr. Darcy begins…“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allo ...more
Brittany
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such an interesting twist of Pride and Prejudice. If you ever wandered what would have happened if Elizabeth Bennett had never turned down Mr. Darcy's original proposal, back when he was still proud and unpleasant and Elizabeth didn't love him, than this is the book you need to read.

I liked how it still kept lines and events from the original book, just slightly altered a bit. This is by for the closest rewrite in Jane Austen's style I've ever seen. There were, of course, some noticeab
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Kasia Burlakoff
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2017
5 stars

A beautiful variation with Elizabeth accepting Darcy's offer of marriage at Hunsford. Both D&E emotions and thoughts are described in depth and are a pleasure to follow. Not too many events are taking place, but it doesn't matter. The personal journeys of D&E to deep and ardent love are fascinating. Darcy's from ' she has to be mine ' to ' how can I make her happy' . Elizabeth discovering his real worth and love.

Beautifully written, insightful, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Hig
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Nicole Barton Sasser
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Tandie
The writing style wasn't my favorite, but this was a decent story about Elizabeth and Darcy. Clean romance.
Isa Lavinia


The amazing Khanh (check out her awesome blog Bookistry) once mentioned we needed to form a support group for those of us horribly addicted to Pride and Prejudice retellings - and, more often than not, I'd finish one of these retellings feeling like I really, really needed help escaping this addiction: too much drama, too much angst, both Darcy and Elizabeth behaving like they'd been replaced by pod people considering how out of character they were both behaving.

Then the usual plot of Darcy a
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Barb
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF fans
I really liked this variation of Pride and Prejudice. In this version Elizabeth has determined she will consider Darcy's proposal at Hunsford, and discuss her concerns only vaguely. After she determines she may never get a better offer, she accepts. Darcy then begins their engagement by thinking she is neutral about him, and it will be in his power to win her heart before too long. Elizabeth is reluctant to come right out and tell him she was not neutral before the engagement, and in fact despis ...more
Suzie Waltner
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A re-telling of "Pride and Prejudice" examines the question of what would have happened between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy if she had accepted that first proposal at Rosings. Darcy knew that he loved Elizabeth at that time, Elizabeth knew that she did not love Darcy. Would they both come to realize their errors, their own arrogance and pride? Would each of them be willing to change who they were for the other?

This year I have been reading a lot of takes on "P&P", books from Darcy's persp
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Mariana
This is how Jane Austen spin-offs should be! I know this is literally fanfiction but Ormison really had me believing I was still reading the original P&P with a few alterations. Everything was so well done, and I could see that she respected and cared for the characters' personalities. Plus, I really liked that it took time for Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship to fully develop and to see each other as equals. Definitely a must read for any fan of the original book.
Susan
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
In this Pride and Prejudice variation Darcy's proposal goes as planned but Elizabeth does not respond in anger but with consideration. She asks and gets time to think about her answer. Will she accept or do her feelings about Darcy's prevent her from saying yes?
Loved this and read it in one sitting.
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
This was the first P&P am variation I ever read, which has led me to read 35 more in the past three months... They are addicting!!! This book was so sweet and filled with clean, intimate moments. Lots of great tension that led to a great deepening of the Darcys' love and affection for each other...
Jenny
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I loved it for so many reasons it's going to be hard to summarise and do justice to the story. This book is long... almost 14 hours on audio book but it's worth it!

We start at Huntsford where, still knowing and believing everything she did about Darcy as Jane Austen told us, she responds to his proposal for asking for some time to consider. In that time they talk, she asks so many questions and he answers them all. In the end she accepts and things go well until they return t
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Rita Deodato
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I believe my feelings for Unequal Affection were very similar to Elizabeth’s feelings towards Mr. Darcy. At first I did not like it. But the more time I spent with it, the more it captivated me and I ended up loving it.

Unequal Affection explores the possibility of Elizabeth accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford. The proposal itself is not written in the book, so we do not know how it was delivered, but we do see Elizabeth asking Darcy for some time to
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Patricia
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
What a wonderful love story! Another Pride and Prejudice variation that I bought from Audible with a credit after discovering that it hasn't even been published in book form yet. I took the chance considering there really were no real reviews yet, but I am very glad that I did.

In this variation instead of angrily turning down Darcy's proposal, Elizabeth has second thoughts after realizing that Darcy is in love with her. Certainly, she is angry about his rude proposal but she realizes that she w
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Kym
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has become an instant favorite of mine, and in my opinion, ranks among the very best of the P&P inspired retellings and sequels. I've read an awful lot of JAFF, and much of it is actually awful. THIS is excellent! Unequal Affection remains true to Austen's style, and retains the characters as Austen introduced them (or with only the most minor of differences). The story is well-written and enjoyable in its own right, and I should also mention that it is clean - again, in keeping with Au ...more
Rosemarie Short
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am a long term, unapologetic Austen fan. Not only of Austen's original works (Sense and Sensibility vies for my "favourite book of all time" position) but also of every spin off and re-imagining possible - Jane Austen Book Club, Austenland, Lost in Austen...you name it, I've probably seen it / read it. However I have to admit - I have never read a Pride and Prejudice re-imagining quite like this.

Usually (and I use this term with only personal experience to hold to) people seem to re-imagine s
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Elmo
Wonderful, just wonderful. There's not a lot of action in this story, it's more about feelings and how they can change gradually. I loved it. I especially liked Darcy, he was willing to really change for Lizzy, while he knew she didn't love him and without changing into a really sappy man. The scene in the billiard room is perfect!
This is a clean story with a limited number of characters. It's just Lizzy, Darcy, the Bennets, Bingley, Wickham, the Gardiners and Georgiana. Colonel Fitzwilliam, Car
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Sarina
On Chapter 17 now. I think Elizabeth recounting her childhood tales and past events of good deeds by her neighbours and her mother to Darcy, was a turning point. It made Darcy realize - realize that he was not really seeing them as people to respect, to converse with; that he should take care to not hurt Lizzie's relations and friends with his aloof demeanour and make an effort to be civil and somewhat interested in what they had to say.

This realization or change of perception in Darcy is - I t
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Christina
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Totally believable reimagining of beloved characters in Austen's masterpiece. Read straight through in one day. Lovely story and characters are not at all contrived. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Loved this DARCY!
Stacy
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall, it was a cute, sweet story. I did wish at times it would move faster or be more dramatic.
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