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What readers say:

 "I loved it!! It was perfect! Everything was as it should be." 

"This story is magnificent! William finding Elizabeth at Netherfield stands out as one of the most romantic moments I've ever read."
 
"Lovely, lovely, lovely heart-wrenching, tear-jerking story! Thanks for the journey!"

From the Author

Before you buy the book, you need to know this. My books are written for mature audiences. I use British spelling so some words may be spelled differently than what you are accustomed to seeing. This book has 388 pages so if you like a quick read this is definitely not it. My main characters believe in God and prayer. I enjoy writing "what if" books about Pride and Prejudice. That means that all of my stories are NOT canon and will include a good many main characters that you have never heard of before, as well as entirely different behaviour from characters that you know well. A Jane Austen purist will not enjoy them. 
                
For instance, in this book Georgiana is a grown woman who is married and Mrs. Bennet is a very evil woman. Jane is not a shrinking violet and not afraid to speak up. If this type of variation is not what you enjoy reading, I would advise you not to buy it. For those undecided who have a kindle, download the sample. If the first five chapters don't convince you to buy the book, you have lost nothing. For those who do not have a kindle, go to "look inside" and read some of it before you purchase.

My readers, those who follow me on my forum, DarcyandLizzy.com, like to read "outside the box" stories of Darcy and Elizabeth and I have published it at their request. After all, not everyone likes every type of story, but everyone is entitled to have the books they like available to them.

Except. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Copyrighted.

William's coach was late, and it was not until darkness began to fall that it pulled up in front of Netherfield. After being greeted warmly by his hosts, he immediately retreated to his room to prepare for dinner. Bathed and dressed, he made his way back downstairs to find Charles alone in the drawing room. As he entered, Bingley stood to pour two small glasses of brandy and studied his friend's appearance as he handed one to him. He took note of William's weight loss, greying hair, and the deep lines around his eyes. Oblivious to his perusal, William asked a question.

"Did my presence keep Mrs. Bingley from coming down for dinner?" His voice sounded teasing, but the look on his face showed true unease. Charles was quick to respond, realising William might think Jane held a grudge for his part in separating them initially.

"Peter was fretful, and she had to attend him. She will be down shortly, and then we shall dine."

Having seen Charles' son when he arrived, a smaller version of his father with the same red curls, William said pensively, "You have a fine boy. He looks very much like you."

At Charles' pleased nod, he stated quietly, "You seem truly happy and content."

"I am. Jane made me the happiest of men when she became my wife, and now she has given me Peter."

"That is indeed a wonderful gift." William added a little wistfully, "Would that I had a son." Swirling the liquidin his glass, he studied it seriously before adding, "I am exceedingly sorry that I only recently read your letters, Charles." He took a deep breath. "I had... I was trying to solve a problem for which I could find no resolution. I decided, quite impulsively, to visit my property in Scotland. From there, it seemed only natural to check on my estate in Ireland before returning home. I never meant to be away so long or neglect my friends."

Charles responded sympathetically. "I understand, truly I do. Sometimes life brings problems our way that seem insurmountable at the time, and we must do whatever it takes to get through them."

William studied his friend with new appreciation. "I am thankful for your understanding and insight."
Charles could only nod, very aware that William had no idea how the last few months had lead to that epiphany."Once I read your letters, I realised how selfish I had been to stay away so long without a word, but at the time I was blind."

"I believe you," Charles offered, moving to pat his back. "Do not apologise. You have explained why you were out of touch and why I did not receive a reply from you. We are friends, so all is well."

"Once again, I have asked forgiveness, and you have been generous in granting it." William reached to clasp Charles' hand. "You are a true friend." 

Jane walked into the room to see her husband and William with hands clasped and could not help but smile at the scene. "We are so glad you have come at last, Mr. Darcy."

"William," he said softly.

"And you must call me Jane."

William nodded just as the dinner bell sounded, and Charles moved to offer his arm to his wife. 

