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A Duel in Meryton: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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With his young sister Georgiana’s reticence a constant reminder that his onetime friend, George Wickham, should not be trusted, Darcy decides a trip to rural Hertfordshire is in order, for both him and Georgiana. Darcy believes the people there are of so little consequence, Georgiana will know no fear in interacting with them. He soon learns he’s wrong about both his siste ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published August 18th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, i-own-it, 2019-jaff
This book diverges from canon in so many interesting ways! The first chapters begin at Rosings. We learn that Colonel Fitzwilliam has an identical twin brother, Walter (who shows up in the book later). Also, a Mr. Blackmore is there, having presented himself as Louis de Bourgh's second cousin. He's wooing Anne. This leads to a shocking confrontation.

Years later, one consequence of those events is that Colonel Fitzwilliam inherits Rosings after the deaths of his cousin and aunt. Unfortunately, h
Sheila Majczan
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I read the title I imagined it would be Darcy and maybe Wickham duelling. Although one story had Mr. Bennet dueling with and dying at the hands of the latter man, this story has neither and I really don't want to reveal who goes at it in the face-off. I was pleasantly surprised with the twist this story had.

The story starts maybe 4 years before canon, at Rosings. The Colonel is there along with Darcy and another man, claiming to be a relation to Sir Lewis de Bourgh is also there and he is m
Nicole Marie
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Status: Read from September 4 to 11, 2019

Rating: 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

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A Duel in Meryton: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 230 pages
Published August 18th, 2019

With his young sister Georgiana’s reticence a constant reminder that his onetime friend, George Wickham, should not be trusted, Darcy decides a trip to rural Hertfordshire is in order, for both him and Georgiana. Darcy believes the people there are of
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, book-reviews
A duel in France, is not like one in England; the former is a matter of course; a trifle of common occurrence; one makes an engagement to fight, in the same breath as an engagement to dine; but the latter is a thing of state and solemnity — long faces — early rising — and will making. ~ Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

Yes, a Duel comes to Meryton but the participants are not the ones you might expect.

Our story begins with an incident at Rosings Park several years before the events in canon P&P.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, jaff
It's difficult to summarise the plot here.... it's a long story with lots of twists and turns. We start much earlier with an incident at Rosings which changes the following chain of events. We have the Colonel,as a twin, and Georgiana arriving with Bingley and the Netherfield party. Collins arrives and is more arrogant and obnoxious than usual and yet his story is one that is really important.

I thought this story was quite slow to get going - but the reason for spending so much time on the early
James S
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very original story

This enjoyable story isn’t just about Lizzy and Darcy it is about both of their families. Darcy insults Lizzy at the assembly but that is about all that is canon.

The story has lots of interactions with various characters and is a really good read. I recommend the book.
Sam H.
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, jaff-2021
I had this on my maybe list for a while. It started out promising, I really liked that the majority of the book was from Darcy's POV. Then it lagged, and I couldn't plow through it. Kept reading other books in between.
Finally at 50% it started to pick up and I could get into it. Each individual character was well for written for their purpose. Even Mr. Wickham, who had a relatively minor role, was a huge motivator through half the story. ODC get off to the usual start and ever so slowly begin t
Entertaining if implausible Pride and Prejudice variation, but the storytelling is good enough that I was able for the most part to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. There is some humor and quite a lot of ungentlemanly behavior by even our favorite gentlemen. Georgiana Darcy's part in this variation is much more important than usual. Wickham's is too, the blackguard, although he has almost no time on page. Mr. Collins goes through quite an interesting transformation.

There are three new
Sheryl Gordon
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A different and interesting road to several HEAs

This story added characters and events, perfectly in sync with Miss Austen's creations, but flips the story into something new and attention worthy. Georgiana plays an initially pivotal role in this realistic, radical departure from canon. I found all the familiar characterizations to be legitimate to their sources within an original plot of universal romance. Quite satisfying.
Michele Packard-milam
Good read with too many errors

This was an enjoyable book, by an author I follow, with some interesting twists on the P&P plot. I found the many malaprops and errors to be irritating, however. Examples: brusque v brisk, allied v allayed, excepting v accepting, Bigley v Bingley, intreated v entreated, serine v serene, gapping v gaping, belittler v belittle, morning v mourning, martial v marital, find v fine, etc. this author should have a better editor - or even spell check would be an improvement
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-austen
This book was good, but not great. I have enjoyed many books from this author duo and felt this wasn't their best. The story wasn't bad, but I can't say I will be eager to go to it a second time. I just felt the characters were not quite right and things were a bit too far fetched. I also really really really dislike when Colonel Fitzwilliam gets paired with any of the youngest three Bennet sisters or Charlotte Lucas. Always a detractor for me. ...more
Lisa E
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good different

I like that Mr. Collins has principles, sticks to them, and earns the respect of one of the Bennet girls. I don't like that we never then hear of their fate. It's a nice romance for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and others. Always amazes me how many ways there are to tell the same story.
Susanne Leist
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others by these authors. The story is slow, and is more of telling a story than anything happening. ...more
Rachel de la Fuente
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read so many Pride and Prejudice variations that finding one with a wholly new premise is a delightful surprise. A Duel in Meryton (ADIM) was just that. It’s a fun, well-paced read with an enjoyable and satisfying ending.

I don’t wish to give anything away, but ADIM offers a unique event happening years before Pride and Prejudice that changes the course of the entire story. Unlike many other Pride and Prejudice variations, ADIM doesn’t include any passages from the original text, a welcome c
lori huff
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The story starts well before the meeting of ODC, and lays the groundwork for the villainy of George Wickham. Because of a betrayal by Wickham, Anne DeBourgh is endangered and subsequently rescued by Colonel Fitzwilliam. As a result, Fitzwilliam inherits Rosings Park after the death of Anne, and then later, Lady Catherine. Darcy is present during the incident with Anne, and it isn't apparent at that point that Wickham is involved in it, but that connection comes to light later.

Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
An enjoyable, lighthearted read. Some of the characters are different from their original version without an explanation as to why but others follow nicely from earlier events that differ from the original book (like the death of Anne and Lady Catherine and how that changes things). Mr. Bennett’s illness is a bit strange though - it is introduced as a BIG DEAL but then peters out into seeming more like an excuse not to write him. What was going on with him anyway?

The first part of the book has a
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it

This one was a bit slower to get into and I didn't love the harshness of Darcys character early on, but it was a cute premise with interesting additions.
Rachel Wilson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed the cast of characters herein, and I loved the happily ever after factor for so many. I won’t spoil who ends up with who, beyond of course our favorite couple, but suffice to say, it was a pleasant change from some of the norms.

I liked the ending very much, and I only wish, as often is the case with good books, that there was just a little more.
Jean Stillman
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy these writers. And this new story from them is another hit. I loved the characters, especially Colonel Fitzwilliams twin brother...Walter. He is a match maker and extremely funny. And in this version, Mr. Collins is not so terrible, after a while. All in all, quite entertaining.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
Though the idea is rather nice, the execution is far from interesting. I would only single out the Colonel Fitzwilliam's romance, but this is minor sublot and as such is insufficient to give this book anything but 3 ...more
I have come to expect a certain standard from these authors and while this was as well written as ever, this was not a favourite. I was also disappointed we didn't actually see the duel that the story built up to. ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story because of the little to no angst with the characters and that Elizabeth's dislike of Darcy and avoidance because of his behavior was not blown to hatred like it is in other variations so the move to love was not as shocking or forced. ...more
Tammy Buchli
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, non-canonical Austenation by the very dependable duo of McCann and Hanford.
Angie Reon
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and well-written, this book offers a new game on the old tale.
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