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A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity

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Is not the very meaning of love that it surpasses every objection against it?

Jilted. Never did Mr. Darcy imagine it could happen to him.

But it has, and by Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who first hated and rejected him but then came to love him—he believed—and agree to be his wife. Alas, it is a short-lived, ill-fated romance that ends nearly as soon as it has begun. No r
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published February 11th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published August 11th 2016)
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

Fun fact: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are two of my favorite romance novels ever. So to read a Persuasion-esque situation in a Pride and Prejudice variation is an incredibly happy day for me. A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity delivers angst, heartbreak, and a well-deserved happily ever after mixed with a healthy dose of mystery.

Things diverge from the canon after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy meet at Pemberley. In A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity, E and D come to an understanding so
Honestly, I came very close to abandoning reading this about halfway through. This unpublished story is off the charts on the angst meter, and it's the stupid kind of angst where if you could get the hero and heroine to just sit down and talk to each other without other people trying to keep them apart and/or the two getting interrupted for, like, FIVE WHOLE MINUTES, there'd be no misunderstanding and they'd sweep right into Happily-ever-after Land. I freely admit that I have a much lower tolera ...more
Sheila Majczan
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read this story as an unpublished book.

In the book description above the author tells us that she “wondered what might have happened if Darcy had found himself in the shoes of Frederick Wentworth...jilted by the woman he loved but still worse, at the behest of a man who has already taken so much from him. Can he/will he forgive her?”

But in this variation, the author wanders far a field in assigning roles and behaviors to those we think we know...even those we may have fond attachments to
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an author I truly admire. I've read most of her unpublished JAFF, and she is exceptionally talented. Ms. D'Orazio has a beautiful, elegant writing style. and she creates characters that come alive for the reader. She has the creativity to put Darcy and Elizabeth in interesting, different situations, as she does here.

In a meshing of Jane Austen's Persuasion with Pride and Prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth encountered each other as in canon at Pemberley. They swiftly came to an understanding
J. W. Garrett
It was after 2:00 A.M. when I finished this unpublished work. I simply CNPID [could not put it down]. The ending reveal left me so horrified that I could not go to sleep right away. I cannot believe the author thought of such a thing. OMG!! I am still reeling. Excuse my ranting, but I am freaking out.

Needless to say, this was AWESOME. I cannot find the words. OK angst people, this work is fraught with angst. I mean… how much can a person take? Poor Darcy and Elizabeth are the center of this vor
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! DAMN !! This is a unique, brilliant, inventive P&P What if that truly takes a unique look at the story

What if: Darcy Proposed at Pemberley and Lizzy accepted his hand? And the Gardiners and Lizzy learned of Lydia's folly but left Lambton without informing Darcy. And then Mr. Gardiner and his agents locate the couple without Darcy's help. and Lydia is suffering from more than a loss of reputation but a long passed loss of virtue so she MUST marry. and then Wickham demands that Lizzy must ma
Elin Eriksen
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The excruciating angst in this book left my heart pounding and my hands trembling, literally. Deliciously emotional read, intersped with a few laughs and sighs as well. The lovely ending did contain sufficient tender and romantic moments to reset my equilibrium which made all the agony worth it.
A couple of major plot twists was also to be had towards the end, OMG did not see that coming.
I absolutely loved it.

A year has passed, since the nine days of exquisite felicity at Pemberle
Jan Ashton
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Would that more books I read were so beautifully written, so intricately plotted, and so exquisitely detailed in characterization. This is a brilliantly conceived story, more than just a P&P variation, and does honor to the literary legacy of Jane Austen. As with JA, SPEF goes beyond a mere love story, but shows how two people are formed for and by each other. Wonderful pacing, and truly exquisite angst and poignancy (along with some great and witty repartee). Lovely work by one of my favorite a ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...this novel grabbed my attention from the beginning.

A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity, the newest release by A D’Orazio, begins at Netherfield. In the hopes of helping their friends find the same happiness they share, Charles and Jane Bingley, now married, with a son, are hosting a house party. They have invited an equal number of single men and women, including Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy, hesitant to attend for fear of seeing Elizabeth Bennet, decides to accept, believing Elizabeth
Carole (in Canada)
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque Readers, Romance
Shelves: favorites, variations

"Not at all." Three simple words that have such a profound impact.

There is absolutely nothing simple about this heartbreaking, anguish-filled story that has your heart begging for release from the vise grip around it. Each chapter slowly builds unto the next with a tension, that not only affects Darcy and Elizabeth, but also you, the reader. The tightness around your heart begins, slowly squeezing, your throat constricts as tears hover on your lashes before sliding down your cheeks. The exquisi
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been re-reading a lot of past favorites on my kindle in the Jane Austen fanfiction genre because the last few buys were "good, just not great". I read all day in my day job and so I expect much from my pleasure reading. When I heard a favorite Austenesque author, A D'Orazio, was releasing this new novel, I was primed to buy. Last night my plan was to read until I got tired and finish it tonight (because it is about 300+ pages.) Well... "A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity" is my very fav ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great story! It definitely brought out every emotion I had in storage - grief and anger and frustration, and then the supreme pleasure that comes with seeing Darcy and Lizzy finally happy. The angst is perpetuated by some truly twisted interfering people but Darcy and Lizzy also bring it on themselves. Uncovering the circumstances under which Lizzy would sacrifice so much and jilt the man she loves, and the motivations of everyone involved made for a very engrossing story. You may ...more
Feb 23, 2018 added it
Review to follow on Monday 26 Feb, when the blog tour stops by at Babblings of a Bookworm :)
Loved this! I so look forward to Amy's first book coming in January. I hope this one gets published. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

