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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Though there are passages pulled from P&P, Reynolds doesn't just drop them into her story as authors often do, as if they feel compelled to pay homage to Austen's language without fully understanding how to weave them into their own works. This book doesn't just talk about what the characters are and feel (as some modern versions do)--it demonstrates all that--so the characters have more depth and earned more of my sympathy.
I do wish, though, that there was a little more to the ending...Read more ›
I love how you see a great deal more of Col. Fitzwilliam in this story that usual. Caught between Elizabeth and Darcy, then Darcy and Mr. Bennet...as well as between some other people I won't mention for fear of spoilers, you feel rather sorry for the poor man. Other favorites of mine were Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, both of whom managed to be quite devious and lovable. You get to see a harsher side to Mr. Bennet and, surprisingly, to Mr. Bingley, which I found quite interesting.
My only very small complaint is that this book should have been longer. The beginning was just a trifle rushed, but mostly I just didn't want it to end so soon. I would have been very happy with another 200-300 pages so I could just wallow in the delicious romance.
Anyone who loves Austenesque re-tellings will love Mr. Darcy's Refuge. Sweet, funny, and absolutely lovely, I can foresee reading this again and again, just as I do most of Abigail Reynolds' books. This is not to be missed.
I received an advance e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ms. Reynolds has some good moments, especially in the end when Mr. Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam are teasing and conspiring. Why, oh why, can't the whole book be like that? Elizabeth no longer has a sense of humor and Mr. Darcy is obsessed and can think only of her body. These are NOT the characters that Jane Austen wrote. I enjoy a good P&P take off as much as the next gal, but this was too much of a deviation from the characters I love.
The whole book is basically one sensual moment to the next sensual moment leading up to their wedding night. If you like to be turned on, then this book is for you.
Ms. Reynolds has talent and I wish she would have the courage to write her own book with her own characters in her own time-period. I'd read it with pleasure (as long as it left out the graphic sex, that is).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Re-reading my p&p sequels...it's amazing what you miss or forget. This is a good story with some interesting diversions from the original story. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tracey D-H
Another great story from Abigail. Rain and more rain fell on Kent's countryside. The Hunsford Church and home was on high ground so many of the villagers came there for shelter. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
a clever variation on a long time favorite. well done. I am now a devote fan of Abigail Reynolds.Published 3 months ago by StefanieHolding
The author took a creative fork from prposal scene to expand Darcy's and Elizabeth's relationship.Published 4 months ago by EB
This book is full of surprises. It is well written. Satisfying differences to the original. I liked it very much.Published 6 months ago by Lisa
I love this author and this book in particular was extremely sweet, and I mean that in a good way.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Darcy
Darcy tripping on a rug was a little lame; otherwise I enjoyed reading it and will probably read it again in the future.Published 9 months ago by Patricia
P&P lovers will revel in the passion of Darcy & Elizabeth. Austen had told us the pair would be passionate and Abigail Reynolds has filled in the gaps. Most satisfying to savor. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luann Martin