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A Matter of Chance

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When single-mother Lizzy Gardiner meets William Darcy, he doesn't make the best of impressions. Can the two of them leave their pasts behind and find love with each other, or will the ghosts of the past return to keep them apart?

Includes an A Matter of Chance vignette.

This book has scenes with adult content and a bit of adult language.
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published December 25th 2013 by L. L. Diamond (first published November 17th 2013)
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Sheila Majczan
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars: Some SPOILERS herein.

This is a modern take-off of Pride and Prejudice. The names of the characters and some places are the same and the main actors’ behaviors resemble canon. BUT set in a modern world the story's premise is not the usual vague copy of the premise in Jane Austen's masterpiece. This author makes the story all her own.

In this tale Elizabeth Gardiner nee: Bennet had been prodded to "seek" both her parents' approval continually during her years in a family of five girls. F
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For years Lizzy Bennet was the daughter of two harsh and disapproving parents, but at the age of twenty-one she opted to become Lizzy Wickham and settle for a loveless marriage to earn her parents approval and support. After nearly six years of misery, abuse, and abandonment, Lizzy, in order to protect herself and unborn child from further mistreatment and harm, left her husband, Greg Wickham. Now she goes by Lizzy Gardiner (a name she chose to honor her beloved great aunt) and has divorced her ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff-modern
4.5 stars
Elin Eriksen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A romantic love story that was particularly well adapted into the modern world.
Especially intrigued by the unique and inventive twist to Wickham and the generous amount of pages with ODC together.

Single mom, Elizabeth, was introduced to her brother-in-law's haughty friend. His off-standish attitude did not endear him to her.
He was only trying to quell his attraction by avoidance but when he finally caved in and asked her out, the reply was not what he was looking for.
He managed to improve he
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It starts with an almost tragedy

And from there it takes the reader to a very interesting love story. A really good d that keeps you turning pages.
A Matter of Chance is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. L.L. Diamond puts the characters in the U.S. South, turning Longbourn into an Antebellum home. Lizzy Gardiner — having cut ties with the Bennets — inherited the home from her great aunt and lives alone with her two-year-old daughter and overprotective dog, Bear. She teaches art at a local college and prides herself in not depending on anyone for anything — not since she showed up at her sister and brother-in-law ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books

Dear Reader,

This is a modern,low angst P&P variation that is centred around a very loving and romantic Darcy and Lizzy.

Lizzy,a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of none other than her husband Greg Wickham,and her adorable little girl Melanie,are not what Darcy is seeking in a prospective partner.

Fearing how his shareholders,family and friends will react,he initially fights his attraction to Lizzy,only for him to arrogantly ask her out on a date,some time later.

Woefully expressing hi
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a modern Pride and Prejudice variation. Which leads to the question ... what makes a story a P & P variation.

I will start by saying that this is an enjoyable and satisfying read. And it probably would have been just as good if the characters had different names and addresses.

The book begins as 21 year old Lizzy Bennet is preparing to marry Greg Wickham to make her parents happy. It is not a good marriage but her parents will not hear anything against the groom. He beats her brutally and
Elizabeth Bennet
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you believe my rating? I would never have believed a book where Elizabeth marries someone else would still gain such a score. The reason this worked for me, I believe, is because this really isn't a P&P in the traditional sense. The year is 2012 the location America. Elizabeth wants to please her parents, something she's never been able to do, and marries Greg Wickham. There are a few other names that have changed along with personalities. Lizzy Gardiner (as she goes by now) does not marry f ...more
A modern P&P retelling that had too much drama and was often tedious. The same conversations happened over and over. Lizzy doesn’t want to accept William’s help. Lizzy’s parents are horrible. Wickham is an evil man. ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is only the second modern Pride and Prejudice I have read, the first being Perfect Fit by Linda Wells. And just like with that novel I absolutely adored this book. I love reading a supportive Darcy and Lizzy relationship. It does suck that Lizzy was married to Wickham before she meets Darcy but I do love her daughter she had with him. Well not with him per se because he didn't believe that she was his. He was basically just a sperm donor. The Wickham in this book was a absolute monster. Who ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!! This story is a keeper. I have read it twice already. Will Darcy and Elizabeth Gardner find happiness. Elizabeth marries Wickham and has a child with him. It is a bad relationship but, she is strong and determined to be the best for herself and her daughter. There is no georgianna is the story, she is killed in a car crash. Jane and Bingley are happy together. I want more from this author.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It was sweet

