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Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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What if…

The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry…is her husband?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.

But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?

In this i

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published June 24th 2007)
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Laurel
This Pride and Prejudice variation asks readers “What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr. Darcy’s first proposal?” After reading this question in the book’s description my first reaction was, ACK, why would she?

Like the two other novels by this author that I have read, the story begins on familiar ground at a certain point in Austen’s novel and then quickly takes a left turn—changing the course of the plot and the characters’ lives. In this case it starts at a very critical moment, the first pr
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Abbi
Jan 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
A friend lent me two of these books (the other was From Lambton to Longbourn), gushing about how incredible they were and how she couldn't put them down. I admit I was very excited about them - I love "what if" premises and thought that the ideas had really great promise... at least from what was written on the back of the book.

I was very stunned as I read to discover how out of character Elizabeth and Darcy were. Elizabeth was no longer the witty, intelligent young woman she was in Austen's no
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Sandra
Whoa! So not like the characters at the beginning of the book. If you can imagine things happening the way they did though, their lives filled with much misundersranding. I actually wept several times during reading this. When there was about to be a moment of tenderness, then it the misunderstandings happened over and over again. Will my lovers ever connect and realize the love for each other? YES!
Misty
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Edit: Read this for the first time in June...and then again after I wrote my review in August.

Edit #2: Just read this again. It's the beginning of November. Appears every 2 months = reread... Every time, I see these HUGE flaws, and every time I just don't give a teeny, tiny fuck.

*This review turned out super short. There are things I thought I wanted to say, warnings I wanted to give, but nope. This is it. If you like Jane Austen, romance, or butterflies-in-stomach, pick this up.*


I think it sho
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Nonky
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Leslie
Dec 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-era, england
It took me two pages to realize that this is not for me. It seems every p & p sequel I have piled up to give myself for Christmas is garbage. I must be the only person on the planet who is not at all interested in Darcy and Lizzie's sex lives. You see all those classics on my booklist? There's a reason for that. Modern writing is 99% garbage. I think I 'll go pile up some Dumas and Trollope and dive in till I'm up to my neck in comfort. It's a good thing I don't drink 'cos this crappy book w ...more
Andreea  Drăgan
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: p-p
I have a real problem. :))
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy,” originally published as “The Last Man in the World” in 2007, is an engaging and clever variation of “Pride and Prejudice.” If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering this series, “The Pemberley Variations,” by Abigail Reynolds, it is collection of “Pride and Prejudice” re-tellings that asks the question “what if?” In these variations we see how one small change in the plot can alter the course of “Pride and Prejudice.” This is one of my favorite variations by A ...more
Rosa Folgar
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Deliciously angsty!!!!! It literally hurt my chest to read some of the parts. It's a little Wuthering Heights/Pride and Prejudice.

Finished in ONE SITTING. Forgive me if I'm a little incoherent. Ummm....overall, predictable, because of course we know the outcome, but still very enjoyable. It is like a favorite chick flick feel good movie. U know there's gonna b a happy ending, but u still like torturing urself till the last possible moment. Maybe it's my penchant for massochism. Lol!

Anyways, to
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Shala Howell
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy this series of variations on Pride and Prejudice -- this one, which explores what would have happened if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy's original proposal, is predictably the saddest of the bunch, but it also offers the most in terms of emotional range. The others are a bit one note, or I suppose, two note in that Elizabeth and Darcy are either passionately ignoring the proprieties or having fights. This one does a better job of capturing the ambiguous pain of being trapped in ...more
Georgiana 1792
Non mi aspettavo di essere così coinvolta da questo libro. Spesso mi sono anche commossa. È la seconda Pemberley Variation di Abigail Reynolds che ho letto, ma la prima (To Conquer Mr Darcy o Impulse and Initiative) non mi aveva fatto questo effetto.

