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In her sixth Pride and Prejudice variation, Reynolds imagines what obstacles might have stood in the way of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s love had Elizabeth’s father died, driving the Bennet family out of their estate at Longbourn. Elizabeth’s older sister Jane is forced to marry a much older shopkeeper, and Elizabeth moves in with her uncle and aunt Gardiner. Despite Elizabeth’s diminished circumstances, Darcy tracks her down, but when he finally gets around to proposing, she misinterprets his awkward bid for her hand as a request to become his mistress. As soon as that miscommunication is cleared up, Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia shows up, pregnant and abandoned by a feckless military officer. Lydia’s situation necessitates Elizabeth return to her family, leaving Elizabeth to wonder if this latest disgrace will deter Darcy’s determination to marry her. Austen purists won’t seek out Reynolds’ takeoffs, but readers who can’t get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth will find that Reynolds does an admirable job of capturing the feel of the period in this entertaining diversion. --Kristine Huntley


"Readers who can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth will find that Reynolds does an admirable job of capturing the feel of the period in this entertaining diversion." - Booklist

"Mr. Darcy's Obsession does not disappoint! And to Darcy & Elizabeth lovers who have yet to discover [Abigail Reynolds'] works, you must put this at the front of the queue!" - Austenprose

"Ms. Reynolds paints vivid portraits of real people struggling with harsh economic reality to survive and find happiness." - Linda Banche Romance Author

"Excellent writing, this book keeps to Austen's style. " - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"Abigail Reynolds has created a masterful period novel. The way she weaves romance, tradition, and wit is exciting and fresh." - Everything Victorian and More

"An exciting, well developed, and romantic novel that stays true to Austen's characters, while being a fantastic unique story of its own. " - Laura's Reviews

"This book is just just pure escapism." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Reynolds tells a very likeable story of unrequited love, loss and vindication." - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"Mr. Darcy's Obsession is an adventurous variation that explores a different route with our beloved Pride and Prejudice." - Austenesque Reviews

"Don't hesitate to purchase Mr. Darcy's Obsession... A satisfying and compelling novel that you'll wish to read over and over again." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

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  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040RKX5G
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author, but she can't follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.

A life-long lover of Jane Austen's novels, Abigail began writing variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2001, then expanded her repertoire to include a series of novels set on her beloved Cape Cod. Her most recent releases are the national bestseller MR. DARCY'S NOBLE CONNECTIONS, THE DARCYS OF DERBYSHIRE and MORNING LIGHT, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. Her books have been translated into four languages. A lifetime member of JASNA, she lives on Cape Cod with her husband, her son and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M&M VINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Mr. Darcy's Obsession" is Abigail Reynolds' first new book in what seems like way too long. Her other Pride and Prejudice alternate stories are excellent and this one's no exception. After the wait for a new story, I was definitely not disappointed.

In "Obsession," Darcy never has a chance to propose to Elizabeth and leaves Rosings with an aching heart. Nearly a year later he learns that Mr. Bennet has died leaving the family in dire financial straits. Circumstances have forced Jane to marry a local shopkeeper, and Elizabeth is living in London as nanny for her aunt and uncle's children. Now her situation is even more beneath Darcy's than before. What will he do?

Although he knows he should stay away, Darcy can't help himself. At first he tells himself he'll just check on her, but when the opportunity presents itself, he "accidentally" runs into her in the park. During their talks, Elizabeth begins to see another side to Darcy, but of course, many misunderstandings ensue which threaten to separate them forever. In spite of the many opportunities Darcy has to walk away, he looks into those fine eyes and he's lost again.

What I love most about Abigail Reynolds is the way she brings Darcy and Elizabeth to life. After reading one of her books I feel as if I've just stepped back into the world they inhabit and we've had a good chat. The dialogue between them is a delight to read. Elizabeth continues to be witty and down to earth while Darcy is becoming more human as he learns to put the needs of his heart ahead of the approval of his family and society. Ms. Reynolds has also added some interesting, lively new characters to the mix as well as breathing life into some who are mentioned in P&P but never developed. They seem so real that they fit right in.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eee on September 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mr Darcy's Obsession is a new Pemberley Variation, previously unpublished.

You've probably already read the synopsis, so I won't bother to repeat much of it here - Elizabeth's father dies, so there is no proposal at Hunsford, no opportunity to meet up again at Pemberley, rather Darcy finds her in London, staying with the Gardiners.

The romance in this book is not explicit. I know that lots of readers want something more explicit, but I think you should give this a try. A touch, a look, descriptions of feelings really point to Reynolds' skill as a writer, and these can be even more arousing than outright descriptions of intimacy. It really is delightful, and appropriate for a wide range of readers.

The characters are wonderfully drawn - obviously Elizabeth and Darcy, but the rest of the characters as well. Some really entertaining and wonderful new additions to the P&P storyline.

It is the case that this particular publisher, Sourcebooks, reissues books with new titles. I don't really see the point, however, of dissing the author in reviews of the book. The author usually has no control over these practices and even little control of what appears on the cover, and the publisher wants to sell as many books as possible. Rather than leaving poor reviews, why don't you just ask the author - most of the Sourcebooks authors are accessible via blogs, have pages at Amazon and so forth.

By the way, this is a NEW publication, however. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
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I was thoroughly enjoying this novel during the first stages because of the interesting approach of changing the Jane Austen version of events to have Mr. Bennet die. Those of us who are familiar with Pride and Prejudice understand what a profound impact that situation would have had on the story line. Here, Mr. Bennet has died and Charlotte and Mr. Collins have taken over Longbourn, Mrs. Bennet and the girls have moved in with her sister in Meryton, Jane has married a tradesman but still lives in Meryton and Lizzie is living with the Gardiner's in their home in Cheapside. Darcy tries to stay away from Lizzie but then discovers that she goes out for a walk early each morning. He contrives to meet her.

This story is presented primarily from the viewpoint of Darcy with only small segments of it from Elizabeth's perspective. Still, I was enjoying the story which gave me an indication of how much Darcy loved Elizabeth and how much he fought against that love, for reasons of family pride and social standing. Then it all began to devolve into a fairy tale with improbable new characters who were allowed to act in completely unrealistic ways for the times. There were evil relatives counterbalanced by worthy and kind and good urchins and servants. Lydia was still her same selfish self but with a problem that Darcy could solve. In fact, Darcy solved every problem for every single person in this story. It's a wonder the poor man didn't find himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He handed out money like it was water. And if Darcy wasn't giving out money then another good relative was sprinkling the fairy dust over situations right and left to make them come out with a perfect Happily Ever After emblazoned with sparkling lights and twittering bluebirds of happiness.
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