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He Taught Me To Hope (Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest Book 1) by [Dixon, P. O.]
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"A what if Pride and Prejudice variation that dares to go a bit further from the original than most while keeping the tone."
Jane Austen Prequels and Sequels
 
"He Taught Me to Hope is a quick read that will be an enjoyable romp into the realm of possibilities for most Austen fans.  The prose is tight and entertaining and the dialogue is charming, especially between Ben and Mr. Darcy."
Indie Jane

About the Author

P. O. Dixon is a writer as well as an entertainer. Historical England and its days of yore fascinate her. She, in particular, loves the Regency period with its strict mores and oh so proper decorum. Her ardent appreciation of Jane Austen's timeless works set her on the writer's journey. Dixon delights in weaving diverting tales of gallant gentlemen on horseback and the women they love. Visit podixon.com and find out more about Dixon's writing endeavors.
 
Gentlemen on horseback and the women they love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3988 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Regents and Cotswold Book Group; 5 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RTEF0U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love this story. No, I LOVE this story. All of the typical Pride & Prejudice characters are here -- the Bennets, the Darcys, the Fitzwilliamses, Lady Catherine and Anne, the Bingleys, the Lucases, the Collinses. Wait, did I say Collinses - plural? Yes, Reverend Collins has an older brother, and he is betrothed to the widow Carlton, Elizabeth Bennet Carlton. And as much as I enjoyed the story which ultimately brings Elizabeth and Darcy together, I enjoyed even more the way P.O.Dixon brings Elizabeth's son to the center of this tale. Once young Ben Carlton (Sir Lancelot) meets Darcy (King Arthur), the story belongs to him. Darcy quickly becomes central to Ben's fantasies, and the two form an enduring bond. But who would not love this child? He brings wonderment into Darcy's life. He teaches Darcy to hope -- to see the world not as it is, but as it could be.

If there was ever a time in your life when you entertained fantasies of King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Merlin, and Camelot, then you will appreciate Dixon's nods to the Arthurian legend as she skillfully weaves them into the fabric of her Pride & Prejudice retelling.

This story is fresh, creative, and fanciful. It is one of my favorite regency stories. I highly recommend it.
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This is the first book Ive read by P.O. Dixon and I would certainly like to give her praise. In this story we see the nurturing side of Darcy, as he forms a bonding relationship with Elizabeth's young son, Ben (Bennet Carlton). The story opens shortly after Bingley has taken Netherfield. Darcy meets our young Ben by chance, when the boy accidentally frightens his horse. Ben introduces himself as Sir Lancelot and Darcy in tern calls himself King Arthur. Darcy is charmed by the impertinence and wit of the young lad and a friendship is born. As the story line progresses, Darcy has of course been smitten by Elizabeth at the Meryton assembly. The two of them have an unspoken attraction from the beginning. Darcy's emotions are in "havoc" as he first believes her to be married, then finds out she is widowed, and later discovers that she is engaged to William Collin's older brother. Lots of twists and turns from there. All in all, the story is very charming, with emphasis on family values and affection. This book will definitely make you smile. ~ Jen Red ~
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I strongly agree with all the glowing reviews of this novel. I just wanted to add that, unlike many P&P-based novels, I found the author's take on Mr. Darcy refreshing. Too often, in my experience, Mr. Darcy is portrayed in such novels as an extremely vulnerable, emotionally needy person, to the extent of making him somewhat "less" than the man Austen created him to be. Perhaps the tendency I'm referring to is a reflection of modern sensibilities, the belief that a man should somehow get in touch with and freely express his feminine side. But Darcy is and should remain a product of his time. A great part of his magnetism is his confidence, his strength, and his control. The sense that below that controlled exterior, there's a man "violently" in love. I see that in Dixon's Darcy. We see him making his case to Elizabeth that she and her son belong with him -- and there are some very sigh-worthy scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth and Darcy and Ben -- but, still, Darcy leaves Elizabeth and her son with her betrothed at Rosings at her request after assuring each of them that, if they should need him, he will always be there for them. Darcy is clearly sad, but not morose, if that makes any sense. He's confident of his appeal. Confident that Elizabeth is the woman for him and that she will come to realize that as well. It's great! Highly recommend.
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As a young seventeen yr old, Elizabeth Bennet marries her childhood sweetheart against her fathers wishes. This is how this P&P alternative starts out. Unfortunately Elizabeth's happiness is not to be and she is widowed after only 1 mo of marriage. The result of this marriage is a little boy named Bennet Charlton and the story resumes a few years later. This is where the real story begins. Elizabeth is now back at Longbourne and Netherfield is finally let. The story and the journey is wonderful. We find that Willaim Collins has an older brother and he is not so odious(or not?). anyway the story diviates from here, Lizzy is to save the Bennet's by marrying the older Mr Collins. Of course we meet the Bingleys at Netherfield with Mr Darcy in residence. You will recognise the story with a little changes and I think the changes are wonderful especially getting to know little Bennet. This story was wonderful and by far my favorite by this author. A definite must read.
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I thought this book deserved 6 stars. It had a different story line yet including a child that Elizabeth had with the name of Bennet and this young child was called, " Ben." Ben had a very vivid imagination and this story became very interesting with his imagination. However since Elizabeth was a widow and became affianced to a Mr. William Collins, the Rev. Collins brother. She thought she would save the family homestead.
Darcy became attached to young Ben and the story took it's twists and turns leading to his eye on young Ben's mother. Darcy did not know that Ben's mother was Lizzy.
However, Darcy found out she was linked with Collins but thought it was the Rev. He found out who Lizzy was linked with when he went to visit his Aunt Catherine and Lizzy was visiting the Collins family.
after the separation from Hunsford, they went there separate ways. Young Ben eventually wondered all over London to get to Darcy's house and the Colonel;s men found the young lad and took him to Darcy's house. Lizzy united with Ben at Darcy's after the doctor checked him out. (Ben was only at the time)
As all good things come to a great end---she broke the engagement to Collins and did marry Darcy! Isn't that romantic? However you have to read the book to get to all the good parts that make it interesting..
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