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Consequences is a cautionary tale about the evils of hasty judgment, revisiting Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and one of those pivotal moments when Elizabeth Bennet throws away Mr. Darcy’s offer of marriage so decisively. What transpires from that point is well known to Austen’s extensive readership, but what if even one element in the chain of events in her novel turn ...more
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Meryton Press (first published December 3rd 2013)
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Nicole Marie
This was superbly written, but the total devastation of the Book 1 variation far outweighed the enjoyment of the brighter variation in Book 2. I could not get past that feeling. Not sure how I could actually see the words to be able read through the sobbing...

I am just sad now. So the rating is probably slightly less than deserved at 3.5 Stars.
Ceri
Review first posted at Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

This is a variation on Pride and Prejudice in two books – the first explores a less happy outcome, which Elizabeth dreams prior to Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford, and the second book looks at what could have happened if she’d prudently accepted his proposal and so doesn’t give him the vehement response that changed his behaviour.

To make sense of this book I think it’s important to appreciate something of the s
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Mirta Ines Trupp
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
I understand the brilliance of the concept, but the first section is a difficult read. I have to rate this 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 only because of the emotional impact I suffered!
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Two variations (approximately 120-140 pages each) that explore two different possible outcomes of Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford Parsonage

TIME FRAME: The first variation (The Road Not Taken) begins the day of Darcy’s proposal and continues forty-two years into the future. The second variation (The Sleeper Wakes) begins early in the day of Darcy’s proposal and continues seven months into the future.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy, Jane Bennet, Lydia Bennet, Charlott
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Tamara
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF lovers
I really do not know how to write this review without giving anything away! Where do I begin? Okay maybe I should start by confessing I have been more naive than Lydia Bennet when it came to reading this book! Reading an excerpt of the book I thought I knew what this book was about, how wrong was I. While not intending to read this book just yet, a few reviews had me intrigued, one in particular from Austenprose said "There were times that the writing was so moving that I had to put the book dow ...more
Sheila Majczan
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for me. "How would you describe the plot of this book?" There are 2 different books within: one with lots of twists & surprises and the other fairly predictable. I have read none of Mr. Odom's books before. This kindle version was a loan.

This is a very difficult review to write. I was warned, and if you read the longer reviews you read the same types of warnings, (even from male reviewers) that you need a box of tissues handy. I also found that there were spoilers in many of the review
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Leslie
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Soph
WOW!!! This book is completely amazing. It is the singularly most unique Pride and Prejudice 'What if' I have read!

The book examines how seemingly tiny events can have profound impact upon the time that follows or the consequences of your decisions. The author weaves two separate outcomes into one book. Both are imaginative and unique.

What if: Lizzy didn't meet Mr. Darcy at Pemberley because his horse came up lame, so his expertise wasn't available to find Lydia, and Lydia was never recovered?
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victoria
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best Pride and Prejudice Variation

Although it pained me to read through the first part, I did appreciate it. We often forget how tragic it may have been had the chance encounter at Pemberly had never happened. I loved the second variation. C.P. Odom did not lose the essence of the characters at all.
Erika
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
I loved this book! I know if you have read other of my reviews I've said that many times, and I usually mean it, but this but has such a grip on me. I remember reading this from an internet JAFF site and loving it then with such emotion as well. I always cry towards the end on Book 1 every time I've read a version of it!! C.P. Odom has such a gift at writing and capturing the attention and imagination of the reader that you just can't help but be glued to his work!! I read this book all yesterda ...more
Talia
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know that I am coming late to the book and am sure everyone here has read it. I avoided it due to the promised tragic storyline. I did like the book very much but was rather disappointed that Jane and Elizabeth fell into such friendly and comfortable circumstances in the tragic storyline.
Monica
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque-read
I'm glad that I knew prior to reading this that it was basically two what-if tales in one; otherwise I may have given up halfway through and had to retrieve my pitchfork from under the bed to present to Mr. Odom. ;) I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that in Part 1, Elizabeth rejects Darcy's proposal which sets off a completely different sequence of events for everyone. Thus, it's angsty - not in a suspenseful way but just sad, as it is when bad things happen to good people. It's l ...more
Candy
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Consequences is a unique Pride and Prejudice retelling broken down into two sections. The first gives you a chance to see what could happen if Elizabeth rejected Darcy at the parsonage in Hunsford, and never saw him again at Pemberley. How devastating to her family that could be. The second shows what could happen if she accepted him right then, before all her prejudices are corrected.

I found the first book hard to read. It’s just so sad. The series of events set off by that refusal is tragic. B
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James S
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lots of the reviews have talked about editing errors, this book being an unrealistic downer and other what I consider nitpicks. All true, yet unimportant.

These two books are really one book. It is a detailed example showing how one small change can make a HUGE difference in outcomes . This book is Powerful. It made me cry. It made me mad. It surprised me. It made me root for happy/happier outcomes. It made me think.

