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These Dreams: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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An Abandoned Bride
     A Missing Man
          And a Dream which refuses to die….

Pride and patriotism lend fervor to greed and cruelty, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is caught at the centre of a decades old international feud. Taken far from England, presumed dead by his family, and lost to all he holds dear, only one name remains as his beacon in the darkne
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Kindle Edition, 732 pages
Published September 4th 2017 by White Soup Press
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Leslie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep." Mary Elizabeth Frye


I am the newest member of the 'I stayed up way to late to finish this book because I had to know how it ended' club– where's my hat and tee shirt?

This is a very long book, 700+ pages. But there is not one line of extraneous or pointless information. This book isn't long because the author is selfish this book is long because the author is brilliant and generous. Essentially there are three f
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Sheila Majczan
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!

So many friends warned me and/or I read in the other readers' reviews that this story was full of angst. Yes, there is angst, but I do love angst and when I finally did pick it up, having found a day not full of appointments or activities, I found the angst bearable. I read this over two days. What I kept in mind (and remember I am a reader of approximately 1000 JAFF books - not all are reviewed as I read them long before I was posting reviews.) is that in this genre w
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Debbie Brown
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, 2017-jaff, i-own-it
Be prepared for a reading marathon when you pick this one up, because it's both long and almost impossible to put down. I lost several hours of sleep because I was NOT going to bed until I finished it. This is one powerful, spellbinding story that's masterfully written.

These Dreams is a semi-sequel to Pride and Prejudice in that it assumes everything happened exactly as in canon right up to the night before Lydia and Wickham marry. On his way back from his final meeting with Wickham confirming all the arr/>These
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Joana Starnes
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An epic and riveting tale of a bond that cannot be broken. Nicole Clarkson will have you on the edge of your seat, she’ll make you gasp in disbelief and terror, bite your fingernails as you devour the pages one after the other hoping and praying for the right answers against seemingly impossible odds, and sigh in perfect happiness when the world is finally put right. A gripping, profoundly original and masterfully written novel you’ll want to read all over again as soon as you’ve reached the end ...more
J. W. Garrett
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dream, we can be together all the time.” A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Anyone who wishes to read this story… be prepared for the long haul. This is no baby short story and it packs a punch within a few pages. There will be various triggers so gird your loins for a rating of PG-17 due to violence, sexual tensions, torture of ODB [our dear boy], near sexual abuse, and battering. I hate to list them up fr
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wosedwew
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're going through hell, keep going.
~ Winston Churchill


Several reviewers have mentioned marathon reading – unable to sleep until they had conquered this epic.

Not me. I had to take breaks – work on jigsaw puzzles, play solitaire – to control my anxiety. I became deeply involved in Darcy’s imprisonment and Elizabeth’s grief – it was a personal experience for me.

It wasn’t until Darcy returned to England that I embarked on the marathon, finishing at 2 AM.

I think telepathy exists, an/>I
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Talia
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you kill off Darcy right away, I am already loving the story. Add in Colonel Fitzwilliam in large measure, and I am yours. Thank you for a wonderful read.

I wanted to point out since I got the paperback copy that the printing job on this was superior. The paper is lovely to feel and the margins are perfect. I can't tell you how much I appreciated reading this book through. It was so comforting to have those big margins on either side and the heavy paper. I only wish the cover was a heavier
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Anna
Sep 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Nicole Clarkston’s These Dreams, a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is a novel I was forced to savor because of my busy schedule, but really I wanted to devour it in one sitting. This was one of the most creative — and angsty — variations I’ve ever read. I loved all the twists and turns, and even though it was hard to see my favorite characters brought so low, Clarkston does a fantastic job getting into their heads.

These Dreams opens as Mr. Darcy is orchestrating the m
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Elin Eriksen
Pride and Prejudice variation.

Unputdownable!

Heart-wrenching, beautifully written book that made my heart pound and my hands tremble while tears was streaming down my face. I absolutely loved it!

Securing Wickham's marriage to Lydia made Darcy venture into the seedier parts of London where he was attacked and shipped out to sea. His clothes was removed and put on another mans body, Darcy was pronounced dead.
Elizabeth's world spiralled into despair at the loss of the lo
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Carole (in Canada)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Historical Romance
Shelves: favorites, variations
My Rating: 5+++++++

This is a powerful, emotional and at times chilling roller coaster of a read. It is also a strong testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love.

The book description gives a good insight into the premise of this book. However, it cannot encompass the sheer magnitude of how compelling it is. I was completely enthralled from beginning to end and hated being interrupted! All emotions were engaged from shock, anger, heartbreak and at
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Tina
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh man. The angst in this story. I could not put this book down as it was that riveting. I felt for our dear couple as they had to face trials far away from each other and then once again when they were finally reunited. Ms. Clarkston proves yet again why she is a superb storyteller and one of the queens of JAFF. I will definitely read this book again in the future.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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colleen churm
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These Dreams: A Price & Prejudice Variation.

Nicole Clarkston completely outdid herself with this story. Absolutely one of the very best Pride and Prejudice Variation stories I have ever read. Completely captures your complete attention from the first page to the last! Fitzwilliam Darcy is kidnapped by cruel men and hustled off to Portugal, presumed dead, and Lizzie suffers along with him, in a profound, supernatural kind of communication. Every happening in this story is so smooth, so cleverl
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Tamra
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Great plot with a very well thought out mystery.
James S
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intense, very intense book.

Darcy’s death is faked and spirited away. Then tortured...a lot.

Georgina has rights to all of Pemberley. Her relations scheme to get it through her.

