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Returning to Mr. Darcy

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***This is a re-release with significant changes***
Elizabeth Bennet has the perseverance and heart of a warrior, but life has knocked her down and she has lost her spark. However, after a car accident and awakening to find herself back in time with a man who calls her his wife, she finally finds the spark she had lost. She realizes it’s time to stop being scared and embrace the impossible.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued with the possibility of his wife never recovering from amnesia. He shrugs off her odd habits as side effects of her accident. Distraught, he finds solace in keeping his distance at the bottom of a glass of whiskey. He assumes she has another lover, since she calls out for another man in the middle of the night, and when he sees her in the arms of another man, he is heartbroken, and finds it all too easy to sever what ties remain. When he comes to know the error of his ways, he wonders if Elizabeth could ever forgive him for his harsh judgment.

207 pages, Kindle Edition

Published May 26, 2019

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1,500 reviews30 followers
September 24, 2018
Well, I always want to say something positive in a review. This author is clearly very creative and has a great imagination.

Unfortunately, you need more than that to write a good book, or even an okay book.

I'm honestly not sure what I just read. The plot is way outside the box, but it's a world where logic and believable character reactions don't exist. That would be one thing if this was written as a parody or in an Alice-in-Wonderland-type style, but it appears to take itself seriously.

We've got elements of time travel, reincarnation, guardian angels with limited knowledge and abilities, and characters from a book (Pride and Prejudice) being real people. It lurches from one implausible situation and unexplained plot detour to another, with episodes of steamy, MA-rated sex scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth thrown in here and there for good measure.

Inconsistencies abound. The modern Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet at a nightclub where he is with a guy who is NOT her boyfriend Charles. Later, Darcy shows up at her home with a very drunk Charles, and apparently Darcy is the client Charles has been entertaining all night. I guess Darcy is able to be two places at once. We're told this happens Christmas Eve. The next day (Christmas Day??), both Elizabeth and Charles go to work, where it appears to be a normal workday. She even gets in trouble for coming in late.

Strangest of all is that the modern Elizabeth is a Pride-and-Prejudice enthusiast, which is a NOVEL. When catapulted back in time, she becomes the real Mrs. Darcy, and Pemberley actually exists. In fact, she ends up receiving an inheritance originally endowed by her Regency ancestor.

Ignorance of the facts of life in Regency England is apparent throughout. For example, Millie is Elizabeth's maid, and she apparently has Mrs. Reynolds' job, too. It doesn't seem as though the Darcys have other servants, since she's the only one specifically mentioned. Millie rolls her eyes and regularly talks back to the Darcys with a lack of respect that would never be tolerated. She refers to Darcy as "his lordship" when he doesn't have a title. These things might be somewhat credible if it turned out this was a dream sequence, but that's not the case here. (At least, I don't think so.)

The writing itself is unsophisticated, to put it kindly. It's almost childlike, to put it more honestly. Abrupt shifts from third person to isolated sentences in first person occur frequently. Characters don't speak as if they actually live in the Regency period.

Bizarre. Just bizarre.
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Author 6 books1,824 followers
October 10, 2018
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice but in a time-travel kind of way. The characters were fun to read while the plot was touch and go. What do I mean? I mean, the plot was moving swimmingly and then it got stuck in this really weird spot and I got bored. Then it would move along again. The whole time-travel thing was an okay concept but I really loved Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in the contemporary setting. The end of the book was well-done, though.

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

My Rating: 3 stars
Profile Image for Madenna U.
1,774 reviews1 follower
August 4, 2018
While reading this book, I constantly asked myself what was going on - and not in a good way. The book incorporates time travel, kidnapping, an evil Anne DeBourgh, a strange Mr. Bennet, an "angel", steamy love scenes, and more all at breakneck speed. The story came to a screeching halt that gave me whip lash only to have a few chapter of a strange happily ever after.
Profile Image for Jennifer Pennell.
16 reviews5 followers
June 27, 2018
An abomination! Love of the timeless Pride and Prejudice characters is why one reads an adaptation. This story perverts each character beyond recognition, twisting them into something detestable. One wonders if the author has even read the source material. The story is riddled with historical inaccuracies. The plotting is non-existent. All of it told with the storytelling prowess of a child. A waste of time.
Profile Image for Babs.
Author 17 books188 followers
November 28, 2018
Elizabeth has been in a car accident and has awaken to a different time with some man who thinks is her husband. She has been feeling like she has been missing something in her life and know she thinks she has found it.

