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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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L A i N E Y
Brilliant Regency-esque writing with barely any amount of anarchism as to be entirely negligible. Which sadly got sincerely hurt by the length of its story. Still worth checking out for readers who love Pride & Prejudice variations though.



Audiobook narrated by Carmela Corbett
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Katie Lumsden
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this one - a very intriguing and interesting Pride and Prejudice retelling, a kind of novelised thought experiment and character study, full of little details and fantastic writing. Very compelling and good fun. I'd highly recommend.
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 she le
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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 clever a
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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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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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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 of Wick
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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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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... ...more
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
Sara
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
“‘My only regret is that I did not love her more. If I had loved her more—if I had thought more of her feelings and less of my own—then I would have courted her properly… I was selfish!—because I thought only of how much I wanted her; I was arrogant because I was so certain that marriage to me would be an unalloyed good for her. She was poor; I would make her rich. She was unmarried; I would make her a wife. She was unappreciated and unequalled in her current company; I would take her an
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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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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
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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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.
Stephanie
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this a few weeks ago and forgot to add it, apparently. It was fun and soft; Lizzie was much more polite than I’m used to; Mrs. Bennett is a treasure.
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. Highly reco
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Nicole Marie
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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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James S
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saddest variation I’ve ever read

336 = the number of pages in the book
Early in the book Darcy proposes and Lizzy accept even though
She hates him
292 = the page Darcy overhears that Lizzy detested him
315 = the page Lizzy decides she loves him now

So for almost the whole book and for much longer before the story starts Darcy knows he was detested. And how does he take it? He’s sorry he forced a marriage on her and wishes he hadn’t because if she ever meets a man she can love, he will have made her l
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Sharyn
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I listened to this book, and it may sound sacrilegious, but I liked the way she changed parts of the story. Well written and reimagined, if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy the first time he asked. All the characters remained true to Austen but the story line changed in interesting ways. The misunderstandings remained and Darcy was the brooding yet lovesick hero.
Penny
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
2.75*

Cute, but too long.
Tandie
The writing style wasn't my favorite, but this was a decent story about Elizabeth and Darcy. Clean romance.
800£Chimneypiece
I thought of giving it two stars, but I don't think it deserves them.
It honestly baffles me how this has such high ratings.

The premise was intriguing: what if Elizabeth had actually accepted Mr Darcy's first proposal? Sadly, the execution was not so satisfactory.
First of all, the length: the whole original novel is about the same length of this one, that takes place only in the second half.
At first, I was not displeased: the dialogue was reminiscent of the original and was a decent evocation, an
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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 Darc
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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 perspecti
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Annie Allan
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one off those okay books, written with the mission of toying the Great Big Love Darcy has been harbouring for Elizabeth but never gotten quite said. The beginning was actually quite promising, although the explanation of Elizabeth alternative response to the purposes was flawed, it was passable. But the narration soon dives into paragraph upon paragraph of Darcy's verbal pure adoration for his dear betrothed, it was just too much.
Now, the thing I loved most about this man was his actions
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Leah
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I must say that going into this I was hoping to read a story about Elizabeth and Darcy's married life and how Elizabeth would adjust to being thrown in amongst the rich. I did not however expect a story purely based on the engagement, set between the time of the proposal and the wedding but I enjoyed it greatly. While the story had not much plot and was very character driven it was still entertaining enough to keep me hooked. There is a few times reading I thought "Darcy would never-" or "Elizab ...more
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