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Pride and Proposals: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  56 reviews
What if Mr. Darcy’s proposal was too late?

Darcy has been bewitched by Elizabeth Bennet since he met her in Hertfordshire. He can no longer fight this overwhelming attraction and must admit he is hopelessly in love.

During Elizabeth’s visit to Kent she has been forced to endure the company of the difficult and disapproving Mr. Darcy, but she has enjoyed making the acquain
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Create Space (first published May 12th 2015)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What if Colonel Fitzwilliam Called and Proposed at Hunsford First?

In her second Pride and Prejudice variation, author Victoria Kincaid presents a most poignant premise – she explores what would happen if Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam receives an inheritance and was able to marry whomever he chooses. And it just so happens, he chooses Elizabeth Bennet…Poor Darcy was just minutes too late to make his proposal! His cousin proposed first and was happily accepted. Now he must learn to hide his disappoi
Sheila Majczan
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those times when I cannot say too much about a book, literally. I must limit my comments so as not to deny the pleasure of discovery, of revelation, to other readers. Be warned: if you have any tendency to cry with angst, with pleasure or even sadness, this book will evoke such. I did not count how many tissues I used today. Yes, I bought and read this novel in only a matter of hours. (I think it might be 5 or 6 hours but didn't really note when I began. I finished before 3:30 PM ...more
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Beautiful story filled with lots of twists and turns...

This book had me hooked right from the start. I am so grateful a friend lent it to me... It's actually a storyline I had recently thought about... I love Colonel Fitzwilliam and I always believed Jane Austen intended that he and Elizabeth would have been together except for the whole fortune thing... And the passion she always felt for Mr. Darcy...
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome awesome awesome P &P alternative

Wow there is just so much I loved about this book. It had lots of angst and misunderstanding and of course the path to true love!

The story starts at the Hunsford parsonage, but instead of Darcy's awful proposal we learn that Col Fitzwilliam's has proposed to Elizabeth and has been excepted. Of course Darcy is devastated and spends a lot of time trying to cover his love for Elizabeth. The journey from the engagement and the path to Darcy is a long one and w
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was so strange watching Darcy on the sidelines as Colonel Fitzwilliam proposed to Elizabeth. There are lots of twists and turns in this delightful story, one that I highly recommend. Yes, it's a variation, but the main protagonists in this book are the Lizzy & Darcy of Jane Austen's imaginings...... They are true to character and act as we would expect them to. Yes- I did enjoy this book. ...more
Madenna U
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Colonel Fitzwilliam asks Elizabeth to marry him before Darcy is able to - and she accepts him. To say to much about this book would be considered a spoiler, but it is full of angst, danger, spoiled members of the ton, and love - lots of love.
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It had a great premise (Elizabeth engaged to Colonel Fitzwilliam) and I don't know why someone hasn't written it before. The writing was very good and the plot didn't get bogged down -- it kept up a good pace. I thought it was true to Austen's characters. It was a moving and dramatic story. I can't wait for more from this author! ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
*3.5 stars
Suzan Lauder
Admirable work with genius sections such as Wickham's methods of being evil towards Elizabeth. No one would have dreamed up those ideas as villain's work but this author, and they are amazing and different without being offensive (no spoiler!). Darcy's proposal wording was also fantastic, being just as foolish as in canon, but for different reasons. The letter from Richard made me cry buckets. Moderate to high angst, depending on your tolerance for the time when (spoiler alert) E isn't paired wi ...more
Don Jacobson
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Richard Got There First

Ms Kincaid offers her readers a deep character study of the torture unrequited (or so believed) love brings. This compelling "what if" leads us back to Hunsford to a newly- enriched Colonel Fitzwilliam making a successful proposal to Elizabeth moments before Darcy would make a disastrous one. While the scarring of that offer was avoided, the pain and agony Darcy goes through over the next few years is daunting to him and the reader. Subsequent events if detailed here wo
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good... we start with Darcy on his way to Huntsford Parsonage to propose, only to find that the Colonel has beaten him to it! This put me in mind of The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes... which is such an epic tale I wasn't sure whether to stick with this book... but I'm so glad I did... what a total nightmare this situation is!!! The Colonel is just lovely and my loyalty was really divided... Darcy, my word, he is completely clueless!!

This tale has some real twists and t
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very different P& P what if. Starting at Rosings, we see a tortured Darcy who is thwarted from a failed proposal when he discovers Elizabeth is engaged to Col. Fitzwilliam.

These are truly star crossed lovers as the world seems to conspire to prevent their marriage. First Lydia's elopement, then a death in the family and the disdain of the Fitzwilliams toward Elizabeth and so on. The Darcy's flee to America as Fitzwilliam cannot control his feeling for Elizabeth.

This will keep you on
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My husband won this for me in a giveaway, thank you to him! I love Colonel Fitzwilliam. He is one of my fave characters almost as much as Darcy. I don't want to spoil anything about the book so I won't say much. I liked it very much. There was one big story element that I thought was a cop-out but overall, it was a fun read. ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
A great story that makes our favorite couple take a long and winding road to be together but well worth the ride. You won't regret reading it, feeling the strugles and pain of ODB with the situation and the usual misunderstandings between ODC.

Highly recommended!!!
Check out my review of Pride and Proposals on Austenprose!
Lady Wesley
Jul 25, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ja-and-ja-ff
What if Mr. Darcy's proposal was too late?