Darcy doesn’t know what to think of Elizabeth with the way she is acting but knows it is part of her amnesia or is it? He finds relief in the bottle as he thinks she may have someone else in her life as he finds her in the arm of another man.

This was an interesting twist to an old story. There are some twists and strange things happening in the story. The characters were fun to read about but the story itself was a bit slow then fast then slow and you wondered if you might get through the book. That being said this is more than a variation this is modern and regency smashed together. Not a bad read just something to get use to.
Profile Image for Suzan Lauder.
Author 10 books69 followers
October 8, 2019
I can't write a review for this book because my opinion would be perceived as too cruel in its truths.

I'm also a JAFF author and my reviews could be considered a potential conflict of interest. This has not stopped me from reviewing books honestly in the past, including critical reviews, however, let's just leave this one alone.

I almost dropped this book then returned to it and read it completely.

I do not recommend this book.
650 reviews13 followers
May 31, 2019
I decided to read this when I saw a post on Facebook by the author to say this was a relaunch with some major changes... all I can say is I dread to think how it started out.

It's difficult to describe what the book is about. There are too many ideas in here, it's almost like this book doesn't really know what it wants to be. It starts in modern times with Elizabeth Bennet breaking up with her boyfriend before kind of starting something with William Darcy. She's in a car crash and gets transported to 1813... not a bad idea in principle, but the execution is poor. Really poor. 1813 Lizzy has amnesia and we go through a whole series of events before ending back in modern times. There are guardian angels, kidnap plots, bad guys and arguments... but it was not good.

The writing style is really odd. There is little dialogue between the characters. This happened, then that happened and we get told Darcy felt this because... or Elizabeth felt like that because... there are so many plot lines and none of them really come together very well. There is this weird situation with Wickham and Mr Bennet... Wickham makes threats to the ruin the family (the one he is married into!?) unless Mr Bennet does everything he says... and Mr Bennet always effectively says 'yes ok then'. There was a plot line with Lydia and Wickham. I have no idea what that was about. Everything is all very over dramatic.... we are told 'his heart broke' or 'her heart stopped' over really minor things.

The language is really off... there is attempt to make it traditional but the author doesn't manage it consistently. There are lots of contradictions, repetitive language and expressions and confusion about geography.

The behaviour of the characters is inconsistent but as they rarely speak and we don't see any real interaction between them (apart from some random sex scenes) I couldn't invest in them and had no interest, they lacked any depth. We are told Lizzy is feisty... we definitely don't see this. I didn't think there was anything feisty about her at all. In fact she starts out as a total doormat. There is some suggestion this is because she us a victim of domestic abuse... but again we see none of this, we are told this is the case but the interaction we do see makes her look like a pathetic doormat.

I think perhaps the biggest crime is explaining away things that don't quite make sense by adding the detail later.... almost like an idea hadn't been properly thought through and a quick solution was needed at the end. In one part we are given detail of an attack to escape a situation... the action happens and we get told at the end it was only made possible by a piece of glass picked up before it all kicked off.

I made highlights to evidence these issues as they are so obvious but my kindle will not co operate and share them with Goodreads... you have been spared!

I don't like writing negative reviews and will always try and look for something... but I'm really struggling here. Every page I read just made me more and more frustrated. I only finished it to be able to say I gave all consideration to trying to find something positive...
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Author 10 books247 followers
August 4, 2018
I loved this book! If you are looking for your normal everyday Pride & Prejudice variation this is not for you. This is a modern/regency mash-up. I love that you can never predict what the author is going to do next. It was sad/funny/sweet and loving. I don't want to spoil the book as some others have done. Keep in mind that this is a variation and it is not going to fit the mold as a regular variation - that's the point - to change things up. Enjoy the story for what it is and take an emotional rollercoaster ride with this wonderful author. I can't wait to see what this author will bring us next.
166 reviews1 follower
June 17, 2018
That was DEFINITELY a different Pride and Prejudice variation. An interesting plot, new take on some characters but the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth was still there. I was happy about that.
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98 reviews23 followers
October 12, 2018
This was one of those occasions where the idea was good, but the execution turned out to be a mess. I got to the point of liking the side characters more than the leads themselves.

And I really wanted to love it.

There were many thinks that annoyed me, some OOC behaviors of characters during 1800s arc - some things that would never, NEVER happen on that century and that I couldn’t just pretend was all right (like Elizabeth’s mom pushing a duke towards her when her daughter was ALREADY MARRIED TO DARCY.)

I actually liked Lydia, and Aunt Jane and Jo were fabulous - but that was about it.

I wished the author hadn’t rushed things over and actually took her time knowing and exploring the plot and characters, cause the story had a lot of potential.

After reading so many JAFF’s and variations, though, I was still annoyed and considering wether I should have just dropped it about 80% (when we come back to the present and Darcy and Lizzy find each other again so to speak - and really, there’s nothing much from here on).
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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5,465 reviews49 followers
November 9, 2019
Modern day Elizabeth Bennet is in a bad for her relationshp with Christian Davenport. She is a lover of the book Pride and Prejudice and finally, but briefly, meets Mr Darcy. Then a car crash sends her back to 1820 Pemberley, Derbyshire as Elizabeth Darcy, just after Mrs Darcy has been confronted by Darcy and Anne de Bourgh in a compromising position.
From then on the story seems to be just disjointed, until the expected happy ending. Throughout the book I didn't like any of the characters but was just curious enough to read to the end.
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Author 4 books354 followers
August 3, 2018
Unexpected! Spectacular! Hot! Funny! Twisted!

I enjoyed reading this amazing story full of passion, intrigue, jealousy, love, betrayal and hotness. But be honest, the one disappointed thing was how Darcy reacted when saw Elizabeth with Charles. I thought he had guts, and he trusted Lizzie. But men are men. They are jealous and barely understand us, women. They see things in a different angle.
I was impressed by Jo character, she was amazing! I liked her humour, she made me laugh all the time, plus she saw things that others didn't. She is a wise girl.
The main question is - where are the twins and why Darcy didn't remember the life where he met Elizabeth? I wonder 😉
Thank you for bringing so many emotions to my heart, Sheena! I enjoyed it a lot!
Profile Image for Jamie Bee.
Author 2 books89 followers
June 1, 2019
This story takes place in both the modern-day present and Regency past. I was surprised how much of it took place in the present. Modern-day Elizabeth Bennet is in a relationship with a man who doesn't appreciate her and puts her second or third to everything else in his life. One of her boyfriend’s clients is a William Darcy, who for some reason doesn't like the way his business associate treats his girlfriend. Modern-day Elizabeth is a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, as one might imagine. Suddenly, she finds herself back in Regency England with Mr. Darcy calling her his wife. How will it all turn out for Elizabeth and her Mr. Darcys?

As one who is accustomed to reading regular Jane Austen fan fiction that takes place solely in Regency times, I will admit it was a little jarring to read the sections about Elizabeth in modern times. I'm used to a certain gentleness in Jane Austen fan fiction, but these contemporary scenes reflected our more harsh reality. Frankly, I didn't enjoy the modern sections. Elizabeth did seem to be a bit of a doormat in them. Her modern-day boyfriend is a cad and doesn’t treat her well. I think the cover should have reflected both the modern and Regency aspects of this story, not just the Regency ones.

