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Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes , he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possibleThat very morning, however, Elizabeth s future is jeopardized by her father s untimely accident With Mr Bennet unconscious and surrounded by concerned neighbors, Mr Collins presses his suit Elizabeth s mother frantically demands her acceptance to secure the familiy s welfare With so many witnesses to his proposal and everyone expecting her to make a practical choice, Elizabeth s reputation hangs in the balanceWithout her father to defend her refusal of Mr Collins, there is no one to speak up for her except the last man in the world she would ever marry This is a crazy fun P P What if What if Mr Bennet actually talked to Darcy, then had an accident and lost consciousness, then Darcy Bingley didn t go to London, then Darcy announced that he and Lizzy were engaged And thencrazy time compressed stuff happens.This book bounces from crisis to crisis to emergency to misunderstanding to mistake to crisis All of your favorites make an appearance This is a crazy fun PP What if What if Mr Bennet actually talked to Darcy, then had an accident and lost consciousness, then Darcy Bingley didn t go to London, then Darcy announced that he and Lizzy were engaged And thencrazy time compressed stuff happens.This book bounces from crisis to crisis to emergency to misunderstanding to mistake to crisis All of your favorites make an appearance It s Kindle freebie romance time again, and this one comes in the form of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction Here we have the plot veering from P P early in the book, just before Darcy and the Bingleys are about to leave Netherfield Before they leave, Darcy meets Mr Bennet while they re out riding horses early one morning, and they get to know each other a little better Mr Bennet can tell that Darcy is fighting feelings for Elizabeth, but doesn t expect anything to come of it.The tipping point, It s Kindle freebie romance time again, and this one comes in the form of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction Here we have the plot veering from PP early in the book, just before Darcy and the Bingleys are about to leave Netherfield Before they leave, Darcy meets Mr Bennet while they re out riding horses early one morning, and they get to know each other a little better Mr Bennet can tell that Darcy is fighting feelings for Elizabeth, but doesn t expect anything to come of it.The tipping point, and where this variation really starts to diverge from the original story Mr Bennet has a fall from his horse on his way back home While he s lying in bed at home, in a coma, family and neighbors gather to wring their hands in some cases and offer help in others , including Mr Collins, Darcy and Bingley Collins takes advantage of the situation by publicly offering marriage to Lizzy She rejects him in horror, but with her mother and Collins putting pressure on her to accept and her father not able to counteract them, the situation is getting fraught Darcy surprises himself, not to mention astounding everyone in the room and the whole town, once word spreads , by insisting that Lizzy can t marry Collins because she s already engaged to him Jaws practically bounce off the floor.The problem Lizzy, at this point in their relationship, really doesn t like Darcy His private explanation to her later echoing an actual scene in PP does absolutely nothing to help his case.So parts of this novel were really engaging, if you re into PP fanfic at all There s some worthwhile dialogue and developments that vary enough from the original story to make it enjoyable reading, if a little slow at times The problems are that like so much other Austen fanfic and Regency romances generally the author is either unaware of or ignores Regency manners and ways when it suits her Going to get slightly spoilerish now you ve been warned Darcy is head over heels for Lizzy very early on the guy is just whipped which I thought lessened him as an interesting hero Once the romance heats up, the prose, it is HIGHLY purple Very unRegencylike makeout scenes ensue I was still basically enjoying it, on a definitely brain candy kind of level, when there s a development regarding Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne that well, let s just say the book jumped the shark for me right there RR is still a freebie as of the time I m writing this, but I recommend it only for non critical romance readers It s sappy, clean romance reading, but kind of fun in its way Dear reader,If you are in the mood for a beautifully worded,utterly romantic,humorous,sigh inducing story featuring our beloved characters,then look no further than this fantastic book We begin our journey with Mr Darcy s early morning trek thorough the Hertfordshire countryside.In a vain attempt to exorcise the very beguiling image of Ms Elizabeth Bennet from his mind,he encounters none other than Mr Bennet Both being land owners they slowly become familiar with each other as they converse on Dear reader,If you are in the mood for a beautifully worded,utterly romantic,humorous,sigh inducing story featuring our beloved characters,then look no further than this fantastic book We begin our journey with Mr Darcy s early morning trek thorough the Hertfordshire countryside.In a vain attempt to exorcise the very beguiling image of Ms Elizabeth Bennet from his mind,he encounters none other than Mr Bennet Both being land owners they slowly become familiar with each other as they converse on matters agricultural Shortly afterwards Mr B suffers a fall from his horse and is rendered unconscious Mr Jones,the apothecary,fearing for the immediate future of the Bennets under the direction of their sycophantic cousin,Mr Collins,calls on the gentlemen in Netherfield,as the Bennets nearest neighbours,to step into the breach and offer help and support to them in their hour of need.Enter stage left,said Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley,whose plans to return to London suddenly disappear,at this sudden call to arms Mr Collins,the heir apparent,seems to believe it his duty to propose to his fair cousin Elizabeth,and in an effort to thwart such a proposition and gift Lizzy a marriage partner that she loves and respects,Darcy promptly announces that they are indeed betrothed To say that Lizzy reacts in a furious and somewhat violent way,is