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One distressing night in Ramsgate, Elizabeth Bennet impulsively offers Georgiana Darcy aid. Scandalous rumors soon surround the ladies and Fitzwilliam Darcy, forcing Elizabeth and Darcy, strangers to each other, to marry.

Darcy despises everything about his marriage to the daughter of an insignificant country gentleman with vulgar relations. Georgiana, humiliated after a near-elopement with George Wickham and full of Darcy pride, hates her new sister. Their family look upon Elizabeth with suspicion and do little to hide their sentiments.

Separated from those who love her, Elizabeth is desperate to prove herself to her new family despite their disdain. Just as she loses all hope, Darcy learns to want her good opinion. He will have to face his prejudices and uncover the depths Georgiana’s misdeeds to earn it, and Elizabeth will have to learn to trust him if she is to ever to find happiness being Mrs. Darcy.

©2020 Lucy Marin (P)2020 Quills & Quartos Publishing

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Wonderful!

I read this novel in its fanfiction form and loved it then - its complexity & ultimately likability of character, innovative plot, and Lucy Marin”s fabulous prose. So so glad that the audiobook delivers on that promise with deft editing and an ideal narrator. I listened in a single sitting despite its length. I truly hope the author is working on the edit of her modern P&P classic - that would be an audiobook preorder for me!

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Enjoyable

Thought provoking. Harry Frost never disappoints. A few times Darcy was too verbose while examining his behavior and story dragged a little

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To long

The story line really didn't go anywhere, it's long and just repeated it's self over and over in different words. Nothing other than Darcy didn't like her than realized he did her not trusting him than did. Not much of a story for the length of the book. I found my mind drifting while listening. Maybe it would be better to read than listen too.

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Delightfully written + best narrator

This story is deep, complex, moving, sweet and entirely believable. One of the best JAFFs I’ve ever read. Harry Frost’s narration is undeniably the best I’ve heard yet: not only does he successfully create different voices for each of the characters (including believable ones for the female characters), but doing so doesn’t prevent him from the inflections and delivery the author describes. I personally hate when the a narrator’s voices always sound the same, regardless of what is happening in the scene or how the author has written the dialogue. With Harry Frost, when a character is described as rushing through their speech, he does just that; when another’s emotions are supposed to be evident in their speaking, he brings those emotions forth in his voicing of the character. It truly feels as if the characters and the scenes have come to life with all the depth and nuance the author wrote in the original story. I will gladly seek out more of Lucy Marin’s and Harry Frost’s works, and hope to see them collaborate more in the future.

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Started of strong...

I have read many P&P variations and this one started off very strong. New story line, new characters-with the old favorites, but then...it just became reparative. There was no major climax- the story became very tame and never gained any more momentum. I kept listening and waiting and hoping- but nope. I felt that it was a great start but needed to go through another draft- edit down the new Georgian storyline or at least bring back the villain we all expect. Just my opinion...

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Poor Lizzy

This was not the Darcy Family we have come to know and love until about half way through the book. They marry as complete strangers, with none of the usual backstory from the original. We don’t even see them visit Meryton until the last few chapters. Everyone, including Mr. Bennett is rude to Lizzy for most of the story. With all of that though, I guess as a purist, my biggest problem is that Colonel Fitzwilliam’s name is TOM. It was confusing initially when Darcy could not wait for Tom to visit, so just a heads up so you avoid my confusion. I’ve heard or read other angst filled versions with angry Lizzy or depressed Darcy so I was not worried about that aspect. It was great to see Lizzy rise above and be strong with all that was thrown at her so by all means give it a try. Do yourself a favor and listen to it at 1.1x speed. Harry Frost has a great voice but with the pauses and staccato manner I needed to speed it up just a little.

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An excellent "what if?" P&P variation

This is a favorite "forced marriage" version of P&P. In this variation, Elizabeth, Mr Bennet, and Jane are in Ramsgate for Jane's health. By chance, Elizabeth sees Wickham trying to elope with Georgiana and sees the distress and fear in Georgiana. While she detains them long enough for Darcy to arrive, the resulting scandal forces a marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth. The book is about them learning how to deal with each other, as well as a petulant, spoiled Georgiana. There are several things I like about this. 1. Georgiana is a sneaky, spoiled teenager. In Austen's book, she is not talked about much. You hardly see her and she is shown as very shy. However, there had to have been too high a level of indulgence from her guardians for her to think it fun to elope with Wickham. When you study her and Lydia in Pride & Prejudice, you see that the two girls are much the same. The difference is their station in life. In this, we get to see more of that spoiled nature. 2. Mr Bennett is much more harsh than usual. He is angry at Elizabeth for helping Georgiana and lashes out at her because this makes his life harder. He, like Georgiana in this story, shows a selfish petulance to his character that uncovers his indolence. In the P&P novel, Mr Bennett is an extremely flawed character who is not interested in exerting himself for the betterment of his family. In this book, he exerts himself because he must but he punishes Elizabeth in the process because his life has to change. 3. The personal changes take a while. Too many "forced marriage" P&P variations have them in love with each other in a matter of weeks, if not days, and everything is peachy. This one shows that it would take months for those changes to be made. In Austen's novel, the changes Darcy makes to his own character happen between Hunsford and the reopening of Netherfield. While we don't get to see these changes happen, they still happen over a few months. In this book, we see them as they happen. We hear Darcy and Elizabeth's own thoughts as time goes on. We even occasionally hear Georgiana's thoughts. For them to adjust to this marriage and to learn to fall in love would take a lot of time. They come from very different backgrounds and have much to learn about compromise. 4. Jane's story is different. I am so happy about this! I always want her to have someone stronger than Bingley. He is too easily influenced in Austen's novel and I always want him to either be written with more strength or for Jane to have someone different. Her story is delightful. 5. Harry Frost's narration is wonderful. I've owned the book on Kindle for quite a while and have read it numerous times. I had hoped for an Audible version with either Mary Jane Wells or Harry Frost and am very happy. He does not disappoint.

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Well worth the money

I liked this book because it is so different then any other pride and prejudice variation. It might be a little drawn out but I appreciated this as I completed many mundane tasks while listening. One thing I found different was that some of the original P&P characters had different names which I didn’t see the need of but it didn’t really affect the story. I hesitated purchasing at first because the name is Mrs. Darcy and I thought it was going to be a story about Elizabeth already being married which it is not. I highly recommend this book and it is definitely a must for any P&P fan.

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Elizabeth makes a home

Could you find happiness when force to marry a virtual stranger? Elizabeth Bennet was put in that situation to find out after going to the aid of Georgiana Darcy starts scandalous rumors. This is an enjoyable story of the Darcy household and Elizabeth’s attempt to be the wife of Darcy and the mistress of his household.

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Wish I liked it more

I was really annoyed by Mr. Bennet and Georgiana’s characters. Mr. Bennet would have written to check on Lizzy. She’s his favorite. Georgiana was a big fat pain and I couldn’t believe how she and Darcy were breaking down her spirit! At least he FINALLY came around. The narrator got this over the finished line for me.

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Outstanding

An outstanding variation, one of the best I've ever read. The plot is carefully thought-out, the characters developed with restraint and the writing is a delight. Harry Frost's narration is very pleasant to listen to.