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Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  133 reviews
So much in life depends on chance and sheer luck. How much do we often owe to being in the right place at the right time?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet plans to visit the Lake District with her uncle and aunt, yet ends up at Pemberley instead, just as, by coincidence, Mr Darcy also arrives home. They meet, understand one another better and all eve
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published June 7th 2015
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Sheila Majczan
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There have been many blogs, and even books, recently which have spoken about the event of coincidence. My purchase of this book was such. I had not planned on its purchase, it had not been recommended to me nor were there reviews to bring it to my attention. Indeed, it was only in a casual perusal of an offering in my in-box from Amazon during which I made a choice to scroll to the book on the right and take a look at the book description. I must say, the author of such composed it well. It piqu ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Quite possibly this is the absolute best P & P what if I have read. This is a new and unique story told with a great deal of nuance. It keeps your attention from the beginning to end and slowly doles out bits of information.

(I reread this book and it gets better with each visit)

I really must applaud the author for taking an original spin. What if Lizzy and the Gardiners went to the Lake District as planned and never went anywhere near Derbyshire or Pemberley. So Lizzy and Darcy don't reconnect,
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
2017 re-read.
Just as delightful second time round!

Oh! I loved this book !

It is so sweet and charming that I found myself simply carried away by the twists and turns of the story.

It is beautifully written with some very funny and clever dialogue that only adds to the chemistry between Darcy and Lizzy.

.....the dinner for Mrs Yorke.... The letter to Mr Bennet.....Lizzy's rush to farewell Darcy not realising where he was bound......

This is just a fantasti
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Elizabeth and Darcy Did Not Coincidentally Meet in Derbyshire?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

In her debut release, Caitlin Williams creates a Pride and Prejudice variation where Elizabeth and Darcy do not encounter each other again until four years after Darcy’s disastrous proposal in Hunsford Parsonage. Instead of touring the Peak District and visiting Lambton, Elizabeth and the Gardiners go to the Lake District as originally planned. And soon after her return from that trip, Elizabeth accep
Nicole Clarkston
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one, forgot to write a review! It's been a while, I think I should read it again. ❤️ ...more
Sheila Majczan
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a paperback copy of this book from The Darcy Monologues raffle and so reread it in paperback. Loved it all over again.

I had the privilege recently of reading Caitlin Williams’ next book, When We Marry. It was, again, a book I could not put down and received a 5 star rating from me.

Initially, we are in Hunsford after “that proposal”; Elizabeth has received Mr. Darcy’s letter written in response to her vehement rejection. When she returns from her walk and after her reading and rereadin
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
This book made me smile the whole time!!! Great P&P variation!!

Please check out Caitlin William's brand new holiday-inspired short story based on "Ardently," titled "Even More Ardently," exclusively at Just Jane 1813, at

So what if Lizzy had a wealthy aunt that she lived with and wound up in Bath with you know who? I don't want to give anything away, but this was a fun, sweet, and interesting story. My Goodreads friend, Sheila, recommended this book yesterday and I knew I couldn
James S
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely perfect story. What little angst there is is mild angst. Little bits of humor to make everything enjoyable. I don’t believe I will say much about the story. Plenty of others have given it a rundown. If you are reading this, don’t read anything else. Just rent, buy or checkout the book and read it without knowing anything about it. I GUARANTEE you will love it

I recommend this book highly. I’ve read it three times and it is one of my five favorite JAFF variations.
Eliza Baum
Re-read #?? (9/5/16)

Raising my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars, because this has become one of my favorite comfort reads. I honestly don't even know how many times I've read it, at this point.


Original reading (7/22/15)

I think my favorite thing about this variation was that Elizabeth had true power. As her aunt's companion and a particular acquaintance of a Viscountess, she's suddenly in a position to make choices that are not motivated by a lack of fortune. I love love LOVED that Caroline Bingle
1st reading 12/21-12/22/2015
2nd reading 04/25-4/26/2020

Enjoyed this book immensely. Love this Darcy. He is gallant, heroic, funny, charming, and of course swoon worthy.

The fate of Caroline Bingley and her husband is well deserved.

I absolutely love Elizabeth’s aunt.

I think there are some slight changes from the original addition but can’t recall exactly.
Highly recommended for P&P / Jane Austen fans.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ardently loved this book. I am a new fan of Caitlin Williams! Have added her to my list of author's to AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOAD!

This book kept me turning pages (on kindle;)) from the first straight through til early morning. The tension built between Elizabeth (who is now in much better circumstances) and Darcy (who has more than a little regret) is delicious!
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this one!! The characters were lovely and it was a wonderful ending. One of the best ones I've read to date. I really can't believe I didn't know about JAFF until this year. ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've decided to dip into "fan fiction". I've always been intrigued by the genre, but never took the plunge. I've struggled with the concept of one author "borrowing" another author's beloved characters. And, I often thought it would be hard to beat perfection. For me, Pride and Prejudice is in the top 5 best stories ever told, both on the silver screen (Colin Firth...swoon) and in print.

