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Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes , he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.

That very morning, however, Elizabeth's future is jeopardized by her father's
Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published October 13th 2015
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It's Kindle freebie romance time again, and this one comes in the form of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction. Here we have the plot veering from P&P early in the book, just before Darcy and the Bingleys are about to leave Netherfield. Before they leave, Darcy meets Mr Bennet while they're out riding horses early one morning, and they get to know each other a little better. Mr Bennet can tell that Darcy is fighting feelings for Elizabeth, but doesn't expect anything to come of it.

The tipping point,
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

If you are in the mood for a beautifully worded,utterly romantic,humorous,sigh inducing story featuring our beloved characters,then look no further than this fantastic book!

We begin our journey with Mr Darcy's early morning trek thorough the Hertfordshire countryside.In a vain attempt to exorcise the very beguiling image of Ms Elizabeth Bennet from his mind,he encounters none other than Mr Bennet. Both being land owners they slowly become familiar with each other as they converse on
Sheila Majczan
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

The main premise here is that with Mr. Bennet incapacitated and unconscious for who-knows-how-long due to a fall from his horse, Mr. Collins (working under the assumption that Mr. Bennet may never recover or may be mentally impaired if he awakens at all) steps up his plan to have Elizabeth as his bride and announces that she is his choice of wife and he will manage Longbourn in the stead of his predecessor. BUT, his biggest mistake is that he does this in the prese
Joana Starnes
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A deeply engaging and entertaining tale. If you would like to find Mr Darcy giving in to his feelings much sooner than expected, in the face of extreme provocation, then look no further. And extreme provocation it is indeed for him to learn that the woman he loves – a lady of Elizabeth Bennet’s calibre – is likely to become the wife of a pompous fool like Mr Collins. At a drop of a hat he declares it an impossibility, because Elizabeth is engaged to him. This is news to everybody and no less to ...more
Rumours & Recklessness was a creative variation on Jane Austen's P&P when a series of small actions change the course of the original story. What if Darcy encountered Mr. Bennet just before he makes the decision to leave behind the temptation of a woman he feels he cannot have? What if Mr. Bennet takes a fall from his horse and is rendered unconscious and slips into a coma? What if Mr. Collins is more greedy and sleazy and makes his move while Mr. Bennet is not there to defend his daughters? Wha ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished this one yesterday. Loved it so much I want more!!

Reread: One of the more perfect JAFF reads. I want to look up to see if she has written more by now. This is a definite keeper and one to cherish.

Reread: Terrific!

Reread: What is not to love?!
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
I will admit the book has some flaws and probably should have about 4-and-a-half stars, but it hooked me so completely I had to lean upwards to 5 stars for my review.

This is filled with well-rounded characterizations that seem very consistent with those in the original P&P. Elizabeth and Darcy are given ample opportunity to interact with some entertaining back-and-forth volleys. The usual scheming villains get in on the action (Wickham, Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine) as do the annoying ones (
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I say Obstinance!

Oh my. Just loved loved this variation.

In this story it starts out at very near the beginning of Pride & Prejudice, right after the Netherfield Ball. Darcy is taking a ride and encounters Mr Bennet also out for a ride early in the am. They have a genial conversation and they go there separate ways. Unfortunately Mr Bennet has an accident and a head injury. He is unconscious and the house is in an uproar! Mr Collins try's to take advantage of this situation and infers in front o
J. W. Garrett
Daring, touching, shocking, hilarious, OMG reveal, love rewarded

I just want to say… read the reviews… they were great in helping me decide if I wanted this book or not. Before writing this review, I also read the book… twice. I wanted to see if my original thoughts were true and second to simply enjoy the story again.

The journey to love is not a straight line, especially with P&P characters. There are a lot of bumps in the road to happiness. This work is no different. Some will argue that it was
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen fans
This is a crazy fun P&P What if...
What if Mr. Bennet actually talked to Darcy, then had an accident and lost consciousness, then Darcy & Bingley didn't go to London, then Darcy announced that he and Lizzy were engaged. And then more crazy time compressed stuff happens.

