Would Pride and Prejudice have been different if Colonel Fitzwilliam had accompanied Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to Netherfield?
What would happen if Mr. Darcy made friends with a mysterious member of the Meryton neighborhood who refuses an introduction but who has a close relationship with the Bennet household?
Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters to Mr. Thomas Bennet has caught the attention of the rich and handsome Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy almost from the moment he laid eyes on her, but when he purposefully misinterprets her families expectation of her marrying well and slights her in a way unknown to those who have always loved Jane Austen's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice, he must leave forever or make amends. Sulking in the library he determines to leave the place and give her up, but is waylaid by a member of the Meryton neighborhood who claims an intimate acquaintance with the Bennet family and offers up advice on how to win Elizabeth's heart.
Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker puts a spin on Pride and Prejudice that no one would ever expect as Colonel Fitzwilliam attends Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to Netherfield, Elizabeth Bennet is witty enough to detect the motives of Mr. Darcy's long time enemy Lieutenant Wickham and Georgiana Darcy is bold enough to defy her brother and cousin and comes to Meryton in the midst of a storm. Not to mention Caroline Bingley, Lieutenant Wickham and Lady Catherine are all working against our hero and heroine ever finding their own happily ever after.
Re-edited January 2010 - Second Edition
©2010 Emma Hox / Rhemalda Publishing (P)2013 Emma Hox / Rhemalda Publishing
First of all, this wasn't a BAD book.
Secondly, this WAS the most one-dimensional, anti-climactic, plot-less book I think I've ever read.
I don't wish to belittle the author. However I feel I should warn potential buyers-There truly was no storyline, no captivating of the mind, no style. Several times throughout the course of the book, there would be the same two words in one sentence (i.e. "He gently gave her a gentle kiss."). While it may not bother some, to me this alone drastically diminished my enjoyment factor.
In addition, this was definitely not written in an Austen-esque fashion. (I could never picture Mr. Darcy saying "Amen to that, Brother").
While I appreciated the fact that the romance aspect didn't take things to the R-rated extreme, I think it could have been much more diversified and interesting. As it stands, the book reads much like it was written by a 13 year old who was a bit bored.
The narration, I found a little distracting. Almost after every word, the narrator would pause awkwardly. Also, she made no attempt at a deep, manly voice for Mr. Darcy. I have to admit that disappointed me;)
My recommendation is to save your credit/cash and purchase "Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections" instead.
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This book was a wonderful read. Everything you'd want it to be. I enjoyed this variation of P&P so much. Mr. Bennet as a very in charge father. Col. Fitzwilliam is fun also, he goes to Netherfield with Bingley and Darcy...what unexpected things happen while he's there? The wit and dialog explain so many things - the entail, family lineage, actions and reactions. I am so sorry it took me so long to get to this book. Lady Cat gets her just desserts as well as Wickham. I'd highly recommend this read to fanfic lovers. Anne comes out of her shell just in the nick of time. Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner are examined and found to be so loving, intuitive, kind and wealthy. Wealth also from an unexpected source
Mr. Bennett is great. He is actually a loving and caring father. Who could have seen that coming?
Great book. Lots of imagination and thought put into it. I love that Mr. Bennet put Mr. Darcy straight about Elizabeth and why she and Jane were different from the rest of the family and continued to meet with him and discuss Elizabeth.I also loved that Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam climbed the tree and discussed the book that they were both reading. The scheming with the broken elastic on her slipper to get out of dancing with Mr. Collins was great. The snuggeling in the carriage on the ride to London was touching. Jane's escape to London with her engagement and the subsequent shopping trips together and the spying that Georgiana did for extra purcheses from the grooms was cute and funny. I liked that Lady Matlock knew and respected the Gardiner's and that all the shoping was done at the Gardiner warehouses. Over all the book was fun to read and I would read over and over. A great addition to any bookshelf. I think this new author is a great writer and can't wait for another book of hers to come out.
I enjoyed the book in general. The way it was read was well performed, but nearing the end I feel like the story went flat. Aside for that, the characters especially Mr. Bennett is well rounded I've often wanted to see the father figure actually do something for his daughters in P&P
The story was almost entirely as the original P&P; the personality of Mr. Bennett was exposed and acting more like a father should, but still seemed lame.
The narrator was mediocre at best. I heard her stop, loudly turn the page, then continue! Also, there was a sound in the background like a motor running. It was distracting.
"Once again narrator spoils the story."
I nearly did not buy this as I really don't like Vanessa Johansson's narrations. The pronunciation is appalling (Longburn instead of LongBOURN) and mispronunciaton of Elizabeth. I have said this before.
Saying that the story is wonderful and I am glad I bought it.
"What a fun look at Longbourn"
It was such an interesting take on the well-known story, from Mr Bennet's point of view.
Mr Bennet. His humanity came through. In the original, Mr Bennet is a figure much in the background and this book took time to understand why he was like he was, and how he how he tried to rectify the disappointments and mistakes of his youth.
Some of it made me laugh.
A well produced and read book.
"Starts well but meanders later."
To start with, I was quite enjoying the premise of this Pride and Prejudice variation. However, once the perilous part of the story was over, it kind of meandered for a long while until it reached it's natural conclusion.
I'm afraid I do have some issues with the narrator, Vanessa Johansson. Her narrative style was rather uneven and some of her pronunciations were way off.
I think the author needed the advice of an editor, if she didn't already have one. The second half of the story could have been cut down buy a considerable amount without losing anything.
The narrator needed more advice on accepted pronunciation of names and places in Jane Austen's works. Her style didn't flow terribly well a lot of the time either.
I'm sorry to say that if a sequel were to be written, I don't think I'd go for it and definitely not if the audio was narrated by the same person.
The initial premise of the story is fine and one I'd not come across before but it does seem to waffle on a lot in the second half.
This book would be suitable for all audiences.
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