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A Case of Some Delicacy

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  66 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 ha
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 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 M
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 and
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Mr
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.

I mu
Bettye McKee
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Ms. Kahler, in her best JA style, has written a most excellent P&P story with plenty of meat on its bones. It is a well-written variation, but the revisions make a grand and satisfying story. And this is only her second novel!

Mrs. Bennet, in her matchmaking zeal, has a plan. Jane is to marry Mr. Collins, Lizzy is to marry Mr. Bingley, and Lydia is to marry Mr. Darcy. If I had never read Pride and Prejudice, I would not question these arrangements. But we know, don't we, that this is
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.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Became Allies To Prevent Mr. Collins’s Marriage Designs?

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Meryton Assembly

SYNOPSIS: What would happen if Mr. Bingley didn’t have a prior claim on Jane Bennet when Mr. Collins extended his “olive branch” to the Bennet family? What would the Bennets do if Mr. Collins set his sights on Jane as his prime matrimonial prospect? Well, you can probably imagine what devoted sister Elizabeth Bennet would
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 diffe ...more
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 w
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.
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.]
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 awa
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
Julia M
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I ever encountered works by this author. I am quite glad I purchased this book. I really enjoyed it. The storyline is nowhere near cannon nor is the language fully from the regency period but that did not decrease my enjoyment.
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!

Reread: Still loved it, though I need to add that I love John Lucas.
A fun Pride and Prejudice variation. It was unique in that all of the events happened in Hertfordshire. I don’t think I’ve read a variation that didn’t involve Pemberley, Kent or London. There is a lot of Darcy and Lizzy time, which is always good. I enjoyed seeing more of the relationships between the Bennet sisters. Even Mary had more going on here than she’s often given credit for. Lydia’s character was a refreshing change, for the most part. And we get to see Charlotte’s scheming mind. I esp ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, romantic...

...story. Rich relationship development between several different people.
If I have any criticism it is actually the lack of resolution of a few characters.
I had trouble focusing and keeping my attention on the book, but I suspect that’s due to irregular extenuating circumstances (Covid 19, Federal troops invading my hometown of Portland - quashing the First Amendment.)
This book is very chaste, and there is a brief episode of attempted sexual violence.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Needlessly too long. Paring it down 1/4 would have been helpful in telling the story.
Anniina Sjöblom
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In addition to being very witty and quite romantic, A Case of Some Delicacy is a sweet tribute to sisterhood, with one of the most heartwarming takes on the five Bennet sisters I've ever come across.
Teri Lensing
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of Pride & Prejudice reimagined! I rarely write reviews but had to let everyone know how great I thought this story was. ...more
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 a
Kate  Maxwell
What a delightful read! Take Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, mix it up a little bit, add a combination of Mr. Collins and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy overhearing a heated discussion, and a feisty Anne de Bourgh, and you have a perfect recipe. Misunderstandings, character shifts, and all's right in the end makes for a wonderful retelling of the original. I recommend this redux of P&P! ...more
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.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
It took me some time up appreciate the true merits of this book.
A very clever plot,some creative twists make this a highly recommendable read.
Jan 05, 2020 added it
Truly Excellent

I read a lot of P & P fan fiction and I almost never go e give stars, but this book, and this story truly was delightful!
Duane Dean
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this variation from start to end. It kept you guessing what was going to happen next because this work was so entertaining but also out order in sequence of advents,👍ups.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnp
One of the best variations I've read so far. Every character was loveable and every sequence delicious.
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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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