This book bounces from crisis to crisis to emergency to misunderstanding to mistake to crisis.... All of your favorites make an appearance
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff, jaff-2018, 2018-read
After reading 'These Dreams' by the same author, I was excited about reading this book. It could not be more different but is as equally brilliant. Mr Collins announces to everyone that he has chosen Elizabeth as his future wife, without asking her. Elizabeth protests, her mother insists and Mr Darcy announces that Elizabeth cannot marry Collins as she is engaged to him. This seems to take everyone by surprise, including Darcy himself! This all occurs at a time Mr Bennet is in a coma having had ...more
Anna Fitzwilliam
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is quite nice, but the book is unnecessary long. I liked the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, but the revelations sounded too forced and out of place in my opinion.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful variation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Rumours and Recklessness starts with a tragic accident at Longbourn that changes the situation of all of the Bennet family on the morning after the Netherfield Ball. This alteration causes the party at Netherfield to not leave, as occurred in Austen's novel, and Elizabeth, practically forced into a marriage she does not want, rebels at the highhandedness of the men who visit her at Longbourn during this difficult time. Will Fitzwilliam Darcy ...more
Eliza Baum
Re-read #3 10/11/17

Upgrading my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars, because this another one of those books that's grown to be a particular favorite. The audiobook narrator (Stevie Zimmerman) is fabulous, so that definitely adds to my enjoyment. This time around, it struck me that I really appreciate Caroline Bingley's piece of the story. She's more complex here than she is often portrayed.

Also, I somehow keep forgetting that this is the one where (view spoiler)
Elin Eriksen
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, thrilling and engaging read. Angst free but with a lot of tension and suspense.

Mr Bennet is out on an early morning ride when he encounter Mr Darcy traversing the fields in break-neck speed. Unfortunately, Mr Bennet is unseated after they part and are found by Elizabeth. The apothecary is sent for and he desides to ask their Netherfield neighbours for help until their uncle are able to come from town because of the questionable behaviour of Mr Collins. Bingley and Darcy are received in th
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I believe the characters in this latest Pride and Prejudice variation keep very true to the original characters. Yes there were some moments were the characters don't keep to Miss Austen's characters, but with the situations they are placed in can you blame them? I can see Elizabeth yelling at Darcy and refusing him after the situation he points them in. It was to save her from Mr Collins but I would yell at him too. During everything that happens Mr Bennet is unconscious but he wakes up briefly ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read!

This book was well written and everything lovely. Darcy's love for Elizabeth is so wonderful and heartwarming. I said "awwww!!" a lot!

More things I loved: Collins is his obnoxious self, and Wickham's perfectly evil. There's more to Lady Catherine and Anne's story as well.

What I wasn't as fond of: Elizabeth is just too mean to Darcy for the longest time. I wish she had warmed faster to Darcy. She was just cruel, and said some things that were so judgmental and rude. I think thi
I will start with praises.

I think Nicole Clarkston feels Austen's world (at least from P&P) quite perfectly. I have read a few P&P variations, and I had not found an author who would create so believable story. First of all, Clarkston was very loyal to the original characters of P&P (at least for the most part - more below). Darcy was Darcy [I honestly think that even drunk Darcy was believable, and I loved this scene], Mr. Collins was Mr. Collins, Jane was Jane and so on. And I really mean it.
Suzan Lauder
Was this Nicole Clarkston's first book? Because it reminds me of mine. It's full of head-hopping, non-Regency words, and the odd misused word, yet the book is so darn good, I can't believe it. (Aside: I cringe when I read the errors in my first book, yet the fans often say it's their fave, and I also look at it and say "That came out of me?") Minus half a star.

In any case, I loved this book. The writing was tight, the story didn't go off on tangents, there was a decent amount of natural conflict
Kasia Burlakoff
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2017
Great story with many turns and twists. At the beginning Darcy got a couple of Elizabeth's tongue lashings, but after both of them learnt their lessons, their relationship developed pretty quickly. Their private moments were sweet and swoon worthy. I loved both their characters, they shine in this book.

Jane and Bingley were both great. Charles found his back bone, and Jane showed her best qualities. Caroline was her usual disdainful and haughty self, but had to make up for it. Lady Catherine was
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, favorites
4.5 stars rounded up.