Lizzy and Darcy’s love cannot be broken, even though Lizzy thinks he is dead.

Just a great story. But I was unsatisfied how forgiving Darcy was toward his family.

I recommend this book highly.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Mr. Darcy Disappeared the Day Before Lydia’s Wedding?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day before Wickham marries Lydia

SYNOPSIS: Just at the pivotal moment where Mr. Darcy begins to hope that all is not lost between him and Elizabeth Bennet, he is taken from London and presumed missing. What becomes of Lydia and Wickham – do they still marry? What about Georgiana and Pemberley – who will take care and guard both from g
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Sara
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW. wow. Seriously, if you have not read this book you are missing out. It has everything: action, adventure, love, loss, heartbreak, grief, family drama, "who-dunnit," good guys and evil persons, angst galore, and hope. What more could a person ask for, especially in a P&P variation. Yet it was not cheesy or overdone. It was authentic. You felt the emotions of the characters from the beginning. The scenes are so beautifully betrayed. It is a long book but you don't feel like ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hesitated about burrowing this book because I am not a fan of angst. I read through some trusted reviewers and I became intrigued. I love a vulnerable h/H and so I bit the bullet and started. I did take breaks here and there for my own piece of mind. It had chilling moments seeing Darcy tortured and kept in darkness.

I loved watching him suffering from PTSD and Lizzy helping him through. The colonels loyalty to his cousin and fetching Elizabeth to help him get through the night. It was so roma
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Christina
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great saga that takes our beloved Darcy to Portugal as a prisoner. However Elizabeth and all his family believe him dead. A mystery of why and how unfolds as to his kidnapping—but how will he ever make it back to England? This totally out of the box reimagining takes its time developing characters we recognize from “Pride and Prejudice” as well as the many new key figures, and does not disappoint when the happily ever after does come. 4.5 stars
Suzan Lauder
Several stories woven into one, so it is a bit taxing to read and has inevitable slow sections. Well executed in spite of this, yet still much too long for its intention. A few modernisms in the Regency prose, which otherwise is well done. I would not hesitate to read more by this author as I like everything she writes in JAFF.
Mira Magdo
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this variation crime, love, history, family, legacy, mystery, religion, conspiracy meets. Not a rushed, patched up story where the author gives a little bit of everything for the sake of a good story, but it is a very well developed, well-thought-out story, where everything and everyone has its place and part. The book is longer than usual, but the story requires the length. It has at least 3 action threads which eventually come together and lead to the solution. In the first 20%-30% of the b ...more
Janet
These Dreams is unequivocally, one of the best books I have ever read. It left me thinking about it for days. The author wrote a story that vividly portrays love, heartache, agony, feelings of betrayal, desperation, fear, joy, hope, romance, oh, the romance, and so much more. The narrative moved along at a steady pace, and there was nothing artificial in the solutions to the plot twists. It kept me on the edge of my seat, experiencing a multitude of emotions.

The story begins with Dar
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Nicole Barton Sasser
Status: Read from August 10 to 20, 2019

Rating: 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Library Notes:

These Dreams: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
by Nicole Clarkston
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 27 pages
Published November 2nd 2018
ASIN: B07K1ZVQZK

An Abandoned Bride
A Missing Man
And a Dream which refuses to die….
Pride and patriotism lend fervor to greed and cruelty, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is caught at the centre ofManBrideA⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Tlotem
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
They already are very good reviews about this book. I just want to recommend this book to all Pride and prejudice lovers. This long story doesn't follow Jane Austen's book but relate another story with all our favorites characters plus some more. I would like point the beautiful cover of this book, bravo. If I could I will give more stars to this book.
Joan
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Avid Reader

I can not remember reading books by this author, but this book was well-written. Darcy was kidnapped and presumed dead. All revolves around a feed and a member of his own family willing to see him gone. I shall not say whom. Some of the novel takes place in Portugal. This book is missing a table of contents and an epilogue. Obviously, there is a second book because this one ends with Colonel Fitzwilliam, the woman he loves and Mr. and Mrs. Gardinier. I highly recommend this book.
Barb
I agree almost 100% with other reviewers. This is a very high quality JAFF with a lot of unique spins on the story starting when Darcy is arranging Lydia's marriage to Wickham in a less than desirable part of London. Darcy is attacked and presumed dead, although actually kidnapped and taken by someone looking for revenge and financial gain.

The Darcy and Fitzwilliam familys are thrown into chaos and terrible grief. Georgiana does not know where to turn and who to listen to. Elizabeth is devastat
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Dung
What an epic P&P variation! Loved it!!!

Review to come.
Madenna U
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: type-darcy
This is not your typical Pride and Prejudice variation. Just after Lydia and Wickham's wedding, Darcy is found dead and this sets off a chain of reactions. Joyful Elizabeth is caught in melancholy so deep even her father is frightened. She feels connected to him through her dreams. Georgiana is now the heiress of Pemberly and Richard Fitzwilliam is her sole guardian. He is determined to discover what happened to Darcy who is, of course not dead, but kidnapped! The deed to land in Portugal is the ...more
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
I've read some angsty books in my reading lifetime, but this one took the cake lol. I enjoyed this variation, the additional new characters, as well as envisioning this icky road of love for ODC. A few parts towards the end were a bit slow, but overall it was a wonderful romantic book. I would definitely recommend it.
Sarah
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff-regency, ku, z2018
3.5 stars
Teresita
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very angsty but wonderful!

I found this story gripping, a tale I wasn't able to put down.
Highly original, it is masterfully developed and intriguing.
A great read!
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Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.

Nicole discovered Jane Austen rath
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