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Without Reserve: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Paperback – June 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Intertidal Press (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615148239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615148236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Abigail Reynolds, one of my favorite Austenesque authors, is a skilled-story teller, an ardent admirer of Jane Austen, and quite proficient at infusing a lot of emotion, tension, and passion into her stories!" - Austenesque Reviews

"In her latest Pride and Prejudice variation, Mr. Darcy's Undoing, Abigail Reynolds offers a fanciful story, replete with anguish and raw emotion, exploring another possible road not taken by Jane Austen herself...an inventive, fiery, Regency romance." - Austen Prose

"What we have in this story is the tale of a man pursuing that which he wants, a few passionate encounters, and that which we all love, Mr. Darcy and Lizzie being totally and madly in love with each other." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Mr. Darcy's Undoing is a great romance which finally pits Mr. Darcy against a realistic rival for Elizabeth's affections." - Laura's Reviews

"In Mr. Darcy's Undoing, Reynolds gives readers what they have come to expect from her Pride and Prejudice variations - different twists and turns as Elizabeth and Darcy navigate the same misunderstandings and plenty of heat as they skirt the bounds of propriety and often cross the line as they find they cannot keep their hands off each other." - Diary of an Eccentric

"Mr. Darcy's Undoing is another of Abigail Reynolds's trademark emotional, accurate takes on the Regency world of Pride and Prejudice." - Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity

"Mr. Darcy's Undoing by Abigail Reynolds is infused with bawdy conversation, conflict, societal disapprobation, and classic characters with modern sensibilities...Reynolds is masterful in her homage to Austen and her wit, while catering to readers' desire for romance and strong protagonists. Likely to be one of the first Austen spinoffs to make the end of year "Best of" list." - Savvy Verse & Wit

"For those that love Darcy and enjoy reading the P&P variations, AND don't mind a few steamy sex scenes....this is a good read!" - Life in the Thumb

"This one may be my favorite out of all the Abigail Reynolds' books I have read. I loved the concept. As much as I enjoy watching Lizzy get jealous as Darcy tries to marry someone else, it was somehow refreshing to read the reverse." - Books Like Breathing

"This is a fast moving, don't want to put down read. " - So Little Time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing the Pride and Prejudice Variations series in 2001, and encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking "What if...?" She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Madison, Wisconsin.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

Her story explores a new avenue in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
S. Harrison
I just finished reading this book a few hours ago and I too thought the graphic sex scenes were TOTALLY unnecessary.
S. Foltin
I find it very interesting how she can create so many stories out of the same basic characters.
Stacy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Eee on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Taken as just a romantic tale, Without Reserve is a very satisfying read.
But, readers of Pride and Prejudice will find this to be a very original and satisfying variation. The idea of Darcy faced with another suitor for Elizabeth's hand makes an excellent story, and provides a look at some of the social customs of the time. It also provides some heart-wrenching moments as well as some beautifully romantic scenes. The interactions between the main characters, Darcy and Elizabeth are beautifully evocative. The use of Blake's poetry serves to complement the story and helps to frame the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth.

I love this story - I've read it over and over again. It keeps your interest throughout, and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amanda-Marie on July 21, 2008
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This was the first of Abigail Reynolds books I've read. I loved P&P and all of Austen's books as well as some of the variations I've read. The story idea was good...Darcy facing competition was a great idea... the middle to end of the story was TERRIBLE...it was nothing but descriptions of Darcy and Elizabeth's premarital sexual encounters. The likelihood that the Elizabeth Bennet(or even Mr. Darcy with his sense of right and wrong) I read about behaving in such a way especially after Lydia's disgrace is impossible and unbelievable. I like a good storyline if you can skip the sex scenes and still have a good story but this was almost as bad as Linda Berdoll's Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. I hated it and am not going to read any of the other books in the series or by this author. This book was classic literature rewritten to make it a trashy novel.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2008
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If I could have given this book zero stars I would have. It was terrible. It is a trashy romance novel with the names of Jane Austen's beloved characters thrown in it. I love Jane Austen and I love Elizabeth Bennett because I always felt like I related to her. This version of Elizabeth is so silly and stupid I had no respect for her at all. She agrees to marry a man she does not love? Unheard of! And though I am sure Mr. Darcy had desires for Elizabeth sexually he was a GENTLEMAN in every form of the word and would never have compromised Elizabeth as he does in this book. The Mr. Darcy in this book was no gentleman. I liked the idea of these "what if" books but they are done all wrong. The characters that I know and love would have never acted in the manner that they do in this book. I will not be reading anymore of the Pride and Prejudice Variations.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sandra Platt on September 6, 2007
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I am a huge fan of all of Abigail's 'variations' on the original Pride & Prejudice, but also have to agree with another reviewer here. Here is a story that works beautifully whether you know/understand/love P&P or not. (Actually, I would say that of all Abigail's works, with hindsight).

This is a lovely 'what if' - I love the sheer romance of it all, that Darcy loves Elizabeth so much that he pursues her, then leaves her in peace because he believes she has made a choice that she is happy about, and wants what is best for her; then he finds his purpose again in such a wonderful way... the second part of the book, with his renewed determination to win her to his point of view is just so rewarding, romantic and superbly written that you almost don't want the story to end!

Another great read, I highly recommend it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2008
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After I read "The Last Man in the World" I figured I was home free with this author. I really enjoyed reading that book. Then I began to read this one. Obviously, somewhere along the way I became confused about what this series of books was intended to do because this one just threw me for a loop. Ms Reynolds took situations from the basic Pride and Prejudice but about all I recognized was that Darcy had proposed marriage and Elizabeth had refused him, Darcy had unmasked Wickham, and Lydia had eloped with Wickham after going to Bath with Colonel and Mrs Forster. Everything else is very, very much a new story.

I had not realized that I was going to be reading a romance novel where the author used the names of people and places which I was familiar with but in very unfamiliar circumstances. In this book Abigail Reynolds has veered off so far from the original text and ideas of Pride and Prejudice that it really made me uncomfortable in spots. After having Elizabeth and Darcy go through torture for page after page concerning his love for her, then her love for him, she began to put in very explicit sex scenes. First they were in the form of dreams for Darcy. Then they began to be actual occurrances with Elizabeth. I didn't like for my beloved characters to be kidnapped like that. Maybe I would not have objected so much if these sexual situations had happened #1 - after they were married, or #2 - toward the end of the book, but this book is just filled with the situations I prefer to use my imagination for regarding Darcy and Elizabeth.

I love the way Jane Austen wrote Darcy and Elizabeth.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mae Adamson VINE VOICE on October 23, 2007
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Like other reviewers, I was totally turned off, and a little saddened, by the graphic sex in this novel. I was expecting a good old fashioned romance featuring a first class gentleman. It started off fine, but ended on what was for me a sour note with Mr. Darcy behaving in a most ungentlemanly manner. I just can't believe Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy would compromise his Elizabeth. TWICE. I know this is written for the modern audience, but there is still some value in restraint-by Mr. Darcy AND Ms Reynolds.

This is the second P&P book I have read by this author. Since Mr. Darcy behaved similarly in both, I am left to surmise that this is the vision Reynolds has for these characters. The social commentaty of P&P(inequity, the rights of women, being your own person) were totally disregaded in favor of dime a dozen pulp. Very sad indeed.
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