I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

Read my other reviews at https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com.
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1,125 reviews79 followers
July 23, 2019
3.5 Stars Unfortunately... I found this to be confusing!! With so many changes to past characters I was constantly struggling to decipher what had actually happened to them. Were they married? Why were they residing where they were? With a book of this nature, you expect changes, but along with changes you also need to have the new details laid out. Some of the characters were so vastly different that it was hard to believe who they were supposed to be. For hard core Austen fans, this will be a huge adjustment!! We never learn why Ms. Austen wrote about them... that would have been a huge plot hole to fill. I think this had a lot of potential!! The blub was promising! I ended up just skimming the last few chapters because I just wanted it to make sense. I really wanted to like this...
908 reviews14 followers
December 11, 2018
Mr. Darcy & Ms. Elizabeth Bennett have been reincarnated in the 21st century. The once spirited Lizzie is a doormat in a doomed relationship to Charles a consultant. William Darcy is Charles client and experiences a strange pull towards Elizabeth.

An unfortunate accident take them back in time when they were Fitzwilliam Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett, who were later immortalized by Jane Austen in the novel Pride & Prejudice.

Between great confusion, mistaken identities and kidnapping & murder plots will William & Lizzie find their way back to the present day and finally their way back to each other?

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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105 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2018
I love Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. The first chapters of this book filled me with so much hope. I thought it would be a modern twist on Pride and Prejudice. After the car accident it just became a confusing twisted mess. Maybe it is reincarnation, maybe it is time travel, maybe it is hallucinations, maybe it is heaven or hell?! I get that the writer was trying something new and I give props to that but the writing is juvenile and this book is filled with errors.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
363 reviews2 followers
May 31, 2019
At first I wasn't sure if this is a different story (as I have the first one with same author and title). Overall the story is the same (2 stories in one: past and present). A character's name was changed. The story was expanded to get more details about the characters, history and what transpired.I love it. The one before I thought had missing events that led to the situations. I think there was more FD-EB time in the story. I feel it is a good , simple read. I like it sweet and simple with more tenderness.
11.5k reviews50 followers
December 23, 2018
She has been knocked down so many times that she is unsure what to do but then she is involved in a car accident. She ends up travelling back in time.She has no memories now and he is worried about her. He turns to the bottle but when he sees her hugging another man he ends it all. Is it all it seems? See what will happen

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 28, 2019
people may say they dont like this book but for me i abostyle love it. I started it last night right after i got it and i spent most of the night reading this and i was hooked because it was brilliant read. Five star book for sure and i do plan on rereading it later on this year. <3

side notes:
-like the cover
-the blurb is what caught my eye
-didnt take long for me to read it and yes it kept me pulled into it
- plan on rereading it later on in the year

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17k reviews8 followers
November 30, 2018
This is a time travel story and a twist on the Pride& Prejudice story, this is a new Author to both myself and it looks like to writing stories I will have to see how she does. I am not sure if I liked it or not so I will be reading it again to see if I change my mind. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
363 reviews2 followers
August 1, 2018
Poor Lizzy

At first it was sad and a little disheartening - heartache of Lizzy.with Darcy also abandoning then disgusting her. Why would a husband leave his pregnant wife? They are rich anyway, get more bodyguards but always stay together.Glad there was a HEA.
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3,971 reviews27 followers
June 1, 2019
This is a modern day romance with a time travel twist to it. It has kidnapping, jealousy, murder plots, intrigue, and some humour to it. Definitely an interesting read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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2,322 reviews
June 1, 2019
The modern day Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy were bound to end up together in this sweet rocky road adventure. The characters were so much fun to read about and their journey was adventurous too.

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1,223 reviews2 followers
June 2, 2019
Time travel

This was a different approach in which I enjoyed reading. If you like different scenarios this a book for you. I love how Mr Darcy realizes and how the love of Lizzy and Darcy survive. Highly recommended
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23 reviews2 followers
August 4, 2019
Not a good read at all. I finished the book because I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't save yourself the time.
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52 reviews
March 18, 2020
Too confusing. Barely understood what author meant in some scenes.
1,161 reviews5 followers
December 1, 2018
Elizabeth has lost her spark but her warriors tenacity but she will need that when she wakes up from a car accident back in time with a man calling her wife, so she does what she is good at she takes the bull by the horn per say and tries to live her life without fear. Darcy fears Elizabeth loves another man because she calls out for him at night so he drinks to forget and then he sees her with another man but he is wrong and he worries she will not take him back. Will Elizabeth or won't she read to find out.

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