Therefore, it would make sense that if I were to explore the genre this would be the best place to start. I'm
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Jane Austen fan fiction is the only fan fiction I can tolerate, but it's a mixed bag. None of the stories I've read come close to accurately imitating Austen's wit, style, and social commentary. Not that I hold that against the writers of such stories. Austen is a unique talent and a tough act to follow. All the more reason I wish fewer writers would attempt it. In my somewhat prosy opinion, any Regency romance should conform to the mores and customs of the period, else why bother? If a writer w ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have had a bad run on the last few books that makes me want to stop reading altogether from disgust. I jump around with my books from this period to modern reads. The modern reads tend to get to me at times because women are written promiscuous and it's bad enough with cocky man whores which is why I find my way back to Pemberely. Now I was in hurry so I looked at the first review and wondered how have I missed this gem. Okay I settled in for romance. What is more romantic than this couple? Wh ...more
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, Lovely Book

This was pure delight. I loved the different settings, the plot variation, and the new characters were fun. It was interesting to see Miss Bingley trying to be friends with Elizabeth Bennet. Of course, the romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy made me sigh with happiness, making me appreciate a book that evokes such a amazing feeling.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent variation!

I loved the plot and the way the personalities involved developed while they were our of touch, so that when they met again this great story resulted. I really liked Mr. Bennet's sister.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. The characters are so much fun to read. The premise of Darcy and Elizabeth not meeting up after his first proposal is a great one. The way they come together still is beautiful. I must say however there is a part where I completely disagree with how Caroline Bingley acts. She (in my opinion) would never do what she did. It felt a bit forced and like the author was trying to hard to add experiences from Jane Austin’s writings. That is why it is a 4 st ...more
Victoria Kincaid
Great P&P variation! Very original and true to the characters. The premise is intriguing and poignant and the plot keeps you guessing. I enjoyed every minute.
E Brookhouse
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is just as beautiful and perfect as I would have expected! Caitlin Williams is one of my absolute favorite writers and her first novel was one of the first actual published P&P variations I ever read. It also was brilliant and continues to hold a very special place in my heart. In fact, I may have to reread it right away, because I enjoy her writing so much!

In absolute unfairness, I never spoil anything in my favorite books, and reserve lengthy explanations for criticism or defen
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I am the last person in JAFF-land to have not read Ardently, and I regret waiting this long since it was as wonderful as everyone says. I had heard it was angsty, but I am an angst weenie and this didn't feel like despairing levels of angst. It was actually quite lovely and measured. ...more
Rita Deodato
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good that I could not stop reading it. I read in one day. Once I finished it, I could not go to bed; I had to write this review, because I could not stop thinking about the book and what it made me feel.

What if Lizzie does go to the Lake District instead of Derbyshire?

What if she never sees Pemberley or meets Mr. Darcy there?

What if Darcy marries Anne a few years later?

What if they meet in Bath 4 years after the Hunsford proposal?

Fear not with these what ifs! Anne dies a few mont
J. W. Garrett
Can love rekindle years after the misunderstandings and missed opportunities of their lives?

In this P&P variation our author has added a scoop of Persuasion, a dollop of Northanger Abbey and smidgens of other Austen books. What a delectable confection.

I was amazed at the creativity of our author; however, that is no excuse for the atrocious editing problems. I mean really bad editing that could have been caught been [see what I mean], if someone had simply read the treatment again before public
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome awesome story! In this alternate P&P it starts out a few months after the Hunsford proposal and unlike the original, Elizabeth never goes to Pemberley with the Gardiners. Hence they never meet. But also Lydia never elopes with Mr Wickham.

We discover a sister of Mr Bennet (Mrs Mounford) who has been estranged until now and has invited Lizzy to visit with her. Well Lizzy ends up staying with her several years and they decide to go to Bath for some entertainment. This is where the story tak
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this book. It was so witty and charming. My only negative is that the author has just this one book written. It was amazing.
Gail Frisby
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Very good book like those with epilogue. Don't very much like it when Darcy marries someone else. But this one was good.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this variation of P&P Elizabeth never makes it to Pemberley. She receives and rejects Darcy's first proposal, receives his letter, but then her Aunt and Uncle take her to the lake district, like they originally planned, not Pemberley.

Four years later they meet again. Darcy did his duty and married Anne, and as everyone suspected she died young. He is now a widower, and is still in mourning when he sees Elizabeth, who is now a companion to her Aunt on her father's side. They meet again in Bat
Pride and Prejudice meets Persuasion meets Northanger Abbey meets Emma with a hint of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park. I am excessively diverted!

This book is so deliciously written and the plot well thought out. It truely integrates all the best of Jane Austen. It makes me laugh and cry all at the same time. Who cannot laugh out loud at Miss Bingley being referred to as Bingbong. This is a new favorite of mine to be sure!

The one thing that I just cannot reconcile in my mind is the fact
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book on Amazon this morning looking at other things. I read the reviews and decided to get it. I read this book this afternoon and early evening and loved every minute of it. I could not put this book down. This has been a wonderful variation different from what I have read in the past. In this story Jane does not end up with Bingley and Darcy marries Anne De Bourgh. Four years later there are many changes.....will the love of Darcy and Elizabeth survive? Read the story and you will e ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normally I'm pretty harsh on books that have typos, grammatical errors... I will say it again, authors, editors and publishers, STOP relying on computers for proof reading! It is so frustrating and takes away from the enjoyment of the story when words are misspelled! With that said, I'm still giving this book 5 stars! What an enjoyable story! ...more
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Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England, with her family.

She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.

Her debut novel, Ardently, was written as a hobby, usually with her laptop balanced on the kitchen worktop, typing w

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