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Shortly after Elizabeth Bennet refuses Fitzwilliam Darcy’s offer of marriage, he becomes convinced her reproofs were correct and determines to become worthy of her love. His attempt to arrange a “chance” meeting is successful and they cross paths in London.

Soon afterwards, Darcy sails for Virginia to retrieve his newly widowed cousin, who has found herself stranded in a c
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 19th 2016
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Debbie Brown
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another marvelous variation of Pride and Prejudice by Wendi Sotis. We begin post-Hunsford, and Elizabeth has come to regret her rejection of Mr. Darcy after reading his letter and reflecting upon her improved insight into the man. Mr. Darcy, meanwhile, is guilt-wracked and determined to improve himself now that he's recognized Elizabeth's litany of his faults was warranted.

Before he can act to reunite Bingley with Miss Bennet, he receives a letter from his cousin, Lady Bianca, the younger sister
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J. W. Garrett
“Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” Chico Xavier

We are post Hunsford proposal, D&E meet up in London just as Lizzy and Jane are preparing to head back home. The few minutes they have together, gives ODC [our dear couple] hope for a renewal of a relationship between them. When Darcy learns Elizabeth and her Aunt and Uncle plan a trip to Derbyshire, he gives them permission to call at Pemberley.

He tells them of his plans to sail t
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Sheila Majczan
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third of this author’s books which I have had the pleasure of reading. There are several other reviews which outline the story very well.

The Hunsford proposal has occurred. Elizabeth and Mariah Lucas have joined Jane at the Gardiner’s residence on their way home to Meryton. Darcy, besides having nightmares, has also been penning bitter, remorseful entries in his journal. But after venting his anger and frustration in the aftermath of Elizabeth’s refusal, pauses and decides to tear up
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“In Every Mistake There Is Potential for Growth”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins a few weeks after the Hunsford Parsonage proposal. Mr. Darcy is at his London home and Elizabeth, just newly arrived at Cheapside.

SYNOPSIS: There is more than one delightful twist in this story! Darcy and Elizabeth encounter each other in London just a few weeks after his first proposal, Mr. Darcy travels to America to retrieve and assist his widowe
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Carole (in Canada)
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
This was a very enjoyable variation after the Hunsford's disastrous proposal. Both Darcy and Elizabeth are each regretting their hurtful words and wish they could see each other again to at least make amends. Fortunately, they meet right before he to sails to America to retrieve his widowed cousin, Lady Bianca. While Darcy is away, Elizabeth does a tour of Derbyshire with the Gardiners and severely injures herself on the Matlock estate. While recuperating at Matlock and then Pemberley, a strong ...more
Barb
A very nice story with two major variations from canon: Darcy must travel to America to retrieve his cousin Bianca who has just become widowed. As the Earl is very ill and possibly dying, Colonel Fitzwilliam and his brother the Viscount cannot leave him to go for their sister, so Darcy is called upon to assist. While traveling in Derbyshire, Elizabeth falls and is injured at Matlock. Although unable to travel, Elizabeth and the Gardiners wish to leave due to the Earl's illness and his family's n ...more
Susanne
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this variation of Austen's famed Pride and Prejudice, A Lesson Hard Learned starts just as Darcy and Elizabeth meet again in London after the debacle in Hunsford. But Darcy cannot stay to continue their awkward reunion; instead, he must travel to Virginia to bring back his cousin who was widowed while visiting her husband's family. Plus, her father, the Earl of Matlock, is dying, so Darcy must return his cousin to England as quickly as possible despite her marriage-minded machinations and som ...more
Madenna U
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a truly enjoyable read. Our hero and heroine have learned to appreciate each other during a long separation. Elizabeth is surrounded by friends, family and Pemberly while Darcy is braving the oceans. Imagine his surprise to find her waiting for him. The secondary characters provide just enough tension to keep the story going until they reach their happily ever after.
Gail Frisby
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good

Liked it glad the Wickham part was already done. Like it when he and Lydia don't elope. Liked the set down of Caroline and Lady catherine.
wosedwew
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Never give up on someone you can't go a day without thinking about. ~Author Unknown

After Hunsford, Darcy can't go a day without thinking about Elizabeth.

