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Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Reynolds
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Book Description

Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it….

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth’s reputation….


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About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing variations on Pride and Prejudice in 2001 to spend more time with her favorite Jane Austen characters. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans persuaded her to continue asking “What if...?”, which led to seven novels in The Pemberley Variations series. She has also written two contemporary novels set on Cape Cod, The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice and Morning Light. In 2012 she retired from medical practice to focus exclusively on writing. She is currently at work on a new Pemberley Variation as well as the next novel in her Cape Cod series. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenage children, and a menagerie of pets. Her hobby is trying to find time to sleep.

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  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (August 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00919X9CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Candace
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is well-written and well worth the read, a stark contrast to the host of novels by self-published authors who must have fallen asleep during their elementary school grammar lessons. Darcy leaves during bad weather to propose, he doesn't realize that she's refused him and assumes she said yes, they have a fight when they discover the mistake, she rails against his behavior to Wickham, the bridge washes away and he can't get back, they're trapped together for days (and, in the eyes of society, are compromised), etc. Because the plot unfolds as it does, there is no letter in which Darcy explains himself (he does so in person, in a rather touching scene), and Elizabeth is almost forced to watch him act responsibly, compassionately, and even bravely, ultimately coming to appreciate his inner struggles and the depth of his feelings. You really do feel how much Darcy cares for her and, once she accepts the engagement and recognizes her emotions, how unfair it is that they're forced to delay their marriage as they are. There's an undercurrent to Darcy's relationship with the Colonel. Mr. Bennett is unyielding and unapproachable. Jane is a bit stronger than often portrayed, while Bingley is not as amiable. The Gardiners are absolutely wonderful.

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...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful and delicious romance from Ms. Reynolds August 24, 2012
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This latest Pemberly Variation was simply delightful, rife with humor and drama. I alternated between laughing, sighing and tearing my hair out in exasperation.Poor Darcy and Elizabeth are trapped at the Hunsford parsonage when the river overflows after being interrupted in the midst of Darcy's dreadful proposal. Once the hullabaloo dies down a little, Darcy is under the misapprehension that Elizabeth had been on the verge of saying yes, which makes things a little awkward. When she sets him straight, things get a little tense...and that's before it gets really interesting.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic but enjoyable November 20, 2012
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I loved the book but judging it objectively half of the premise is unrealistic. The part where Darcy and Elizabeth are stuck together in the parsonage due to the floods is realistic OK. The fact that Elizabeth's father would put such huge objections to the marriage and almost imprison Elizabeth, well, is not so believable. As regards to the description of the sexual encounters (approaching soft porn), again not very realistic that a young woman who has never even been kissed until she meets Darcy, will respond and make love like an expert 20th century woman. However, besides its shortcomings, the book is indeed very enjoyable and I am glad I purchased it. . .
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too sensual November 1, 2012
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If you like to read about other people's sex in graphic detail then this book is for you. I, however, don't. The reason I like Jane Austen, Maud Montgomery, Shannon Hale, etc. is that I don't worry that I'll be let into the privacy of their character's bedrooms.

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).
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3.0 out of 5 stars SPOILERS
It's ultimately enjoyable, because it takes a lot of unexpected turns and definitely keeps you turning the pages. However... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jodi L. Covey
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast light read.
a bit of a disappointment after reading the previous book in this series . . . not as well written.
Published 1 month ago by Flyingdetritus
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars! What if Mr. Darcy Had to Spend the Night at Hunsford...
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with the night of Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford Parsonage

MAIN CHARACTERS:... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meredith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not again!
same book, different title. I wish they would stop republishing these under different titles. This is what, the third time?
Published 2 months ago by netherfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader
Mr. Bennett was always sarcastic, but now he is downright nasty. Bingley does not know his own mind and blames Darcy for his loss of Jane. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Will re-read
Oh,please don't let me take time to write a review when I could be re-reading this wonderful story.

It is a wonderful variation of P&P starting after that most... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary R
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
I loved the fact that the story changed and why the likes and dislikes were different to the fact of the characters that were involved in the dislikes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maryann
3.0 out of 5 stars Too drawn out
I have never read anything by this author. Even though I enjoyed the reading, I thought that it was over drawn out. The romance was not coming to a head fast enough.
Published 4 months ago by Leah B. Baptiste
5.0 out of 5 stars loved every moment!
Great novel if you love pride and prejudice! I couldn't put the book down. I'm sad to let it go.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Ceballos
4.0 out of 5 stars Get lost in Romance
Love Pride and Prejudice or stories like it. Need a little fantasy relaxation? Read any one of Abigail Reynolds variations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sally Mahood
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More About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a great believer in taking detours. 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 MR. DARCY'S NOBLE CONNECTIONS, MR. DARCY'S REFUGE, and MORNING LIGHT, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. A lifetime member of JASNA, she is a founder of the popular Austen Variations blog. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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