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It Started with a Kiss: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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The second half of Pride and Prejudice progresses much differently after Mr. Darcy leaves Elizabeth with no doubt as to his continued affection upon finding her touring his beloved Pemberley.

When Darcy finds Elizabeth touring the park around Pemberley, he assumes he is still in the grips of one of his dreams, and acts accordingly. It quickly becomes apparent that he is
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Published October 1st 2015
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J. W. Garrett
“…to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” Shakespeare

Yes, Darcy had dreams. And the dreams of Elizabeth being his wife, were crushed at Huntsford Parsonage. Those dreams, once precious, then became his worst nightmare. Every night he was subjected to just what his behavior had cost him as she came to him while he slept and then left with the morning sun.

This was a delightful story of what happens when the mist between our dreams and
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Erika
What a reunion!!

It Started a With a Kiss is a sweet and romantic reunion story starting where Mr Darcy arrives at Pemberley while Elizabeth and the Gardiners were touring the grounds. After the refusal in Hunsford, Mr Darcy has seen Elizabeth everywhere by day and she haunts his dreams at night, so when Mr Darcy sees Elizabeth walking towards him on the grounds at Pemberley, he believes he's dreaming and does what he would do in his dream.....kiss Elizabeth passionately. But when she calls him
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Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
3.5 stars from me. I found this to be an easy and quick read, yet somewhat hard to believe. Darcy "accidentally" kissing Elizabeth when she visits Pemberley seemed a bit far fetched for me. But the rest was cute and offered a diverting enough read for an hour.
Sheila Majczan
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

OK, we have another compromise situation. But in this case it is not because Mrs. Bennet walked in on them while Darcy was whispering in Elizabeth's ear. Nor is it a situation where Mr. Bennet has died and Darcy offers to provide for the family financially IF Elizabeth will agree to marry him. Furthermore it is not one in which Darcy offers for Elizabeth to cover up Georgiana's actions at Ramsgate.

This is a situation in which Darcy CANNOT get Elizabeth out of his head nor his dreams
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ana darcy
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff
What a kiss!

Nice story to read.
I like Mary here and I keep disliking Lydia as it normally happens.
Happy ever after :)
Carole (in Canada)
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF
3.5 Stars

This is a light but charming quick read with little angst. Mr. Darcy has been refused by Elizabeth at the parsonage in Hunsford and ever since, he cannot stop dreaming about her! When he arrives at Pemberley before his guests, his thoughts are consumed with her. Not realizing she is there with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, he sees her. He believes he is still day-dreaming and reacts without thinking...and so the story unfolds. If you are looking for a short, sweet read about Darcy and
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Carol Perrin
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It Started with a Kiss: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Delightful story. Yes, unfortunately Hunsford happened. Darcy was so enamoured by the dreams he had over Elizabeth, that when he saw her touring Pemberley, he grab her and kissed her in front of her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner not to mention quite a few of his servants. When talking with Elizabeth's Uncle, Darcy told about their entire relationship. Her uncle wrote to his brother-in-law, and Mr. Bennet decides to not give his permission or
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Leslie
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen fans
This is a short book that is just a roller coaster ride. It starts at Pemberley when a tired, dirty Darcy sees Elizabeth Bennet and having dreamed of her greeting him upon his return sweeps her into a passionate embrace before her relatives and his staff. Stunned that she is really there he quickly converts his faux pas into an engagement with a proper loving proposal. But as we all know there is a big drop around the corner when Lydia's folly is exposed but this book leaves neither you nor ...more
Elmo
Not very believable, but it had its cute moments and a Jane with a backbone. Go Jane!
I wish however that someone had read it over one more time. English is not my first language, so usually I'm not commenting on this kind of things, but it became really distracting. For example: (page 8) 'It is hard for me to realize just how badly I misjudged you. After reading your letter I realized you were not the man that I thought you were. Now, I realize you are even more kind and caring than I
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Elin Eriksen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short, sweet and fun read.

