In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet had this to say about Mr. Darcy: "We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man." Elizabeth Bennet spoke of his arrogance, his conceit, and his selfish disdain of the feelings of others - the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry. Mr. Darcy's housekeeper described him as the best landlord and master who ever lived. Such varying accounts as these are exceedingly puzzling, indeed.
In this amorous, provocative, and at times tumultuous "what-if" story, Mr. Darcy is a wealthy young man of sense and education, with considerable worldly experience - not at all uncommon for Regency-era gentlemen of his social standing. He is his own master. He enjoys his situation and has no particular desire to marry at all.
Darcy's world is turned inside out when he renews his acquaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet - her own circumstances considerably diminished pursuant to the sudden and tragic death of her father.
To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too) is a tale of Darcy's journey from a man who, indeed, is proud and haughty, to one who seeks to please a woman worthy of being pleased.
©2009 P O Dixon (P)2013 P O Dixon
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I had the privilege to be swept away into PO Dixon's To have His Cake (and Eat It Too) on a recent cross-country driving trip. It was the only thing that could keep me not only awake but enthralled. It was wonderful! The story is sweeping and enchanting and the narration FLAWLESS! Ms Dixon's writing taps into the reader's every emotion. Ms Hewitt's performance is so genuinely British, it adds to the overall experience. I have seen several of these type of romance novels on Audible, but will only buy them if Pearl Hewitt is listed as the narrator! Brava!!
In order to enjoy this book at all, you must look at it as completely separate from anything of Pride and Prejudice. The names and places are the only thing the author borrows from the original. All of the complex character, emotions, thoughts and noble actions are missing from the hollow and shallow persons in this novel. It is sad. I wanted very much to enjoy this book. Alas, even taking it as a totally unrelated (to P&P) story did not make it any better for me:(
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Somewhat! The beginning really kept my attention and I was very into the story, but the end dragged because the scenes and dialogue were repetitive lots of times.
Yes, I've liked several of her stories and love her writing.
Clear diction, Well-Paced, humorous
Mostly- Wasn't fond of the weaker Darcy characterization or the unbending Elizabeth who had to be right all the time. Their romance and barriers were good up until the resolve and then I felt I was reading about two horny teens. Secondary Characters were strong, colorful and engaging
I really liked the premise and the creative decision to pursue what would happen if the Bennet's worst case scenario (Mr. Bennet dies while daughters all unmarried) takes place. I felt this story explored the possibilities well taking the story in a whole new direction. Its spicier on the romance than I was expecting, but I still feel Austenesque fans might enjoy seeing where this one takes matters.
The author has seemed to completely misunderstand each of the characters from Pride & Prejudice, she has made them in to different people. She has also failed in developing her characters at all.
The reader needs to work on how she demonstrates different voices, it was distracting rather than enhancing the story. Disappointed all around.
I would give the narrator 0 stars if I could. She is terrible. The men sound like creepy old men out to eat women for lunch. The women sound like weak pathetic wallflowers who could be blown away by a strong wind. The voices she provides each character fall very short of conveying any sense of their personalities. If you can get past all of that, it's a great story and a lot of fun for Jane Austen fans!
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