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Darcy's Voyage

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,346 ratings  ·  262 reviews
A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

In this enchanting and highly original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet sets out for the new world aboard the grand ship Pemberley's Promise. She's prepared for an uneventful voyage until a chance encounter with the handsome, taciturn Mr. Darcy turns her world upside down.

When Elizabeth falls ill, Da
Kindle Edition, 510 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published March 24th 2007)
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Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this in paperback as "Pemberley's Promise".

I looked this author up on Amazon many years ago at the recommendation of another very popular JAFF author. When I was reading this book's plot, my first thought was that this story was going to be "too far out in left field", too much of a deviation from the original P&P story. BUT I found it to be a page turner, despite the stretch. I won't go over the story line as other reviewers have covered such. Scenes which stay in my imagination: the s
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that I cannot get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Lucky for me, there are a plethora of books inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Of course, none of them can hold a candle to the original, but this one does better than most. I quite enjoyed it.

Darcy's Voyage is Pride and Prejudice in an alternate universe, where Elizabeth and Darcy meet and fall in love while on a ship to the Americas. The result: less pride and less prejudice (but mo
Update: Having just re-read this wonderful story I had forgotten how much I loved it and it was even better than I remembered! I highly recommend this story!

What a delightful story! I absolutely loved it! I was wondering how realistic it would feel with Darcy and Lizzy making their way across to America on a ship... but it surprised me how it really did seem feasible. I was also worried about the length, it being quite a long story compared to the other variations I had read, but I didn’t need
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I very much liked this clean P & P variation with a small disclaimer. In the original Darcy & Lizzy cannot communicate due to logistics, societal norms and class differences. In this book they can't communicate because they are afraid of the answers; I dislike this plot device.

Unlike many other readers I disliked the time on the boat and their funks once back on land. Once they are reunited at Netherfield the book really gets going. The author is successful time compressing several important plo
Oy. This book was decidedly no bueno. Alterna-P&P books are kind of my guilty pleasure, and this was was a) cheap on Amazon and b) had reasonable reviews, so I figure where's the harm? EVERYWHERE. That's where the harm was. EV. ERY. WHERE. The problems started for me by page 18, where Totally-Not-Meant-To-Know-He's-Darcy-Yet says "I see the carriage from my country home is already here." Um. No gentleman would ever refer to his wealth in such a public way, especially to a woman whose name he doe ...more
J. W. Garrett
Darcy and Elizabeth sail into their HEA [happy-ever-after] on Pemberley’s Promise

Source: library-ebook: Note, this was previously published as Pemberley’s Promise.

I read this years ago when I first started reading JAFF [Jane Austen Fan Fiction] and loved it. I decided to read it again so I could write a review of this delightful book.

We open with a prologue where a young girl of about eight and ten years is traveling coach from London to her home. Also traveling coach is a well-dressed gentlema
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Darcy's Voyage, originally published as Pemberley's Promise in 2007, is a phenomenal Pride and Prejudice variation in which Mr. Darcy's and Elizabeth Bennet's first meeting is altered. Instead of meeting in the Meryton Assembly room, Darcy becomes acquainted with Elizabeth on a ship bound for America. Elizabeth is traveling to America to visit her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner who are in New York on business. Darcy's sole purpose for journeying to America is to accompany his sister Georgiana home from ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen

I loved it, I loved it, I loved it!

I loved that Kara Louise chose to respect the Regency relationship norms between men and women, and remained true to the society expectations of Austen's day.

Her story was compelling and she didn't need raunchy sex to draw her readers in.

Thank you to Kat for recommending this story. Darcy's Voyage pulled me out of my reading slump and now I need to find another P&P story to read.

Chris, the Dalek King
Interesting when they are on the ship, the rest of it gets so incredibly drawn out that it becomes tedious. To be honest by the 70% mark I was pretty sure a lot of the story was there simply to make the book long, instead of the book being long because there was a lot of story to tell.

The author's tendency to try and revert the plot back to the one found in the original book also made Darcy and Elizabeth act wildly out of character in some situations. And any time she worked in a direct quote f
Eliza Baum
This was a fun story. I think it was too long, and there were whole swaths in the middle that I ended up skimming, but overall I really enjoyed it. The first part of the story, on the ship, was definitely the better part for me. Once the story started to slip into the "normal" plot, it became less interesting. I wish there could have been a bit more variation once Bingley and Darcy came to Hertfordshire, since the tale as a whole started so differently. It was disappointing that it relied largel ...more
Nicole Marie
I gave Darcy's Voyage only three stars because I cannot help but compare it with all the other P&P inspired novels I have read. BUT, I did enjoy it enough to read it in one sitting! I would recommend Darcy's Voyage to anyone who loves this literary couple as I do. ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
4.5 stars
Darcy’s Voyage proved to me that I’m still not growing weary of the numerous sequels and re-tellings of Jane Austen’s novels. In this re-imagined Pride and Prejudice, Kara Louise takes readers on a completely different journey while staying true to Austen’s beloved characters and arriving at the same conclusion.

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet in a carriage, and after enjoying a lively discussion, they part ways. Two years later, Elizabeth convinces her father to let her travel alone
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-based
Well Well... I can't believe how quickly I finished this one despite the length, but then it's all Austen's charm.

I approached this one with suspicion since I don't think anyone can compete with Jane Austen or appropriate her characters. and you know what? I was RIGHT!

I struggled at the beginning with comparisons; I couldn't get the original "Pride and Prejudice" out of my head.

