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Elizabeth Bennet was raised with a strong belief and faith in God's plan for her life. She knew He had a plan, even if the details were hidden from her. But, when placed in an untenable situation, she turned instead to the arms of a man to find brief moments of joy. Finally, when able to realize the happiness which was always intended for her, the weight of her guilt over ...more
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published August 10th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Debbie
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-jaff, i-own-it, jaff
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars

Trigger Warning: There are incidents of emotional and physical abuse. Sexual abuse is implied but not described, although the physical results ARE described. There is graphic sexual content in the context of adultery.

My rating has to do with the execution of this plot rather than the story itself. I think the premise is admirable, though I know it's not an appealing one. The idea of Elizabeth becoming Mrs. Collins is a non-starter for some readers, and the concept that s
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MichelleH H
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mature audience warning. Trigger warning-domestic violence; physical and mental. Adultery warning.
That said, this was heartwrenchingly beautiful, angsty in extreme. Heartbreaking. Elizabeth is forced to marry Mr. Collins by her father to save her mother and sisters. In this Darcy and Elizabeth story, Darcy is the most devoted, dangerously risk-taking friend and lover to Elizabeth, sighing and swooning (for the reader) as a father-figure to her little boy.

A brow-beaten from both Collins and Lady
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James S
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angst, your name is Mrs. Collins

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because of superior writing.

I did not enjoy the section about the awful life Lizzy had with Mr. Collins. I hate to read about ANY person being treated like Lizzy was. Which is why I thought the story being less than 5 stars. Everything else about the book was excellent.

I recommend the book.
Holly
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
July, 2020:
I have recently been made aware that this author is part of the Austen Authors Facebook group. That group removed a post by one of its authors about including a diversity of characters in JAFF. The group claims that a discussion of inclusion violates its commitment to “neutrality” in social issues. My contention is that if they aren’t even willing to post this as a topic for discussion, they are making white supremacy their neutral position. I’m deeply saddened that this author has ma
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Sheila Majczan
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

I won this book in a blog tour raffle. It is a longer story and well written, IMHO. There are just a few minor errors.

I hated Mr. Bennet in this book. I would have a very difficult time having anything to do with him EVER after, if I were in Elizabeth's shoes. Then when you read how she is both emotionally abused and degraded by Collins and Lady C. plus physically abused by Collins in both, for example, how he grabs and bruised her elbow daily and taunts her with a visit
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Leslie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a book that I purchased because there was a quote I wanted to share and you can’t do that in samples. Admittedly probably not the best reason for purchasing something. FYI this book isn’t clean or chaste.

I also want to explain my low rating or what made me angry: When an author writes an off canon P&P what if that takes our characters far and away from JA’s story that is wonderful. However when an author then uses canon as a ‘Ohh look what could’ve happened, nudge nudge wink wink know wh
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Sheryl Gordon
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sacrifice, Sin and Redemption

This story attempts to explore and reconcile the most awful initial outcomes of alternative choices made possible from Austen's masterwork. A delving "what if" that gathers its plotline by taking those most forbidden and tantilizing characteristics which fascinate a romance reader and allow the imagination to delve into dark territory. A brave exploration by a gutsy and grounded author. I enjoyed it very much. Not perfect in its rationales, but intriguing.
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Joan
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mr. Bennet 's decision to forgo Elizabeth 's happiness and life so that her mother and siblings would have a home after his death created pain and chaos for Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth eventually grew to hate her father and Mr. Collins. Instead of a living husband, Elizabeth has a brute who believed that the procreation of children should also be painful. Because of his treatment of her, Anne, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mary, Mr. Darcy 's valet, and Mrs. Genie Martin sanctioned Darcy and
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Laura
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Susan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This P&P variations begins just after Mr Bennet has recovered from a serious illness, and Mr Collins is about to arrive. These two situations convince Bennet that it must be Elizabeth who marries Collins. Can Elizabeth's strong Christain beliefs help her in a marriage that she cannot love or respect her husband, and the trials that the marriage brings. Or is Darcy her only saviour.
An interesting well-written variation but I would have loved to have read more about the other Bennet daughters, esp
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Terri Conley
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very long read but very satisfying although there were lots of bible experts which I felt up to skipping. Some conundrums not solved by the end. Which makes you wonder after you have finished or I did anyway.
Jean Stillman
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a powerful story! I happen to like tales with a lot of angst, but this one has tons of it that typical Austen readers may have issues with. First, there is violence, physical and mental abuse, sexual content and sexual abuse. Adultery is also a big element of this book, which die hard fans may find offensive. But with that said, I loved this book! I thought the plot and character development was excellent. I always disliked Mr. Collins, but in this book, I truly hated him. Elizabeth is ...more
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William Hovey
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Too many quoted passages

It is a good story, but I do not care for so many lines, paragraphs, or pages from other sources be it the original P&P or the Bible. I skimmed sections of the book for that reason. It also seemed to drag a bit. Definitely glad I got it through KU and didn’t purchase a copy.
Marie
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff, owned
At times heartbreaking
Definitely a non-canon P&P variation. A rather emotional page turner which broke my heart at times. I was surprised that all the servants everywhere were so supportive and didn’t gossip. Colonel Fitzwilliam arranging a place for rendezvous and then then voicing caution seemed a bit contradictory. Having said that, the love story aspect was very good. I did find myself tearing up a few times. Jane was disappointing at first. Mary was good. Moments with the son were sweet. It
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john tanner
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars is not enough!

This book won't appeal to the purists but I loved it. I just didn't want it to end. Definitely the best Darcy book I have read in quite a while. I hate reviews that just repeat the story, so I will just say, don't miss this one.
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Bronwen Chisholm was raised in Central Pennsylvania, the youngest of four sisters. Though she was not introduced to Jane Austen's work until later in life, she grew up reading the Bronte sisters, Gone With the Wind, and other classics as well as watching vintage Hollywood movies. Her love of books and literature almost led her to a career as a librarian. Instead, life and love carried her to Virgi ...more

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