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A Case of Some Delicacy

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A secret alliance grows when an unwanted suitor arrives at Longbourn...

When rumours of Jane Bennet’s impending betrothal to her father’s heir begin spreading at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth vows to save her dearest sister’s happiness from being sacrificed in marriage.

She finds an unlikely accomplice in Mr Darcy, the taciturn man whose heroics on the cricket field
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published September 22nd 2019 by Quills & Quartos Publishing
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J. W. Garrett
“Does fate ever play by the rules?” –Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

Although clean, there is a trigger warning due to an attempted attack.

Our canon timeline is skewed with Mr. Collins arriving prior to the Meryton Assembly. He and Mrs. Bennet were in agreement that Jane was the perfect choice for the companion of his future life. His thoughts centered around her beauty and his joy at pleasing Lady Catherine by following her orders to heal the breach in the family and do his duty by marrying one of
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is everything a P&P variation should be! This is simply a delightful, imaginative and brilliant book. The author takes a bit of risk by changing much of the interactions and timelines during Darcy's and Bingley's initial stay in Hertfordshire.

In doing this there is much less Pride and Prejudice but there is plenty of tension and misunderstandings. The author also takes the bold risk of actually fleshing out the Bennet sisters who are mostly left unformed in other variations. Both Lydia
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars

There are just SO many things about this plot that I adored, it's hard to know where to start. Yes, it's a long book, and there's a lot going on, but I felt the various storylines had enough interdependence to prevent it from feeling like just a series of unrelated events.

First of all, Mr. Collins arrives at Longbourn in time for the Meryton assembly. Without Mr. Bingley being there first to show his preference for Jane, Mrs. Bennet determines that her eldest should be the one to marry
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, book-reviews
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft a-gley ~ Robert Burns

What’s a Mother to do when her plans for her many daughters’ marriages are put awry by forces beyond her control?

The visit from the Reverend Collins occurs before the Bingley party arrives. Mama Bennet and Mr. Collins have agreed that Jane is the future Mrs. Collins. When Charles Bingley arrives, Mama assigns Elizabeth as his marital partner. What could be better than two daughters well-settled in the neighborhood? And when
Sheila Majczan
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

The page count is actually 406 although here as I marked reading progress it stated 486 pages. I have read this three times, twice as an unpublished story and now as I received a copy from the publisher with no strings attached.

Mr. Collins comes to visit at Longbourn before the Bennets meet Bingley and company...even before the Assembly dance. So Jane is not "soon to be engaged" and Collins is encouraged to look upon her as his choice of bride from among the sisters.

Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, jaff
I really enjoyed this book - it's difficult to summarise the plot as there are a lot of different threads but.... it starts with an earlier arrival of Collins. With no understanding between Jane and Bingley, Collins sets his sights on Jane. Elizabeth attempts to thwart his plans at every turn, made easier when the Bingley party arrive. She has a co conspirator in Darcy and another in Charlotte which makes for some good fun. It also means the relationship with Darcy gets off on a completely ...more
James S
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Bennet gets an F in Matchmaking 101

Lovely, long romance. I would normally give it 4 stars but a setdown buy Lizzy to her father, which I’m sure many of us had wish to see in print, raises my enjoyment to 5 stars. Not much comes of it but that’s pretty realistic.

I recommend this story.
Joana Starnes
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious and riveting read. I wanted to read this book from the moment I read the excerpt posted with the cover reveal. It promised a world of fun and oh my, did the full story deliver! Lydia’s crush alone richly deserved the five stars. I don’t think I came across that angle before, and yet it’s so credible and so much like the flighty image we have of Lydia. Add some more matchmaking and mismatches and it gets better and better. Loved this story! A great pick-me-up to be often revisited.
Elin Eriksen
Pride and Prejudice variation.

What if Mr Collins had entered Meryton before the Netherfield party?

With no impending engagement to Mr Bingley, the obidient Bennet daughter must have suffered the advances of Mr Collins if not for her inventive sister Elizabeth. She would do anything to spare her most deserving sister, even conspire with the insufferable Mr Darcy.

A fun read with cleverly written banter that turned deliciously emotional as the misunderstandings took a heart-wrenching twirl. Ending
Anna Fitzwilliam
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a book got so many 5 stars I'm suspicious. But this book is delightful, I enjoyed it all the time and I was sad when it finished.

[It's the second book of this author that I like very much, she's becoming a favourite.]
ana darcy
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
Written on https://myvicesandweaknesses.wordpres...

