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!!
The story is pure enchantment and Pearl Hewitt is a superb reader. Her reading of Darcy's words while he makes passionate love to Lizzy will have you melting like butter on a warm summer's day. Brilliantly written and brilliantly read.
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!
Almost anyone else.
This book is an alternative telling of how Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love by taking a very different path to get there than how Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice. It starts with the premise that George Wickham and Mr. Bennett end up dying after shooting each other along with Lydia. Mr. Collins and his wife Charlotte move into the Bennett’s estate within a month, kicking out Mrs. Bennett and her daughters. Elizabeth moves in with the Gardners, and Mrs. Bennett, Mary and Kitty move in with Mrs. Phillips. Bingley marries a woman from the Ton soon after departing Netherfield, and Jane is now a nanny for a family in Scotland.
If these events were not strange enough, Darcy is a renown rake in London with no particular desire to marry at all. Along with his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy frequently goes carousing and visits a brothel. Darcy goes as far as paying for “exclusive rights” to one of the working girls so he doesn’t have to share her body with any other customer. Things start to change after Darcy learns of the tragic death of Elizabeth’s father.
Darcy invites Elizabeth to Pemberly to be a companion for his sister Georgiana, who needs to overcome her severe shyness so she can experience a successful season when she is introduced to society next year. Over the next 18-months, it is apparent to almost everyone who sees them that Elizabeth and Darcy are destined for each other - if only Darcy can learn to love her enough so it wouldn’t matter that she is from a family beneath his station.
Pearl Hewitt did an outstanding job narrating, as she did with other books written by P.O. Dixon. She really brings the characters to life giving each one their own distinct voice. Pearl’s narration is natural and easy to listen to, which really enhanced my enjoyment of this audiobook. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
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