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Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Paperback – August 1, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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...a few paragraphs mentioning the family they have. We all know that Darcy and Elizabeth will go on to have a wonderful life with wonderful children and do wonderful things, but I would have liked Reynolds to say that a little more than she did. Still, the conclusion wasn't really abrupt and clearly didn't prevent me from giving five stars. Certainly in comparison to some other modern P&Ps, this one deserves the ranking.
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It seemed bland in comparison to others in the JAFF category.Read more