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What if Darcy and Elizabeth were plunged into the war between England and France?

It is 1803, and a treaty has allowed England and France to enjoy a brief moment of peace in the midst of the Napoleonic wars.

Darcy is despondent over Elizabeth’s refusal of his proposal at Hunsford, so Colonel Fitzwilliam proposes a trip to Paris as a distraction. At a ball, Darcy unexpectedly encounters Elizabeth, who is visiting Paris with the Gardiners. He sees this as his opportunity to court Elizabeth properly and rectify past mistakes.

Before he can make much progress, however, England declares war again, and Darcy must help Elizabeth flee France. As they make their way to the coast, Elizabeth and Darcy must battle brigands, French soldiers, illness, and their own mutual attraction - all without a chaperone.

When they return to England, Elizabeth and Darcy have their own secrets to conceal - even from those closest to them.

©2014 Victoria Kincaid (P)2018 Victoria Kincaid

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 28-10-2020

Very Well Done!!

This variation seems organic in the way that it changes from canon. In another story set with ODC in France (the title escapes me) the story was well done, but the premise seemed a little contrived. Lizzy was thought dead in a boat explosion and Darcy heads to France, maybe you know the one I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that book, but this one has a more believable start. Here, post proposal, Darcy is depressed and Richard, called in by a worried Georgiana, convinces him to take advantage of the new peace treaty and visit Paris to take his mind off of whatever is wrong with him. Meanwhile, instead of a visit to Derbyshire, the Gardners have taken Lizzy with them when Mr. Gardner has a business opportunity that takes them to France. They meet at a Ball being held for English citizens visiting Paris after the war by the English wife of an adviser to Napoleon. Just as they start to heal the damage done by their prior acquaintance, the treaty is broken and they must flee France. From here, the story unfolds with occasional visits to the timeline of the original with excellent results. As usual, Stevie Zimmerman is simply perfect. I’ve said this before, but she improves the story with the way she brings characters to life, even to the point that she makes even mediocre stories better. Give her an excellent story like this one and you have a winner.

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  • jona_1887
  • 25-10-2020

It’s very good

I liked the story and it keeps you hooked all the way to the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2020

Absolutely Loved this!

This hands down is my favorite P & P variation. Lots of twists, I was on the edge of my seat, I teared up a couple of times. I highly recommend. Oh, and the narration was done so well. Loved her French accent I could picture the entire story. Thank you Audible, I’m so happy my daughter started this for me.

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  • Delores DeMaria
  • 21-05-2020

Delightful

A delightful & intriguing variation on the P & P theme. It is full of novelties and surprises and will not disappoint!!

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  • Kelly
  • 03-05-2020

A little absurd, but fun!

As far as I can tell all of this authors Pride and Prejudice variations are of the fluffy/sappy variety. That's not to say I'm knocking it! You just have to know what you're getting in to going in. This is a fluffy piece, if you're looking for a more serious piece, keep looking. Out of all of hers I've read/listened to though I think this one might be my favorite. It's just fun! There's a lot of action up front and a good ol' nefarious scheme to be thwarted later on. This hits a lot of JAFF tropes, but it's a fun ride. The one thing about this one that annoys me though is the sort of convoluted way Darcy and Elizabeth go about keeping their big secret once they're back in England. There are so many times where you think, "If they just told everyone the truth none of this would be an issue." Almost immediately their excuse for keeping the big secret doesn't really seem justified. That said, if you're willing to suspend belief it's still pretty enjoyable. A lot of JAFF readers/listeners are familiar with Stevie Zimmerman, she's a terrific narrator and her Darcy is just perfect. My only quibble is her Georgiana voice which I always want to fast forward through, it's TOO innocent and insipid. Georgiana isn't really in this one a lot though so it's pretty smooth sailing.

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  • Chief's Mom
  • 13-03-2020

Fun plot and great characterizatiins

Kincaid creates another fun plot. It’s entertaining to discover at what point the story will break off from Pride and Prejudice and go in a new direction. This one did not disappoint in its originality and excitement. Another excellent read!

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  • emilia_bassano
  • 19-03-2019

thoroughly enjoyable

you'll love this witty, fast-paced, sweet regency romance as as the sprightly and engaging narration!

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  • Robert Francis
  • 14-02-2019

Darcy is not very smart in this one

The author should have sent a Footman with Elizabeth. Wickham could have knocked him over the head but as written it made Darcy seem kind of stupid

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  • Bessie Mullenaux
  • 06-10-2018

Great alternative ending

I love the changes to the story. On the edge of my bed wanting to find out what would happen next. Lots more affection shone between them and that makes it way better!

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  • Sophia
  • 30-08-2018

Secrets and love

Another adventure where Darcy and Elizabeth meet in circumstances which is different from Miss Austen’s original book. This adventure takes place in France, in the short peace time between the war between England and France in 1814 and before Waterloo and the 100-day war. Darcy helps Elizabeth out of France, and they end up falling in love. Stevie Zimmerman made Darcy and Elizabeth come to life, and they feel like long lost friends by the end of the story, and Stevie made me fall in love with Darcy through the story, even if it is not something new, as Stevie has a wonderful way of making the characters come to life and make the readers/listener love the story even more.

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  • KJ
  • 28-10-2020

I loved this!

I love Darcy and Elizabeth! It's the passionate relationship I always thought it would be!

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  • laura bingham
  • 17-09-2019

Absolutely loved this.

It has stayed true to Jane Austen characters personalities and how she writes and the story is fantastic!

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