Cricket, that sport that I barely knew anything about until seven years ago. I still do not know much, although I kind of understand the 4s and the 6s but not much. Cricket, that sport that Mr Darcy plays as a pro! but also is played by Elizabeth Bennet, and Mr Bingley, and the Lucases, and Lydia Bennet too. What can a cricket game do to get one of our favourite couples together? It can do a lot of harm, mainly if a ball goes astray!
Let’s start
Lesley Mckenna
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Positively Wonderful

I just loved this book. All of the action takes place in Hertfordshire, mostly at either Netherfield or Longbourn and ODC's romance is relatively straightforward. Darcy knows he loves Lizzy but will not act on his love because of perceived family obligations but he has a correspondent who berates him for his foolishness. Lizzy, as with canon, is slower to fall for Darcy but even though it takes longer for her to fully realise she loves him with all her heart, she becomes
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful romp with fun, witty dialogue. Everything I've read by this publisher has been original, well-edited, and fun to read. Highly recommend.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
lori huff
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wonderful story about the effect that a collaboration between Elizabeth and Darcy has on their relationship. Mr.Collins picks Jane as the Bennett daughter he wants to marry and take to Hunsford. Elizabeth is determined to foil his plan and save Jane from sacrificing herself for the good of the family. Meanwhile, Darcy is obsessed with Elizabeth, but is fighting it. However, when he overhears a passionate conversation that Elizabeth has with her father, in which she tries to get Mr. Bennett to
Michelle Snow
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff-2019
I liked this book overall, although it was a slow read for me. It was dialogue-heavy; I tend to prefer a faster paced style of writing in general.

The storyline is unique, with canon language thrown in, although usually in an out-of-canon context that is fun. There were some POV changes between chapters; for some reason I always struggled with the Collins POV. I'm not used to jumping into his head in a story (most stories are primarily Lizzy and/or Darcy POV), so it always caught me by surprise
H Elbert
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very nice book! The change of perspective between the players is refreshing and comes very natural. You’ll get a new understanding of all the characters. Well done! I’d love to read more of this author.
Sarah Ingerson
This book is between 4-5 stars for me, but I rounded up. The plot premise is clever. Darcy overhears a conversation between Elizabeth and Mr. Bennet regarding Mr. Collins' pursuit of Jane. Lizzy is adamantly opposed to the pairing, but Mr. Bennet cannot be moved to act. Enter Darcy, who volunteers to help Lizzy thwart Mr. Collins' courtship. Along the way, there are cricket matches, ill-timed interruptions, erroneous assumptions, and Lydia's rather comical crush on Mr. Darcy. Ultimately, ODC ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming P&P variation, with some tense misunderstandings, some truly satisfying confrontations, and delightful dialogue. The pace of the story was a bit slow for the first half of the book, and the head-hopping was distracting, but the pace eventually sped up as the stakes got higher for our beloved characters, and I eventually appreciated experiencing various events from multiple points of view. There were some time jumps that irked me; for example, as one character would have me greatly ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read! I loved the idea of D & E as co-conspirators and thought the development of their relationship was really sweet and fun! I loved how Darcy was slowly coaxed out of his brooding and misdirected sense of social inequality. It was also sweet to see him gain an appreciation for Lizzy's family and the local population through knowing them better through Lizzy's stories. It worried me that there was such a big build up to the return of John Lucas because such build ...more
Becky Hemphill
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Good but rambling

Could use a good edit to take out the inessential little bits that drag the story down, example, the cricket game was too detailed or learning the servants names and relationships when it never comes up again. Instead of listing out the introductions made it could have been shortened to 'once all the courtesies and bows were made they went into dinner...' not listing them all out.

It was very good, very interesting plot diversion but just a little too lengthy. It did take away
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story. I like that Elizabeth and Darcy made a connection early on, despite his rudeness at the Assembly, so she was not completely taken in once Wickham entered the scene. This also allows Elizabeth to speak to Darcy about what Wickham said and get the story instead of believing lies and deciding what to believe. There is mild angst in this but not too bad. Lydia is a better person on this story than we usually know her from but she still falls under silliness and naive thoughts ...more
Rose Zu
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
Cute story with satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed the different points of view that are presented. The story goes beyond its premise, and the second half becomes a fix-it plot, and so there seems to be two distinct parts of the work. There's a certain element of satisfaction in a fix-it, but it does make the story feel a bit unfocused, the plot slows down, and there was a good deal more repetition in the second half when points of view changed. Overall, a nice read.
Meridian Hutchins
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable sweet romance

This is a well-written tale about ODC, without much angst or drama. The best part is the originality of the side stories and vignettes of extra characters. It's not exciting or heart-racing, but an enjoyable little tale.
Alesha Pegg
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read almost every JAFF and this one has become a favorite.

Oh this book has it all! Don’t hesitate to read, it’s everything we wish P&P had in it... I couldn’t get enough and can’t wait to reread it!
Lenore Bellamy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable

A very well written p&p variation with a unique plot. The dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth contained warmth and humor and I liked the development of other characters, especially Mr.Bennet and Lydia. One of the better variations.
E. Davidson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
For fans of variations...

There is just enough that is new in this Pride & Prejudice variation—though I never include plot or character spoilers—to keep the avid reader entertained. Personally, I found myself a bit bored.
Vivian Christensen
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!

The characters are little unchanged, however, I found this to be a very original plot with plenty to amuse the reader.
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KC Kahler lives in northeastern Pennsylvania and works in online education, after having dabbled in sandwich making, bug collecting, and web development. She discovered Jane Austen fan fiction in 2008 and soon began dabbling in writing her own.

KC blogs about Austen and other pop culture topics. In 2015 and 2017 her popular Austen + The Onion Headlines meme was featured in The Atlantic, Flavorwire
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