I primi capitoli sono divertimento allo stato puro: immaginatevi cosa sarebbe successo se Mr Darcy al colmo del suo orgoglio e della sua arroganza non avesse atteso una risposta da parte di Elizabeth alla sua proposta di matrimonio, ma, sicuro che ne
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Anna
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

Her eyes locked with her husband’s again. “I intend to put this knowledge to good use by waiting until he is deep in a book to confess any sins I have committed. Then I will have the pleasure of a clean conscience, and he will be none the wiser.”

Bingley said, “An excellent plan. Upon my honour, when Darcy is reading, Bonaparte and all his army could come charging through with sabres drawn, and he would take no notice!”


The above quote about Mr. Dar
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Maria
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
This novel is part of “The Pemberley Variations Series” and it belongs to “what if” stories. The main question of this one is: what if Elizabeth had accepted to marry Mr. Darcy against her will?

The plot begins with Elizabeth visiting Charlotte and Mr. Collins at Husford. While she walks through the gardens she comes across Darcy who, after a brief chat, asks her to marry him and kisses her without waiting for her answer. Startled by his behaviour, Elizabeth is resolved to reproach Mr. Darcy but
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Courtney Brown
What a perfectly horrid book.

Maybe I'm being unfair. It's really my fault for even picking up another Pride and Prejudice continuation/expansion novel. Out of the five or six I've picked up now, I'm only even sort of enjoyed one. No one can write Jane Austen like Jane Austen, so why do I keep trying?

I knew I was going to hate this novel, which explores the "What If?" scenario of Elizabeth "accepting" Darcy's first proposal, from the very first page. On this first page, Lizzy "dutifully" smiles a
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J. W. Garrett
Agony, despair, despondent, beloved characters drudge toward their HEA

This is a “What If” by Abigail Reynolds where Darcy ardently kisses Elizabeth during his disastrous proposal. Before she could respond/refuse they were seen, thus compromising her into a hasty marriage.

This story was painful to read as misunderstanding after misunderstanding kept our characters from discovering the love we knew was somewhere locked inside them trying to fight its way to the surface only to be smashed down by
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Christina
I was first introduced to The Last Man in the World when a friend of mine found it online, printed the entire story, and gave it to me as a present. She knew how much I loved Pride and Prejudice, and her gift quickly fueled my thirst for more pride, more prejudice.

Somewhere in between moving bedrooms two times, pages out of my printed copy were lost, but I quickly found Reynolds’ story, as well as her other Pride and Prejudice variations, online and through the printed copy away. Then, almost a
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Kristian
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This book, as with most of Renyolds' books, fills a very specific niche in the literature industry. It a Pride & Prejudice related book, specifically a sequel. Elizabeth Bennett has often been called one of the most delightful creatures in prose, and certainly it is true that people want to read all about her. An entire sub-genre of Austen related books has sprung up. Whether you call it trash, fan-fiction or love it to death, it is important to look at Renyolds' book in context of this sub- ...more
Lady Wesley
This Pemberley Variation was $8.99, but I just bought it for $1.99, which is about the most that I would spend on a work of P&P fan fiction and only because Laurel at austenprose.com liked it. We shall see . . . .

Thoughts after reading

I enjoyed this book. The author has a very deft feel for the language of the times, and this is a clever 'what if' variation on P&P. I will probably read other titles by Abigail Reynolds.
Matilda
I just spent the afternoon reading. At first I wasn't convinced, but then I was so taken by Darcy and Lizzie, and all that when wrong, and all the feelings. A really lovely and engaging read!
EM Clark
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this before, maybe?

But even if I did, I still truly enjoyed it this time! I also cried, which NEVER happens, so there is that.