One of the best variations I have read. I could not put it down until I had finished. "Good" thing I am home with the flu and didn't have to get up for work! I don't want to give anything away but grab some tissues, you're going to need them. I am already looking for another book to read from this author..
Don Jacobson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Misperceptions and Other Confusion

Ms D'Orazio could have fallen into the traditional trap that awaits those who seek to bring her another Austenesque novel into being using the "Lizzy shows up with a toddler" plot. She did not. Rather D'Orazio used her remarkable writing skills to transform her characters into three-dimensional portraits. So satisfying! What always is amusing is how Darcy can be such a dunderhead. In any event, this work is a worthy edition to any collection of InspiredByAusten
Christie Serrano
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I rarely give books 5 stars but this book was well written with complete thoughts. There was so much heartache and agony, so much betrayal. I do believe that I'm going to read this book again I stayed up most of the night reading it I joined it immensely! Well Done!
James S
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written story but...

There was maybe to much angst. But that would not be so disappointing if the HEA wasn’t so half-hearted. We read about the deep love and we see signs of a deep love but...we don’t “feel” the deep love.

And even worse there aren’t many good guys left by the end and we don’t “sense” that Lizzy and Darcy have enough good friends left to have anything but a HEA that is somewhat one in isolation. Perhaps Darcy wouldn’t mind that but I feel Lizzy might.

And even worse than, the
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Elizabeth Jilted Mr. Darcy?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins 1 year after Elizabeth visits Pemberley


Darcy and Elizabeth were blissfully engaged for nine days when Elizabeth sends a letter regretfully terminating their engagement. Now the two are about to re-encounter each other for the first time while attending house part at Netherfield, and they both are prepared to suffer torture of the acutest kind! Poor Mr. Darcy is torn between angu
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Avid Reader

This is the saddest variation that I have read concerning Darcy and Elizabeth. Almost every page was filled with angst. Although Lady Catherine reader her ugly head, she was nothing compared to Colonel Fitzwilliam, Wickham, and Lydia. Lydia does until the end, but when she does, she is a woman of low character and morals. Darcy and Elizabeth finally get to the bottom of Colonel Fitzwilliam 's duplicity three quarters of the book. What a shock!
Susan Sheftic
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly engaging.

This is a well-written story. What a tangled web was woven and finally resolved. I almost took one star for the ending but then allowed that the author does not have to write what I want to read! Well done!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-inspried
4.5⭐️ Wow, just can't get enough of this author's writing. She is truly talented and has such creative premises and plots. You're always in for a treat.

I'll leave the traditional review to the other readers. All I have to say is there are so many obstacles for your dear couple D&E to overcome before they get to their HEA. In addition to that there are many twists and turns that will have you shocked to the very end.

I'm a bit bummed that the Gardiners didn't have a bigger role in this story tho
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from this author

I truly did not want to put this book down. There is a bit of mystery in it and just when I would think I understood it, the story would twist again. It is a wonderful story of love enduring against all odds. I highly recommend it.
Madenna U
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Update April 2018: I just read this story again as the published work and enjoyed it as much. I wanted to slap Darcy so hard and say wake up!!!

What an amazing story with so many twists and turns. Elizabeth chooses to save her family by ending her engagement with Darcy. How they handle it, how they find each other not just physically but emotionally.

There were two parts that stood out the most to me - Darcy's conversation with Wickham and Elizabeth and Darcy's chat where they lay all their '
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
me: i wanna read a really angsty book that will make my heart wanna burst out of my chest

amy d'orazio: hi
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed this story! Angst and romance with lots of twists and turns as well as a shocking ending. Why not 5 stars? It was almost there but at times the story dragged. I didn’t care for the portrayal of one of my favorite characters, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Caroline Bingley gave up on Darcy and her hatred of Elizabeth a little too quickly. Minor little details for such a well written book.
Frances Evêque
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read The Best Part of Love last year, and have ever since been eagerly anticipating the next publication by Amy D'Orazio. There was a lot of anticipation and, after her previous publication, some very high expectations to be met.
Spoiler: this book did not (AT ALL) disappoint.
There isn't anything I've read of hers so far that I haven't loved (and finished within 24 hours of purchasing, then gone back to reread afterwards). If you purchase one P&P variation this year, let it be this one. The ch
Wyndz Pupay
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though most of the story revolves why they never came to be, it was a long drawn out reasoning, i never lost interest. it was cleverly created, with introductions of new characters and situations. Loved the book
Update August 1, 2018:

I didn't intend to reread this book, especially so soon! But after someone on Facebook mentioned the Thames having frozen over a few dozen times in the past and them wondering about stories that incorporated that phenomenon, I remembered that this story took place in 1813-1814, and it not only mentioned the 1814 Frost Fair but spent an entire chapter there. In the course of remembering which book I'd read that in, I picked it up again, and discovered that I wanted to reread
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow - I just loved this one! I had a couple late-nights where I just couldn't put this book down.

This one starts out kind of like Persuasion, with Darcy being broken hearted. His anger and hurt towards Elizabeth after breaking their engagement is strong. When he sees Elizabeth again, his anger is hidden under a mask of indifference, which hurts Elizabeth even more.

It's so heartwrenching! I feel for both characters!

But this then veers away from the Persuasion storyline. It becomes heartwarming
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