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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it....

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation. In this Pride and Prejudice variation, the lane dividing the Hunsford parsonage from Rosings Park has been replaced by one of the flood-prone Kentish rivers. The storms are real - the spring of 1811 was remarkable for numerous thunderstorms in Southeast England.

©2012 Abigail Reynolds (P)2012 Abigail Reynolds

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Good Story, Terrible narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The character's voices were unnerving. The men all sounded old and crotchety with scratchy voices (including Mr. Darcy - gasp!) and most of the women sounded like they had head colds.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love Abigail Reynolds

Whenever I crave a P&P story, I seek out Abigail Reynolds. She never disappoints and I am always transported. Thanks for a great read!

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  • tachi1
  • Miami, FL United States
  • 08-06-18

Not my favorite Reynolds book, but still good.

Even when unfavorably compared to her other works, this book is still superior to at least 75% of the P&P variations out there. Abigail Reynolds has a gift for making her plots flow, imbuing her characters with believable qualities that remain consistent throughout the book, and creating scenarios that place the reader in a place and time that feels comfortable.

The audible version of this book is beautifully narrated. The reader has an English accent which, of course, makes perfect sense, but it is one that the American ear has no difficulty adjusting to. The only hitch is that the female reader has to also enunciate the male voices and there is a limit to how successful that can be overall.

The reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others is that I had a difficult time believing that Lizzy could go from absolutely hating Darcy to absolutely adoring him. Literally, when she went upstairs she hated him. When she descended the stairs (after eavesdropping on a very heated conversation in which Darcy defended her) she was madly and irrevocably in love and ready to take on the world on his behalf. The rest of the story consists of the two of them biding their time until they can marry against the opposition of almost their entire families. Mr. Bennet is particularly irritating in this book, the Gardiners are particularly lovable.

Don't get me wrong, it's a beautifully well written and well paced story, well worth reading.

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I was surprised by the explicit sex scenes

What did you like best about Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation? What did you like least?

I liked the treatment of some of the peripheral characters (e.g. Colonel Fitzwilliam and Jane). I think Elizabeth was true to her personality but I think the author went overboard on Darcy, especially the sex-crazed representations.

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So So P&P Variation

I found the story to be just ok. I might have found story more enjoyable with a different narrator but I just couldn't get past my lack of enjoyment of the recording. The narrator's interpretation of the male voices -- especially Mr Darcy's -- were very unsuccessfully rendered. Mr Darcy sounded like a crotchety old man, not the young hero of the story. Also, many of the females sounded like little girls. Jane almost sounded as if she was voiced with a lisp.

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WOWSER!

I love almost anything by Abigail Reynolds, and this story is one of her best. Put that together with the best "performance-reader" for a P&P variation and you've got a pure delightful experience in an audio book. Pearl Hewitt does the most delicious reading ever!

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Funny and clever

One of Reynolds's best uses of the P and P original facts, but rearranged a bit.

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Very entertaining.

I love books from Abigail Reynolds. They are full of wit and humour. Very much like Jane Austen. I recommend this book warmly to those who loves fanfiction.

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Fun twist on a classic

If you could sum up Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation in three words, what would they be?

Not what I expected.

What other book might you compare Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation to and why?

Eloisa James Duchess series.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A pleasant surprise

Any additional comments?

I love Pride and Prejudice. I read it over and over again when I was a teenager. It was hard for me to listen to th characters not do or say the words I knew by heart.

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Another Fun Variation

What did you love best about Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation?

In a book, such as this, where so much is borrowed from another text, it is often hard to be surprise, however, Mr. Darcy's Refuge has several changes that were surprisingly well conceived and extremely refreshing.

It has been some time since I have read either the original or one of the many variations, but I found myself being immediately drawn to Elizabeth and Darcy and hoping that they would once again realize just how wonderful their lives could be together if they would just put aside their pride. :)

What did you like best about this story?

This version had less of Kitty, Lydia, Mrs. Bennett, Mr. Collin, and Lady Katherine De Bourgh, and I am truly grateful. Of course they were not missing entirely, however they were not as obtrusive and so the story had far less whining and far less verbal baggage. For those who like the incessant whining of Elizabeth's sisters and the sharp tongue of Lady De Bourgh, these qualities have been passed on by others and because they are relative new comers it is fun to hear their side of the story.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Several of the characterizations were over done, but did not distract from the overall performance.

Any additional comments?

A possible spoiler, well not really, let's face it: we are talking about Darcy and Elizabeth - Reynolds does not shy away from the passion of the wedding night, it is intense and mildly graphic. However, it is in fact just the one scene and was completely appropriate for the newlyweds.

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  • Catherine
  • 03-11-14

Reynold's best P&P variation to date

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version yet!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the drama of the flood, Mr Bennet's over-reaction to the publication of Elizabeth's engaement and Jane's choice of husband.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. This is her best so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

In some of her other books Ms Reynolds dwelt too much on sexual detail, which made reading/listening somewhat tedious and a little boring; this time the balance was just right.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful