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Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The truth is not as simple as he thinks...

Secrets have a way of coming out...

Notorious rake Lord Charles Carlisle and his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, can can only agree on one fact: a house party at Bentham Park is bound to be intolerably dull. To relieve his boredom, Lord Charles takes a bet that he can seduce his sister’s pretty friend. After all, it’s easy money for an e
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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by White Soup Press
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Path

TIME FRAME: A couple months after Darcy's proposal at Hundsford Parsonage

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Lady Eleanor Carlisle (original), Lord Charles Carlisle (original), George Paxton (original), Dowager Marchioness (original), and Lord and Lady Bentham (originals)

SYNOPSIS: What if Elizabeth didn't have a "very strong local attachment?" What if she wasn't "always at Longbourn?" What if Lizzy spent much of her childhood as a playmate and r
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J. W. Garrett
“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” Euripides

There are 152 reviews on Amazon with 55% rating at 5-stars and 30% rating at 4-stars. What could I possibly say that would add to that?

I enjoyed this story and was surprised it wasn’t full of sex. Reynolds has a reputation, you know. Oh, it got a bit steamy in places and there was a sensual quality to certain conversations, but it didn’t get beyond PG-13. Lord Charles was a confirmed rake, after all, and his thoughts were toward seduci
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Mary
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
'Oh,what a tangled web we weave,when,first we practise to deceive!'

Yes,dear reader,this quote often ran through my mind while reading this sweet and touching variation.

This story opens with star crossed lovers, whose heartiest desire is to wed.

Darcy and Elizabeth,I hear you ask? No,not quite! The gentleman in question is Darcy's former school chum,Geoffrey Paxton,who is deemed not eligible enough for Lady Eleanor's hand, as his origins are in trade.

Darcy is himself unlucky in love,as he is sti
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Rita Deodato
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I confess that when I bought this book my expectations were not very high. I’ve read dozen of P&P variations, and the last ones were always a disappointment.

When I started reading Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections I could not believe it! I was finally reading something that was not only good, but marvelous! I was afraid the story would disappoint me as I continued reading, but it never did! In fact, everything about the book was amazing!

This variation take
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Cassandra Grafton
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that you will enjoy a book written by Abigail Reynolds, and Mr Darcy's Noble Connections is no exception.

Set in Yorkshire, such is the skill with which Ms Reynolds wields her pen that the landscape and settings leave a powerful impression, so much so that they almost become another `character'!

The story begins with Elizabeth arriving at the majestic Bentham Park at the request of an old friend, Lady Eleanor Carlisle, who is being forced to marry
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Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have all of this author's books in paperback but now that I have a Kindle have started also collecting them on that device. I usually do not like having Lizzie and Darcy taken away from all that JA wrote in her original story, i.e., the settings, the characters, the events. And I recently gave a poor review to another author who used the names and put them into mostly porn situations. However, with Abigail the characters still ring true to me. I find it plausible that Elizabeth was educated so ...more
Nicole Barton Sasser
This was a very different type of Pride and Prejudice variation. Taking Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth out of the setting we are accustomed to and surrounding them by all new original characters...? Abigail Reynolds executed it flawlessly!

There were so many new characters with their own stories enter woven, yet I felt the focus and pull to my favourite couple even more than when an author has them dominating the plot and adding very little happening around them. There were also some amazing Mr. Darcy
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Kim
SO pleased with this variation. Awkward Elizabeth and Darcy were adorable and stole my heart from page one. And the slowly building sexual tension between them literally jumps off the pages.

This book proves yet again why Abigail Reynolds is the Queen of the Jane Austen fan fiction world.
Angie
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Twists, turns, loves, betrayals, misunderstandings, passion...and above all else, the need for propriety. Abigail Reynolds' latest novel takes Austen's beloved couple, Darcy and Elizabeth, and sets them among the elite of the 'ton,' the family of Bentham Park, providing the reader with an entirely new cast of characters, whose antics make the residence of Longbourn seem subdued by comparison.

Immediately after Darcy's disasterous proposal at Huntsford, Elizabeth receives an urgent message from he
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Elizabeth Bennet
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
There was so much wrong with this book that I don't no where to begin. I would first like to say that I have everyone of AR books and I know sometimes it's a gamble with her. My favorite book she's written is To Conquer MR.Darcy. It was my first and lead me to seek more from the author. I even hesitated buying this one because I think she can draw out angst way to far (as she did in this book). This book was in no way a pleasure to read it was head splitting torture. I don't want to read about D ...more
Matilda
I quite enjoyed "The last man in the world" last year so I was eager to read more of Abigail Reynolds. Unfortunately I found this opus quite disappointing. It is mainly constituted by dialogues without the hint of a description or setting to go with it. What I found interesting and well done in the other book, that it is to say the development of the "what if" situation, is here overdone I think. It is not Darcy and Elizabeth anymore, but other characters having the same names and vague connecti ...more
Victoria
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, austen
Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections is a Pride and Prejudice variation taking place after Darcy's disastrous first proposal at Huntsford. Elizabeth had been summoned by her childhood friend Lady Eleanor who was being forced into a marriage with a dandy, while being in love with a gentleman whose fortune came from trade. Through fate, Darcy and Elizabeth are reunited, and must work through their feelings for one another. It's a very busy novel, with many different plot points all appearing to happen at ...more
Kendal
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mr. Darcy's Noble Connection is another wonderful Austenesque novel that puts a little twist to the traditional Pride and Prejudice story. It opens with Elizabeth, after rejecting Mr. Darcy, coming to a friend's need. I love that there is so much family drama and that drama has nothing to do with the Bennets. Even the members of the Ton can misbehave.

