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Rejected by a sister who has allowed her new status as wife to Mr. Bingley to make her proud, Elizabeth Bennet goes to her uncle's estate in Derbyshire, ostensibly to assist her cousin in her introduction to society. In reality, Elizabeth feels there is nothing left for her in the neighborhood of her birth.

Her uncle's estate is small, and Elizabeth must work while there, and though she finds her tasks easy to bear. She quickly becomes close to her young cousin and uncle, though her aunt is a hard, demanding woman, who seems to hold a grudge against Elizabeth. But she also meets many friends, including the daughter of an earl, and the handsome friend of her sister Jane's new husband, a Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

As Elizabeth is slowly pulled from her melancholy, new vistas open up to her, and she realizes that she can still have everything she has ever wished to have. But the jealousy of a woman who is no friend of her courtship with a wealthy man threatens her newfound happiness, and the coming of a sister who rejected her has the potential to once again disrupt Elizabeth's life and destroy her future.

©2017 Jann Rowland (P)2018 Tantor

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Great story

I loved this new Jann Rowlands' variation, and I believe it to be one oh his best books. Elizabeth is a bit depressed at the beginning, but she is a fighter and she perseveres. The Drummond are a very interesting family: a bitter mother, delightful children, and a father who tries to hold his head high, despise of the family's reduced circumstances. Darcy and Georgiana are friendly and loyal, and help Lizzy overcome her melancholy.

I enjoyed the interactions among local society, the ladies who appreciated Lizzy's spirit and wit, as well as the jealous ones. Georgiana, Olivia and Elizabeth friendship was heartwarming. And Lady Emily with colonel Fitzwilliam were very colorful characters.

My favorite part of the story was the Bingleys and Caroline's visit. Miss Bingley's antics are always a great fun, here she is determined, full of disdain and arrogant, the way I like her. I always believed, that Jane's life with Caroline in residence wouldn't be a pleasant one.

The narration was pleasant, but it didn't fit a Regency Era story, would have been much better suited for a Modern book.

Highly recommended

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Wonderfully rewritten storyline

Loved it! Characters were very well defined. Great conversational interaction. Narration was very well done!

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  • Evie C
  • Central California USA
  • 08-11-18

Awesome narration of a very good book

I was already quite taken with this book, I think it one of Jann Rowland's best, but now it has become an even bigger favorite due to the wonderful skills and style of narrator Mary Sarah!! Thank you so much!

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Finally!

I have been waiting for so long for Jann Rowland's and many others from the JAFF community to publish audio books. I loved this story when I read the book, but I love it even more now that I get to listen to it while driving! Please tell me that there are more to come!

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love this book

This is a wonderful story , and a great Pride and Prejudice variation. it takes you on a very different journey with Darcy and Elizabeth. It is well worth listening to.

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Almost all of the characters are from Pride and Prejudice and and it was annoying at first . However, as the story developed I began to enjoy this rendition of the story. The characters retained the same if not more expanded personality of PAP.
I did enjoy this book.

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  • TheNameless
  • 07-17-18

Good story, okay narration

A very different, but plausible variation. Without her family to embarrass Lizzy, and with Darcy on his home ground, the angst all comes from outside sources. From their initial attraction to the slow, steady, well considered building of their relationship and their growing love, the romance between them is sweet and real.

The narration is sometimes a bit stilted but generally quite good, although I got the impression that the English accent was not how Mary Sarah sounds naturally. There were also some odd pronunciations (e.g. Lutton instead of Luton, Mrs Ainsley instead of Mrs Annesley, fother instead of father, ornt instead of aunt etc...). On the positive side, the voices of different characters are generally clear.