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Suddenly Mrs. Darcy

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Elizabeth Bennet never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger.

But when Mrs. Bennet accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband’s heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a
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Published April 2015 by Meryton Press
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Mrs. Bennet Saw Mr. Darcy in a Compromising Pose with Elizabeth?

You can easily imagine what she would do, right? Yep, the hysterics and accusations would fly, and too many people would know and talk. Leaving Darcy and Elizabeth no other recourse but to marry! Can you imagine?!?

In a heated debate about Wickham Darcy and Elizabeth are caught along together in a dimly lit salon at Netherfield Park. Havoc ensues, Mr. Bennet becomes involved, and the Bennets quietly depart from the ball early
Sheila Majczan
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book that brings me close to tears or even actually has me crying is going to be a first class book in my opinion.

I was anxiously awaiting this book as I had read about this new author and this first release on a blog. Of further interest to me, personally, was the fact that the author is a practicing barrister. I know of and read books by two other such authors, although of the male gender, Terry Brooks and John Grisham. Furthermore my husband is an attorney. Thus when I learned that this
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

This variation deviates from the plot of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ pretty early on. Here, when Elizabeth is dancing with Mr Darcy at the Netherfield Ball, she mentions Wickham, and he decides that he will tell her some of the truth of that gentleman’s character. He takes her aside, just inside a dimly lit room, and as he leans closer to speak to her... they are interrupted by the screech of Mrs Bennet, b
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful debut book by Ms. James! I was especially pleased that the action built to a single, easily recognizable climax, which so many JAFF authors don't seem to comprehend is the basis of a really good piece of literature. As such, this transcends ordinary fan fiction.

Elizabeth and Darcy really seem like the characters Jane Austen created, and the story, like Austen's, strictly follows Elizabeth without any description of what Darcy is thinking or what he's doing when he's not with her
Sheila Majczan
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the review I posted after I first read this story on my Kindle. Having won the paperback edition (among other books) in a raffle from The Darcy Monologues blog, I am rereading all the books won:

Any book that brings me close to tears or even actually has me crying is going to be a first class book in my opinion.

I was anxiously awaiting this book as I had read about this new author and this first release on a blog. Of further interest to me, personally, was the fact that the author is a p
Forced to marry a near stranger and not one she has a favorable opinion about. The new Mrs. Darcy makes the most of her situation and starts to settle into her new life with contentment and growing feelings for a husband that remains aloof until his secrets start to spill forth. What was a fragile union now may be shattered for good.

Meanwhile, being mistress of a grand estate, going about in society, empathizing with one sister's disappointed hopes while another sister brazenly flaunts propriety
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF
Shelves: favorites
Mrs. Bennet sees an opportunity and runs with it! I enjoyed this book very much as it is in Elizabeth's point of view. You experience along with her, her shock and dismay at finding herself married to Mr. Darcy when she thinks so poorly of him. However, her spirit rises and she does try to make the best of a bad situation. Or is it? I loved how Ms. James conveyed Elizabeth's feelings and portrayed her, in my opinion to canon, seeing her fall in love with the reticent and at times arrogant Mr. Da ...more
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Read this in a twelve hour period!!!

I am so glad a friend on Goodreads recommended this book!!! It was FABULOUS!! The plot twists and turns...the angst... The love between the Darcys was so well-developed!!! The supporting characters were interesting and kept the story moving along quickly!! Using Elizabeth's voice as the first person narrator was wonderful!!! This is one of the best P&P variations ever!!! I just can't believe how they keep getting published with these fresh new ideas!!!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque-read
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at Austenprose:

What happens when the independent, outspoken Miss Elizabeth Bennet finds herself forced to wed the proud Mr. Darcy, a virtual stranger whom she can barely tolerate? With their history of heated interactions, can they co-exist peacefully, let alone find companionship or affection? Jenetta James’s Suddenly Mrs. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice what-if story that deviates from Jane Austen’s canon at the point of
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, austenesque
Very unique P&P what if sequel. When Lizzy seems to be compromised at the Netherfield ball she must marry and her groom is more than willing and able, for it is Odious Mr. Darcy. As bobs your uncle Darcy and Lizzy are on their way to Pemberley. The only person Lizzy has to befriend is her maid. Much of the time he treats her like he treats Georgiana, imperiously.

The author weaves together the plots JA did write; the visit at Rosings, Lydia's elopement and Darcy separating Jane & Bingley along w
I did have a few issues with some aspects of this, which I'll talk about when I review it for Austen in August, but for the most part, I was able to set those aside, and enjoyed it. =)
Darcy & Elizabeth are discovered alone (in a room with an open door) by Mama Bennett at the Netherfield ball. They were only talking, but scheming Mama is mad at Lizzie for turning down her cousin, Mr Collins. She makes a scene and declares that Mr Darcy was kissing her daughter. Scandal is hushed up, quickie marriage ensues, and they leave the church directly for Pemberly.

