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On Oakham Mount: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

(Pemberley Departures #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When Mr. Bennet insists that Elizabeth marry the odious Mr.Collins, she dashes off in tears to seek refuge on Oakham Mount. There she encounters Mr. Darcy, seeking distraction from his own concerns. In a moment of emotional turmoil, they turn to each other and Mr. Darcy is moved to offer a solution to Elizabeth’s dilemma: A marriage of convenience. But when this engagement ...more
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Published April 1st 2016 by 32 Flavors Press
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Debbie Brown
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff, 2016-jaff
Just as many other reviewers of this book, I have to start by complimenting Ms. Meredith on her beautiful writing. I don't think I've come across a piece of JAFF that evokes the Regency literary style so completely from beginning to end. It's hard to believe this is by a modern writer instead of a contemporary of Jane Austen, or the Lady herself.

The story itself contains many plot elements from the original Pride and Prejudice but from a decidedly different angle. Both of Elizabeth Bennet's pare
Sheila Majczan
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
It is a truth universally acknowledged that…if you are one who reads and rereads variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice you will invariably encounter a couple with a propensity to misunderstand and/or misinterpret the words and actions of each other. And this couple will furthermore assign motivations and goals not entirely those intended.

Yes, once again Darcy has danced with Elizabeth at the Netherfield Ball and she confronted him with all her opinions concerning his treatment
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
4.5 stars out of 5

From its breathtaking cover, to its skillfully crafted storyline, “On Oakham Mount,” by Sophia Meredith, is a “Pride and Prejudice” variation that delivers a Regency Era romance that remains true to the tastes and the values within Austen’s time period. Ms. Meredith’s debut novel, which is the first in her Pemberley Departures series, focuses on how the demands placed upon Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins by Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, shape the course of her relationship with Fitzwilli
J. W. Garrett
"Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise

Our story is post Netherfield Ball, post Collins’ proposal, only this time, M/M Bennet are in agreement that Lizzy should accept Mr. Collins in order to save the family. Having her father tell her she can’t refuse… just about broke her heart. She said some things to her father she’s never said before. Now both are hurt and ashamed.

“Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound
Both under pressure to accept marriages they do not want discover in one heart-felt revealing conversation that they might have the ideal solution- marry each other. Lizzy discovers the man she thought was arrogant, dishonorable, and cold is anything but and Darcy finds that his indifference is merely an attempt to protect himself from the attraction he feels. Through twists and turns caused by misunderstanding, scheming, and outside events a plan for a marriage of convenience becomes something ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Darcy and Elizabeth Agreed to a Marriage of Convenience?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Day after the Netherfield Ball to several months later + epilogue

MAIN CHARACTERS: The usual Pride and Prejudice gang!


The Cover and Title: I’ll be honest, the cover and title grabbed me immediately and made me eager to learn more.


- The Premise: I love scenarios where Darcy and Elizabeth are marrying or contemplating marria
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
Shelves: favorites
What a delightful treat this book was. What if Mr. Darcy comes upon Elizabeth just after she has been ordered to marry Mr. Collins and proposes a marriage of convenience. Finding a distraught Elizabeth brings forth the softer side of Darcy and his attempts to comfort her are endearing. I thoroughly enjoyed being inside the heads of each of our favourite characters. Two strong willed individuals feeling great pressure to do their duty for their family.

Unbeknownst to them, Mr. Bingley proposes to
Eliza Baum
This was pretty good, but I didn't like it as much as I expected I would based on the blurb. I expect that's more a stylistic and story subject matter preference than anything, but *shrug*. There was a lot of introspection that bordered on excessive for me, and Darcy and Elizabeth both came to love the other without really having to do much to earn it. Darcy, especially, seemed to magically learn his lessons about his pride and behavior without the harsh lessons he receives in the original. I di ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't feel so well today but managed to finish one book, On Oakham Mount: A Pride & Prejudice Variation. I know this was a fan fave here when it first came out a month or so ago and I can heartily agree with everyone. It was marvelous. As stated before by other reviewers, the writing is fantastic and true to Austen. It was such a pleasure to read. My husband surprised me with an autographed hard copy. I look forward to reading it again when I am feeling a bit better. This is one of those ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a truly well written book. The language is evocative, stirring and beautiful. The start of the book if chock full of thoughts, reminiscences, reflection, and dialogue. The time covered is short and the detail intense. Once the story begins to pick up speed things happen quickly.