"Come, Darcy! You must be starved--spending days on the road with only the inns to rely on for meals. Our cook does wonders with pheasant and bakes an apple tart to rival any I have ever eaten!"

~~~*~~~

The last course was being served and the Bingleys and Fitzwilliam Darcy had managed to talk about anything and everything, without touching on the subject of the Bennets. During the entire meal, William had hoped Charles would mention them, so he could learn what had happened to Elizabeth. Instead, his host had rattled on and on about the problems he was having with proper land drainage and the solutions his newly hired steward had suggested.

Whenever William chanced to look at Jane, she was usually watching Charles. She was perfectly amiable when spoken to, but he got the impression she was trying not to say anything amiss.The dinner was nearing the end, and they were enjoying the apple tart Charles had bragged about earlier, when William ventured to ask after the Bennets. He had no way of anticipating the floodgate of emotions that question would release as he addressed Jane nonchalantly.

"Are your mother and sisters in good health? Do they still reside in Meryton?"

Jane's fork stopped in midair, and he thought he saw her hand tremble. She glanced to her husband but did not reply, so Charles answered in her stead.

"They are well. Mrs. Bennet purchased a home here. Mary is now married to Mr. Phillips' law clerk and Lydia and Kitty are... well they are still silly, just older." William noticed Charles' smile fade but saw it quickly replaced with a forced one.

As William looked between the couple, he surmised that something was wrong, but he could not help asking, "And Miss Elizabeth? I assume she is married with a child of her own by now."

A sob escaped from Jane, as she rose and ran from the room. Both men stared at the door through which she disappeared.

"Charles, I am sorry if I said--"

Charles' hand in mid-air stopped William. "You are not to blame, Darcy. Let us go into my study, and I will explain." They stood, and William silently followed his friend out of the room, puzzled by what had just transpired.

~~~*~~~

After Charles had poured each of them a full glass of brandy, he motioned for William to have a seat and wearily sank down on the sofa across from him. Their eyes met, but Charles looked away, trying to gather his thoughts. He could relate only what had happened to Lizzy up to a certain point, then he would lie to protect her until he was sure of William's cooperation. Taking a deep breath, Charles looked back at his friend. His drink has not been touched and his eyes were still
locked on him. The decisive moment had arrived. Does he still care enough for Lizzy to help her?

No longer patient, William slid to the edge of his seat, leaning forward. "Where is she, Charles?"

"I suppose, being out of England, you have not heard." William's head slowly moved back and forth. "Steel yourself, my friend."

"Charles!" William sounded more desperate than angry.

"Elizabeth is dead."

The glass of brandy William was holding hit the floor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1495 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darcy and Lizzy Publications (January 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0IU5G
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As a P&P lover I am always on the look out for new fan fiction. My semi-obsession with P&P began with the A&E miniseries {Oh Colin, be still my heart!}. I of course had read Jane Austen's book and found it very appealing as most did but the miniseries really got me wondering "what if"?
I have read them all, running the gamit of "excellent" to "oh please you can't be serious". That's why I always read the free sample first

I like this variation because the story line is very different from most P&P variations, I found it imaginative and well written. It was not the same old story with a tiny twist.
It has romance and sex BUT it was not on every other page and did not go into minute detail. If you have a good story there is no need to do that. This author writes a juicy long read with a few sex scene's. A few scattered thoughout the book can be exciting, 10 times a day in detail is boring and keeping me from the story. As for the reviewer who was turned off by the show of Regency male tears, I can see that, however it doesnt bother me.

I will be on the lookout for new P&P fan fiction books by this author.
Well done!
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I really enjoyed reading this unique adaptation/alternative to Pride and Prejudice. As one of the readers of several hundred different versions, I look for originality of the story, believability of the characters and plot and emotional engagement. I found all three in this book. While a few plot twists seemed a bit hard to believe - Darcy spending so much time away from his estate and Mrs. Bennet so destructive, I was quickly captured in the story and did not let go until I just finished the last page. I totally loved the devotion between D & E. Thanks for the fun read!

