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Product Details

  • Series: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402229473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally self-published as a "Pride and Prejudice Variation," Reynolds (From Lambton to Longborn) introduces a few twists to the Austen classic, a project that purists will surely abhor, but which should prove a pleasing diversion for more casual fans. In this spin on events, Reynolds excises Elizabeth Bennet's famous rejection of Fitzwilliam Darcy's initial proposal ("the last man on earth" she'd marry), instead putting them together from the get-go (despite Elizabeth's lingering doubts). This romantic trifle is marred by occasionally hysterical sentiment (Darcy: "But ardent love will not be denied. I can no longer imagine a future without you by my side") and the incongruous notion that Austen's willful proto-feminist would feel constrained by a kiss, however public. If romantics can overlook the subversion, they should enjoy witnessing Elizabeth as an industrious and caring wife, administering to Pemberley's tenants, learning how to be an equestrian and growing to love that perplexing Darcy; characteristic trepidations, setbacks and miscommunications stick close to the spirit of Austen. (Jan.)
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"I will definitely read another of Abigail Reynolds' books in the future." - Virginie Barbeau

" I would recommend Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice and can't get enough of these characters." - PopSynidcate.com

"What a beautiful story Abigail Reynolds has brought to the many devoted Jane Austen fans." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"Abigail Reynolds delivers again!" - Love Romance Passion

"Thought-provoking and extremely sensual." - Readaholic

" I believe Reynolds did a nice job of making these characters her own, while not sacrificing Austen's intent." - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"Absolutely fabulous... I can't wait to read Abigail Reynolds' other books and will read any further sequel she writes." - Books Like Breathing

"A very talented and gifted author that clearly loves Jane Austen and "Pride and Prejudice" with a passion! " - Austenesque Reviews

"Reynolds' spin on the love story reads like a classic. " - Savvy Verse & Wit

"A great novel to add to your Austen sequel collection." - Okbo Lover

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Abigail Reynolds books are a great read if you're a Pride & Prejudice lover.
Stacy
Just being caught kissing somebody, especially if it is against your will, shouldn't mean you have to marry the guy, even during the regency.
Elizabeth A. Hart
This book is one of the ones which caught my attention so much that I wanted to read it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
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I decided this past summer to give myself a treat and re-read all the Jane Austen books which I like best. In doing so I also discovered many, many selections for what I call take-offs. This book is one of the ones which caught my attention so much that I wanted to read it.

I had never before read anything written by Abigail Reynolds. I chose this particular title because the dialogue in Pride and Prejudice from which it is taken has always been a huge favorite of mine. Lizzie and Darcy really let their hair down during this scene and I have always wanted it to go on longer. Now I had my chance. I really appreciate the way Ms Reynolds handled this interaction between my two favorite literary characters. I willingly accepted her Darcy. Elizabeth was a little harder for me to fall in step with. I wondered if the reason Elizabeth found herself engaged to Mr. Darcy was quite strong enough. Would MY Elizabeth not have straightened out the problem immediately with one of her tart, straightforward statements? Perhaps. But, as I continued to read I was more and more willing to accept THIS Elizabeth and her actions.

I have to say that I don't think I have ever read a book where the main characters (Elizabeth, Darcy and Georgiana) misunderstood each other so often as they do here. Austen's Elizabeth would have asked a lot more questions to clear up details. Alas, this Elizabeth (nor Darcy, nor Georgiana) asked enough questions. I finally had to let go of my pre-conceived notions and just accept these characters as written. From there on out I felt better.

I enjoyed Ms Reynolds depictions of Pemberley. I liked the book as a whole and fully intend to get the other books in the series. I think that says a lot for my enjoyment level.
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Gelpieryn on September 28, 2007
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As a Jane Austen fan it's fun to think about the characters she created and put them in different scenarios. But even doing this, one still keeps to the characters' personalities and attributes. If not, then they aren't Austen characters but rather newly made up beings. Reynolds has claimed she was reimagining P&P's leads within a slightly different scenario. Unfortunately, what she really did was change the characters to fit her new scenario.

Let's consider her basic premise: Elizabeth accepts Darcy's original offer of marriage. It's not unthinkable if one changes just a tiny detail or two from the original tale. For instance, if Wickham had exposed himself to be untrustworthy earlier, or if Elizabeth had not definitively discovered Darcy's part in keeping her sister and Bingley apart. But Reynolds does not take a simple route, she takes the preposterous premise that Darcy is so taken away in passion when proposing that he kisses Elizabeth against her wishes before she'd had a chance to reply anything to the offer. She uses his ego as the excuse. While Austen portrayed Darcy as sure of himself, there is no way he'd touch, let alone kiss, Elizabeth until his proposal was accepted. Propriety meant everything for this man. But this absurd breach of character is the least of it. The most insulting part of Reynold's premise is that being caught by Fitzwilliams engaging in said kiss Elizabeth suddenly feels like she must accept Darcy's marriage proposal. Ridiculous! Even in Austen's day a mere kiss did not force a woman into marriage. Women could break off an engagement. It makes no sense and therefore infects everything that follows with a further off-character meander.

As the tale progresses, Elizabeth is afraid of Darcy. She is spineless. She never speaks her mind.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
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"Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy," originally published as "The Last Man in the World: A Pride & Prejudice Variation" in 2007, is an engaging and clever variation of "Pride and Prejudice." If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering this series, "The Pemberley Variations," by Abigail Reynolds, it is collection of "Pride and Prejudice" re-tellings that asks the question "what if?" In these variations we see how one small change in the plot can alter the course of "Pride and Prejudice." This is one of my favorite variations by Abigail Reynolds, I love how heartbreaking and emotional the story is.

The slight change that sends "Pride and Prejudice" on its ear in this variation is Mr. Darcy kissing Elizabeth before she can refuse his offer of marriage and that kiss being observed by Colonel Fitzwilliam and Rosing Park gamekeepers. Now Elizabeth finds herself in a difficult situation as Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are under the impression that she has accepted Darcy's addresses and if she were to correct their assumption it would jeopardize not only her reputation, but also the reputations of her sisters. Even though Elizabeth never gets to proclaim to Darcy that he is "the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry," she strongly despises him for what he's done and her outlook for her a happy future is very bleak.

In "Pride and Prejudice" the flaws of "pride" and "prejudice" are played upon. In "Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy" these flaws are still represented but added to them are "selfishness" and "deception." Mr.
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