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The Unreformed Mr Darcy

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  53 reviews
What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr Darcy's proposal in Kent? What if they married before he stopped being the proud, arrogant man she detested? What if, in order to avoid the ruin of her beloved sister, Elizabeth chose to swallow her pride and say yes to a pre-reform Darcy?

Mr Bingley has left Netherfield, and in his stead a rich and unscrupulous man takes possession
Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published November 3rd 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

This is a marvelous story. You may think you know where it's headed when Elizabeth decides to accept Darcy's proposal at Rosings even though she intensely dislikes him, but this slowly but surely steers that familiar-sounding variation in surprising directions.

Jane has an unwelcome suitor: Mr. Caruthers. He is a leering lout, a wealthy tradesman who has taken over the Netherfield estate after the Bingleys vacated it. Naturally, Mama Bennet only cares about the "wealthy"
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I decided to take a break in my Bosch-a-thon to read some P&P and this was a genius choice.This is an absolutely delightful P&P what if that adds to canon but works brilliantly.

We begin with Miss Elizabeth Bennet visiting her dear friend Mrs. Collins at Hunsford Parsonage. Here we have not Jane lamenting Mr. Bingley but instead Jane dodging and weaving to escape a loathsome Mr. Carruthers who has replaced Bingley at Netherfield but not in Jane's heart. Mr. Carruthers is still carrying the stink
Sheila Majczan
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This, for me, was a real page-turner. The story description gives us a clear picture of what to initially expect but things get very tense afterwards...quickly. Darcy is "unreformed" as no one he cares about has given him feedback at any time as to how his actions, even his looks, his mien can be interpreted by those who don't know him well. Then on top of that he has been pursued by women (and their mothers) for years so it is easy for us to understand how he thinks every woman out there would ...more
James S
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great story.....

Same old characters, yet different because are not static. Their experiences change them and make them ever so much better as the grow and change. And new character, evil, angelic, and everything in between to add new flavor to the P&P universe.

Then there is Jane. She is the story’s Rock of Gibraltar 🇬🇮. You can try to fool her, you can beseech her, you can threaten her, you can kill her...but she will not do something she thinks is wrong. Bingley is wrong to call her an angel. S
Elin Eriksen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A marriage of convenience trope.
I thought the "convenience" part, very cleverly done. No compromise but neither was it mercenary reasons, at least not entirely.
It was however, a bit dry in the beginning and it took me a while to get really invested in the book. I was honestly on the verge of quitting it when it finally grabbed my attention.
It redeemed itself nicely though and turned rather angsty with a dark ambiance. Although the book did contain dramatc events, they were not the main contr
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this story, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy when he asks the first time, meaning he makes no changes to his behaviour and their marriage gets off to a rocky start when he learns about Elizabeth's feelings about him, and her reasons for accepting his proposal. She essentially accepts him so as to save Jane from marrying a detestable man who has poor Jane in his sights.

This was a real page turner - I've read it in a single sitting. I didn't much like the beginning. Elizabeth was so much like Mr
Rosanne Lortz
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lizzy has an impossible choice before her. Her sister Jane, abandoned by Mr. Bingley (due to Mr. Darcy's interference), has attracted an odious new (rich!) suitor whom Mrs. Bennet is pressuring her to marry. Unwilling to let her sister be the sacrificial lamb, Lizzy decides to accept Mr. Darcy's insolent proposal at the Hunsford Parsonage. She has a whole list of reasons why she detests Mr. Darcy, but for Jane's sake, she will swallow her pride and enter a marriage of convenience. As the wedding ...more
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing Pride and Prejudice Variation

I enjoyed this intriguing, delightful book. I was surprised at different moments which was fun. No spoilers given except to go read the book.
Madenna U
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth accepts Darcy's proposal, but not for love - to save her sister.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Deceitful, Proud and Arrogant Elizabeth

Where do I begin? First, let me say that I enjoyed the writing by this author, but there was no where in this entire book a time when I liked Elizabeth, which is why I rated it so low. I guess the author wanted me to just ignore Elizabeth's flaws while I read along because she's ODE. In this story Elizabeth is deceitful, arrogant, proud and obsessed with Jane. Elizabeth married Darcy under false pretenses, knowing he loves her, but decided to marry the man
Jacqueline Marshall
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Not Deep Enough

This is overall an interesting story with lots of action. However, it is definitely short on romance and the story lines in the book are unrealistic and somewhat contrived.

