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Promises Paperback – July 8, 2011
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The story begins in a bookstore where a young, precocious, intellectually gifted Elizabeth meets and consoles a grieving Fitzwilliam Darcy. Their friendship grows as they are sometimes in company due to the long-standing friendship of their fathers. Eventually, many promises are made. Obstacles threaten to derail the plans of our seemingly star-crossed lovers. Will they remember the vows they made at Pemberley? Will their relatives keep them apart? Will they discover the truth that has made communication between them all but impossible? Will their love survive years of separation?
I fell in love with these characters in the opening of this tale and was totally drawn into their story as it unfolded. I highly recommend this story to Pride and Prejudice fans who love alternate reality stories. It's a big "What If...," but one that is totally engaging.
I can only hope that Wendi has more stories to share.
It begins when a 15 year old grieving Fitzwilliam Darcy meets a young, bright Elizabeth Bennet. In this story, it turns out that their fathers were classmates and long-standing friends. Their fathers continues their friendship while Elizabeth helps Fitzwilliam deal with the death of his mother. Their friendship grows into love and he asks Elizabeth to marry him. When he seeks Mr Bennet's premission, Mr Bennet request Fitzwilliam wait for 8 months till Elizabeth is 17 years old. Allowing her to one coming out season. Fitzwilliam with a heavy heart agrees.
Unfortunately for our dear couple, 8 months is a long time. During that time- death, fire and interfering family members are some of the obstacles that keep them apart. Add years of separation and miscommunication, misunderstandings threatens to separate the young loves for good.
I highly recommend this Pride and Prejudice What-if love story. It is a story about how true love can find a way despite interfering family members and adversity.
Beautiful, beautiful story.
This book is FANTASTIC!! I loved (LOVED) everything about it. I do not want to give too much away and ruin the awesome experience of the unexpected, but I agree with many of the previous customers who have given the book Five Stars. Wendi Sotis did the unexpected and made me fall back in love with Lizzy and Darcy. It was a new and fresh approach to an already well told story. I havn't been this excited about a P&P variation since I read Brenda Webb's book (Fitzwilliam Darcy: An Honorable Man). All I can say is: "READ IT"! I can't wait for her next book "Dreams & Expectations" which is due sometime this spring (2012).
Lizzie is the model of perfection in beauty, wit, and intelligence, which leaves no room for realism. Mr Darcy, on the other hand, is a mess. I fancy a brooding Darcy, but not this version of him. He's busy writing in his journal, sketching in his book, and crying his eyes out. Bleh. I've read and enjoyed other stories from this author, so bottom line is this particular tale was definitely not for me.
I managed to read 80% of the book, then decided I couldn't take any more. I threw in the towel and removed it from my e-reader. I will lose no sleep not knowing how this story ends.
George Darcy had been diagnosed with a fatal illness and he asked his friend Thomas Bennet to come to Pemberley to familiarize himself with the estate so he could help young Fitzwilliam (William) Darcy assume his position as master upon his father's death. With the help of Bennet and the awesome steward, Mr. Wickham, the transition should have been a smooth one for the young William Now the story really begins.....
Let me say that things did not go as planned and the Fitzwilliam family arrived immediately to prevent any assistance from the "lowly" Bennet family. At least George Darcy had warned his son to avoid the advice of the his mother's family at all cost. It takes William a little while to rid Pemberley of their influence, but he matured fast. Some have said the young William Darcy was wimpy and not the strong character we see in P&P. I beg to differ.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
April 1801, London: he’s 15 and she’s one month shy of 10 years old when first meeting in her uncle’s book store. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. L. Majczan
Wow! This was definitely a tough read. It is a good HEA story. But what our dear couple must go through is so very difficult to read and experience on their behalves. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patty Edmisson
A lot of love, misunderstandings, angst, interfering... very enjoyable!
Don't miss this one!! But don't start reading if you have something else to do...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Even in very late nights. Actually read till dawn sometimes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dagny Crowley
OK .... Lizzy is a super genius who not only plays chess, she wrestles, fences, speaks seven different languages, has a photographic memory so she can recall perfectly every page... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J Bennett
Starts out sweet. But when things go wrong, everyone assumes the worst possible and make it even more difficult. I'm not sure they deserve a HEA.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I always love reading your books. They are wonderful. I have read everyone you have written. Darcy and Elizabeth will always be my favorite couple .Published 21 months ago by C.Sky
Ms Sotis used Pride and Prejudice to concoct a story with no relation to the original, a character named Darcy is a pitiful wimp and one named Elizabeth is – Super Woman. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SaraRose
Excellent reading! I skipped through some of the descriptions to get to the section where the truth is finally told. I loved the relationship between the two fathers. Read morePublished 23 months ago by P&P lover