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She staggered a great man. He was reeling. She was overwhelmed. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, standing irritably at the edge of the Meryton assembly, declines to dance with Elizabeth Bennet. In a mood of revulsion, he rejects her without concern of being overheard. Country pretensions are always in need of squashing, and what better way to make clear he would not partner anyone outside his party? However, when he looks over at her, she does not appear humbled at all. She is secretly laughing at him! 

Elizabeth is perversely delighted to encounter such an outrageous snob as Mr. Darcy. When he approaches her with a stiff, graceless apology, she coolly brushes him off, believing that, like most annoyances, he will go away when properly snubbed. But no! The man then puts out his hand, and, not wishing to create a scene, compels her to stand up with him. 

They go through the steps of the dance mutually disdainful and intent upon wounding each other. But by the time the musicians end their tune, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have traded barbs with such accuracy, they are unaccountably amused and engaged. Will this most inconvenient flirtation drive them apart - or, like silver buckles, are they a matched pair?

©2020 Grace Gibson (P)2021 Grace Gibson

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  • Marie
  • 17-03-2021

A dialogue lover’s delight

Oh, what a playful read! Such fun! Darcy and Elizabeth are delightful as they engage in a story full of delicious banter. Angst free, this book is such a pleasure to read. I hated to see it end. I adored this Elizabeth and Darcy. Highly recommend! I look forward to more from this author.

The male and female narration is excellent.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 16-03-2021

Lovely story

I’ve read it before. Now I listened. Great narrator. So many twists and turns. Well written. Highly recommend this book to a Jane Austen fan fiction lover.

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  • KateB
  • 27-02-2021

Great story and narration

I loved this story because it was funny, unconventional and made me laugh. Witty banter between Darcy and Elizabeth was wonderfully written and I enjoyed the development of the characters. Different than canon solutions to Jane and other Bennet girls lives were very interesting. And of course just deserts for Wickham.

The book is written from alternating POV of Darcy and Elizabeth and it was used brilliantly in the narration. My favorite narrator Stevie Zimmerman portrayed Elizabeth as witty and lively lady and was a pleasure to listen to. Neil Roy McFarlane did an excellent job reading Darcy’s POV parts and I’m looking forward to listening to some other of his narration.

Highly recommended

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  • Ruth
  • 26-04-2021

very clever, fast paced and fun

A really great p&p variation, a joy to listen to. No doubt I will listen to it again. I love the way it focuses on Darcy & Lizzy's relationship and their repartee, and not on Caroline Bingley or Wickham. The narration is wonderful.

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