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Conceit & Concealment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

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~ Pride & Prejudice meets Alternate History ~

Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she des
Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by White Soup Press
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 stars!

Review and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

Abigail Reynolds created an adventure full of twists and turns in Conceit and Concealment. It’s an intricately written alternate English history starring two most beloved characters meeting and falling in love in different circumstances.

In Conceit and Concealment, although we see a Meryton swarmed with men in uniform, the difference is they’re donning blue coats. They’re men of La Grande Armée, serving under Napoleon. Things are very different for
Sheila Majczan
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mon dieu! This story takes your breath away. Tears, sighs and some bit of laughter. For me this is the best of tales from a favorite author. Not only does she give us a romance which undergoes the harshest of trials but also gives us a creative history for England and the people living during that made up time of occupation by the French. Those who read the first chapters as a WIP will find that there is so much more depth and surprises in the rest of the story.

I absolutely adored how Darcy meet
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2017-jaff, jaff
This is just a fabulous and unique Pride and Prejudice variation. I warn you that it's WAY off-canon, with lots of adventure and romance and intrigue leading to lots of nail-biting for the reader.

England has fallen to the French under Napoleon, so it's a very different Meryton as the story opens. Most of the English residents are miserable under the French rule. Lydia and Kitty aren't; Lydia has already married a French officer, and Kitty is similarity attracted to men in uniform, regardless of
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" ~Eve Merriam

When you have Napoleon as your villain, who needs anyone else? Wickham is involved in one conversation; Lady Catherine is mentioned in passing; and Caroline Bingley is not even identified by name!

This is a sweet, low-angst love story – truly the love story flows very smoothly.

War is the only game in which it doesn't pay to have the home-court advantage. ~Dick Motta

The drama comes from the uneasy spirits of the
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
An Incredibly Inventive Adventure

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation (Alternate History)

SETTING: 1811, England (under French rule)

SYNOPSIS: Six years ago Napoleon invaded England. Bringing in his militia, enforcing fees to pay for the war, stripping titles from the aristocracy, and seizing homes and properties of the wealthy Napoleon now has England completely in its power. But curiously enough Mr. Darcy of Pemberley still has his land and appears to be cooperating with the
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Liked this one very much. Not entirely memorable but I applaud the author's change of history to suit her story.

Read this one again: LOVED it. So much love.

Reread: Terrific.

Reread: Yep, still terrific.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This a wonderful alternative where Napoleon won the war in 1805. And subsequently the event that happen to our beloved couple is truly wonderful. The up and down action was non stop and such a roller coaster I just couldn't put the book down. A MUST read. I would rate this book much higher than 5 stars it's that good.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019

Dear Reader,

Who would believe that our own dearly beloved Darcy is a traitor, one who has sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver?

True,he sought to save his sister and those remaining family members he holds dear,but to do such a thing is almost unimaginable.

Lizzy,whom he befriends in a bluebell field,is far from impressed and being true to her self,wastes no time in deriding his turncoat proclivities.

Faced with unwelcome advances from the French elite billeted at Meryton,Jane has maste
Kasia Burlakoff
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2017
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Great picture of England under French rule, and choices which came with it. I was proud of myself, that I had figured out the reasons behind Darcy's collaboration. Many wonderfully written supporting characters, both French and English. And don't worry, there is a HEA.

The ending was a bit fairy tale style, but I didn't affect my enjoyment of this wonderful story.
Suzan Lauder
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: Alternate universe in the Regency. You have to allow yourself to accept this, then you'll adore this story.
Eliza Baum
Second read 3/24/18:

So good. Just as fun the second time around. (Yeah, it's only been ~3 months since I read this. What of it?)

First read 12/12/17:

Man, I LOVED this book. That seems to be the way with Abigail Reynolds. Either I love it or I hate it. Glad this one went into the love category. This is a HUGE divergence, which can be dicey, but it was SO well done. The plot was exciting, the characters lovely, the romance build-up nice. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this book, an
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ignoring for a moment the fact that this is (another) P&P variation, this book has become one of my favourite books due to the historical plot.
I am always a massive sucker for different interpretations of history and this one, a french invasion of England, was so cleverly constructed.
The relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy was so well developed while still managing to build the tension of the times around them.
3 1/2 stars. I had such a hard time getting into this book, and then such a hard time relating to Darcy and Elizabeth. I generally love anything by Abigail Reynolds, but this required more effort on my part.

I had a much easier time listening to the book and enjoyed it more.
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Wonderful P&P variation!

Another amazing book by Abigail Reynolds! The intrigue, the suspense, the entanglements, plus romance - all of it lead to a well-crafted story. Well done and thank you Ms. Reynolds.
Carole (in Canada)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque Readers, Romance
Shelves: variations, favorites
This is a variation and an adventure of Napoleonic proportions...literally!!! What if Napoleon's attempt to invade England succeeded. How would that impact our characters in Pride & Prejudice? Well let me tell you, Ms. Reynolds has certainly written a fabulous tale of intrigue and deception that kept me riveted until the very end!

Six years of French occupation and rule has left many chafing at the bit to free England from its oppressors. The aristocracy have lost their titles, lands and in some
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I've proofread for Abigail Reynolds...and it may be my favorite of all of her books. In fact, Abigail's books were the very first Austen variations I ever read, and she became one of my favorite authors in this genre. So it was a privilege to be able to assist with the proofreading of this novel.