Now on to the second book by Brenda Webb, which I must buy and read very soon.
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A wonderful tale with amazing an very well defined characters. Brenda is a gifted storyteller that will take you along in a gripping story of loyalty, betrayal, infatuation and the most abiding love. You won't be able to put it down until you are finished.
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Fitzwilliam Darcy: An Honourable Man by Brenda Webb is one of the best P&P variations I have read. At about 400 pages it is a lengthy read that is neither rushed or underdeveloped like many Austen fan-fiction that are pushed onto the shelves before they are ready or even fully edited. The price of this one is very high, making the need to purchase it on the kindle almost necessary. Once more people discover it, maybe it will be re-published and then the price might come down, and hopefully get a much needed cover change. This book's cover is horrible and terribly mismatched to the intensely romantic story that it holds.

In this P&P variation, Darcy flees to Ireland and Scotland for two years after Elizabeth's heart-breaking refusal in Kent. While Darcy is nursing his wounds, Mr. Bennett dies leaving Mr. Collins to inherit Longbourne and the Bennett women to rely on the kindness of other family. Elizabeth is courted and married off to an untrustworthy Count. Elizabeth is drugged and taken off to live against her will with him in the night and Jane and Bingley seem the only ones concerned. After being held hostage and abused Elizabeth is miraculously and secretively saved from a gunshot wound and a fire that was started by the Count. Elizabeth is brought to Netherfield to hide, but it is difficult as she is in a trans-like state, fitfully fearful of all men and has a tendency to wander out on walks in an attempt to escape even in the middle of the night.

Jane and Bingley contact Darcy in hopes of receiving his aid. Darcy comes to Netherfield unaware of Elizabeth and her illness.
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Brenda Webb has created one of the most memorable Darcys in Jane Austen Fanfiction. Having been rejected by Elizabeth Bennet, he leaves England hoping to find relief for his broken heart. When he returns, a broken shell of a man, he learns of the horrible fate that has befallen his beloved. His guilt at abandoning her is almost more than he can bear, and he seeks out the counsel of one who has also known and loved Elizabeth Bennet. The story centers on Darcy's abiding love for her, and what that love prompts him to do. He is indeed an honourable man, one who considers his commitments sacrosanct. To tell more here would compromise your enjoyment of this wonderful love story. This adventure is too good to miss. I highly recommend it.
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This story captured me from the beginning. Some of the reviews made it seem as if this tale was not believable, I beg to differ. Darcy fighting himself to forget Elizabeth was heart wrenching, at one point it seemed he wished to be swept away by a rogue wave to end his despair, luckily he did not succeed. At first, I did not care for Georgiana or Ana as she is called (And, I really loved the nicknames, I know some complained in reviews about nicknames, but I felt it showed endearment)with her insistence of Darcy marrying this hideous woman who was not as she portrayed, but soon Georgiana figured it out. Bingley and Jane were such a smart, strong couple who did whatever was possible to help Elizabeth. I really loved the introduction of Georgiana's child but to tell you more would be a spoiler. The man that was allowed to take Elizabeth was horrible and creepy why anyone considered him prestigious I will never know. As for all the women throwing themselves at Darcy particularly Lady Waltham I believe her name is was totally believable to me. I think in those days women would do just about anything to get the man they wanted. It was such a horrible plight Elizabeth experienced caused by her own mother's greed, but without spoiling anything Mrs. Bennett gets what she deserves at the hand of an unexpected victor. Darcy was seen as one sexy man even Elizabeth was like "Wow" on some occasions. His love for her, gosh I am over the hill in love with their Love, so beautiful. I was sorry to see the story end, but it left no stone unturned. I am not sure what some reviewers meant when they explained some things was left unanswered because every individual was provided a resolution as what happened in their lives.Read more ›
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