The story brought different aspects of the heroes' personalities: Darcy wasn't portrayed as being arrogant but rather
Nicole D.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all P&P fans
Recommended to Nicole D. by: Sophie
Elizabeth and Darcy have a chance meeting 2 years before they meet again sailing on Darcy's ship Pemberley's Promise. Elizabeth is one her way to visit her aunt and uncle and Darcy to retrieve his sister. Darcy and Elizabeth's Voyage to love is just as delightful in this book as the original. Original lines and scenes are re-imagined in unique and realistically original ways. You can easily see these conversations taking place. New problems and old plaque are couple on there way to happiness. I ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a 'delightful diversion' from a heavier, more intense book I am reading. I enjoyed the premise of Eluzabeth and Darcy meeting long before his arrival in Hertfordshire and the author intertwined actual P&P events nicely throughout the story.

An easy, enjoyable read that I would recommend for anyone interested in P&P what if's. The characters and dialogue were true to the original.
Ruth Hinds
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the beginning, when they're on the ship, I wasn't sure what I thought about the book. I wished the author had just made up her own characters rather than using Darcy and Elizabeth. However, as the story unfolded, and wove in and around the original book's events, I really enjoyed it! I think it was cleverly done. ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wildly imaginative Pride & Prejudice retelling! This book was so fun to read. I really didn't want it to end! It's official, I'm a Kara Louise fan for life!!!!! ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I like the idea of what might have happened if Elizabeth and Darcy had met and fallen for each other before the events of P&P, everything else about this book was too much of a stretch of the imagination.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise is rather weak (even a fevered Elizabeth thinks Darcy's proposition is the dumbest thing she's ever heard), but the story was fun. ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
P & P variations can be fraught with difficulties. To take beloved characters and add to the narrative is a brave move and for some of us that just love the world Austen creates, we are happy to delve in with a critical eye.
This author has done a fantastic job in recreating the story with a mix of familiar scenes but has added her own which instead of detracting from the story, added to it. And most importantly she has maintained the integrity of the characters.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolute joy to read! I found this retelling and variation of "Pride and Prejudice" to be sweet, romantic, creative, and fun to read. Ms. Louise has beautifully weaved new elements into the story, and I found myself reading late into the night to see what happened next. I did not want to put this book down, nor did I want it to end! ...more
Darcy's Voyage was such a delightful story, that I just couldn't put it down. To me, this is one of the best Pride & Prejudice sequels/retellings that I have ever read. It is so different from the original and yet keeps the authenticity of the classic story that we know and love.

When Darcy and Elizabeth first meet, it is on a carriage where at first they are annoyed by one another, but soon they become quite comfortable with each other. When Darcy exits the carriage, to finish his trip in his pe
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This story is not a sequel but a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with the some of the action takes place on a boat. It really is a great way to interpret Jane Austen's beloved novel "Pride and Prejudice." What if the events of both Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet took them down different paths. Would they still end up together? Would they still fall in love? We wonder about our own lives and how if we took a different path and life would we end up at the same spot?

So you see the author
Rita Deodato
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Darcy’s Voyage was one of the first and best Pride and Prejudice Variations I’ve read. In fact, I think it was the very first variation I bought when I discovered JAFF literature.

The books’ plot is very different from anything I’ve ever seen in P&P variations. Elizabeth Bennet embarks on a ship that will take her across the ocean from the United Kingdom to America.

I’m about to go on an adventure myself as I will be flying from the UK to USA tomorrow. Thank
Kathleen Kelly
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2015
I don't know if I would have finished this book if I hadn't been putting off something else. The open seas... set a few chapters on a ship's deck with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy walking back and forth across it (and often not exchanging many words), and ta-da the open seas. There weren't any pirates. There wasn't any intrigue. There wasn't any action, frankly. Getting sick is not exciting. Mostly I felt sorry for Wendell, who has to put up with Darcy's inane behavior.
After 300 pages, we finally co
Gingub Gravette
i need to get this out first - what the heck is up with the book cover design. it looks like bad low resolution clip art swiped from the web? mystery uncovered, it appears publishing is a self publish system via online. graphic designer by trade i cannot ignore this crime - kara please take the time to find out if any art schools out there would like designing your book covers as a class assignment - there are so many royality-free masterworks paintings out there that would at least stir the ima ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From my book review blog Rundpinne.[return][return]In Darcy’s Voyage, Kara Louise retells the timeless classic Pride & Prejudice in her own manner, begging the questions of what if fate and time were added to the relationship of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. While Darcy and Elizabeth meet in England, they do not truly become acquainted until they ride the same ship bound for New York. Darcy is headed to New York to escort his sister Georgiana back to England while Elizabeth is off to stay with relati ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Titanic buffs, Pride & Prejudice fan
Reading this book was very enjoyable. So much so, I actually have read it twice more since the initial read in 2011. I was a late-comer to the Pride and Prejudice story, having not read it in high school. Of course, once I read it and was eager for more stories about Darcy and Elizabeth. I am very particular about the spin offs or continuations I read. Kara Louise does a superb job at taking the basic elements of the storyline and characters and shifting them to something else entirely yet keepi ...more
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Kara Louise has been writing "Pride and Prejudice" novels since 2001. She has published 8 novels, 2 that were published by Sourcebooks Publications. She was born in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, but moved to Kansas in 1991. She lives just outside Wichita with her husband, sharing their 10 acres with an ever changing menagerie of animals. They have one married son who lives in ...more

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