In an alternate timeline, France defeats Britain in the Napoleonic Wars, and France now occupies all of England. Elizabeth and her family must deal as well as possible with
Patricia Edmisson
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Concealed Conceit

Absolutely fabulous! I loved the mixture of history within this variation. The idea of England defeated by Napoleon was a fantastic new idea.

I would recommend this book to those who are JAFF readers and those who like this Georgian history. I laughed out loud many times. It was enjoyable to read the differences taken within the personalities of ODC.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Absolutely wonderful and a clever take altering British history along with the situation of Pride & Prejudice's characters: What if Napoleonic troops had invaded and occupied England? Abigail Reynolds never disappoints! ...more
E Brookhouse
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Crazy and off canon, this has been one of the most interesting reads I've had all year! There is too much to accidentally spoil, so I can't say much more except that this is well-written and sometimes intense, while always being a great adventure!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love when JAFF writers really push the boat out and push boundaries, and my favorite thing about JAFF (and retellings in general) is the idea of alternate worlds/timelines, and how that affects the story and characters. Conceit & Concealment is one of the biggest departures to the story that I've read, and I really liked how Reynolds thought through the ramifications of events and the impact they would have had.
It was still over the top and dramatic, maybe could have done with a little more s
This is a slightly changed review of the audiobook version of "Conceit & Concealment" that I posted on Audible:

The book is surprising, thrilling, and moving:)
Well, I have to admit, after the first two hours of listening (and the whole audiobook is about 12 hours long) I felt a little disappointed, almost to the point when I really wondered whether to go on (the heat outside slows down my brain and my concentration, you know:))... I mean, it was sweet and basically reminded me a lot of "Pride and
Kathy Schmitt
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Way Beyond Merely Exciting

I am in constant awe of so many authors in the world of JAFF that I now measure new (to me) books by a totally different standard. How, then, to evaluate "Conceit & Concealment" by Abigail Reynolds?
First the easy part. Without revealing too much, yes. This tells the Darcy and Elizabeth seemingly thwarted at every turn on their pursuit of happiness ever after. Is Darcy a traitor? Is Georgiana Darcy who she says she is!? Is Elizabeth guilty of taking too many walks? How
Mary Ann
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Reynold's finest hour shows through in this novel. It was written with a passion that the reader would think they were participating in the events that were happening. It brought to life the trials and tribulations of what and how war plays havoc on a country and the people living in that country. Families faced espionage, suspense, fear, hunger, loss of property and uncertainty.
This novel expressed how the people of England found hope and fought, worked together for the good of the coun
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Napoleon invaded England in 1805 and conquered it, imprisoning royalty and stripping nobles of their lands and titles. Now England lives under French occupation. When the story begins, Mr. Bingley has arrived at Netherfield Park with his friend Mr. Darcy, a man everyone knows is a traitor.

I would go on with a summary, but I don't want to spoil any part of the book for anyone. The revelation of the new state of affairs for the Bennet family had me on pins an
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this Pride and Prejudice variation highly enjoyable. It was slightly different from the novels Abigail Reynolds get us used to due to the novelty of alternate history. The experiment was worth the enormous research effort I'm sure lying as the foundation of this work.

The alternate history expedient enriched the story setting, the portrayal of the characters, and the plot. The story is not only about Mr Darcy and Elizabeth's love story and, as much as I love to read about them, this was
colleen churm
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Conceit & Concealment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation.

What an excellent, intriguing, and exciting story! Abigail Reynolds outdid herself with this story. Fitzwilliam Darcy has a great secret. Is he really a French sympathizer, or not? The French have successfully invaded England and have been overlords now for over six years. It looks like Darcy has forsaken England to keep his sister, Georgina, and his Beloved Pemberley safe. But is that the whole truth? This is what Lizzie wonders after she get
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I genuinely enjoyed this P&P spin off.. it is very well written and I enjoyed the imagination that went into describing an alternative historical reality
Although I found that it had little resemblance if nothing at all to the original novel by Jane Austen and it only borrowed the names of characters
Especially in that instance where an important character from the original was unceremoniously disposed off just like that in the beginning of the novel
Still I enjoyed the creativity of it tremendous
Vee Stojcevski
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A wonderful and very original reimagining of my favourite book Pride and Prejudice. Abigail is one of my favourite authors and always delivers sublime novels. This was a joy to read from start to finish. Darcy hiding the future Queen from the French by claiming her as his sister Georgiana. Once he meets Elizabeth everything begins to unravel.
There is lots of drama and many nail biting moments. A beautiful romance between Darcy and Elizabeth. A highly recommended read!
A pleasant read, more due to the whole reimagining of the outcome of the Napoleonic wars (not something I thought I would ever say) and its effects on characters you kinda already know but not really, than for the romance proper. There is absolutely no tension (and I'm sorry, but the whole Titania / Thistle banter was so over with me as soon as it had started), and it's campy a bit too much. But Reynolds still has these ideas that set her apart from other historical romance authors that make me ...more
Karen Connell
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Conceit & Concealment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds

Napoleon has occupied England and Mr Darcy has been accused by his fellow-countrymen of being a traitor because he maintains a relationship with the French. Most of the English have forfeited titles and property. French soldiers are known to compromise English maidens. Mr Darcy visits with his friend Mr Bingley and begins an acquaintance with Lizzy. Mr Darcy has secrets he cannot disclose. There’s a lot of espio
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can’t follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a way to ...more

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