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An Arranged Marriage

A Pride & Prejudice Alternate Path
By: Jan Hahn
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Can a marriage of convenience ever lead to true love? Immediately after Elizabeth Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy's proposal at Hunsford, her father dies, leaving Longbourn entailed away and little fortune to sustain his widow and daughters. Six months later, the Bennet family receives a visitor with a most unusual offer that promises to save the family from financial and social ruin. Elizabeth's sense of duty forces her to enter into an arranged marriage with a man she does not even like.

Told from Elizabeth's point of view, An Arranged Marriage is a compelling twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Can Elizabeth overcome her feelings of anger, resentment, and suspicion toward her new husband and - the most bewildering sensation of all - a growing attraction for the last man in the world she ever wished to marry?

©2011 Jan Hahn (P)2019 Jan Hahn

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Angry, Unreasonable Lizzy

This was a very enjoyable book, except for the first third or so when Lizzy was so totally unreasonable and angry, she was a trial to listen to with her lamentations.

Yes, she was forced into a marriage that she did not want, but her new husband was as reasonable as she allowed him to be; her peevishness and shrewishness made it very difficult for Darcy to be reasonable.

By agreeing to the marriage, The Bennet women were able to keep their home because of a deal that Darcy made with Mr Collins. Even Mr and Mrs Gardiner approved of Darcy and what he was doing to give the Bennet women security. Lizzy even wore black for her wedding when the time for deep mourning was long past.

Thank goodness Lizzy began to soften when her new husband proved that he could be trusted to not make any demands on her. There were still trials but that is what made the story a winner.

Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam feature throughout and with Lizzy eventually taking on the persona we are used to, an Arranged Marriage is a wonderful love story. There is quite a detailed epilogue which gives us satisfying glimpse into the future.

The story is beautifully written and Stevie Zimmerman is, as ever, a brilliant narrator who brings a new dimension to the book.

Highly recommend if you live Lizzy and Darcy falling in love despite considerable angst.
4 1/2 stars.

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  • E.B.
  • 17-07-2019

An angry Elizabeth?

The author has leaned heavily on Austen's style without the witty quality of Austen's writing. Elizabeth came across as an angry woman without much humor. As far as fan fiction goes this isn't bad but dear Jane is a hard act to follow.

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  • Shannon
  • 15-08-2019

A petulant Elizabeth

The storyline is rather cute and endearing. However, the characterization of Elizabeth is so off that it's really not a P&P story. There is no wittiness from her. She overreacts to Darcy and throws multiple temper tantrums.

Zimmerman does an excellent job narrating the story, which lifts it above the mundane.

So if you don't see it as a P&P variation but think of it as just a sweet, period romance, then you'll be all right.

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  • Sophia
  • 04-08-2019

Arranged marriage to a true love match

It was good to return to an old friend of a book, and to have the pleasure of Jan Hahn and Stevie Zimmerman’s story telling, in this lovely P&P variation of my favourite couple. This story was the first book I bought for my kindle and it was wonderful to return to it. The story was lovely, funny at times, and so much better than I remembered 😃 Also to have Georgiana as a much more central character by the end of the story, alongside of Richard Fitzwilliam.

Another enjoyable experience to listen to Stevie Zimmerman, can’t wait for her next performance and next audiobook project

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  • funkstellinweg
  • 24-07-2019

A delight from start to end

I loved this audiobook from the first to the last word. I laughed and I cried, I shrieked with delight. what more can I say?

I am so grateful to Jan Hahn to have written it and ever so happy that the amazing Stevie Zimmerman has narrated it. I am in love with this book. Right upon finishing it I listened to the end chapter again.

Sheer delight.