Obviously, this isn't what Lizzie ever wanted, but she's determined to make the best of her marriage. She still views Darcy
Compromise or no compromise? That is the question.

This was a cute P&P variation where there is a compromise between ODC at the Netherfield Ball. This is the first book I've read by this author, Jenetta James and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was well written and easy to read. Ms James took you on an emotional journey in ODC's lives learning about each other while being married practically as strangers.

This story starts at the Nerherfield Ball where Elizabeth and Darcy are dancing and Elizab
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy are conversing at a ball, Mrs. Bennet makes a scene falsely accusing Mr. Darcy of kissing Elizabeth when he is only talking to her. Rather than argue the point, Mr. Darcy agrees to marry Elizabeth and a quick wedding is planned. Immediately after, they travel to his home, Pemberley, which is quite beautiful and large.

As Elizabeth and Darcy have essentially had no courting time which would allow them to get to know one another better, their marriag
James S
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good ‘forced marriage’ story

Not a lot of happiness in this book but is really how a forced marriage might happen and how it would effect Lizzy.

The event which seemed like a compromise happens at the Bingley Ball so the bad proposal hasn’t happened. The walks together on the Rosing trails haven’t happened. So Darcy is as proud and arrogant as he can be. Actually he seems more than what he was in P&P.

He has no idea what other people feel and he doesn’t care what they feel or try to find out. So
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book popped up on my Kindle Unlimited and being a sucker for a good Pride & Prejudice variation, I snapped it up. It is always great to find a new author and amazing that this is her first book and she is a barrister to boot. It is a well-written P&P variation taking off from the Netherfield Ball, where Darcy, about to tell Elizabeth something about Wickham, is caught by Mrs. Bennet leaning into Lizzie and accused of compromising her. He puts up no fight to the accusation and Lizzie soon fi ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
Suddenly Mrs Darcy was surprising in it's dazzling originality! I have only read several authors of Jane Austen fan fiction that I enjoyed, as I appreciate a writer who adds TO the story rather than take away and whose retellings are realistic and believable; Janetta James writes a novel with the same atmosphere and characters as the original classic, simply adding in a plausible twist that I was much impressed with in it's emotional depth and natural unfolding. The few characters that were adde ...more
Madenna U
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this variation idea. This book has its flaws but was a nice story.
This is one of my all time favorite JAFF books. I am very glad an audiobook was released, and I love the book's gorgeous new cover.
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this novel we find Elizabeth quickly married off to Darcy after events at the Netherfield Ball where Darcy, about to expose Wickham to Elizabeth following their dance is caught in what appears to be a compromising situation by Mrs Bennet. Premise made sense to me but I thought that Darcy would try harder to help Elizabeth understand the necessity of their situation and I thought he'd open up about his feelings sooner. Poor Elizabeth is learning of her husbands quiet nature and finding herself ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent Austen variation in which Elizabeth and Darcy are caught in a compromising situation at the Netherfield Ball and must marry in haste. Elizabeth can barely countenance her husband who is dour, proud, silent, and desires to have no contact with her family at all. Elizabeth tries to be a dutiful wife, but her anger and resentment continues to grow toward her husband...while she also comes to love him as well.

An excellent read--I literally could not put it down and read it in fewer tha
Eliza Baum
This was a nice take on P&P. My biggest complaint was that a lot of it felt summarized rather than shown. Not all of it, certainly, but I liked the interactions between the characters enough that I wish there had been more of it. I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth take control of her duties as the mistress of Pemberley and yet be rather insecure about her relationship. I liked her relationship with her maid. And of course the build of the romance was nice. ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-p-variations
This variation was different from those I normally see. It is all in Elizabeth's perception, so we are not privy to Darcy's thoughts. The openness in their marriage, and the trust, have to grow slowly. I liked that there were no explicit scenes. I also liked that the Darcy we see here stays very true to the character Jane Austen created. Very enjoyable.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, at the Netherfield Ball Mrs. Bennet states that Darcy has compromised Elizabeth and they must marry.
In a loveless marriage can these 2 people every have happiness?
A very minor point - I felt as Mrs. Darcy, Elizabeth was too complacent with Miss Bingley calling her Eliza.
Really enjoyed this story read it in one sitting staying up late to finish.
Another great Pride and Prejudice retelling, where Darcy and Elizabeth are forced into marriage by a misunderstanding of impropriety.
Told from Elizabeth's point of view, I had doubts at the start but it grew on me and I enjoyed it immensely. Even read it in a few hours as I could not put it down!
Sweet JAFF

This "what if" JAFF uses a unique twist in the story and does a great job developing it. The only issue I had was in the prologue, the actions of Mr. Darcy do not seem to match the rest of the story.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jane Austen and historical romance.
Recommended to Christina by: Meryton Press
I love this emerging author!
Hillary Hurst
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the second book I have read from Elizabeth's point of view which makes think I should actually read the original.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely story.

The story is still about Darcy and Elizabeth but under different circumstances.
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