I think it's really 3.5 stars. I don't like too much angst, because it gets tiresome, but I thought William and Elizabeth became a couple a little too quickly. Also, I wanted more insight into the awful Bennets, because they barely popped up, though I was glad Wickham didn't get more time. And no real threats from Caroline or Aunt Catherine was a bit disappointed.

This may sound weird, but since the story was a modern adaptation, I was thrilled that Mr. Darcy was referred to as Willia
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, owned
Loved this story!
This story was well-written and at times very moving. Elizabeth survives a very abusive first marriage to learn to trust and love, something that never existed with her first husband. The love story that came to be for her and Darcy was excellent. While there wasn’t too much intrigue in the story, I felt like I was given the gift of looking into the window of their lives and watching from the outside into the story of two lonely people that became a family. In the end, the villa
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in the Southern US, this modern Pride and Prejudice story has Lizzy Gardner as a single mom who escaped an abusive marriage, and William Darcy does not make the best of impressions on her. A very interesting modern twist on the Jane Austen novel that also features Jane and Bingley as major characters while Lizzy's family rejects her for leaving from her charming and abusive ex-husband.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on My Kids led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice

This is my first modern JAFF !! I finally plucked up the courage to move out of the Regency era and luckily for me this book did not disappoint!' I think the key for me was whether I would be able to recognise Austen's Darcy 200 hundred years later and the answer was yes. Surprisingly a modern day Mr Darcy seemed more tangible, 1800's Darcy is a fantasy, yet modern Mr Darcy seemed real!!!

With a no nonsense approach we get straight into
Rachel Collins
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-jaff
I wasn't sure I was going to like this based on the overview (a single mom Lizzy? really?), but it just works. The story is put together really well. William is patient and loving (and kind after a few classic Darcy hiccups), and Lizzy is strong and wonderful. Definitely recommended.
wendy luther
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it

Awesome dev re-read I enjoyed it very much ...........would recommend over and over ....for a modern day telling want to.snack the Bennie family lol
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Things move along quickly and rely on us knowing the characters are meant to be together, but it feels weird rather than cutesy because of Lizzy’s abusive marriage. Finding Lizzy’s super quick turn around on her feelings a little too easy to be true, never mind her easy acceptance despite her past. I was also uncomfortable at some of William’s behaviours, which are a little controlling. We are supposed to know Darcy is a good guy and there can be a fine line between stalkery and adorable in dati ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another instant favorite! Which is great. I've been so iffy on the last few I've read.

Elizabeth was pushed by her mother to marry Wickham in this current day variation. After an extremely abusive relationship, she calls it quits, when she is finally beaten half to death, towards the end of her pregnancy. It induces labor, and it is a miracle Elizabeth and her child, Melanie survive. Charles and Jane, as a happily married couple help support her, until she is able to stand on her own two feet. E
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Matter of Chance

Enjoyable modern variation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. No matter what time in history Darcy and Elizabeth are written, his pride and her prejudice rules their first encounters. This story takes place in Antebellum South with the beautiful plantations along the Mississippi River. Lizzy has inherited Longbourn from her Aunt Mel Gardiner, and Jane, a prominent lawyer has written a legal document that prevents anyone from taking to plantation or money she inherited from h
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L. L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends, and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she has spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans until she followed her husband to the ends of the earth as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.

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