The first problem is the wedding day & night of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The societal norms of the day meant this couple couldn’t spend much time alone until they were married. It seems unlikely to me that a man of the time would agree to a large ball on his wedding night. He would want at least
Now, this is a something I liked. I've seen lots of talk about what would have happened if Lizzie had accepted Darcy's first proposal because that was only halfway through the book. Darcy needed to be rejected to grow and Lizzie needed to be confronted with how she was wrong to grow, but in this book the two of them marry before this ever happens. Lizzie still finds Darcy insufferable and prideful, while Darcy remains thinking that putting a woman and her family down is the best way to propose t ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rusty Bullerman
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Great Plot, OK Execution

The plot is excellent and the story has its ups and downs. My major problem is the this Elizabeth does not have the character and resolve that I see often in other stories. She is dishonest with Darcy and herself and compromises her character. Her deceit is exposed early on after she married Darcy. She begins to feel the weight about half way, but does not address the issue until the next to the last chapter.

The story has plenty of action but it also becomes tedious in th
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hmmm confused what to make of this one 🧐

I read a review that said she couldn’t get past 25% of the book. And I have to agree. I almost put it down myself. If anything this book takes to long to get to the climax. I thought at first mr Darcy was the villain. She painted him so arrogantly ewww 😥.
But here’s to staying the corse. The book wasn’t so bad. You must get past 30% of the book (I think) before it gets interesting. So if you don’t mind the pacing. (Cause she kinda rushes the end ...🥴I real
lori huff
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is a gem. It's so gratifying to read clever, funny, interesting and well written work, and this author has it all. The main characters are a little extreme: Elizabeth extremely set against Darcy; Darcy extremely snooty and blind to anyone's feeling but his own; Lydia extremely dense and spiteful. However these extremities are handled with humor and wit to make them easier to endure. There is plenty of angst, as when Elizabeth accepts Darcy, and when Jane is abducted. But there
Rachel de la Fuente
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Unreformed Mr. Darcy (TUMD) was an interesting, if somewhat predictable, story. I knew, when Elizabeth wrote her list, that it would be back to haunt her later. Similarly, I had a strong feeling we hadn’t seen the last of Wickham after his first major scene. (Sorry for being vague, but I’m avoiding spoilers.)

That said, I enjoyed the story. The final “adventure” was new and well thought-out. I question the speed of the characters’ mental recoveries, however. I would think something so traumat
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and engaging; it was hard to put down! The book works very well within Jane Austen's universe, I think, although the events in the second part of the book were much more dramatic than I had expected. The progression of Lizzy and Darcy's relationship was also entirely believable. I also enjoyed some of the characters (to avoid spoilers) being somewhat reformed. I only have one minor quibble - I found the ending a little underwhelming. I guess I had expected more "page-time" and m ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I don't know if it's the title or something, but I judged a book by its cover and therefore picked it up with some trepidation. Maybe it's because the whole "unreformed Darcy" trope cam be difficult to pull off without turning either of the main characters into a caricature. And at the beginning I did want to shake Elizabeth by the shoulders a bit. But very soon all that was left behind and both E and D emerged as flawed but human and quite three dimensional, even before undergoing th
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Avid Reader

