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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615669751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615669755
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I've read several of Abigail Reynold's Pride and Prejudice variations.
Cheryl
No spoilers here, just read the book, if you enjoy P&P fanfic you'll love it.
Cherri
As usual, her characters are well rounded, her story is well developed.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Candace on August 24, 2012
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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 By Lieder Madchen on 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 By Anna Sakkis on 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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By austenfan on 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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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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