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Unwilling: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Mr. Bennet discovers his days are numbered, so he immediately begins to set his affairs — and his five unmarried daughters — in order. Knowing they will fare best should at least one of them find a suitable husband, he cannot refuse any respectable suitors.

The high-spirited Elizabeth suspects something isn’t right in the halls of Longbourn, but nothing prepares her for a c
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published April 2nd 2016
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
Pride, Prejudice, and Stories

I had a delightful time reading this book! The story starts with Mr. Bennet finding out his days are numbered, prompting him to seriously consider his children and wife's prospects upon his demise. Instead of locking himself in his bookroom, he takes charge in making sure his daughters are marriageable, if not through their dowries, at least through their talents. He hires masters for music, French, and he himself teaches the girls literature and history. Kitty and
Debbie Brown
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-jaff, jaff
I enjoyed this unusual premise and especially appreciated the changes in the Bennet family. Mr. Bennet is motivated to take full charge of his family instead of hiding in his bookroom. This occurs after Mr. Bingley and the rest of his household, including Mr. Darcy, have left Netherfield. Masters come to Longbourn to teach art, music and French, with Mr. Bennet himself teaching his daughters literature, history and geography while Mrs. Bennet directs them in the duties of mistress of the house. ...more
J. W. Garrett
Delightful, charming, low angst, life changing events, excellent epilogue, OMG surprises

Oh my goodness, I simply loved this book. It is a…sit by the fire on a rainy day with your favorite drink and a comforter across your legs… type of book. The writing was well done, the characterizations were spot on, and I will definitely read this again. I am so glad I bought it. It is most excellent.

This is a story about a man who is facing his own mortality. Mr. Bennet has been given a death sentence by h
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting P&P version that I really liked until the final 10% when I felt like it it lost the narrative or had too many POVs or something...

We begin a few weeks after the Netherfield ball, the Bingleys have left and Mr. Collins is engaged to Miss Lucas. Mr. Bennet is told that his heart is failing and he has not long to get his affairs in order. As opposed to being his normal dilatory self he instead rises to this challenge and begins to fix his family. There is much detail to
Carole (in Canada)
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
Recommended to Carole (in Canada) by: Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Shelves: favorites
First, I wish this book was longer! Second, I wish this book was longer!

This book captured my imagination and wouldn't let go. The premise alone was interesting but to see it play out throughout the pages was magical. What would the Bennet family be like if Mr. Bennet took the time to not only be kind to his wife but respectful of her as well. To take his daughters in hand and set age appropriate guidelines of the time. To insist that Elizabeth accept Mr. Darcy as a husband when she really was u
Sheila Majczan
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are several reviews which provide an excellent overview of this variation: Nissa’s, Claudine A. Pepe’s and J. W. Garrett’s. As I don’t want to be redundant I will not repeat the complete outline.

Most of us have expressed how we love compromise situations or others in which ODC find one or both being forced into a marriage they did not want or in which one wants this pairing and the other does not have any desire to be with, much less married to, the other. This is a situation in which Darc
Lit Reader
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
In this alternate version of P&P Mr. Bennet learns his health is fragile after the Netherfield ball, which prompts him to change about his entire household: restricts his younger daughter's liberties, hires teachers and instructors of music, languages and art for his daughters and strategizes to have the older two marry soon. Also, takes in hand his estate's finances and his wife's exhuberance, becoming a man worthy of Lady Catherine's praise (sooo weird). Reading about all that was strangel ...more
Anna Fitzwilliam
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is totally my kind of book. I didn't like the epilogue too much (I'm not a fan of epilogues anyway), but the book is super lovely.
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I took some key points under advisement after reading the reviews and felt this book would suit me. So many times I did the eye roll thing at Elizabeth's need to paint Darcy the villain. This poor bloke we all know and have love excels at trying to please the woman he loves. In a world with so many books where the Hero runs from showing his feelings this handsome fellow lays it at Lizzy's feet but ever the headstrong stubborn woman she twists his intentions in such a way the man is at a loss. Th ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
4.5 stars! What If Mr. Bennet Was ‘Willing’ to Manage His Family?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: A couple days after the Netherfield Ball

MAIN CHARACTERS: The Bennet family, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Bingley

SYNOPSIS: After learning that he might not live beyond a year or so more, Mr. Bennet decides to do what he didn’t do all along – manage his daughters, take responsibility for their futures, and economize. His new plans include masters, hours of study, budgets, and
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Discipline weighs ounces; regret weighs tons -- author unknown

Loved Mr. Bennet in this story -- finally taking control of his family. Instilled discipline so he wouldn't have regrets. Took care of Mrs. B's future by requiring Collins to provide a cottage for her and a livable allowance (although in the end it wasn't needed).