This is the second book that I have read by this author, the first one being Stranded With Mr. Darcy. Mei Wei Lin does wonders with dialogue, especially between Darcy and his cousin, the Viscount. When Darcy stopped Lydia from eloping with Wickham, she gets her revenge by sending him a list of Elizabeth 's negative thoughts and feelings about him. However, Lydia later regrets her involvement with Wickham when he helps Mr. Caurethers kidnap Jane. Elizabeth, Darcy, and Bingley head to S
Jean Stillman
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really like this writer very much! This book was such a good choice and although I had a million things going on, I found myself picking up my book every chance I got, in order to read a few more lines! Elizabeth accepts Darcy's proposal, thinking to save her sister Jane from a disastrous marriage. Darcy and Elizabeth continue to have misunderstandings,but in this tale, Darcy continues to be arrogant, prideful, pompous and generally unlikable, until he finds a list made by Lizzy.....assessing ...more
J. L. Rodgers
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Astounding Turn of Events

Though the misunderstandings between Elizabeth and Darcy consume the first half of the story, the trials and tribulations of Jane and Bingley take center stage. Both Darcy and Bingley show their heroic characters, much to the chagrin of a new villain. Well done, Ms. Lin, as the attention paid to Jane and Bingley is a delicious and unexpected adventure. You always entertain us with your unlikely plots and superb character development of the other secondary characters.
Luann Olson
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than expected

I admit that my expectations are low when I try a new author of p&p variations as most of them aren't worth the time it takes to read them. This started off rather uneventfully and I almost put it down. I'm glad I didn't though, because it soon showed itself to be full of original twists, romance and adventure, escaping some of the usual tropes but holding with the original flavor of the story and characters. Good read.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite. Elizabeth seemed less... mature and strong in her character. I was distracted several times by things which seemed to be plot holes or inappropriate/unrealistic for the time period. If you aren't a stickler though, you may enjoy the very different plot from the original. If you're looking for a good Elizabeth accepts Darcy's first proposal variation, I recommend Unequal Affections by Lara Ormiston instead.
Bettye McKee
A wonderful "what if" story

In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy proposed to Elizabeth in Kent. She responded by telling him of all of his faults which he set out to correct.

In this story, following Darcy's Kent proposal, circumstances convince Elizabeth to accept his proposal. Thus they marry, each with their own faults and flaws. It makes for a very different story in a most wonderful way.

Allison Johnson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Plot wise, this is very different from most P&P adaptations. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and (without giving anything away) the fear in the back of your mind during part of the book actually gave this version so much more depth than you sometimes find in a retelling. I almost found this book to long, but I think what I really mean is that I couldn't wait to get to the ending. I was impatient, because in no way did this book drag and make you want to skip to a place further along. You didn't s ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story but one issue

If you can get over Elizabeth’s list, then this is a great story. My only issue is that when she realized her mistake she didn’t try to break the engagement. The list feels out of character for her. The rest of the plot works well though I’m disappointed that the original characters that have such great potential were abandoned halfway through the story.
Lisa E
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kept me interested

Interesting turn of events. Sorry Lydia's sorrow did not calm her for longer; that would have been plausible. And even the fantastic events were written plausibly. I believe the author when the neighborhood forgave the Bennetts. Interesting way to have Darcy learn of the impressions he leaves on others without him having to vow to change like Scrooge.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable!

I loved this novel! The author has a wonderful way with words, of bringing the reader into pages of the novel. I literally felt the pain of both Darcy and Elizabeth when he finally opened the letter with the “list.” And that continued on throughout the story, with a wonderful ending indeed! Thank you for sharing your talent!
Rachel Collins
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pemberley
Struggled through the first part of this. It was nice to see how Lizzy comes around, but it takes so darn long for Darcy to get over himself. Felt like the author really doubled down on that prideful component, and dwelled there. Once Darcy comes around, about half way through the book, its a fun read watching them get to know each other.
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Lin Mei Wei lives in England, in the Midlands (home of Shakespeare, pork pies, and Robin Hood) with her husband and her disreputable dog.

Writing is about escapism for her. She writes when she's feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or sad, so as to relax and to be happy.

Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer are her biggest inspirations. She also loves cosy mysteries, historical novels and anything tha

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