Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from....
When Colonel Fitzwilliam's disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to accept an offer....
Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice....
The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr. Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best....
An attempted assault leaves Miss Elizabeth Bennet seeking tender comfort from the man she had, at one time, abhorred....
Who is this Mr. Darcy and what are his intentions? Like much of Meryton, the Bennets of Longbourn anticipate the arrival of Mr. Bingley and his friends to Netherfield....
In marriage-minded Regency England, one simple word can ruin your life. Compromise! Can bring down a virtuous maiden, like Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and her entire family along with her....
Mr. Darcy is determined to find a wife he can love and respect. He is fascinated by the lively Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but is determined to forget her due to her low connections....
The high-spirited Elizabeth suspects something isn't right in the halls of Longbourn, but nothing prepares her for a certain haughty gentleman from Derbyshire....
Dark curls and an unforgettably sweet laugh were all he knew of his sister's rescuer. Later, a second glimpse showed her to be lovely, and he heard her melodious laugh again....
Fitzwilliam Darcy has avoided the entrapments of dozens of desperate maidens seeking a wealthy husband...until the Netherfield Ball....
Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England....
When Darcy and Lizzy meet at the Meryton assembly, Darcy is already engaged to another woman, and Lizzy has suffered the loss of someone she once loved....
Undaunted by a threatening storm, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley insists he must deliver his letter to Miss Elizabeth Bennet - then tragedy strikes....
Upon first making Mr. Darcy's acquaintance, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is quite fascinated with him....
Mr. Darcy is at his wits' end. Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he can't live without, overhears him insulting her family....
Chastened by Charles Bingley following Mr. Bennet's untimely death, Fitzwilliam Darcy determines he will offer marriage to Elizabeth Bennet, but she marries another....
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?
I like alternative stories that stay true to the characters, wit and restraint of the original. I needed to enjoy the goodness in P&P without a lot of angst and this was just right. The romance is romantic and not graphic, which I prefer.
There are several insights into the reasons behind the decisions of characters like Collins, for example, that I felt added to what we know.
The narrator has a talent for taking on the inflections from the version starring Colin Firth which I really enjoyed.
One could find fault but when finished I felt completely satisfied.
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This Pride & Prejudice novella explores what would have happened if Darcy and Elizabeth had been considered compromised by their silent half hour spent alone in Netherfield library. The story opens during Elizabeth's stay at Netherfield taking care of a sick Jane. Darcy has been struggling to resist her charms and decides it would be wise to ignore her for the rest of her stay. Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves alone in the library. Although they each try to think of a topic to interest the other, they remain silent. Elizabeth returns home, and Darcy is both relieved and saddened to have her stimulating presence gone.
Unfortunately, a servant noticed their time in the library together and reports it to a jealous Miss Bingley. She immediately dismisses the servant in an effort to save Darcy's reputation. Her plan backfires as the dismissal makes it appear as if Darcy and Elizabeth have something to hide. Rumors start to circulate about the couple in Meryton.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth returns home and meets her odious cousin Mr. Collins. A few days later, Elizabeth attends the Netherfield ball and is shocked when the silent Mr. Darcy asks her to dance.
The next morning, Mr. Collins makes his disastrous proposal, with one appalling addition. He threatens that if Elizabeth doesn't accept his proposal, he'll propose to Jane next, and Elizabeth knows that Jane would feel obligated to accept. Elizabeth asks for time to make her decision. While wandering in the garden trying to think of a way out, Elizabeth is approached by a very different gentleman and offered a very different sort of proposal.
I really enjoyed this novella, the romance was steamy in spots and sweet the rest of the time. The character's personalities are a little bit different than in canon. Mr. Collins is conniving and almost evil instead of bumbling and foolish. Darcy is quite rude to Miss Bingley, and Elizabeth insults Lady Catherine almost immediately after meeting her. I also think that Darcy would avoid even the appearance of impropriety, and wouldn't invite a single woman to his room alone to change her clothes. But I really enjoyed reading a variation without Wickham, and Mr. Bennett was hilarious as always.
Pearl Hewitt has a wonderful speaking voice, and it fits this type of novel naturally. She's the perfect narrator for the time period. I've listened to this book twice since I purchased it, and enjoyed it more each time!
What did you love best about To Refuse Such a Man?
Short and sweet, low on angst.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this little story very much. Though it's one of the Netherfield library 'compromise' tale, it had a few unusual and amusing twists. It was well written and low on angst. Wickham didn't have time to poison Lizzy's mind, so ODC got to understand each other much sooner.. I enjoyed their interactions very much.<br/><br/>My only quibble is about some gaps in the timeline, which I wished were filled. It is still a good story for an afternoon of relaxation. <br/>
Well written story. Quite short but it had all a good story needs. Highly recommend it if you like pride and prejudice variations.
What made the experience of listening to To Refuse Such a Man the most enjoyable?
