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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 darkness: Elizabeth.

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Published September 4th 2017 by White Soup Press
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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 full books that ent
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 a
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 we lovers of
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 front; however
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
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, and I think
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
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 marriage of L
Carole (in Canada)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Historical Romance
Shelves: variations, favorites
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 times laughter. I was em
Elin Eriksen
Pride and Prejudice variation.


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 love she had not experience and
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.
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 ½ stars out of 5
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, audible
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 it' ...more
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 cleverly p
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Great plot with a very well thought out mystery.
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 greedy opportunists? What
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.
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
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
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
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. ...more
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 Darcy arranging
I can hardly believe that I read over 700 pages in 3 days but, as other reviewers have stated, I couldn’t put this book down. This P&P variation begins in London just as Darcy has finished negotiating the marriage of Wickham and Lydia. They are to wed the next day with Darcy and the Gardiners as witnesses. But Darcy doesn’t make it to the wedding, he has been attacked and kidnapped. The story varies greatly from cannon but is brimming with action and angst. However, it’s not all action. There is ...more
Nicole Marie
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

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 al
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
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this variation! Definitely was a nail-biter at parts, and kept me up late reading!

My only complaint is that the actual "dreams" part was a bit weird. I mean the concept was fine, but when they saw each other in their dreams they never spoke of anything substantial - like "hey...I am alive, btw, just stuck in a cell being tortured". All they ever spoke of was their love for each other. Which is great, but I felt like there was a missed opportunity there.

Also, Darcy was annoying about halfw
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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.
What an epic P&P variation! Loved it!!!

Review to come.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, jaff-2018, 2018-read
This is an amazing read. I'd had it on my kindle for a while but the estimated 13 hours reading time had influenced my decision not to read it. But, oh my goodness, not a single word is wasted and this book is definitely one of the best Pride and Prejudice variations I have ever read!

It starts later than most books of this type, just before Lydia and Wickham wedding. Mr Darcy is attacked, presumed dead and what follows is an awful tale of some of his relatives trying to get their hands in his f
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
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