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By Force of Instinct

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In Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet never expects to see Mr. Darcy again after his disastrous proposal in Hunsford. But what if family business required him to stay at Rosings after giving her his letter? Coming face to face with Mr. Darcy only days later could give Elizabeth a new chance to understand him... or a chance for even more misunders ...more
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Published March 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated (first published July 2007)
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Ceri
Well this is a 'what if' version of P&P. What if, after Darcy's proposal and Elizabeth's stormy refusal at Hunsford Parsonage, he unexpectedly has to stay in Kent rather than go away the next day? They both have to face each other, both are mortified, him at the refusal and all the accusations flung at him, and her at the realisation that she has been far too hasty in her impressions of both Darcy and Wickham, and the realisation of what her family's behaviour has cost Jane. The times they h ...more
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this paperback book when it was first published and now, also, own it on my kindle. I have read it at least three times, the most recent, very carefully, not skimming, so as to have it fresh in my mind in order to post this review. I also read all the other reviews, some twice, in order to digest their input.

I have this to say. First, it is a variation - don't complain how the characters or their actions change from the canon. Second, yes, there is sex. But in thinking about why the aut
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tysephine
This is the second P&P variation I have read from Abigail Reynolds and they seem to follow a formula. Of course the whole point is that Elizabeth and Darcy come to a better understanding of one another, but so far both of the variations I have read have been very similar in outline. Basically: some detail changes, E&D go back and forth on whether they should be together/get engaged, premarital sex ensues, overwhelming passion blah blah, hurried wedding, happily ever after.

I think I would
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Sara
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
The first half if great, the second half is terrible. The characters do not act how they should/would have in that era.
D.G.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings
This must have been the worst of them all!
Venisha Ready
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is my least favorite of the P&P variations. The others made me want to run out and pick up more. After I finished this one I just took a nap.
Eliza Baum
This book wasn't awful, but I couldn't give it 3 stars simply because I consider 3-star books to be good enough to recommend to someone who likes the genre, and this isn't one I'd particularly recommend. That said, I wouldn't warn someone away, either. It's a benign 2.5 stars for me. I skimmed a lot of it and rolled my eyes through other bits, but I did finish it, and at least 50% of it was fine, if nothing special.

Hiding the rest of this review, as I'm not going to hold back on spoilers. I had
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Noémy
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And another variation bites the dust!

I haven't really loved this "series" by Mrs Reynolds as much as I had wanted when I first discovered her, so I haven't a clue what compelled me once again to choose this book among many others.

Quite frankly, I think there's no other reason that I should start seeking therapy as far as the P&P's fandom is concerned. I am such a Lizzie and Darcy wh***, it consumes me in my sleep even.

Pride and Prejudice's retellings are my ultimate favorite guilty pleasur
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Sameera77
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Cindy
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Regency romance with sex. This is one of the many P&P variations AR has done.

This is a reread for me, but I've only read it once. I really didn't care for it much. This variation asks, what would have happened if Darcy didn't leave after Elizabeth refuses his hand. Actually, there's a LOT of angst. For 6 chapters its, he loves me. He loves me not. She loves me, she loves me not. Oh no! she won't make eye contact, she must hate me. He's acting cold again, he hates me. Arghh! There's a BIG P
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Christina
I’ve always wondered what would have happened had Darcy not fled from Rosings after his disastrous proposal, and Abigail Reynolds attempts to answer that question in By Force of Instinct. This “what if?” novel is packed with misunderstandings, more pride, and more prejudice.

While I would consider this one Abigail Reynolds best Pride and Prejudice variations, I really did not like her portrayal of Georgiana or Mr. Bennet. Thankfully, Mr. Bennet isn’t in the story enough to really detract, but Geo
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Nicole
I am devouring these, one after another, so I am becoming a bit of an expert on Reynolds.

So this one: lots of Elizabeth and Darcy misunderstandings. Yowza. I prefer it when she gets them together early, and then we spend the rest of the book watching them fight off the rest of the world together.

The Mr. Bennett stuff and Georgiana stuff are bold moves. Why not?

I do really dig the psychological investigation into Lizzy's relationships with her parents and what those relationships have done to af
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Talia
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first one. I enjoyed it but some the behavior of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth was just too unbelievable. I don't mind sex scenes if a logical part of the story but I did not see how the characters as written would engage in that behavior at that time in the story. I don't want to spoil anything so I am being deliberately vague.

Story highlight for me was Bingley.

Reread: Still think Bingley was the best thing and that E acted way out of character and not in the best way.
Leslie
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
I liked this book, because it showed a different evolution of Darcy & Elizabeth. But I didn't like a petty & petulant Georgiana.

Warning it is a even racier than your typical Abigail Reynolds; and in my opinion the "Romance" scenes are completely unnecessary. It is not much worse than a mid-1970's bodice ripper but it may offend some.