Great story that is very well written. Grammar, spelling and word usage errors are at a minimum.

The author was one of the few who didn't include Lady C's rant at EB -- obstin
Sheryl Gordon
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bravo. This One Rings True.

A rare five star from me. Maybe it was just the right day for the right book, but maybe it was more than that. I've read quite a few in the past couple of weeks and though some were good, they left me ... wanting. I think the difference here is that this author, carefully, thoroughly, filled out her characters and made convincing explanations for their attraction to each other, assumed on his part, reticent on hers. The premise ploy is quickly put forth, and plausible
Carol Perrin
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unwilling: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

This was a very excellent story. In 1811, everyone in the Bennet family changed after Mr. Bennet discovers from his doctor friend that his heart was bad. Given maybe two years, he did a 180 degree turn around. He cut back on his wife and daughters' spending money, told his wife that meals were to be simpler, and hired masters to teach all five daughters the pianoforte, French, drawing while he instructed literature crossed with history. Agreeing with his wi
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook in a giveaway.

I enjoyed the premise of this story and the change in the Bennett household. The story center mostly on Darcy and Elizabeth but does mention the other sisters. I like that Jane through her transformation learns to think rationally of people and their intentions.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
Engaging and different

Mr. Bennett is forced to confront the probable consequences of his neglect and a different, but really interesting story develops that retains your attention and me you wondering if things can ever have a happily ever after.
A very worthy tale.
Suzan Lauder
POV, punctuation issues diverted attention from enjoyment. Light and fluffy. About ten seconds of conflict. Nice premise well executed with few tropes. Good writing quality if better edited.
Elin Eriksen
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely and romantic story. Slow paced with plenty of time to allow their relationship to develop naturally. No angst but a bit of tension and suspense to keep you engaged.

An ailing Mr Bennet convinces Elizabeth to accept Darcy at Hunsford. She is hesitant but relents. This is a very different Mr Bennet who due to his illness gets a firm grip on his family to make his girls marriageable before he passes. He sees Mr Darcy as saviour of his entire family. Elizabeth is not so impressed.

I thoroughl
Madenna U
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Mr Bennet finds the will to focus on his family and see to their well being. The girls are given the benefit of the masters, and he helps all of them see the world around them. Mr Darcy is as in love with Elizabeth as ever and fortunately for him, he asks Mr Bennet for Elizabeth's hand before he speaks to her. As Mr Bennet wants his family taken care of, he convinces an unwilling Elizabeth to accept his proposal.

Luckily for our dear couple, they have the o
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff-2018, jaff, 2018-read
This story captured my interest from the start... Mr Bennet is sick and realises that he needs to make some significant changes to try and offer his family some security after his death. He takes his unruly daughters in hand and this is makes interesting reading. Mr Bennet also realises at least one of his daughters needs to marry well and therefore encourages Elizabeth to accept Darcy's proposal, even though she doesn't really want to. He warns Darcy her feelings aren't equal to his and what fo ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I wanted to give this two stars but based on her other work I bumped the star rating up one. I reread Unwilling today and I thought that was a good title for the book. I was unwilling to love this romance. I don't want to give any spoilers away but if your idea of a romance is watching people falling in love then I would pass on this one. It was devoid of feeling, charm, sensitivity, and emotion for me. I found their relationship cringe-worthy. Well-written as the author has much talen ...more
Warmisunqu Austen
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
4,5 Austen
Eliza Baum
This story started in a more distant sort of third person that reminded me of the source material but did make me a little afraid that it wouldn't be to my liking. (It's a style that takes talent, so I'm always hesitant.) It softened a bit as it got deeper into Elizabeth and Darcy's story, though, so I did end up enjoying the way it was written. I read most of this in one sitting.