Elizabeth realizes she hasn't gone a day without thinking about Darcy since she met him.

Darcy sees his errors and vows to change -- Elizabeth sees her misjudgments and vows to change. Their reunion is delayed but they find their HEA at Pemberley.

If you've read as many P&P fanfics as I have, you won't find much unexpected in this story but th
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Leslie
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque, ku
This is a book that is fairly light on action but long on contemplation and reflection. Starting after his disastrous proposal Hunsford Darcy; in his London home, is having nightmares about his life without Elizabeth. He realizes that he must become a man worthy of her respect. He then learns that his cousin Bianca is now widowed and stranded in the US and he is the only family member who has the ability to travel there to escort her home. Meanwhile Lizzy is at Gracechurch street ruminating over ...more
colleen churm
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Lesson Hard Learned

This was an interesting story by Wendi Sotis who often adds a almost spiritual teaching to her stories. It starts after the first proposal by Fitzwilliam Darcy, where he has just woken up from a dream which is a dire prediction of what would come of him if he doesn't change his ways! So he makes an honest start. New characters, and some of the usual cast and it all adds up to a great Read!
Beth
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Worthy

This writer has produced a worthy alternative to the second part of P&P. Lizzie refuses Darcy's marriage proposal and this book creates an alternative story. We have a new threat in Darcy's cousin. .Fitzwilliam has a scheming sister who desired Pemberly......don't we all.
Enjoyed reading it.
Charlotte
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Lori Byrd
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book about "don't believe everything you hear". Make your own judgements where it comes to love and who with. Your heart knows. Wendi captured some great moments and lots of adventure in this well written tale.
Christi
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was cute, but seemed a little far-fetched at times with drama seeming to be created for drama's sake. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but would have preferred the entire Americas part of the story had been removed.
Rajiv Agarwal
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Darcy goes to America

Big part of the story is Darcy's trip to America and that doesn't have much relevance to the main story. It could've been easily taken out. Overall the story doesn't flow smoothly - hard to read
Michelle
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable

Really liked the way this variation continues after Hunsford's disastrous proposal and the way the characters grew and changed. Loved it.
Alanna Jenkins
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice very enjoyable. The author's alternative version of events after the Hunsford Parsonage proposal felt plausible in against the background of the original story, but also different enough to make me feel like I was reading something fresh.

What this adaptation afforded that I most enjoyed was a chance to get a glimpse at how Mr. Darcy might have felt after the proposal, and how he might have let it affect the decisions he made. The inclusion of a tri
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Michelle
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
P&P variation. This was a pretty good story. Darcy decides that he needs to become a better man after being turned down by Elizabeth. Elizabeth changes what she thinks about Darcy after getting the letter from him. So much of the book is about Darcy and Elizabeth separately, which was kind of disappointing.
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great storytelling by Wendy Sotis (slight spoilers)

An excellent P&P variation! I enjoyed the plot, the twists, and of course...The Happily Ever After. I am torn between favorite Darcy and Elizabeth moments - when they accidentally meet in London before he departs for America or when he proposes. Either way, a wonderful tale.
Berta Garcia
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting

I liked this book ,as Soon as I started reading, I din't want to stop until the end. It has a very different approach.



I liked this book, as soon as I started, I didn' want to stop reading it. It is quite a different approach than the other books I have read.
Kathryn Kennedy
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely

I quite enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation. It felt true to the original in its language and in the love-is-of-the-utmost-importance feeling. It did not have the humor and romp of Austin, but (so far) no one does it as she did. I recommend this one.
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Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. Years ago, while searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since.

The Marriage Pact, and some of her works-in-progress, have branched away to Regency Romance and Contem
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