Very enjoyable read. A bit fantastical. Nearly every ridiculous possibility is crammed into one book. But, the story is enjoyable and E and D are charming. I enjoyed watching D try to win her over.

2nd reading was via audible. very enjoyable to listen to.

Highly recommend to those that enjoy JAFF.
James S
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my top 5 P&P variation books

There is nothing to dislike about this book. It even has information about persimmon trees (they like the cold)

A must have book.

This is my favorite book by the author.
DNF no star rating. I’m on chapter 12 and it feels like I’ve already read 800 pages. Slow. I can’t stay interested.
Laurie Caetano
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I did really like this book. It was funny and captivating, and I thought the writing itself was well done and I enjoyed the reinvention of the plot. There was just something about the portrayal of the characters themselves that didn't do it for me. As standalone characters with no relation to their Pride and Prejudice counterparts, they were fine. They just didn't feel like the same Lizzy and Mr. Darcy and Jane and Bingley and so on from the source material. They were more like excessive version ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
On the morning after the Netherfield just when the Bingley party had intended to leave for London, Mr. Bennet is injured. Bingley and Darcy are asked to help the Bennet household, and not just because of the visit of Mr. Collins. But everything again changes when Collins offers for Elizabeth in public.
We also have the usual bad characters of Wickham, Caroline and Lady Catherine.
An enjoyable tale with the added benefit of the more involved characters of Miss Darcy and especially Colonel Fitzwill
Christine Baglow
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I have read MANY P&P variations. This one was just beautiful. Great writing, clever plot, characterization true to the original work. Well done.
Chris, the Dalek King
So...I got to about the 2/3 mark and just decided to stop. Not because the story was bad or unbearable. But because it sincerely felt finished. There might have been a few dangling bits of plot, but almost everything else was coming to a close and I honestly couldn't find a reason to stay around for the next hundred pages of what I am sure is going to be an incredibly drawn out and boring Wickham subplot that shouldn't have existed in the first place, let alone take over the entire story like so ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
According to the Goodreads site, there are 325 Pride and Prejudice variations, sequels, spinoffs and adaptions. Probably even more out there if you consider fan fiction. Some take place in Regency times, some are modernized. Some are romances and a few are mysteries. A lot of them, frankly, are excuses for soft porn, and those I didn't finish. But it's been interesting to discover how an author re-imagines and retells the story of my favorite romantic couple -- Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Be ...more
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was actually a really fun (clean!) variation with a really nice balance of angst and turmoil, both overall and between D&E. ...more
Julia M
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Non-canon but that has never stopped me from enjoying PNP variant. It is charmingly witty, quite moving and the storyline has some shocking twists.
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Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.

Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt

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“You—Miss Elizabeth, you are not properly attired to be addressing a gentleman in the dark of the night!” She cocked an eyebrow, letting her frame fall carelessly against the door. “So you say, but you are still here. By this I accept your admission that you must not be a gentleman, Mr Collins. Am I to report, sir, that you would harass young ladies in their own bedrooms, in their own homes, in the middle of the night? Terribly shocking, Mr Collins. Lady Catherine would be most seriously displeased!” He gulped, his fingers spasmodically moving to cover his eyes one moment and afford him a better view the next. He knew he ought to turn and flee to his room, but he could not tear himself away. “Miss Elizabeth Bennet, I shall speak to your mother about your serious lack of modesty!” “Oh, do, please.” A sardonic smile tugged her lips. “I am quite certain she and all her friends will enjoy hearing how the clergyman of Hunsford came by such knowledge.” 0 likes
“Aha!” Richard put a finger to his lips, then traced it in the air, fabricating a mental picture. “She must be tall, fair… blonde, I should think. Blue eyes?” Georgiana giggled. “Miss Elizabeth is not quite my height, Cousin Richard. She has dark hair and curls, and very fine dark eyes!” Richard roared a great guffaw. “You described her to Georgie! In a letter no doubt.” Darcy tried unsuccessfully shrink his tall frame, his ears reddening. “Oh, Cousin, you are dead gone. Indeed, she does sound quite fetching, I cannot wait to make her acquaintance!” 0 likes
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