This story is mostly is a tale of self doubt between Darcy and Lizzy. Overall very satisfying and enjoyable
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is basically a what if Mr. Darcy tried to save Lizzy from a marriage from her cousin Mr. Collins. Both go through personal journeys before their happily ever after. I did enjoy how Mr. Collins ended up with the one Bennet daughter that I believe would have actually suited him. I loved Darcy in this story, he wasn't a dick like most authors portray him as at first. This was a great debut book from a promising new author. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 stars
Gail Frisby
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Book

Liked the storyline wish that Wickham had not eloped with lydia. Would have liked him to die before he ruined the family. Loved the epilogue.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! Elizabeth is forced into accepting Collins by both of her parents and runs off to Oakham mount in he distress and tears. Darcy comes upon her and being the Gentleman he is he offers to comfort her by calming her, by speaking to her in a way that opens up Elizabeth's mind to a different side of him. He opens up about Wickham, about his families wish for him to marry Anne and Elizabeth pities him. He is determined that she cannot marry a toad like Collins. He quickly forms his ...more
Madenna U
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise as Mr Darcy spends almost the entire book working on changing Elizabeth's perception about him. The story was not particularly compelling, but was an enjoyable read.
Carol Perrin
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On Oakham Mount: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Pemberley Departures Book 1)

A delightful and different story from other variations. Yes, Darcy still made is infamous statement about Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly. Finding Elizabeth crying in the woods that morning, he struggles with helping her to ignoring her. Being the gentleman that he is, he likes her enough to help her. Finding out her problem is both her parents are demanding that she marry Mr. Collins, Darcy is outraged, and they sta
One thing you often read of in both the original Pride and Prejudice and various fan fiction is how witty Elizabeth Bennet is, and how this was one of the major things that attracted Mr. Darcy to her. Jane Austen was certainly capable of making her witty, but not many fan fiction authors have this skill. I was delighted to see that Sophia Meredith is one of the exceptions. The best part, for me, of reading On Oakham Mount was the authors ability to truly show Elizabeth's conversational skills an ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
With this Pride and Prejudice tale, when Mr. Collins, after the Netherfield Ball, proposes to Elizabeth she is certain that her refusal will be endorsed by her beloved father. Unfortunately she is mistaken and Mr. Bennet insists she marries him. As she escapes to Oakham Mount she meets Darcy and they come to an understanding. But this is only the start of misunderstandings.
I enjoyed the character of Colonel Fitzwilliam, my only wish was that Mary was better represented, as the Colonel and Mary a
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a pretty well written P&P Variation. At this point I've read so many, I didn't think there was possibly a new way to look at the story, but Sophia Meredith managed to make her story just unique enough without venturing so far from canon to make it ridiculous as some have done. I will read more of her work.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Needs some editing for spelling etc.

Slow, wordy start, but enjoyable once E & D speak. It didn’t really have enough of D & E together, but was quite sweet when they were.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It is a truth universally acknowledged that I will grab the Kindle Unlimited Pride & Prejudice variations that pop up in my recommendations and usually put down what I am currently reading to finish them. Such is the case with "On Oakham Mount"--a new P&P variation. Feeling the need to escape into the world of Austen after a trying week, I downloaded last night and finished it up today. Overall, I liked, but didn't love this variation. In the story, rather than supporting Lizzy in her re ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What if… what if Elizabeth Bennet were forced to marry Mr. Collins, and Mr. Darcy discovered her crying over her fate before he left for London? What if he, too, had a fate he wished to escape, and found in Miss Bennet a kindred spirit? And what if the two set aside their preconceived notions to really talk? But sometimes, things do not always turn out the way we plan! In this beautiful re imagining of an old favourite tale, Ms. Meredith weaves a complex story, full of interesting and fully-deve ...more
Heather Louise
Mar 04, 2016 added it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Gave up about 2 pages after Mr. Darcy first opened his mouth. He sounds so ridiculous (calling someone a toad-eater? And he has cried out at least 4 times already), I just lost all interest in the rest of the book. The plot was going in an interesting direction, but to have one of the main characters - THE Mr. Darcy - acting so OUT of character was enough to completely turn me off. Find myself very disappointed in this book - and I can't get passed 8% of it.
Christine Baglow
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written

Sophie Meredith has written a truly beautiful work. Her prose is fluid and very much in keeping with Jane Austen's own style. This story had jettisoned to the top of my fan fiction list of favorites. Clean, thoughtful, believable, and satisfying. I cannot wait to read more from this exceptional author.
colleen churm
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On Oakham Mount

This book was just excellent. A different take on our Beloved couple, with so many twists and turns, when finally, they are ready to commit, when, another twist appears, even though it's taken from the Original story, even that was written differently. I loved how they accepted their deep feelings too, the way that was expressed was lovely!
Sandra Gebhard
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice little twist

Well written with only some minor editorial mistakes. I liked the story but found some of the scenes designed to incorporate P&P scenes and plot points a little tedious. This is a complete story despite being labeled book 1.
Iris McNeer
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The one bad thing about this book was that I just couldn't put it down and stayed up so late that I was quite tired the next day. I found the perfect remedy to be reading the book again as soon as possible. I certainly highly recommend it.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It was okay - but I wanted more.
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