There is a lot of romance in this book as well. The relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy really blossomed. I really loved the passion betwe
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Kasia Burlakoff
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2017
5 stars

I loved this story with D&E meeting post Hunsford at an estate of Darcy's noble cousin. The original characters were very well written and interesting. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of the Dowager, Lady Eleanor and her rake of a brother, Lord Charles. The female guests were especially amusing.

Apart from ODC budding romance, there is a lot of intrigue, jealousy and falsehood. The plot is very good, and the pace is fast. At the end, everything comes to a satisfying conclusion.
Teresita
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a family!

A fast paced story that she that in every family there are stories to tell. I loved this story that I had read before but never reviewed. Thoroughly enjoyable and worth all the time spent with it.
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful P&P variation

Another great Pride and Prejudice variation from Abigail Reynolds. The new characters add some spice to a non-canpn P&P variation. Overall delightful read.
Megan
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Reynolds writes the best Pride & Prejudice variations, hands down, and her newest installment is no exception. I look forward to every release and I am already impatient for whatever the next one is going to hold.

This book was just so much fun! It is completely different than any of Mrs. Reynolds’ other variations. You won’t see Charles Bingley, or his sisters, nor Charlotte Lucas, or even Elizabeth’s sister Jane or her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. This story introduces some new relations of
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Eliza Baum
Re-read 3/9/17

Raising rating from 2 stars to 3 stars. My original annoyances with this book still stand; however, I think I have a better appreciation now for the Abigail Reynolds style. She does have a way with characters that I appreciate, as they're vibrant even when they're inconsistent like they sometimes are here. It's not my favorite of her books, but some of the plot points bothered me less for having read more JAFF and more AR.

Original read 7/8/15

This is a weird one for me to rate. The
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Candy
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
I loved reading Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections! With touches of a Shakespearian comedy, this Pride and Prejudice variation will have you laughing and swooning!

Our story begins a few months after Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth in Hunsford...

When Lady Eleanor Carlisle, a childhood friend of Elizabeth's, needs help Elizabeth is right there to lend a hand. Lady Eleanor is in love with Geoffrey Paxton, unfortunately, her father does not think Paxton is a good suitor and has made arrangements
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Elmo
I did like this book, but I missed some romance. There are one or two romantic scenes with Darcy & Elizabeth, but the first was too sudden for me, as was Elizabeth's change of heart, and after that (which is somewhere halfway), there is a lot of action, but D&E have not much time together. And I don't want to spoil anything, but after what happens with Darcy, I expected a long scene with explanations, discussion of their feelings about it and a lot of kisses, but Darcy gets only a few li ...more
Deb
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of Reynolds P&P variations. In this book, after the rejected proposal, Darcy & Elizabeth find themselves at a country house party--away from most of the regular P&P characters. Darcy still torn over his feelings about Elizabeth, strives to project her from his cousin Charles, who has made a bet that he can take advantage of her virtue. Elizabeth begins to understand and appreciate Darcy.

I missed the regular characters of P&P and didn't form a strong attachment to
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Jennifer
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Entertaining, but it was not a believable alternative to P & P. I felt like I was reading about two entirely different characters rather that Elizabeth and Darcy. The writing was primarily dialogue ( verbal and internal) and the perspective alternated between Darcy and Elizabeth so you knew exactly what each was thinking. The suspense was therefore created by an over-the-top storyline. Despite these flaws, it was an entertaining storyline with interesting characters and lots of plot twists. ...more
Cathy
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I have read almost all of Abigail Reynold’s books by now, and she never disappoints! She is the queen of P&P variations! I was skeptical of this one at first because it contained so many original characters as the main plot for a variation (as opposed to a sequel, in which it would be necessary) but it was very well done! Darcy and Elizabeth end up coming to an understanding in a very different scenery and it was absolutely delicious. One thing that it did lack due to all thi ...more
Jacqueline Marshall
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well Done - Until The End of the Story

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are each visiting a friend and run into each other. Their two friends are in love and are a secret couple. This means Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam run into each other all the time and eventually form a relationship. This story is interesting and well written. I really enjoyed it until the last few chapters. I think the story became somewhat silly. There were several couples in this story and they all began to act somewhat
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Brooke
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an odd genre I have not read before—the Austen variation. (I read Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, but that's more of a parody.) The plot begins several months after Darcy's failed proposal, but continues along an alternate path. All the witty banter and weird Regency rules apply here (You went walking in the abbey ruins with a man—alone! Now you have to marry him!), but there's way more scandalous rumor and much kissing. I enjoyed it.
Sabrina
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not bad for fanfiction, though I had higher hopes that if I was paying for fanfiction I might get something with fewer cliche tropes but I did not. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read. I don't know that I'd pay for any more of her books though.
Angela Clayton
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is top shelf JAFF--entertaining with new characters to liven up the familiar and no obvious lapses in character. Abigail Reynolds has come a long way since the last time I picked up one of her books.
T
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. 4.5

Though it has references to the P&P backstory, it could happily stand alone. Intrigue, drama, and romance!
Christine
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I'm a sucker good P&P retellings. This one was fun as well.
Jane Summer
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Had some sweet moments (like the scene in the garden) and the premise was very intriguing with interesting new characters, but the ending fell a little flat for some reason.
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can’t follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby d ...more