A lovely, if short, what if Pride and Prejudice variation. The story is as told by Ms Austen to a point with a just a few minor changes, which of course, changes the entire outcome. Lovely and almost angst free, this is a quick listen of just under 3 hours. Great for a day when you need a nice quiet story that satisfies your need for some quality time with our favourite couple
TO REFUSE SUCH A MAN - audio version
Once more, Pearl Hewitt narrates a P.O. Dixon P&P variation to great effect.
The story starts to diverge from canon during Elizabeth and Jane Bennet's enforced stay at Netherfield Park, due to Jane falling ill. Remember the scene where Darcy and Elizabeth spend half an hour in the library there, without exchanging a single word? In this version, that unchaperoned period has consequences when a servant tattles on them to Caroline Bingley. She fires the servant who then starts to talk about it in Meryton. The rumours reach back to Netherfield and have the complete opposite effect to what Caroline had hoped, as Darcy then does the honourable things and proposes to Elizabeth! However, that day is an eventful one for Elizabeth in that Darcy isn't the first one to propose to her.
Another departure from canon is that Elizabeth doesn't meet Wickham early on, so he doesn't get the chance to poison her mind against Darcy.
This is a relatively short novella but nonetheless very enjoyable. We get to be party to the thoughts of both hero and heroine and departures from the original are all perfectly plausible.
There's nothing very explicit in this book though there are a couple of reasonably intense love scenes, so I think I could recommend it to most audiences, except maybe for young children.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Any additional comments?
To Refuse Such a Man: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by P.O. Dixon is a delightful short story that begins with Darcy helping his friend Bingley learn how to manage the estate of Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire. He is annoyed how a certain few young women keep showing up — presumably uninvited — wherever he goes. Then, Jane visits the Bingley sisters one afternoon in the rain, and is soon forced to stay due to catching a cold. Elizabeth shows up, once again uninvited, to care for her ailing sister. <br/><br/>After spending considerable amount of time together in Netherfield’s library and taking long walks together without chaperones, staff and others start to gossip about what is going on behind closed doors between Darcy and Elizabeth. Upon discovering this scandalous talk after the Netherfield Ball - where Darcy singled her out to dance with her — he does the honorable thing and ask Mr. Bennett if he can ask her to marry him. Unbeknownst to Darcy or Mr. Bennett, Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth earlier in the day and she tells Mr. Collins that she’ll think about it. As Elizabeth is returning to the house, she is approached by Mr. Darcy with his proposal. Unlike in Jane Austen’s version of the first proposal, this one is sweet with Darcy professing how much he’s come to admire her. Now Lizzy is faced with two marriage proposals in one day! A few unexpected scenes follow, which were both surprising and amusing.<br/><br/>Pearl Hewitt did a fantastic job narrating, as she’s done with several other P.O. Dixon books. Pearl’s narration is natural, easy to listen to, and really brings the characters to life each with their own distinct voice. I particularly enjoyed her Darcy voice in this book, which was swoon-worthy. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
What did you love best about To Refuse Such a Man?
I really enjoyed the fact that it was a refreshingly low angst look at how things could have been if Darcy and Lizzy had been a bit more tempered in their reactions to one another.
What did you like best about this story?
It was wonderful to be able to get a glimpse into the thoughts of both our hero and heroine so as to get a better understanding of their actions. It was especially nice to see them be genuine and mostly open and honest right from the start so as to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations that eventually see. I also liked how Ms Dixon was able to use original dialogue and concepts in New and different ways and situations. It was a lovely, quick listen to a sweet and light-hearted romance.
What does Pearl Hewitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator did a great job with the pace and tone of the story. Her voices were consistent throughout pointless easy to close my eyes and know who was speaking in turn.
Who was the most memorable character of To Refuse Such a Man and why?
Darcy and Lizzy were my obvious favorites, but I must say that this Caroline Bingley was a piece of work. She was easily dealt with in the end, but incredulous and forceful in her open disdain of Elizabeth and the Bennets. Even knowing that they were engaged did not seem to temper her reaction which made her pretty unforgettable in this particular story.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the story very much as a nice take on what could have been. The low angst was a nice change for me personally. It's always enjoyable to see them just progress naturally without all the edgy angsty heartache. It was a quick and easy listen and the narrator did a great job.<br/><br/>I've found in the past that I typically prefer to use the kindle sync and read along as I listen, but I did not feel that was necessary for this story. I was able to easily close my eyes and follow along listening only and without feeling like I was missing any important details.Overall I thought that it was a sweet and refreshing look at how things could have progressed in a nice low angst situation.I've read a number of Ms. Dixon's other stories as well and enjoyed them and have now likewise enjoyed my first audio version of one of her stories.I would also note that I did receive a complementary copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest opinion. And my honest opinion would certainly be to recommend it to anyone looking for some levity and romance.
Must say I feel somewhat disappointed with this story. Yes, it is very sweet and the author tells a beautiful story as usual, but to me it lacks a deeper story, some drama, even a little angst. It is quite simply bland.
I have read the other books by Dixon and I think I will prefer reading to narration - I found the dialogue part of the narration difficult.
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loved it,but too short...Was left wanting much more of married Darcy and Elizabeth....But was a great time spent!