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Product Details

  • Series: Memory
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453698388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453698389
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda Wells worked several years for engineering companies preparing environmental impact statements before marrying and having a son. His disabilities changed her from career woman to stay-at-home mom. Inspired by the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, she purchased a copy of Jane Austen's novel, and fell under the spell of the unforgettable characters and story. Wondering about those characters eventually led her to discover the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, and decided to write down the story that was nagging at her, Chance Encounters. She has many ideas for new stories, and with luck and a cooperative muse, they will be written too.

Customer Reviews

Linda Wells is one of my favorites with the continuation of the Elizabeth & Fitzwilliam Darcy love story.
ruby jewells
I have only read Volume 1 in this series but do own and have read 5 other paperback books by this author and did enjoy them all.
S. L. Majczan
At the end you just want to do one thing, and that is to pick up the second book and continue this beautiful story.
Kaguyahime

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Malli22 on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
'Memory' is a Pride & Prejudice what if story that is uniquely written.

What if Darcy and Elizabeth first spied one another five years earlier? Darcy returns from his Grand Tour to learn of his father's poor health and immediately sets out for a walk to process the information. He sees Elizabeth and Jane while out. Despite Jane's beauty, he barely notices her. He prefers Elizabeth's smiles and liveliness.

Darcy and Elizabeth both faithfully keep journals. Through their entries, we learn more about their lives. The two see each other in London throughout the years. Each time, they record the encounters.

Darcy fails to pursue Elizabeth because of misplaced familial duty. He never understood his father's last lesson as he should. Elizabeth, as a young woman, is powerless to learn of him.

It takes a while, but Darcy finally approaches Elizabeth. When he does, his intensity is almost overwhelming. This volume follows their courtship.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By cheska on July 24, 2010
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As in Linda's other works, there is no doubt about the relationship with Darcy and Elizabeth. You know these two will come together and be a force to be reckoned with. The story draws you in and makes you feel as if you are there to bear witness as their lives unfold around them. They face adversity and come out a bit scarred, but they mature and become closer in the process. The usual suspects are there; the ever hateful Caroline, the more than vulgar Mrs. Bennet, and her much favored other daughters. Of course, what would a Darcy and Elizabeth story be without Wickham? He is there in all his evil glory!

This is not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in it's true sense. The circumstances that keep the couple apart are resolved and the bond that Darcy and Elizabeth share is established early, which I like. Don't get me wrong, they do not have an easy time coming together. It is interesting.

This work is divided into three books. I would highly recommend each one as they tell of the different phases in the lives of the Darcys . I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
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47 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Levitt on February 4, 2011
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This review is placed under the first book in the series, but covers all three books. Those of us who were attracted by the delights of Pride and Prejudice and the promise of three fat new books in which we could immerse ourselves in Austen's world, have been badly swindled. If you value the wit and buoyancy of the original Pride and Prejudice, you will find this series flat and leaden. The author has managed to turn all her characters into the same do-gooder, sex-obsessed, somewhat stupid and shallow person. The slightly interesting "bad" characters are either banished or killed off -- or both, in the case of Wickham and Caroline Bingley. Darcy has become an unrecognizable caricature, by turns weepy and lusty, and strides through the book's narrow world with a near-constant erection which the author calls (seriously) his "pride," and where Elizabeth is perpetually ready to receive him. Some Pride and Prejudice erotic stories can be pleasantly titillating (for instance, the Abigail Reynolds "what if" variations which, while a little simplistic, are nevertheless fun to read), but there is nothing fun about the sex scenes in the Memory series. The author apparently wishes us to admire how liberated she and her characters are, so the sex scenes have become perfunctory and so overabundant that any pleasant titillation is quickly bludgeoned to death by repetition. In addition, all of her male characters, including Darcy, continually display a smirking, self-satisfied lustfulness which we, as readers, are apparently meant to see as humorous (which fails) or as more evidence of the author's own libido.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kaguyahime on August 8, 2010
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I just finished the first of three novels of "Memory" by Linda Wells. The story starts when Darcy comes back from his Grand Tour and learns that his father is dying. Devastated, Darcy goes for a walk in Hyde Park and there he sees Lizzy for the first time. Her laughter and joy for life does him good. She is happy to see a gentleman who only sees her and not her sister Jane. It is all for her!

Through theirs journals we learn how they meet time and again for two years. They only see each other and never come to speak in those years. They mature in this time, Darcy into his role as master and Lizzy into the reality of her life.

Darcy is pressed by his uncle, the Earl of Matlock, to take a wife. He is looking around during the season but he knows that there is only one wife for him, his Lizzy. Because he does not remember a talk with his father about this subject he almost makes the wrong decision. With a little help from his friend Bingley and his cousin Richard he comes to the right conclusion.

Lizzy, in the meantime, has to suffer from both her parents. Her mother is a very ignorant woman and does not love her second daughter, at all. Her father observes his wife's treatment of their second daughter and does nothing to correct the hurt that Lizzy feels due to her mother's behavior. He takes the easy path and lets others do his parental duty. The behavior of her family drives away a suitor and Lizzy's mother let's her take the blame.
When at last Darcy and Lizzy meet again in Hyde Park they are directly devoted to each other. It is not an easy path. Lizzy has to learn to trust their love and her worthiness to be loved.

The people around them are influenced by their behavior. For good and for bad.
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Welcome to my author page; let me tell you a little about myself. I worked for years in the environmental engineering world until I traded my career as a geographer for one as a mom to a challenging and really great son. One day, I saw the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice, and I was fascinated. I bought a copy of Jane Austen's novel and read it so many times, falling under the spell of her unforgettable characters and story, and I could not help but wonder what happened next for them. That led me in search of Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

I read many stories and then one of my own started nagging at me. So, I found an old notebook and started writing it down. Without it even being finished, I took the plunge and started posting. It was, and continues to be, a fantastic and rewarding experience to watch a story take shape while so many readers follow along. I have many ideas for new stories, and with luck and lots of imagining, they will be written too.


If you would like to email me, I would love to hear from you! Lindawellsbooknut@gmail.com


Books by Linda Wells:

Chance Encounters

Fate and Consequences

Perfect Fit

Memory: Volume 1, Lasting Impressions

Memory: Volume 2, Trials to Bear

Memory: Volume 3, How Far We Have Come

Imperative Volumes 1 and 2

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