Thinking he is dreaming Darcy embrace and kiss Elizabeth when they meet at Pemberley creating a very funny scene. Laughed a lot in the begining of the book.
Mr Bennet and Elizabeth first engagement discussion was rather annoying. Elizabeth would never be unable to explain...
That said it was an enjoyable read. Clean, sweet, fun and angst free.
Francisca Bahamondes
This is the second book I read of this author and I like it very much. I enjoyed the way it started (with a kiss) and that it had very low angst.
It is great that Mr Darcy thought Elizabeth was a dream when she was touring his estate so it propelled him to do something very improper in front of everyone and accelerated the plot from the original. There were no doubts in Elizabeth's heart that he still loved her, even if she was quite surprised by her own reaction. The engagement (even if not
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lori huff
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just go with it.

For some reason, this author makes it easy to suspend your better judgment, and accept that the story being told will push the envelope of belief with some fantastic behavior. Such is the case here, where the story begins with Mr. Darcy kissing Elizabeth in front of her aunt and uncle Gardiner during their tour of Pemberly the summer after his disastrous proposal at Hunsford personage. This is the kiss alluded to in the title, and it sets off a wonderful train of events and a
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Rachel de la Fuente
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
It Started With A Kiss (ISWAK) was another short, light Pride and Prejudice variation by Beth Wood. However, unlike Fitzwilliam Darcy Elopes, this one seems less polished.

While I greatly enjoyed the general storyline, I found myself confused in a few places. Generally, when I read a rewrite/variation that starts mid story, I assume that the rest of the story, to that point, has been left unchanged, unless specifically (and quickly) told otherwise.

In ISWAK, this is not the case. There are a few
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Joan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Avid Reader

This is my second reading of this book. It is a always interesting to see what you missed during the first reading. After Wickham insulted Elizabeth, Darcy broke his nose with one punch. Wickham had never experienced this side of Darcy, so he stayed away from Darcy for the rest of his and Lydia 's visit. Second reading was more enjoyable.
Anita Pelletier
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story with no angst

This story begins at Pemberley when Darcy greets Elizabeth with a kiss the whys and the hows move quickly to a HEA fo our couple. There is a minor hiccup by way of Mr. Bennet but it is quickly resolved.
Marsha
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dreaming of real??

This sweet story was an incredible variation. Darcy and Elizabeth lost a moment of sensibility. They found their way to forgiveness other and move forward. Mr Bennet could not forget it forgive for awhile. Wickham and Lydia don't change. Cute to read, please do
T
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Light & a little silly (as obvious from blurb), but quite well written. A few Americanisms.
Jean Stillman
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
From this author, just another cute, sweet read. This is a quick read that is a clean romance. Enjoyed it.
Mikayla
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Oof. Another unfortunate one that I can't bring myself to finish.
Michelle
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Lovely

Another wonderful variation inspired by author Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice by Beth Woods. It differs from canon but is enjoyable
Terri Conley
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely way to while away an afternoon second reading and still really liked it.
Teresita
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story

He thinks he's dreaming when he kisses her. When he realizes he isn't he does everything in his power to make sure that she is happy to marry him.

A very enjoyable read.
Susan
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
As Eizabeth Bennet is touring Pemberley with the Gardiners, Darcy arrives, and still thinking that he is dreaming, as he has been dreaming of Elizabeth all these months, he approaches her and kisses her in front of the staff and the Gardiners. Obviously they must marry. So the Darcys' are with her soon after Elizabeth receives Jane's letter concerning Lydia at the Lambton Inn.
An enjoyable and quick read, with enough variations from the original to keep my interest, though I could have dealt
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Christi
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
So, in the grand scheme of things, this was a cute P&P variation. However, I cannot suspend enough belief to think this scenario is in anyway a possibility given a passing knowledge of these characters. I'm sure I'll read it again since it's a quick hour or so long read and fun. But, it's definitely not an amazing variation - much better ones exist.
Patty Campagna
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cute

I enjoyed this story. It was very sweet but had the right amount on Tension to make it interesting to read.
Yvonne Olive nayda
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