Rita Deodato
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Pride and Proposals shortly after it came out in 2015 but never reviewed it because it was a pre-blog read, so when I saw that it had come out in Audible, and that the narrator was Erin Evans-Walker I decided it was time to come back to this story and these characters.

I’m currently not listening as many audiobooks as I used to because I’m sharing the commutes with my husband and I don’t want to neglect him during the 50 minute drive, but I still try to listen to audiobooks when I’m doing
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I gave this book three stars, not because I didn't like it, but because I am more indifferent about it than anything else.

This variation is about what would happen if Colonel Fitzwilliam proposed to Elizabeth first, before Darcy arrived to the cottage.

What I liked about this story - The story itself was very well written. For once I didn't catch many grammatical errors. It held my interest. I loved to see Darcy's constancy to Elizabeth. Instead of enduring many months of anticipation, he endure
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Darcy arrives at Hunsford to propose to Elizabeth he is prevented from doing so by Richard (Colonel Fitzwilliam) who has just been accepted in his proposal to Elizabeth. Darcy's turmoil was heart wrenching in this novel especially when he watched the woman he loved with his cousin who was dearer than a brother. Unable to deal with his emotions, Darcy escapes to America with Georgiana and a year later he comes home to the grief of a deceased cousin, realizing he is still very much in love wi ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What could possibly go wrong for Mr. Darcy as he heads off to the Hunsford parsonage to propose to Miss Elizabeth? We all know what does happen in canon, but what if Colonel Fitzwilliam is there when he arrives and is asking for his congratulations? Yes, Darcy's world just imploded.

This book is a journey in which Darcy struggles to deal with his feelings for the loss of Elizabeth to his cousin. Prepare yourself to feel his anguish and anger at himself. At times, your heart is in a vise-like gri
One of my favourite P&P variations in recent years. Absolutely spot on characterisation which made it a complete delight to read. Darcy in particular is wonderful. His pain and honour are very touching, very much in character, incredibly endearing and somehow make him even more of a romantic hero. I adored how he was written in this, bravo Ms Kincaid!

Our characters have a million barriers and struggles to fight their way to an understanding and I was enthralled from the very beginning. Despite t
E Brookhouse
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one really got to me..

This story is much more than I expected. What I assumed would be a quick fix about halfway through, was not at all. It is such a delicate thing to write about a second love, and it would be easy to shy from it all together, but Ms Kincaid really went for it, and came up a champion. I am very impressed. I did however have a nightmare after finishing it last night that my husband didn't love me but someone else and never married me, so Darcy's inner doubts must have real
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars...this was more frustrating than not as I got through it. A sound idea to mix up the story but frustrating in how long it took to get to the point. And introducing Wickham but not really giving him more than a sentence or two without elaborating then making him a bigger plot point towards the end felt extra contrived, like the author had to invent something to finally push the two main characters together or else I fear we'd be reading this one forever. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
Loved this alternate ending to the Pride and Prejudice story! On that fateful day when Darcy was to propose to Elizabeth while she was at Hunsford Parsonage, he was too late. His cousin, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, had already gotten to Elizabeth first, not realizing how Darcy felt about her. The Colonel had come into some money from the death of an aunt, and he knew he could now offer for Elizabeth’s hand. She had accepted, so Darcy and Georgiana left for America so that Richard and Elizabeth ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was full of angst (Darcy’s) until the last chapter, yet it still managed to flow quickly and feel fairly light and often humorous. I’m not sure why I read Col F/Lizzy variations as I don’t actually want them to be together, so I appreciate ones like this where the author doesn’t show us very much of their relationship. The story is mostly Darcy and Elizabeth, with only small parts played by other characters. I think the Mr Collins scene was my favourite of these. The author makes refer ...more
Christine Ray
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Kincaid has become one of my favorite authors of Pride and Prejudice variations. I very much enjoy the varied and innovative ways she asks the reader, "what if?" in her riffs off this classic tale. She won my heart with this variation by postulating what would happen if Colonel Fitzwilliam proposed to Lizzie Bennet before Mr. Darcy had the chance to make his disastrous first proposal. Colonel Fitzwilliam is one of my favorite secondary characters and I have often thought that he and Liz ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Different take on P&P. Darcy is too late to propose to Elizabeth, she's going to marry Richard. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Richard, but I don't believe that Elizabeth would have married him if she wasn't in love with him. She only ever called him her 'best friend', but I couldn't buy that she could actually love him. For me, it's always got to be Darcy and Elizabeth.

I loved Darcy. He was so tormented through most of the book and his thoughts and emotions were well-written.

Wickham - ugh!

I w
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I receive this audible book as a giveaway from “From Pemberley to Milton” blog , which I thanks and regard as the only time I won something.
I did like the reading, the story is engaging and although there were times when I think “enough! Darcy has suffered enough!” the pace is good. One thing I liked was the story being told between Darcy and Elisabeth which provides a vision on how the same scenario, the same phrase is interpreted differently by them.
The other think I really liked was Darcy dry
Lisa E
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tear jerker

Might be more than 3 star worthy but I had several questions like how could Elizabeth not know right away that Wickham attacked her garden? Even if she dismissed the idea, it would have occurred to her. As I understand it, women did not attend funerals back then so how does she know what cemetery looked like for Richard's funeral? Didn't Darcy already earn her against Kirkwood at Georgiana's ball? Stuff like that... With all his stress, I think Darcy's health might not be the best.
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Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head.

She lives in Virginia with an overly affectionate cat, two children who are learning how much fun Austen’s characters can be, and a husband who fortunately is

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