Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.
That very morning, however, Elizabeth's future is jeopardized by her father's untimely accident. With Mr. Bennet unconscious and surrounded by concerned neighbors, Mr. Collins presses his suit. Elizabeth's mother frantically demands her acceptance to secure the family's welfare. With so many witnesses to his proposal and everyone expecting her to make a practical choice, Elizabeth's reputation hangs in the balance.
Without her father to defend her refusal of Mr. Collins, there is no one to speak up for her...except the last man in the world she would ever marry.
©2015 Nicole Clarkston (P)2016 Nicole Clarkston
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I loved this book. It was new to me. And I really enjoyed the narrator's way of telling. It felt like I was part of it. If you like Jane Austen fanfic and what if stories this is a book I highly recommend.
"A good story and beautiful naration"
This story was fun, well written, and moved along at a good pace, most of the time , but was a tad slow a points. Stevie Zimmerman did an excellent job narrating the story. Her character's voices are distinctive and clear making you feel as if you were watching the scenes unfold. I recommend this story for readers of JAFF.
"A rare Austen spin off worthy of Jane"
One of the best. Well written, fun, interesting, and superbly read by Stevie Zimmerman.
Ordinarily I would say Lizzie of course who is even spunkier in this telling than in the original. But listening to the audiobook there are so many fun characterizations it's really hard to choose.
Many of hers to the extent that I now seek them out. This is one of her best because of her command of the different characters, types and accents.
Not an extreme reaction but I was surprised how quickly and easily the quite long book went. Well worth the listen.
If you are a Jane Austen purist you will find much to admire in this retelling. You might wonder why the story needs retelling at all, and it doesn't really, but unlike some spinoffs this one feels really authentic and respectful without being posed or old fashioned in its writing. It's just a different perspective on some beloved characters.
"Wonderful characterizations & great story!"
Another great story from Nicole Clarkston, and the narration by Stevie Zimmerman is so very well done! I totally cracked up hearing her rendition of Lady Catherine in particular. Terrific job!!!
"A wonderful story."
The performance was wonderful. I was listening to the various characters not wanting to stop. The plot was well thought out and kept my attention. This is one of the better stories about Elizabeth and Darcy finding love.
"Story had promise, but Lizzy's not that dizzy!"
I really loved the concept of this book. The plot line was well thought out, but I found Elizabeth to be inattentive, which she is not. She made many mistakes in judgment she shouldn't have if she had stayed true to her character and listened attentively. For example, in the case of her jumping to the conclusion that her father was economizing because Darcy made him buy Wickham's debts, was totally out of character for Elizabeth. Her father had plainly said that all he did was stand around while the other men did the work. The epilogue was somewhat disjointed, and did not flow well. It did wrap up all the loose ends and stayed true to J.A. but it felt hurried with way too much information to be imparted for an epilogue.
"A romance novel"
I'm not much into romance novels...a bit too syrupy for me. But the story is engaging and the plot believable.
"Engaging, Heartwarming, and Humorous"
Yes, I enjoyed it a great deal and I would definitely consider it a re-read. There's a lot going on and a lot of plot threads to follow so that a second time through would probably reveal even more than I caught the first time.
It reminds me of Linda Wells' P&P variations just for sheer scope of cast and plot.
I thought she connected well with the story in it's tone, plot, and characters. She had a large cast of characters to narrate and I had no trouble distinguishing her voices.
I did feel like laughing several times. Some scenes were deliberately over the top fun. A few times I was frustrated, but only mildly so. I never felt like crying though there were a few sad situations like for Georgiana or when Charlotte's parents didn't stand by her.
It's a slow mover, but well worth it for all that the story packs into it.
"Audio Quality Lacking"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book- the only subpar quality was the audio. The performance was great but the sound quality was iffy. Not enough to ruin the experience though.
"Enjoyable read, tolerable performance."
The performer did a good job differentiating between different voices, the voice itself though is a little grating sometimes. The story is very enjoyable and I like the depiction of all the characters. It is only a little drawn out towards the end.
"Spoiled by careless wording for the country and period"
Narrator was right for the book. Pretty story and intriguing new angle. Deplorable use of the word drug - why didn't editors do something about that?
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