Marianne
One of my least favourite variations - this Darcy, although fine in his own right just isn't Darcy enough to make it memorable. Also, reading this one so soon after reading another in the series, it's all just a bit samey.
supreme commander
This is the third book I've read of this authors and I love her.
A lot of people have commented on the saucy content of the book but if you are going to read this kind of book then surely that's what your looking for? It makes it pretty clear on her kindle blurb that it is sexy. She also does clean P&P but this isn't one of them. You want clean and to era standards then read Jane Austen. You want a sexy romp read this.
I prefer the sexy books.
Don't like it don't read it.
So the plots good, w
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Libbie Buchele
A bit tedious but clever

What if Georgiana was less biddable and more angry at Darcy for sabotaging her marriage to Wickham? In this story, she manages to wreak some havoc on the Darcy-Elizabeth courtship. I liked the examination of their parents and their effects on Elizabeth and Darcy's confidence, but I felt it dragged on a bit. Too much navel-gazing!
Auggy
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, romance, jane-austen
Made it half way. Just couldn't deal with Elizabeth's constantly cycling emotions. She's angry, then she's sad, then she's remorseful, then she's bitter, then she's angry again al in a page or two. Life's too short.
Jane Summer
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the intricate emotional transformation this book covers.
Georgiana 1792
Giocando a rimpiattino con Orgoglio e Pregiudizio

Immaginate se, dopo aver scritto la lettera esplicativa ad Elizabeth, Darcy fosse stato trattenuto a Rosings dall’arrivo improvviso degli zii Fitzwilliam, accompagnati da Georgiana. Sia lui che Elizabeth avrebbero dovuto sopportare la presenza l'uno dell'altra senza tradire i loro sentimenti. Lizzy avrebbe conosciuto prima Georgiana e fra loro sarebbe nato un certo affetto e un'ammirazione della più giovane delle due nei confronti dell'altra.
Darcy
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Irene
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-bok, ja-inspired
Liked it, didn't like it... Well, I liked it for most of the time. Maybe not because it's a brilliant work of litterature, but because I really like Pride and Prejudice, and I was very interested to see some more of it. But this wasn't a very well written book, in my opinion.

What I disliked the most, in addition to the weak plot (from my point of view), was some of the character traits. Mr. Bennet was too harsh on Lizzie, something he'd never be in the original book, but that is well enough as t
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Elizabeth Bennet
While I do enjoy to see a more passionate couple this book by AR is not my favorite. The main reason being Mr. Bennet. I read anothers comment on Amazon about how sometimes he can be written to appear more obsessed with Lizzy rather than thinking in her best interest. Let me say that there were times in this book he was quite the creeper. Not that he spied on her but that she was a prized posession rather than a daughter. We all know she was his favorite and that they had a special bond but for ...more
Nonky
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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Tammy
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
I really had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I enjoyed the story, but I really had a hard time accepting all the character changes the author added. These were not the characters from my beloved Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana was not sweet. Mr. Bennet was not the doting father. And Mr. Darcy was definitely NOT proper.

However that being said, I did enjoy the story as a stand alone. I enjoyed the tantalizing scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth (even though my mind knew th
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Djg
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if?

Elizabeth and Darcy didn't part immediately after the proposal in Kent giving her the opportunity to look at him through him without her prejudice. Then they meet again at Longbourn when Darcy returns with Bingley.

Like magnet and steel Darcy and Elizabeth are irresistibly drawn to each other. They have their rocky moments but the passion is undeniable.

Georgiana is immature and sullen. She causes a great distress in Darcy and Elizabeth's out of spite. However, she does redeem herself late
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K
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of P&P
Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite novel/story. I mean who doesn't love Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! So I was instatnly captivated by this book. I have read other P&P variations, sequels, and continuations. Some were def worth the read, and some where only okay. This one though I just absolutely loved. Basically, Reynolds asks the question of what if, and explores the different paths the story could have taken if things went just a little different. One of the things I really appreciate ...more
Dawn
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this spin on P & P. The only flaw was Georgiana. She out of character to me being such a petulant child. Loved Lady Matlock though we did not get much of the Colonel in this version or Mr. Collins. The Gardiners were a little off. In one aspect hosting parties with poets and abolitionists and on the other hand Mr. Gardiner was very rigid in what was proper and correct behavior for a female. Sending a letter to Mr. Bennet that Elizabeth is compromised just from kissing Mr. Darcy. Mr. ...more
Shala Howell
I probably did this to myself reading all of these Pemberley variations one after the other, but there is a sameness to them. With the exception of _The Last Man in the World_, the "variation" seems to be an earlier acknowledgment of the attraction between Lizzy & Darcy and more time spent with them as a couple. This is nice for any P&P fan, but it means that _From Lambton to Longbourne_, _By Force of Instinct_, _Impulse and Initiative_, and _Without Reserve_, are basically the same book ...more
RavenclawReadingRoom
This was probably more like a 2.5 star book. It was very readable - it took me approximately three hours to read it - but the content was indescribably cheesy. The basic premise is that Darcy ends up unable to leave Rosings after he proposes to Lizzy, and as a result they're forced to spend time together. Awkwardness ensues, along with many misunderstandings and some face-nomming, which leads to further awkwardness and misunderstandings. Rinse and repeat at the Gardiner's house in London until t ...more
Elesha
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll be fair, it was too bad, it was your typical Abigail Reynolds what if... the misunderstanding, the elopement, Darcy getting Lizzy in his bed, a few family objections and of course all the drama and everything just exploding at the end (tis Reynolds formula for all her what ifs and almost every book includes Lizzy's seduction). however the one thing i would not accept was Georgiana being such a spoilt little witch, so when it got to that point when i just knew she was about to do sometime sp ...more
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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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