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The Elizabeth Papers

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  53 reviews
“It is settled between us already, that we are to be the happiest couple in the world,” said Elizabeth Bennet at the conclusion of “Pride & Prejudice”—but was it true?

Charlie Haywood is a London-based private investigator who has made his own fortune—on his own terms. Charming, cynical, and promiscuous, he never expected to be attracted to Evie Pemberton, an independent-m
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published May 29th 2016 by Meryton Press
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

What a lovely novel! I don’t usually read Pride and Prejudice stories that take place after the canon, but the intrigue of the blurb called to me. I’m so happy I got the chance to read this book because it was amazing! I devoured the whole book and was engaged from start to finish.

Private investigator Charlie Haywood found success and wealth thanks to his work and perseverance. When a potential client approached him with a more difficult case, he is determined
Sheila Majczan
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a masterpiece…I loved it. It is not overly long but it is definitely captivating. I was reminded of those Perry Mason mysteries in that not only do we have a mystery but we have a human side to the case. However in this story the modern day male lead is more Paul Drake. Charlie Hayward had taken on work as a PI when his family met with their own tragedy and then, with success, opened up his own business. And he is good at what he does: usually it is tracking down adulterous spouses. Howe ...more
What comes after the Happily Ever After for a favored couple from a classic is a story line sure to grab my interest. But take that and layer it into a modern story of mystery and romance and, shazam, I am practically guaranteed a tale that will keep me riveted from cover to cover. And this one delivered.

The answer to a two hundred year old secret will either destroy or continue to bring hope to a woman who desperately needs the funds from the Darcy Trust. A cunning private investigator delves
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very different and interesting combination of Darcy family history/ romance/ mystery which swings back and forth between 2014 and excerpts of Elizabeth Darcy's diary of 1817-21 with some additional letters by Fitzwilliam Darcy in 1860.

The 2014 characters are all involved in the Darcy Trust, established by Fitzwilliam Darcy in 1860 shortly before his death to provide for all his female descendants. The question becomes whether or not Victoria, the youngest of the five Darcy
This is the kind of story I save my five star ratings for. I may not give out 5 stars all that readily because I want to apply them to stories that really move me. The definition of 5 stars is "I loved it" and that is true of The Elizabeth Papers.

The Elizabeth Papers is a story of modern descendants of our beloved Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. However, the resolution of their story requires our modern day characters to research and reveal the story of our dear couple, which is told through se
Joana Starnes
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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So what do you do when your Kindle tempts you with exquisite new JAFF but you still have to go through the daily routine? Don’t sleep, that’s what. This is one of the novels that, for the last 3 days, kept me reading till 3-5 am during which time I only cooked one dinner, barely spoke to my husband and didn’t let the kindle out of my hand for more than a few hours of blissfully exhausted sleep.

This novel came with the best recommendations and it surpassed them all. In this tantalising story of
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
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The Elizabeth Papers
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Uncovering the Important Truth of the Darcys’ Marriage!

What if Mr. Darcy, being the responsible and magnanimous man he is, decided to set up a Darcy Trust to endow his future female descendants so they wouldn’t have to fear poverty or dependency on their relations?

What if in 2014 one of those modern-day descendants believed there was some truth to the rumor that one of the original Mr. Darcy’s daughters wasn’t actually his daughter?

What if this descendant hired a private investigator to find the
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku, austenesque
This is a fascinating, original and creative book. It is told in two times, modern day and 1817 -1821. In this book the Darcy's were real people and Pemberley is a real place, In 1860 Fitzwilliam Darcy set up the Darcy Trust to provide money to the heirs of his five daughter in perpetuity.

In modern day a greedy nasty heir has heard a rumor that would disinherit a branch of the family and give her a larger share. She's hires a private investigator to dig up the family secret. The story of the se
Rita Deodato
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Two different eras. Two different stories. One common secret.

The Elizabeth Papers is a unique book that presents something I had never seen in any JAFF novel before: it combines 2 different genres, sequel and modernization, in a perfect symbiotic storyline.
The book starts with a letter from Mr. Darcy stating that he wishes for a trust to be created with the purpose of supporting his female descendants through the decades. Shortly after that, the book “jump
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

Spanning the 1800s and modern day,this compelling tale involves us on a journey of mystery,intrigue and deep suspense!

Evie Pemberton,an artist,is one of eleven females currently in receipt of funds from the Darcy Trust,something that our beloved Fitzwilliam set up in the 1800s to benefit only his female descendants,in perpetuity.

Cressida Carter,another such recipient,has learned that there are people in her very extended family in receipt of such monies, who have no legal basis for
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

Jenetta James’ ‘The Elizabeth Papers’ grips you from the opening page of the prologue – it starts with a letter from Fitzwilliam Darcy, written in his old age. Mr Darcy is desirous of setting up a trust which will only benefit his female descendents, stating as his reasons that a family of females may prove vulnerable, like Elizabeth’s family would have, had he and Bingley not supported them. Having
May 16, 2016 added it
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Quick summary: Based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Elizabeth Papers follows both Elizabeth Darcy, as her marriage to Mr. Darcy appears to be faltering due to her inability to give him a son, and Evie Pemberton, a London artist and a descendant of the Darcys who learns that there are secrets in her family’s past when private investigator Charlie Haywood enters her life. Charlie has been hired to investigate the Darcy Trust, which Fitzwilliam Darcy established in 1860 to ensure his fem ...more
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Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Elizabeth Papers is incredibly ingenuous! I want to read it again and again and again!!
Madenna U
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story combines modern and regency wonderfully! The modern story features a private detective and a Darcy descendant. Together they are investigating a piece of Darcy family legacy, a trust set up for female descendants which has been called into question. Their research is interspersed with excerpts from Elizabeth Darcy's diary. The diary acts as a window into Elizabeth and Darcy's married life and a few family secrets. Those secrets and situations are the driving force behind the legacy in ...more
Unfortunately I didn't like it as much as everyone else. The mystery around Victoria I guessed quite from the beginning and Elizabeths insecurities about Darcy and his daughters I found not as believable. Also I wasn't a big fan of the modern world story. I didn't like the characters as well the constructed love story. What I really liked was that this was not the 1'000th recycled P&P story but something new.