There are many variations with this basic premise, Elizabeth marrying Darcy against her desires, but this is a definite favorite. There is a painful truth present here, about how they would have reached mutual affection and appreciation without the canon events at Hunsford, without delving into absolutely gut wrenching unhappiness and eventual ruin of any
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Oriane
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un one shot nocturne. Bon, il y a bien eu quelques moments auxquels je me suis dit "ils ne vont pas ENCORE partir sur un quiproquo" mais ça reste une super lecture qui me paraît bien restituer le caractère de nos héros
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading all the other reviews I would like to point out that some of the reviews are repeats so if you are looking at the number of "stars" don't be fooled. Secondly, I read this book as The Last Man in the World, shortly after it was published, and have re-read it at least two other times. The reason for not posting a review earlier is that I only recently retired and now have time to devote to posting reviews. I wanted to re-read this one b/c in reading other reviews many claim this one ...more
Rinne
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merlin, celui-ci je l'attendais ! Ce n'est pas nouveau, je suis fan de Jane Austen et j'adore lire des dérivés autour des quelques romans qu'elle nous a laissé. Donc oui, je les connais par coeur, oui en général on revit la même histoire et oui c'est en parti pour cela que j'adore ça !

Il s'agit ici d'une réécriture un peu différente car ce n'est pas le moins de vu d'un autre personnage ou l'histoire d'un personnage secondaire de l'intrigue principal mais bien une autre histoire. Un "Et Si". Nous
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Ceri
This is another of Abigail Reynold's Pemberley Variations books, which looks at what might have happened if something in Pride and Prejudice had been different. The 'what if' here was what if Lizzy had no choice in accepting Darcy's first proposal? This book starts around the time that Lizzy is visiting Charlotte in Kent in P&P. In one of her rambles round the area she meets Mr Darcy and he proposes to her (in a similarly offensive manner to P&P). He assumes she will accept and kisses he ...more
Barb
I decided to reread this title after giving it 3 stars in 2010. This was probably one of the very first JA FanFic I ever read. I loved P&P and I don't think I understood the concept of variations when I first read this. Rereading it now gives me the chance to change my rating.

In this story, Darcy has proposed to Elizabeth and then kissed her in plain sight of Colonel Fitzwilliam and a few others. She did not have a chance to answer, but must marry to prevent a scandal.

Truly, in this variat
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Candy
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw a conversation on twitter a while back between some friends, and they were discussing a scene in The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds. I had read the book a few years back, and I couldn’t remember the scene. So I thought, wow, I really should re-read it, and I did!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation...what if, Elizabeth is compromised by Mr. Darcy during his proposal at Hunsford? Assuming Elizabeth will consent to the marriage Darcy kisses her before she has a chance to answer.
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Jennifer Gentry
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
First of all, I want to make quite clear at the beginning of my review that if you are looking for a clean Austen variation or continuation (one without foul language or sexual content of any kind), then this is NOT the book for you. This is my biggest reason for giving it only one star. If it had not included taking the Lord's name in vain (something that, as a Christian, I absolutely detest) and some sexual content, I would have given it at least 3-4 stars. I read a few reviews before download ...more
Linda
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-2016
I have read several fan-fiction "sequels" to Pride and Prejudice, telling us what happened after the wedding of Darcy and Elizabeth, but this is the first "What If?" scenario I have perused. In general, I think Ms. Reynolds did a creditable job, starting from the premise that Elizabeth was a reluctant bride, feeling that Mr. Darcy had "compromised" her with a kiss in public and that therefore she was forced (by the standards of 19th-century England) to accept his suit or be disgraced. Most of th ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This story will take you on an emotional rollar coaster. This is one of the many Pride and Prejudice possibilities, the author basically changes SOME of the plot of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice. I liked this one because it was so down to earth and realistic.

The sceanrio: Darcy just proposed to Elizabeth for the first time, she is about to refuse him and they get interupted by Col. Fitzwilliam. She never gets around to rejecting him and ends up marrying him because of a complication
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Alexa
Having been bowled over by Abigail Reynold's Impulse and Initiative, I eagerly ordered more of her books to devour. Those of us who read P&P fanfiction are usually doing so because we can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and enjoy reading what it might have been like had it developed at different points.

While I have no problem with D&E having conflicts, misunderstandings, or issues getting to know each other after they've met; now I know I DO have a problem with it tak
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can’t follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby d ...more
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