What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own - an engagement of a peculiar kind. As dire as their chance at happily ever after seems, is there a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them?
"An Entertaining Pride and Prejudice Variation"
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.
"Absolutely loved it"
Widowed after six months of marriage, an older Elizabeth is determined to leave her past behind and enjoy life to its fullest, on her own terms. Charming, witty, and engaging, she is widely admired by all. However, everything is not as it seems. She harbours a secret. The beautiful widow captivates a younger Mr. Darcy. He knows her better than she knows herself. He struggles to break through her protective barriers, the most daunting being her tightly held conviction that she will never marry again.
Fitzwilliam Darcy has a history of cleaning up after George Wickham - the person whom he despises more than anyone in the world. First, he acted to save his sister from the villain when he set out to elope with her while she was only 15. Not long thereafter, Darcy impetuously declared his intention to marry a charming young woman from Hertfordshire, whom he secretly admired, to save her from scandal and ruination at the hands of his nemesis. Darcy hoped he had seen the last of Wickham. Then, after three decades abroad, an aunt he never knew showed up on his doorstep shrouded in mystery and armed with secrets threatening his family’s legacy.
"Exciting and nerve wrecking"
Long before they meet, Miss Elizabeth Bennet entertains notions of Mr. Darcy as being good-natured, compassionate, and exceedingly handsome. Indeed, everything a gentleman ought to be. In light of the ardent disdain that he incites in her family and friends at the Meryton assembly, reconciling her favorable impression of him proves deeply unsettling. Hence she goes about making out his true nature.
With his mind agreeably engaged on the pleasures that await him once he and his dearest, loveliest Elizabeth are man and wife, Darcy's patience wanes, and he begins to wonder if he will ever find time alone with his betrothed.
"Short But Very Sweet"
The Darcys are happily married, and it's time for Elizabeth to take her place among Derbyshire society. Will the Bennets' arrival at Pemberley usher in a period of discontent for the newlyweds? What of Darcy's relations? What manner of mischief ensues when a cousin whom Darcy theretofore never knew existed comes to Derbyshire intent on securing his place in the family?
"Like the curate's egg - good in parts."
Miss Elizabeth Bennet must decide whether to accept or refuse a proposal from the last man in the world whom she could be prevailed on to marry. At least two unhappy alternatives are also before her: certain scandal and her mother's disapprobation. Is there a path to happily ever after in wake of an alliance born out of such circumstances?
"Love short story"
Darcy was not looking to fall in love. He thought he had it all: wealth, privilege, and ardent passion for his sport. Then he meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and soon thereafter he knows that she is the woman with whom he is destined to spend his life.
"A lasting love affair"
Elizabeth lives a charmed life - or so it seems. Despite her noble relations and all the wealth and privileges entailed, there's something missing. During his stay at Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire, Darcy learns of a tragedy that befell the Bennets, a family from a neighboring estate, over a decade prior. One of the Bennet daughters vanished in broad daylight from the streets of Lambton. Will Darcy unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the second-born Bennet daughter?
"Charmed Life with a Price"
Elizabeth always prided herself on his ability to discern the motives of others. She declared Mr. Bingley a fool were he not able to see how much her eldest sister Jane loved him. Determined to discover the true reason for Bingley's hasty departure from Netherfield, Elizabeth goes to town in Jane's stead. Her initial scheme having been thwarted and with nowhere else to go, she turns to the one person who is sure to put her in Bingley's path - Mr. Darcy.
Mary King admired George Wickham from the moment she first set eyes on him. Handsome and charismatic, he satisfied her every notion of what a consummate gentleman ought to be. She longed to garner his affection. He, on the other hand, never once looked her way.
"A narrow escape."
What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own--an engagement of a peculiar kind. As dire as their chance for "happily ever after" seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them ...
"Characters should not have been revised"
Miss Elizabeth Bennet befriends Miss Anne de Bourgh, a wealthy heiress. Elizabeth has no fortune, no connections - nothing to recommend her except her wit and charm and her good nature. She agrees to aid Anne in her quest to secure a marriage proposal from her haughty, aristocratic cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley and Derbyshire. How could Elizabeth know the gentleman has his heart set upon another? Darcy barely acknowledges his cousin's existence. He knows what his family expects of him, but he never suspected that Anne harbored those foolish hopes. He only has eyes for Elizabeth....
Bennet Carlton captures our imaginations in the novel He Taught Me to Hope, Book 1 in the Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest series. Join the precocious young knight as he embarks upon a mission to bring his Bennet and Fitzwilliam relations to Pemberley for Christmas, and in so doing, teaches his family to hope.
"Holiday Tale for Fans of a Young Knight's Quest"
Now that Elizabeth knows the truth about her past, she has returned to Longbourn. Wanting to reclaim her rightful place in the lives of her Bennet relations, she needs time before considering a life far away in Derbyshire with Mr. Darcy. He promised he would wait for her for as long as it takes. With so much distance between the two of them the question soon became how long is too long. When at last Darcy and Elizabeth are reunited in Hertfordshire, allegations and misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart.
Having overcome the many seeming obstacles to marrying Miss Elizabeth Bennet, his former employee and the woman of his dreams, Mr. Darcy must now reaffirm his promise to be a man truly worthy of her affections. Confronted, out of the blue, with the intimate knowledge of her husband's rakish past, Elizabeth too is obliged to reconsider long held tenets that otherwise threaten to tear them apart.
"Darcy's tale & entertainment continue"
When Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam set his cap at young Lady Harriette Middleton, his sole intention was securing her dowry. As a mere second son, his habits of taste demanded he marry a woman of substantial means. Having entered her bedchamber under the cover of darkness, he set upon his course. He promised to court her, to win her heart, to marry her.
"A Perfectly fun couple"
Being the new father of a precocious little boy is but one of the challenges Darcy faces in this delightful sequel to number-one best seller in Regency Romances He Taught Me to Hope. Extended family and friends - old and new - also demand their share of attention.
"Entertaining and Moderately Engaging"
In this diverting Pride and Prejudice short story, what if Darcy had not wounded Elizabeth's pride by insulting her at the Meryton assembly and had danced with her instead?
"A lovely Story"