It's a book I would want young teenagers to read in school or in summer school or
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Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Interesting variation

This book was good... Kept my interest but won't make my top P&P list... Good ending but not as intense in the romance department as I like the Darcys...
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Kim
Life is a series of calculations, steps and decisions that make up all of our experiences. What would happen if we had the ability to see how certain decisions affected the rest of our lives? Would we willingly change our fate and the fates of others or would we follow our instincts? C.P. Odom explores these questions in his latest Pride and Prejudice variation, Consequences.

We often see the consequences of Elizabeth Bennet’s choices in a different light via Pride and Prejudice retellings. In Co
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Anna
Consequences is a thought-provoking retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with two novellas joined together into a novel about the consequences of missed opportunities and how doing just one thing differently can turn everything around. The first part imagines how Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s lives would have played out had she rejected his proposal at Hunsford and then missed running into him later on when she tours Pemberley with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. The second part has E ...more
Jeffrey
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was unique in this genre' in multiple ways: It is a "what-if" re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice beginning with Elizabeth Bennet's considering Fitzwilliam Darcy's initial marriage proposal; it is written by a man which sets it apart; it is really two novellas combined into a single work.

The first novella explores the 'consequences' of Miss Bennet's refusal of Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal at Hunsford and draws this out in a worst-case-scenario over their lifetimes. To say it is unrele
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Julia M
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Christina
This is the kind of book that will stay with you for days after the last page. Having read it several times on-line site, I solicited publisher Meryton Press to please publish this story and consider me to edit it. When they did just that, I was surprised that Regardless of the many read throughs how it still brought me to tears. The first half of the book is not your typical happily ever after of the Jane Austen pastiche. Consequences made me weep; then weep for joy. C.P. Odom is a gifted story ...more
Kasia Burlakoff
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2017
I loved this clever variation with 2 different outcomes. The first one is painful, and I don't think I can read it again. But the second one had a HEA, with Elizabeth managing to look past her prejudices much sooner.
Margie's Must Reads
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just love re-tellings and "What if" variations of Pride and Prejudice!
Janet
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Consequences is two novellas in one book. Both explore some of the possible changes that could have occurred in Pride & Prejudice depending on choices made or events altered. The book was very well-written and insightful! I will review it in two parts, the way it was written.

Book I: The Road Not Taken

Oh. My. Goodness! The depth and despair of Book I evoked immense feelings. I had a difficult time putting the book down! I can truthfully say I have never read a Pride & Prejudice variation like thi
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Shanay
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
REALLY!
First let me say that this review is of only the first book because I was too depressed to read the second book and can not find a reason to finish. I have never read a book where I actually cried after reading it. That is how depressing this book was for me. I know there has to be at least one person who probably think it unfair of me to review a book only half finished and normal I would agree with you except this time I don't care.
****SLIGHT SPOILERS****
First off did there have to be
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Brenda
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Elin Eriksen
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two very different paths from the Hunsford proposal as this book has two parts. The first describes what would happen if ODC never encountered each other at Pemberley and a series of events made Elizabeth's circumstances, significantly reduced. A handkerchief might come in handy through this story, at least for a watering pot like me... Emotional and heart-wrenching tale and the end had me crying my eyes out as we follow Elizabeth through 40 years... Loved how she, in spite of all the curve ball ...more
Tammy O'keefe
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, heart wrenching, touching story!!! In Consequences, author C. P. Odom expands on the love story between Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I dove into the book wanting to read more about these two fascinating characters and Odom did not disappoint. What would happen had Elizabeth reacted differently to Darcy’s proposal? Odom spins a tale that perfectly intertwines pieces of Austen’s book with another look at the Darcy/Elizabeth romance that wil ...more
Esther
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought i was going to throw the book out of the window. I screamed i cursed i even cried with the first half of the book. The i was thrilled, i laughed and i absolutely LOVED IT
Madenna U
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Extremes! I can not think of a more heartbreaking first half based on a quick choice. The flip was much happier.
lori huff
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic

Having read some of the reviews prior to purchasing the book, I was aware of the significance of the two parts of the story. Even so, I'm impressed by the originality of the idea, and greatly enjoyed the story. The first half of the story was truly gut wrenching and almost difficult to endure. The emotions evoked were so raw and bleak, yet the story was riveting. Then the second part of the book comes and restores your breathing and your peace of mind, presenting a scenario so original
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Jacqueline Marshall
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
An Odd Story

Elizabeth Bennet follows two different paths in this Pride and Prejudice variation. She initially refuses Fitzwilliam Darcy’s offer of marriage. This is followed by one of the saddest love stories I have ever read. Her decision proves to be disastrous for her entire family. She then wakes up and realizes it was a dream. Her friend Charlotte then convinces her to be practical and accept the marriage offer. This story does not allow enough time for Elizabeth to see Darcy’s true charact
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