an understatement Indeed,the scene at the back of the house, near the river,where Darcy encounters her shortly afterwards,left me wondering how,if ever,these two spirited,hot tempered,deeply passionate people would reconcile to their fates,would allow the other to see the real them and finally realise that they were the perfect foil for the other.What of Lady Catherine,I hear you ask To say this lady was devious,is to fail to do justice to her plans for matrimonial happiness for her dear Anne Knowing the full facts as she did,the mind boggles as to how she believed it possible that a union could exist between Darcy and Anne However,I must admit to loving the plot line involving Lady C,Richard s scheme to delay her inevitable arrival in Hertfordshire,the servants as you wish,your ladyship replies to her various demands and of course her heart to heart with Elizabeth Let us not forget Caroline and her desire to usurp Lizzy s place in Darcy s affections I really admired how she finally accepted that wishing for the Darcy name,in the fashion of a certain lady of the higher circles,would likely result in her walking the same path as this lady,imitating her dastardly behaviour,and was simply not worth the price demanded Wickham too had his share in the conversation but thankfully was successfully defeated in his various money making schemes I loved this story and greatly admire the author s evident devotion to Darcy and Elizabeth Her inherent ability to pen such a warm, funny,highly entertaining and fundamentally heartwarming story bestows on the reader an opportunity to spend many a happy hour among such august company To read of the slow, awkward path tread by Darcy and Elizabeth,towards mutual understanding, appreciation,acceptance,and finally love,couched in such prosaic language left me totally enraptured until story s end Treat yourself to this wonderful story,you won t be disappointed 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 starsThe main premise here is that with Mr Bennet incapacitated and unconscious for who knows how long due to a fall from his horse, Mr Collins working under the assumption that Mr Bennet may never recover or may be mentally impaired if he awakens at all steps up his plan to have Elizabeth as his bride and announces that she is his choice of wife and he will manage Longbourn in the stead of his predecessor BUT, his biggest mistake is that he does this in the prese 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 starsThe main premise here is that with Mr Bennet incapacitated and unconscious for who knows how long due to a fall from his horse, Mr Collins working under the assumption that Mr Bennet may never recover or may be mentally impaired if he awakens at all steps up his plan to have Elizabeth as his bride and announces that she is his choice of wife and he will manage Longbourn in the stead of his predecessor BUT, his biggest mistake is that he does this in the presence of Mr Darcy There are others there as witnesses, the rest of the Bennet family, Bingley, servants, etc they may be shocked but will do little to object to this And we know Mrs Bennet will only grab on to this assurance that, if her husband does not recover or recover fully, the family will not be thrown out into the hedgerows if Elizabeth is married to Mr Collins To backtrack just a little this scene is the day after the Netherfield Ball and both Darcy and Bingley are on their way to London They are approached by the apothecary bringing to their notice what has happened to Mr Bennet and suggesting that as a close neighbor Mr Bingley might want to help with advising the Bennet family while Mr Bennet is bed ridden Thus Bingley s and Darcy s presence at the onset of this misfortune is explained We have had a look into Darcy s thoughts You know those of which he pondered after meeting Elizabeth and witnessing her sisters behaviors and her mother s matchmaking efforts while learning of their poor prospects with little to speak of in the way of dowries So he has realized towards whom his heart is leaning but has had all those misgivings But to have thrown in his face the possibility that this cretin might touch Elizabeth, that she would bear Collins children, forces Darcy to make a bold move, an unexpected move, one which has all the makings of a forced engagement Elizabeth is sputtering, a wet hen, hissing and coiling in her anger About half this book is about that relationship Then guess who comes up with a very wise decision about how to sort out and bring to fruition what Darcy has set in motion OK, you ll never guess so I ll tell you, Bingley Yes, Bingley sends for Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana So much of this book is reading of how ODC sorts out this rocky start Darcy loves Elizabeth but she is anything but in love with him The Hunsford proposal is brought to mind Then there are matters to address in the management of the estate and here we read of this pair working in unison to a wise conclusion Wickham is part of the story but is dealt with to the applause of the readers in a solid and permanent manner at the end Lady Catherine has her say but it is her daughter who has some new surprises for us Some readers have said they can t quite accept this turn but with variations we do at times have to let the author have her twists and turns It may be a surprise but Anne herself has a backbone and you will be cheering for her part in this tale, despite some of her personal history The Colonel, as usual, plays a supportive role but he has some feelings to deal with, which are handled briefly in the epilogue as another review mentioned Georgiana has muchof a role in this novel than in canon She develops relationships with several of the Bennet sisters but at the same time continues to conceal the Ramsgate matter.There are no scenes for mature audiences only but Darcy does have his moments of wishing the wedding was imminent and there is some kissing, etc But I remember nothing which would offend This was an enjoyable book but I was forced to spread it out over several days as I read it before and after the Christmas holiday I did note some of the errata spoken of in other reviews But those didn t lessen my enjoyment of a good read I noticed that this author also wrote a variation of North and South and, as that is one of my favorites, I will buy and read that as I found this book so delightful

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