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Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Elizabeth Papers, I realize I may give 5 stars out too freely. This one is worthy of so much more! There really aren't enough P & P sequels out there and this sequel didn't disappoint. The Elizabeth Papers gives the reader a glimpse into Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's life after the wedding with the addition of a little mystery and a little modern day romance. ...more
Nicole Marie
May 26, 2016 marked it as jaff-tbr
*** Gift from Editor Christina Boyd - Received an Advance Reader Copy/Gift from author - provided with no expectation of, or promise of a review (favourable or otherwise). ***
Suze Lavender
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Private investigator Charlie has accepted a new case. He's agreed to look into a trust started by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Fitzwilliam was happily married to Elizabeth, but was everything as it seemed in their marriage? Charlie is supposed to find out the truth about a relationship from the early nineteenth century. However, when he meets the person who could be affected by his research he doesn't find it so easy anymore to do what he's being paid to do. Evie is an artist. She's just starting to make ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, imaginative, creative

Spoiler Alert, though main mystery has been edited out. This is one of the outstanding variations, continuations of Pride and Prejudice. It is brilliantly put together with the modern story in 3rd person, Lizzy's Diary, and a few of Darcy's letters at the end of his life. A private detective starts out investigating the Darcy trust for his female descendants because of a greedy client Crescenda who wants to disinherit the descendants of Victoria Darcy because o
Carole (in Canada)
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance, Mystery
Recommended to Carole (in Canada) by: Claudine DiMuzio
Shelves: favorites
I have been waiting patiently for this book to come out in paperback, to be in stock at Amazon and to have the time to read it without interruption. I could have gotten it on Kindle but I wanted this book to grace my shelves with Ms. James first book 'Suddenly Mrs. Darcy'. Not only did the gorgeous cover compel me to read it but the evocative premise of the story...Mr. Darcy in 1860 setting up a trust fund for all future generations of his female descendants.

Fast forward almost 150 years, there
Jan Ashton
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A smart, richly told story--two stories, in fact--about the bonds of family, love, and duty. It was that rarity for me: a real page-turner that kept me up late. Rarely have I come across a novel with two connected storylines taking place in different eras that I enjoyed equally.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful--beautifully written and inventive. You don't have to be a JAFF fan to enjoy this one. Ms. James is a very talented writer. I can't wait for her next book.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5. Loved it. Review to come later.
ana darcy
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
I am going to be a bit naughty and I will start the review of this book with a negative comment: it is far too short. I wrote it, that’s it. I would have loved to read two hundred pages more!

Jenetta James was so extremely kind as to offer me a copy of her book in exchange of a honest review and here you have it. I do apologise for taking so long but life got in the middle.

If you like books like The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown or The Eight by Katherine Neville + Jane Austen, you will love this boo
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what happens after a book ends? Where do the characters go next? Do they live happily ever after?

If you've read Pride and Prejudice and wondered that, fear not! This novel gives a wonderful glimpse into the Darcy's marriage and it's so satisfying.

Split between now and the nineteenth century, The Elizabeth Papers explores a mystery surrounding one of Elizabeth's daughters. Her descendant, Evie and private investigator, Charlie try and discover if Victoria Darcy was legitima
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of Pride and Prejudice stories, and this is one of the better ones. I thought the premise was really interesting, and it was executed well.

It seemed for a brief moment at the beginning of the 2014 plotline that the relationship of the characters was going to mirror Elizabeth's and Darcy somewhat, which made me wary, but thankfully it didn't go that way.

I gave this 3 stars, despite the fact I genuinely liked it, for 2 small reasons. One was just because of a pet peeve of mine in
Jenny Worstall
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Review Team.

The Elizabeth Papers is an intriguing romantic suspense novel that flashes seamlessly between the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy once they are married, and Evie and Charlie in the present day.

I was drawn to it immediately as Elizabeth Bennet is my favourite Austen heroine. I don't think it is possible to capture completely the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth nor Elizabeth's brilliantly witty and teasing speech patterns unless your
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth and Darcy's story

Loved this story. It mixed the story of P&P with the present day. The story starts out with us reading a letter of Darcy's to his solicitor to set up a trust for the female descendants. Than we fast forward to present day and see that one of the descendants learns of a dark secret that could mean she could get more money from the trust if she could prove the secret to be real. The only proof is Elizabeth Darcy's diary if only she could find it.

The author seamlessly wo
Elizabeth Lloyd
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Elizabeth Papers is both a gentle romance set in modern day London and Derbyshire and an intriguing mystery that takes us back in time to the early 19th century. The name Mr Darcy instantly indicates that the Elizabeth of the title is Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice, but don’t dismiss this novel as a parody or bandwagon follow up. The plot is original and the modern characters, private detective, Charlie Haywood and talented young artist Evie Pemberton, are distinctive and well deve ...more
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