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The Unreformed Mr Darcy

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  32 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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Debbie Brown
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 th
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 ange
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
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.
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 l
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
Jessica Widjaja
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
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
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
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.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: janeaustenfanfic
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.
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.
Bettye McKee
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

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!
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.
Jenifer Owens
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent fan fiction! The other story... if Elizabeth had said yes the first time.

Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Moves quickly. Great thought of what might have happened if Elizabeth had said yes when Darcy asked her the first time.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Different premise with enough canon to make a great read.

First, thank you for proofreading your story! I was absorbed by the plot very quickly and although I am a "canonist," I appreciated the originality of your plot. Very well done.
Esther Sisler
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This refreshing book stepped away from the overused chapters of P&P to weave a new tale with our favorite couple. Full of unexpected twists and turns, and the occasional red herring, even Jane is affected. Do the good guys win? You must read it to find out. Enjoy.
Kelly Moore
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable!

A nice change of pace, with a few different twists for our familiar characters. Some fan fiction can become terribly similar but this kept me engaged until the end.
Katie Nuzman
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

It was really good a little slow in some parts but overall I did enjoy this book. I recommend this book.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read

Slow start but generally improves upon better acquaintance. Story line at the end is a little flat could be a little fuller
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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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