I liked seeing Jane's interactions with London society and with Bingley almost more than I liked Elizabeth and Darcy.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Mr Darcy, P&P variations, vagaries, continuations.
Really entertaining P&P variation. The story really accelerates when Darcy asks Mr Bennet for Elizabeth's hand in marriage, without yet asking Lizzy.
This Mr Bennet has been told he has an ailing heart and has realized that his children and wife are ill prepared to face a future without him. His do what is necessary to find husbands for his eldest daughters and finally begin strict fatherly guidance of the younger girls, while requiring all to improve their accomplishments in drawi
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mr-darcy
Pretty good book. Mr Darcy was extra charming than his usual self and to be honest, Elizabeth was not that unwilling after all! :P
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable P&P variation with very little angst.

Personally, I like at least some angst, so while this was good, it's not my favorite variation.

This is a what would happen if Mr. Bennett realized that he's sick and needs to make sure his family is taken care of. I did like reading about what Mr. Bennett would do if he was more involved with his family instead of making fun of them and/or ignoring them. So, what does he do? He hires masters to teach/tutor his daughters in the pianoforte, dra
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
2.5 stars.

This is one of those stories that is rather more telling than showing, but I suppose that might have been the author's way of keeping it in line with the way stories were written in the 1800s.

In this variation of P&P, Mr Bennet discovers he hasn't long left to live and needs to do the best he can to ensure his family's happiness and security before it is too late, which shakes him from his characteristic indolence.

I really loved the changes that he implements in his family, especia
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the sweet love story between ODC. I think this author really understands Elizabeth Bennet and portrays her character very faithfully. Even though she enters this courtship and marriage against her own wishes, she tries to remain optimistic and looks for the positive. So many P&P adaptations of this nature make Lizzy unfair and bitter, resentful and determined to be miserable. Jane Austen herself describes Lizzy as not being formed for unhappiness and this is ho ...more
Jean Stillman
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a surprise! I had never read anything by this writer, but thought the book description showed a promising read. It was way better than I expected! It was refreshingly different, in that after Mr Bennet learns that he will likely not live long, he determines to better prepare for his family. Namely, make changes , take responsibility, and find suitable matches for his two favorite daughters. One of my favorite parts of this variation is the reconnection of Mr and Mrs Bennet, as he s ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Elizabeth's father is seriously and tries to hide it from the family. Only Lizzy suspect something is wrong. Mr. Bennet takes his household in control limiting unnecessary spending,hiring tutors for the girls, and taking control of the younger ladies and his wife.
Lizzy accept Mr. Darcy's hand at the direction of her father and we follow them on their journey of discovery throughout their engagement. Mark Topping did a beautiful narration for this story.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good fluff read

It's like really good fanfiction. There is some character deviation but the author does explain the reason for that. It's not completely on point with the time period. Not enough that it should really bother you. Not if you're looking for P&P stories like this. I enjoyed it and I love Austen. This was a feel good read and Im glad I found this. If you're not too uptight you will love it too!
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Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

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“Yes, but you see, Jane is in a hypothetical situation. Pretty and sweet as she is, she has not had a single proposal, while you are in possession of two. You must open your eyes to Mr. Darcy’s good qualities, Lizzy. It is the only way you will be happy and respectable. And he is a respectable man. I do not know the particulars of what happened with Mr. Wickham, but I do know that he is always at the gaming tables when they are available, and I also know that he was very quick to tell you his tale of woe, and very keen to avoid Mr. Darcy.” He saw his daughter was about to protest and held up his hand. “You have a clever mind, Lizzy. Tell me, why did he speak to you as he did? Why did he not come to the Netherfield ball when he said he would? And why, I might ask, is a man his age only beginning in the militia? Do not let your mind be carried away by your vanity, Elizabeth. He complimented you while Mr. Darcy insulted you; yes, I see that. And he is handsome and amiable and very charming. But do not lose your head over it! You do not know the grief from choosing for the wrong reasons, Elizabeth, and I pray you never do.” 1 likes
“He took a deep breath. It was no matter. Of course his feelings were stronger, as they should be. He was to be the leader of their household, after all; it would not do for him to feel less than she did. And she was a lady. She would have kept her feelings in check until she was sure of his. Poor dear, she likely wondered why he had not spoken up. He had walked with her almost daily but spoken nothing of love or marriage. How could he have let her suffer so?” 0 likes
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