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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402240937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402240935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What Would Mr. Darcy Do? is another fun variation of Pride and Prejudice, and lovers of Austen fan fiction will love seeing a more demonstrative side to Mr. Darcy, along with a different side of Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam. " - Diary of an Eccentric

"a quick, entertaining read for Austen fans." - Historical Novels Review

"Overall, What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds is a delightful escape into Austen's world with her beloved characters.

" - Savvy Verse & Whit

"And the chemistry between these two characters popped off the page in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but it jumps of the page and does the samba in this one. I don't think I can recommend this highly enough.

" - Books Like Breathing

"This is a small book so can easily be read one lazy afternoon. Although it's small, it will not fail to sweep you away into the wonderful world of Darcy and Elizabeth.

" - Queen of Happy Endings

"What Would Mr. Darcy Do? comes highly recommended for any romance fiction fan, and anyone wanting to dabble in romance but not quite ready to take the full leap required for novels. As it is a short story, it is a great book for summer vacations and won't take too much time away from family and sightseeing." - Suite 101 Romance

"What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds is a fast-reading sensual and emotional tale of love conquering all despite supposedly insurmountable odds.

" - Historical Hilarity

"Reynolds has a way with words and I look forward to reading another Pemberley Variation soon.

" - Love Romance Passion

"What Would Mr. Darcy Do? gives more background and behind the scenes in the original novel. I thought was a great companion book, and very enjoyable for all lovers of Pride and Prejudice. The language of the novel seemed to flow like an additional Austen novel.

" - Laura's Reviews

"Captivating, heartrending, and tender. What Would Mr. Darcy Do is a beautiful retelling of Darcy and Elizabeth falling in love. Abigail Reynolds is one of my favorite Austenesque authors and I adore her series of Pride and Prejudice variations! I highly recommend this variation to readers interested in seeing Pride and Prejudice take another path!
" - Austenesque Reviews

About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing The Pemberley 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.


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

Great variation on our beloved Darcy and Elizabeth and their love story!
CB
I decided to read this, to see what a variation of P&P would be like and I'm a little dissapointed.
A. Blanchette
It doesn't have to mean that the book was not good or that I didn't enjoy reading it.
J. Lesley

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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful By J. Rosenberry on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to make all buyers aware that this book is a reprint of a book previously written by Reynolds entitled "From Lambton to Longborne".
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By rkp1 on November 8, 2007
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I bought this after reading the glowing reviews. I was disappointed. I've read several P&P sequels, and though I did find it somewhat entertaining, the repeated descriptions of Darcy & Elizabeth stealing kisses again, and again, and - surprise - again was a bit tedious. Different readers enjoy different types of novels, and I enjoyed Pamela Aidan's trilogy quite a lot, though my favorite so far has been Helen Halstead's "Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride." The Linda Berdoll books are on the other extreme - the X-rated version of Darcy & Elizabeth's relationship. This novel was somewhere in between, a Harlequin romance warmed over. The story got less and less plausible as it went, as much of a story as there was - which wasn't much, sad to say. I did enjoy seeing a bit more of Georgiana, but I missed seeing what Lady Catherine would have to say in this take on the P&P story. I also didn't enjoy the development of Darcy's and Elizabeth's personalities as needy, clingy, and insecure in the romance department.

I did enjoy it, and would give it 3 and a half stars if I could, but I wouldn't spend the money on it again. It's just not my type of novel. For those who enjoy light paperbook romances, you'd probably like it much better than I did.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Blanchette on May 13, 2008
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I decided to read this, to see what a variation of P&P would be like and I'm a little dissapointed. The scenes between Lizzy and Darcy have Darcy coming off as if he has a hair fetish, considering every time they get close his face seems to go straight for that.

Miss Darcy's characterization as a giggling schoolgirl comes from nowhere, and the whole book seems to be written for the express purpose of having Darcy and Lizzy snog each other's brains out. With no other plot to sustain itself it got boring reading every other scene where Darcy goes ant tries to eat Lizzy's hair again. I wasn't expecting Austen in this, but I was hoping for an entertaining read, mostly I kept getting pulled out of the story by the bad characterizations. Not the worst continuation of P&P I've read, but nowhere near the best.
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This is the third of the Abigail Reynolds Pride and Prejudice "variations" which I have read and I'm finally understanding the concept (just color me a slow learner!). Having said that, I can say that these books are so completely different from each other that it can be really quite confusing. Each Darcy is totally different from the last one. Each Elizabeth is totally different. This is quite a feat for Ms Reynolds to carry off in five books and still keep the Pride and Prejudice fanatics, of which I am one, happy. So far I have really liked one (The Last Man in the World), been rather surprised and unhappy with one (Without Reserve), and am now sitting firmly on the fence with this one. My assignment is to come up with a review stating what I liked and what I didn't like about this book.

What I liked: 1.) It was a Pride and Prejudice variation. 2.) I think Ms Reynolds managed to get the "voice" of the period down very well in this book. 3.) The characters of Mary and Kitty were much more pleasing and came closer to being real, average young women in this novel. 3.) Georgianna came out of her shell quite a bit, but here I think this plus may also bleed over into the minus category somewhat. She came out of her shell almost too much. 4.) The characters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet were well done. More of him, less of her. I liked that.

What I didn't like: 1.)If the reader is not completely familiar with the original Pride and Prejudice, this book opens so abruptly that some readers will take a long time to figure out what is happening. It literally begins the moment after Lizzy has told Darcy in the private parlor of the Inn at Lambton about the problem with Lydia and Wickham.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcella on April 25, 2011
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Abagail Reynolds is one of my favorite authors when in comes to Pride and Prejudice variations. I have read several of her novels and have fallen in love with each one. She takes the question 'what if?' and applies them to the original story line. In this novel, What Would Mr. Darcy Do? Abagail Reynolds addressed the question, What if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were upfront with their feelings for each other at the Lampton Inn?" The storyline takes off in a new direction. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both confess to their romantic feelings towards each other and things start to heat up. They are caught in a precarious position by the Gardiners and hard choices have to be made. Although Elizabeth is fond of Mr. Darcy, she does not want to be forced into marriage. Mr. Darcy makes it his mission in life to convince Elizabeth that he is the right man for her.
This book was originally published in 2008 under the title, From Lambton to Longbourn. However this was my first time reading this particular variation. I found the story line to be very enjoyable. I like this twist on the original story. I also like that Abagail Reynolds keeps most of the side stories in tact while giving us something completely new. She stays true to the characters and their personalities. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth both express doubts and misinterpret each other quite a bit. They must learn to overcome it their insecurities, with the help of the Gardiners. Things also become a little hot and steamy between the two. It's not R rated but definitely not PG either. The chemistry between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is captivating.
Overall this book is a great Pride and Prejudice variation. I adore Abagail Reynolds and I love reading her novels. She definitely gives me my Mr. Darcy fix. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I would recommend this novel to you. Even if you're not a fan it's still a good read.
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